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Holly Hill Church School, Birmingham

Cedar Class

Welcome to Cedar Class! Where lots of fun and exciting learning happens. The children are offered a wide range of learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors. Our topics this year include:We are all amazing

We are all storytellers

We are all adventures

We are all superheroes

We are living in an amazing world

We care for our our amazing world


Through our new and exciting Curriculum, the children will:

Live – ‘Life in all its fullness’

Do – ‘All we can’

Be – ‘The best we can’


We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to deliver the teaching of phonics. During the Autumn Term the children will revise Phase 1 and begin to learn the letter sounds in Phase 2.

Phase 1 The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.

Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme - Rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.

Aspect 5 – Alliteration I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.

Aspect 6 - Voice sounds Oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.

Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting. To practise oral blending, say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.

Phase 2

s, a, t, p
i, n, m, d
g, o, c, k
ck, e, u, r
h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Tricky words: the to no go I into


In the Spring term the children will revise Phase 2 and begin to learn the letter sounds in Phase 3.


Phase 3

j, v, w, x

y, z, zz, qu

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Tricky words: he she we me be was you they all are my her


In the Summer term the children will revise Phase 3 and consolidate their knowledge to help them learn to read and spell.


Phase 4

In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.

Tricky words: said have like so do some come were there little one when out what


In English the children will be learning to apply their phonic knowledge in reading and writing. By the end of the year the children will be expected to achieve the following Early Learning Goals (ELG).

Reading ELG Children read and understand simple sentences.

They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

They also read some common irregular words.

They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing ELG Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words.

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

In Maths the children will be learning to apply their knowledge of shape and number to be able to meet the following Early Learning Goals

Number ELG Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers

They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space & Measure ELG Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns.

They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Cedar Class


Mrs Guilfoyle       


Teaching Assistants

Mrs Andrews

Miss Read - SEND Support

Book Bags need to be named and to be in school every day, these form part of the pupil’s school uniform. Reading books will be changed weekly.

All school uniform including shoes need to be clearly labelled with your child’s full name.

PE Bags need to be in school for the term. They will be sent home to be washed each half-term. PE is on Wednesday and children need a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. PE kits need to be clearly labelled with your child’s full name. 



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