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Welcome to Felix Class 2016/17

Welcome to Felix Class...

Dear Parents/Guardians

My name is Miss O’Farrell, and I have the pleasure of being the class teacher for Year 3 Felix class this year. This is my first year at Ellingham and my first year of teaching, so I am extremely excited to embark on this journey with my new class. In Felix class this year, we are lucky to be joined by our lovely teaching assistant Mrs Taylor. Mrs Pakes will continue to teach Music to the children once a week and we also have the coaches from Johnsons Football School to teach PE. As I am a newly qualified teacher and and am allotted time out of class, Miss Siddiqi will be teaching the children Thursday mornings. However please be aware, I will still be in school at these times, should you need to talk to me.

As a class we have created our own set of class rules, which the children have all contributed to and agreed to uphold, to ensure a positive learning environment is maintained. This year we are introducing school houses, whereby children will be awarded house points for demonstrating resilience, determination and success in their work, and for exceptional behaviour, both in class and around the school. These points will not only contribute to the success of their house across the school, generating a sense of unity, but also count towards individual awards that the children can earn and achieve. In class I will also be implementing my own reward system, to celebrate the children’s ability to work within a team and demonstrate skills and values, vital to becoming a well-rounded learner. This will be rewarded with table points, with every child working together with those on their tables to show outstanding collaborative learning. Each week the table points will be added up, with the most successful team receiving a treat.

Although I am sure I will be handing out many rewards this year, it is necessary to address the sanctions policy we have in place, for the few whom choose to disobey the class or school rules. We have introduced a new peg based behaviour ladder system across the school, where all children begin each day with their peg on the ‘positive learner’ section, at the top of the ladder. If a child makes a poor choice they will move their peg down to the next section, ‘look’. If further poor choices are made their peg will move down to ‘1st warning’, then to ‘2nd warning’. If no changes are made and they continue to make poor choices, the children may be asked to move to another classroom; or be sent to the Deputy or Head Teacher. It is very unlikely that the children in my class will reach these latter stages, and all will be given several chances to correct their behaviour and make positive choices. However please bear in mind that as a school we take our values and rules seriously and would appreciate your support in helping us maintain a positive learning environment. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or come talk to me if you have any questions or wish to discuss this further.  I would like to emphasise I have an open door policy and am happy to meet with you to discuss any queries you may have. At the end of each school day, I will be on the playground if you would like a quick chat, alternatively if you wish to have a longer meeting, please feel free to contact the school office to arrange one.

Our topics for this year, in Year 3 will be:

Autumn 1 Into the Woods.

Autumn 2 Savage Stone Age.

Spring 1 American All Stars.

Spring 2 Groovy Greeks.

Summer 1 Beyond Chessington.

Summer 2 What did the Romans do for us?

These change each half term. Information about these topics will be available on the website and through further blogs. Throughout these topics we have some exciting events planned to fully engage the children in their learning.

During the ‘Into the Woods’ topic we study the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We are planning a trip to the local woods in order for our children to gather natural materials for their artwork. Details on this will follow shortly, but I imagine this will be scheduled for sometime in October. 

We will also have themed days including Stone Age Day and Roman Day, where we engage the year group by transforming our classrooms and interactively learning through role play. On these days we encourage children to dress up, but it is not compulsory. I will keep you updated far in advance of these days.

There will also be a trip to Chertsey Museum during the Spring term to support our learning about the Greeks.

I will keep you informed about any other important days or trips that may arise, through letters, the website and emails.

I have not yet confirmed a date for our class assembly this year, but will let you know as soon as possible. Parental support with learning words and creating costumes, at the time would be greatly appreciated.

Other little bits for you to know:

  • In Key Stage 2 we do not get supplied with fruit. Please ensure you give you children fruit to bring in for their morning break, these should not be left in their lunchboxes, but brought up to the classroom each morning.
  • PE kits are compulsory and must be worn to take part. Our PE days are Thursday (Outdoor) and Friday (Indoor). We suggest leaving the PE kits in school for the duration of each half term before taking home to be washed.
  • Correct school uniform will also be required at all times in class. This mean appropriate footwear. Trainers are not allowed to be worn during lesson time.
  • Some parents have asked about swimming lessons this year. At the end of year 3, one of the two classes will have lessons; the other class will have their lessons at the beginning of Year 4. This is due to the space we are offered by the lesson providers, otherwise we would get both classes to attend in the same year. We have not at this time decided whether Moses or Felix class will be doing it this year yet, buy will make you aware as soon as we know.

This year we will be continuing to use the learning journals for homework and any other out of school work your child wishes to share with us. However, we will be reintroducing the reading diaries as a separate book. In these the children should record what they are reading (this includes all forms of literature) and should be accompanied by any comments from listeners.

Hopefully I have managed to address the majority of things, however if you have any further questions or found any parts to be unclear, please do not hesitate to come see me.

I am feeling enthusiastic about the year ahead and am looking forward to working together with you all, to ensure each child’s success.

Kind Regards,

Miss H O’Farrell

Felix Class Teacher

Ellingham Primary School