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Welcome to St Augustine's Class!

We are a class of year 3 and year 4 pupils in the lower key stage two part of the school.

Our teacher is: Mrs Ginns

Mrs Jhass and Miss Cantyteach the year 4 children maths.

 

 

Our Learning

Each term we base our learning around a cross curricular theme (See the links below for more details).

We have a superstarter day to begin our theme learning and a fantastic finisher day to end it (See the links below for photos showing how great these days are and how much we enjoy our learning).

We have a daily maths lesson that is taught discretely to theme using our new school scheme taught across all three schools in the MAST called ‘Maths – No problem’.

We are taught PE and RE once a week and separately too.

Literacy is taught discretely through weekly guided reading, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting sessions. We link all of our learning through our weekly theme writing and extended writing termly.

French and Computing are taught every Thursday by specialist teachers within year group cohorts. Our French is very interactive including lots of singing. Computing is linked to our thematic approach.

 

School priorities

Our school priorities are reading, writing and challenging this year.

Challenge

We love a challenge in Saint Augustine and they are available all the time.

We have a maths challenge wallet in our class, full of challenges related to our learning. We can take them at any time – even to do at home!

We have a curriculum challenge set every term.

We have a Maths chocolate challenge every week – speak to your child to see what the question is each week! Winners are displayed on the maths board.

We also have children in our class who are part of the maths masters challenge club – speak to them to find out what they are up to!

 

Every piece of homework we get also contains a challenge. We say ‘bring it on!’

Behaviour

We stick to the 6 golden rules that every class in the school tries to follow.

Do be gentle – do be kind and helpful – do work hard – do listen – do be honest – do look after property.

We have a traffic lights system in class where ‘green to go’ is rewarded and red and orange behaviours result in clearly defined and understood red and orange consequences.

Rewards

Individuals are rewarded for positive behaviour and effort in class by winning raffle tickets. Then, at the end of the week if our raffle ticket is pulled out of the hat we get to choose an item out of the class prize box.

Individual children are selected for our Whole School Praise Book and their names are read out on Fridays in assembly. This includes ‘Star of the week’ award for the child in class who has shown increased effort, drive, determination or resilience. We also have a Maths star and a Literacy star each week.

Apply yourself in learning, follow the golden rules, have a great week and it’s sure to be you!

 

Our whole class rewards are negotiated with the class teacher at the start of term. We all put forward ideas of what we would like our reward to be then we vote for the most popular prize and work together as a class team to jump frogs on to the lily pads.

PE

PE day is on Wednesdays.

We need to wear plain dark shorts, plain white T shirt and plimsolls or trainers.

When it is cold outside we cover up with a pair of plain dark tracksuit bottoms or leggings and our school jumper.

Our hair is tied back if it is long.

We take any jewellery we are wearing off ourselves.

We cover newly pierced earrings up with tape that parents provide us with ourselves.

Homework

Homework is given on a Friday and due back on the following Friday. If homework is not completed children will do the homework during their lunchtime the following Monday.

Daily homework is reading, practise times tables and spellings set that week.

Weekly homework on a Friday is one piece of Literacy and one piece of Maths – both to last approximately 30 minutes. Watch out for the challenge boxes – make sure you give them a go!

Holiday homework is set every half term break. Children have the whole week / two weeks to complete this and the sheet is full of activities that the children can choose from. See below for our latest one.

Partnership Work

Open Door

We have an informal open door policy in lower key stage two.

If you wish to speak to me just catch me on the playground at the end of the school day after I have safely seen all of the children in the class out to their appropriate adult.

If after school is not convenient to you, phone the school office and request a call back to arrange a more mutually convenient time.

Failing all of the above – write a note asking to speak to me and get your child to pass it on.

 

Parent – teacher partnership

How can you help?

- Reading- it is the key to everything. If we can get our children engaged and loving reading then they will achieve great things. When children read they are unknowingly taking in new vocabulary, spellings, sentence and text structures - and hopefully enjoying it too.

- Times tables practice – this takes a long time and needs regular revision. We supply the children with sheets each week displaying their tables and we don’t want these back. Stick them up somewhere at home, in the car or on the toilet door and encourage your child to recite them regularly. As and when, you can pop quick-fire questions at them – make it a game, get them to test you (and it’s even better if you find it hard!).

Come on In!

If you have a few spare hours a week and would like to volunteer to help out in class, take a reading group, be around at lunchtimes or even at the allotment, just let your child’s teacher know and they will get Miss Strachan to contact you. We are always glad of an extra pair of hands!!!

If you would like to come into school for a one off session to see how and what your child is learning and experience life as part of the class again, speak to the teacher or Miss Strachan – the more visitors we have in school the merrier.
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