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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Kangaroo Class 2015!

A very warm welcome to the new term in Kangaroo class and in particular to our new children and parents who have started this term. We are delighted to have you on board and look forward to working with you all during the year and getting to know each of your wonderful children.

Within Kangaroo class there are 4 teaching assistants and 1 teacher:

I am Marina Olympidis-Slattery and I am Kangaroo Class Teacher.

My wonderful teaching assistants are Dawn Bodkin, Eve Davis, Shaheda Saleemi and Joanna Taylor.

Emma Donovan-Brown, who is part of Drumbeat’s outreach team, will be in class one morning a week.


If you have any problems or questions regarding your child do not hesitate to contact any of the staff in Kangaroo Class…. and here’s to a great term!!!

Our project this term is:

This term the children will be settling into their new class and school environment. They will be involved in a variety of activities in and out of class, which will centre around individual as well as peer and group activities, all geared towards developing each child’s own individual strengths and building upon their already acquired skills.

These skills will be developed through the theme of All About Me, where we will be looking at what we can do, through the exploration of our 5 senses. During the term I may ask you for photos of your child when they were younger. Please look out for a note in your child’s home/school notebook!

Wellies, P.E & Swimming:

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) your child will be exploring the various areas around the school, inside and out. We will require each child to have a pair of wellies that they can leave in school for the duration of the year. Please put your child’s name in the wellies so that they do not get misplaced. I would also advise that you should do this for all their school clothes, if you haven’t already done so.

Please do not worry about P.E. kits this half term. Your child will not need these until after the Christmas break.

Swimming will start on Monday 9th November. I will contact you nearer the time regarding what to send in and the procedures we carry out for these sessions.

Family Photographs:

I would also ask if each family could send in photos of all the important members of their family; those people your child would know well and recognise. People would include mummy, daddy, nanny, cousin, aunty, etc. These photos will be used for individual work in class.

Snack Contributions:

I am asking each family to make a contribution of £10 to Kangaroo Class, which will go towards buying the children their snacks. This will be for the term.