Welcome to Cedar Class 2020 - 2021
Cedar Class has 29 bright, smiling, sociable, caring and enthusiastic children who have a great appetite for fun and learning. Mrs Giles is our teacher and we are very lucky to also have Ms Coverdale and Mrs Benny as our classroom assistants on hand to help. Aren't we the lucky ones to have our wonderful Cedar Class for another year! We are going to have such fun!
Please make sure you bring your own pencil case to school with you this year due to Covid!
In the event of your child needing to self isolate, please the use the above homework links provided for activities.
In the event of our class bubble isolating or a whole school closure due to lockdown, we will be using Teams online. Your child will need their username and password to access Teams.
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This term, our project is all about Early Settlers, including the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We shall be exploring their lives and legacies, famous stories, artefacts, and important people amongst many other things!
P.E will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please come dressed in kit of these days, wear sun tan cream if appropriate and bring a sun hat.
This is the last term of brass lessons. If your child is interested in continuing their instrument, please look at the Oxfordshire County Music website for more information about group lessons and also let your teacher know.
Please do look at the documents below which will give you more information including ideas about the ‘Surprise Me’ homework which is due in on the week beginning 12th July.
The Anglo-Saxons used to weave lots of things, probably their most famous item being the Bayeaux Tapestry. We began some weaving research initially looking at all sorts of weaving examples from all over the world, including some work by a famous artist, Gunta Stolzl. We have begun our weaving experience by weaving with paper which is not as easy as it looks! The thinner the strips of paper, the fiddlier it was to weave the paper under and over.
Our ‘Steps to Success’ for paper weaving included;
Zach and Jessica did a brilliantly neat job. We look forward to weaving with wool next!
This term our project is ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.
Over the course of the term, we shall be exploring the life and historical times of William Shakespeare as well as this famous play and story. We begin with looking at examples of other fantasy story settings so that we can compare the work of Shakespeare with modern day equivalents, drawing on parallels between settings, character relationships, character analysis and plot. We shall be tapping into drama and role play to explore ideas and dilemmas through techniques such as freeze frames, role on the wall and conscious alley. Our writing will recreate the features of fantasy writing and include high levels of description and writing techniques.
"We got better at looking really closely at the detail."
" I am really proud! Mrs Giles said this is the best art I have ever done!" Jess
"I kept improving the position of the eyes and their shape. I needed to add the eye lids."
"I needed to remember that the shoulders are wider than the head."
" I took ages to do the hair but it is really effective."
“I learnt that using more batteries makes the light brighter.” Harry
“I learnt that using too many batteries can blow a bulb!” Finn
“I learnt that you can light multiple bulbs with one battery.” Sophie
We begin this term with a ‘Take One Tale’ focus followed by ‘Creepy Crawlies’, a science- based project.
For our week long ‘Take One Tale’ project, we have chosen ‘Anansi, the Spider’, an African and Caribbean myth. We shall be exploring and further developing storytelling techniques, resulting in being able to confidently retell the story. Cross curricular links will be made to art, history and geography too.
Our ‘Creepy Crawlies’ project will be exploring the characteristics and classification of minibeasts. Exploration of different local habitats is central to our learning as is the impact of human and natural changes on environments.
Please see the project overview for term 4 for a further breakdown of learning to be explored.
This term, P.E is on Mondays and Thursdays, so please wear full PE kit on these days.
Please remember to bring your pencil cases back to school with you on the 8th March, with a pencil sharpener please!
Brass lessons will resume after the Easter holidays.
Personal, social, health education and well-being lesson
Cedar Class wrote a collaborative poem focusing on positivity and happiness.
Learning adding with fractions and getting it right
Playing football with my friends at breaks
Snuggling up with my Uncle’s dog called Pig
Watching fish swimming around in the fish tank
Visiting my nan with my sister and dad
Seeing my dog and two cats and having hugs
Reading about the mischievous ‘Ickabog’ with the class
Climbing trees adventurously with friends
Playing with my cats at their loopy stage in the evening
Jumping into bed after a tiring day
Sitting down and reading a good book
Having an icy cold squash on a hot day
Hearing the sound of thunderous waterfalls after a jog
Listening to brilliant music with a friend
Returning home to my majestic tortoise
Going home to my mum and my dog and watching a relaxing DVD
What ideas could you add to this about what happiness is?
The Classification of Living Things
We have been learning about the classification of living things. By asking scientific questions with a yes or no answer, we were able to sort a group of 8 rainforest animals into individual groups.
The questions had to be based on facts about their characteristics rather than opinion.
‘Does it run fast?’ and ‘Is it playful?’ are examples of questions which are a matter of opinion. ‘Does it have wings?’ and ‘Does it have two legs?’ are more specific and scientific.
Below are some responses to listening to 'Flight of the Bumble Bee' by Russian composer Rimsky Korsakov. The whole piece is less than 2 minutes long. We heard it played on many different instruments including violin, flute, tuba, glockenspiel, trumpet, piano and guitar. The musicians all had to move their fingers very quickly indeed!
"It sounds dangerous. "
"It is exciting like the cartoon Tom and Jerry and full of adventure."
"I can hear the buzzing."
"A bee moves really quickly and so does the music - it races around and up and down."
"It is just crazy!"
What caption would you give this picture?
Zach - Best friends!
Tayla – When you read a good book it becomes your friend and you can’t let it go
Louis - You never feel alone with a book. A good friend is a good book. We share our adventures, we share our minds.
Jess - My friend is a book and we go everywhere together. We are best friends forever!
Rosie –A book is a wonder
Alfie - I am lost with a book
Leila - My best friend is a book
Ellie - Books are your best friends
Sophie - A book is your friend who can play with you any time of the day. A book is magical and adventurous too, and maybe romantic.
Toby - This book is an adventure and a thought you can read but you don’t have to talk. A book is magical, you’ll have fun, start reading now, so come on!
Cian – When you find a good book you will always like it, it will always make you laugh and smile
Isla - If it’s a good book you can disappear into a whole new world
We begin this term with a classical music focus. Our project explores a piece of music in depth whilst making cross curricular links to history, art, drama, storytelling and dance. We shall be looking at the life of the composer and the circumstances, purposes and visions for the music. Characteristic sounds and motifs will be explored and replicated using body, voice and percussion instruments whilst learning further musical terminology. The class will be working towards an end performance.
After ‘Take One Piece’, without Covid, we would have been working towards a Year 4 production of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. The same skills will be practised and developed, covering many drama elements and we aim to record aspects of the work for you to enjoy. Our writing will be exploring characterisation and script writing.
Making puppets of the characters is going to be a design and technology focus which promises to be fun, exploring and refining sewing skills.
Please note that PE will be on Tuesday and Fridays this term and children still need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on these days.
Please ensure that pencil cases are replenished with writing and colouring pencils, a pencil sharpener, glue stick, ruler and rubber where possible.
Our online learning in Term 3 during lockdown