Lower Juniors 2020 - 2021

Mr Penny

Years 3 and 4

 

Years 3 and 4 are taught by Mr Penny

                                                                         Mr. Penny                                                                            

Hello and a very warm welcome to Class 2. It’s great to welcome everyone back to school after the half term break. I hope you have all enjoyed a safe, relaxing week off and are feeling refreshed ahead of what will be the remainder of the Autumn Term.  

    Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the start to the new academic year brought a number of changes to our typical routine. I am extremely proud of all of the children for the way in which they have adapted to each change and my utmost thanks go to both yourselves and the children for your ongoing support and co-operation. As we move forward, the safety of all children, families and staff will once again be paramount and the latest government guidance will underpin everything that we do in class.

    One of the major positives of the previous half term was the way in which the children were able to settle and adjust to the increased demands of Lower Key Stage 2. The transition from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two requires children to respond to a noticeable increase in expectation and challenge – as their class teacher, it is my role is to provide children access to a more demanding curriculum, but also to help them to develop the confidence and independence required to meet such high standards. I expect, and know that I can rely on, the children in Year Four to continue to step up and take on the responsibility of being the oldest members of the class, setting a good example to their younger peers, who will be taking the first steps of their journey through the juniors. 

    Towards the end of the last half term, we said goodbye to two members of the Utkinton and LKS2 team – I would like to thank both Mrs. Tomlinson and Mrs. Clarke for all of their hard work, support and wish them all the very best for the future! Going forwards, I am delighted to now be working with Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Thomson, who will provide TA support in the mornings and afternoons respectively. Mrs. Harris will continue to teach Science on a Monday afternoon and I will now be teaching the children across all other subjects throughout the week. 

    I am eager to introduce the children to a number of fascinating and fantastic texts in our Literacy and Creative Curriculum lessons, the first of which will be ‘Counting on Katherine’ by Helaine Becker. This hugely inspiring story follows the tale of Katherine Johnson, a brilliant maths genius who also fought for equal rights. A topic web of learning has been attached with this letter. Please look out for anything on the television or in books that is related to our topic and encourage your children to watch, read and discuss what they see.

We have another busy few weeks ahead but I expect it to be a very enjoyable half term.

Best wishes,

Mr. Penny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

This year, our homework policy places emphasis on the importance of reading, spelling and times tables.

 

Reading

Reading is of huge importance in Lower Key Stage 2, as it provides children with excellent opportunities to not only develop their fluency, expression and pronunciation, but to improve on vocabulary choices and spark creative, imaginative ideas for writing. If I could please ask parents to therefore ensure that your child reads at home at least three times a week in order to support the reading opportunities we provide in class. 

 

Spelling

Spellings will be uploaded to the class homework areas, on our website, on a Friday. Children will be expected to practise these words at home, writing out a line of eachword and then writing them in to a sentence. 

They will then be tested on these spellings on the following Friday. They will usually receive 10 spellings; however, this can differ week to week. 

Times Tables

These are taught as part of the Year 3 and 4 maths curriculum and will be tested once a week on Friday. I will upload sheets that can support this to our homework area on our class page. We will over learn all of the times tables, as this will support them in being able to record them rapidly. The aim is for each of them to be able to respond to a times table question in 6 seconds.

Assuming it will still go ahead, Year 4 children will be assessed at the end of the year, during the governments ‘Multiplication Times Table Check’. The focus will begin with 2x, 5x and 10x and we will gradually work through them all. Please practise these at home. There are lots of great apps and websites. The ones we use quite a lot is ‘Times Table Rock Stars' and 'Premier League Primary Stars - Super Movers!'

Many thanks for your support! 

 

P.E and Sport 

 

Each week your child will receive an afternoon of PE. This will be on a Monday afternoon. Therefore, it is expected that your child will arrive at school in the correct PE kit on this day. Correct PE kit consists of a light blue t-shirt, blue shorts and appropriate outdoor trainers. If children own an Utkinton Sports kit, this may be worn. If they are unable to take part in PE for any reason, a note signed by a parent will be required to explain the reasoning. Pupils who do not have their P.E kit twice in a half term will stay in for one break time. Parents will be informed prior to this. On occasions when a child does not have a P.E kit, they will be supplied with spare kit to ensure they participate. 

Behaviour and Attitude – Ready, Respectful, Safe.

We have clear and high expectations of behaviour in LKS2. As adults we provide a positive role model to children in the way we speak and behave. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and to reflect on their actions. Learning to change behaviour, responding in different and more appropriate ways, being provided with alternative ways to react mean that even negative conflicts can be turned into positive educational opportunities.

I expect all pupils and staff in LKS2 to recognise the importance of a safe learning environment, in which they are ensured the opportunity to enjoy their education and achieve their full potential. At the start of the school year, pupils were asked to produce a list of class rules designed to ensure a safe learning environment for all. Their suggestions were then condensed into three main principles that each and every member of the class will aim to promote within our classroom. These principles are as follows:

- To be Ready

- To be Respectful

- To be Safe

By sharing in the process of making a class code the children have ownership and can take responsibility for their actions.

Positive behaviour choices are acknowledged, supported and rewarded. In Class Two, we use verbal praise, high fives and Dojo Points to reinforce positive behaviour.

Just as there are rewards and praise for positive behaviour, there must be an appropriate response to behaviour that does not meet our class principles. When managing behaviour, staff make requests calmly, clearly, appropriately and in a clear step by step manner.

Please see the school behaviour policy for more information.

 

 

 

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Utkinton Primary School

Quarry Bank, Utkinton,
Tarporley, Cheshire
CW6 0LA

Headteacher: Miss Lorna Pleavin

Main Contact: Jo Wright (Admin Officer)

Tel: 01829 732322
admin@utkintonce.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Miss Pleavin

SEN Email: admin@utkintonce.cheshire.sch.uk

Chair of Governors: Mr Andy Canham
chair@utkintonce.cheshire.sch.uk