St Giles School

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Lion King Class

Class Staff


Ben Langthorne

Teaching Assistants

  • Vanessa Higginbottom
  • Georgina Gadsby
  • Natasha Whitehouse
  • Lucy Webster
  • Rebecca Blackham (Mon - Wed)
  • Rob Moore (Thurs - Fri)

Class Overview

Welcome to Lion King class. We have 5 children who are taught by Ben Langthorne and supported by 5 teaching assistants. We are a Phase 2 class and our children are working on the discovering and deepening pathways. During our school day we access discrete lessons such as phonics, English and maths. We also access a range of sensory provision throughout the day, this helps us to keep calm. We also accesses interventions such as intensive interaction and attention autism. 

Topic Summary


Welcome back to Lion King class for another exciting half-term! We all hope you had a lovely half term and managed to enjoy the lovely weather.

Our topic this half term is ‘Royals Rule’. This term we shall be looking at everything from Kings and Queens to castles and crowns. We shall be exploring a range of different royal artefacts and texts. During this time, we will also look at historical events and significant people from the past and present.

In English, we will be focusing our learning on the sequencing of events and developing our writing skills to ensure we have a good understanding of key punctuation and can form letters clearly and correctly. Then moving onto the correct spacing between words and capital letters.

In maths we will be focusing on number. Looking at recognising numerals, matching amounts to a number line and collecting a specific amount of a number. We will also be looking at money, recognising, matching and grouping it.

In PHSE we will be looking at developing our awareness of healthy living. The children will be encouraged to think about healthy choices, healthy foods, balanced diets, and personal hygiene.

Outdoor learning

PE sessions will take place on a Thursday morning. This half term we are focusing on gymnastics, where we will learn to sequence moving different parts of our bodies.

To help the children engage in learning we take part in daily sensory circuit sessions. This helps the children to settle in the classroom and feel

General Notices

 Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to begin cooking and provide daily snack. This is especially important as we hope to be able to gather things for Christmas.

Key notices: Please can you make sure that children have clothing suitable for outdoor and wellies please as the field can be very muddy.

Please can you make sure that children have suitable clothing for outdoors including wellies, sun hat and sun cream. I am sure you will agree that the weather has been very unpredictable recently so would like to cover all eventualities and be prepared.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Family Workshop – Wednesday 9th June 2021

  • Family Workshop – Wednesday 30th June 2021

  • Sports Day – Friday 2nd July 2021

  • Year 6 Leavers Phase 1 & The Hive - Monday 19th July 2021

  • Year 6 Leavers Phase 2 - Tuesday 20th July 2021

  • Inset Day – Thursday 22nd July 2021

Home / School Communication

Complete the ‘family homework’ on Dojo or the website.


We are also focusing on building independence so we have been encouraging pupils to prepare their own snack, pour their own drink, cut up their own food, wash their hands, use the toilet etc. Make sure you are signed up to Class Dojo so you can share successes and photographs with your child.

How you can support learning at home: You can complete different sensory circuit activities at home, this could include deep pressure, spinning, prone extension on gym ball, bouncing or organising (e.g. throwing a ball in a basket). You could also look at the phase 1 phonics sounds at home

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.