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Welcome to Class 4. Here is some important information about our class.
In this class there is 1 teacher:
Each morning we have an ‘early bird’ activity for your child to do when the doors open at 8.45am. You
are welcome to stay and do this with them. At 8.55am, a child will be chosen to use the rainmaker
instrument which is the signal for the children to come and sit on the carpet to do the register and for
parents/carers to leave. Parents are not obliged to stay for the ‘early bird’ activity.
The children go out to play each day, and also have regular outdoor activities. They need to bring a coat
to school every day, which will withstand light rain. A hat, gloves and scarf (and wellies) are also a good
idea during the cold weather and a sunhat when it is hot.
The children are allowed to drink water freely during the day especially when it is warm. We provide a
plastic cup for each child in the class, which they can go and fill up to use whenever they need to. If
children wish to bring a water bottle to school for lunch time that is okay.
We will be doing P.E. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please check that your child has a full P.E kit with
plimsolls, as trainers are unsuitable for our gym; everything should have their name on. If your child
wears earrings, it is school policy that these are either removed or covered for P.E. lessons. Please either
teach them to do this themselves or remove them before they come to school that day, as we are not
able to do it for them. Please leave kits in school and we will send them home each half term for
We will hear children read, in groups and individually, regularly in class. They will be given a reading
book to take home which will be changed in class once a week, but you are welcome to change their
book as often as you wish from within their coloured band. We recommend this is supplemented with other reading material such as library books. If possible, please hear you child read for ten minutes each
day as this makes a big difference to the progress they make. Please write any additional books the
children read in their reading record. They will need to bring their book and reading record to school
each day. The reading record makes it possible for you or your child to write a comment about their
reading at home and for us to communicate back about their reading within school. We actively
encourage the children to do so as they may be chosen for the ‘Bookworm of the Month’ award which
celebrates those who read regularly at home.
We have a writing sack with a soft toy which the children take turns to take home each day. This sack is
to encourage children to practise writing out of school. They can write what they got up to with the toy
or just write a story. Please return the writing sack the next school day and it will be shared with the
class and given to another child to use.
Each Friday a class newsletter is e-mailed out to keep you informed about what we are doing in school.
This can also be found on our class blog on the school website and we encourage the children to write
comments back to us about what they have enjoyed that week.
In addition to this, each child is given a homework book with a list of suggested activities and a spelling
book with key words to practise containing graphemes taught that week in phonics. Please bring these
in each Wednesday so we can mark and return them to your child on Friday.
The children have the opportunity to change their library book each Friday afternoon. Please note that
they will only be permitted to take a new book home if they return their current book.
Please do not allow your child to bring toys into school. We have ‘Toy Day’ on the last day of each term
(Christmas, Easter and Summer).
We will hold regular show and tell sessions where your child can bring in something from home to talk
about. We set key themes each month which will help the children know what to bring, or it can be
anything they would like to share! Please keep an eye on the class notice board for details of whose turn
it is that week and what the focus is.
We have a Good Work Assembly each Friday at 9.00am. Each week different children from throughout
school are selected to show their work. If your child is chosen they will be given a letter on the previous
Friday and then presented with the Good Work certificate within the assembly. Parents are very
welcome to come and watch but we understand many of you work so don’t worry if you can’t make it. If
your child has been awarded a certificate for an activity they have done outside of school, e.g.
swimming, they can also be presented in the Good Work assembly. These assemblies will last
approximately 30 minutes.
In Class 4, we have green, orange and red traffic lights which follow our school’s behaviour policy. In
addition, we also have silver and gold traffic lights to reward good behaviour. When a child has their
name moved to silver, this recognises that they have had a great day and when moved to gold, it means
they have had a fantastic day and they will receive a special gold sticker. A child will receive a certificate
once they have reached gold five times, and some treats from the prize box once they have reached
gold ten times. This is a brilliant incentive for the children to behave well and they are always very proud
when they have reached silver or gold!
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal. We give the option of either
a cooked lunch or a ‘Grab Bag’. You child can choose each morning which they would like or they may
bring in a packed lunch from home of they wish.
We would like to reduce the amount of lost property we accumulate in school. To help us reunite
children with lost clothes it is essential they have names on all items of clothing. Please help us by
labelling all your child’s property, including P.E. bags, kits and pack up boxes.