Cedar SEMH Unit: Blog items

Our Maths journey so far...

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 9:56am

In Maths this week we have been working really hard to develop our calculation skills. We have been learnining to count mentally in different stages (eg. 2s, 5s, 10s) from any number. Trying to spot patterns to help us with our accuracy and speed. We have also been developing addition and subtraction skills. We first learnt methods before applying our skills to various problems.

Digital Artists

Date: 20th Sep 2021 @ 12:48pm

In computing this half-term we are becoming digital artists. So far, we have learned how to make digital images using shapes in the drawing function in Google Docs.

Building Relationships

Date: 17th Sep 2021 @ 7:57am

This half term we are building our communication and relationship skills in Lego Therapy. Each person in the group has a role, whether that be builder, supplier or director. The builder is not aloud to see the pictures of the instructions and must follow the from other peers in the group. Look at the pictures of the children's first active session to see how they got along.

Eco Warriors!

Date: 13th Sep 2021 @ 12:22pm

This half-term in Cedar, we are going to be eco warriors!

We started our topic by investigating Miss T's rubbish into what is recyclable or non-recylable. We discussed each item and how some parts of the items weren't and some were so we would have to separate them.

We learned about how must plasic there is in the oceans and seas and what we can do to help. We then used some of Miss T's rubbish to junk model our own sea creatures.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Date: 8th Sep 2021 @ 9:31am

This week we began our new PE topic Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Mr Willets, our sports coach, set up a number of team work activities. But there was a twist... we had to do the activities blindfolded! This meant we had to use our speaking and listening skills and put our trust in our peers to guide us through the activities. We had a great time and learnt so much!

Hooray For Heritage Blackpool!

Date: 9th Jul 2021 @ 3:53pm

As part of the whole school Heritage Day, Cedar class learnt about the history of Stanley Park. We began the day by taking part in a virtual heritage tour of the park by completing a timeline of events and other activities. We then created our own Heritage Information Plaques about varea areas of the park. In the afternoon we studied advertising posters of Stanley Park from the 1920s and 1930s before making our own poster.

We had a visitor!

Date: 3rd Jul 2021 @ 9:30am

This week we had a little visitor! It was lovely for our children to look after this little chap one afternoon this week. The children got to interact and hold him as we learnt about chicks and what they grow up to be.

Outdoor Phonics!

Date: 18th Jun 2021 @ 4:14pm

This week we have been making the making the most of the sunny weather and have taken our phonics lessons outside. Some of us were practising spelling words with the ck digraph and other words with the ow digraph.

Extending our Vocabulary

Date: 18th Jun 2021 @ 4:11pm

This week in our Reading to Writing journey we have been focusing on GPS. We have been learning about the different word classes and sentence types. We played word games to extend our vocabulary and then used them in our complex sentences descrbing the adventures of Super Squirrel!

We give our Maths lessons 10 out of 10

Date: 15th Jun 2021 @ 4:48pm

This week in Maths we have been learning to count 10s and adding and subtracting multiples of 10. We had lots of fun completing our own 10s maze, using numicon to count in 10s and completing our own number line. Then we made a tennis ball target game to find totals of 2 multiples of 10.

Newsletter Summer 2 2021

Date: 6th Jun 2021 @ 6:27pm

To infinity and beyond!

Date: 19th May 2021 @ 8:10am

This week we have continued with our topic 'Journey to Space' by painting our own new planet. We used layed watercolours then added unique patterns by blowing paint onto the planets. We were very pleased with the results.

In science,  we found out about the different phases of the moon. We then used the inside of oreo biscuits to display our learning.

Terrific Typing

Date: 7th May 2021 @ 11:46am

In our computing lessons, we have been improving our typing and presentation skills.

We have used our computing skills across the curriculum too by manipulating shapes in maths and writing up our Hot Write from Reading into Writing.

'Four!' Golf in Cedar

Date: 7th May 2021 @ 10:46am

This half term we have been learning new golf skills. This week we learnt how to chip the ball using a ‘wedge’. We learnt how to hold the golf club correctly, and the correct technique to swing the club and hit the ball. Our aim was to chip the ball as close to the fake river without it going in. 

Mega Maths

Date: 28th Apr 2021 @ 3:47pm

In KS2 we have been enjoying learning the properties of 2D shapes. We used Venn diagrams to find out how 2D shapes are similar and different.

In KS1 we have been learning to read and write numbers all the way to 100. We have been learning in creatively using number squares, songs and puzzles. 

No Pen Day in Cedar

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 10:00am

On Tuesday we had one of our termly No Pen Days.

In maths, KS2 pupils looked at 2D shapes and their properties whilst KS1 pupils were practising counting in 2s.

In reading into writing, KS2 pupils looked at different word classes whilst KS1 pupils used colourful semantics cards to build sentences and talk about what happened in the story Beegu.

Reading into Writing Journey

Date: 21st Apr 2021 @ 12:58pm

Here in Cedar, we have begun our new Reading into Writing journey focusing on Biographies. We began by reading through a number of biographies of famous people, picking out the main features of the genre. We also identified some GPS features within the genre and have been working on developing our skills. We first identified when and why we use capital letters. We learnt what the difference is between proper nouns, common nouns and pronouns. We then learnt how to use apostrophes for contractions and procession. We are looking forward to applying our new skills in extended writing when we write our own biography about Neil Armstrong. 

Sensory Circuits

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 11:32am

Cedar class use daily sensory circuits to help them focus into learning. We focus on the 3 main elements to help stimulate the brain which increases pupils concentration. First, we activate the body by completing short active tasks. Today we focused on incresing the heart rate with shutle runs. Then we use coordinating activities to focus our mind. Today we used log rolls and balancing exercises. Finally, we calm our bodies by doing relaxing exercises to regulate our emotions and put us into the 'green zone' of regulation. Today we completed wall stretches and the weighted blanket. 

Mega Measuring

Date: 17th Mar 2021 @ 11:24am

This week we have been working hard in Maths to measure the length of various objects and the distance of various 2 points. We learnt how to use different meauring tools and convert between mm, cm and m. We worked practically to develop our skills and we applied our skills when we made our own challenges to solve using measures.

We have also been learning how to use different sorting charts, using our shape knowledge to practically create our own data. 

2D Shapes

Date: 12th Mar 2021 @ 7:55am

This week in Cedar, we have been learning about 2D shapes. We learnt their names and their different properties.

We also have fun making 2D shapes using wooden lollisticks, geoboards and pegboards.


Making the Right Choices

Date: 10th Mar 2021 @ 4:24pm

This week in PSHE, we have been looking closely at making the right choices in class. We have identified appropriate behaviour during lesson time and break time and in some circumstances when it may be during both. We then learned about positive and negative consequences for our choices and how we can celebrate good choices during our Cedar Time.

Cedar children have been making great choices this week and had fun celebrating by the different choices of activity each day.

Having a Roaring Time on World Book Day

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 3:59pm

In the morning, Cedar joined in with World Book Day by completing various book tasks. The younger pupils enjoyed reading The Dinosaur Who Pooped a Planet before making our own dinosaur models.

The older pupils completed tasks from our class reading book- A Boy in A Dress. They then used their Maths skills to survey the staff from the school about their favourite children's book. They used the data to create their own graphs and charts and would you believe it 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' was the most popular!