St Giles Spencer Academy

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Gruffalo Class

Class Staff



Karen Robertson (Mon, Tues)


Becky Green (Wed, Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Linda Scholes
  • Mel Rolger

Class Overview


Topic Summary

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas. It’s lovely to see the children again and have them back in school. They’ve enjoyed seeing their friends again. This half term we will be learning about space in our ‘Meet the explorers’ topic. We will be showing children images of the Earth and the Moon and exploring space travel in a sensory way.

In English we will be using the non-fiction book ‘Hello World Moon Landing’ which shows how astronauts travel to the Moon and introduces children to famous astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. We will also continue with mark making activities such as painting, using pens, using crayons and using chalk. We will practice pre-writing shapes, drawing circles and crosses with the aim to improve control of the pen/pencil. Children will look at books and share a book with an adult.

In maths we will be using the vocabulary ‘half’ and ‘whole’ and we will be exploring what it means to cut something in ‘half’. We hope that children will realise that two halves make a whole. Children will also be introduced to the spoken language heavy / light and they will handle objects that are ‘heavy’ and ‘light’. Children will also compare objects by size whilst being introduced to the spoken language big/small and long/short. We will sing number songs that link to the theme of ‘space’, for example ‘Five little men in a flying saucer’. In Science we will learn about the solar system and its planets. They will explore differences between daytime and night-time though sensory resources.

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

Clothing - Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school. Wellies are also very useful when it’s wet weather. Now we are in Autumn children will need a warm coat please.

Social fund contribution - We would really appreciate it if you could send a social fund contribution of £6 into school. A form will be sent out regarding this. This pays for a daily snack for the children at break time and also enables us to buy cooking ingredients for cookery sessions. Many thanks.


Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  •  Family Workshop– Tuesday 1st February 2022

  • Chinese New Year -Tuesday 1st February 2022


  • Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 8th February 2022

  •  School Council Charity Day – Friday 21st January 2022

    Parents/Carers will be notified of any additional events on dojo/by letter.

Home / School Communication

How you can support learning at home: Please see the homework sheet which is sent out every half term. Sharing books together on a daily basis will support their reading skills and encourage the love of reading. Please keep in touch using the Class Dojo app. However, if you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

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.