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2023/2024

Term 4

In Term 4's Learning Experince lessons, we will begin with D.T, looking into making doorbells using electricty. 

Term 3

This term, in English, we will be writing to persuade, all about the book Holes by Louis Sachar and following that, we will look into the classic poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. Throughout our Learning Experience lessons, we will begin by looking at electricity in science before moving on to web design in computing. To finish the term, we will be focussing on Muslims in R.E.. In Maths, our focus will begin with multiplication and division before moving on to fractions and then starting decimals and percentages. Our P.E learning this term is Netball (Wednesdays) with Mr. Bentley and Dance (Thursdays) with Mr. Copeland. For more information on any of these topics, why not check out one of the book suggestions below? 

Term Three Book Suggestions 

R.E. - Muslims

For our final learning experience of the term, Cedars will be learning all about Muslims including what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain today and whether it is more important to invest in art and architecture or charity and generosity. We will begin with a trip to the Maidstone Islamic Centre an then look into scripture to support our understanding. Chekc out the Knowledge Organiser below for more information. 

Muslims Knowledge Organiser

We began our experience with an amazing trip to the Maidstone Islamic Centre. We found the Imam so interesting and the Islamic texts (such as the Qur'an) so facinating. 

Through looking at our books, you can see how we have developed our fingertip knowledge into palm knowledge. 

      

  

Computing - Web Design (A Spider's Favourite Job!)

For this exciting learning experience, we will build on our knowledge of webpages in order to design and build a website. We will begin by looking into the key structure of a website before evaluating and discussing existing websites that exist in the world. After, we will use a program called Just2Easy to build our own website on a topic of our choosing. For more details, please take a look at our knowledge organiser below!  

Web Design Knowledge Organiser

We looked at the key vocabulary for websites and theb mapped out how web pages link to make a website. 

     

We evaluated existing websites that were familiar to us based on their navigation, aesthetics and functionality. 

          

We then planned our own we pages including hyperlinks and key information. 

               

          

Electricity - Watt an Idea!

We start term three by looking at electricity in science. We will begin by looking into what electricity is before learning the electrical symbols used to represent the components in a circuit. After that, we will explore electrical circuits, investigating what may affect the brightness of a bold or effectiveness of a motor. We will learn how to accurately draw circuits, and discuss where different types of circuit may be used and why. Have a look at our knowledge organiser for more information! 

Electricity Knowledge Organiser
Science Museum Trip

To link our electricity and computing learning experiences, Cedar were lucky enough to visit the Science Museum and spend the day exploring gadgets from the past to now. 

 

                                                                        

          

              

We explored the symbols used to represent different electrical components in a circuit and then applied our learning to build our own series and parallel circuits from diagrams. 

    

                    

Term 2

We will start this term learning all about the human body in science before moving on to set design in DT. After that, we will move on to 'Rock and Roll to Rap' in music and then end the term with a PSHE focus on the health implications of drugs and alcohol. In English, we will be writing to entertain based on 'Crater Lake' by Jennifer Killick and 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan. In our Maths lessons we start the term focussing on multiplication and division before learning all about fractions. P.E. for term two will be gymnastics with Mr. Copeland and Quidditch with Mr. Bentley. Check out the linked books for this term's topics below. 

Term Two Book Suggestions

Drugs and Alcohol

We end this term by looking at the risks and dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use. We will begin by looking at these substances with an A-Life workshop. After this, we will discuss these dangers in class and look into how we can make informed choices in later life around these issues. Why not look at the things we will cover by taking a glance at our knowledge organiser below! 

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Knowledge Organiser

We had a fantastic workshop with A-Life, all about the risks of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and misuse. 

                

Some lucky volunteers got to try jelly beans to demonstrate the idea that when you take a drug, you have no idea when you are putting in your body. Some lucky children (and Miss Gibson) had nice flavours. Some had flavours such as sick or rotten bandage!! 

      

The 'beer goggles' were hilarious!

 

Year 5 worked in mixed groups across Palm and Cedar to look at scenarios involving different substances.
What would you do?  

                

Music - Rock and Roll to Rap

Wee will continue our learning in Term Two by looking at music and the way in which music developed from Rock and Roll in the 60's through disco in the 70's and 80's to Rap in the late 80's and early 90's. We will look in close detail at identifying and appraising each type of music before having a go at composing and performing our one songs in one of these styles. Have a look at the knowledge organiser below for more information! 

Rock and Roll to Rap Knowledge Organiser

Check out our amazing musical compositions. Can you guess if they are rap, disco or rock and roll? 

 

 

 

Set Design - Harry Potter

Four our second learning experience of term two, we will be exploring how to make replica sets from the famous Harry Potter films, through art. We will begin with a very exciting trip to Harry Potter Studios before exploring how to manipulate and combine materials and media for effects. We will then explore how to use the inspiration from our trip to create our own replica sets in groups. Have a look at the knowledge organiser for more information on our learning. 

