Cedar - Key Stage 2

Term 5 and 6 Project - Britain at War

                  Britain at War

In the Britain at War project, your child will learn about the main causes of the First World War and which countries were the major players. They will investigate why so many men volunteered to fight and then sequence the events at the start of the war. Using various sources of evidence, the children will learn about life in the trenches and the consequences of new weaponry. They will listen to first-hand accounts of life on the home front and evaluate the impact of war on everyday life. They will also discover the events that led to the Allied Powers’ victory and the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles. The children will also learn about the causes and main events of the Second World War. They will find out how Britain prepared itself for war and the war’s impact on civilian life. They will learn about the Battle of Britain and how it proved to be a key turning point for the Allied Powers. They will also hear about Anne Frank and discover what her story tells us about the treatment of Jewish people by the Nazi Party. The children will research the causes and consequences of the end of the Second World War and investigate the legacy of the wars in Britain. Closer to home, the children will research the life of a local First World War hero who sacrificed their life fighting for Britain. They will also investigate the legacy of these global conflicts in the post-war period.

Class Text

Goodnight Mister Tom

Memorable experience

Evacuee Day!

Innovate challenge

Memorial books


Letters from the Lighthouse (interview); The Malfeasance (Poetry); Rose Blanche (Narrative); I believe in Unicorns (Narrative)


First and Second World Wars; Causes; Warring nations; Weaponry, warfare and technology; Key events and battles; Impact on citizens and everyday life; Significant leaders; End of war; Local history study; Remembrance; Post-war Britain


Place and interconnections; Maps
Science Light Theory; Evolution and Inheritance
Music Composing using your Imagination; Three little Birds
Computing We are Architects


Terms 3 and 4: Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

As part of our innovate challenge, we were scientists, geologists and volcanologists. Here, we investigated the Ecuadorean city, Quito and provided reccommendations to the local council to support them with the tourism board. The pupils worked together to demonstrate their secure understanding. We then presented these to each other and provided feedback. Don't their reports look fantastic?

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Terms 1 and 2: Maafa

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



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.

Religious Education

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

What is the best way for a Jew to show committment to God?​

We have been learning  about the relationship that Jews have with God. We kickstated our project by establishing at what age we were old enough to do certain things independently such as riding a bike and make a cup of tea. We then discussed at what point you are old enough to choose your religion. We focused specifically on the Jewish religion through looking into Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. 

In Collective Worship, our current value is Truthfulness. We have been thinking about The story of Achan and created certificates of authenticity:

Psalms 86:5-11

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me. Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works. All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.



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 truthfulness. We have considered using marbles to help us reflect on those who are ill, sick or in need of our prayers.

Term 4: Guided meditation: visualisation

Visualization relaxation is an effective way to relax the mind and body by picturing a relaxing scene. We used several scripts to guide us through and imagined relaxing on a beautiful beach; the colours of the rainbow; a relaxing candle; and a peaceful meadow. One of our favourites was the rainbow.

Term 3: Courage through the storm

Consider the storms you're finding yourself in at the moment. Present these to God by naming them and writing them on the waves with red marker pen. Ask God to give you courage through the storm, knowing that he is present and will provide protection and help.

We wrote things that were our "storms" and what we needed to whether in order to come out the other side successfully with the help of God.

Term 2: Beatitudes: Compassion 

Sometimes people do and say things that cause others to suffer, whether they realise it or not. Compassion is about having concern for those that are suffering, and it often leads to action… helping, offering support, caring.

Sometimes we feel sad because someone we know is ill or sad. Look at the glass pebbles, some people think they look like tears. Do you know anyone who is sick or sad at the moment? Maybe you’re feeling sad? Take a glass pebble as you think about that person. If you want you can say a quiet prayer for them. Maybe you could ask God to comfort them and help them. When you’re ready, put your glass pebble into the dish

We held glass marbles in our hand and reflected on how we could support those in need.

Term 1: The Empty Throne

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.

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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!



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Rocks Relics Rumbles Knowledge organiser 06th Jan 2023 Download
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