Cedar Class - Key Stage 2

Terms 1 and 2 Project - Maafa

In the Maafa project, your child will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Your child will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Your child will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.

Class Text

Windrush Child – Benjamin Zephaniah

Memorable experience

Trip to the British Museum 

Innovate challenge

Inspirational Black Britons


Ancient African kingdoms; Development of the transatlantic slave trade; Britain's role in the slave trade; Human impact; Everyday life on plantations; Rebellion and marronage; Causes and consequences of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery; Colonisation of Africa; Black people in 20th century Britain; Race Relations Act; Equality Act; Significant black Britons; Multiculturalism.


The Arrival, Still I Rise, The River, 


Circulatory system

Music Dancing in the Street

As part of our Trailblazers and Barrier breakers mini art project, we analysed and appraised the work of different black artists including Chris Ofili and Augusta Savage. We then focused on the Work of Turgo Bastien, a Hatian artist who uses key ideas and motifs in his abstrat work. We used his work as inspiriation for our own pieces in his style. We used pencil, watercolour and pastels to create the effect. How amazing do they look?

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As part of Geography, we have been brushing up on our map skills through looking at OS maps; measuring scale and distance and unpicking the different symbols on a map. Here we are in action!

Map 1 Map 2



Memorable Experience

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming memorable experience. 


PE – Tuesday and Thursday: Please ensure that children arrive on Tuesdays and Thursdays in their PE kits and bring a named water bottle with them on these days.


Home learning

Reading Books

We hope that you will be able to read with your child for at least 10 minutes per day. Every Friday we will have a library session during which your child will choose a new reading book to take home or continue with one they are already reading.  Books cannot be changed for a new text unless the previous one is returned.


Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots

Please use your username and password to log into the platforms (it is the same for both).  Here you can practise your number bonds and times tables. Certificates will be given out in Celebration Assembly on Fridays.

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Time table practice. A specific times table will be set by your teacher weekly

https://numbots.com/ - Number bond practice.


Diagnostic Questions Quiz

A quiz linked to our week’s maths activities can be found on https://diagnosticquestions.com/ These will be set weekly for each group. New codes for each group can be found here:







Topic homework will be set on Satchel One. You can pick from a range of projects, and it is expected that three will be completed over each half term. You can bring your homework into school to show the class. Your child’s wonderful work will either then be returned or displayed in the classroom. We can’t wait to see your amazing home learning!


Every day

Your child will need to bring in a healthy snack (a piece of fruit or veg) everyday for break, and a full water bottle.

Please keep an eye on the school newsletters, especially the ‘Dates for the Diary’. We will keep updating the school website throughout the term so make sure you have a look to see your child’s amazing learning!

Religious Education

In RE this term we have been exploring the big question:

What is it like for Christians to follow God?

We have been learning the Old Testament. The Old Testament explains that the People of God are meant to show the benefits of having a relationship with God, and to attract all other nations to worshipping God. ​

Christians believe through Jesus, all people can become the People of God.

In Collective Worship, our current value is Compassion. We have been thinking about how Jesus put the needs of others before his own and showed his love for them by beng compassionate. We have also been focusing on noticing a need to ensure that we take time out of our days to help others. 

Mark 6.34: And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.'



Prayer Spaces

Prayer spaces in schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.

Every day our children are given the opportunity to take the time to reflect on a question, thought or prayer in their own way. We are linking our prayer space this term to our value of Compassion. We have considered using marbles to help us reflect on those who are ill, sick or in need of our prayers.

Someone who needed our prayers especially recently was the Queen. Upon hearing the sad news of her death, we reflected on "the empty throne" and how it feels when someone dies - it is like there is an empty chair. We created our own prayers, thought and reflections and filled our "throne" so that it was no longer empty.

Prayer chair Prayer chair 2

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