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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 excited as we are for the term ahead of us. We have lots of exciting things planned Our topic this half term is “Christians in the community", 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 also be focusing on improving our comprehension and vocabulary using a range of texts. In our writing we will be looking at how we form letters and using correct punctuation when we are writing.
  • Maths: Pupils will be developing and deepening their knowledge of working with numbers through addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction. They will be creating bar charts and pictograms and looking at money.
  • Science: In science we will be focusing on Light and Sound – looking for light and sound sources and exploring the effect we can have on them.
  • P.E.: Is on Wednesday afternoon, 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 the different dances from different eras and look at performing them for our peers.
  • RE: The children will be exploring the Christian religion, looking at it’s key features and compare and contrast it to different religions we have learnt about.
  • Music: Our focus in music will be looking at musical patterns and vocabulary and listening to a range of different music and talking about how it makes us feel. We will also be creating a piece of our own music to perform to our friends.

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:

  •  15th – 19th November – Anti Bullying Week


  •  19th November – Children in Need


  •  24th November – Family Tea Party


  •  6th December – INSET Day


  •  15th December – Family Homework


  •  20th/21st December – Christmas Production


  •  22nd December – Christmas Dinner and visit from Santa and last day of term


  •  23rd December – INSET Day

  • 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.