3/4H 2020 - 2021

Miss Hancock

Miss Hancock

Miss Alice Hancock - Teacher, Fundraising Coordinator and Social Media Manager

Miss Whelan

Miss Whelan

Miss Debbie Whelan - Teaching Assistant

Miss Hopwood

Miss Hopwood

Mrs Donna Hopwood - Teaching Assistant

January closure update - distance learning


Good morning everybody!

Miss Hancock here…

I hope that you and your families are all fit and well, keeping safe at home and making the most of this time together. At The Arches, we are doing all that we can to support our community during this time.

Just like last time, I will be providing home learning for you all on a daily basis during this school closure period as best I can. This will be available to complete each day and all you need to do is to use your Seesaw login to access each task as you have been doing for homework over recent weeks. NO LEARNING WILL BE UPLOADED VIA THE SCHOOL WEBSITE.

If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact me via email on ahancock@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk and I will do my very best to further support. If you require any login details for any of the websites mentioned below, please just ask. We are all in this together. We have done it once before and we will do it again, coming back bigger and better…

Distance Learning

Before completing each day’s tasks, I would like you to please do the following…

  • Start the day with a 20 mins Joe Wicks workout at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday 11th January onwards. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, choose a workout of his or any other form of 20/30 mins online workout to get your endorphins going ready for the day ahead!
  • After that, please spend 30 minutes on either Bug Club or Reading Plus (if you are familiar with this and have been using this post assessment).
  • Then, please spend 20 minutes on Times Table Rockstars.
  • Finally, head to https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround to watch Newsround everyday to catchup on local affairs and keep in the loop with what is going on around the world as we do each day in school. Once you’ve watched the news, please write a short paragraph, summarising what you’ve learned each day. Take a picture and upload it for me to read!
  • Now, please take a well earned morning rest. Enjoy a 20 minutes brain break, get some fresh air and enjoy a snack just as we would in school.
  • Following your break, please undertake 15 minutes of handwriting practice using our spellings. Each week, I will set 5 new spellings to practise. See the weekly spellings schedule attached at the end of this letter. Everyday, please write each word out as many times as you can (try not to just copy!) in 1 minute and then, write out some sentence of your own using each of the words. Again, take a picture and let me see…

Following these, please complete your daily activities. Please ensure you read the instructions thoroughly and ensure you are doing as you have been asked.

There will be an arithmetic activity, a Maths activity, an English activity, a SPAG/reading/comprehension activity and a non foundation subject lesson to complete each day. If you face any difficulties with sheets, please write your learning out, photograph it and upload it for me to see.

Please refer to the school website page titled ‘Learning Resources’ to see a whole load of other resources you can also utilise at home. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms for further learning ideas and fun!

I look forward to reading and marking your learning. Please do not hesitate to contact me for anything at all. Take care all and stay safe.

Spelling schedule for Spring 1

Week commencing 11th January - material, medicine, mention, minute, natural

Week commencing 18th January - naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally, often

Week commencing 25th January - opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps

Week commencing 1st February - popular, position, possess, possession, possible

Week commencing 8th February - potatoes, pressure, probably, promise, purpose


Our bubble's book changing day is on a Tuesday - please remember to bring in your reading book from home to change it. Otherwise, your book and home reading record must stay at home. 

Eminence's Junior Leadership members are Alex and Riley - they are happily here to help with positive change and discussion within school!

Eminence's E-safety Champion is Violet - your go to for all things online safety related!

Eminence's Reading Ambassador is Maya - a shining example of someone committed to their reading and passion for this, keep it up! 


Important Information

  • P.E will take place on Mondays and Thursdays and a full school P.E kit is required (white/purple t shirt, black shorts/joggers/leggings and trainers). This can be worn to school each day until the school's uniform policy is reviewed. 
  • Children in Year 3/4 are to be dropped to school between 8.40am and 8.50am. They are to be collected between 2.50pm and 3pm. Arrival and departure should be via the Carlisle Road entrance. 
  • Pupil logins for BugClub and School Spider are written on the back of your child's reading record - please encourage your child to use these websites as they will contribute to their learning significantly. Please contact your class teacher for any questions or queries. 

  • Reading continues to be a particular whole school focus this year. Please make sure you read with your child every night and sign their reading log. This log will be reviewed every half term. 

  • All Year 4 children in 3/4H will undertake a government multiplication check during the Summer term to ensure they are able to recall times tables up to 12x12 fluently. Please ensure your child regularly practises their times tables at home to ensure they perform as well as they can. 


Attendance and Absence

The attendance and lateness of children is monitored here at The Arches as well as the Educational Welfare Department of the Local Authority. From September 2015, the Government stated that persistent absence is where a child’s attendance is below 90%.

Children in Year 3/4 should arrive at school between 8:40am and 8.50am. If your child is late to school and arrives after the cut off time, they will recorded as late in the register. If three lates are recorded at any one stage, our Learning Mentor will issue a letter and be in contact with you to aim to improve the situation. 

Lateness affects children in a variety of ways:

·       They may feel embarrassed or upset about coming into a classroom once the session has begun.

·       They miss out on learning or on registering/ordering snack etc. 

·       They don’t feel included in the daily routine from the start and this affects confidence and well-being.

·       A child arriving late can disrupt the learning of the rest of the class.

Lateness Procedure

The school gates are locked promptly at 8.55 am. After this time, you will need to bring your child/children into school through the main entrance where you will be asked to sign your child in at the school office, giving the time and reason for lateness.

Absence Procedure

If your child is unwell, please phone the school on the morning of your child’s absence by 9.00am. The office staff will record this information and will not need to bother you with follow up calls or letters.

If you forget to call in, a member of staff will follow up this absence either with a call or text asking why your child/children are not at school. In the first instance, this is to ensure the safety of your child. However, we also need you to clarify the reason for all absences or else we have to mark the absence as unauthorised.

School Uniform

The school uniform helps us to promote a sense of ownership and pride within our school. Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled with your child's full name. During the period of conditionally reopening to everybody, all children at The Arches Primary School are asked to wear the following as part of our revised policy;

  • Purple jumper/cardigan
  • Purple or white polo shirt or t shirt 
  • Black joggers, leggings or shorts
  • Trainers

Pupils with long hair are advised to wear it up. If your child wishes to wear a bow please ensure it is either purple, black, grey or white and of an appropriate size. Children are discouraged from wearing jewellery to school, items include; earrings, watches, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Uniform should be washed on a regular basis. 

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