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Exe Team

Class Information – Cuckoos, Magpies, Woodpeckers and Doves 

Miss Pinniger - Class Teacher in Cuckoos (AM) and Magpies (PM) / Unit Leader

Mrs Bowler - Class Teacher in Magpies (AM)

Miss Blampied - Class Teacher in Woodpeckers

Mrs O'Connell - Class Teacher in Doves (Tuesday - Friday)

Mrs Goodwill - Class Teacher in Doves (Monday)

Mrs Lapham - Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

 Mrs Larkins – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hall – Teaching Assistant

Mrs McGurk – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pearman - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Francis - Teaching Assistant 



Exe classes have their PE sessions on a Monday and Tuesday this term, however PE kits should be kept in school all week to allow for any extra opportunities for physical activity. Please ensure that children have suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers. 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 during snack time.  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 and upcoming events.  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 Team Introduction Class Meeting: Monday 16th September 2019, 3.45pm

Year 1 Phonics Meeting: Monday 23rd September 2019, 4.30pm

KS1 Nativity: Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December 2019 at 1.45pm



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. Your child will have the opportunity to change their book at least weekly, during our library sessions. Please ensure that you read with your child daily at home and record that they have read in their Home-School Learning Log. 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 set 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 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 - Autumn 2019

We hope you have had a wonderful break over the summer 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 'Meerkat Mail', where we will focus on sentence structures, using our learnt skills to write our own postcards.Non fiction writing will build on the skills and processes essential to writing through exploring texts linked to our topic.

We have a busy term planned for Mathematics where we will be investigating place value through estimating, ordering, adding and subtracting numbers whilst reasoning and working with a wide variety of resources.

Where I Live

We will be exploring places near and far this term and will become map experts! We will introduce children to the geography of the UK and the wider world, as well as teaching the skills needed to use and create maps. We will be using some of the familiar buildings and landscapes of Cullompton as a focus for our art project based on the artist Hundertwasser. After half term, we will change our focus to the Arctic. We will be using a science focus to look at climate change and the effect on the local habitat and beyond.

 Building Learning Powers

This term we will revisit and 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.