Gryphon Class

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Learning Overview
Home Learning

About Us

Gryphon Class is a class for children from Years 3 to 6.

The classroom is a classroom located in the main building with direct access a playground designed for use by older children. It has toilet facilities very close to the classroom and its own cloakroom space. The class teacher is Miss Caroline Middleton and Mrs Hallesy, Mrs Cann and Mrs Lock are the Learning Support Assistants.

Our classroom has a designated Collective Worship space in Gryphon Class and a well-stocked library area. Independence is encouraged and supported with the children developing an understanding of the value of education and how they can be successful learners.

Class Teacher

Miss Caroline Middleton

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Alison Hallesy, Mrs Amy Cann and Mrs Jo Lock

Learning Overview

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Britain at War

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Light Theory

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Evaluation and Inheritance

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Distortion and Abstraction

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Bees, Beetles and Butterflies

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – Make Do and Mend

Gryphon Class Knowledge Organiser – RE – Humanism

Favourite Links

Times Tables Games

Spellings Games

English Games

eSafety Link

My Mini Maths

Top Marks Maths Games

CrickWeb Numeracy

Home Learning

You have a vital role as parents in supporting and encouraging your children’s learning. It is our policy to set homework which we believe can consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in numeracy and literacy, and as children get older can help develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, preparing them for the requirements of secondary school. Regular reading is vital for Key Stage 2 children as well as other literacy skills such as learning spellings. We value your contribution.  We offer you the following guidance to support you in ways you can help your child at home. Some of this support we hope will be ongoing and others will happen from time to time.

Ways to Help Your Child

Here are some ideas for how you can help your child to make the most of the opportunities they encounter in school.


Sharing books with your children is very important. Reading should be a pleasurable activity, so try to find a place and time where you can relax and give them your full attention. Ten to fifteen minutes every day is much better than an hour once a week.

Ways to help your child

  • Read with them
  • Hear them read; sound out simple words, use picture and context clues
  • Ask them questions about what they have read, why they think it might happen that way, how the characters might feel, what might happen next
  • Encourage them to read with expression and interest
  • Visit the library and borrow a range of books
  • Help them to use books to find out information
  • Continue to read to them and let them see you read so they know you value and enjoy books and reading.


There may be spellings for your child to learn each week, please ask them for this and help them to learn them.

Sometimes it is a help to look at a few words each night. Please do not treat these words just as a list to learn, but also words to investigate.


Learning number bonds and multiplication tables is very important. Children will be asked to learn and practise their table regularly.

They will also practise them in school and have tests regularly. Mental arithmetic practice is also of great benefit.


They may be asked to find out about topics they are doing at school, perhaps using books from home, the library, or objects that are related to the topic or, if you have access to a computer, to find information from software you have or on the Internet. Some children, if they express an interest, may wish to produce topic work of their own to add to their work in school.


Kilve Court is a Georgian Country House with modern extensions, situated in 40 Acres of wooded grounds and gardens, at the foot of the Quantock Hills and one mile from the sea. The Centre is part of Somerset County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services Directorate. It has a 24-hour CCTV system is in place, with cameras covering the grounds and inside the building. Bedroom areas are fitted with electronic Keypads to provide restricted access.

Adventure Activities Licence

Kilve Court holds licences issued by Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) for the safe conduct of activities it delivers, as required by law. AALS is an independent organization sponsored by the Department of Education who inspect on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive. Their remit includes Climbing, Caving, Water sports and Trekking (be it on foot or cycle.) The inspection process covers the safety management of activities, which includes risk assessments, staff qualifications and the maintenance of equipment associated with the activities. The inspectors are experts in the field of Outdoor Activity delivery and the inspection is rigorous.

Kilve Court holds: Licence Number L9466 Reference Number R0580

Staff Competence

All staff leading activities will hold the relevant National Governing Body qualification or have been assessed as competent by an appropriately experienced and qualified person as required by the Licensing Authority.

Risk Assessments

Kilve Court conforms to Somerset County Council policies, which are further supported by their own Health and Safety Policy and Codes of Practice. Activity risk assessments are reviewed daily to consider any variables e.g., the weather forecast, which may affect the safe conduct of an activity. Risk assessments and risk management is also a major part of the AALA inspection.

Child Protection

A criminal background check via the disclosure process is carried out on all Kilve Court staff and volunteers. The policies are consistent with Somerset County Council procedures.

More about Kilve Court can be found on their website.

Assessments and Reports

Teachers are continually assessing children through questioning and reviewing their work.

Records of progress are kept in order that we can plan lessons, which match each child’s needs and ability.

Formal tests are taken at specific points in-line with Government requirements.

There is a Baseline Assessment undertaken by teachers in the first few weeks of children starting in Reception. During the Reception Year the teacher completes the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which is discussed and reported to parents at the end of the year.

Pupils undertake a Phonics Screening Test in Year 1 and if necessary, retake in Year 2.

Year 2 and Year 6 pupils (at the end of each Key Stage) take Standard Assessment Tests. Results are reported to parents and used by the school to monitor our standards.

As we have very small cohorts in each year the results of ‘formal assessments’ may not be published, but as a school will evaluate performance on an individual basis.