Welcome to Class 3!
Hello and welcome to Class 3
where your child is taught to work hard, have fun and try their best in
everything that they do. It is going to be a great year full of new adventures,
discoveries and learning. Mrs Baldock and all support staff are here to support
you and your child. Within the classroom both students and parents are cared
about so please let us know if you have any concerns – ideally via Seesaw. Each
day your child is required to bring to school a coat, book bag, water bottle
and snack (unless they order toast) and their reading record which will be
3 Curriculum 2021.pdf
Each day, children have the choice of ordering a hot school meal
or bring in a packed lunch from home. Each new term, the school dinner
menu is sent to all parents via Seesaw messages. Please ensure you discuss the
meal choices available with your child. Unfortunately, the kitchen is unable to
provide any alternatives (dietary requirements will be catered for), for this
reason, Mrs Baldock would like to request that, on the days your child does not
like the meal choices, a packed lunch be provided from home.
Messages between school and home
Seesaw will continue to be our main method of communication
within this academic year. Please try where possible to send any message big or
small (remember no message or question is silly and Mrs Baldock will always get
an answer for you as promptly as possible) through the inbox tool on Seesaw.
Support staff based in Class 3 may also respond to you if they see a message
and are able to provide you with an answers to queries. If a message is sent in
the evening or weekend, it may be seen, however depending on the content of the
message it may not be responded to until the following school day. Likewise,
Mrs Baldock will be endeavour not to message in the evenings and weekends where
Behaviour and Rewards
The whole school follows three rules:
kind, ready and safe. Displayed in class is a sunshine and cloud behaviour
chart where all children will begin, and hopefully end the day, on the
sunshine; however, if a member of staff feels that your child has not chosen to
be kind, ready or safe, they will be given time to think about their actions
and their name placed on the cloud. If they persistently choose not to be kind,
ready or safe, they will be spoken to privately by the teacher, move onto the
rain cloud and it will be communicated to you through Seesaw. Each new day,
every child will start the day on the sunshine, regardless of the previous
In KS1 we have sticker charts
for each child which will be displayed in the classroom. Children can earn
stickers through good behaviour, hard work and stand out moments. When a
sticker chart is filled it is celebrated in class and the chart will be stapled
into their reading record.
Throughout the year, Mrs
Baldock may assign short tasks to a child if she feels they need more support
on a particular area of the curriculum. A private message will be sent
via Seesaw to you to let you know and give further details of how to best
support your child at home. Additionally, Mrs Baldock will also assign
short challenges to encourage your child to share what they have learned in
class and further demonstrate their understanding. These challenges are
not compulsory but hopefully provide a great way to celebrate your child's
learning and any challenge completed will be shared in class with their peers.
Reading records need to be in
school every day. You are expected to comment in their Reading Record on
how your child has read at least three times
a week (remember it doesn't just have to be about a school book) this allows
the child a chance to discuss the book; author, illustrator, its themes,
features and language, all of which are important for your child's
comprehension and literacy skills. Reading books will be changed on a Monday.
Your child will receive a raffle ticket weekly if they have read three times a
week, which is put into a raffle and pulled out termly to win a book token
worth £5. Any additional reading will be rewarded with a sticker.
Mrs Baldock will have a
tracker in class to monitor reading records coming and going throughout the
year. Can it be mentioned here that if a reading record is lost, as the first
one is given for free, there will be small charge to replace it. These details,
if needed, can be found from Mrs Staveley.
Bug Club is a literacy program
designed to support the effective and engaging reading. The books are set to
the child's direct book band. The children all have their own individual
logins; therefore, we will be monitoring the use of Bug Club every Friday. It
is a great app/website that children can enjoy reading books onscreen and
completing fun quiz questions found in the eBooks. The quiz questions will help
the children practise their reading skills. Many of the KS1 eBooks are also
audiobooks, so children can enjoy hearing an expressive reading of the story.
Reading an eBook
Click on the book cover and
see how many quiz questions there are. Read the book and click on the bug icons
to open the quiz questions. Your child does not need to finish all quiz
questions in one sitting. They can come back to a book later. However, the book
is not marked as read until all questions are answered. Bug Club books are an
additional reading resource for your child.
Class 3 will be using our
'Reading Vipers' during their guided reading whole class lessons.
(Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence) The reading vipers
have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference
skills. Attached to the website are key questions that can be asked to the
children whilst they are reading at home. This will give you the chance to see
the type of questions that they are asked during lessons and assessment
periods. On here you will find a link with the Reading Vipers strands with
example questions that we encourage you to ask your child at home during
Class 3 children will have two
sessions of PE a week. This term PE will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday with Coach Craig. We would
like to continue to ask that your child comes ready for PE on their PE days. We
request the children to wear a school PE kit with a logo or a plain white
t-shirt with plain black shorts/bottoms.
As you all know, Seesaw is an
interactive learning journal where your child will be able to share their work.
It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Dance in PE.
Homework and spelling lists will additionally be added to Seesaw every Monday.
You will be able to like and comment on your child's work, which will add to
the great sense of achievement that the children feel when using the app. Any
questions about Seesaw and how it works please feel free to ask Mrs Baldock.
This is the best way to communicate with school staff. You can send a private
message via the inbox. Staff will reply to these messages but be aware that
they may not be seen during the school day whilst staff are teaching. Please
ring the school if you have an urgent message.
Your child will learn a rule on
a Monday morning and will be expected to use the rules that they have learnt in
all of their written work. Every
Monday your child will have a new spelling rule and list of words to enable
them to practise
the rule. Your child will be tested on the rule the following
week however; it must be reminded that we will be testing your child's
knowledge of the rule not a list of words. Additional words may be added by the
teacher to assess your child's understanding. Attached to the website page is a
list of spelling for your child's year group that they will learn across the
term. Again please be aware this is not a comprehensive list your child will be
learning a spelling rule not a list of words.
Times table challenge
Every Monday, children will
complete their times table challenge. Children will not be given this prior to
the lesson however there is support to help your child that you may find useful
on our webpage. When a child passes a challenge it will be celebrated in class
and a photo uploaded to Seesaw.
We will ensure all children
whose birthday it is are recognised and that their birthday is celebrated
by school, however we would prefer not to distribute cakes and sweets or gifts
in class as this can take up quite a bit at the end of the day and can put some
parents under pressure to provide this treat for everyone. We are also a
'Healthy School' and should not be actively promoting sugar treats on a regular
basis. Thank you for your support with this.
How to help your child
Here are some websites that
you may find useful to support your child's learning.
and exciting maths and literacy games available.
BBC website with all maths topics covered.
http://www.mad4maths.com/ Fun maths games for children and
advice section for parents
and lots of games and tools to help your child with maths at home.
games to support the learning of times tables. Table Mountain is
recommended and can be played in demo mode.
of arithmetic practise for all areas of Maths
Reading VIPERS guidance.
picture a day that your child can talk or write about to let their imaginations
rules practise for each year group.
Bee Record Card YR2 Autumn Term.pdf
Please always ask if you want
anything to support your child at home