Year 3/4 (Opal and Sapphire Class)
Children in Year 3 and 4 follow the National Curriculum, which sets out the objectives for all of the subjects. The key areas in the curriculum are as follows: Maths, English, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHE, Art and Design, Music and Modern Foreign Languages.
At Cranbrook Primary we teach most subjects through a creative curriculum, based around a topic and a range of core reading texts. This allows the children to fully immerse themselves in their learning through an engaging theme, visitors, trips, a 'stunning start' to launch the topic and an opportunity to share their learning with others at the end of the topic.
As curriculum newsletters for each topic become available, these will be available by clicking on the links below:
Terms 1 & 2 Terms 3 & 4 Terms 5 & 6
There will be several opportunities for you to come in and see your child's topic learning over the course of the year, through our 'Meet the Experts' sessions. These will run after school and will provide your child with a chance to show you their learning journey books and tell you all about what they have been learning. Look out for dates in the school calendar!
Children will be expected to bring their book bags and reading books into school every day. We believe that reading is an extremely important skill and ask that you support us at home by reading at least four times a week with your child and recording it in the communication book, with a comment and signature.
Children will be guided to choose and progress through age appropriate books that are in keeping with their reading ability. Their reading book should be brought in to school daily for when opportunities to read in class and with a member of staff or volunteer arise. Your child will read with the class teacher or teaching assistant at least once every week.
Alongside reading at least four times a week, your child will also have spelling books sent home with them every Friday, which must be returned the following Friday. Please help your child to practise and learn these spellings; they will be tested every Friday at school.
A home learning task in the form of maths, English or topic will also be sent home in your child's home learning book every Friday. This needs to be returned to school by the following Wednesday.
In Key stage 2 the class behaviour system takes the form of 'dojo points'. These points can be earned through positive behaviour choices. Any negative behaviour, following a warning, will lead to the removal of a dojo point. If a child loses three dojo points in a day, they will receive a lunchtime detention, of which their parents will be informed. The pupil in the class with the most dojo points at the end of the week receives a trophy that sits proudly on their desk for the following week!
Parents are able to download a Dojo app in order to see their own child's dojo score, and the reasons for the reward or removal of any dojo point over the course of the school day.
Every Friday one child in the class will be chosen for a shine certificate, which will be awarded for exceptional effort or behaviour.
Every child should have the following named equipment at school:
Children will have a PE session every week. Therefore it is important that kit is correct and in school. Details of what items are required for PE can be found in the home-school communication books.
The school gate opens at 8:40am. Children arriving will go straight into class to begin early morning activities. Please ensure your child is in school by 8.50am, after which point the school gate will be closed and your child will be marked as 'late' in the register.
School finishes at 3.15pm and children should be picked up outside. Sapphire class will be dismissed via the gate by the key stage 1 playground and Opal class from outside the front of the hall. Once the teacher has seen you, your child will be dismissed. Please contact the school office if you are running late or somebody different needs to collect your child. Teachers are not responsible for your child after this time.
Lunch time is from 12-1pm. Children will be asked to state whether they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch every morning. If your child is bringing a packed lunch then the box or bag will need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. Packed lunches should be healthy in content, with no chocolate, sweets or fizzy drinks.