‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Cedar Class 2022 - 2023




Class teacher - Mr A Fowles

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs Rowlands/ Mrs Walker

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Cedar class establish the values and vision that we have for our school life.  In the thankfulness and honesty, we demonstrate around school, we follow our faith that making wise choices and always striving to do the right thing by ourselves and others allows us to grow in confidence and maturity.  The wisdom that comes from always striving to make these wise choices enables us to endeavour as we take advantage of the many opportunities we have to shine in Cedar class.

During the Summer term in Cedar we will be investigating the Vikings. The Vikings came from all around Scandinavia (where Norway, Sweden and Denmark are today). They sent armies to Britain about the year 700 AD to take over some of the land, and they lived here until around 1050. Even though the Vikings didn’t stay in Britain, they left a strong mark on society – we’ve even kept some of the same names of towns. They had a large settlement around York and the Midlands, and you can see some of the artefacts from Viking settlements today. Our residential will enable us to see the impact the Vikings had on York first hand. Furthermore, we will get to go to Dig and Jorvik centre which will give us lots of opportunities to learn more about the Vikings!

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 Tuesday (year 3s) and a Thursday, please can children come into school on Tuesday's and Thursday's already in their PE kits, thank you. Yaer 4 children will be swimming on Wednesday therefore will need their swimming kits.

In RE this term, we will start by learning about the rules of living in a range of different faiths.   We will then move to learning about the church and more specifically our local church.  


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 Monday. 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 Michael Morporgo; we will be reading Beowulf. 

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