It is this time of the year that we start looking at arrangements for September. We have no hard and fast rules on this other than we look at each cohort every year and assess their needs to decide whether we leave them as they are or mix them up.
Following discussions with my year group team and the SLT, it has been decided that the Year 3 classes will be mixed when they go up to Year 4. They were kept together last year to support transition to the Juniors, but we now believe they are ready for and in need of some mixing with new faces to support their development as learners and socially.
Normally, we would speak to the children as a class and ask them to write down the names of 2-3 children they would like to be with, based on who they learn well with and not just who their best friends on the playground are! We then do our best to ensure each child got to be with at least one person from their list.
Given the ongoing situation regarding partial school closures, we will be following a slightly different process for organising the classes. We are asking all Year 3 families to discuss with their child about who they would like to be with for next year, and to then email in their list of names (up to a maximum of 3) to their class teacher by 9am on Monday 8th June 2020. Even if your child has no particular preference, then please just drop us a message to let us know or just to say hi, as we enjoy hearing from them.
The class emails are:
If, as parents, you have a particular view on who you may wish your child to be with/apart from then please can you add this to the email. However, please be aware that while we will try our best to accommodate as many requests as possible, we cannot make any guarantees on the final class groupings. We have to consider a wide range of factors, such as gender balances and ability ranges, and this sometimes means we cannot accommodate individual requests.
We advise you to make the best decision for your child’s learning and experience at school, even if this may be a different view to other families or may lead to the splitting up of an established friendship group. We are all too aware of the modern day pressures of social media and messaging groups, and we ask that you make the best decision for your child and support those around you by not pressuring them to share or discuss their responses.
Please rest assured that as a Year 3 team we have gotten to know and enjoy teaching the Year 3 cohort, and we will make our decisions on groupings based on our knowledge of your child and our professional experiences to make sure next year’s classes are set up to have a successful and enjoyable year.
I hope you and your child have a successful conversation about what they would like for next year, and we look forward to seeing your emails by 9am on Monday 8th June 2020.