Cedar Class Year 5

Welcome to Cedar Class
The Mighty Titanic
Spring Term
This term the children in Cedar Class will be travelling across the Atlantic Ocean and learning about The Mighty Titanic. 
We will be focusing on the design and structure of the ship, the Geographical journey it took from component parts to it's fateful sinking and the Historical context of the Edwardian period. 
We will spend our Design and Technology lessons learning about and constructing our very own 'unsinkable ships'.
During our English lessons we will be reading The Titanic Detective Agency and using it to inform and inspire us in our writing where we will be completing persuasive writing, biographical writing, explanation texts and story writing.
Our indoor PE lessons this term will be covering Dance and during our outdoor sessions, we will be honing our skills in Tennis. 
Autumn Term
This term we are learning about the Ancient Egyptians through the theme Temples, tombs and treasures.
Cedar class have a desert themed classroom complete with a pharaoh's tomb. 
During our English lessons, we will be exploring a text which will transport the children to another time, igniting their imagination and thirsts for adventure. The Secrets of a Sun King will help frame writing opportunities and link learning across the curriculum. 
Our Science focus this term will center largely around the solar system and the way that the Ancient Egyptians used the stars.
In our Art lessons, we will be using our sculpting skills to create our own Canopic jars and during Design and Technology, we will be thinking about the mechanics of how the pyramids were built. 
During PE lessons, we will be learning gymnastics indoors and playing hockey in our outdoor sessions. 
Key Information
Cedar Class will continue to have their PE lessons on a MONDAY and WEDNESDAY. Children are encouraged to have their PE kits in school throughout the week. Should a PE lesson be cancelled due to adverse weather the teacher will try to find another slot during the week, if all children have their kit i school during the week and this happens, nobody will be left out. 
Homework is sent home on a FRIDAY afternoon. This will continue to consist of the week's spelling pattern, an English task and a Maths activity. Homework is expected back in school by the following WEDNESDAY, meaning that the teacher has an opportunity to provide feedback to the children. Should there e any issues, children are encouraged to see their class teacher before Wednesday to access any support required. 
Reading Records will continue to be monitored on a daily basis. Children are expected to be reading at home at least 3 times per week to support their learning in school. The week's reading will be added up each Friday morning and children who have managed to read 3 times per week will get to name and place a lego brick on the class model. At the end of each term, these bricks are placed into a raffle for each class and the child's brick that is selected will be able to order a book of their choice. 
Spellings and Times tables
Tests for these will take place on a FRIDAY afternoon. The children will then record their scores in their Reading Records to take home.