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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!


Welcome to a new year in Cedar Class!


Welcome to our class page, a place where you can find out what we have been learning! 

Remember, you are always welcome to come and visit our classroom, to see what we have been learning or to hear us read. Just come and speak to Mrs Crosby to arrange the best time for you. 


Also, please see below a link to last year's learning!


From Mrs Crosby and Mrs James

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Letter writing

Week Beginning 14/10/19

This week we have been exploring writing in a letter format. The children have been writing their letters to children around the world. We included information about ourselves and questions which we wanted to ask the other children. We also included 'dear' and 'from'. 

Next we need to focus on our handwriting and presentation. 

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A visit from our book buddies! 

Week beginning 07/10/19

We had a wonderful visit from our book buddies from Oak class! It was lovely to see the children working so well together and reading together. 

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Continuous provision

Week beginning 07/09/19

This week we are continuing to have a geography focus, exploring animals, food and children from around the world. Here are some of the things that the children have been doing. 

- African Safari small world 

- Meals from around the world made from play dough 

- Writing a menu of different food from different cultures 

- Building letters and words out of Lego

Power Maths - Working systematically!

Week beginning 30/09/19

This activity used double sided counters, and we used whiteboards so that the children could write down their working out! 

We were flipping over the counters and writing the number sentence to go with the counters. E.G 2 red counters and 3 yellow counters would be 2+3 = 5

The children would then flip another counter over, which encouraged the children to work systematically. 

Continuous Provision 

Week Beginning 30/09/19

This week in our continuous provision we have been focusing on geography! Here are some of the activities that have been put out for the children this week.

- Flag making out of Lego 

- Creating their own continent map 

- Writing a letter to a child from another country

- Holiday evaluations in our Travel Agent role-play! 

Power Maths - Part Whole Model 

Week Beginning 23.09.19

This week in our power maths sessions we have been exploring the 'part-whole' model. This is where 2 parts make up the whole number. It is an excellent visual stimulus to support maths learning. We have been challenging the children to make whole number in various ways. E.G The whole number is 10 - what could the parts be? Can you show this in various ways? 

Have a look at the link above to practise some part whole model games at home! 

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Continuous Provision - creating patterns

Week Beginning 23.09.19

One of the activities we had in our continuous provision areas was pattern making. We used Lego bricks and instructions to see if we could create various patterns. Children were also encouraged to create their own colour instructions to give to their friends. 

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Exploring Forest School

Week Beginning 16.09.19

This week in Forest School we have been reminding children of the Forest School rules! These are - 

  • Walk around Forest School, don't run
  • Don't pick and eat anything
  • Sit on your bottom when you are by the stream 
  • Carry sticks behind you by dragging them on the floor

Don't forget that we have Forest School EVERY Monday!

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Signs of Autumn Spotters!

Week beginning 16.09.19

This week in our continuous provision area we have gathered some nature that are showing signs of Autumn. We had pine cones, sticks, leaves and even some little critters that had made their way in from outside! The children had some time to explore these with magnifying glasses and the wrote down their findings on a whiteboard. An adult was around to record some of their thoughts on a post it note too! 

Congratulations Austin!

Week Beginning 16.09.19

Congratulations to Austin who won the presentation award because of his wonderful handwriting in his English work! 

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Numbers within 10 

Week Beginning 11.09.19


This week will be looking at numbers within 10. We are exploring counting forwards, backwards and looking and 1 more and 1 less. Below is a way that a child showed how we could make 10 using various resources! Using resources in maths is an excellent way to deepen mathematical thinking. 

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Our Learning Areas

Week Beginning 11.09.19


Even though the children have moved on from reception it is still essential that they are using their skills independently in continuous provision areas.


This week we have - 

- High frequency word making in kinetic sand

- Flag designing inspired from countries around the world 

- Writing a food menu for a seaside cafe

- Show numbers in various ways


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Power Maths! - 06.09.19

We started right from the first day using our Power Maths resources! The children were really challenged using their tens frames and making different numbers in a range of ways. It was fantastic to see the children thinking deeply during these sessions, some gaining new knowledge and others building on knowledge that they already had. Keep up the hard work guys! 

Your World, My World! 


Welcome back to a new school year! We hope that you enjoyed your summer holidays, got to spend some time together and enjoy some time in the sunshine! 

Year 1 will be starting off the year with the topic 'Your World, My World' using a school wide stimulus; a book called 'Playground' by James Mollison. 

To start our topic we will be using pictures of playgrounds from around the world to help explore how everybody's lives are different. 

We thought that this would be a good topic to get to know your children better, and for them to get to know us and others in their class!


Click below to see some images from the book that we will be using as a whole school.

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