Class Information

Class 3 Information

Class Teacher: Mrs Yorke

Mr Strangwood (Wednesday), Mrs Staples-Grantham, Mrs Byrd

Homework

As a rule, homework will be as follows:

Wednesday– ‘I Can Do’ maths marking

Wednesday- Cracking Times Tables

Daily – reading and times tables practice

In topic, we use home learning grids. We ask pupils to choose two projects per term. They will be told completion dates which will also be available on the Class page on the school website.

Science and MyMaths are set as appropriate to support the learning

Big Talk – Weekly

With the exception of the home learning tasks, homework should take no longer than 20 minutes. I do expect homework to be completed. If there is a problem, please contact Mr Strangwood or myself.

‘I Can Do Maths’ project. This scheme comprises a weekly set of problems, to be spread over the week and marked each Wednesday morning.  All children should be encouraged to answer the questions independently, for homework. They can bring in their book each day, as they do have the opportunity to work on their maths in school, so can use the time to also ask their class teacher for help, if needs be. Children also have access to MyMaths, an on-line homework and support programme, for which they each have a log-in and password.

Big Talk works in support of our Big Writing programme and provides an opportunity for students to ‘talk through’ their ideas for the extended writing session.

Reading Diaries

  • Children should record their daily reading in their diaries. Parents can indicate when they are reading with or listening to their child read.

Reading Books

  • All children will be given time to change their reading books and it is important that they do this themselves, right from the start. If you have concerns about the books they are choosing, then please come and see me. Please be assured that they will be supported and guided with this task and will quickly gain independence.
  • We have a structured library of reading books in the corridor, which are part of the Accelerated Reading programme. Following assessment, each child will be guided to the correct level, as a starting point. Each band within the structure offers a wide range of genres and interest areas for the children to choose from, at an appropriate level. The children cannot be listened to on a one to one basis as frequently as I might like, so your monitoring and support of their reading will be of great benefit to them. Their reading and quizzes are reviewed on a regular basis.

Indoor Shoes

  • Pumps (PE) to be in school at all times.

P.E.

  • P.E. kit must always be in school and must be fully labelled.

Wednesday– Games (football/netball kit. Warm jumper and joggers for colder weather)

Friday – P.E. (Gym kit – shirt, shorts, pumps, trainers for hall use)

  • Years 3 & 4 have netball/football or uni-hoc on rotation.

Eco-Gardening:  Thursday pm – depending on the season and job requirements.

Due to the continued success and enthusiasm of the children, Class 3 is still responsible for the school garden. The children will need to wear appropriate clothes, trousers, old shoes or Wellingtons and take everything back with them at the end of the day. Please check the weather in case any additional layers or water-proofs are needed. Eco-gardening will be dependent on the season and jobs needing to be done, so I will inform the children on a Tuesday if we will be working outside on the Thursday. I will also notify you via email.

Equipment/Desk Storage

  • We will provide the children with a handwriting pen, pencil, sharpener, rubber and ruler.
  • The children may find it useful to have their own colouring pencils and a small glue stick, to be kept in a non-bulky pencil case. Desk/drawer space is limited.
  • A small snack box is preferable (KS2 children are not eligible for free fruit or milk), again due to limited storage space.
  • We would ask for your children’s water bottles to be filled at home each morning. They will be replenished each lunch-time.

Rewards

Using a tally system, the children collect individual ‘Merit Points’ in both work outcomes and independent thinking skills.

  • Each tally (or five merit points) earns a…Diddy Dot! (DD)
  • Children collect their DDs on a card and when they achieve 10, they will receive their first certificate. They will continue to accumulate DDs, earning rewards at intervals of 20, 40, 80 and 100
  • The Golden Wall, present in each classroom, provides an opportunity for children to gain ‘golden bricks’ for following the...Golden Rules! At the close of each term, we place all the bricks in a hat and draw a winner. The draw ensures that all children will continue to be motivated by the chance to win a gift or voucher, by the end of term.
  • Golden Time can be earned as a whole class for following our class targets. Each day, they are given a score out of 10 and can earn up to 15 minutes extra “golden time” for the week.

Each week a pupil will be chosen as ‘Star of the Week’ in recognition of positive behaviour across all aspects of school life. They will receive their ‘certificate’ of stardom in Celebration Assembly, to which parents are specifically invited.

All your children are settling well into their new year groups; working hard and enjoying new challenges. I have tried to think of all the areas within Class Three that may be of interest to you, but I’m sure I’ll have forgotten to mention something! Please let me know if you do have any other queries.

I’m looking forward to a happy and productive year in Class Three.

Many thanks for your support.                               Mrs Yorke