Welcome to Cedar Class!
During term 5, Cedar class researched the life and art of Andy Warhol. They created a two-page spread of information about him in their sketch books and investigated colour. Following this, the children recreated Warhol’s Mickey Mouse print, designed their own print and used polystyrene tiles to transfer their design to create their own Warhol inspired t-shirts. Finally, they created an original piece of Warhol inspired artwork using oil pastels. They all thoroughly enjoyed this topic and worked so carefully to achieve such fantastic results.
During term 4’s Geography topic ‘Somewhere to settle’, Cedar class learnt about different types of land use, comparing uses in urban and rural areas. As part of this, Cedar class looked at the land use in Trowbridge in 1900 compared to today.
We then carried out a survey which involved walking to Trowbridge town centre, recording the types of land use we saw and also suggesting ways Trowbridge could be improved. One major area identified by the children as needing improving was the derelict Bowyers site. They had many exciting suggestions as to how the land could be used, including a water park!
Cedar had a very exciting start to term 3 when they were visited by Al Sylvester, a polar explorer, who shared his experiences of his expedition to the South Pole. The children listened intently whilst they learnt the importance of teamwork, honesty and most importantly, to never give up. Al was an inspiring speaker who left quite an impression on both the children and the adults. His visit was a fantastic start to our topic on Antarctica, with the topic question being ‘Why do penguins prefer electric cars?’
As part of the Trowbridge Christmas Tree Festival, Cedar class made decorations for a Christmas tree to go on display at the Church. They made little woollen hats to hand from the tree and filled the tree with lovely messages about why they like coming to Newtown School. The tree is on display at St. James' Church until 4th December
Congratulations to Theo and Klementyna, the first children in Cedar Class to receive their 75 reads certificates.
As part of our DT topic on boats, Cedar class have written newspaper reports on the sinking of the Titanic. They have produced some excellent reports, two of which are shown below.
Cedar Class have enjoyed their Maths learning this week. They have been investigating multiples, factors and common factors of numbers using Numicon. They have worked well collaboratively and supported each other to understand each concept.
Cedar Class have had a brilliant start to term 2. Our first topic this term is DT, where we are making boats. The children discussed the design brief, then practiced measuring and cutting accurately before making their prototypes. They are now beginning to construct their final products so watch this space!
It’s been brilliant to see that some of the children have been inspired to carry out some fantastic home learning by making some amazing boats at home.
During term 1, the history topic in Cedar Class has been Anglo-Saxons and Scots. The children began the topic by carrying out an enquiry into who was buried at Sutton Hoo. They studied written and photographic evidence and made hypotheses, before making their final predictions. Cedar Class correctly identified that King Raedwald had been buried there along with his possessions as was the custom in Anglo Saxon times.
During the remainder of the topic, Cedar Class found out about the Anglo-Saxon way of life through looking at historical artefacts, the jobs they had and the types of houses they lived in. They were able to identify place names in England that originated from Anglo-Saxon times. They also discovered that the Scots were invaders from Ireland, not Scotland as they had first thought.
Cedar class have thoroughly enjoyed their PE lessons so far this term, not only have they have been improving their hockey skills with Mrs Bieda, they are also becoming better rugby players, as they have been fortunate to have Gav from Bath Rugby coaching them. He has been really impressed with their sportsmanship and has also identified some future rugby stars!