Kangaroo Class - Year 1 and Year 2
Spring 2 Topic
Our class PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Children will need a suitable PE kit on these days. 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 second half of the spring term! Our new topic is all called Weather Experts and we will be learning all about the weather and seasons in our science lessons. We will be using making our own weather gauges to record the weather and use our maths skills to help us measure rainfall. Our geography focus for this half term is thinking about where we live in the United Kingdom and naming all the countries that make up the UK. We will be learning how to use maps and locate places on a map, so lots of opportunities to take our learning outdoors! As well as this we will also be working on English and maths lessons daily along with phonics, spelling, RE, PE and music. We will, of course, be looking at Easter and why it is a special time for Christians. In our English lessons we will be sharing texts on the theme of the weather as we try to use our developing phonics knowledge to write longer sentences that include adjectives and subordination. Where possible we will try and link our topic to all our sessions. All 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 be bringing a book home on a Monday and keeping the book all week. On a Friday we will be collecting the books in and the children will get a new book on the following Monday.
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.
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.
Kangaroo Class Teacher / KS1 Phase Leader