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Jungle Book Class

Class Staff


Anna Young

(Mon - Wed)

Karen Toulson

(Thurs - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Alex Quenby
  • Beth Chambers
  • Natasha Whitehouse

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 ‘All Aboard’ In English we will be reading, listening to and engaging in our sensory story ‘We all go travelling by’.

In Maths, we will be learning about numbers through physical touch and movement and through sensory activities relating to transport in Derby. We will also be exploring 2D and 3D through junk modelling as well as long and short measurements, most likely through edible activities such as a long chocolate log train!

In Science, we will be learning about the forces ‘push’ and ‘pull’ through sensory transport activities such as pushing and pulling trains through edible mud and pushing and pulling in our sensory circuits.

We will also be learning about locations on the school grounds in Geography as well as man-made and natural materials we find which will link in to D&T where we will explore different materials as well as cause and effect.

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

  • 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 wellies in and a water proof as we will be doing outdoor learning most days.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

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.