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 to our second Spring term! We are now officially half way through the school year! It’s gone so fast! We have another busy half term ahead of us! This half term our topic will be “Let’s Get Physical”.

In English we will be writing about movement and our favourite physical activities. During the second week we will celebrate world book day and think about our favourite stories.

In Maths this half term we will initially explore weight and capacity using terms such as ‘heavy and light’ and ‘full and empty’. We will then move onto statistics making charts together and interpreting the results. For the final weeks of the half term we will be revisiting number.

As part of our Creative Curriculum we will learning about our bodies and how we stay fit and healthy.

PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday mornings. This half term we will be going to Derby Tennis Centre for some lessons. Children will be working both inside and outside and the tennis centre can be cold so ensure appropriate PE kit and trainers are sent into school.

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 begin cooking and provide daily snack. We are aiming to enrich the curriculum through a variety of trips and will give you notice of these in advance.

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:

* 7th March – World Book Day

* 11th – 15th March – British Science Week

* 15th March – Comic Relief/World Water Day

* 20th March – Family Tea Party

* 29th March – Family Workshop

* 8th April – Easter Assembly

* 15th April – Easter Holiday Starts

* 29th April – Start of Summer Term.

Home / School Communication

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.