Welcome back and we hope you had an enjoyable summer. It has been lovely to welcome our new St. David’s class back to school this week.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of general information about Lower Key Stage 2 you need to know.
Mrs Wareing and Mrs Beattie are the teachers in St. David’s Class. Mrs Beattie will be with us until the new year until Mrs Richards is expected to return from maternity leave. On Wednesday mornings, PSHE and handwriting will be taught by Mrs Dodd and PE by Mrs Griffin.
From Monday 9th September, all year 3 and 4 children will be attending swimming lessons at Strode Road Leisure Centre. Please make sure your child has a full kit: swimming costume or shorts, towel, and goggles and/or a hat if necessary. Please note, deodorant, talcum powder etc are not allowed. It also really helps to have everything is named.
Every Wednesday morning during term 1, Mrs Griffin delivers PE lessons, so children will need a PE kit in school for the beginning of each week. Children will need a PE shirt, a pair of daps/trainers and jogging bottoms. It also helps to have PE kits named.
We endeavour to offer all children outside learning opportunities, therefore please could your child have a waterproof coat in school at all times, otherwise your child may miss out on some of the different and rich experiences on offer. We also need to walk to the church weekly for assembly and lunch, whatever the weather!
Reading at home
Every child has chosen a reading book and will read it in their own time. If they are a free reader, it is their responsibility to change library books once they have finished. They are each entitled to a non-fiction and fiction book. Your child will also bring home a reading record. It is extremely important that they or you record the book in their reading record so that we can keep track of how much reading they are doing and the variety of books they are experiencing. Reading at home is essential in a child’s development, and is a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their book with you. We would recommend that your child is reading at home for ten minutes every day. It is important that each child remembers their library books every day, as we regularly have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time in the morning.
This term our topic is ‘The Empire strikes’, studying ancient Roman history, geography and forces in science (please see topicweb on our class website for more information). We are planning an exciting trip to Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths on 22nd November as well as a cinema trip to the Curzon to see ‘The Rotten Romans’ on 22nd October. If you think that you may have any resources or skills to share with us regarding this topic please let us know, as it would be much appreciated.
We are on the lookout for volunteers who would be available to come into our class and listen to children read on Friday afternoons. Please let us know if you could lend a hand.
Homework is set on a Wednesday and due in the following Monday. All children have a homework book to complete their work. Homework always includes spellings and maths where there will be a short test, or class activity, as a follow up. Homework also includes a topic or subject related activity. Please support your child where possible to help progress their learning.
Start of day routine
The gates are open from 8.40am. As soon as they arrive in school, children need to hang up their belongings on their named pegs and make their way into class ready to start the day at 8.55.
It is extremely important that your child has access to water all day. Your child will need to bring in a named water bottle.
If there are ever any problems, questions or worries, however small they may seem, please feel free to come and see either of us, after school, or write a note in your child’s homework book. It is important that your child feels safe and secure at school and dealing with any issues straight away will help to create a productive and creative 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.
We look forward to working alongside you in what we are sure will be a very happy successful rest of the year for your children. Thank you very much for your support and help.
Mrs R Wareing and Mrs S Beattie.
St. David’s class