Autumn 2 Information

Mrs Wolfe - 08 Nov 2018

A warm welcome back to you all following the October half-term break.   It has been fantastic to see so many of our children returning to school with enthusiasm and a focused approach to their learning. 
A great first half term…
We were very impressed with the hard work and commitment to learning that pupils showed last half-term.  Returning to school after the summer holiday can take quite a bit of adjusting- especially with a classroom change; however Cedar class pupils soon settled in and got back in to the swing of things.  Our new classroom is absolutely amazing and is really starting to feel like home.  Routines are in place and our children have a clear understanding of what is expected regarding attitudes to learning.
What really makes us proud is watching the children mature into such great role models for our school – some of our children are really taking on board the importance of being a Cedar class pupil and approaching their responsibilities whole-heartedly.  Year 5 and 6 is an important transition point in every child’s learning journey.  It is great to see them make the most of their final years of primary school, preparing themselves for their next steps into secondary school.
Home Learning
Thank you to all pupils that have completed their home learning tasks and built upon their learning in school.  There have been some fantastic pieces of work handed in and it is great to see pupils taking their learning further.  The Roman projects have been outstanding – we are so impressed with the thought, time and effort that have gone in to them.  A lot of learning has clearly taken place – well done to all pupils who completed their projects.  A huge well done to the Y6 pupils who completed their revision papers over the holidays – it is really important that pupils do complete these.  I have extended the deadline to next Tuesday to ensure that all Y6 pupils have covered the same revision.
Home-school Links
Thank you to all parents who have used our pupil planners to communicate with myself or Mrs Buggy last half-term.  Please encourage your child to bring their planners in every day, as it really does enhance children’s organisation skills and aids communication.  A huge thank you to parents for supporting us with our new building routines – as we begin learning at 8:45 every morning we kindly request that you leave messages in planners, or at the office.  You are always very welcome to pop in at the end of the day if you wish to speak to us in person.  Due to the fact that KS2 now share a cloakroom we also kindly request that pupils enter the building independently each morning.
We are continuing our Roman theme this half-term and have been busy adding the finishing touches to our shields this week, which look fantastic!  Later this half-term we will be using them to learn about Roman formations and battles. 

This week we have begun our food technology work with Mrs Brassington.  Tomorrow we will be visiting Pizza Express in Harrogate to learn even more about food preparation and food science.

It has been a thoughtful week pulling our Remembrance work together for our centenary assembly tomorrow.  Pupils listened to WW1 poetry, which they used to inspire their own prayer poems. 

Our community work has continued this week with a visit from Alice and Peter from the Rotary Club, who told us all about Aquabox and how our money will help those in need when disaster strikes.  Cedar class also learnt about poverty that is much more closer to home with a visit from Xander’s mum, who works for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  Pupils thought about what poverty is and learnt about the different kinds of poverty that we may or may not see in our daily lives.  They were given a budget to calculate what a family of 3 may need, with incomings and outgoings.  This really put the children’s maths skills to the test, but also got them thinking about basic human survival needs.  It was a very informative workshop and we have a lot of learning to reflect on.

Mrs Harris has been busy working with Cedar to learn the songs for our forthcoming Young Voices concert next year.  Cedar will also be attending the Save the Children concert again, so lots of song lyrics to learn. 

Please access the curriculum page to read our curriculum jigsaw for this half term, which shares information regarding the curriculum areas that will be taught, outlining the learning that we will cover.  You will also find a copy of our Autumn 2 timetable available on our Newsletter tab.
The Cedar Class Team
Mrs Buggy will continue to support in Cedar class every morning and run intervention sessions in the afternoon.
Mr Powell will teach P.E. and Mrs Harris will teach music every Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Irving will teach P.E. every Friday afternoon.
Mrs Martin is available for drop-in nurture when required - pupils just need to let her know if they wish to see her.

Thank you to Mr Weld for continuing his story session with us every Monday, Mrs Spensley for listening to readers every Monday afternoon and Pippa for her continued work with Eco-school.  
Please note there will be no celebration assembly this week due to our Centenary Assembly tomorrow at 2:45pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a great half term!

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