Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,


We hope you had a lovely summer break and welcome to Jays! We are really looking forward to teaching them all and we have planned lots of exciting things to support them to make progress in their learning.

In Jays, we start working very promptly on our start of the day activity (SODA) at 8.40am. This is an important part of my assessment of the children, so please ensure your child is on time each morning so that he/she doesn’t miss anything. Registration will be at 8.50am.

As always, we have a very busy Autumn term ahead of us, starting with our Ancient Greeks topic which covers their day to day life and their legacies. Information on this topic can be found on the Knowledge Organiser. We will be studying ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Hugh Lipton in our English lessons this half-term.

This half-term’s PE lessons will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit (school PE T-shirt with a logo or a plain white t-shirt, joggers or shorts, trainers and normal school jumper). Children are welcome to bring in a fruit or vegetable snack to eat during morning playtime. We encourage children to bring a named bottle of water to drink during the day. Please note that Jays do not need to bring in their own pencil cases – we have everything we need in class.

Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will need to be returned on the following Monday. Home Learning will consist of weekly spellings (to be tested on Monday), a reading comprehension, times tables practise (to be tested on a Friday) and either Maths or Grammar and Punctuation practise. Also, your child should read regularly at home. All home learning is compulsory in Jays Our focus times tables for September are recapping the 2s, 5s and 10s and including all associated related facts. To support your child in learning these essential facts, they have access to Times Tables Rockstars which they should play as often as possible.

Jays have chosen a reading book from our Starbooks Café – they are welcome to take them home to read but they need to come to school every day.

If you have any queries, please contact the office who will pass on the message to us. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.

Meet the teacher’ evening is on Thursday, 14th September at 4.15pm and we would highly recommend attending so you are able to hear about the expectations of Year 5 & 6.

We look forward to you working with us to help your child to have another great year.

Best wishes,

Mrs LFrere & Mrs C Patten