Weekly Update 12th September 2019

Mrs Wolfe - 12 Sep 2019

We've had a fabulous week in Cedar and I am still so impressed with the way the children have settled into their new routines for this term.  Well done everyone!  I appreciate it isn't always easy after a long summer break, but you are working so hard, listening and focus are top of the class!

It's been a week of excitement with Dave from 'I Want to Ride My Bike' in school working with us to improve Bikeability skills.  It has been fantastic seeing the children on their bikes, learning and perfecting so many biking skills.  

Every morning our Early Bird tasks focus on being 'Fluent in 5'.  Pupils are given 5 maths questions and 5 SPAG questions to complete in their Early Bird time slot.  It's great practise for rapid question skills and gives pupils the opportunity to challenge themselves.  Once a week pupils have the opportunity to share their answers and strategies - great for deepening their learning skills.  Pupils are working hard every morning and we have been really pleased with their focus and concentration.  It's a great day to start the day!

English learning has been based around a mysterious suitcase and it's belongings...we soon discovered these were clues linking to the book 'The Arrival', by Shaun Tan.  It's a fantastic book that looks at the theme of migration and movement.  Pupils will explore immigration and the reasons why people have to flee countries and seek asylum.  I am looking forward to some exciting writing outcomes following some interesting and thoughful input from the children. 

'Cogheart', by Peter Bunzl, is our whole-class reading book.  This week we have been making predictions and getting to grips with VIPERS (questions to investigate whilst reading).  We are looking forward to diving into a world of time travel and adventure - watch this space. 

Place Value and Number has been our maths focus and we have been revising and getting to grips with reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10 million!  The children have been tackling some tricky challenges and thinking about the best ways to understand and solve word problems - we're diving into our RUCSAC's (a problem solving strategy) to help us improve in this area.  We've even linked maths into our grammar learning, creating Venn diagrams to sort and order dynamic and emotion verbs. 

Miss Oates has been busy introducing tricky scientific vocabulary and Mrs Buggy has been working on French skills...what a busy week!

Finally I couldn't have been prouder listening to Y5 and Y6 pupils deliver their speeches for the school council and captain nominations this week.  Well done everyone!  It is incredibly important to put yourself forward as a young leader and brilliant experience of the election process.  We are very happy to announce Lottie and Will R as our new Y6 councillors, Niamh and Rhys as our new Y5 councillors and Jack, George and Connor as our new Y6 captains.  I am sure they will do a terrific job.   

Have a super weekend - I look forward to seeing you in church on Tuesday for our Start of Term Service at 9:15am.  You are invited to meet Mrs Taylor for coffee afterwards in the school hall.

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