And we're off!

Happy faces entered the playground at the start of the new school year and it was great to all be back together after the holidays. It was also especially nice to welcome all of our new children. We have a new reception class and lots of new faces in Class 2, 3 & 4. A big welcome to all of our old and new pupils at St Giles.

At the beginning of the first day Breakfast Club was up and running. There is no need to book, just turn up between 8 - 8.30.

At the end of the first day the whole school came together in Collective Worship and caught up on where we’d been and what we had done over the holidays. The value for School this half term is “Humility” and generated a wonderful discussion throughout the school.


The Reception children have had a very busy first week and settled in so well. They have been building, watering, constructing, performing, creating, helping and learning.

Class 2 are working hard and Year 1 are enjoying their new classroom. They also had time to explore the new revamped outdoor area.

The Infants will be starting Forest Craft this half term so don’t forget your Forest Craft clothes. There’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing.

The Topic for Reception, Year 1 & 2 this half term is Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers … What’s your favourite animal? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep.

This half term will be an exciting discovery, answering questions such as ‘How an elephant got his trunk?’ or ‘Who is a herbivore’ and ‘Who is a carnivore?’

Class 3 - Year 3 & 4

Everyone was excited about being in a new year group and seeing their friends again after the holidays. Year 3 enter the juniors and already Class 3 have a very exciting class trip organised to go to The Whistle Stop Centre in Matlock Bath.

The Topic for Class this half term is Flow

Class 3 will be hopping in their wellies and jumping right in. Investigating the flow of rivers from their small beginnings to the mighty sea. Some characters will be popping in too – A rat, a mole, a toad and some weasels!

Learning about rivers around the world such as the Nile, Amazon and Ganges and their journeys from source to sea.

Class 4 - Year 5 & 6

The Upper Juniors came in and it seemed some of them have grown a lot over the holidays and will soon be taller than some staff members. In Year 6 there is already talk of who will be given what responsibility by Mrs Forster and Mrs Rogers. Year 5's have relished working in their new classroom and Class 4 now have a comfy, new reading area which the Reception children tested out when they went to explore their new school.

The Topic for Class 4 for this half term is Pharaohs

Travelling back 5000 years, journeying along the Nile, finding out about mysteries and curses and not forgetting Mummies.

Unravelling the secrets of ancient tombs and looking at artefacts. Who was a powerful pharaoh and a grandiose god?

Would you like to learn how to embalm a body for its journey to the Egyptian afterlife? Class 4 will be able to tell you how to do it by the end of this half term!

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