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Welcome to Cedar Class

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

 

Welcome back to the first half of the Spring Term. Thank you for all of the lovely Christmas cards and gifts-we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

 

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

 

Monday 7th January - Back to school

Friday 11th January - Adrian Bowden's Science Show

Monday 14th January - Friday 18th January - Science Week

Monday 21st January - KS1 Home Learning Challenge Celebration Event from 3pm in School Hall 

Wednesday 6th February - End of Year 2 assessment information meeting for parents (more details to follow)

Week beginning 11th Feb - Hosting Chinese students from Datong in school

Thursday 14th February - Valentine's Disco

Friday 15th February - End of 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 Wednesdays (led by Miss Claypool and Mrs Nuttall) and Thursdays (led by our specialist PE coach). 

 

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: reading and interpreting picture graphs, identifying coins and calculating amounts of money and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

 

Phonics- We will be continuing with Phase 6 of 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 working on a new text 'The Emperor's Egg'. The National Curriculum reading and writing skills developed in this unit are:

  • use expanded noun phrases to describe;
  • discuss favourite words and phrases;
  • discuss the significance of the title and events;
  • plan or say out loud what they are going to write about and write down key ideas and words, including new vocabulary;
  • write for different purposes, including poetry and narratives;
  • being introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
  • evaluate writing with the teacher and other pupil
  • use familiar and new punctuation correctly
  • discuss word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known;

make simple additions, revisions and corrections by re-reading to check their writing makes sense and to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

  • re-read writing to check it makes sense;

 

 

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- 'Types of Animals'. The children will recognise that different animals live in the local environment and they will be naming some of them. They will recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying familiar animals according to their characteristics. They will gather information on animals and present the data in tables, Carroll diagrams and bar charts, making simple interpretations of these using them to answer and generate questions.

 

Topic- 'What was it like when dinosaurs walked the Earth?' Through this exciting topic children will be naming dinosaurs, identifying features of different types of dinosaurs, creating simple timelines, looking at historical evidence as to how we know dinosaurs roamed the Earth, examining fossils and creating a dinosaur collage. This topic will continue throughout all of the Spring Term and the children's new Home Learning Challenges will be linked to it.

 

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 (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 18th March. 

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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