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Gruffalo Class

Class Staff


Michelle Smith

Teaching Assistants

  • Mel Bolger
  • Laura Kenmuir

Class Overview:

 Welcome to Gruffalo class!

We are based within the Burrow, taught by Michelle Smith. Melanie Bolger (Teaching assistant) and Laura Kenmuir (Teaching Assistant).
The pupils are working within the Discovery and Developing pathways of our school curriculum, our learning experiences are explored using a sensory approach, with lots of opportunities for hands on learning.
We support all children to develop their communication skills through a total communication approach, through visuals, Makaton and by verbal means.
During the school year we will be engaging with outdoor learning experiences, cooking, community visits and many more! Alongside these we will be accessing a range of therapies and interventions such as, intensive interaction, attention autism, TAC PAC, yoga and sensory circuits.

Topic Summary:

Welcome to Gruffalo class! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the nice weather! The class newsletter is a way in which I outline some of the events that will happen this half term and briefly overview what we will be studying in the half term. This will supplement the newsletter which St Giles Spencer sends directly. The topic this half term is ‘All Around the World’. This topic focuses primarily on learning about different landmarks, both locally and nationally; mainly within our geography topic.

In English we will focus on the story ‘London Calls’. This story details different landmarks within London as a bus journey’s through the city. We will be working on what landmarks we can see, the order of the text and predicting what comes next.

In Maths we are focusing on number; understanding 1:1 correspondence, matching numerals to amounts and how we can represent them. We will also be learning about time; our key routines and the order of which they happen. We will also learn about the order of the days and the key events for each day, progressing to morning and afternoon. In science we are looking at different materials, describing, sorting and grouping them by properties. We will have PE on a Thursday morning. This half term we will be working on ball skills- throwing, catching and striking.

Outdoor learning:

PE sessions will take place each week. Please ensure a labelled PE kit is sent into school ready for these sessions. These kits can be kept in school on the children’s pegs and will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed.

General Notices:

We ask for a contribution of £6 per half term which contributes to regular class cooking sessions and daily snack. We are aiming to enrich the curriculum through a variety of trips and will give you notice of these in advance.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Coffee + catch up session: Tuesday 20th September 9:30-10:30
  • Coffee + catch up session: Wednesday 12th October – 1:15-2:15

Home / School Communication:

Please see upcoming Family Homework. In addition, we want to develop our children’s independence so please encourage this at home through dressing and eating skills. Please continue to use Dojo to keep in contact with school. We appreciate your messages-especially photos from home which the children can share with staff and their peers. If you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

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.


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.