This year there are three Panthers – Panthers R (Mr Redfern – Year 3), Panthers T (Mr Tyson – Year 3 / 4 mixed) and Panthers A (Mrs Akers – Year 4). Children will be taught predominantly by their class teacher; some of the children’s learning will take place in their registration groups, whilst at other times they will be grouped according to need.
All children will have opportunities to work in differentiated groups for reading, writing and maths, to enable us to meet the needs of all learners. All teachers and teaching assistant will lead a focus group for group guided reading, writing and maths. Science will be taught in straight year groups.
Within this letter are some of the routines and expectations we encourage in class. We would appreciate your support in promoting these and hope that you find this information helpful.
8:55 am: School begins! Children come straight to the classroom where a teacher will be present. There will be a member of staff on duty at the junior gate from 8.45 am. Please do not arrive before 8:45am. We encourage the children to come into school by themselves. Children arriving after 8.55am will have to report to the school office, as the gate near the junior playground will be locked. They will be given a ‘late’ mark.
12:20 pm: End of morning session.
1:10 pm: Afternoon session begins.
3:20 pm: School finishes. Children will come out along the footpath by themselves and through the small gate, to the right of the car park (not the main gates).
Any messages can be left with the member of staff, who is on the gate in morning. These messages will be relayed to the class teacher. Alternatively, an appointment request can be noted in your child’s homework diary, or arranged via the office.
Children will read in school, independently, individually and within a group during our Guided Reading sessions.
We ask that Year 3/4 children aim to read for 10 minutes each evening as part of their homework routine. Each week the children are expected to complete three reading entries in their Group Guided Reading (GGR) books. These three short pieces of writing should reflect their understanding of what they are reading, and questions will be provided to help guide answers. Additionally, homework may be set that focuses on the work studied in Guided Group Reading. Group Guided Reading books (green) need to be in school every day and will be checked on a weekly basis.
In Year 3/4, the children are given a homework diary. This serves as a link between home and school. We expect the children to fill in their homework diary every week, listing any homework in addition to reading and spellings. It needs to be signed by a parent or guardian to show that you are aware of the work and activities the children are involved in. You are welcome to write any notes for us in the homework diary and we will try our best to answer any questions or queries. Homework diaries will be checked weekly. Unsigned diaries and incomplete homework will mean the loss of 5 minutes of Golden Time. There is a homework club in school on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes.
All children will continue to write in pencil until a pen licence is gained. Children may use a Berol handwriting pen or blue ink pen. All children are expected to follow the school’s ‘continuous cursive script’ style of writing. In year 3/4 children are encouraged to bring their own writing equipment in a pencil case (including a glue stick). It is expected that the children provide their own writing equipment, although spares will be available in the classroom.
The children will be involved in two PE sessions a week. We ask that kit is clearly labelled and brought into school on a Monday and taken home on Friday to be washed ready for the following week. An outdoor kit should consist of a tracksuit and trainers, whilst a white T-shirt, black/blue shorts and pumps (bare feet are acceptable) are required for Gym. Jewellery cannot be worn; therefore if children struggle to remove certain items of jewellery, we ask that they don’t bring it to school on the day of PE. Children are expected to remove ear-rings before every PE lesson (they will not be allowed to participate in PE unless they can do this independently). It is easier if children do not wear any jewellery on the days that we do PE. Long hair needs to be tied back and if tights are worn, trainer socks are required along with training shoes.
Year 4 children will be participating in swimming lessons at Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton during the Autumn Term. Our allocated day is Tuesday. For those children who will be swimming, girls require a one piece costume (not a bikini), a swimming hat and a towel. Boys require trunks or tight shorts, a swimming hat and a towel. Goggles are permitted, but a note must be provided to state your preference. Jewellery must not be worn. Swimming will begin towards the end of September.
Break Time Snacks
Children are encouraged to bring in a snack, such as a piece of fruit or a cereal bar. We discourage sweets, chocolate or crisps. Children must keep their snack separate from their lunch box, as it is not convenient for children to access their lunch box at break. No snacks are to be shared with other children as there are a number of children with specific food allergies.
All children need to bring a school water bottle with them. This needs to be filled with water. Water bottles are available from reception for £1.50.
Should you have any further questions please speak to any of us in person or leave a message at the school office and we will do our best to answer your query.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child.