Welcome to Cedar Class
Welcome back to the start of the new school year! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer break and are ready for the exciting term ahead. To help your child settle into their new classroom routine, we kindly ask that you say goodbye to them at the door and let them enter the classroom themselves where they will have a morning activity to complete.
Please ensure that 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 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.
Check us out on twitter under the username 'ccwalshaw'.
Mrs Holt (Monday-Wednesday), Miss Sutton (Thursday-Friday) & Mrs Bates (Teaching Assistant)
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.
PE days are Tuesdays (with Mrs Holt) and Thursdays (led by a specialist PE coach and Miss Sutton).
If your child takes part in any sporting extra curricular clubs, please ensure that they bring a separate kit for this so that their PE kit is always available in school.
Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at: understanding numbers to 100, addition and subtraction methods and learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Phonics- We will begin the term by revising aspects of Phase 5 Letters and Sounds. 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- In English we base our lessons around a class text. We try to use texts that are unfamiliar to the children so that the plot can unravel slowly and the children are able to make their own predictions.
This half term we will be reading 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon. Some of the writing outcomes are:
retelling the story
RE- The Church.
Topic- 'Megastructures'. The children will be naming and locating the countries that make up the United Kingdom, their capital cities and the surrounding seas. We will then explore a famous landmark from each country in the UK, before looking at some examples of worldwide megastructures. The children will also be naming and locating the continents of the world.
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 2nd 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.
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 25 minutes daily.