Welcome to Cedar Class
Welcome back to the start of a very busy spring term!
We hope that you all had a restful Christmas and New Year and would like to thank you for your lovely cards and gifts.
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.
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Mrs Holt (Monday-Wednesday), Miss Sutton (Thursday-Friday) & Mrs Bates (Teaching Assistant)
Monday 6th January Return to school
Friday 24th January Friends Quiz Night- Details to follow
Week Beg. 3rd February Chinese Friendship Visit
Friday 6th February Adrian Bowden's Science Show in school
Thursday 13th February Valentine Disco
Friday 14th February School closes for half-term
Thursday 5th March World Book Day
Wednesday 11th March Y2 SATs meeting for parents 3.45pm
Friday 13th March Sport Relief
Monday 23rd March Parents' Evening
Wednesday 25th March Parents' Evening
Friday 27th March Friends Easter Bingo
Friday 3rd April Term ends at 3.30pm
Please note the HLC celebration event will now take place in the summer term (more details to follow).
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.
Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school daily. These will be kept in the classroom.
Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at: temperature, pictograms, identifying coins and calculating amounts of money and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
We will be continuing with 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.
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 begin by reading 'Emperor's Egg' by Martin Jenkins. Some of the writing outcomes are:
Uses of Everyday Materials
'Would you like to go on an Arctic adventure?'. The children will be identifying the polar regions and comparing the climate to that of the UK. We will also be looking at what animals and people live in the Arctic and how they are adapted to survive.
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 Monday16th 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.
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.
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