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Overdale Junior School

Working Together, Learning Together

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The Buddy System

When children join the school, at the beginning of Year 3 they are allocated a trained 'Buddy' from Year 6 who makes contact with the younger child and checks they are settling in to their new school. We have found that our 'Buddy' system establishes lasting relationships between older and younger children and promotes a caring, harmonious environment within the school.

A typical school day

The school day begins at 8.55am. Children should be in the main school playground ready for the whistle at 8.55am, when they must then line up with their class and file into school, led by their teacher, ready for registration.

Each year group has three parallel, mixed ability classes and children are taught within their class for most curriculum subjects, but for Maths and Literacy they are split into groups - settings - based on ability.

Morning break enables the children to let off some steam and socialise with their friends. The children are expected to play outside in all but the very worst weather.

Around 2 hours a week is allocated to PE for each class during the summer and early autumn terms, though it is less during the very cold winter months. All children swim in the heated outdoor pool once a week between April and October, and a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and activities are enjoyed throughout the year.

Lunchtime is from 12.15-1.25pm. Children play outside before and after they eat, and there are also clubs and activities available to them during this time.

Assemblies are held throughout the week - these may be for lower and upper school, individual classes, for families to attend, or whole school assemblies including the weekly singing assembly where the children enjoy music and singing together.

Every class has 'Golden Time' once a week - this is additional playtime which is earned through good behaviour.

The school day ends at 3.20pm.

Behaviour in school

We encourage children at the school to work hard and display good standards of behaviour in both the classroom and playground. Should any issues with discipline arise they are dealt with firstly by the class teacher, duty teacher or Midday Manager. If the problem persists the year group leaders, senior staff or Headteacher may become involved.

You can download a copy of our Behaviour Policy and Home School Agreement using the links in the school policies section.

Year 3 Handbook

Please use the link below for further details of what to expect in Year 3.