Pocklington Community Junior School

Inside the Classroom

FAQs – Inside the Classroom:

Who are the class teachers for each year group?

What is the best way to contact my child’s teacher if I do not come to the school?

I am concerned about my child’s progress.

How is my child’s progress monitored?

What is enquiry-based learning?

Are there any websites I can use to help my child’s learning?

My child is interested in learning a musical instrument.

How should the School Planner be used?

What homework can we expect our child to get?


The Class Teachers :

Year 3 – Miss Ridlington (Class McCall Smith)  & Miss Childs (Class Strong)

Year 3/4 – Mrs Carlisle/Mrs Cave (Class Deary)

Year 4 – Mrs Phillipps (Class Wootten) & Mrs Wells (Class Nimmo)

Year 5 – Ms Birrell (Class Elphinstone) & Mr Morrison (Class Hegarty)

Year 5/6 – Mrs Penfold (Class Lawrence)

Year 6 – Miss Whitworth (Class Paver)

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Contacting Class Teachers

Please use your child’s planner to communicate with your child’s class teacher. Planners are in the classroom with your child every day and the most effective way to pass messages to the teacher and receive a response. Teachers are usually available on the playground at the end of the school day.

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My Child’s Progress

If you have concerns about your child’s progress the class teacher will be the person to speak to, they are available at the end of each school day. Alternatively, a letter via the planner to ask for a meeting or a telephone call is an option.

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How Progress is Monitored

Our teachers use target trackers to assess and record the progress of the children. These will be presented to you at parents’ evenings and throughout the school year. The trackers are designed to provide you and your child with information about the achievements they have made and the targets they are working towards.

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Enquiry Led Learning

Enquiry is at the heart of our curriculum and represents the vehicle by which we develop our values and deliver the curriculum. Children are involved in what they want to learn about and then our teachers work hard to facilitate this to make sure our curriculum is met.

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Learning Websites

Please use the link below to see our useful website links.

Websites to help learning.

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Learning an Instrument

We have a vast amount of learning opportunities for music. If your child is interested in learning an instrument, please contact the school office. It may be that your child will need to be added to our waiting list. Alternatively see our music section on the website which has a link to the local music shop.

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School Planner

Please record the number of pages your child has read at home e.g. pgs 10-15 and make a note on the days your child practices spellings and times tables. The class teacher will then tick these off each week and sign to show they have noted the work being done at home. There is also a reading log at the back of the planner which can be used to record your child’s book choice and reading.

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After discussion with parents, children and staff we introduced a non-written task to be completed weekly. This is posted on the website each Friday and available as a paper copy for those children who want it. A text prompt is sent to parents directing them to the website. The talk time task is followed up in class and assembly each week.

Maths & English – in order for important basic skills to be practiced, extra homework will be given as follows – Years 3 & 4 one piece per month, Year 5 one piece per fortnight and Year 6 one piece per week.

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