Year 3/4 – Pearl

PearlWelcome to Pearl

TeacherMrs Becky Sivyer
Teaching AssistantsMrs Amanda Goodship-Warner
PPA coverMrs Foster-Bazin and Ascend

Welcome to Term 5

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter and didn’t overindulge too much in Easter eggs!

Our topic this term is entitled ‘Walk this Way’, with a geography focus on Ordinance Survey maps. The children will be looking at symbols used on Ordinance Survey maps as well as using four point grid references and planning a journey. In Science, the children will be identifying a variety of habitats and exploring why organisms live in different habitats. We will start our topic of by having a bug hunt around the school. We will then be building our own mini-beasts mansions during the term (please look out for further information about this).

To finish our topic off this term, we are hoping for a trip up the Downs – further information about this will be shared later in the term.

As part of our BLP (Building Learning Power), this term’s ‘R’ is ‘Resilience’. The children will be developing the skills of absorption and noticing the small details when working through a challenge. We will also learn to manage distractions and develop our perseverance by staying with it, tolerating uncertainty and disappointment and have stick ability.

Open Door Policy

DON’T FORGET! Here at Cherhill we operate an open door policy. If you need to discuss anything, please feel free to pop into the classroom before or after school starts. If you require a longer meeting please make an appointment via the school office.

Please ensure your child has a healthy snack for break time, this could be fruit, cheese and crackers or vegetable sticks etc. Please be aware fruit winders are not suitable for a snack.

Children must also bring in a drink in a bottle with a ‘sports’ top, this is essential as the days start to become warmer.


We had a number of children who did not have the correct PE kit in school on their PE days last term. Children who do not have appropriate kit (including trainers for outdoor PE) will not be allowed to take part and will be sent to another class with work. A letter will be sent home informing you, if this occurs. As we are heading into the summer months and practising for Sports Day, appropriate outdoor PE kit needs to be in school every day (not just on PE days). Please refer to our uniform policy for the correct outdoor PE kit.

Home learning

  • Children need to complete their work in books in appropriate blue pen (no felt-tip or coloured/gel pens) or pencil, and hand it in the next day.
  • The children need to continue to take the responsibility to note down their home learning each week and any other important information they need to remember in their home learning records.
  • Home learning should only take approximately 20 minutes (7 minutes for brainbusters). If your child takes longer to complete the work, please let us know as soon as possible. If it is not possible to complete home learning on the set day, please let us know via the home learning diaries, otherwise your child will have to complete home learning at lunchtime that day.
  • We will recognise those children that consistently complete high quality home learning, with a reward ceremony at the end of each term.


We expect the children to read at least 3 times a week, which needs to include their bug club book at least twice. Each time your child reads to someone at home and a comment is written in their reading record they will receive a reward point and a raffle ticket which will now be kept in a separate reading box. If they manage to read for four consecutive evenings they will receive 2 further raffle tickets. The raffle tickets allow the children entry into The Grand Draw will be held at the end of each term, so get reading!

Home Learning Timetable

  • Monday – Reading and Spelling activity
  • Tuesday – Reading
  • Wednesday – Reading and Handwriting
  • Thursday – Reading
  • Friday – Reading and Maths (Brainbusters)

As part of Healthy Schools, could we remind you that we encourage healthy eating at snack time and ask that if children bring a snack to school it is healthy (this may include fruit, vegetables and breadsticks).

Mrs B Sivyer