As the children enter Key Stage 2, a careful balance is assured between pastoral care and the encouragement of independence, both socially and academically.
All National Curriculum foundation subjects are taught. Pupils follow the Literacy and Language scheme of work for English and the White Rose Maths scheme. Cedar has a class based teacher who delivers these core subjects in addition to Topic, Computing, RE (Gloucestershire) and The Pink Curriculum (PSHEed). Specialist teachers take classes for Music, Art, Design & Technology, French, PE, Swimming and Drama. The curriculum is differentiated within the classroom to meet the needs of individual children. Whilst the Able, Gifted and Talented children are extended appropriately, there is very good SEND provision for those requiring further support. The children are taught in form classes, however they are grouped for Maths and Spelling. The teacher/pupil ratio is high.
The curriculum is enriched by outings and visits related to Year 3 classroom topics. These include an outing to The Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, as well as structured activity days in school. Year 3 has also hosted a very large T-Rex for a Dinosaur Workshop!
Homework is set to provide reinforcement and consolidation of work covered in lessons and to encourage a healthy homework routine which will aid the children as they progress through Key Stage 2. Year 3 children are expected to read daily, learn spellings and practice their times tables. They are also given a piece of written Literacy, Maths and Topic/Science work each week, which should take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
A variety of after-school clubs are offered to all Year 3 pupils. These include seasonal sports clubs, Art, Computing and Chess. Lunchtime activities are also available.
Pupils in Cedar have been very busy sorting dinosaur facts from dinosaur myths. Initially working in groups the children enjoyed sharing the new information they have acquired with the rest of... Read more
The first year of our Reading Buddies scheme has been a great experience for the Year 6 pupils who have been responsible, kind and supportive to their younger 'buddy'. Of course, the Year 2 and 3... Read more
From the Everest Lab to a Great Space Adventure to Anatomy Art and Maker Shack, this week our Year 3-6 pupils had the opportunity to experience exciting events at the Cheltenham Science Festival.Hugh... Read more
Last Friday Airthrie pupils participated in our annual school Swimming Gala at the Cheltenham Ladies' College pool. Year 3-6 swimmers competed in individual and team events and this was the first... Read more
During the week leading to half-term our KS2 children walked to Salem Baptist Church on St George’s Road where we were transported back 2000 years to Jerusalem and were able to meet a range... Read more
As part of our Year 3 pupils' PSHE Topic work, the children have written some wonderfully touching letters to elderly patients suffering with dementia at Cheltenham General Hospital. We hope... Read more
Our Year 3 children enjoyed working with watercolours to create a sunset - developing their brush control, colour mixing and blending. They learnt about foreground, middle ground and background... Read more
Year 3 pupils braved the rain this morning to set up their stalls to sell delicious cakes to all pupils during morning break-times. By Mamie and Harriet In our Topic lessons Form Cedar have... Read more
During lessons about light this term, pupils in Form Cedar have investigated how an opaque object in front of a light source will cause a shadow. Using torches in the classroom they... Read more
On 30 March, before the Easter break, our Year 3 pupils visited the Corinium Museum in Cirencester in support of their Topic work on the... Read more