Cedar SEMH Unit: Blog items

Happy Hanukkah!

Date: 30th Nov 2021 @ 2:45pm

As our topic in Cedar this half-term is all about different festivals, this week we are learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Today, we have learned about the story of Hanukkah, how some Jewish people may celebrate Hanukkah and made our own Dreidel. We then played the Dreidel Game which is traditionally played during Hanukkah celebrations.

Rama and Sita Story

Date: 19th Nov 2021 @ 8:01am

For our Reading into Writing Journey this week we have been developing our story writing skills so we can write a descriptive story about Rama and Sita. We have been learning to extend our sentences using conjunctions and making the sentences more interesting by thinking of interesting adjectives. We then shared our ideas to write a paragraph of the story as a small group together.

We Will Remember

Date: 16th Nov 2021 @ 10:11am

We have done lots of learning around Remembrance Day in Cedar. This has included making poppies on crosses and planting them in our school Remembrance Garden, learning about why poppies are a symbol of remembrance and making poppy crafts to help us show our respects for soldiers who were injured and lost their lives for us.

Topic with a Bang!

Date: 4th Nov 2021 @ 3:38pm

This week we introduced our new topic 'Celebrations' with a study into the history of Bonfire Night. We learnt about how Guy Fawkes and his gang plotted to blow up the House of Lords and how he was caught. After our studies, we retold the story, placing them on a timline and looked into why his signiture of confession was so different to his original. We believed it was due to all the torture he went through before he finally confessed.

We then enjoyed making bonfire night art using coloured paper and glitter glue pens.

No Pens... No Problem!

Date: 8th Oct 2021 @ 7:57am

This week we took part in the whole school 'No Pen Day!' and boy did we have fun! Our lessons were 100% practical and discussion based. We used physical 2D and 3D shapes to learn about their properties and their names by sorting, describing and playing games. We also found the features of information texts using blue tack and string to label a WAGGOL. In the afternoon we were lucky enough to find out about the importance of recycling using Now Press Play.

Who gets your vote?

Date: 1st Oct 2021 @ 10:21am

Today the whole school have been voting for who they want as their school councillor to represent their class. In Cedar, we had three pupils who put themselves forward so these three pupils pitched to the class on why we should vote for them to represent us. We then went to the school hall to cast our votes before having a special school lunch to celebrate the day. We found out who had been voted in for each year group in a virtual whole school assembly this afternoon.

A big congratulations to our Cedar School Councillor.

Let's investigate

Date: 30th Sep 2021 @ 11:28am

This week in science we have been learning about the properties of different every day materials. We practically investigated the objects by trying to change their shape. We then made our own special material 'oobleck' and found out what the properties were, realising it was different depending on whether we were touching it or not.  

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.