St Giles School

St Giles School

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Zog Class

Class Staff

 Teacher(s)

Nigel Tate

(Mon - Tues)

Sarah Braithwaite

(Wed - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Sam Moore
  • Donna Booker

Class Overview

Zog class is a mixed age class with 11 pupils who are following the Developing pathway of learning.

Our children love to be active in their learning whether we are racing around in a Maths lesson or taking part in a focused Yoga session. The Children are developing independence in their learning during lessons and by accessing the classroom provision with their peers. We are also improving communication skills across the curriculum through use of communication boards, symbols and signing.  This is supporting our children to not only access their learning but also interact with their peers which can be seen in the roleplay area.

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. Be learning about the current queen before focusing on Queen Elizabeth the first. Think 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 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. 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

P.E sessions will take place on a Thursday morning. We will be focusing on gymnastics and accessing the equipment. Children will focus on how they travel, their different levels and jumping from the benches. Children will also be engaging in yoga sessions in class daily and using go noodle videos to stay active throughout the school day.

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:

  • May Bank Holiday - Monday 3rd May 2021
  • Last day of Summer 1 term - Friday 28th May 2021
  • Pupils return for Summer 2 term – Monday 7th June 2021

All dates to be confirmed/ adjusted to suit COVID regulations at the time. Please follow the Dojo school page for updates on any events coming up.

Home / School Communication

How you can support learning at home:

Encourage your child to read a range of texts. Play phonic games on phase 2 letters and sounds website. 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.