Welcome to Year Three and Four
Chestnut Class Teacher: Mr Graham and Teaching Assistant: Mrs Williams
Sycamore Class Teacher: Mr Mackenzie and Teaching Assistants: Mrs Carter & Miss Charters
Welcome to Chestnut and Sycamore’s Class Page!
The Structure of our School Day
Our teaching day and registration begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:30pm. Every morning the children within Years Three and Four begin the day with a Morning Challenge. This is a short and focused activity that engages the children straight away. The remainder of the morning sessions are used for focused English and maths lessons (these include: grammar, guided reading, and writing, as well as reasoning, problem solving and basic skills within mathematics). In the afternoon, we actively take part in all other subjects.
Expectations in Years Three and Four
Within both Chestnut and Sycamore Class, we:
- expect all children to take great pride in their work;
- know that all children will learn how to present their work and will be expected to maintain these standards throughout the year;
- believe that home learning tasks should be presented as though it is a piece of classwork. Any home learning that is below expected standard will be returned to be done again. This may be done during playtime.
Home learning is essential in reinforcing key skills and concepts that have been taught within school, and feel that it is important that they reflect current priorities within both schools.
- Each class will work on developing their basic skills in both maths and English. As mentioned earlier, it will reinforce the work completed in lessons. There will be occasions where home learning will include other areas of the curriculum.
- Homework will be given out on Monday and will be due in on Friday (of the same week) at the latest. We encourage you to support your child, but please do not do it for them! Home learning will be shared and reviewed as a whole class.
- Failure to complete any tasks will result in your child completing them during a Home Learning Club.
Everything that we do within our classes follow our ‘Woodslee Way’. In lessons, children who demonstrate our core values get appropriately praised and rewarded. We give out Dojo points to the children who work hard, and use Special Praise as a means of celebrating the achievements of specific children each week.
In Chestnut and Sycamore classes, we aim to deliver an exciting and inspiring curriculum where all our children are motivated and eager to broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. Please click on the attached image to find out more about what we are learning about this year:
*Please note that this may be subject to change at any time
Your child will have a reading record card and a reading book. Children should read daily. Please sign and comment on this record to communicate how well your child did and identify any areas of improvement. Reading in Year 4 is more about the comprehension of the text rather than a child’s ability to read fluently, so please ask your child questions about what they have read.
In Year 3/4, PE this term is every Monday (Chestnut) and Thurdsay (Sycamore) afternoon. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit ready for the lesson. Please also note that the day of PE may change at short notice due to various circumstances.
Trips off site other than visits to St Barnanbas’ Church and local areas will require a permission slip. Details of trips will be given in advance.
Children are encouraged to have their own water bottle, labelled with their name. Water bottles are kept in the classroom all week and re-filled daily. They are to be taken home every Friday to be cleaned.
Please let us have your most up to date contact details (give to the school office) and the names of those people who you authorise to pick up your child from school. Please be aware that our policy states children should be collected by someone over the age of 16.
We consider Year 3/4 to be the year of ‘independent learning’ both in the classroom and outside of school. Part of this learning is for our children to find things out for themselves, prepare things for themselves and think for themselves. We wish for our learners to have positive mindsets and recognise that it is absolutely essential to make mistakes and learn from them. Your child may talk about E + R= O, and this is something all children are reminded of to help make a positive outcome to a situation.
The Woodslee Way
Our values play a very important role in the life of your child at Woodslee. They are at the very heart of everything your child will do. Encourage your child to talk about their 5R role models and what learning behaviours are expected.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and hope that by working closely together, we can make this year, a year to remember!
Mr Graham and Mr MacKenzie