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New Academic Year 2013 Class 3

3rd September 2013

 

Dear Parents        

 

Welcome to Years 3 and 4!  I hope you have had an enjoyable summer with your family.  I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, getting to know the Year 3 children and working again with Year 4.  I would like to give you details and information about the year ahead.  Information can also be accessed via the Class 3 page on the school’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and the school website.

 

There are 31 children in the class this year - 16 Year 3 and 15 Year 4 children.

 

I teach on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Mrs Howard teaches Literacy and Numeracy on Wednesday mornings and Mrs Tildsley teaches Art and Design and Technology Wednesday afternoons.  Miss Johnson will teach the class Citizenship.  In addition, Mrs Harrison, Mrs Hetherington and Mrs Downes will support the class -  working with groups and individuals at various times during the week.  I will be sending home a copy of the class timetable in the near future and your child will be given a copy for his/her homework diary. 

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum has been updated, in line with the revised National Curriculum which becomes statutory from September 2014.  The children study Literacy and Numeracy every day.  Our Religion themes this term are the Bible and Trust in God.  Our history is the Battle of Britain.  Our science themes are sound and healthy eating, skeletons and muscles.  In art, the children are working on observational drawing of people and artefacts.  In Design and Technology the children will be designing and making a healthy eating project.  In ICT, the children will be working on Using Technology – developing their typing accuracy and speed and on using the internet.   The children will develop their Geographical mapping skills.  Spanish lesson will cover greetings, instructions, introductions, numbers, months of the year and Christmas.  The children will study and learn about money management in Citizenship.  On an ongoing basis, we will be covering emotional literacy, using the Sumo resource.

 

We are very pleased to be starting a year of glockenspiel tuition, led by a music specialist from the Cheshire based Love Music Trust foundation.    You will shortly find an overview of the curriculum on the school website.

 

If your child has any resources at home which supports our learning in class, please feel free to send them in. 

 

Swimming lessons start on Tuesday 10th September for Y3 children, with an assessment of their swimming skills.  Year 4 will start the following Tuesday, 17th September.  You should receive a separate letter with full details this week.  PE is also taught on Mondays, run by PAS Sports;  PE kits should be in school on this day, and on all school days as the children have regular fitness sessions (skipping, running, etc).  PE kits now stay in school over the weekend.  As the weather gets colder, the children can use outdoor jogging bottoms/

tracksuits. All earrings/studs should be removed for all PE activities and long hair should be tied back.  For the first half of this term, the children will also be learning lacrosse with a specialist coach. 

Homework

 

You will find useful links to websites which support the children’s learning on our class page on our VLE learning platform.

 

In Key Stage two, children bring their reading books and reading journals to and from school each day.  Children choose their own reading book and change it as and when needed.  We ask that children complete 15-20 minutes reading homework each night and enter the page in their reading journal.  Asking children questions about what s/he has read is highly beneficial.  Instead of reading their school reading book, children could read from the Bug Club website as well as a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books, comics, and newspapers.  It is recommended that parents read to children on an ongoing basis -  both motivational and enjoyable for the children.

 

Spelling homework is combined with handwriting practice, using the fully joined (cursive) style.

 

Times tables – please take any opportunity to encourage your child to recite the times tables and ask him/her questions both in and out of sequence.  A multiplication card will be provided and should be returned daily.  A ‘little and often’ really does help the children.  Ongoing practice in addition and subtraction facts for numbers up to 20 would also be beneficial.  In addition to the mymaths website that we use, the following websites are useful for many aspects of maths, including times table learning:

www.mathszone.co.uk           www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths

                        www.mathsyear2000.co.uk

You will find shortcuts to them on our VLE page.

 

The homework timetable that we use in Lower Key Stage 2 is:

 

Day

Homework

To return

Monday

Reading

Spelling

Daily

Monday (or earlier)

Tuesday

Reading

Numeracy

Times tables book (green) times tables card

Mymaths website activity

Daily

Tuesday (or earlier)

Tuesday (or earlier)

Daily

Wednesday

Reading

Daily

Thursday

Reading

Daily

Friday

Reading

Daily

 

Ongoing

 

Reading (Bug Club online)

 

 

Other homework may be set from time to time.  Children attending support or intervention groups may be given additional homework and daily reading/spelling tasks.  The children are provided with a homework diary, which the children will use to log their homework.  In addition, please feel free to use it as a means of communication with myself.  If you write in it, please encourage your child to show it to me the following day and I will initial it once I have read it. 

 

We do try to get the right balance of homework – to support and consolidate school learning, but not so much that it is onerous or too time consuming.  If you feel that a task is proving difficult or is taking too long, please make a judgement call, initial or make a comment on your child’s work and s/he can hand in the work as it is.  You could also ask your child to ask me for further help or explanations. 

 

Targets

 

You will shortly be receiving details of your child’s literacy and numeracy targets. These are designed to help your child focus on aspects of learning which will be useful for their progress. 

 

Behaviour, Rewards and Incentives

 

We use positive behaviour management based on kindness, fairness and mutual respect in order to effectively support children’s learning.   Year 3 and 4 have devised and agreed to their own set of Class  Rules, based on the principle that everyone has a right to learn and a responsibility to allow others that right:

 

We are helpful.

We treat other people how we would like to be treated.

We do our best work.

We follow instructions first time.

 

We regularly acknowledge and celebrate the children’s effort, achievement and good behaviour.  Children receive house points, which count towards individual prizes over the year and half termly, winning house groups are awarded the house trophy and given an extra break.  The winning house group within the class earns extra privileges on a weekly basis.  Children can earn raffle tickets towards a weekly prize in class as well as stickers and a variety of reward certificates designed to reward effort and achievement in various subjects.  The class also earn extra breaks/golden time every week. 

 

If the class rules are broken, if deemed necessary, consequences are given to help children make the right choice.  These are:

  1.  
  2. Warning
  3. Move place
  4. Miss 5 minutes of breaktime or take a think sheet home
  5. Spend 5 minutes in older class
  6. See Headteacher and a letter is sent home to notify parents.

 

The children will all have roles or responsibility within the class (‘monitors jobs’), which helps to develop a sense of responsibility and independence.

 

Can you help?

 

If you are able to accompany the children to and from swimming lessons, even if on an occasional basis, please let Mrs Wood or myself know. 

 

If you are able to volunteer either on a regular or occasional basis, to help with hearing readers, testing times tables, making resources, or perhaps to read a story to the class, etc, please do let me know.  Research has shown a positive effect by both male and female role models in reading.

 

Property

 

The children should bring a labelled sports bottle filled with water each day.  This should be taken home at the end of the day for washing.  I would also be grateful if you would check that all your child’s clothes, shoes and trainers are named. 

 

Please do let me know if you or your child has any problems or concerns.  I am often available at the end of the school day or you might like to make an appointment to discuss matters more fully.

 

Attached to this letter is a visual reminder of all of the items your child should bring to school, which I hope will be useful for you.  The children will also be provided with their own visual reminder, for their homework diaries

 

I hope this information is helpful for you.  I look forward to the many educational, engaging and rewarding experiences that we will encounter as a class and I look forward to working with you throughout this year.

 

 Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

.Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Heaton                                                  Nora Armstrong-Boyle

Deputy Headteacher                                      Headteacher

 

 

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