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Welcome to Cedar Class (Year 1)

Our Project this term

In Autumn we will be becoming historians in Cedar class. We will be using the skills of a historian to find out about Warrington, past and present, as well as a famous person from our home town. Watch this space as their will be more to come on our history project this autumn. 

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

4 A Day Maths

Every morning when the children arrive at school they complete a maths challenge. When they first start in year 1 one the children begin with 2 maths challenges. These are normally either addition or subtraction number sentences, such as 5+2=/7-3=. They use their everday maths learning and strategies to help them solve the answers. By the end of the autumn term the children have moved onto 4 maths challenges, using bigger numbers. In year 1 the children will also be given a maths passport. This will have their individual maths targets in, which they must practice at home to help them become fluent with their numbers. Once they have achieved each stage they will receive a special mention on the newsletter. It is very important that the childen learn their maths targets as they will be using them everyday in school. 


Just like in Ash class the children are taught phonics through the “Read Write Inc” structured programme of teaching. They are taught in 20-25 minute sessions each day, through games, actions and use of flashcards and magnetic letters, learning how to say the sound (phoneme) for each letter (grapheme) and groups of letters like ow, ay and igh (digraphs and trigraphs). The children learn to hear and say the sounds in words like n-igh-t by pulling them apart (segmenting) and putting them back together (blending). These vital skills help the children to read words that are phonetically spelt but some words, that cannot be easily decoded, are learnt as ‘tricky words’ such as ‘said’ and ‘have’. These skills are then applied to learning to spell and to write sentences. In Cedar class we learn more new sounds helping the children to read alot more words independently. 

Handwriting and Spelling

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

We also have spellings which we recieve every friday. These are words that we must learn how to spell by the end of year 1. We are tested on these every Wednesday. 


Similar to Ash class you will be asked to fill in the green Reading Champion book each time you hear your child read at home or when you share their reading book. For every 10 occasions your child reads at home, this is recorded in their reading champion’s book and they will receive a certificate and a special mention in the school newsletter.

Important Reminders

In Cedar class we have P.E every Tuesday and Wednesday. For PE we need: 

Black Shorts

Blue T-Shirt

Trainers/Black Plimsolls

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