St Giles School

St Giles School

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England Class

Class Staff



Kim Smith

Mon - Wed 


Ruth Thalmann

Thur - Fri

Teaching Assistants

  • Sheli Kear
  • Chloe Hassall
  • Taylor Bolton

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

 This term our topic will be “My Friends at School”. We will be learning all about our friends and learning to do things together at school. We will be familiarising ourselves with new routines, exploring different activities throughout the school. 

Communication will be developed through Intensive Interaction sessions and learning to make requests using sealed pots and photographs, gestures, signs or symbols. Our ‘Reading Experience’ sessions will develop children’s early listening and literacy skills, allowing them to discover stories and develop pre-requisite phonic skills.

The children will engage in early maths activities that will involve looking at and tracking objects as we explore number and shape through rhymes and songs. We will have regular physical activity; through sensory circuits, soft play sessions and PE sessions.

We will also be part in cooking activities, exploring edible art and investigating treasure boxes. Our outdoor learning environment will develop skills to support our independent and sensory play.


Outdoor learning

Included within the above. Please ensure your child has spare clothes, including socks in class in case they need a change of clothing. The EYFS curriculum encourages a range of sensory play and children will get dirty and wet as they explore and learn.

Enrichment Activities


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

As the weather has now turned 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

 Look out for the communication book (next week) – new symbols and signs linked to the topic will be sent home.

Share photos that are placed on Class Dojo with your child at home to encourage interactions.

Encourage your child to develop independent skills during lunch times by using cutlery.

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


Wed 25/9/19 Family Homework @ 9.15am

Friday 27/9/19 McMillian Class Coffee Afternoon @2pm

Thursday 3/10/19 Family Workshop @ 2pm