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Autumn

We love Netball!

We've been working on netball this Autumn. We started with passing accurately and we discovered there are 3 passes we needed to start with; chest pass, bounce pass and lob/overhead pass.

We've worked to focus on finding space and being able to make room for each other.

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Investigating vibration

How are sounds made?

Linked to our radio topic we have been investigating how sounds actually happen. We found out that vibrations travel as sound waves, disrupting the air and allowing the bones in our ears to pick them up!

The amplitude of a sound wave is determined by the loudness of the sound.

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Our fantastic poetry- final draft.

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Our Drama Practice

We have been sharing ideas, thoughts and actions in our drama circle this week, thinking carefully about all of the ways we can communicate our characters emotions and ideas.

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Netball -shooting practice

We've worked so hard on our netball game that we have now learnt about blocking, passing and shooting. Mrs Mills got out the nets for us to use so we could work on the accuracy of our shooting and start to focus on positions and travelling.

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Does the size of your ears affect the way you hear sounds?

Cedar class have been investigating the way we hear sounds and the working of the outer and inner ear. Through all of our work we have focused on the idea of vibrations being captured by the pinnae (outer ear) and funneled through to the small bones of the inner ear before being processed by the brain. However, we thought it would be interesting the test the size of the pinnae to see if that made a difference- did it act like a funnel?

 

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Getting into character

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We have been focusing on the Nightmare Man by Pie Corbett for this spooky week! The children considered the relationship between two characters, using their empathy skills to really think about how each character must be feeling and why. This led to some really interesting discussion about our own parents and when we should raise concerns with them and how best we can consider others feelings.

Using our musical skills

We've been learning to read sheet music accurately by using symbols and notes combined. It helped us because the letters (for the notes) are printed on the bars of the glockenspiel. 

 

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Gymnastic Fantastic

We have been focusing on quality of position and partner work, building sequences to develop our skills and creating quality movements accurately. To this we started from the floor, thinking about pathways and directional movements, exploring the intricacies of leaving the ground and landing without a sound. This meant then looking at jumps and balances. Our learning journey then focused on the use partner movement and we watched footage of olympic and world class gymnasts to inspire us. Eventually, we elevated our work onto the equipment, then we evaluated, improved and re performed our work. Excellent peer feedback Cedar!

 

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Showcase Preparation

Oh how we love to share our work with all of our parents! Especially this time as we get to do a RAP battle in the hall! We know you will love it parents! We've been selecting the most effective poems from our books in groups, voting to choose and then improving the poems collectively to make the best version to perform. This has included adding singing and rap sections that we learnt about in our music work this half term. Wealso have bee using our DT skills to design, consult, improve and produce our very own T-shirts. We've been using press print tiles to create our designs and we've added embellishments. It's been a hard-working, creative and end goal focused kinda week around here......may the best class (Cedar, clearly) win! 

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Drama with Juliet Fry

Across KS2 we are currently working together on an exciting drama initiative as part of our ongoing drive to evolve and develop our teaching practice in school and, most importantly, get the best outcomes for our brilliant children. Part of this is our whole school focus on oracy and writing. So we have been lucky enough to work with a drama practitioner who is coming in to work with use for 6 sessions across the school year. To kick things off we have been working on the Nativity and as you can see below we were all captivated to write in role as citizens of Nazareth.

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