Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"



      Class teachers

Mr Josh Clack (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday AM, Thursday, Friday)

Mrs V. Hutchinson (Wednesday PM)


Teaching Assistants

Miss Maudie Swarbrick


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 eventful term with new topics to explore. However, we also have a new face to welcome into the Meerkat class. As normal, I will be teaching the class Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday mornings, Thursday and Friday, with Mrs Hutchinson kindly taking the class for Wednesday afternoons.


In order to support the Leopard class, Miss Croker has moved her talents into year one to assist Miss Sucksmith and Miss Wagstaff. We are sad to see her go, but it is a great honour to have Miss Swarbrick join the Meerkats for the foreseeable future.


Our geography topic this term focuses on the Amazon rainforest! Over the next 12 weeks, your children will take part in a quest to find the lost treasure of the Amazon, learning about rainforest animals, climate, rainforest tribes and building their key map skills. We will also be looking at the debate surrounding deforestation, a topic that will be explored in more detail during our literacy lessons.


This term, PE will take place on Monday mornings 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. This will involve a reading, writing or numeracy task, as well as a times table focus in order to prepare them for our times table challenge every Tuesday. This will encourage them to know their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. In order to improve spelling within the class, your child will also be required to complete a ‘Spelling Shed’ homework. These spelling games will revise the spelling rules taught in class and can be accessed online. This homework will now be set every Tuesday and due every Tuesday.

In addition, it is essential that you listen to your child read 4-5 times a week, recording what they read on a reading record bookmark. 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. 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 2019! Kind regards,

Mr Clack


Key Dates:

Homework: Due – every Tuesday and set every Wednesday

Spelling homework – Due every Tuesday and set every Tuesday

P.E days – Monday and Friday

Residential trip (year 5 only) - 25th – 29th March


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