At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.
Things to Know about Year Three
Our Year Three teachers are Mrs Peach (Gingko Class), Mrs Glasspool (Willow Class) and Miss Denyer (Maple Class). Mrs Milne will teach in Gingko Class on Thursdays and Willow Class on Fridays. The Teaching Assistants in the year group are Mrs Mars, Mrs White, Mrs Shuker, Mrs Burrows and Mrs Davey.
Communication between home and school
- When you drop your children off, they will go straight into class.
- If you need to speak to a teacher, we will be available at the end of every school day when we bring the children out for collection.
- The best way to get in touch with your child’s teacher this year will be by email. Please do not hesitate to contact class teachers via school email addresses. These can be found on the school jotter app under ‘contacts’.
- There will be formal parents’ evenings in October and March.
- In February, you will receive a mid-year report for your child which sets out strengths and targets for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.
- In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.
The school day
8:45 – Registration Time.
9.00 – 10:35 – Session 1
10:35 – 10:50 – Break
10:50 – 12:00 – Session 2
12:00 – 12:55 – Lunch
12:55 – 3:15 – Afternoon Session
2.50 – Assembly Time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
Information about the week
Our swimming lessons will be on Tuesday Morning.
Children will need a swimming costume or short trunks and a towel. They will also need a swimming hat. Goggles are optional – please complete the reply slip on the swimming letter if you would like your child to wear them.
As there are now three classes in Year Three, each class will swim for a total of four half terms across the year. A timetable will follow in September. When they are not swimming, they will do an additional PE lesson on Tuesday morning.
PE will be on a Friday. Some units of work will be inside and some will be outside. Please make sure your child is wearing their PE kit on PE days:
- Plain black shorts,
- A t-shirt of their team colour,
- (A track suit may be worn in the winter).
On PE days, children need to come into school in their PE kits and stay in them all day.
Break time is at 10:35 in the morning. Snacks can be brought in from home – we do have a healthy snack policy. Please do not send in any products containing nuts as some children may have allergies. The playground is available all year and the field can be used if weather permits.
Lunch time is at 12:00. Healthy meals are available from school or children can bring a packed lunch. After eating, the children can play outside or attend a lunchtime club.
We will follow the scheme used by the Infant school as closely as we can.
Children who are working through the reading scheme will continue to do so.
Children will be heard reading as often as possible, though this will vary according to their place on the scheme. Some children will be heard every day, others will be heard less often. All children will be heard as part of guided reading, and in a variety of other curriculum areas.
Homework this year will be run via the Doodle platform. Children will be expected to stay within their green zones on Doodle Maths and Doodle English by doing a few daily questions which will be pitched automatically at the correct level. If it is inconvenient to use Doodle on a daily basis, questions can be tackled in larger groups every few days. In addition to Doodle Maths and Doodle English, children will also have access to Doodle Spell, Doodle Tables and Times Table Rockstars which they can use to develop their skills in these areas.
If children are unable to take part in Doodle because they don’t have a suitable device at home, the school may well be able to lend you a device; please contact Mr Campbell to find out more about this.
Mrs Daniels will be running a doodle club each week for children who would prefer to complete this work in school, and we will also be asking children to attend if we notice at our end that they are not engaging with their homework. It is very important, in Year Six, that children learn homework habits that will help them through their time at secondary school.
Reading is our top homework priority at BWJS – it is the thing that makes the biggest difference to children’s progress across the curriculum. Children should be reading at home, ideally every day. During our library sessions, children will have the chance to talk about books that they have been enjoying.
Children in Year Three will also be supplied with a reading log in which they can track the books they are reading at home, and how they are being read.
We follow a spelling curriculum at school, and we spend plenty of time learning new spellings. We will not be sending spellings home on a regular basis, but we will provide copies of the word lists children are working on so they can have access them at home.
Bishop’s Waltham Junior School offers a huge range of clubs for children to participate in. We are hoping to offer school clubs during the Autumn Term this year.
We take part in a wide range of community events across the year, notably the Bishop’s Waltham Carnival, Festival and Christmas Street Fayre.
A wide range of music lessons are available to children at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School. These include guitar, keyboard, brass, wind and string instruments, and percussion. Speak to the office staff for more details.