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Harry Potter Class

Class Staff


Lisa Mitchell

Teaching Assistants

  • Charlotte McIlvenna
  • Lauren Capewell (Mon - Wed)
  • Rebekah Preston (Wed - Fri)  

Class Overview

Harry Potter Class is a lively and exciting place to be based at the Hive. The pupils in Harry Potter enthusiastically follow both the Developing and Deepening pathway of learning. The pupils are always keen to learn and are happiest when they’re active, interacting with peers and developing their independence skills. The class is led by teacher Lisa, and teaching assistants Charlotte, Rebekah and Lauren.

Topic Summary

Hi, we hope everyone had a great and relaxed half term and you are ready for a new half term. We have a really exciting topic this term and cannot wait to get started! Our topic this half term is “Caring and Sharing”, this term we will be learning:

  • English: We will be learning new sounds and using our knowledge of sounds in order to blend to read and segment to spell, we will be focusing on reading alien and real words, recognising which ones are real and which ones are not! In our writing we will be focusing on writing a range of different poems and be able to compare different types of poetry.
  • Maths: This half-term we are doing lots of work around 2D shapes and lines of symmetry, focusing on multiplication and division. We will also be learning about measurement of time and temperature.
  • Science: We are learning about plants and animals, focusing on recognising parts of a plant and understanding different types of animals, their habitats and life cycles.
  • P.E.: On Wednesday afternoons we will be having PE, as we are swimming in the morning, the PE sessions will be both practical and learning around technique, this term we are learning about the skills needed for rounders. Please ensure your child has a suitable P.E. Kit consisting of a t-shirt, shorts or joggers and pumps or trainers. We will be exploring throwing and catching, bowling and the rules of rounders.
  • RE: We are looking at caring and sharing, climate change and ways we can respect our planet. We will be focusing on the beliefs of different people and explore ways we can care and respect our planet.
  • Music: We will be looking at composing and creating our own body percussion sequences and look at performing them to our peers.

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.

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

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:

  • W/C 14th of March – British Science Week
  • Wednesday 16th March – EAL Coffee Morning
  • Friday 18th March - Comic Relief
  • Monday 21st March – World Down Syndrome day (please wear odd sock).
  • Wednesday 30th March – Family Homework
  • Thursday 31st March – Family Workshop
  • Friday 8th April- Last day of Term
  • We will communicate other key themed days/ events alongside family homework on class dojo.

Home / School Communication

CLASS DOJO Lisa, Charlotte, Marie and Rebekah 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!HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME - Please see this terms Family Homework sheet and class dojo for specific topic related homework.

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.