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Cedar Road Primary School

At Cedar Road we are committed to being an inclusive school, providing the best possible standard of education for every child.

Classes

Each class follows a curriculum plan prepared for the year and term ahead.

The Reception classes are focussed on settling the children into life at Cedar Road Primary School.

They make sure that the children feel safe and secure, starting them on their journey to learning.

Like any other mainstream school each year group follows the National Curriculum. We follow several different schemes in order to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is taught throughout their time with us.

Reception

In the Foundation Stage, our children learn in a fun and vibrant environment.

Each term the children have a 'WOW!' moment as they come into the classrooms. These wow moments include a dinosaur land, a winter wonderland, a pumpkin patch and walking on the moon. We cover the seven areas of learning each week through a variety of exciting learning experiences and this is reflected in our planning. You will find the medium-term plan for each topic on the left-hand side of the screen. The staff are passionate about what they do and enjoy watching your children grow.

 Our “Share a book” sessions are on a Wednesday and Friday, where you simply share a book with your child. We encourage parents to read with their child at home as often as possible. This could be you reading a story to them and asking them questions about the story and the characters or when they are ready then can read to you. We ask that you fill in the Reading Record when you share a book with your child to help us decide on their next steps. 

Don't forget to log into Tapestry and see what your child has been learning! You are welcome to add to your child’s Tapestry journal as we really value your interaction and comments.

Year 1

As your child progresses from the Foundation Stage to Year 1, we encourage them to increase in independence, gain confidence and develop their concentration skills.

We continue following the Read, Write Inc programme for phonics as the children do in Reception and further their maths skills with practical problem solving.

Reading Expectations

Your child will receive a ‘Stage’ (numbered) book and also possibly a Read Write Inc (RWI) book in a small plastic wallet. When your child has finished their ‘Stage’ book, they may choose another from the correct box in the Year 1 corridor. Their RWI book will be changed for them. Your child may also be given a small pack of ‘red’ words (those that cannot be sounded out) for them to practise at home. Please comment, sign and initial your child’s reading record each time you read with them.

Homework

The expected homework in addition to reading and ‘red’ words is one piece of Maths, English or Topic each week. Children hand in their completed homework on a Wednesday morning and new homework is given out on a Friday.

PE

Our P.E days are change each term, you will be made aware of which days for each term. Please can you make sure that your child has both their indoor and outdoor PE in school at all times. This must include black shorts, house coloured t-shirt, plimsolls / trainers, warm black / navy tracksuit bottoms and top, socks and a hair band (if necessary). Earrings are not allowed to be worn during PE lessons, please take them out before sending your child to school on PE days.

If there is anything else you would like to know, please do not hesitate to ask anyone in our Year 1 team.

You are welcome to come in on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to carry out the morning activities with your child. You may also help your child change their reading book at this time. Please do speak to a member of the team at the end of the day to discuss any queries you may have with us. Please be aware that for your child’s safety, the Year 1 doors are locked at 9am.

In Year 1 we want to develop excited and enthusiastic learners with a positive attitude towards school and learning. We look forward to the year ahead!

Year 2

When the children first join us in September, we focus on encouraging them to come into the classroom independently and organise themselves for the day ahead and become familiar with our routines.

In literacy, we follow the Talk4Writing scheme and learn how to join our writing up.  Some children continue to follow the RWInc phonics scheme for sounds and spellings, whilst the others move onto the Language and Literacy spelling programme.

We work hard on nurturing a love of books in Year 2, and we continue to work on the children’s decoding skills as well as developing their comprehension, so that they can comment and discuss what they are reading. We have a class story book and do both guided reading groups and 1 to 1 reading with the children each week.

In Maths we explore a wide variety of topics, including number, place value, all four operations, 2X, 5X, 10X and 3X tables, money, measuring time, length and mass, 2 and 3D shape and data handling.  We also encourage the children to talk about their maths reasoning and explain their understanding.

Alongside these core subjects, we teach science, humanities, R.E., P.E. art and D.T, I.C.T and music.  We really love to sing in Year 2 and follow the Voices Foundation approach to music.  We also run a Year 2 choir, which all children are welcome to join!

No matter what we are teaching, our main aim is to provide a positive learning environment in which the children are happy to learn, explore and apply their newly acquired skills. As teachers, we work hard to make our lessons fun and engaging, where every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Year 3

Year 3 expectations

As your child enters the ‘junior’ phase of their education, we expect them to be increasingly independent. Please encourage this by making them responsible for own their belongings.

Water bottles

Drinking water throughout the day helps improve concentration levels. Please send your child to school with a water bottle every day.

PE

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. This must include black shorts, house coloured t-shirt, plimsolls/trainers, warm black / navy tracksuit bottoms and top, socks and a hair band (if necessary). Earrings are not allowed to be worn during PE lessons – please remove them on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure you sign a disclosure form if your child has pierced ears and cannot remove their earrings.

Homework

The expected homework is reading, times tables and spellings. Your child will have a homework book that will be sent home on a Friday for handing in the following Thursday.

