What to wear and bring to school.
Children will not need to wear school uniform on Thursdays and should wear their school PE kit to school instead. This is due to new guidelines which prevent children from changing for PE lessons. Children in year 3 will be taught outdoor PE by Mrs. Appleton on Thursday afternoon.
Within the same guidance on clothing, the children MUST have their clothing clearly labelled with their name. This is very important. Any un-named clothing will not be stored in the classroom and will be sent to ‘lost property’. Currently parents and pupils are not permitted to look through clothing sent to lost property so you may find that you are unable to retrieve un-named items until further notice.
The above also applies to rucksacks, pencil cases, lunchboxes and water bottles. These items also need to be kept to a minimum size as there is currently very little storage space within the classrooms, due to government guidelines regarding children’s work spaces.
Desks now all face the teacher at the front of the room and children keep resources on these as far as possible, but their workspace is limited because of this, and other furniture has had to be removed or has become inaccessible (such as coat pegs or water bottle storage areas). In 3P we have been using large storage boxes to store half of the children’s rucksacks and coats, whilst the other half have use of the pegs. Each child does have their own named tray which they put their reading book and snack into each morning. Snacks are no longer provided by the school when the children leave the Infants, and are only to be fruit or vegetables. Biscuits, cereal bars, crisps or chocolate are not permitted. Children who do not bring fruit or vegetable snacks will unfortunately not be provided with one by the school and will need to wait until lunchtime to eat.
Reading books - Please remember to send your child’s reading book in to school each day. The children in the juniors have responsibility for changing their book themselves but due to limited access to the library we request that the book is read through completely twice before being changed (unless it is a long chapter book). We normally endeavour to hear your child read once a week in year 3 but are trying hard to increase this to twice a week at present to assess any gaps in their reading ability. Some children will be heard two to three times if appropriate. Staff are continuing to record comments in children’s reading diaries, which we are keeping in school for the time being, but we hope to begin sending that home with their reading book each day as soon as it is safe to do so.
Spelling books - These used to be sent home each Friday with spellings to learn. We are continuing to teach spellings and are using these books within school until further notice, so they will not be sent home yet. Again, we are carrying out assessment activities to determine where any gaps in phonic understanding may be.
Online maths homework is set every Friday. You need to log in to your mathsframe account using your user name and password. Children are also strongly encouraged to log onto their Times Tables Rockstars account on a regular basis, to practice quick recall of their times tables, ready for their year 4 statutory multiplication test.
Online English homework is also due to be set each Friday and again, you should have your own log in details for that soon. Online spellings will be set shortly but we are in the process of signing up to a new spelling website (and no longer using Spelling Wand). The children will also need to be set up with log ins for their English online work (which will be mainly comprehension work), as this is new to them now that they are in the juniors. We will be sending these out to you during the final weeks of this half term along with introducing the children and parents to using Teams as a way of accessing home learning, now that the children are becoming more settled into key stage 2.