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Welcome to our Panda Class Page.


Our teachers are Mrs Gibbs-Murray, Monday -Thursday and Mrs Dove on Fridays. 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 main topic for this term is:

I am Healthy

and we will also learn about 'Spring' nearer to Easter




 The 'home corner' in the classroom has been a very popular pirate ship and has encouraged lots of role play along with the pirate dressing up clothes. As the classroom has been reorganised to accommodate the fabulous new interactive TV the role play area has moved!  It has now become  a class shop to fit in with our topic this term.

Here are a few photos to show how much the children love the home corner and role play areas. Pirate ones to follow.....





We had special visitors in the Autumn term....we were very lucky that Larkfield fire fighters brought us their fire engine and PC Peto came to talk about his job and how he helps people. He let us try on some of his uniform.






 The interactive number resource  'Ten Town' has been a huge success! This helps 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 will be consolidating our learning through the games and activities this term.

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. Last term made number bonds to 5 and 10 and did lots of adding. This term our focus is money and using coins in the class shop. Later in the term we will be learning about 2D and simple 3D shapes.



 Last term we completed learning all of the reception class Jolly Phonics letter sounds so the yellow sound books are to stay at home for practising those sounds please.  

We will be practising all the sounds learned through consolidation games and activities in the Phonics Play program.




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 once confident with the first set - phase 2, they will be sent home phase 3 and so on. 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 are sharing the online Rising Stars  'Lift Off' books daily in our story time. This has helped  the class gain confidence in talking about the pictures and we are encouraging speaking in complete sentences now. All of the children are now bringing home the first sets of books with words and being able to share these on the smartboard is helping them gain confidence blending sounds by using 'robot arms' for each sound and then clapping the word.   


Our class reading book for this term is Handa's Surprise to fit in with our topic about healthy eating. 






Last term we completed teaching letter formation for  the 'curly caterpillar' letters; c, o, a, d, g, e, s, f and q. We practise first on individual whiteboards and then use handwriting books and the children responded very well to this. This term we will be continuing to learn the (one-armed) robot letters; r,n,m,h,b,p and closed k - see Nelson handwriting sheet to be sent home on the first day back.

The children are all doing emergent writing and their pencil control has really improved with regular practice. Being able to independently write their name at this stage is very important and most of the class can now do this. This term we will be using 'free writing' books during child-initiated time to encourage more independent writing. 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.








Helpful reminders for Panda Class families


  • P.E days are Monday and Thursday. Please remove earrings and make sure all kit is named.  On dry days we may be going outside this term,  so it would be helpful to have leggings/tracksuit bottoms in their PE kits.  Please do check plimsolls/trainers  fit and are named too.
  • Our Library day is a Friday. Please bring library folders in each week to choose a new book. 
  • On Fridays we will be sending home a list of cvc words as writing 'homework' as the recent email explained. 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.
  • 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.


                                                                                Stay and Play 


We were pleased to see so many of you at the Stay and Play sessions last term. Please do come along if you can and enjoy playing alongside your child and sharing in their learning. The morning starts with a short phonics session and then you are free to help your child choose activities inside and outside the classroom.

The session ends at 10am 







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





  Our first session of this term is this Wednesday 27th February. Please ensure your child has  warm, old clothes and an old coat as  from past experience (and photo 5 above) you  know  the children enjoy  getting  muddy ! 





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