Welcome to the Spring Term in Class 3

Dear Parents and carers,
Welcome back to another exciting term at St Helen’s.
I really hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break together. I can’t believe it is the spring term already!

We have a new member of staff joining the class this term, Miss Hudnott, who brings with her a wealth of experience. We are really excited to welcome her to the team.

Your children will be taught by myself, supported by Miss Hudnott and will have weekly art/outdoor learning and PE sessions with Ms Hawkins and Mr Waldron. We have a wealth of amazing learning opportunities, and this term, our project will focus on ‘Caring for the People of our World’, with a specific focus on the significance of settlement, migration and emigration, more about which can be found on the overview below.

I’d like to thank you all for your continued attention to Seesaw - that you are all amazing at keeping in touch, and I hope you agree it offers a wonderful window into life at St Helen’s as well as an efficient method of communication.

As usual at the beginning of the term, it is helpful to take the opportunity to offer a few reminders about daily and weekly routines.

Entering School: Now that your child is in KS2, we would ask that you continue to say goodbye to them at the main doors and allow them to enter the classroom and organise their belongings independently.  They have made such a lot of progress in their ability to do this and it really is a valuable life skill, as well as one which makes for a smooth and speedy start to the day, meaning we can make the most of every minute of learning time. If you need to inform me of a change to pick up arrangements, please feel free to use Seesaw or to inform the office who will let me know.

Equipment: Please ensure that your child has with them everything that they need to fully access all aspects of the school day, including weather appropriate outerwear, PE kit and fruit or vegetables to have at break time.

Supporting your Child: Please read with your child at least 4 times each week, and record this in their reading journal, and spend time completing any home learning tasks, which will be sent home weekly. These tasks are designed to be done in collaboration with your child, in order to support and enhance their learning in class. Daily practice of times tables (1,2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables) using a free app such as Hit the Button also makes a huge difference and takes only a minute to complete. We are aiming to develop the use of Seesaw to better support you in supporting your child, by filming teaching inputs so you can see the teaching methods used in school.

Communications: Please take time to read the weekly email sent out by the incredible office staff. It contains invaluable information about the coming week, and ensures your child is prepared for upcoming events and opportunities. I will send reminders via Seesaw but for more advanced information, the weekly email remains the first port of call.


AND MOST IMPORTANTLY… If you have any questions, concerns or queries, please ask. Similarly, if you are aware of anything happening outside school which could affect the emotional, physical, social or academic development of your child, please let me know. We really are a team, and working together is the best way to ensure the best outcomes for your child.


Best wishes,
Mrs Northcott