St Andrew's Primary School

St. Andrew's Primary School

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Exe Team

Class Information – Magpies, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos and Doves 

Miss Pinniger - EYFS and KS1 Lead / Class Teacher in Magpies

Mrs Colegate - Class Teacher in Magpies

Miss Blampied - Class Teacher in Woodpeckers

Miss Einchcomb - Class Teacher in Doves

Miss Roe - Class Teacher in Doves

Miss Hope - Class Teacher in Cuckoos


Miss Lapham - Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Larkins – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hall – Teaching Assistant

Mrs McGurk – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Cude - Teaching Assistant 



Please ensure that all children have a full PE kit in school with 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 free piece of fruit every day at break time. You are welcome to send a snack in for your child if they do not like the fruit but please ensure that it is a healthy snack. Children can drink water from their bottle throughout the day 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 which is emailed weekly for any other information about what is happening at school, especially key dates. We appreciate all of your support in your child’s education. If you wish to discuss anything, the teachers will be available at the end of the day. In addition to this, the office will ensure that any message left with them in the morning is passed on promptly. 


Dates For Your Diary:

 Further information will follow about class meetings and Christmas events.



How can you help your child with their learning this term?


Your child will take part in teacher-led guided reading sessions once a week and another guided session with a class teaching assistant. They will also have an independent phonetically decodable book which children will bring home from Monday-Thursday. On a Friday, books will be collected in for quarantine over the weekend and new books given out again on a Monday. When they are ready, the children will move onto the ‘Accelerated Reading’ programme. This involves children reading a text and answering questions in the form of a quiz. Please ensure that you read with your child at least 3x per week and record that you have read in their learning journey. This will be checked by the class teacher weekly to keep a track of this.  



It is expected that children will practise their mental recall of multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 X tables on a daily basis using ‘NUMBOTS’ (Y1) or ‘Times Table Rockstars’ (Y2). In addition to this, it would be beneficial for your child if they practised their set Rainbow Maths Targets. 



Phonics (Y1) or Spelling (Y2) is taught in class daily. 

Rainbow spellings: These words need to be practised regularly and children will be re-tested 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 your 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:

You will have received a list of homework ideas that your child 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. Please post all homework on Tapestry so that it can be shared and celebrated with the whole 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.


We will be focussing on both the fiction and non-fiction aspects of writing across the term. In our first fiction text, we will focus on sentence structures using learnt skills to write our own narrative sentences. Non-fiction writing will build on the skills and processes essential to writing instructions.

We have a busy term planned for Mathematics where we will be learning and recalling number facts and practicing our counting in 2’s. 5’s and 10’s. We will be looking at counting up to and beyond 100, place value, and calculating.


‘Around The World In 80 Days’

We will be packing our bags and going on an adventure exploring places all around the world this term and we will become map experts! We will introduce children to the geography of the UK and the world, as well as teach the skills needed to use maps and globes.

After half term we will continue with this topic before our themed Remembrance and Christmas Faiths weeks nearer the end of term. 

We will also be busy towards the end of the term preparing for Christmas and we look forward to sharing our learning with you all in some way- further information on this to follow!


Building Learning Powers:

This term we will re-fresh our knowledge of and use the Building Learning Powers vocabulary to help the children talk about their learning, in line with the school’s 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.