Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Kangaroos Newsletter Summer Term 2021


Welcome to Kangaroo Class

Class teachers

Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday)

Ms Julia Emony-Clarke (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sarah Robinson

Miss Cathy Taylor (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

We also welcomed Miss Probert last term who works Monday to Wednesday


It is so wonderful having the children back. They are all working hard in class and having fun with their friends during break times. A huge thank you to all the parents who worked so hard with their children during Lockdown.



Every child has made a reading pledge so curling up together with a book would be a wonderful way to relax whilst improving many literacy skills such as developing a better writing through increased vocabulary, imagination and spellings.

It is imperative that your child reads as often as possible during a week and for some of these sessions to be shared with an adult. In Year 3, many children are starting to decode well but comprehending the text and working out the subtleties of inference could be better developed when reading with you. Picture books are excellent alongside the reading of chapter books as inferring pictures alongside the words, still helps to develop this skill.



Please find attached, a copy of our Topic Web for the Summer Terms. We are studying the continent of Europe. If you speak a European language, please could you let your children know how to say hello as we are incorporating our topic into registration. (We are okay with French, Spanish, German and Polish. Miss Probert is bi-lingual and we are very lucky to have her teaching French throughout the Summer terms.


Multiplication tables and number bonds

We are improving the fluency of the children’s mental maths by having 15 minute daily mental maths sessions in addition to the main lesson. These are focusing on addition and subtraction

(rapid recall of bonds to 10, 20 and then 100) and multiplication tables and related division facts. These are known as ‘Fact families,’ and an example would be 6 x 4 = 24, 4 x 6 =24, 24 ÷ 6 = 4 and 24 ÷ 4 = 6. Please can you help to reinforce these at home too. Just five minutes a day will bring excellent results in your child’s education.


Homework will now be set each week. This should be completed by Friday and if in paper form, bought into school for checking on this day. Mathletics and Spelling Shed will also be changed weekly.


If you have more specific questions, please do not hesitate to email or telephone the school office and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to working alongside both you and your child and once again, thank you for all of your support during Lockdown. Those of you who did so made an impressive job.


Katherine Johnson                          Julia Emony-Clarke

Kangaroos Curriculum Web
Kangaroos Gallery

Music Lesson Video

Kangaroo class had their last music lesson on Wednesday 14th July with Mr Levy today from the Oxfordshire Music Service. They were very excited and proud to be videoed so we could share all that they have learnt this year.

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