Ms Alison Ling
Mrs Sarah Walker
Mrs Alice Simmon
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Burbage Primary School’s Year 3 / 4. Over the last two weeks we have been meeting with your children and also with their current teachers, in order to get to know them as well as possible in readiness for the new term. We have given the children a chance to ask us questions about next year and have been talking them through the answers today. We hope the information which follows will also help clarify arrangements and settle your child happily into the next part of their life at Burbage Primary School.
Although many school routines will remain familiar, there will be some changes you may notice – particularly as some of our children move from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two and also as the whole team settle into their new home – which from September, will be the Dovedale building.
Each class’ timetable will be slightly different every half term in order to accommodate the range of experiences we have planned for the children over the course of the year e.g. Class Drumming Sessions, provided by Wider Opportunities; Spanish with Madame
This year each class will have two sessions per week with Mr Hill, our Sports coach. Your child’s P.E. Sessions in the first half of Autumn are as follows:
Mr. Posnett’s class & Ms. Ling / Mrs Walker’s class on Tuesday & Thursday
Mrs Simmon’s class on Wednesday & Thursday.
Children need to keep a PE kit at school (dark shorts, white T-shirt, plimsolls & spare socks please). It is also useful if they have outdoor trainers and either a track suit or jogging bottoms and sweatshirt for use in cold weather. Please ensure that all uniform and other personal belongings are clearly labelled so that we can keep child and their belongings together!
It will be helpful for the children to bring their PE kits into school on the first day of term.
Please provide your child with a water bottle which is marked with their name. In addition, the Junior children bring in their own fruit snack, which they eat at 10.45 a.m. after morning break. It will be really appreciated if this is an “easy to eat” snack e.g. a small apple, a pre-peeled orange or a handful of grapes! Please label any reusable containers so that we can make sure they get back to you.
Our class teachers will be Mrs Simmon, Mr Posnett, Mrs Walker & Ms. Ling. We will be ably assisted by Teaching Assistants – Mrs Michelle Tomlinson & Mrs Jodie Sellors. In addition, your child will at times be taught by Mr Chris Hill, Mrs Steph Shaw and Madame Olivia de Jaeger. Mrs Blackmore will also teach Mr Posnett’s class on Mondays.
Parent / Carer Sessions
We will be holding informal “meet & greet” sessions for you to attend before school on Wednesday 13th September & after school on Thursday 14th September, which will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about our plans for the term, prior to our more formal Parents’ Evening appointments which will take place on the 10th and 12th of October.
Miscellaneous (answering specific queries)
Children do not need pencil cases & personal stationery items.
Musical instruments can be left in the music room or in class.
The children’s PE bags will be kept in their classrooms & their coats, bags & lunchboxes in the cloakroom.
Prior to the start of the school day children can leave their belongings in the cloakroom area entering via the main door.
After the bell goes, children will enter each class through their individual classroom door.
Homework will start after our meet & greet sessions, when more information will be available.
On the first day of term we ask that your child keeps all their belongings with them and enters the Dovedale Building via their classroom door, once the bell has rung.
Our first topic will be “Ancient Egypt” and we are planning to take the classes to Weston Park Museum in Macclesfield to support this.
We hope that you and your family have an enjoyable summer break and that the children will return refreshed and ready for the new school year. We look forward to working in partnership with you.