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Welcome to Cedar Class

Check us out on twitter under the username 'ccwalshaw'.

We regularly update it with pictures and tweets about different things happening in our class and as a whole school.

 

Welcome to the first half of the summer term!

Thank you so much to the 'Mystery Reader' volunteers we have had so far. The children have really enjoyed all the stories you have read to them. We will be continuing 'Mystery Reader' until the end of summer term so please let us know if you are interested (or would like to come again!)

 

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.

 

Miss Sutton and Mrs Holt

 

Important Dates

 

Tuesday 23rd April - Beginning of summer term

Thursday 2nd May – KS1 trip to Blue Planet Aquarium

May – Year 2 assessment period

Monday 6th May – School closed for May Day 

Friday 24th May - School closes for half term

 

 

                   

PE
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 (with Mrs Holt and Mrs Nuttall) and Wednesdays (led by a specialist PE coach and Miss Claypool).

 

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: volume and revising all of our mathematical topics that we have covered this year in order to prepare for end of year assessments. 

 

Phonics- We will be revising aspects of Phase 6 Letters and Sounds. 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 reading 'Leaf' by Sandra Dieckmann which is a beautiful story of a polar bear unexpectedly arriving in the woods. The National Curriculum reading and writing skills developed in these units are:

  • draft and write by noting ideas, key phrases and vocabulary, and composing and rehearsing sentences orally;
  • sequence sentences to form short narratives;
  •  write for different purposes including about fictional personal experiences, poetry, non-fiction and real events;
  • reread and evaluate writing to check it makes sense and make simple revisions;
  • use new and familiar punctuation correctly;
  • use sentences in different forms;
  • expand noun phrases to describe and specify

 

 

RE- Jesus is Special - We will learn about friendship and Jesus's friends the Disciples. We will read the stories of Jesus's miracles.

SEAL- Going For Goals                                                                                   

Science- 'Comparing Materials'. In this unit children will describe the physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. They will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple properties. They will describe the properties of different materials, for example wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, towelling, nylon, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, card, brick, ceramics and rock.

 

Topic- 'Under the Sea'. Through this exciting topic children will be naming oceans and continents, identifying the countries that make up the UK, their capital cities and surrounding seas and creating an underwater collage. The children will look at the work of Helen Bradley before designing their own picture based on her images.

 

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 and are taken from the National Curriculum. Details of the words are sent home in a half termly spelling letter (also found at the bottom of this page).
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenges will be sent home and are due in on Monday 24th June. 

Bug Club will be set each half term - 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.


Phonics
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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