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) and Mrs Glasspool (Maple Class). Mrs Milne will teach in Gingko Class on Thursdays and Maple Class on Fridays. The Teaching Assistants in the year group are Mrs Mars and Mrs White.
Communication between home and school
- When you drop your children off you are welcome to stay in the playground until they are sent into school by the teacher on duty.
- 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
Please note, the timetable below applies to our normal school day. During the Autumn Term this year, there will be more flexibility than normal in our timetable as a result of the safety measures which the school has taken due to Covid 19.
8:45 – Registration Time. Children walk to their classroom when the teacher on duty blows their whistle.
8.45 – 9.00 – Focused Morning Work
9.00 – 9.15 – Spelling
9:15 – 9:40 – Guided Reading (3x weekly – timings may vary)
9:15 – 9:40 – Morning Session 1
10:40 – Break
11:00 – Morning Session 2
12:00 – Lunch
12:50 – Afternoon Session
2.50 – Assembly Time (whole school, in class, singing, celebration)
3:15 – Home
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.
PE will be on a Friday afternoon. Some units of work will be inside and some will be outside. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school during the week:
- Plain black shorts,
- A t-shirt of their team colour,
- (A track suit may be worn in the winter).
Until further notice, an extra PE session will be in place of the swimming session. On these days, children may come into school in their PE kits and stay in them all day.
Break time is at 10:40 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. Each class has access to the play-trail for one day each week.
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.
Our reading system depends on your support! If you are able to come in at any point during the week to hear readers, we would appreciate it greatly. Please contact Miss Pearmain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a volunteer application form. Please note that we will not be allowing volunteers in school until at least after Christmas 2020.
Homework will be set on Thursdays and will be due back in school on Tuesdays. The children will have a homework book in which all of their homework will be put.
Maths homework will be given out weekly and will comprise of two parts. Children will be given a maths sheet of arithmetic questions which will follow a similar format each week, enabling children to practise their key skills. The sheet will also contain some questions to consolidate work they have done in class.
In addition to this, the children will be expected to use the Times Table Rockstars app or website each week to practise their times tables. Their log-in information will be put in their homework books.
During the first half term, children will only be expected to use Times Table Rockstars for their maths homework.
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. Each fortnight, children will be set a task to do which will be based on a book which they have been reading. We will send home a template for this wherever possible. These tasks will be shared with other children in the class, and children will be expected to be able to talk about them.
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.
Occasionally, we may suggest additional topic-based homework which children may choose to complete, but there will be no obligation for children to take part in these.
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 unable to offer school clubs during the Autumn Term this year, but we hope to resume our clubs programme later in the 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.