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BFG Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Jakk Capewell

Teaching Assistant

  • Helen Singleton
  • James Gough

Class Overview:

Welcome to BFG Class. 

In BFG Class our focus is to provide a nurturing approach which offers a range of opportunities to engage with early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life

BFG Class is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where pupils can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further. BFG Class has a table to share snacks, a welcoming sofa in our calm area with a seating area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen to prepare snacks and breakfast.

Topic Summary:

Welcome to the first term of 2022! We are so excited to start the new year and hope that you had a great summer holiday and are excited for this term’s topic! S.P.I.C.E.S. is an acronym evidences and highlights the holistic development of a child which is the key focus within BFG Class. It is also used for educational visits off site and outdoor learning experiences.

  • Social – The pupils will be focusing on building upon friendships, praising one another, working together, sharing ideas and understanding social boundaries.
  • Physical – The pupils will be practising their fine and gross motor skills and focusing on their physical development through play such as; clay modelling, football and messy play.
  • Intellectual – The pupils will be encouraged to make independent decisions, creating our own rules for both in school and in the community, creative and imaginative thinking, development of own feelings and how to express them.
  • Communication – The pupils will aim to communicate their desires, work as a team, discuss activities and share ideas. The pupils will also aim to communicate how they are feeling through symbols or verbal communication.
  • Emotional – The pupils will regularly celebrate WOW moments and achievements of others within the classroom and in assemblies. The pupils will have a variety of ways to express their emotions and how they are feeling around the classroom.
  • Spiritual – The pupils will regularly go on trips into the community, engaging in positive outdoor experiences and showing respect to places we visit.

Outdoor learning:

Please send in a spare set of clothes which we can keep for this purpose as the children may get very wet and muddy. As we intend on continuing outdoor learning throughout all weather conditions, please be mindful of the weather and dress children appropriately.

General Notices:

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

We always participate in outdoor learning, whatever the weather, so can you please send a pair of wellington boots your child can keep at school.  As well as a hat and gloves when necessary, or indeed sun-cream and a hat.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Monday 19th September – Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 20th September - 9.30am – 11am – parent coffee morning at main-site
  • Weds 12th October - 9.30am – 10.30am – parent coffee morning at main-site
  • Friday 21st October – Last day of term.

Home / School Communication:

CLASS DOJO- Jakk & Helen  will be posting regular updates in terms of activities in class, along with updates on children’s learning experiences! If you require a new sign-up sheet, please let a member of the class team know

All classes use the forest school site as an extension of our classroom to help enhance positive learning experiences. BFG class also have PE on Wednesday afternoons, please ensure that children come into school in their PE kits!

Please see this terms Family Homework sheet and class dojo for specific topic related homework.

As the focus of this term’s topic is explorers, you could play this great explorer game at home! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn3vvk7/articles/zsydr2p 

Class Dojo

Day-to-day home-school communication will be through Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.

Telephone

There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.