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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 ‘A long time ago…locally’.

In English we will be reading, listening to and engaging in our sensory story ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ written in Victorian times and exploring Victorian transport through ‘The Magic Train Ride’. We will be listening to different sounds in the stories such as oat shakers and train sounds as well as using sensory props such as porridge and bears all in sequence. We will explore mark making using porridge oats and rolling trains. Songs and rhymes related to story such as ‘when Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’ will be engaged with using sensory props and massage actions (counting 1, 2, 3 by touching each finger).

In Maths, we will be exploring money through sensory rhymes and rolling coins etc, trains in different positions and exploring different sized 2D shapes.

In Science, we will be exploring the different textures and temperatures of porridge as well as knowing different parts of the body through a range of sensory activities such as hand and foot printing. 

In History, we will engage in Victorian role play as well as explore our own pasts. We will also make our own version of Lowry’s Mill painting using different textures and materials in Art and Design.

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 sun creams, 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:

  • 22nd June – Family Homework
  • 1st July – Tea Party
  • 5th July – Family Workshop

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.