St Giles Spencer Academy

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BFG Class

Class Staff


Jakk Capewell



Teaching Assistant

  • Kyron Stabana
  • Helen Singleton

Class Overview

Iron Giant class is full of excitable and caring personalities! There are 13 pupils in Iron Giant class, who mainly follow out deepening pathway. They are supported by class teachers Emily and Tom, alongside Molly and Jacob. Children in Iron Giant class focusing on deepening their knowledge in all subject areas, often focusing on the 'how' and 'why' questions within learning activities. It's great when children share their learnt information with their peers, especially when they have independently researched the answer themselves! Children in Iron Giant are also developing their work within the local community and coming up with their own ways to raise awareness of local projects/ charities.

Topic Summary

Hi, we have made it to the last half term and are enjoying the beautiful weather. We are really looking forward to our new topic this half term “A long time ago…. Locally”. It’s going to be a really exciting and interesting topic with lots of things to learn about. This term we will be learning:

✓ English: We will be learning sounds and using our knowledge of sounds during everyday activities such as researching places of the community to visit, reading and following recipes to make our breakfast. We will also be practicing our knowledge of sounds during play activities such as building Lego, arts and crafts and playing on the Xbox.

✓ Maths: In maths this half term we will be developing our knowledge of fractions and decimals in a variety of ways. We will be creating patterns and sequences and continue to practise our recognition and the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. In maths we will also be looking at bar charts and pictograms as well as continuing to work on our knowledge of time.

✓ Science: We will be continuing to look at the human body in Science this half term. We will be looking closely at some of the features such as the skeletal system and digestion, as well as exploring the best ways to be healthy.

✓ P.E.: On Wednesday afternoons we will be having PE, the PE sessions will be both practical and will focus on learning specific techniques, this term we are focusing on athletic skills, in preparation for sports day. We will be practising skills such as throwing and catching and taking part in some races. Please ensure your child has a suitable P.E. Kit consisting of a t-shirt, shorts or joggers and pumps or trainers.

✓ History: We will be exploring the Victorians, we will be looking at what school was like for children in the Victorian times. We will be exploring famous Victorian people such as Mary Seacole and the impact that the Victorian’s had in Derby.

✓ Art and Design: In art we will be exploring different materials and textures to create pieces of art and sculpture. We will be using clay to create plates, bowls and then decorate them. 

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:

  • ✓ 1 st July – Family Tea Party
  • ✓ 7 th July Sports Day
  • ✓ 20th July – Year 6 Leavers and End of Year Awards

NB: All dates to be confirmed/ adjusted to suit COVID guidance at the time.

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! 

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to 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.


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.