We would like to welcome you to Upper School. Our phase consists of Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 4/5, Year 5 and Year 6. We are sure that these will be very happy and productive school years for your child. We believe that, with your support, your child will make excellent progress over the upcoming years. Our aim is to prepare your child as they make their way through Upper School to finish Brentnall with the best possible outcomes in the Year 2 and the Year 6 SATs tests. We want to encourage children to become independent, life-long learners that are equipped with the skills and resilience needed to reach their full potential.
To ensure the best possible learning in Upper School, your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. Please bear in mind that children learn and incredible amount each day in school so one day off is a whole day of learning lost.
Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.
Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. It will consist of spellings and a piece of maths work that are linked to what the class have been learning that week. At the start of each new learning cycle, your child will receive a project-based homework linked to their topic work. Please encourage your child to complete their homework as carefully and independently as possible, offering help and support when needed.
We believe that children should be encouraged to develop a love for reading throughout their time at Brentnall. Pupils who read regularly at home, tend to make the most significant progress. Therefore, every child will continue to take home a home reader. Please read with your child every day and record this in their diary with a signature. It is important to also question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Diaries will be checked each morning in class for a signature and initialled by a teacher. Class dojo points will be awarded to children that have a signature.
Uniform and PE Kit
Please ensure that your child is in full uniform at all times. The correct uniform is: burgundy jumper, white shirt, grey skirt/trousers, grey dress, yellow summer dress, school tie and black shoes. Please ensure all items of clothing, especially jumpers, are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- No jewellery
- Hair must be tied up with a plain bobble – no bows
- No shaved patterns in hair
Your child will also need a P.E kit: black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers/pumps.
We have implemented a new positive and interactive behaviour system this called Class Dojo. Good behaviour is rewarded with Dojo points that are collected over the week for learn, respect and succeed. Children will aim to get 5 per day and if they collect 25 over the week, there is reward session each Friday afternoon. If a child is making a wrong choice, they will receive a reminder and they will have a point deducted. If the child carries on, another point will be deducted. If this persists, a third point will be deducted. Children will miss part of their break the next day depending on points that they have lost. Parents will be contacted over any behavioural concerns.
Celebration Assembly will continue each Friday morning at 9.00am. All parents are welcome as this is a fantastic opportunity to see what your child has been doing over the week. There are awards for Learn, Respect and Succeed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.