St Giles Spencer Academy

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Zog Class

Class Staff


Nigel Tate

(Mon - Tues)

Sarah Braithwaite

(Wed - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Izaak Devine
  • Ellie Carr

Class Overview

Zog class is a mixed age class with 10 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 would like to welcome students and parents to Zog Class. 

Teaching in Zog Class will be Nigel (Mon & Tue) and Sarah (Wed, Thu, Fri) and the teaching assistants are Ellie and Izaak

It has been wonderful to see all of our returning pupils and also meeting and getting to know those new to St Giles. All children are beginning to settle in and get to know the routines of the school day.

So far our learning has focused on the children establishing relationships with their peers and the teaching team whilst also exploring the ‘Zog’ story. In the next week we will begin our ‘All aboard’ topic. We will be initially exploring our school environment before focusing on the local area including types of transport.

In Maths we first will be looking at number including counting and number recognition. Following this we will be covering the following areas: Time, Length and Shape.

Our Science area of learning this half term is ‘forces’. We will be exploring pushes and pulls and also magnets.

Outdoor learning

We will have PE on a Thursday morning on the School MUGA. This half term we will be developing our tag Rugby skills. 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:

A list of upcoming dates for the year will be sent home shortly. These will also be posted on class dojo. 

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 keep in touch using Class dojo, we will regularly share pictures and updates on your child’s learning. If you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

We are hoping to have different events for parents during the school year and it would be fantastic if you could attend these to become part of the wider school community.


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.