Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 3’s Spring Term newsletter.
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
3K Miss Kissoon Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
Ms Haley Learning Support Assistant
Ms Freeman Teaching Assistant
3B Miss Brown Class Teacher
Mrs McGinn Learning Support Assistant
3D Mrs Di Bellonia Class Teacher
Whole Year Group Mrs Torres - 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. You can also communicate with your child’s teacher via Class Dojo.
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.
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. All hair must be tied back if long and should be their natural hair colour with no coloured weaves or braids. The wearing of hard hair accessories (beads for example) is not permitted. There should be no extreme hairstyles or lines or designs cut into hair or eyebrows. 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.
Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates for Outstanding Efforts in subjects inked to the school values of Respect, Resilience, Teamwork, Engagement and Aspiration. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’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 common good 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 tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school. We will also give additional pieces of maths activities for your child to practise any challenging skills that they may have encountered during the week.
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 staying in class at playtimes to practise their reading with their class teacher.
First Holy Communion
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. This is when they will receive Jesus, who gives us His Body and Blood, for the very first time. Please ensure that they are 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 enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.