3D Set Design Knowledge Organiser
Harry Potter Studios

Cedars were lucky enough to travel to Harry Potter Studios to gain an immersive experience of the different sets used in the Harry Potter films. We all had an amazing time and gained some life-long memories!

                        

        

        

 

                                    

We be-Lung together, you aorta know!

We will begin this learning experience by engaging in an Explorer Dome on the human body. We will then move on to learning all about the circulatory system and then the digestive system and the ways they support the body. Lastly, we will look at the ways in which the human body can be affected by external factors such as drugs and tobacco or exercise can either positively or negatively impact the body. Have a look at our knowledge organiser below. 

Human Body Knowledge Organiser
Blood making with a difference! 

We also explored the make-up of our blood. The red cereal hoops represent the red blood cells, the marshmallows represent the white blood cells, the chocolate cereal are the platelets and the turmeric solution represents the mineral-rich plasma. 

          

      

Cedars dissect a heart! 

To support our learning on the circulatory system, Cedars dissected a lamb's heart to explore how this amazing organ keeps our own blood pumping. 

                            

Explorer Dome

We had the best time during our human body Explorer Dome checking out all the interesting and gross things inside the human body. 

                  

Maths - Cube Numbers

We kicked off this term by learning all about how cube numbers make cubes with cubes. 

Term 1

This term, we will be covering Maya in history, natural disasters in geography, HTML in computing, finishing the term with a PSHE themed week around money. In English, we will be writing to inform based on 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis. In our maths lessons, we will look into place value, addition, subtraction and begin to look at multiplication and division. PE this term will be Yoga with Mr Copeland and Rugby with Mr Bentley.

Money Week!

For money week, we spent our time learning all about different ways adults get money and the ways it can be spent and managed in order to be self-sufficient. Have a look at the money week knowledge organiser below. 

PSHE Themed Week - Money

English - Poetry

Have a look at our amazing poems based on Benjamin Zephaniah's work. 

HTML

This learning experience is all about creating webpages using HTML. We will learn all the key terminology before learning key skills and tags to allow us to create a webpage based on natural disasters. Check out our knowledge organiser below! 

HTML Knowledge Organiser

Look at our amazing webpages! 

The Earth-Quakes with Fear

We will begin this learning experience by looking at the structure of the Earth. Following this, we will look in more detail at the way in which the Earth's crust is organised into tectonic plates before exploring how disasters can occur at plate boundaries. To start, we will explore how earthquakes and tsunamis happen and then move on to volcanoes and the processes involved in a volcanic eruption. For more information on our learning, check out our Knowledge Organiser. 

Natural Disasters Knowledge Organiser

We looked at layers of the Earth and at the tectonic plates that make up the crust of our planet. 

EARTHQUAKE!

Miss Gibson kept tricking us with an earthquake drill. We knew to get under the tables and hold on. 

Look at our super learning on how an earthquake occurs. 

We spent time looking at tsunamis and volcanoes too. Check out our work. 

English

We have spent time recapping sentence structure in English and have begun using this to write a diary entry from the perspective of Edmund. To help us get into character, we shared Turkish Delight and a hot, creamy, sweet drink (Horlicks!) and recorded our thoughts. Opinions were divided. 

Maths

This term we have been exploring place value. We have learnt that using manipulatives helps us to deepen our understanding and work out why the answer is the answer. 

Yoga

We have been loving yoga with Mr. Copeland this term. We have already learnt poses such as elephant, tree and warrior. 

Murderous Maya!

We will begin this learning experience with an immersive workshop about the Maya Civilisation. In this workshop, we will play Pok-A-Tok, a brutal game played by the Maya, look at artefacts, create Mayan jewellery, complete a quiz, learn som Mayan dances and then re-enact a traditional Maya sacrifice. We will then spend some time looking at where the Maya came from and looking into the Maya Timeline, comparing it to events we have already learnt about that occurred in Britain during the same time period. We will then look in more detail at day to day life of the Maya including religion and social structure. Check out our knowledge organiser for more information.

Maya Knowledge Organiser

Maya Timelines

Look at our timelines showcasing the impressive Maya time period. We were amazed by how long the civilisation lasted! 

Maya Workshop

We had an amazing time learning about the Maya in our workshop. Lots of us dressed up too! 

We learnt how to play Pok-a-Tok. The ball was not allowed to touch the floor OR our hands and feet! It was actually really hard. 

Miss Fanning helped us learn about artefacts from the Maya time. 

We also made Mayan jewellery with Miss Boddy and completed a quiz on the Maya with Miss Jones. 

After lunch, we learnt how to create our own Mayan dances in teams. We then performed them to the rest of the year. 

Finally, Miss Jones sacrificed one unfortunate child. She even pretended to paint her victim blue, skin them and take out their heart! Luckily, we don't live in the Maya times so a blue apron and paint had to suffice.