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PowerPoint for parents of children starting in Cedar in September 2020


Welcome to Cedar Class!

Hello and welcome to the Cedar Class page! We hope that you are all safe and well and we are really looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 1st September.

When we return, we will be prioritising the children's happiness and well being and providing them with fun and motivating opportunities for learning.

On this page we aim to keep you updated about the curriculum areas of learning, useful information and important dates.

We are always here to help so please feel free to contact us via the school email address (  or by ringing the school office (01204 883415) and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Holt (Monday-Wednesday), Mrs Rothwell (Wednesday-Friday) & Mrs Bates (Teaching Assistant).


Important Dates


  • Tuesday 1st September-School opens

  • Friday 23rd October-School closes for half term


Useful Information


  • Children in Cedar Class should be dropped off at 8:45am and collected at 3:15pm promptly in order to reduce the number of people on site at any one time.
  • As we are closing for a deep clean on Friday afternoons, the children will need to be collected between 12:55-1:10pm.
  • Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child (they need to be over the age of 16).
  • Water bottles can be brought into school and taken home each day to be cleaned.
  • Please send your child to school with a coat each day.


Curriculum Information



We are really looking forward to exploring our first text 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. Every class in school will be using this as their first book of the term which makes it even more exciting! This text will help the children to develop a sense of community and acknowledges their own place in the world. We will be able to have lots of engaging discussions about personal experiences and the children will have the opportunity to respond through art and writing. At the end of the unit, we will be celebrating the work of every class throughout school.


SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

From Monday 7th September, we will be sending a spelling list home with weekly spellings on that the children need to learn. For the first half term, we are focussing on the Year 2 common exception words with a little revision of the Y1 list too. We will work on them in school, but the children will also need to practise them at home. There will be a short spelling test in school each Friday. Copies of the spelling lists can be found at the top of our webpage.

Our grammar focus for the first half term will be identifying nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We will also be looking at different sentence types: statements, questions, command and exclamations.



We will begin the first half term with revision of phases 3, 4 and 5. The children will be completing the Phonics Screening Check in the second half of the autumn term. This statutory assessment normally takes place in June when the children are in Y1, but due to school closure it has been rearranged for the autumn term of Y2.



The children will be revising and securing their knowledge of numbers to 100 and writing these in words and numerals. We will also be looking at addition and subtraction and using lots of practical and pictorial resources to support the children's understanding. In the first few weeks we will be setting the children up with a username and password for Numbots. This is an excellent app that really helps to develop quick recall of addition and subtraction facts as well as getting the children familiar with visual representations of numbers. More information will follow and we hope that it is something the children could access at home.



The children will be looking at "Feeding and Exercise." They will be finding out about what animals including humans need to survive. They will find out about how animals gain their food from plants and will look at food chains as well as finding out about the importance of food chains.



As mentioned at our transition meeting, we aren't revealing the theme of the topic to the children straight away. This is because we want to promote curiosity and questioning with the children and so we will be giving them clues in order for them to make their own predictions. Once the topic has been revealed, we will let you know on here (unless your child tells you first!)



This half term the children will be looking at "The Creation" in which the children will find out about how God made our beautiful world and our responsibility to look after it. They will also look at "Harvest" and find out why we celebrate the harvest and how and why we should help those who do not have a good harvest.


This term, P.E. will take place on Wednesdays with our fantastic sports coaches. Please send your child into school dressed in their P.E. kit each Wednesday. They will need to wear a plain t-shirt (preferably blue or white), their school jumper, cardigan or fleece and dark leggings or joggers with trainers or pumps. Long hair must be tied back and earrings will either need to be removed or covered with tape.


Home Reading

Initially, we will be using Bug Club to set home reading and we will return to sending actual books home when we can. We will be sending home the log in details in the first couple of weeks, but please let us know if you experience any problems.


Mystery Reader

We have promoted a love of reading with 'Mystery Reader' in Cedar Class for a few years and it has proved to be very successful. Under normal circumstances, we would invite parents/grandparents in to surprise the children and read a short story to the class. However, at this time we are having to do things a little differently. We would like any parents/grandparents to film themselves reading an age appropriate story and send it into school so that we can still share it with the children. If you have any questions about 'Mystery Reader' please get in touch with us!


We hope you are enjoying having a go at some of the suggested Home Learning activities.

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at


Useful links

BBC Grammar lessons/games KS1:


Bug Club:


Cosmic yoga:




Phonics Bloom:


Phonics Play:


Purple Mash:


Oxford Owl:






White Rose Maths home learning:



Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites! smiley



Chester Zoo March 2020

We fell in love with the beautiful jaguar
Finding out about a huge snake skin
Food chain in the rainforest
The orangutan came right up to us with her baby
The sloth amazed us with his climbing skills
Cedar class were so lucky to see the baby elephant
Cedar class were so lucky to see the baby elephant

Cedar class learning and development

First week in Cedar
First week in Cedar
First week in Cedar
First week in Cedar
First week in Cedar
We love reading!
We love reading!
We love reading!
Mystery Reader
Mystery Reader
Mystery Reader
Tree Planting Day
Tree Planting Day
Tree Planting Day
Tree Planting Day
Tree Planting Day
Tree Planting Day
Visit from Sugar and Spice the guinea pigs!