Kangaroo - YR1/YR2
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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 Tuesday morning Mrs Gray teaches.
We have lots of exciting activities planned for the last half of the spring term! Our new topic is called What a Wonderful World and we will be continuing to learn all about the continent of Africa in our Geography sessions as well as finding out about the other continents. This will link into our science work on humans and what makes us healthy. In our Design Technology lessons we are going to be making smoothies after learning about healthy food and practicing our food cutting skills! Once we have made our smoothies we will be selling them on our parent open afternoon. As well as this we will also be working on Literacy and numeracy lessons daily along with phonics, spelling, RE, PE and music. Where possible we will try and link our topic to all our sessions.
Wednesday 11th March is our Easter Story day where the local church group will be coming in to help the children explore the Easter Story and its importance for Christians.
On Wednesday 1st April from 2.30pm - 3.30pm we will be having our enrichment afternoon where parents can join us to find out what we have been doing in the last term.
On Tuesday 17th March Boggledy Books will be joining us and children can bring money to buy a book for either £1, £2 or £3. Parents are welcome to browse the books after 3.30pm.
Thursday 5th March is World Book Day and EYFS and KS1 will be dressing up as a Julia Donaldson character. On this morning from 9.15am until 10.15am we will be inviting parents to join us for another Book and Bite reading morning.
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.
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.
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. There will be a lunchtime reading club for all the children in FS2 and KS1 on Friday's from 12.40pm - 1pm. Kangaroo Class also have the opportunity to attend Forest Schools on Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.30pm with Miss Butterfield. Please ask Mrs Milner for a letter.
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