Reading

Please sign and initial your child’s reading record each time you read at home with your child. If you wish to write a comment as well, that would be most welcome. Please make sure that your child has their reading books, reading record and book review in school every day.

Year 3 curriculum

The National Curriculum states what is to be taught each year. At the end of each term the teachers will use the Curriculum to assess your child’s learning and the progress they have made.

Please speak to us at the end of the day to discuss any queries you may have or if there is anything else you would like to know. We encourage your support and participation in your child’s learning journey to ensure this year is a happy and successful one for your child.

Year 4

Year 4 expectations

As your child enters the ‘lower key stage 2’ phase of their education, we expect them to be increasingly independent. Please encourage this by making them responsible for own their belongings.

Water bottles

Drinking water throughout the day helps improve concentration levels. Please send your child to school with a water bottle every day.

PE

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. This must include black shorts, house coloured t-shirt, plimsolls/trainers, warm black / navy tracksuit bottoms and top, socks and a hair band (if necessary). Earrings are not allowed to be worn during PE lessons – please remove them on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure you sign a disclosure form if your child has pierced ears and cannot remove them.

Swimming

In year 4, we take the children swimming once a week on a Thursday in the 1st term, 5th term and 6th term. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit including: swimming hat, swimming costume/trunks (tight trunks) and towel. If you wish your child to wear swimming goggles please write a permission letter and hand it your child’s class teacher.

Homework

The expected homework is reading three times a week, times tables and spellings.

There is an expectation for pupils to take pride in their homework and complete it to the best of their ability.

Reading

Please sign and initial your child’s reading record each time you read at home with your child. If you wish to write a comment as well, that would be most welcome. Children can also take responsibility for updating their reading record. Please make sure that your child has their reading book and reading record in school every day. At the front of the reading record you will find a question grid. Please ask your children about what they have read using these questions. This improves their reading comprehension.

Year 4 curriculum

The National Curriculum states what is to be taught each year. At the end of each term the teachers will use the Curriculum to assess your child’s learning and the progress they have made.

Year 5

Year 5 expectations

As your child enters the ‘upper key stage 2’ phase of their education, we expect them to be increasingly independent. Please encourage this by making them responsible for own their belongings.

Water bottles

Drinking water throughout the day helps improve concentration levels. Please send your child to school with a water bottle every day.

PE

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. This must include black shorts, house coloured t-shirt, plimsolls/trainers, warm black/ navy tracksuit bottoms and top, socks and a hair band (if necessary). Earrings are not allowed to be worn during PE lessons – please remove them on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure you sign a disclosure form if your child has pierced ears and cannot remove them.

Homework

The expected homework is reading three times a week, times tables and spellings.

Additional homework will be set every week which will consist of alternate weeks of English and Maths. Homework will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Tuesday. There is an expectation for pupils to take pride in their homework and to complete it to the best of their ability, using the cursive handwriting script.

Reading

Please sign and initial your child’s reading record each time you read at home with your child. If you wish to write a comment as well, that would be most welcome. Please make sure that your child has their reading book and reading record in school every day.

Year 5 curriculum

The National Curriculum states what is to be taught each year. At the end of each term the teachers will use the Curriculum to assess your child’s learning and the progress they have made.

Please come in at the end of the day to discuss any queries you may have or if there is anything else you would like to know. We are looking forward to building up a good working relationship to make the coming year a happy and successful one for your child.

Year 6

We welcome all our parents and pupils to the last year of their primary education before embarking on their journey through secondary school.

The year 6 team want nothing more than this to be an exciting and fulfilling year for everyone and we look forward to sharing it with you.

It is not all about SATS, although there is some information below which will be expanded on nearer the time.  There is the residential at Kingswood to come, many sporting opportunities and more, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum.  Expectations are high and children are expected to be independent and able to manage themselves and their belongings, as well as completing all homework.

Water Bottles

Drinking water throughout the day helps improve concentration levels.  Please send your child to school with a water bottle every day.

P.E.

Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school every day.  This must include black shorts, a t-shirt in their house colour, plimsolls/trainers, warm navy/black tracksuit bottoms and top, socks and a hair band to tie back long hair.  Earrings must not be worn for P.E.

Homework

Homework is reading three times a week and answering a question in the reading logs, times tables (which need to be learnt at speed and at random, alongside the related division facts), spellings, as well as tasks that may be set to support learning in the classroom.  Note that spellings are tested in the SATS tests and should be applied correctly in writing tasks.  There is an expectation that pupils will take pride in their work and it should be completed to the best of their ability using cursive handwriting.

Reading

Reading is not just about being able to de-code the words on the page, but is also about understanding. Please question your child about what they read: prompt questions are provided for the children.  They need to record answers to these questions in their logs.  Pupils should be reading challenging texts and reading records and books need to be in school daily.

Curriculum

The National Curriculum states what is to be taught.  Teachers will assess learning and progress made to date at regular intervals throughout the year. You can be assured that if there are any concerns about your child’s learning, that we will contact you to make an appointment so that this can be addressed expeditiously.