St Mary's Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LF

01235 833342

St Amand's Catholic Primary School

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  Hedgehogs Class Information

 6th September 2023

Dear Parents/ Carers,

  Firstly, welcome back to a new school year and we hope that you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday. We are looking forward to an exciting, happy term and the children have already got off to a great start! Below are a few reminders for the weeks ahead. 


 Please encourage your child to read at home. The teachers suggest children read at least three times per week to an adult family member and would like that person to note their signature in the child’s Homework Diary. It would benefit the child greatly, if the text was further discussed by asking relevant questions.  These records should be kept in their book bags so that the staff can monitor reading, add comments during the week or read comments from home. Home reading books will be changed by the children on completion and a mini-review / rating by them in their Reading Journal would be ideal before returning the book. Children will also continue to read with a teacher during Guided Reading Sessions and they will be able to choose a book from the class library once a week.

  We have altered the Reading Challenge this year. For each read a child completes at home, they will have a raffle ticket entered into a termly draw. At the end of each term, a ticket will be selected and this child will be awarded a book of their choice, up to the value of £5. The more reads, the more raffle tickets, which means a higher chance of winning!



  Homework will be sent out on Thursday, to be handed in, at the latest, by the following Thursday. Our introductory topic for this term is The Mayan Civilization and please refer to our topic web on the school website for more details about the subjects covered this term. A spelling overview for Term 1 will be inserted into homework books and the children will be tested on the words they have learnt at home each Wednesday.


  The children are encouraged to learn their times tables and they will complete a ‘Times Table Challenge’ each week in school.  Please continue to help your child to learn their multiplication and division facts at home and to log onto Times Table Rock Stars during the week. If the children did two/ three rounds of TTRS per week, it would help them to build up their knowledge by rote and speed. Each child will be given an individual username and password so they will be able to access the game from home. The children will also be given ID and passwords for Mathletics and Gooseberry Planet in their Homework Books.  Homework will be set for them each week to log into one or more of the programmes.


PE Kit and related items

  PE will take place on Tuesday (outdoors Games lesson) and on Thursday (Gym lesson). The children will continue to come into school wearing their PE kits for these days which consists of trainers, navy blue shorts, a white t-shirt and an additional layer, a dark-coloured tracksuit if the weather is cold. During games lessons (and at breaktime) the children are expected to wear shin pads if they are playing a contact sport, which should be clearly labelled. Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle each day and especially on PE days and during hot spells.  As the weather conditions turn wetter and colder, your child will need to wear a warm waterproof coat to school. Later in the term, we would like the children to bring a pair of wellies into school, so that they will be able to go outside on the field, whatever the conditions!


Finally, if you do have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s learning, please email the school office and we will be informed.  We look forward to teaching your children and helping them to do their best each day!


Yours sincerely


Mrs Anna Loughlin

Mrs Rachel Tennant



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