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Welcome to our Panda Class Page.


Our teachers are Mrs Gibbs-Murray, Monday -Wednesday and Mrs Root-Hicks Wednesday-Friday. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Birchard.


Panda Class is an exciting and fun place to be!

We learn through the Early Years Framework, which consists of seven areas:

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Literacy
- Mathematics
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design


Please click the link at the top of the page to see the Early Learning Goals for the end of Reception.



 We  experience a range of exciting and challenging activities and topics.



Our  topics for  term 6  are:

Our Senses and Holidays

(hot and cold places)




 The 'home corner' in the classroom has been moved to give the children more space for their role play. Last term it was the Giant's castle and it is now a travel agents for the children to explore holidays and travelling to hot and cold places. The outside hut is a sensory area to fit in with our Senses topic.

Here are a few photos to show how much the children enjoy their role play areas...






(More  photos to follow) 





 The interactive number resource  'Ten Town' continues to be a huge success and the children love it! This has really helped the children learn how to form and use the numbers 1-10. Each number is a character that lives in Ten Town and there are lots of exciting stories, songs and games, which the children love using. They now know all the characters up to Tia Ten and we have been consolidating our learning through the games and activities.This term we will be continuing to find out about numbers 11 to 20.

Here are some of the children playing the interactive Freddie Four number formation games.





We will continue focused number work in teacher-led tasks and then consolidate learning through continuous provision during child-initiated number games and activities.  This term our focus is doubling and halving and real life word problems. We will be continuing to learn about 3D shapes.









We will be continuing to practise all the sounds previously learned through consolidation games and activities daily in the Phonics Play program. It is very helpful for you at home to go over with your child, the sounds already learnt in their yellow sound books. We will be focusing on using digraphs ( 2 letter sounds)  and trigraphs (3 letter sounds) and spelling the tricky words phase 3 and 4. Also this term, in preparation for year 1, the children will be reading and spelling 2 syllable words and reading and writing captions.  





The children are doing so well learning their  'rocket' words; the sight words that cannot be sounded out using individual letter sounds. We are assessing recognition of these weekly and the majority of the class have  progressed on to phase 3 and beyond. The bronze,silver and gold 'star reader' badges are awarded in recognition of progress.  The 'tricky word' songs on You Tube have been very successful and we are pleased to hear that they are being used at home too. We practice our 'tricky words' in teacher led and child initiated time.......






We are sharing the online Rising Stars books daily in our story time. This has helped the class gain confidence in talking about the pictures and the children are so confident speaking in complete sentences now. All of the children are bringing home books with words and sentences and are really gaining confidence blending sounds. Many children are able to sound out and blend words in their head now, which really helps with fluency. If your child is needing support blending sounds, then using 'robot arms' for each sound and then clapping the word seems to help them. You can do this together to help them gain the confidence to then do it independently next time. Thank you so much for your continued support with reading at home.


Our main class reading book for this term is 'Blue Penguin' to help with understanding of hot and cold places in the World. Our English work this term will be planned around this recommended Power of Reading book. 







We are continuing to practise  the 'ladder letters': i, l,t, j, u and y, which will be followed by the final group of'zigzag monster letters': v, w, x and z.Then towards the end of term 6 we will learn how to form the capital letters. 

The children are all doing emergent writing and their pencil control has really improved. The children have enjoyed using their 'free writing' books during child-initiated time which has encouraged more independent writing. Over the half term holiday lots of you helped your child to write some holiday news - we will be sharing these in circle time . During focused teacher-led tasks the children access sound mats and tricky word lists to attempt  spelling words out and writing independently. Some children are verbally forming complete sentences and attempting to write these with only a little help now and we are so pleased with this progress. We have introduced simple punctuation marks and the class love using the 'Kung Fu' punctuation actions. This term we will continue to work on writing sentences using a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces. We are now encouraging the children to put narrative (stories) into their own writing and looking for extended pieces of writing of a couple of sentences or more.







Helpful reminders for Panda Class families


  • P.E days are Monday and Thursday but because we will be having extra sports Day practices please have kits in every day. Please remove earrings and make sure all kit is named.  We will be going outside this term, so please check your child's plimsolls still fit them!  
  • Our Library day is a Friday. Please bring library folders in each week to choose a new book. 
  • On Fridays we will now be sending home ccvc/cvvc words as writing 'homework' and some children may have revision of cvc words if needed. Please keep these at home they do not need to be sent back to school. 
  •  Reading book changing days are Monday and Wednesday  every week. Please write the book title and any comments in your child's reading record book, so that they can choose a new book to bring home. Regular reading at home for 10 minutes each day makes such a big difference to your child's reading progress.
  • Please send a named container of water in every day - no squash please.
  • Our door is always open if you have any worries or questions just pop in to see us.
  • Please send in any 'proud clouds' of achievements out of school so we can add these to your child's learning journey.




Thank you to all of you who were able to come along to our Friday 'Stay and Play' sessions. This term we don't offer 'Stay and Play' as the children need to  get ready for moving up to year 1 

 Here are some photos from last term's Stay and Play and Easter bonnets...











 Finally, look at the fun the children have had in their Forest Schools sessions  .....






  Our first session of this term is Wednesday 5th June, as it is class photo day, just on this occasion, please send your child  to school in their uniform with their old forest school clothes in a named bag along with clean welly boots or old shoes . An old coat is also advisable as from past experience you  know  the children enjoy  getting  muddy! Our final session of the year is on Tuesday 2nd July - please send your child ready dressed in their old clothes for this session.




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