St Giles School

St Giles School

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England Class

Class Staff











Karen Robertson

Mon - Wed 

Kim Smith

Wed - Fri

Teaching Assistants

  • Gemma Sharpe
  • Tracey Stephenson
  • Georgina Gadsby

Class Overview

As one of the Early Years classes, the children in England Class learn through play. We follow a topic based curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This is used in conjunction with B square and P level objectives to ensure differentiation. Children who successfully complete EYFS during KS1 progress onto the National Curriculum.

All learning is delivered through the following strands:

o   Personal Social and Emotional Development

o   Communication and Language

o   Physical Development

o   Literacy

o   Mathematics

o   Understanding of the World

o   Expressive Arts and Design

Engagement, motivation and thinking skills are at the heart of our curriculum. In England Class the children use play as a tool to explore and to be active in their learning along with tasks which will develop their creativity and critical thinking.

Topic Summary

This term our topic will be “Ourselves ” and in England class we will be doing lots of exploration to find out about our bodies. We will be learning about our senses, exploring through our five senses. We will learn about growth and different foods through scientific exploration and do lots of outdoor learning, planting seeds and watering plants as we learn about the changes that are occurring in the spring. We will explore rhymes and stories relating to our topic, such as ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Handa’s surprise and Oliver’s vegetables. We will also develop our awareness of beliefs and traditions, exploring Easter. The children will be supported to develop their communication through using objects and photographs through a Total Communication approach, and we will continue to develop their social interactions through small group work and one to one interventions, such as Intensive Interaction and Attention Autism sessions. England class continue to work on their SEND targets, undertaking regular sensory circuits and encouraging self-help skills.

How to Support learning at home :

Take photographs of your child’s favourite toys and have them out when they are playing with the toys to help make links to objects and photographs. Work together on the homework tasks. There are lots of different fun activities to try. Sing nursery and action rhymes together. Look for signs of spring and share photos of trips to the park through Dojo.


Outdoor learning

Included within the above. Please ensure your child has spare clothes, including socks in class in case they need a change of clothing. The EYFS curriculum encourages a range of sensory play and children will get dirty and wet as they explore and learn.

Enrichment Activities

Included within the above.

General Notices

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

As the weather has now turned please ensure you children have spare clothes, spare shoes or wellington boots and suitable outdoor wear. The EYFS curriculum encourages outdoor play in all weathers so we want to keep them as warm and dry as possible.

Home / School Communication

Home School Diaries

Your child has a home school diary for communication.  You can expect a message from school at least 3 times a week, you are welcome to write to us as often as you chose.  Messages from school will focus on academic work but if there is something specific you would like us to comment on, such as food eaten, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate this.

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 England Class if you wish to speak to us.

Dates for your diary

Upcoming events this half term include: