Welcome to Polar Bear Class
Welcome to Polar Bear Class
Welcome back everyone! We are so looking forward to getting to know you all. You may be feeling excited about seeing your friends again and meeting your new teachers. However, you may also be feeling a little bit nervous. Don't worry, we are all here to help you!
Things may be a little bit different from Year 1. You will, of course, be in a new classroom and have different teachers. However, you will still have an outside area for playtimes and your learning will continue to build on what you learnt last year.
We've got an exciting term planned and we are really looking forward to the next step in your school journey.
Here is some useful information about Polar Bear Class. Throughout the year, I will add news and information to our class page on our school website. This will give you an insight into your child's learning. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Polar Bear Class
Class teacher: Mrs Carter
Teaching assistant: Mrs Clark
Teaching assistant: Caroline
For at least the duration of Term 1, we will not be using class contact books or home reading logs. However, your child will be bringing a reading book home to enable you to help your child practise their reading. Please keep the book at home until your child requires a new book. It is important to note that your child will benefit from reading their book more than once, so please don't feel you need to have a new book each day. When your child brings their book back to school, they will be asked to place the book in a box, and a new book will be given to them to bring home. Books returning to school will be quarantined for 3 days, before being reintroduced to the book stock.
The most important way you can support your child's learning, is to talk to your child about their school work, and to encourage a love of reading. Please help your child to read their reading book, but also continue to share favourite stories at home. We will also be sending home some spelling and handwriting practise. Worksheets sent home are for your child to use at home. Please do not send them back into school. For at least the first term, we will not be sending home a homework book.
Polar Bear class will have P.E on Friday morning. We request that your child comes to school on this day, in their P.E clothes. For at least the duration of Term 1, we will be doing P.E outside, not in the hall. Therefore, it is recommended that your child wears a tracksuit or similar clothing over, or instead of, their shorts and t-shirt. Suitable footwear is most important for P.E on the playground. Trainers are preferable. If the weather is particularly wet, then P.E will not take place outside and alternative exercise may take place in the classroom.
Forest School Time
On a Wednesday afternoon, Polar Bear class will have access to Forest School area. They will have time to explore and will take part in some creative activities. On this day your child may come to school in clothes suitable for outside play and trainers or wellies to change into. This will be run for the first three weeks this term. This will be run by Mrs Carter and is designed to help your child ease back into school life.
Start and End of the Day
Your child is welcome to come straight into class at the beginning of the day, from 8:40 am. At the end of the afternoon, the children will be collected from the playground area (Fire exit door) at 3:05 pm.
The best way to contact me if you wish to pass on a message, or if you have any questions or concerns, is through the class email:
I will aim to answer your email as quickly as possible, but please be aware that I may not see emails until the end of the day. If you have an urgent message, please phone the school office.
I hope these points are helpful. However, do please contact me via email or telephone message if you have any further queries.