Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 3’s Spring Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
3K Miss Kissoon Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
Mrs Prah Teaching Assistant
Ms Haley Teacher Assistant
3B Miss Brown Class Teacher
Miss Newman Teaching Assistant
3M Mr Morrissey Class Teacher
Mrs Palimaru Teaching Assistant
Mr Johnson Teaching Assistant
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at the playground at 3:20pm.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to line up in the junior playground at 8.45am. Children will then start learning straight away as teachers will have activities prepared. When dismissing the children at the end of the day, it is vital that your child shakes their teacher or teacher assistants hand and says the name of the adult who is collecting them. In the interest of your child's safety, we ask for your co-operation and support.
In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school, it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch especially during school trips.
It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.
On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before and after their PE sessions. Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy will result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection.
Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates for Outstanding Efforts in RE, English and Maths and Outstanding behaviour in class and outside on the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Head teacher's Certificate in assembly.
Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to reflection if their behaviour does not improve.
In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime.
Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.
Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work. As you know it is important that this continues this year as the homework tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school. Maths homework is also given using the Maths workbook. These should be returned on Monday mornings for children to self mark with the teacher and will be given back to the children with new pages to work on at home.
Please note that children who repeatedly fail to bring in their homework will be sent to reflection.
Children are expected to read every evening for at least 20 minutes. All children have a reading book (banded/free reader) which they have the opportunity to change as soon as they have finished it and a yellow Reading Record book. Please initial the Reading Record Book daily after your child has read. In year 3, we are encouraging the children to write their own comments and answer any questions that has been given to them. These are checked by the class teachers and children who have not completed their reading, will be sent to reading club at playtime.
First Holy Communion
As many of you know, this year is a special time for your child. Once your child has reached seven years old, they are able to begin to prepare for their First Holy Communion. Please ensure that your child is attending church so that they are best prepared for their First Holy Communion and that they are reading their Bible.
I hope the children will continue to enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.
Year Group Leader
Important dates for your diary
Monday 7th January 2019 Back to school.
Monday 7th January 2019 Opening Mass in Church 2pm
Thursday 24th January 2019 St Francis Feast Day Mass in Church
Tuesday 5th February 2019 Parent Consultations
Thursday 7th February 2019 Parent Consultations
Friday 8th February 2019 3B Class Assembly at 9am
Friday 15th February 2019 End of half term at 3:15pm
Monday 25th February 2019 Back to school
Monday 25th—Friday 1st March 2019 Book Week
Wednesday 6th March 2019 Ash Wednesday Service in Church at 2pm
Thursday 14th March 2019 3K Parish Mass
Friday 15th March 2019 3K Class Assembly at 9am
Thursday 21st March 2019 3M Parish Mass
Thursday 18th March 2019 3B Class Assembly at 9am
Friday 29th March 2019 3M Class Assembly at 9am
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Way of the Cross
Friday 5th April March 2019 End of term at 1:00pm