St Giles School

St Giles School

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Spain Class

Class Staff


Ingrid Abercrombie

Michelle Smith

Teaching Assistants

  • Mel Bolger
  • Sophie Basharat
  • Chloe Hassall

Class Overview

We will have a word of the week which will be related to our topic, you can then become involved in our topic with your child.

As one of the Early Years classes, the children in Spain 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 Spain 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

Welcome back to the children and parents/guardians of the Spain class! This half term we will be learning about celebrations and what they mean, we will also be exploring light and dark and exploring colours. We will be visiting places in the community this half term and we will let you know the dates in advance. We will be celebrating Diwali and Christmas through a variety of activities.

Here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s journey! Literacy – Daily dough disco and funky fingers activities to strengthen our little fingers. The stories will be ‘kipper’s birthday’ and ‘the owl who was afraid of the dark’. We will be role playing these stories and having props available for exploration Maths – we will be sorting objects into 2 colours, filling and emptying containers looking for the ‘same’. We will be visiting the learning kitchen each week to explore maths through cooking activities, counting, choosing and pointing as we do this. We will be sharing out different foods and cutting up food into pieces for our celebrations. Science – Exploring night and day and dark and light. We will visit the dark room and notice the light patterns and shadows, we will experiment with torches and sunglasses, and become familiar with animals that appear when it is dark. Physical development – This half term we will be travelling over different surfaces, noticing where our feet are, we will also be going ‘up’ and ‘down’ learning about different directions. We will visit soft play daily to focus on our individual physical targets Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring colours and patterns using different materials. We will be mixing colours in liquids and paints and noticing the changes. We will also be noticing the patterns that we make from our actions.

Outdoor learning

Included in the above.

Enrichment Activities

Included in 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 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.

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 Spain Class if you wish to speak to us.

Dates for your diary

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • St Giles is Celebrating 60 years, Funfair and Teaparty 28th November 2018