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Jungle Book Class

Class Staff


Anna Young

(Mon - Wed)

Karen Toulson

(Thurs - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Alex Quenby
  • Beth Chambers
  • Izaak Devine

Class Overview

Welcome to Jungle Book Class. We have nine pupils, three Teaching Assistants and two teachers; Anna who works in class Monday to Wednesday and Karen who works in class Thursday and Friday. We are a total communication classroom and we work on and use different ways to communicate throughout each day (e.g. Makaton, symbols and gestures). We will engage in sensory based learning such as mark making in foam and sensory stories whilst following our daily routines and timetable for teaching and learning. We also spend time doing interventions such as Tac-Pac which supports sensory communication.

Topic Summary

Welcome back to Jungle Book Class. This half term our topic is ‘Meet the Explorers’ and we will be exploring Space and expeditions to the moon.

In English we will be reading, listening to and engaging in our sensory story ‘Moon Landing’. We will be listening to different sounds such as rocket launches and using sensory props such as edible moon dust (cocoa powder), wellies, gloves and helmets for an astronaut and a cardboard rocket in sequence. We will explore mark making through rocket flying up and down arm movements as well as moving our hands round and round the moon in foam, cocoa powder and using a range of tools. Songs and rhymes related to Space such as ‘zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon’ and ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ will be engaged with using sensory props and massage actions (e.g. circle on their palm for ‘moon’).

In Maths, we will be learning about measurement through sensory physical and sensory activities such as big and small footprints in moon dust, heavy and light planets. In Science, we will be exploring Earth and Space` through sensory stories such as ‘Whatever Next!’ as well as physical and sensory exploration such as making our own planets.

To explore D&T and History we will make our own rockets using a range of materials including clothing astronauts use and materials found on Earth and in Space (through sensory malleables).

Outdoor learning

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind if possible please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions.

General Notices

  • Please send social money for the term is £6, this is for snack.
  • Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school, as well as any nappies or pull ups they may need. We will let you know when we run out.
  • Please can you send suncreams, hats, wellies and a water proof as we will be doing outdoor learning most days. There is no such thing as bad weather in Jungle Book Class

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • 1st February – Chinese New Year
  • Every Thursday – Forest School
  • 7th February – Mental Health Week
  • 18th February – Half term

Home / School Communication

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.