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Welcome to Cedar Class (Year 1)

Meet Cedar class team....


Reading is our main priority for learning as we begin the year.  We are committed to helping the children learn to read as quickly as we can and appreciate your support with this. The Read Write Inc phonic programme that children started in Ash class will continue into Cedar Class.  Children will progress to recognising all of the 40+ sounds by the end of the year and use them fluently when they read.

We will foster a love of reading by sharing a variety of familiar stories everyday and introducing the children to new texts.  This will include traditional tales,  books by our class author Oliver Jeffers and books that help us to learn about other subjects in the curriculum. 


Our maths work will focus on numbers to 20, recognising and using these numbers in addition and subtraction sentences.  We will also be starting our ‘Maths no Problem’ books where we will reason about numbers and solve problems. 

Just like in Ash Class, knowing small number facts is very important, and children will continue to work on their individual maths passport targets. Your child will be given an individual maths challenge.  This is to develop fluency of number.  It is important that your child practises their math challenge at home and this is recorded in the back of their reading record.  When they have achieved their challenge they will get a special mention on the news letter and in assembly.  


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.

Numbots - every child has a numbots account.  They all know their login details, so children can access their accounts at home to improve their number fluency.  Click the link below to take you to Numbots.


Reading at home

It is incredibly important that children have the opportunity to read as regularly as possible.  Not only does being able to read fluently help children in every subject, and therefore find learning easier, but more importantly, we are committed to fostering a love of reading.  Your child will bring home a book that is matched to all of the sounds that they know.  The book should be easy for them to read and create a feeling of success when reading at home.   Please aim for your child to read with you at least three times a week.  Reading the book several times helps children to hear themselves ‘be readers’ and they should be encouraged to use a ‘story teller voice’ once they have read the book once.  Children need to keep their reading book in their book bag every day, as sometimes they may be asked to read it to an adult.  Books will be changed on a Thursday, ready to go home on Fridays. 

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


As part of our writing curriculum, will be sharing the book ‘Lost and Found’ and learning to write an adventure story.  Then we will use the book ‘Nibbles the Book Monster’ to help us to write a diary entry.  Our targets this term will be to begin to write a sentence, remembering spaces between words and forming our letters correctly.  Letter formation will continue to be a focus this term, and chldren will practise their hadnwriting everyday. 


Autumn learning


Throughout the year, in science, we will look at seasonal changes and weather patterns.  This term, we will also investigate the properties of materials and how the properties of different materials can be changed. 

Other curriculum areas

In history, we will be asking ‘How was life different in the past?’  We will explore what homes used to look like inside, what items people used and how toys were different. In geography, the children will learn to name the four countries of the UK and understand some of their characteristics.  Please look at our knowledge organisers and long term plans on the website for more information.

Important Reminders

For PE your child needs: 

Black Shorts

Blue Dallam Polo Shirt


Warm layers such as black/dark tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE.  Children are expected to wear their school jumper in the colder months.

Being prepared

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.  It is really important that children have a water bottle in school so that they can stay hydrated. 


We have a piece of fruit available for children in school everyday. Children may also like to bring in their own healthy 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.  

Alternatively, you can pay via the bank.  Here are the details; WBC for Dallam Primary, sort code 01-09-17, account number 43836550

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