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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  Cedar Class. The children have settled in to the new routines and expectations brilliantly. We have a very busy half term ahead in the lead up to Christmas! In the next few weeks we will be rehearsing for our Christmas Nativity - 'Ned's Christmas Discovery' - and we are all looking forward to this special time of 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 29th October - Back to school

Friday 16th November - Children in Need

Monday 19th November - Visit to Jodrell Bank

Friday 30th November - Pantomime trip 

Tuesday 4th December - Tree decoration assembly

Monday 10th December - Home Learning Challenges due in

Wednesday 12th December - KS1 Nativity - Ned's Christmas Discovery

Monday 17th December - Carol Service at Christ Church - 6.30pm

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Party afternoon

Thursday 20th December - End of term 2pm




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 (led by Mrs Holt 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 multiplying and dividing by 2, 5 and 10, measuring lengths in centimetres and metres and weighing objects in grams and kilograms. Through these units, we will be solving word problems using all four operations and developing our reasoning skills.


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 'Fantastic First Poems' .

The reading skills we will be developing are:

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding;
  • listen to, discuss and express views about a wide range of poems at a level beyond that at which they can read independently;
  • link what they read or hear read to their own experiences;
  • recognise and join in with predictable phrases in poems and to recite some by heart;

 to recognise simple recurring literary language in poetry;

  • discuss and clarify word meanings, linked to those already known;
  • discuss favourite words and phrases;
  • continue to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear;
  • make inferences on the basis of what is said and done;
  • answer and ask questions;
  • explain and discuss understanding of poems; those they listen to and those read independently.





The writing skills we will be developing are:

  • Develop positive attitudes and stamina for writing by writing poetry;
  • draft and write by noting ideas, key phrases and vocabulary, and composing and rehearsing phrases and sentences orally;
  • write for different purposes including poetry;
  • reread and evaluate writing to check it makes sense and make simple revisions;
  • read writing aloud with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear;

RE- Our theme will be Christmas and Gifts, including how gifts can be given and received. We will also think about how gifts can be things that money can't buy, such as kindness, love and friendship.

SEAL- Getting on and Falling Out.

Science- we will continue to look at parts of animals and recognise some features of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians. We will then move on to identifying materials where children will name and group different materials together. We will also be exploring which materials will keep a hollow chocolate object safe as it travels through the post!

Topic- How did we reach the moon? The children will be looking at the moon and a brief explanation of its phases. We will then learn all about the race to reach the moon first and Neil Armstrong's incredible achievement! During this topic, we will visit Jodrell Bank and the children will produce some fantastic work following their visit!


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 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.

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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