St Giles Spencer Academy

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Peter Pan Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Ben Langthorne

Teaching Assistants

  • Avis Dickens
  • Kirsty Erwin

Class Overview

Peter Pan class is a Phase 2 class with 10 pupils taught and supported by class Teacher Emily and Teaching Assistants Tia and Avis. The pupils in Peter Pan class are following the Discovery and Developing pathway of learning and our curriculum drivers: Communication, Independence and Community underpin everything we do.  

Pupils routinely access a  range of therapies and interventions including TACPAC, Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction and sensory circuits. We love learning in Peter Pan class and take part in lots of varied and engaging learning activities! We regularly take part in lessons in the outdoor area as well as in the classroom and have regular access to other spaces across the school site

Topic Summary

We all hope that you have had a lovely half term break and your children are excited to be back in school.

Our topic this half term is ‘Royals rule’ and our big think questions are ‘What is a king and Queen?’ and ‘Who was Queen Elizabeth 1st’. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for this half term. We will be learning about the current queen before focusing on Queen Elizabeth the first and will be thinking about differences between now and in the past. 

In English we will be initially focusing our work around the story ‘The Queens Hat’. The story introduces the queen and also explores landmarks in London.  Later in the half term we will learn about the traditional tale ‘the elves and the shoemaker’.

In maths we will initially be focusing on number- increasing our recognition of numbers, using and responding to number lines.  We will also introduce money, recognising coins and handling them in role play experiences. Later we will be revisiting prior learning on 2D and 3D shapes.

In science we will be thinking about the human body. Looking at ways we change from a baby to an adult. Please send in photos of your child when they were a baby/ toddler so that we can look at these J  We will also be thinking about how we can keep our bodies healthy through exercise and healthy eating.

If you have any questions over the half term, please get in touch via the school office or on Dojo.

 

Outdoor learning

PE sessions will take place on a Friday Morning. Please ensure a labelled PE kit is sent into school ready for these sessions. We will be focusing on Hockey so will be doing lots of different movements and exploring different types of team games in particular hockey. Children will also be engaging in wake-up shake up sessions within class.

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

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to carry on with our weekly cooking sessions and provide daily snack.

Please can you make sure that now the weather is getting a bit warmer your children have appropriate clothing and come with a sunhat and sun cream labelled in their bags.

 

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

All dates to be confirmed/ adjusted to suit COVID regulations at the time.

Home / School Communication

We are 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. you could encourage them to develop their self help skills at home too!

Make sure you are signed up to Class Dojo so you can see any work set and share successes and photographs of your child.

Encourage your child to read a range of texts. Complete tasks set through ‘Family Homework’. Make sure you are signed up to Class Dojo so you can share successes and photographs with your child.

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.