‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Cedar Class 2022 - 2023




Class teacher - Mr A Fowles

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs S Nelson

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During the Autumn term Cedar will be on a voyage of disovery, we will venture across Europe and learn about volcanoes. We will be specifically focusing on the volcanoe at Pompeii, which errupted during the Roman times. 

Pompeii was a Roman town in southern Italy. On the 24th of August 79AD the town was buried under volcanic ash and rock following the eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. Most of the people who lived there were killed.

The town was excavated 1,600 years later and the remains of many items, buildings and people were found in a ‘petrified’ state (as they were at the time of the eruption).Today Pompeii is a tourist destination where you can walk through the streets of what was once the first-century Roman city of Pompeii.

There’s no doubt that Mount Vesuvius is the stage for one of the most epic stories in Ancient History: from fire and brimstone raining from the sky to volcanic explosions, and from acts of immense heroism to suffering pathos that transcends all eras.

Reading plays a fundamental part in all areas of the curriculum. Over the year, we will immerse ourselves in high quality texts which will help to drive our learning. In class we have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which we are able to use not only within our Guided Reading sessions, but also when appropriate in our curriculum lessons to support our learning. Each term we have a spotlight author who has been chosen for their high-quality texts. Over the course of the term we will have to opportunity to listen to, read and learn more about these fantastic authors. Having this literacy-rich enviroment will encourage a positive culture of reading within our class and promote the children's enjoyment of reading. 

PE will be on a Thursday and a Friday, please can children come into school on Thursday's and Friday's already in their PE kits, thank you.

In RE this term, we will start by exploring Harvest. We will then, explore Sikhism as part of our inter faith week.  We will then move to enquiring about the symbolism of light during Advent.  


Please ensure that your child reads at home at least 4 times a week; they are expected to record their reading in the home/school diary. Parents just need to sign /initial each time; reading is so important and it's amazing fun too! Please, please emphasise that reading is a hugely fun thing to do, so if they have any interests that read about at home, please put it in their home/school diary as reading is reading! 30mins reading a magazine is still reading especially if they can tell you all about it afterwards to ascertain their understanding.

TT Rockstars and the children's individual spellings should be practised regularly and either handed in, if written, or a note left in the home-school diary to say they have practised.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. On top of the usual termly spellings and reading, a maths or English homework will be set every Friday. This will usually cover work that we have done in maths or in English that week (alternate weeks) but sometimes it may be topic based and perhaps require some research.

Our Class Author of the Term is Roald Dahl; we will be reading The Twits. Then, we will read the Michael Rosen book Fantastic Mr Dahl.

Perhaps, you can investigate other books Roald Dahl has written, ready for Roald Dahl day on 13th September 2022. 

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