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Welcome to Cedar class (Year 1)

Meet Cedar class team....

Our Project this term


             “What does it mean to belong?”

This term we will be Geographers. We will be learning about our local community and environment.  There will be a focus on Geography, RE, DT/Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).  We will be learning about where and how we fit within our world.  Starting with finding Dallam and Warrington on the map and expanding our search to find out what country and continent we live in.  We will be learning about the countries and seas that make up the United Kingdom, along with the worlds continents and oceans.  From here we will be focusing on human and physical features of our local area and beyond.   We are planning some local walks around our community so keep a look out for the upcoming dates.  In RE we will continue to learn about Christianity and the church, along with Islam.

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 weekly spellings.  It is very important that children are in school on time to complete such activities.  Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.

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.


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. 

Children bring spellings home on Mondays to practice daily, using look, say, cover, write, and check method.  Spelling test will take place on Fridays.


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


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



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  Thursday and Friday.

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.

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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