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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.

 

Hello and welcome to the second half of our summer term in Cedar Class. This will be another exciting and busy half term as we continue our learning journey and begin a new topic, 'Who will you Support in the World Cup?'. The whole school will be using the World Cup as a starting point for learning in topic and this will culminate in a special, 'Passport to the World Cup' day.

Please ensure you continue to check the school diary, 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 updated Key Stage 1 newsletter which is available on this page and on the KS1 notice board.

 

Important Dates

Week beginning Monday 11th June- Phonics screening for Year 1 takes place this week 

                                                   

Thursday 14th June- Passport to the World Cup Activity Day

                             

Wednesday 27th June- Move-up Morning

 

Wednesday 4th July- Sports Day

 

Friday 20th July- School finishes for the summer at 3.30pm

 

                   

 

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 and Thursdays. 

 

Water Bottles
Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school daily.
 
Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at time, fractions, money and word problems.

The maths skills we will be developing are:

  • Recognising, naming, writing and comparing simple fractions
  • Telling time in 5 minute intervals; understanding quarter past, quarter to and half past;  sequencing time; finding ending times when given a start time and duration; finding starting times when given an end time and duration.
  • Solving one step and two step word problems using bar models
  • Using money in practical ways and calculating change

Phonics- We will be completing phase 6 of the letters and sounds programme. In this phase the children will learn to apply all the skills they have been working on in the previous phases. They will learn more complex spelling patterns and grammar rules.

English- We will be continuing to work on a new text 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket .

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
  • Discussing a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Answering questions about a range of texts and making inferences
  • Developing pleasure in reading

The writing skills we will be developing are:

  • Learning and applying grammar and spelling learnt in phase 6 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 themes will be, 'Multi-cultural Christianity' and 'Christianity through Art'. We will explore how Christians worship around the world. We will explore the belief that art can be an expression of worship and prayer. 

SEAL- Changes.

Science- Food and Exercise. We will be looking at the basic needs of animals including humans.

 

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 are available in the documents on this page and a copy has been sent home in the book bags
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenges will be sent home shortly

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.


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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