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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 main topic for this term is:

Fairy Tales and Castles

and we will continue learning about Spring in Science.




 The 'home corner' in the classroom last term was our class shop, it was lovely to see the children using money and enjoying initiating lots of role play. This term to fit in with our topic and main class story, it has been transformed into the Giant's castle from Jack and the Beanstalk and our outside wooden hut is now Jack's house. The new classroom arrangement is working well and the interactive TV has been a huge benefit and welcome addition to Panda Class. 

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











 The interactive number resource  'Ten Town' continues to be been 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 starting 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 subtraction using numbers up to 20, capacity and measuring and comparing size and length with emphasis on vocabulary. We will be continuing to learn about 3D shapes.









 As we have completed learning all of the reception class Jolly Phonics letter sounds   

we will be continuing to practise all the sounds learned through consolidation games and activities daily in the Phonics Play program. It is very helpful for you to go over with your child at home, the sounds already learnt in their yellow sound books.





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 star reader badges, as explained in the email at the end of last term, are 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 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. 


Our main class reading book for this term is 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to fit in with our topic on fairy tales. We will also be sharing other traditional stories over the term.







Last term we completed teaching letter formation for the (one-armed) robot letters: r, n, m, h, b, p and closed k - see Nelson handwriting sheet, which was sent home at the beginning of last term. We will now be moving on to the 'ladder letters': i, l,t, j, u and y, followed by the final group of'zigzag monster letters': v, w, x and z.

The children are all doing emergent writing and their pencil control has really improved with regular practice. The children have enjoyed using their 'free writing' books during child-initiated time which has encouraged 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. We have introduced simple punctuation marks and the class love using the 'Kung Fu' punctuation actions. This term we will be working on writing sentences using a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces. 







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 continue to send 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. 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.


                                                                                Stay and Play 


We were pleased to see so many of you at the Stay and Play sessions last term on Friday mornings. Mrs Root-Hicks is looking forward to meeting you for the first session this term on Friday 26th April. It is lovely for the children to have you play alongside them and share 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 10 am.   Here are some photos from last term's Stay and Play and Easter bonnets...











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






  Our first session of this term is Tuesday 30th April. Please ensure your child comes to school in old clothes and brings clean welly boots or old shoes in a named bag. An old coat is also advisable as from past experience you  know  the children enjoy  getting  muddy! 





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