St David’s Class Information Letter Spring Term
Welcome back to school! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas holiday and are ready for a busy term ahead! The purpose of this letter is to inform you of general information and routines in St David’s Class.
A reminder that teachers are entitled to planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time each week; this will always be taken on a Wednesday morning. During this time, French will continue to be taught by Madam Miller and PE will be taught by Mr Molland. Children will therefore need a full named PE kit in school on a Wednesday.
PE which will focus on healthy lifestyles will also be taught on Thursday afternoon this term so children will need their PE kit in school on a Thursday.
We endeavour to offer all children outside learning opportunities, therefore please could your child have a named waterproof coat in school at all times. We do need to walk to the Parish Rooms or the Church daily for assembly and lunch, whatever the weather!
Praise assembly continues on a Friday afternoon at 2.45pm to which you are always invited. Please remember that any certificates or medals gained from clubs outside of school can be shared as part of the assembly.
Reading at Home
Reading at home is essential in a child’s development and is a wonderful opportunity for your child to share a book with you. As your child gets older they may prefer to read silently to themselves but is important to encourage a mix of reading aloud and silent reading. Asking questions will help to ensure your child has understood what they have read. Ideally your child would benefit from reading at home at least 3-4 times per week. It is important that each child has their reading book and reading record in school every day as we regularly read at times throughout the day. Please sign in the reading record so we know your child has read at home. Books will be changed on a Monday morning, however It is your child’s responsibility to let us know if they need to change their reading book and time will be given for this.
The curriculum will be taught through topics. This term we will focus on a geography and science topic ‘Eco-Explorers’ where we will study Europe, North and South America and plants and animals found on those continents. Please see the topic web on our class website page for further details. If you have any resources or skills which link to this topic then please let me know, as we are always looking for ways to enhance the children’s learning experiences.
Homework is set on a Wednesday and due in the following Tuesday. Homework always includes reading at least 3-4 times per week. This must be recorded in your child’s reading record. There will also be spellings to learn and times tables that your child is currently working on. By the end of the school year children in Year 3 are expected to know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables and children in Year 4 are expected to know the times table for all numbers up to 12 so it is important to regularly practise these at home as well as in school. Homework may also include a piece of work related to the topic. Please support your child where possible to help them progress in their learning.
Start of Day Routine
As you are aware we are always trying to develop your child’s independent skills, therefore we would ask that the children walk into class on their own after saying goodbye at the school gate. The gate is open from 8.40am and children must be in school by 8.55am. As soon as they arrive in school, children need to hang up their named belongings on their pegs and make their way into class ready to start at 8.55am.
It is extremely important that your child has access to water all day. Your child will need a named water bottle in school every day.
Finally if there are ever any questions, problems or worries, however small they may seem, please feel free to come and see me. After school is usually best or write a note in your child’s reading record. It is important that your child feels safe and secure at school and dealing with any worries straight away will help to create a caring and productive environment, where your child feels able to take risks in their learning. Sorting the little problems out quickly makes it less likely that they will develop into ‘big’ ones later on.
I look forward to working alongside you in what I am sure will be a very happy and successful term for your children. Thank you in anticipation for your support and help.
Thank you also for the money raised through the sale of the children’s mosaics. The children asked for blankets, cushions and cuddly toys to make the cosy corner cosier! They are enjoying the cosier corner!
Yours sincerely, Rachel Mills