St Giles School

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China Class

Class Staff



Nigel Tate



Sarah Braithwaite


Teaching Assistants

  • Helen Singleton
  • Jakk Capewell

Class Overview

China Class is made up of 12 children and 4 Adults, Nigel, Sarah, Helen and Jakk. We are a mixed aged class with children from year 2-6. We are an active class who love taking our learning to different spaces in and out of school. We are developing our independence skills across the curriculum through different fun and creative activities.

Topic Summary

Welcome back! We all hope that you had a lovely half term and are ready for one of our favourite terms on the run up to Christmas.

Our topic this half term is ‘Celebrations and Space!’. We have already had a very busy start to the topic by exploring different festivals such as Bonfire night, Diwali and Remembrance and we will continue to look at more festivals from around the world throughout the topic. Our topic also has a Space theme so this will be our focus for Science as well as looking at some VIPs

In English we will be describing different festivals and how they make us feel, writing space themed stories and thinking about VIPs and why they are so special.

In Maths this half term we are looking at prepositions to describe (the ball is in/ behind/ next to the tree). We will also be continuing our number recognition from last half term with the focus on adding and subtracting.

As part of our Creative Curriculum we will be exploring different music and dances from different festivals, using drama to tell a story as well as creating different pieces of artwork based on the different celebrations.

PE is an incredibly important to the well-being of China Class as such we have PE on a Monday morning and on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday afternoon’s session is a joint session with Brazil and Austrailia class focusing on games and competition.

Outdoor learning

As a school and a class, we are committed to delivering learning in different environments; both inside and outside. So far this year this has been fantastic and we want to continue this through the colder months. It would be useful for children to bring coats and wellies. As we want to make sure they’re prepared for the elements

Enrichment Activities

Where appropriate and relevant we will take trips into our local community to enrich classroom learning.

General Notices

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to cook and provide daily snack.

As winter is now approaching please send a pair of wellington boots your child can keep at school.  As well as a hat and gloves when necessary.

Dates for your diary

Upcoming events this half term include:

28th November – Family Tea Party

5th December (Time specified in letter) – Parents Evening

10th December 09:15 - Family Homework

11th December 14:00 –  Family Workshop

18th and 19th December 13:30 – Christmas Show

20th December – Christmas Party (Children to bring party clothes)

Home / School Communication

Home School Diaries

Please keep in touch using the home school diary and if you have any concerns or questions you can ring school or speak to a member of the class team.

Please see upcoming Family Homework. In addition we want to develop our children’s independence so please encourage this at home too.

Class Dojo

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - we hope you are enjoying the insights into your child’s time at school.  You can expect at least 1 photograph a week of your child in class as well as them receiving ‘Dojo Points’ daily.  I will resend login details for those still wishing to sign up.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to throughout the day, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from China Class if you wish to speak to us.