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Welcome to Cedar Class

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Hello and welcome to  Cedar Class. We hope that you have enjoyed your summer holiday.

We have a busy and exciting half term ahead of us!

Please ensure you check the Key Stage One notice board and your child's book bag for any news of upcoming events and important information. Also, please take some time to look at our new Key Stage 1 newsletter which is available on this page and on the KS1 notice board.

One of us will always available before and after school; please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to meeting you all!


Miss Sutton and Mrs Holt




Important Dates


Monday 10th September 5.30pm - 6.15pm - Meet the Teacher evening

Tuesday 18th September - Individual and Family Photographs

Monday 1st October - Calendar photos - children will have photos taken for their

                                   birthday month in the school calendar.

Monday 8th October & Wednesday 10th October 4 - 7pm Parents' Evenings 



Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. Long hair must be tied back. Earrings must be removed or covered by tape (supplied by school).
PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


Water Bottles
Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school daily. These will be kept in the classroom.
Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at number and place value.

The maths skills we will be developing are:

Counting to 100, adding tens and ones, subtracting tens and ones and introducing simple column methods for addition and subtraction.



Phonics- We will begin by revising Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds Scheme before moving on to Phase 6. A letter will be sent home each half term with details of the children’s weekly spellings. We would be very grateful if these could be practised at home to support your child’s learning in school.

English- We will be working on a new text 'Beegu' .

The reading skills we will be developing are:

  • Applying phonic knowledge and skills appropriately
  • Reading accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words
  • Reading common exception words and words with more than one syllable
  • Reading aloud accurately
  • Reading a range of books to build up fluency and confidence
  • Developing pleasure in reading

The writing skills we will be developing are:

  • Learning and applying grammar and spelling learnt in phase 5 phonics
  • Using a developing range of punctuation appropriately
  • Composing and sequencing sentences into short narratives
  • Re-reading and checking our writing to check it makes sense
  • Writing for a range of purposes including letters; recounts; short stories; newspaper reports; poems


RE- Our theme will be God and Creation

SEAL- New Beginnings.

Science- parts of animals. Children will learn the names of different parts of the body and develop their understanding of the five senses. 

Topic- who keeps us healthy? We will be exploring the impact that Florence Nightingale had on hospitals and where she travelled around the world. We will also be looking at the significance of  Mary Seacole.


Learning at Home 

Spellings- The children will have a spelling test each Friday which will comprise of words they have been working on in phonics and English lessons throughout the week. Details of the words will be sent home in a half termly spelling letter.
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenges have been sent home and are due in on Monday 10th December. 

Bug Club will be set on alternate Fridays- please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues. Two books will be allocated initially. Further books will only be allocated once these have been read.

TT Rockstars-usernames and passwords have been sent home for the children to access Times Tables Rockstars. It is a fantastic way for children to become more confident with their times tables and related division facts. We have allocated the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to your child as that is what we will be learning in class this year.  
Reading Books
We will change Cedar class reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book, and Bug Club online book, is to consolidate decoding skills and comprehension and develop fluency and expression. Please read with your child each week, asking them questions about the story, and sign the reading record so we know to give them a new book. Any additional comments in the reading records are welcomed. Bug Club is updated every week.

In school the children will also have two guided reading sessions each week. These sessions will provide differentiated teaching of reading and will secure progress by providing opportunities for children to practice their learning. We currently use a breadth of reading schemes including Bug Club books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat.

In the teaching of Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught within differentiated groups for 20 minutes daily.


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