Entering and Exiting School
As you will be aware from the video on classdojo, the way that pupils will be entering and exiting schools has been changed due to the current situation regarding Covid-19. The following bullet points should provide clarity, though if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me on dojo or ring the school office.
- Our class will begin lessons at 8:40am. It is important that pupils have been dropped off by this time so that they do not miss any learning and so they don't get mixed into another a different group's start time.
- Pupils and their grown-ups will enter the school premises through the main gate and proceed down the path towards the office where a member of staff will be waiting. Pupils should then say their goodbyes and proceed to the KS1 playground where another member of staff will be there to direct them. Grown-ups then leave school via the car park gates (please be careful in case of vehicles).
- A little before 8:40, myself and/or Mrs Farthing will meet children on the KS1 playground and walk them round to the Year 3 doors, where they will enter in small groups, hang up their coats and bags, wash their hands, and enter the classroom.
- Our class will end the school day earlier than usual and will be ready for collection at 3pm. To ensure that there are no delays to the rest of the school, I'd like to politely ask grown-ups to please try to be ready to pick up pupils at this time.
- Grown-ups should wait at the top of the path by the school gate. Once our class has walked around and arrived at outside the school office, I will shout so that only the grown-ups of the pupils who are ready enter down the path.
- As it was in the morning, the exit will be through the school car park.
General Class Information
- PE is on Monday. To save time getting changed, pupils should now come in PE kit on Monday with a warm sports hoody of jacket. The PE kit should consist of a red t-shirt, black shorts, and appropriate footwear (trainers or pumps).
- Please ensure you bring your book bag every day ready for reading.
- Homework is handed out each Friday and is due back by the following Wednesday at the latest. It can be handed in on the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday and pupils will be shown where to put this on the first day.
- Spelling tests are each Wednesday. You should practise your spellings every day as this helps to remember them. Try putting them into sentences to support your understanding of new vocabulary.
As mentioned above, homework is set on Friday and may be handed in on either the Monday, Tuesday, or the Wednesday at the latest giving three opportunities for pupils to remember to hand it in. Regardless of the reason, homework handed in after this will be marked as late and pupils who do not have completed homework in school by the Thursday morning will be required to complete it during their breaks. In the event that homework is not set for some reason, a message will always be sent out on classdojo meaning that grown-ups will know whether there really is no homework or if their pupil has forgotten to bring it home.
As pupils are now in KS2, I would be expecting them to take responsibility for remembering their homework and for the quality of it. I expect them to take care of their homework books and use the same presentation that would be required in school. Ideally, pupils will use a pencil or black pen to complete their work as they would in school. A blue pen would also be fine although as teachers mark in this colour, it may make it harder to spot.
Homework is set in three parts:
- A formal piece of homework is set each week which recaps on an element of learning. This is planned to be a recap and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. If pupils are struggling with it, I recommend that they attend homework club on a Monday lunchtime where I can assist them with it.
- A set of spellings is set each week with the expectation that pupils will practice and learn these words. They will usually follow a rule which has been introduced in lessons on the previous week. A spelling test will take place on Wednesday and the results will be placed in pupil's homework books for you to see.
- Reading is possibly the most important part of your child's homelearning. Pupils should be encouraged to read as much as possible and should try to read upwards of four times a week to an adult at home.