Planners (Year 2 - 6)
At Tyndale Primary, our primary aim is to give our pupils the best chance of success. In order to support our pupils in achieving this success, all pupils in Year 2 - 6 are given a planner, which is a compulsory item that they must bring to school with them every day.
Preparing Our Pupils for Success
Teaching our pupils to use a planner is an effective way to prepare our pupils for their transition to secondary school, teach them to be professional and organised and to assist their ability to retain the knowledge they are taught at school.
Pupils will use their planners every day during term time to record a variety of information:
Pupils will complete 5 self-quizzing questions per day, which will be a balance of on the new knowledge they've been taught at school that day and some questions targeting prior knowledge they've been taught for example knowledge they were taught yesterday, last week, last month, last term and last year.
More information about self-quizzing can be found here.
Pupils will record their daily reading in their planner so that they do not need to keep an additional reading record. They are expected to read for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
More information about expectations of home reading can be found here.
Daily, pupils will complete a 'look, cover, write, check' exercise for each word from their weekly statutory spelling list, which they will be tested on that week (on a Friday). They will record their result of that test in their planner for parents/carers to monitor.
More information about spelling practice can be found here.
Target Setting and Reviewing
During the timetabled school week, pupils will record their subject specific targets for English and Maths weekly in their planners. (Nothing needs to be completed at home for this). This is called 'Pupil Conferencing'. This will include a reflection of what's going well in that subject and will include the pupil's latest SMART target, which will have been mutually agreed and discussed with the class teacher.
Pupils need to know their targets, so it's useful for you as parents to also know so that you can quiz them!
More information about target setting and reviewing can be found here.
Parent and Teacher Communication
Whilst we are happy to answer any queries from parents/carers via our social media platforms (links can be found at the top right of this page), we understand that sometimes it can be useful to write a quick message to your child's class teacher and for them to do the same when communicating to you.
At the bottom of each page in the child's planner there is an optional comments box to facilitate this line of communication. Please do not hesitate to use this facility within the planner or book an appointment to come in and see us if you ever have any concerns.
It is the responsibility of our pupils to bring the planner into school every day and to complete the daily tasks within it. Failure to do so, will result in a study support with the senior leadership team during a lunchtime to complete the missing work. Pupils need to arrive to school on time, organised and prepared to start their day - every second counts.