3M 2021 - 2022

Miss McCormick

Miss McCormick

Miss Eleanor McCormick - Teacher and Art Subject Leader

Mrs Rumsey

Mrs Rumsey

Mrs Elizabeth Rumsey - Teaching Assistant and ELSA Practitioner

Miss Borland

Miss Borland

Miss Joanne Borland - Teaching Assistant and Cleaner

Welcome 3M

Welcome to our Year 3 class page. I can't believe we are in the Summer Term already and our final term together before Year 4! This half term we will continue to be making our brains super juicy. We loved our topics of the Mayans last half term, especially designing, making and evaluating our own super power chocolate bar in DT.

This half term our topic is Volcaones and Earthquakes. We all want to know if we will be able to create our own volcano! 

In English we will be studying the book Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks. This book is a fable and will link nicely with our shared read texts of Aesop's Fables by Michael Morpurgo. We will read a different fable each week. 

In Maths we will learn all about measurement. We are all super excited to get learning!

Key Information:

PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Home learning will be sent home every Thursday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday.

Schools gates and classroom doors open at 8.40am and gates will be locked at 8.55am. Children arriving via the main entrance after 8.55am will be marked as late. Gates will open at 2.55pm for ALL children to be collected at 3pm. Gates will be locked promptly at 3.10pm. Children who have not been collected by this time must be collected from the main office. 

Reading continues to be a particular whole school focus this year. Please make sure you read with your child every night (using their weekly book brought home) and encourage them to access Bug Club or Reading Plus regularly too. 

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 should arrive at school for 8:45am. Active learning begins at 8.55 am and children are officially late from this time. If your child arrives after this time, your child will recorded as late. 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 important morning work  which helps settle children into the day.

.       They may miss out on vital interventions which allow for pre-teaching before the core learning sessions. 

·       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. All children at The Arches Primary School are asked to wear the following;

  • Purple jumper/cardigan
  • Grey or black trousers/skirt/shorts or pinafore
  • Purple shirt/polo shirt
  • Black school shoes (No trainers please)
  • Purple gingham dress (During Summer months)

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.

If you have any questions or queries then please don't hesitate to come and see any of us in the morning when you drop your child off at school or when you collect in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can phone the school to arrange an appointment that is more convenient to you. We are always here to offer help and support. 

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The Arches Community Primary School

Saughall Road, Blacon, Chester CH1 5EZ

Nicky Johnson or Sue Wilkins: SEN Contact

Michelle Ashfield: Headteacher

01244 667660


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