Upper School Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to welcome you to Upper School. 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 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.

Attendance/Punctuality

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 a day off is a whole day of learning lost.
Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

Homework

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.

Reading

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 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.

Please note:

  • 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.

PE days:

  • Year 3: Miss Jackson & Miss Gorton – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Year 4: Mrs. Mendham & Mrs. Thompson – Tuesday & Friday
  • Year 5: Miss Gilmore – Monday & Friday
  • Year 6: Miss Smail – Monday & Tuesday
  • Year 6: Miss Stephens – Tuesday (PE) & Thursday (swimming)

Behaviour

We have implemented a new positive and interactive behaviour system this year 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 10 per day and if they collect 50 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.

Monday  Year 5 PE

Year 6 (Miss Smail) PE

Reading books and diaries to be taken home, signed and brought back every day.
Tuesday Year 3 PE

Year 4 PE

Year 6 (both classes) PE

Wednesday Homework to be handed in
Thursday Year 3 PE

Year 6 (Miss Stephens) Swimming

Friday Celebration assembly 9am
Homework given out

Year 4 PE

Year 5 PE

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

Mrs. Woolley (Phase Leader)

Miss Stephens (Year 6 Teacher)

Miss Smail (Year 6 Teachers)

Miss Gilmore (Year 5 Teacher)

Mrs. Mendham (Year 4 Teacher)

Mrs. Thompson (Year 4 Teacher)

Miss Gorton (Year 3 Teacher)

Miss Jackson (Year 3 Teacher)