St Giles School

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Mexico Class

Class Staff



Alex Milton           

Teaching Assistants

  • Becky Ball
  • Avis Dickens

Class Overview

Welcome back to Mexico class for an exciting second half-term!

Topic Summary

In English we will be focusing our learning around letter formation and mark making. Supporting children in correctly holding their pencils and having control over the marks they make. This will be supported by non-fiction writing to Santa.

We will also be working hard on recognise letters and letter sounds during phonics and reading time. This will be supported by a range of stories such as Rama and Sita and Aliens love underpants.

In Math we will be focusing on number recognition, addition and 2d shapes positon and direction.

In science we are investigating light and dark, particularly focusing on light sources and shadows.

Our topic this half term is ‘Celebrations and Space the final frontier ’. We will be exploring different celebrations such as Firework night, Diwali, Remembrance Day and Christmas. Alongside this we will also be looking at space. Children should have the opportunity to work with other phase 2 classes in exploring a space launch.

PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure a PE kit is sent into school ready for this session. 

Outdoor learning

This term we will have Learning outside the classroom sessions on Monday morning. This is similar to Forest schools and encourages the children to explore engage with outdoor learning environments. As this is outside please ensure children come with a coat and wellies.

Enrichment Activities

The Mexico team are planning a walk to explore the local area of Chaddesden. This should go ahead in the next couple of weeks.

General Notices

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

You will be notified of any class trips and class assemblies by letter and also by Class Dojo.

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

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 Mexico Class if you wish to speak to us.