St Giles School

St Giles School

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England Class

Class Staff


Lindsay Hitchcock

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

What a brilliant start to the new year! I hope you all had a lovely half term and now we’re back and ready to learn. This term our topic will be “Celebrations” and in England class we will be learning all about light and dark, day and night, different celebrations and different cultures. We’re going to this by exploring and playing. Phew! What a busy few weeks we will have! The children are continuing in their communication learning and we are also learning to work together and play together. In literacy we will be strengthening our fingers through dough disco sessions and in maths we will investigate shapes and colours. We will be spending lots of time creating and making things to help us celebrate and look out towards the end of the year… there maybe a little something for you.

Continue to support your child in their communication skills. Try and model signs or use symbols as much as possible – please ask if you need any support in this. Check their homework. There are lots of activities there but you don’t have to do them all.


Outdoor learning

Included within the above.

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 begins to turn 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:

  • SEND Plan Do Review Meetings -