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, taught by Ben Langthorne (teacher), Kirsty Erwin (teaching assistant), Avis Dickens (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 back after half term. We hope you had a lovely half term!

 This half term our topic is “Christians in the community” during which we will try to answer the question “How do Christians worship and celebrate?”. We will be exploring key religious artefacts and place of worship.

In English we will initially focus on the story ‘Noah’s carpark’. The children will develop their reading skills through this alternative version of the bible story. Children will make comparisons between this version and the traditional story.

In Maths we will explore a different operation each week – Addition, subtractions, multiplication and division in practical activities. Following this the children will complete work on statistics – looking at bar charts and pictograms for information.

Our Science area of learning this half term is ‘light and sound’. Children will explore light and sound sources. We will think about how we can make shadows and recognise different objects by their shadow. 

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:

  • 19.11.21 Children in need – info to follow

     

  • 24.11.12 Tea party – info to follow

     

  • 15.12.21 9:30am Family homework

     

  • 06.12.21 INSET DAY – school closed

     

  • 23.12.21 INSET DAY (Children’s last day of school is the 22.12.21)

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.