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St Giles Academy

'Success and happiness for every child'

We seek to inspire greatness in every child and to equip them with the outcomes, life skills and personal attributes to lead successful, happy and safe lives.

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Welcome to FS1 


Welcome to FS1, your child's class teacher is Mrs Fenwick and the the LSAs are Mrs Esberger, Mrs Midgley and Mrs Jacobs. 


Our reception class is about much more than the children learning shapes, colours, numbers and letters. It is about them developing their curiosity, independence, confidence and resilience. This is a very exciting time for both yourselves and your children, as they take their first steps into school life. 


Remember all of our learning will be shared on Tapestry.  



Reward system

In the foundation stage we currently use the reward system 'Dojo,' which helps to build an amazing classroom community. Dojo is a safe and simple communication app for teachers, parents and pupils. 

We use this system to encourage and reward the children. Each child has an alien avatar, which collects their points. 

Through this system we are able to keep you up to date with your child's learning and experiences in school. We are also able to communicate with you through instant message. 

If you do not have an account set up, please speak to a member of staff. 

Read Write Inc. 

At St Giles Academy we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. We use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed, so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at

Spring term 2

Fantasy and Adventure ​​​​​​

This term the topic is Fantasy and Adventure, the children will be exploring the following topics through the term; pancake day, knights and castles, dragons, wizards and witches, dinosaurs and fairies. Each week the children will be introduced t a 'book of the week' connected to that weeks topic. This term we will be looking at fiction as well as non-fiction texts. during the knights and castle week, we will look at photos of Lincoln Castle and discuss its history. 



Pancake Making

Spring Term 1

Amazing Animals. 


This term the children will be exploring, farm, arctic, jungle, rainforest, under the sea, zoo and woodland animals. They will learn about different climates, environments and how animals survive. There will be a focus book each week connected to the theme that week. keep checking back for more information and don't forget to check Class Dojo. 

Mark making

Police Visit

Autumn Term 2



This term the children have enjoyed learning all about different cultural backgrounds and how they celebrate. Through this term the children have had the opportunity to learn about Halloween, Diwali, Remembrance, Road Safety and Christmas. The Children also held a week on Nursery Rhymes, where they enjoyed sharing the rhymes they learnt with their parents, raising funds to go towards new reading and rhyme resources for their classroom. 

Autumn Term 1

Marvellous Me!

Circle Time 

This term the focus has been  on the children having the opportunity to explore their new learning environment and getting to know their peers and teachers. 

Each day the children have joined in with circle times, where they have had the opportunity to discuss their interests, likes, dislikes, similarities and differences. 


Story times

This term the children have enjoyed listening to a different story each week. Some of the story read are, 'The three little pigs", 'Goldilocks and the three bears.'  and 'Commotion in the Ocean.' The children have also enjoyed sharing their favourite nursery rhymes.