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Welcome to Cedar class (Year 1)

Meet Cedar class team....

Our Project this term

             “How has Warrington changed?”

This term we will be historians. We will be discovering Warrington’s past using skills such as enquiry and chronology.

We will also be discovering events beyond living memory and the significant impact nationally.

Our project will begin with what we already know about Warrington and we will be making our own models of buildings we’re familiar with around Warrington. Moving on to looking at places in Warrington from the past and how they changed the years.  We will also be finding out about Brian Bevan and his journey to Warrington Wolves.   Following on from this we will be looking at how transport has changed in Warrington over time and what transport we use now.  We will specifically discover more about the Liverpool to Manchester railway line and Stephenson’s locomotion. We will be ending our project with looking at toys from past.

Everyday in Cedar Class........

Daily Activities; 4 a-day maths, handwriting and spellings

Every morning when the children enter the classroom they will complete their 4 a-day maths challenges, helping them to develop number fluency. They will also practise reading and spelling the Year 1 high frequency words.  It is very important that children are in school on time to complete such activities.  Tuesdays and Friday we work on our number fluency using Numbots.

We will be practicing counting to 100 forwards and backwards (in steps of 1s, 2s,5s and 10s). We will also be looking at number bonds and exploring the different ways we can make the same number. It is important that the children work on their maths challenges at home in order for them to become confident and fluent with addition and subtraction with numbers beyond ten. 

Maths at home

Children are expected to practice their maths challenge which is taken from their maths passports.  The staff test the children on their challenge weekly and when they feel that your child is confident and fluent with their challenge then they will move them to the next challenge.  When your child has achieved their target they will become a maths champion and get a special mention on the weekly newsletter.

Phonics and Talk for Writing

The children will be continuing with the Read Write Inc program.  They are learning complex sounds containing 2/3/4 letters helping us to read more books independently and fluently ( set 2 and 3 sounds). 

Handwriting and Spelling

In year 1 we do handwriting everyday. This a very calming part of our day which we carry out at the begnning of the day. We learn how each letter is formed and gradually move onto cursive handwriting getting us ready for year 2. 

Later in the year children will have spelling tests therefore words will be sent home to practise reading and spelling.

Snack

If your child would like toast for snack please send £1 in a named envelope on Friday ready for the following week.  Your child is to hand it to a member of staff in the class.  

Website Links

Numbots helps your childre develop number fluency.  Their login detail are inside their reading record

https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/7431

Phonics play.  There are some free games in the resources section which are really good for supporting the learning of phonics.  For Autumn term please use phases 2 and 3

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Reading

Please continue with reading with your child at home and record this in their Reading Record book.  The expectation is that all children read at least 3 times a week.  For every 10 occasions your child reads at home, this is recorded in their reading champion’s book and they will receive a special mention in the school newsletter.

Your child will bring home 2 reading books every Monday.  One book is a phonically decodable text which is matched tour childs phonic level. The other book is a trickier book for you to read together.  

On  a Friday your child will bring home a book from our class library to share with their family over the weekend.  Enjoy sharing them together as a bedtime story.

Important Reminders

In Cedar class we have P.E every  Wednesday and Friday.

For PE your child needs: 

Black Shorts

Blue Dallam Polo Shirt

Trainers

Warm layers such as black/dark tracksuit for outdoor PE (colder months)

Children are expected to bring their book bags, reading records and maths passport everyday to school.  The staff will be checking their reading and maths daily where possible.

 
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