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Panda (Year R)


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...


 All About Me  


Please remember to bring in photos of family,pets and holiday activities for our classroom  display. 


The first couple of weeks will be a fun time with lots of child-        initiated activities to help your child settle in and make new friends.



 The 'home corner' in the classroom is a comfy house for

role play.









We will be doing lots of number activities through games and also starting learning our sounds using Jolly Phonics and the Phonics Play program. Later this term we will offer a Phonics and reading session where you can find out more about how we teach phonics - date to be arranged. 



After October 'half -term' break we will be sending home individual reading books. We will hear your child read on a set day of the week and change their book when it has been read at home and noted in their reading record book. At the same time we will send out a list of 'Rocket' words that are sight words for your child to learn. This will be explained in the phonics and reading parent session to follow.



Our story book for the first part of term is 




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We will be sharing lots of other stories too in our story time at the end of the day, so if your child has a favourite story they would like to share with the class please send it in.









Helpful reminders for Panda Class families for when your child starts full time: 


  • P.E days are Monday and Thursday. Please remove earrings and make sure all kit is named. We will all get changed for the first time on Monday 24th September.
  • Our Library day is a Friday. Please bring your own library folder in each week to change your book. The first session will be Friday 28th September.
  • A phonics book will be sent home on a Friday, starting on the 21st September , with the following week's 3 sounds to be practised.
  • 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.




We know your children will love being in Panda class and here's a few photos to show how last year's Pandas enjoyed the outside area and parent 'stay and play' sessions. The first of these sessions will be Friday 2nd November where you can 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 






Hopefully we can get full use out of the beach hut sand area and adventure playground this term. Look at the fun you can have!




     We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 10th for the induction half-day sessions.




House Points

  • Chartwell
  • Hever
  • Knole
  • Penshurst
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