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Exe Team

Class Information – Magpies, Woodpeckers and Doves 

Miss Pinniger - Class Teacher and Unit Leader

Miss Whelan - Class Teacher

Mrs Jones - Class Teacher

 Mrs Larkins – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Cude  – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Raybould - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Pearman – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lapham – Teaching Assistant



Exe classes have their PE sessions on a Friday this term, however please can you ensure that all children have a full PE kits in school with suitable clothing and footwear for all weather every day.  All PE kit and uniform should be clearly labelled to avoid any items going astray.  

Fruit/ Drink

KS1 are provided with a piece of fruit every day.  You are welcome to send a snack in for your child but please ensure it is healthy.  Children can drink water from their bottle in class but please ensure that the lid is easy to secure in order to avoid spillages. 

Other information

Please look out for the ‘Friday Contact’ newsletter for any other information about what is happening at school, especially key dates.  We appreciate all your support in your child’s education.  If you wish to discuss anything, the teachers will be available in class at the end of the day.  In addition to this, the office will ensure that any message left with them in the morning will be passed on promptly.

Dates For Your Diary:

Exe Parent Express: Tuesday 2nd April 2019,  2.15pm

Friends of the Earth sessions: 

Doves: Monday 18th March 2019

Woodpeckers: Monday 25th March 2019

Magpies: Monday 1st April 2019



How can you help this term?


Your child will work within a group to complete reading comprehension tasks. This will involve reading a short text together whilst using their reading skills to ask and answer questions - each group will do this at least once a week with a teacher.

They will also have an independent phonetically decodable or Accelerated Reader book which will be read in school and sent home to read too. This book will be changed weekly during our library sessions. Please ensure that you read with your child daily at home and record that you have read in their learning journey. It would be beneficial if you could ask your child questions about what they have read in order to support their understanding of the book.


It is expected that children will practise their mental recall of multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables on a daily basis at home using the newly introduced Times Tables Rockstars. In addition to this, it would be beneficial for your child if they practised their current Rainbow Maths targets.


Phonics (Year 1) and Spelling (Year 2) is taught in class every day. 

Rainbow Spellings: these words need to be practised regularly and children will be retested each half term, or before if they are ready to move on. If this is the case, please could either you or your child inform their teacher that they are ready to be tested. These are presented in coloured grids and are the age appropriate spellings which your child will be sent home with to learn. Your support in helping your child practise these, and particularly spotting them when reading, would be greatly appreciated.

Topic Work:

Children have been given a list of home learning topic work that they may wish to complete. These activities are intended to provide the opportunity for you and your child to learn together and extend knowledge in the topic area. There will be no ‘written’ feedback on this optional learning. However, we would love for the children to bring in their learning and share it with the class. The children’s learning will be rewarded with lots of praise and house points! We really want the children to feel proud of their learning achieved outside the classroom.

Information for Parents - Spring 2019

We hope you have had a wonderful break over the Christmas period and that you are as excited as us about the term ahead. 

We will be using 'Talk for Writing' to focus on the fiction and non-fiction aspects of writing. Our first text is 'Elf Road', where we will focus on setting descriptions, using learnt skills to write our own 'portal' tales. Non fiction writing will build on the skills and processes essential to writing through exploring instruction texts and diary entries.

We have a busy term planned for Mathematics where we will be investigating use of our operations and fractions through adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, whilst reasoning and working with a wide variety of resources.

Around the World in 80 Days!

Exe Team will be exploring and learning all about the world. Starting with learning about the continents and oceans before moving on to studying animals in different habitats and the contrasting countries they live in, expressing their learning mainly through science and geography. 

 Building Learning Powers

This term we will continue to use the Building Learning Powers vocabulary to help children talk about their learning in line with the school Behaviour Policy. Children will be rewarded with plenty of house points, R star awards and Golden Pupil certificates if they show these learning behaviours exceptionally well.