Palatinate 2019 - 2020

Miss Walker

Miss Walker

Miss Gemma Walker - Teacher

Mrs Bowie

Mrs Bowie

Mrs Kerry Bowie - HLTA, PE, RE and French Subject Leader

Mrs Redford

Mrs Redford

Mrs Lisa Redford - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Murray

Mrs Murray

Mrs Sarah Murray - Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Palatinate!


We are Year 4/5!

Palatinate is made up of Miss Walker as our class teacher, with the wonderful help of Mrs Bowie, Mrs Murray and Mrs Redford as teaching assistants. Most importantly, we have a class of 31 wonderful children. 

In June 2020, it will become mandatory for Year 4 student across England to partake in a Times Table Check. To prepare for this, it would be helpful for children to practise these as much as possible. Here are some helpful links for online practising:

Children are also encouraged to use Times Table Rockstars at home to further learning.

*Please note, due to Covid 19, this multiplication check will not take place this year. However, I still encourage all children to be practising their times tables at home.*


Class Information

Palatinates's junior leadership team members are Nathan K and Jamie and they are here to help with positive change and discussion within school!

Palatinate's e-safety champions are Jamie and Sophia  - your go to for all things online safety related!

Palatinate's reading ambassador is Avamay  - a shining example of someone committed to their reading and passion for this, keep it up! 


Important Information

P.E will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesday, a full school P.E kit is required (white/purple t shirt, black shorts and appropriate footwear). 

Pupil login for 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. They may also access Reading Plus and Timestable Rockstars at home. 

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.

Home learning will be sent out on a Thursday and needs to be returned on the following Tuesday. Additional spellings and timetables may also be set.

Every week, the children will be given a spelling test from the Year 3/4 common exception words - Please ensure these are practised at home. 

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 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. 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.

Please see attached our Spring 2 timetable and parent curriculum leaflet below. 

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