Marcham Primary School | Morland Road | Marcham | Abingdon | OX13 6PY
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Welcome to Meerkats

The Meerkat Class Newsletter

Class teachers

Mr Josh Clack (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Mrs Kate Hill (Wednesday)
Teaching Assistants
Mrs Anna Bell
Mrs Matilda Miskin


Dear Parent and Carers,
Welcome back to a brand new term! I hope you have had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. Once again, we have another jam packed term with a number of exciting new topics to explore.

Our geography topic this term is called ‘Mountains, Rivers and Coasts.’ Over the next 12 weeks, your children will take part in a quest to find the lost treasure of Oxford, travelling over perilous mountains, around winding rivers and over beautiful coastlines. The class will learn about the ‘7 summits’, how mountains are formed, the source and ending of a river’s journey, and the wildlife of Britain’s vast coastlines. For more details, please feel free to have a look at the topic web attached.

As normal, I will be teaching the class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Mrs Hill taking the class for the remaining Wednesday. However, we are delighted to welcome Miss Miskin to our ever expanding team! She will be with us every day, helping to support the class alongside Mrs Bell.

This term, PE will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. It is your child’s responsibility to ensure that their named PE kit is kept in school throughout the week (as additional lessons may take place) and taken home at weekends to be washed. If your child does not have their PE kit in school, they may have to use PE kits provided for them to ensure that they are complying with statutory requirements. Children should not wear jewellery in school, apart from stud earrings (which we advise should not be worn on PE days) and watches.

Homework for the class will be set on a Wednesday, to be returned the following Tuesday, unless specified otherwise. In addition, the class will also receive speed maths sheets every Wednesday to encourage your child to continue practising their times tables, division and common number facts (including number bonds and basic additions and subtractions) at home. While these sheets do not need to be handed in, it is important to note that they will help prepare your child for our class ‘Times Table Ladder Challenge’ every Tuesday morning. These challenges will be used to track your child’s individual progress and motivate them to learn their tables up to 12 x 12.

Every Friday, your child will also be required to complete a spelling homework, helping them recognise patterns and retain those tricky spellings that can then be used to aid their written work. Spelling homework will be due the following Thursday.

In addition, it is essential that you listen to your child read 4-5 times a week, recording comments as appropriate in their reading record. When your child has finished reading a book, they should bring it back into school and exchange it for another book, ensuring that an adult in school has recorded it in their reading record.

Finally, our annual year 5/6 residential is fast approaching, with the trip to Youlbury set for the 5th to the 7th of March. Please note that this trip is only for the year 5s of the class, with the year 3/4 trip scheduled for later on in the year. If you have any queries regarding the trip, including those of a general nature, please do not hesitate to contact the office to organise a convenient time to meet. Thank you for your support and here’s to an extraordinary 2018! Kind regards,
Mr Clack

Key Dates:
Homework: Due – every Tuesday and set every Wednesday
Spelling homework – Due every Thursday and set every Friday
P.E days – Thursday and Friday
Youlbury Residential – 5-7th March (Year 5 only)