Hello and welcome to the Cherry Class webpage. Cherry's teacher is Mr Wilcox and Cherry's teaching assistants are Mrs Paxford and Mrs Eaton. This page will be updated termly with information that may be of interest to you regarding projects, timetables, curriculum maps, videos, pictures and more. It will be useful to keep checking this page for any helpful documents and pages that will keep you informed about the goings-on in Cherry this year.
Our PE days are Mondays (Swimming), Wednesdays (Football) and Thursdays (Badminton).
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In Cherry, we have been learning about traditions during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. One of the most popular traditions is making oily foods. These foods are cooked in oil because of the story of oil outlasting its one-day capacity and burning for 8 days instead. The Jewish people therefore make sufganiyot (jam doughnuts) and latkes to remember this story. We decided to take this one step further by firstly designing our own doughnuts and then matching them to the designs. They then created packaging for their doughnuts and evaluated the process at the end of the mini-project.
This term our project is World War I. We have been learning about the causes of the war and several of the crucial parts such as the trenches, women's roles, the Battle of the Somme, propaganda, and training for the war.
In Cherry, we read poems such as 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae, 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas. We were amazed by how different they all were and the impact they each had on us as readers. Many felt the guilt and anguish in 'The Owl', almost everyone felt the shock and horror of 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and the sadness and longing of 'In Flanders Fields'. In response we wrote some poems of our own - I wonder if you can tell which of the three poems inspired this one the most.
In our Shakespeare project, we have been stepping in a character's shoes as we’ve explored the murder of King Duncan from the perspective of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo and the guards. We used drama and role play to imagine we were asking these characters questions and using their responses to inform our subsequent questions. We then put what we had recorded into a newspaper report and typed some of them up.
As Macbeth is known as 'The Scottish Play', we dug a bit deeper into Scotland and explored some links to Scotland in more detail. One area we looked into was the national flower which is the thistle. We decided to use the thistle as inspiration for our artwork and did some detailed sketches - we focussed on tone and shading to try and bring a seemingly simple flower into life. We were very pleased with the results which you can see below.
We have been doing double-page spreads on themes within Macbeth - we identified some common threads within the story and recorded the details underneath. We got the opportunity to choose the themes and present it in a way that would be visually pleasing.
Over the last 2 weeks we have been looking at 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' by Claude-Joseph Vernet. We have been using this painting to inspire our writing work and our art. In writing, we wrote poems and descriptive pieces linking to the painting. See some examples below: