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Important Information for Parents

Year 3 2016-17


Welcome to Ripley Junior School!


We are really looking forward to working with you this year. This year, the Year 3 team is Miss Butler, Miss Davies and Mr Weston. At some point, your child will work with all of the team.


We know that the first term (and sometimes year!) at a new school can be daunting and stressful for both children and parents so we like to work closely with you and the children to help transition run smoothly. Your children will have spent several days with us during the last academic year to help them settle into their new school and we have met with teachers at our feeder schools to find out key information to support learning.


At various times in the year, we will invite you into school to meet formally and informally with the team so we can share information and you can ask questions (coffee mornings, open days and parent meetings). At any time, you can contact the office, the home-school liaison officer or a member of the team to discuss any question or concerns you have (as long as we are not teaching!) Book an appointment with a member of staff and we will try our best to work with you to resolve any issues. You could also leave a message in your child’s home-school diary or on homework, which is checked weekly by their teacher.


If you would like to come and work in school to support, please let us know! We love working alongside parents, and encourage you to come and share your skills to enrich the teaching experiences in school. If you can spare any time in the week to come and listen to children read, it would be greatly appreciated too!


Personal Details

It is important to keep personal details up to date – especially phone numbers! We send texts to remind you of important events and to let you know if your child has any awards in our Friday assembly.


Personal Belongings

Please make sure all of your child's belongings are labelled with their name and class. Remember to bring your book bag - which we provided on transition day. Please remember that due to space in the cloakrooms, we ask you to refrain from bringing school bags into school - please just bring your PE kit in a draw string bag and your school book bag. As we provide stationery, you do not need to bring your pencil case as this can lead to distractions during lessons and cause tension between children when they misplace objects.Thank you.


Dinner Money

Dinner money should be handed in on a Monday morning, in the clear envelope provided. You can pay by cheque. Details about price or whether you are entitled to free school meals can be gathered from the school office.


Before School:

Children meet on the school playground, where the Y3 team collect children at the start of the day. It is also a chance for parents/carers to pass on any messages or ask questions. When the bell rings at 8:55, children are led into school to begin the day.


After School:

Children are dismissed by their teacher at 3:30 on the playground. Children may only leave once we have seen an adult who they know and are expecting. Please let us know if your arrangements change. We also have an afterschool provision (STEPs Club) which runs until 5:30. Please ask at the office for more details.



Year 3 will set homework on a Friday, to be returned on the following Wednesday. This allows class teachers to mark and work with children as needed. Homework is handed out in a hole punched green homework folder. Children were provided with a resource pack on Transition Day, in their book bags, with items in to help work at home (100 squares, vocab mats etc.) We run a homework club on Tuesday lunchtime for any children who require additional help or struggle to find time to complete it at home.


Homework is set to match the needs of your child and may not be the same as a friend/ relative.


Homework usually consists of:

  • A maths task – this builds on the learning during the week.
  • Practise target times tables (‘Times Table Challenge’)
  • Spelling/Phonics task (this could be word or sentence work, word searches, puzzles etc.)
  • Read 2 times per week, recording it in their journal (school book, own book, magazine etc. to an adult, sibling or friend)


Children are expected to complete homework each week, as per our school homework policy.


Creative Homework:

Creative homework is a set of tasks given each half term linked to the themes and topics covered and allow children to find out more information or delve deeper into topics in a creative way – for example model making, baking etc. These tasks are optional, but we set a target of 35 points each half term. These tasks are a great way to continue to develop understanding of different themes and to practise skills in different contexts which the children enjoy. Children receive stickers and prizes to reward their efforts and all work is displayed in class for children and visitors to browse. Come in and have a look at any time!




PE/Swimming Days:

Autumn Term: We will have PE on Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure children have removed any earrings, jewellery etc. and have their kit in school.

Spring Term: PE days will change to Wednesday and Friday.

Summer Term: Children will swim on Monday and have PE on Wednesday.


PE Kit:

Children should wear: plain white T-Shirt/Polo, shorts and plimsolls/trainers. You may send children into school with jogging bottoms and jackets for cooler months, as we will still complete some lessons outside. These should be a plain, dark colour.


Please make sure ALL kit is labelled and in a draw-string bag. It is best if children bring in their kit at the start of the week and leave it in school, as we often have additional sessions with coach and sports visitors.


Swimming Kit:

Boys should bring tight fitting swimming trunks/shorts (the pool will NOT allow children to wear baggy shorts or shorts below the knee) and towel. Girls should bring a one piece swimming costume and towel. Children may wear swimming hats and goggles (with consent on the school swimming form).

Children will need to place their kit into a draw-string bag, which is named.


Trips, Theme Days and Visitors

Throughout the year we will have various themed days and visitors to enhance our curriculum. To see visits from previous years, visit the archived class pages. Days have included:


Roald Dahl day – we dressed as characters from Dahl’s books and completed a variety of activities to explore his work.

Scooter Smart – come to school with your scooter and learn how to stay safe while out on your scooter.

Ancient Egypt Day – dress up and spend the day as an Ancient Egyptian! We mummify, write in hieroglyphs and try traditional food.

Stone Age Day – Den building, cooking on fires, dress a cave man…

Creswell Crags – Visit and explore what it would be like to live in caves!

Ripley and Marehay Church – explore and compare places of worship.


You will be informed of any visits well in advance.




Once again, we hope your child has a brilliant year and we look forward to the great year ahead!


Year 3 Team smiley

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