Cedar Class

January 2018


I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and happy New Year, most of you are aware that I have been off on maternity leave since May after the birth of my daughter. I have kept in touch with the class with regular visits and I am excited to continue with all the hard work Cedar Class has been doing in the Autumn term into the Spring term. The team will be Nicky, Claire, Amy and I, with Gareth continuing to work with the class on a Friday on my day off. He will also be developing his new role as a healthy lifestyles teacher across the school.


Our topic this term is ‘Where in the World?’ We will be exploring the weather and seasons here and comparing them to other countries, looking at a range of maps and atlases, and features of our capital city London.

In English we will begin with the text ‘You choose’ by Nick Sharratt to work on out speaking and listening skills and sentence structure and then Talk for Writing using the text ‘Rain’.



In Maths we will be getting creative with numbers and their place in the number system, addition, and subtraction, then moving on to simple multiplication.

Our value band this half term is ‘trust’, which you can support us with at home by using the word to help the children become familiar with it.

Please keep in touch with any events happening at home and celebrations.

Thank you            

Gemma, Gareth, Nicky, Claire and Amy


How can you help?

  • Discuss and experience the weather e.g. splashing in puddles (Please send in photos)

  • Make a rain gauge

  • Fly a kite on a windy day.

  • Share your child’s reading book and complete the reading record weekly.

Some signs that may help….please ask if you need any more.

 November 2017

As the Autumn leaves fall from the trees, the children of Cedar Class are making great progress having made the transition from Early Years to Year 1 and taken it in their stride. Their mornings are filled with English and Maths.

The books “Ketchup on Your Cornflakes,” “Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly,” “Shark in the Park,” and “Night Monkey, Day Monkey” have been enjoyed and used as the cornerstones of our literacy work. Handwriting and completing sentences and role-play have run alongside throughout this term. 


 Maths has involved plenty of Number work, and we have recently been measuring, weighing and balancing!

All the hard work has been rewarded with plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning which has included the visiting farm, music at Whiteley Park, and of course P.E. where the children swim, climb, develop strength, balance, and above all, confidence. We are looking forward to the preparations for Christmas, and to our trip to see the pantomime “Aladdin” at Ferenham Hall in December.

April 2017

Cedar class planned to have a picnic, the children wrote a shopping list of things they wanted to have before visiting Asda to buy the ingredients. Here we are making jam sandwiches ready for a picnic at the outdoor classroom.



To our surprise when we got to the picnic this is what we found!!


“It’s all gone” Megan.

“Where is sandwiches?”  Daisy.

“A crocodile ate it all” Edward.

After hearing the story The Llighthouse keeper’s Lunch, we all decided that it must have been the birds who ate our picnic. The children  wanted to trick the birdas and tasted a range of horrible snadwiched to see which they thought the birds would hate the most. It was judge that mustad sandwiches were the worst - just like in the story.


March 2017

Dear parents/carers of Cedar Class,

Welcome back to after half term I hope you were able to get out and about over the half term holiday and the children are ready for some more fun in Cedar Class. We’ve had a very successful start to our ‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ topic, extending their knowledge of the different kinds of boats using Toot the Tiny Tugboat and the texts ‘Busy Boats’ and ‘Beautiful Boats’. Children have enjoyed creating their own boats and labelling the different parts. We have also been exploring floating and sinking.

This half term will begin with our whole school national book week focus of bugs using the text ‘Bugs, bugs, bugs’ being kick started with a real bug/animal experience.


‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ will be the main text for Cedar Class. In English we will be developing our imagination through role play and storytelling. We will be using our number skills and building on our knowledge and vocabulary in capacity in Maths. In P.E. this half term we will be learning an octopus’s garden dance followed by small equipment games. In science we will be using electric controllable toys. Our handwriting and pencil grips are being developed through the use of Pen pal our new handwriting scheme. The children are continuing to have regular visits to ‘The Nest’ our outdoor classroom, creating outdoor art and working toward using peelers on sticks with support.