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Kangaroo - YR1/YR2

Mrs Milner

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. Mrs Butler works with us covering PPA on Friday mornings and every other Tuesday morning Mrs Gray teaches.

 

TOPIC
We have lots of exciting activities planned for this half term in the run up to Christmas! Our new topic is called 'Famous for 5 minutes' and the children will be learning about famous people in the present and those from the past. The children will get to place famous people on a timeline to develop their understanding of the past and learn a little bit about their life. Famous people we will be looking at are Vincent Van Gogh, L.S. Lowry, Queen Victoria, Tim Peake, Neil Armstrong, Lionel Messi and the Brownlee Brothers. This will link to our art work when we will study the work of Van Gogh and Lowry and try to recreate art work in their style. Our science work on materials will continue this half term. As well as this we will also be working on Literacy and numeracy lessons daily along with phonics, spelling, ICT, RE, PE and music. Where possible we will try and link our topic to all our sessions.

 

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES 

Keep an eye out for more details about our Christmas Nativity later this half term. We have also arranged for the children to take part in activities linked to Christmas with the local church. This will take place in school time. As usual the children will also be writing and posting their own letter to Father Christmas!

 

HOMEWORK
Homework booklets will come home during the first week back and maths and spellings will continue to be sent weekly.

 

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.

 

CLUBS
There will be a range of after school clubs for children to take part in so please keep an eye out for letters about these in the first few weeks. There will be a dodgeball club for Year 1 and 2 this half term on Monday's after school. 

 

SNACK TIME
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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