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Iron Giant Class

Class Staff


Lisa Mitchell

Teaching Assistants

  • Charlotte McIlvenna
  • Lauren 
  • Rebekah

Class Overview

Welcome to Iron Giant Class!! In Iron Giant class we comprise of 13 pupils and 4 members of staff. Lisa is the class teacher and we have 3 teaching assistants, Charlotte, Lauren and Rebekah. Charlotte is our full-time teaching assistant, Lauren works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Rebekah works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Iron Giant class is based at the Hive and is always an exciting place to be. The pupils in Iron Giant class enthusiastically follow the developing and deepening pathway of learning. Pupils are keen to learn and are happiest when active, interacting with peers and developing their independence skills. We love to get out into the community and look forward to doing more of that together this year! We are excited about our new year together.

Topic Summary

Welcome to the first term of 2022! We are so excited to start the new year and hope that you had a great summer holiday and are excited for this term’s topic! Our topic this half term is “All Around the World", we will explore this through our big question “Why are ‘Wonders of the World’ wonderful?”. 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.
  • Maths: Pupils will be deepening their knowledge & understanding of number and counting in multiples. We will be exploring time and length as well as investigating 2d and 3d shapes.
  • Science: We will be learning about properties of materials, as well as exploring types of rocks and how they are used.
  • P.E.: Will continue to take place 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 techniques and skills involved in bench ball, dodge ball and basketball.
  • Geography: The children will be learning about man-made and natural geographical features and developing their knowledge about the world around them. We will also focus on the wonders of the world what they are and where we find them.
  • Art & Design: Our focus in Art is to explore materials explore colour and texture to create our own artwork.

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 it is approaching winter, please be mindful of the weather And dress children appropriately.

General Notices

Iron Giant class will be aiming to cook weekly, relating to the new topic and to work towards children’s specific independence and preparation for the future targets. Iron Giant class also have PE on Wednesday afternoons, please ensure that children come into school in their PE kits!

Please send the social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to take part in cooking, snack and other activities!

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Monday 19th September – Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 20th September - 9.30am – 11am – parent coffee morning at main-site
  • Weds 12th October - 9.30am – 10.30am – parent coffee morning at main-site
  • Friday 21st October – Last day of term.

Home / School Communication

Please see this terms Family Homework sheet and class dojo for specific topic related homework.


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.