Welcome to Holly Class

Classroom organisation:

Staff: Miss Squire is the main class teacher and this year Miss Leydon will be our class teaching assistant. Miss Leydon will be teaching handwriting on a Tuesday afternoon. Every Thursday the children will go to Miss Menzies for Jigsaw and Miss Whitcombe for computing.

 Level of Work: The children will be following the national curriculum scheme for year 3 and 4 and this will be differentiated to ensure that all children find their learning stimulating and challenging and supportive at their own individual level.

 Seating arrangements: The children will spend short periods on the carpet for whole class teaching, using their whiteboards to ensure active learning, and will be sat in different table groups depending on the task set. There will be opportunities for the children to choose their own seats when working in mixed ability groups.

 Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour.  The children have written their own class agreement. We have a superhero behaviour chart within the classroom and children will move their own names up and down depending on behaviour. If a child’s name is at the bottom of the chart by playtime they will miss five minutes of play.  If a child’s name is at the top of the chart by the end of the day then their name will be added to the end of the week winning raffle. Children will also be collecting house points for their saint teams.

 Water bottles:  Please provide your child with a water bottle, these will be kept in a tray in the classroom.  Please fill these with only water.

 Snack: In KS2 children are require to bring in their own snack. The snack should be healthy, for example fruit or a plain biscuit (no oranges please). If you wish to pay for your child to have milk please speak to Mrs Allison in the office for more details.

 P.E. Days: Tuesday afternoons- with the sports coach.

Friday afternoon – with Miss Squire.

 Correct kit: All children should bring blue shorts, red t-shirts, daps or trainers for PE. Children can wear a jumper outside but not a coat. Please label all kit. Children without kit may be asked to wear any spare and available school kit.

 Jewellery: No jewellery including bracelets, dangly earrings or charity bands. Stud earrings only. No earrings on PE days please.

 Homework: All home work will be given on a Friday and should be handed in on Friday of the following week. Spellings will be given out each Friday with a weekly spelling test every Wednesday. Please ensure your child returns their spelling book to school on Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings in different ways, ie putting the word into a sentence and playing spelling games. As well as a spelling test the children will also be dictated a sentence using the previous week’s spellings, as this will give them an opportunity to apply their spellings and consolidate them.

Children will receive numeracy homework or literacy each week linked to their class work for that week. There will also be the home learning task which is explained in the curriculum newsletter.

Reading books and reading record: Please sign your child’s reading record and mark how many times they have read to you. We can then ensure that your child receives their sticker and certificate!  Please try to hear your child read daily and help them to develop their comprehension skills by asking them about the text they are reading. This will give them the opportunity to recall and describe events, discuss characters and develop their inference skills.  The children are now able to change their own reading books and will be given time in the week to do so.

Attendance: We have a really full time table so please try to ensure your child is at school every day full of energy to learn. It is very difficult for us to catch up missed learning and this is a disadvantage to your child's achievement.

 Picking Up: Please can you let the office know if your child will be picked up by another adult and whether this is regular or a one - off. This will help when dismissing the children.

 Availability:  Please let Mrs Allison in the office know if you wish to meet with me. If you need a longer chat please avoid Tuesdays as I have a staff meeting.   I am planning to have some days during the year for you to come in and work with your children/see what we have been doing during the year.

 Thank you for your support and I look forward to meeting you.

 Miss Squire