St Andrew's Primary School

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Otter Team

Class Information -  Barn Owls, Jays and Merlins  

Otter Team Staff

Miss Steele - KS2 Lead / Class Teacher in Barn Owls

Mrs Colegate - Class Teacher in Barn Owls

Mrs Cook - Class Teacher in Merlins

Mr Pote - Class Teacher in Jays


Mrs Standford - Trainee Teacher

Mrs Pearman – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Francis - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Thornhill  - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Latham - Teaching Assistant


If you wish to pass on any messages or have a chat about your child's progress, the teachers are available in the classroom from 3.30pm everyday.

If you have a message to pass on in the morning, please do this through the school office. Please be reminded that you should not be entering the school building at any time unless you have been signed in through the school office and given a visitor badge - this is to ensure safeguarding of our children. 

PE kits will need to be in school every day. It will be sent home for washing at the end of each half term. As well as indoor PE, we will be doing PE outside so 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.

Please continue to check the Friday Contact for diary dates and information about upcoming events and activities. 

Information for Parents - Autumn


This term in Literacy we will be using a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts as inspiration for our own writing. We will be focusing on using a range of sentence structures, punctuation and vocabulary as well as identifying the features of different text types and using these in our own writing. Our class read for this term is There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sacher.



In Mathematics, staff in Otter will begin by finding out where the children are in their learning following the partial school closures. We will then make choices about what to teach the children first. An important aspect of mathematics throughout the year will be the use of number facts including multiplication and division facts in preparation for the year four multiplication check in June.


Building Learning Powers

This term we will continue to 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.


The Romans : Settlements 

During this history and geography based topic, children will explore the impact of the Roman’s on modern life and how our lives were influenced. The children will develop their research skills to find out about life during this time period. For their final product children will be creating a clay pot and a Roman shield which we hope to use in a Roman battle. In addition to this, children will look at light, shadow and electricity in science which will include building their own electrical circuit.


Home - School Learning


It is expected that children will bring home their Accelerated Reader book from school and read it on a daily basis. At school, they will then take a quiz on their book, so it would be beneficial to your child if you could ask them 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 up to 12x12 on a daily basis at home using the Times Tables Rockstars, as well as practising their current Rainbow Maths targets. At the end of the year, Year 4 children will take a national statutory multiplication test where they will need to recall multiplication facts up to 12x12 within six seconds. It would also be beneficial for your child to work on telling the time at home.


Children will bring home their Rainbow Spelling grid each half term. Rainbow Spelling 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 the teacher that they are ready to be tested. Children who are working on green, purple or blue grids will also be sent home with a list of spellings each week that will need to be learnt ready for a test the following week.

Topic Learning

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 their work to be uploaded to Tapestry to share with the teacher and 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 and we love putting exceptional pieces on display