‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Cedar Class 2021 - 2022




Class teacher - Mr A Fowles (afowles@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk)

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs D Feast


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This term, we are explorers … adventuring into Ruthless Romans



This term, we will be learning all about: Julius Ceasar; life as a Roman Soldier who has been deployed in Ancient Britain; we'll be learning all about the firey Boudicca and her army who strived to defeat the Romans; and, all about the far off Roman outpost of Deva! We'll be looking at these amazing topics through work in English lessons, History and Geography and we'll even delve into Roman Numerals in Maths!

We'll apply all this knowledge into writing a biography of Julius Ceasar; letters home from a thoroughly wet, cold and decidely homesick Roman Soldier based around here; a diary entry of a Gladiator in the Colosseum in Rome; and, even a short play script based on Boudicca.

Our Art this half term will be making a Roman Mosiac, so that should give us plentry of scope to get arty and make it look nice and gorgeous.

To help us understand Roman Britain we went on a trip to Chester, back in time with a Roman Centurion as we marched around the walls, into the amphitheatre and then into the museum.

Our Class Reader this half term is "Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia" by Caroline Lawrence

Reading plays a fundamental part in all areas of the curriculum. Over the year, we will immerse ourselves in high quality texts which will help to drive our learning. In class we have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which we are able to use not only within our Guided Reading sessions, but also when appropriate in our curriculum lessons to support our learning. Each term we have a spotlight author who has been chosen for their high-quality texts. Over the course of the term we will have to opportunity to listen to, read and learn more about these fantastic authors. Having this literacy-rich enviroment will encourage a positive culture of reading within our class and promote the children's enjoyment of reading. 

PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday, please can children come into school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays already in their PE kits, thank you.

In RE this half term, we will be taking a look at the huge question of "What is Prayer?" We will be talking about how and when we speak to God and it would be great if you could encourage your child to talk to God whenever and however they feel they would like to.


Please ensure that your child reads at home at least 4 times a week; they are expected to record their reading in the home/school diary. Parents just need to sign /initial each time; reading is so important and it's amazing fun too! Please, please emphasise that reading is a hugely fun thing to do, so if they have any interests that read about at home, please put it in their home/school diary as reading is reading! 30mins reading a magazine is still reading especially if they can tell you all about it afterwards to ascertain their understanding.

TT Rockstars should be practised 4/5 times at home too.

Education City is still there to be used too. Their logins are the same as last year and they have been stuck inside their home school diary too. 

HOMEWORK On top of the usual spellings and reading, a maths or English homework will be set every Friday. This will usually cover work that we have done in maths or in English that week (alternate weeks) but sometimes it may be topic based and perhaps require some research.


Our Class Author of the Term is the fantastic Roald Dahl; we will be looking at his life through a biography in English and also some of his amazing books. Perhaps, you could talk to your children or read some of his books to them as there are far too many to choose from in school. Talk to them about which is your favourite from school and why it's stuck in your memory!


Week commencing 29 November 2021 - Homework (Topic) Please gather and bring to school any old newspapers or plastic bottles you have at home. On Friday we will use these resources to start creating our very own Mount Versuvius.







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