Welcome to Cedar!


Dear Parents / Carers


This half term your child is studying:



Some children will be following the Read, Write Inc 'Get Writing' programme - a focus on phonics, reading fluently for comprehension and writing in many different genres.

Children not following the RWI 'Get Writing' programme, will be studying 'Daft Jack and the Bean Stack' by Laurence Anholt and learning to write effective openings and endings to stories.  For our non-fiction writing, we will be writing persuasive letters.

Our class read is 'The Dark Dream' by Nigel Hinton.


Measure - length and perimeter.


Arithmetic based on place value and all four operations.

Times tables practise: 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x.


Creating awe and wonder in the natural world -learning activities inspired by British Science Week.


How and why is my local environment changing?

PSHCE Living in a diverse world.
PE Badminton and Hockey with the Sports Coach.
Music Learning to play the recorder.
RE Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Computing Coding.
French Hobbies - what I like to do in my spare time.
Art & DT Sketches of the local area.


Helping at home and homework


Maths Homework:

The main task for children to do at home is times tables practice.  Year 3 children need to know 2x, 5x, 10x (from Year 2) plus 3x, 4x and 8x tables.  'Hit The Button' is a great online game to practise all times tables.  Your child has been given a log in and password to Times Tables Rockstars.  Please encourage and remind them to log in and practise their high speed tables at home!



All children have a school reading book.  Please encourage your child to read for 10 minutes every night either to themselves or whenever possible to an adult, as this really helps improve their reading speed, accuracy, understanding of the text and vocabulary.  Discussing the book with your child is also very important. 


Please sign their diary after listening to them read and let us know when a book has been completed, so that your child can complete a quiz about the book on Accelerated Reader. 



Children practise spellings on a daily basis as part of their Phonics learning and our RWI 'Let’s Get Spelling' programme.


The children will bring home spellings based on the sounds and spelling patterns they have been learning.


Spelling tests will take place on differing days due to the timetable, so please check the spelling list given for the test date.  We would be grateful if you could help your child to practise them.  A great question to ask your child is “What is the spelling rule for these words?”



Our Sports Coach will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays leading our PE sessions.  Children should bring a change of shoes (trainers for outdoors and plimsolls for indoors), black bottoms (shorts or jogging bottoms) and a plain white or House t-shirt.


Celebrating Achievements:

Remember that parents and carers are invited to our Achievement Assembly every Friday morning at 9am when children may receive merit certificates and award trophies.   


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Thank you for taking the time to read our news page.  I hope you find it useful.  Please do get in touch if you have any queries.


Best Wishes


Miss Orme

Please contact the school office should you require a place for your child at Thorpe Acre Juniors.