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Kangaroo Class - Year 1 and Year 2 

Autumn 1 Topic

Magnificent Miners 

Mrs Milner


Our class PE day is Wednesday. Children will need a suitable PE kit on that day. Thank you. 

About the Class

Kangaroo Class is located near the main entrance to school, just off the KS1 assembly hall. It is a mixed age class with both Year 1 and Year 2 children. This year we have 20 Year 1 children and 10 Year 2 children with us. Working in Kangaroo’s this year we have two teaching assistants.  Mrs Canning works with us Monday to Wednesday, Mrs White who works with us on Thursdays and Fridays. 


We have lots of exciting activities planned for the first half of the autumn term! Our new topic is called Magnificent Miners and we will be learning all about the mining community in Bentley and the importance of mining to our local history. We will explore the uses of coal and how it was used in homes in the past. This will link into our science work on materials and what materials are used for. As well as this we will also be working on English and maths lessons daily along with phonics, spelling, RE, PE and music. Where possible we will try and link our topic to all our sessions. The children will have access to continuous provision to enhance their learning experience and build on from their learning journey in Foundation Stage. 


Maths and spellings will continue to be sent home weekly. The maths links to the area of learning we have been focusing on that week but if the children are unsure how to complete their homework please speak to us at  home time. We do encourage the children to be independent and hand their homework into the homework tray as they come into the classroom. Please help us by reminding them to do this as they come into school.


Temporary Changes to Reading

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID 19 the children will not be bringing home a reading book. Instead all parents are encouraged to use the Oxford Owl website. Here your child can read age appropriate books and complete activities linked to the book they have just read. As more guidance is released then we will look to re-introduce children taking books home. Children will still have access to books in school, which will be cleaned regularly and used only by your child's class bubble.

Once books are allowed home again the following is encouraged:

The children will all continue to bring home a reading book and we ask that you sign their planners to let us know if they have finished the book or what page they have read up to. We are keen to develop fluency so we like to encourage children to re-read their books before changing them. We ask that children read at least three times a week at home and that planners are signed. 



Extra curricular activities will resume when it is safe to do so.  


Snack Time

Initially we will not be able to provide toast and juice to the children. We will let you know when this will resume.

Just a reminder that toast and juice is available to all children in KS1. Toast is 20p and juice is 30p. If your child has milk through the ‘Cool Milk’ scheme then they will have this at playtime instead of juice. We ask that children are responsible for their own toast and juice money and they order this in a morning with the class teaching assistant on entering the classroom.


Mrs Milner

Kangaroo Class Teacher / KS1 Phase Leader

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