Welcome to Year 3
We hope that you have all enjoyed the summer break, even under these unusual circumstances. As your child starts their journey at Westbury Junior School, we are in no doubt that you are all experiencing a whole range of emotions. We would like to reassure you that we are here to support you however we can. The Key Stage 2 curriculum can be a big step up from your child’s previous learning. In addition to this, we are aware that many of the children have had a great deal of time away from the school environment. With this in mind, the Year 3 team are committed to making lessons as much fun as possible in order to help build the children’s confidence. This will be done following the most up to date Government guidance regarding COVID-19. All the Year 3 children have started so well and been a pleasure to teach.
Year 3 Team
The children will be taught by Mr Percy, Ms Jones and Miss Fox and will be supported by our teaching assistants; Mrs Spaul, Mrs Ross, Mrs Parker, Mrs Prudoe and Mr Jackson.
Uniform and equipment
We ask that you make sure that your child’s uniform is all labelled with their name or initials, this will help unite lost sweatshirts with their owners! School uniform is black/grey school trousers/skirt, white polo shirt/cotton shirt and a navy school sweatshirt. Children must wear flat, appropriate black school shoes/trainers to school and have a separate pair to change into for games. Within the current guidelines children must have their own named pencil case in school with coloured pencils, rubber, writing pencil, sharpener and ruler.
In line with new regulations, children now have to come to school wearing their PE kits on the day that they have PE. Year 3’s day for PE is Wednesday. Your child should come to school wearing a plain white t-shirt, plain white/navy/black shorts and or jogging bottoms and plain trainers or black daps. The other session in the week will be playground games and the children will wear their normal uniform for this.
Although we provide drinking water throughout the day, if your child would like to bring in their own bottle, please ensure that it is filled with water and not juice or squash. Flavoured drinks are permitted only as part of their lunch box. We also encourage children to bring in a snack for playtime. This must be a healthy option e.g. fruit/ vegetable sticks or a dried fruit snack.
All children in Year 3 have been provided with a Homelink Book which they must bring to school every day. This is vital as it is our/your link between home and school. Inside, details of your child’s next steps, extension work, homework and reading will be recorded. It is a working document where there is space for parents and teachers to communicate and is required daily to ensure the smooth running of your child’s day.
Children are required to read for an hour every week at home and answer comprehension questions about their understanding of the text. This should be recorded in their Homelink Book and signed by an adult. When your child has completed their book, please write ‘finished’ or ‘end’ so that we can be sure they have read ALL of their book before a new one is issued. Books returned will be quarantined for 4 days. The children will also receive Spelling Booklets to record weekly spellings. These will need to be practiced each night, working towards a test in school on a Friday. Later in the term, children will also receive a times table booklet and will be expected to complete 2 of the tests over a week. These will also be checked on a Friday. In line with school policy, children may lose out on free time and prefect badges if these are not completed.
Every term, children will also be set extension work. A lunchtime learning club will be available for those children wishing to complete work or be heard read at school.
Children who meet these requirements will have the bare essentials in place to become a prefect but must also demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent behaviour, respect for themselves and others, be punctual, organised, enthusiastic, and show maximum effort and engagement in all areas of school life. If any of the above lapse for two weeks, then the child will lose their prefect badge and have to start over.
If home life should impact on any of the above, please let us know so that we can support your child.
We believe that one of the best ways to ensure your child is happy and makes progress is effective communication between home and school. Please use the homelink books, talk to us when dropping off or picking up (please be aware we may be limited for time at some points), make appointments, follow us on Twitter, use our website and email us. We will also be using Class Dojo as part of our communication and you will receive information about this in the next few weeks.
Finally, we want to make the transition to our school as smooth as possible so if you have any concerns, please contact any one of us as soon as you can.
Daniel Percy Lindsey Jones Rowena Fox