St Giles Spencer Academy

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Peter Pan Class

Class Staff


Ben Langthorne

Teaching Assistants

  • Katie Walker
  • Tanya Lillie

Class Overview:

Peter Pan class is taught by Ben Langthorne (teacher), Tanya Lillie (teaching assistant), Katie Walker (teaching assistant). The pupils in Peter Pan class are primarily following the discovery and developing pathways of our curriculum. Pupils routinely access a range of therapies and interventions including TACPAC, Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction and sensory circuits.  We enjoy learning in the classroom, in different sensory spaces and in our outside area as well as across other outdoor spaces. 

Topic Summary:

Welcome to Peter Pan class! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the nice weather! The class newsletter is a way in which I outline some of the events that will happen this half term and briefly overview what we will be studying in the half term. This will supplement the newsletter which St Giles Spencer sends directly. The topic this half term is ‘All Around the World’. This topic focuses primarily on learning about different landmarks, both locally and nationally; mainly within our geography topic. In English we will focus on the story ‘London Calls’. This story details different land marks within London as a bus journey’s through the city. We will be working on what landmarks we can see, the order of the text and predicting what comes next. In Maths we are focusing on number; understanding 1:1 correspondence, matching numerals to amounts and how we can represent them. We will also be learning about time; our key routines and the order of which they happen. We will also learn about the order of the days and the key events for each day, progressing to morning and afternoon. In science we are looking at different materials, describing, sorting and grouping them by properties.

Outdoor learning:

We will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon. This half term we will be working on ball skills- throwing, catching and striking. Please send a PE kit into school. We will keep this for the half term to ensure children have it each week.


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.

General Notices:

We ask for a contribution of £6 per half term which contributes to regular class cooking sessions and daily snack. We are aiming to enrich the curriculum through a variety of trips and will give you notice of these in advance.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Coffee + catch up session: Tuesday 20th September – 9:30-10:30
  • Coffee + catch up session: Wednesday 12th October – 1:15-2:15

Home / School Communication:

Please see upcoming Family Homework. In addition we want to develop our children’s independence so please encourage this at home through dressing and eating skills. Please continue to use Dojo to keep in contact with school. We appreciate your messages-especially photos from home which the children can share with staff and their peers. If you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.


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.