St Giles Spencer Academy

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Zog Class

Class Staff


Karen Robertson 


Sarah Braithwaite

(Wednesday - Friday)

Teaching Assistants

  • Nikki Leedham
  • Ellie Carr (Mon - Wed)
  • Avis Dickens (Wed - Fri)

Class Overview:

The teaching team in Zog are:

Karen Robertson (Teacher Monday/Tuesday)

Sarah Braithwaite (Teacher Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

Nikki Leedham (Teaching assistant)

Ellie Carr (Teaching assistant Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)

Avis Dickens (Teaching assistant Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)


Zog class are a mixed KS1 and KS2 class. In Zog class we love learning through sensory and physical experiences. In our classroom provision we explore roleplay, construction, art and small world as well as activities linked to the curriculum areas English, Maths, Phonics and science. The children love making creative and varied constructions with loose parts including natural and everyday household objects.

We are developing our communication skills verbally and also using communication boards, symbols and Makaton in a communication rich environment.

We are building relationships and learning to interact, play and collaborate with our classmates.

Topic Summary:

We are excited to start a new year in Zog class! It has been lovely to welcome children new to St Giles and our returning pupils. Each half term we will send home a newsletter to give an overview of learning and keep you up to date with events in class. Teaching in Zog Class will be Karen (Mon & Tue) and Sarah (Wed, Thu, Fri) and the teaching assistants are Ellie, Nikki and Avis. The children are settling in well, building relationships with their class mate sand adults. 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 lessons.
In English we will focus on the story ‘London Calls’. This story details different landmarks 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,. 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:

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 clothing for the weather conditions, as well as sun cream and a hat if necessary.

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 you 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.