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Iron Giant Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Iron Giant Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Tom Few

Emily Evans


Teaching Assistants

  • Jacob Ward
  • Molly Parkinson

Class Overview

Iron Giant class is full of excitable and caring personalities! There are 13 pupils in Iron Giant class, who mainly follow out deepening pathway. They are supported by class teachers Emily and Tom, alongside Molly and Jacob. Children in Iron Giant class focusing on deepening their knowledge in all subject areas, often focusing on the 'how' and 'why' questions within learning activities. It's great when children share their learnt information with their peers, especially when they have independently researched the answer themselves! Children in Iron Giant are also developing their work within the local community and coming up with their own ways to raise awareness of local projects/ charities.

Topic Summary

Hi, we have made it to the last half term and are enjoying the beautiful weather. We are really looking forward to our new topic this half term “A long time ago…. Locally”. It’s going to be a really exciting and interesting topic with lots of things to learn about. 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 developing how to plan what we write and how to read, evaluate and adapt different types of writing to make it more interesting and exciting.
  • Maths: In maths this half term we will be developing our knowledge of fractions and decimals in a variety of ways. We will be creating patterns and sequences and continue to practise our recognition and the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. In maths we will also be looking at bar charts and pictograms as well as continuing to work on our knowledge of time.
  • Science: We will be continuing to look at the human body in Science this half term. We will be looking closely at some of the features such as the skeletal system and digestion, as well as exploring the best ways to be healthy.
  • P.E.: On Wednesday afternoons we will be having PE, the PE sessions will be both practical and will focus on learning specific techniques, this term we are focusing on athletic skills, in preparation for sports day. We will be practising skills such as throwing and catching and taking part in some races. Please ensure your child has a suitable P.E. Kit consisting of a t-shirt, shorts or joggers and pumps or trainers.
  • History: We will be exploring the Victorians, we will be looking at what school was like for children in the Victorian times. We will be exploring famous Victorian people such as Mary Seacole and the impact that the Victorian’s had in Derby.
  • Art and Design: In art we will be exploring different materials and textures to create pieces of art and sculpture. We will be using clay to create plates, bowls and then decorate them. 

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, Iron Giant class also have Swimming/ PE on Wednesdays, please ensure that children come into school in their PE and bring a swimming kit (googles, costume/ shorts and armbands) with them!

General Notices

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!

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:

  • 1st July – Family Tea Party

  • 7th July Sports Day

  • 20th July – Year 6 Leavers and End of Year Awards

 

We will communicate other key themed days/ events alongside family homework on class dojo.

Home / School Communication

CLASS DOJO

Tom, Diane, Helen & Jacob 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.

Telephone

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.

 

Tom Few

Teaching Assistants

  • Helen Singleton
  • Jacob Ward

Class Overview

Iron Giant Class is a classroom full of energetic and excitable personalities! In Iron Giant class, children really enjoy independently researching and sharing their findings back to their class and peers across St Giles. Children in Iron Giant Class are keen to share their learning experiences with visitors into the school and will always give a warm welcome.

Topic Summary

Welcome to the second term of 2020! Tom, Diane, Helen and Jacob hope that you had a great half term and are excited for this term’s topic! Our topic this half term is “Hindus 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!

Maths: pupils will be deepening their knowledge & understanding through recalling multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables.

Science: we will be learning about light and dark, along with earth and space (you could research different planets at home!). We are aiming to draw lots of comparisons and connect learning beyond these two areas.

P.E.: takes place on Thursday afternoons, 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 learning sequencing movements through dance this term.

R.E.: We will be continuing to look at key information throughout different religions, such as their holy books and places of worship.

Across our Music lessons we will we be recapping our knowledge of different instruments and using musical language to describe these. We will then explore music from different cultures and countries, drawing similarities and difference from these.

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

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:

  • Anti-bullying week– Commencing Monday 16th November 2020
  • Road safety day- Wednesday 18th November 2020
  • INSET day- Friday 4th December 2020
  • Family Workshop- Thursday 10th December 2020
  • Christmas Party Day- Thursday 17th December 2020
  • Last Day of Term/ Headteacher’s assembly- Friday 18th December 2020 NB: All dates to be confirmed/ adjusted to suit COVID regulations at the time.

Home / School Communication

CLASS DOJO

Thank you to all parents/ carers in class as we now have 100% of parents and carers signed up in class! Tom, Diane, Helen and Jacob 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.

Telephone

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.