Class Organisation

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs is our Class for Reception children.

The Staff Team are:

Teacher – Miss Harrod

TA – Mrs Broyd

These children have the use of Hedgehog Class and the outside space at the front of the school.  In Reception, the curriculum gives children opportunities to explore and gain experience of the world around them. Alongside the skills, knowledge and concepts that the children are taught – learning through play, both indoors and outside we lay the foundations of how to be good learners.

Badgers

Badgers is our infant class for Year 1 and 2 children.

The Staff Team are:

Teacher – Mrs Naylor

TA – Mrs Plumb

HLTA – Mrs Davis

The curriculum for Year 1 and 2 builds on the firm foundations established in Hedgehog class and ensures the children continue their journey through more structured English and Maths sessions whilst still incorporating the practical infant approach.

Forest School

 At St Giles’, we are very fortunate to have access to a local woodland, Wiggery Wood in Gestingthorpe which we use as an outdoor classroom.

For two hours every fortnight, our Hedgehog and Badger class visit the woodland. These sessions are led by an Essex Outdoors Forest Schools Leader. They risk assess the wood before each visit and bring activities for children to do each session. The children use real tools and natural materials to design and build shelters; they study wildlife and habitats; make pictures, jewellery, sculptures and mobiles; cook on bonfires; sing songs; climb and balance; work in groups and teams; learn and practise new skills.

Each child is provided with a special waterproof suit to wear over the top of ‘old, warm clothes’ and wellies worn instead of school uniform on Forest School Days.

Squirrels

Squirrels is our lower junior class for Year 3 and 4 children.

The Staff Team are:

Teacher – Mrs Gammon

HLTA – Mrs Davis

Year 3 and 4 is a definite step on from the infant classes and sometimes children can feel this initially as the emphasis moves away from activity based learning.  Lessons are more formal and usually children stay at their desks rather than coming on to the carpet area.  There is an emphasis on developing independence and being more self-reliant to get on with tasks by themselves. The curriculum is an exciting one; the topic ‘extreme earth’ explores rivers and volcanoes followed then by Tudors, Anglo Saxons in ‘time team’.  Squirrel class enjoy going out on trips to further their learning; including measuring the flow of rivers and dressing up for  Tudor day.

Muntjacs

Muntjacs is our Upper Junior Class for Year 5 & 6 children.

The staff team are:

Assistant Headteacher – Mrs Everard

HLTA – Mrs Foster

TA Mrs Earnshaw

The move into Muntjacs signifies the last phase in the primary school journey at St Giles’. We find that in these two years children make significant progress bringing together the skills and knowledge that they have acquired. There is a focus on leadership within this class with roles such as House Captain, Buddies for Reception children and School Council helping to prepare children for the wider world beyond St Giles’.

Each week has a time table incorporating a daily English and Maths lesson, two PE sessions, a 30 minute French lesson, a music lesson with our specialist music teacher and topic based work. Handwriting is focused on developing pen skills, making the transition in their work from writing in pencil to pen.

Expectations of spelling are high and children are taught dictionary and thesaurus skills which help them to be more independent in their writing.

Projects covered in this class include; Space, Polar Regions, Biomes, World War II and Vikings.  Muntjacs also go on a residential trip, most recently to the Isle of Wight.  This provides the opportunity to develop independence as well as to tackle some adventurous activities such as abseiling.

The transition to Secondary School starts in this class with the whole class visiting for specialised lessons such as having a ‘resistant Materials’ lesson or using the science laboratories, or dance studio.  Year 5 go for a taster day in the summer term followed by transition days in year 6.  By the time the summer ends, everyone is ready to take that next step to whichever school children move on to.