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Welcome back to a new school year!  I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday and are ready for a busy year ahead!  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of general information and routines in St David’s Class.

Timetable Information

I am the full time teacher in St David’s Class and the children will also be supported by Mrs Wheddon who is the class teaching assistant.  She is in class on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.  Mrs Wheddon also works all day on a Thursday where she will work with children from across the school who have additional needs. 

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. 

Swimming lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon, beginning on Monday 11th September at Strode Road Leisure Centre.  Children will need swim wear, a towel and goggles if required, in school every Monday. 

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.
 
Topic Work

The curriculum will be taught through topics.  This term we will start with a  focus on mark making and will then being our topic ‘The Empire Strikes’ where we will study the Romans and the impact of the Romans in Britain.  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

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. 

Water

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 year for your children.  Thank you in anticipation for your support and help.

 
Mrs Mills
St David's Class Teacger

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Digger and the Gang

Nash's adventures in English, Maths and Science.

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