Welcome to Jay Class


Welcome to Jay Class - Year 3 & 4

Hello! My name is Miss Marsh and I am excited to be the Jay class teacher this year. We will also have Miss E Williams and Miss M Williams working with us throughout the week. Miss E Williams will teach the children on a Wednesday afternoon.

There will be lots of challenges this year, but we will work together to learn from our mistakes and celebrate our achievements. Everybody is encouraged to 'have a go' and we will have lots of fun as we learn together.

Our Classroom

We expect every child to be the best version of themselves and their behaviour to meet the high standards expected at Birklands. We always aim to Work Hard and Be Kind. Our classroom will be a challenging place for children to grow as learners, where they are happy to have a go and know we learn from mistakes.


Reading is a top priority for all children as it underpins all the curriculum areas. We read every day in school, however reading at home also plays a vital role in developing your child’s learning and can have a massive impact on their progress in school. Your child will bring home a book matched to their reading level. This is the book that the children will read to you. Encourage the children to talk about what is happening in the story and to make predictions as well as reading aloud. Each time they read, please write in their diaries.

All children will also bring home a book from one of our ‘100 books to read before you leave Year 4’ list. This is for you to share and discuss events with them. Some of the texts may exceed your child’s reading level and in which case you will need to read it to them. Once you have read the book, write it in their reading diaries so the book can be changed.

Homework and spellings

Homework is given to support and extend your child’s learning and they will need adult support and encouragement in order to complete it. It is important that homework is done every week as each task revisits and consolidates previous learning.

Homework will be given out on Thursdays and should be returned no later than the following Tuesday. It will usually include an English or Maths task which link to the work done in school that week. In addition, children will be given spellings to learn on a Monday. Spelling tests will take place on Fridays each week.

If you have any problems or are unsure about their homework tasks, we are here to help.

Times Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars supports the children with their understanding and recall of multiplication and division facts. It is an exciting resource provided by school to engage and interest pupils. Use it at home on your laptop or tablet as much as you can. We have stuck your child’s login in their reading diaries.


PE is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure children come to school in their PE kits on these days. The kit consists of plimsolls or trainers, black shorts and a white t-shirt. When the weather gets colder please ensure your child has leggings or jogging bottoms and a fleece or hoodie.

May 2024


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