Kangaroo Class - Year 1 and Year 2
Our class PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Children will need to come wearing a suitable PE kit on these days. Thank you.
Reading Books and Planners must come to school each 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 three teaching assistants. Mrs Canning works with us Monday to Wednesday, Mrs Booth who works with us on Fridays and Mrs Oldfield who is in class all week. Mrs Butler covers Mrs Milner's PPA and Leadership Time each week.
We have lots of exciting activities planned for the first half of the Autumn term! Our new topic is all called What's your superpower? and we will be learning all about people who help us and the community we live in. In our history lessons we will be learning about the mining community in Bentley and South Yorkshire and why it is an important part of our local history. We will be visiting the National Mining Museum in Wakefield to find out ore about a colliery. In our science lessons we will be finding out about different materials and their properties. Mark making is our focus in art lessons and we will be using oil pastels to create a drawing of an oil pastel miner.
As well as this we will also be working on English and maths lessons daily along with phonics, spelling, RE, ICT, PE and music. We will, of course, be looking at Harvest Festival and why it is a special time for Christians. In our English lessons we will be starting with the story Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk as we try to use our developing phonics knowledge to write sentences that include capital letters and full stops. 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.
As we have a fabulous garden area, we will also be using this area to enhance our learning, so please send children with a coat to school each day.
Maths tasks 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. All children will also have a logon for Timetables Rockstars (Year 2) and Numbots (Year 1) which they can access at home for extra maths activities. There is also the White Rose Maths App which they can use for free too.
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 home at least three times a week. All children will be heard 3 times a week in school as part of our Little Wandle reading sessions. All children will also bring home a sharing book which an adult can read to them. Year 2 children have the option to choose a chapter book also.
Extra curricular activities will be sent out to parents in due course.
If your child has milk through the ‘Cool Milk’ scheme then they will have this at playtime. Children can bring a water bottle to school and we kindly ask that it only contains water. In KS1 we have fruit for the children daily but they may bring a fruit snack from home should they wish.
Kangaroo Class Teacher / KS1 Phase Leader