Shalfleet (01983) 760269 - Yarmouth (01983) 760345

Welcome to Year 3, Star Class at Shalfleet Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Star class. We are really looking forward to working with you and your child this year.

Staff – Mr Roberts is the main teacher for the class and will teach the class Tuesday – Friday. Mr Pickford will take the class on a Monday, supported by Mrs Lucas, where we will also be taught by Mr McCormack for PE and Miss Gates for Forest Schools. On a Tuesday afternoon Mrs Mathews will be taking the class for Art and Design Technology. Very excitingly we have Miss Spickett who will be joining us for the year as a School Direct student, this is nothing to worry as she is doing the exact same course in which I undertook. On the days in which Mr Roberts is teaching Mr Pickford will be supporting the class within his HLTA position.

We hope that this will be a fun and happy year with us.

Please see below for key information.

AM & PM Routines

Early morning routine – Due Covid restrictions – Your child can come into from 0830 with book bag and lunchbox. Please let the children become independent in looking after their own belongings. The register is called in class at 0835 promptly and closes at 0840. If your child has an older sibling, meaning they need to come into class earlier, the older sibling will need to bring their younger sibling to their classroom.

End of day routine – The day ends for the children at 1500 with the siblings going outside to be picked up.

Uniform

Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly labeled, especially jumpers and coats, including their PE kit, and that all children are provided with a hat in hot weather, and a coat when it is cold or wet. We like to get the children out at playtime everyday, even in light rain! Due to the children now being in KS2 we do emphasis that they need to take a responsibility for their own belongings.

PE

PE – Our class will have PE lessons and forest school each week. On a Monday is PE and forest school, so the children can wear their PE kit to school and bring their waterproofs and wellies in a carrier bag. The children can also come to school in their PE kit on a Thursday. This reduces the risks linked to Covid with limiting changing of clothing in school.

Homework

Homework – The children will receive weekly spelling and a weekly Maths fluency sheet. Spellings will be given out on Friday and will be tested the following Friday. Maths will be handed out on Wednesday and collected in on a Monday.

Food & Drink

Drinks – Each child will need to bring in a named water bottle to drink throughout the day. If they have a sports bottle with a pop up top, then these can be kept on their table in the classroom. Other types of bottle may have to be kept on the draining board or at the side of the classroom, where they can access them at any time.

Snacks – Snacks must now be eaten during playtime in which there is designated area for them to go. Please can I remind you to ensure that these are healthy snacks.

Lunchboxes – These are stored on a shelf in the classroom.

Toys & Belongings

Toys/Belongings – Please can you ensure that your child does not bring in any toys to school. We will provide writing equipment but if your child wants to bring in their own pencil case, they will need to leave it at school.

Reading

Reading We will be doing various reading activities every day, and therefore please make sure that the children always have their books in their reading bags in school. Children will continue with their reading record, it is helpful if you can write in it each time you read with your child, and adults at school will do the same to keep you informed of your child’s progress.
However, I need to stress that these books are mainly a home reading book, and we will not always hear them read these books. Please be aware that sometimes the children will repeat pages or even whole books to develop fluency and accuracy and we may not necessarily change a book each time they get to the end, as we have to make sure of their understanding of the story and the characters in the book. We will move them onto another book when we are confident they are ready. It has been heavily evidenced within research of the impact reading at home has on your child’s development within school.