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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...


Under the Sea and Pirates

This will be the theme of our class assembly on Wednesday 30th January.  Please can you send your child in that day dressed as a pirate?


We will also be finding out about Chinese New year at the beginning of February within our Understanding of  the World area of learning.




 The 'home corner' in the classroom has been a very successful vets surgery and has encouraged lots of role play along with the 'people who help us' dressing up clothes. It will now be transforming into a pirate ship 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.





We had special visitors last 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.






Last term we purhased an interactive number resource called 'Ten Town'. 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 already know the characters up to 4 and we will be starting learning about Fiona Five 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 we started finding  'one more' and 'one less' and this term we will be adding and subtracting up to 5 initially then up to 10 and beyond. Later in the term we will be learning about 2D and simple 3D shapes.



 Last term we completed learning the Jolly Phonics individual letter sounds and started the double sounds or 'digraphs' eg ai,ie, ee, or, oo, ng This term we will continue learning the other digraphs; starting with ch,sh and th and also learn some 'trigraphs' - three letter sounds; eg ear,air,igh 

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 here 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. Many of the children are 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 books for this term are 'Hooray for Fish' and  'The Rainbow Fish'






Last term we started teaching letter formation beginning with 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 learning 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. 
  • Please make sure your child's yellow phonics book is in their bag by Wednesday each week so we can put in the new letter sounds for them to bring home that Friday.
  •  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.


                                                                                Stay and Play 


We were pleased to see so many of you at the Stay and Play sessions last term. These will start again the first Friday of term, 11th January. 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 .....





  0ur first session of 2019 will be on Tuesday 22nd January. 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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