St Giles School

St Giles School

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Owl Babies Class

Class Staff


Michelle Smith

Teaching Assistants

  • Sophie Basharat
  • Tracey Stephenson
  • Natalia Balser

Class Overview

Welcome to Owl babies class, we have 9 children who are taught by Michelle Smith and supported by 3 teaching assistants. We operate as an early years class, and all children are working on the discovery pathway. During our day in school the children explore learning environments indoors and outdoors following a sensory based curriculum. All of the children encounter targeted interventions to support their communication and independence, these consist of attention autism. TAC PAC and intensive interaction.

Topic Summary

Here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s journey!

Literacy – our sensory stories will include – ‘come on Daisy’ ‘The journey home’ and ‘somebody swallowed Stanley’. We will be using sound buttons to help develop our listening and attention skills and becoming familiar with new signs and symbols to develop our vocabulary. We will be writing and mark making on a range of surfaces strengthening our grip to make marks and form letters.

Maths – In maths we will be exploring 5 little speckled frogs, adding 1 taking 1away from a group and pointing to or counting how many left?. We will also be covering geometry by getting to know forwards and backwards and up and down.

Understanding of the world – We will be exploring pond life, creating our own pond by adding creatures and plants, we will listen to the sound of the frog and locate these in the pond(not real!) we will also be exploring sea life and making our own beach! We will be making our own ice lollies to take to the beach.

Physical development – Over the next six weeks we will be focussing on stepping up and down from a platform, looking and transferring from one apparatus to another safely learning to understand the terms up and down. We will be exploring the outdoors daily and taking part in sensory circuits each day.

Expressive Arts and Design – We will be exploring colours and textures when creating Monet’s water lilies and creating our own ponds and a coral scene.

Outdoor learning

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind if possible please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions.

Could you please send in a bottle of sun cream to keep in school and a hat for your child as we use the outdoors each day and the weather will probably be getting warmer soon.

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:

Home / School Communication

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.