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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...


 People Who Help us  



We will be having some special visitors later in the term.




 The 'home corner' in the classroom has been a comfy house for role play. It will be changing into a vets surgery in the next couple of weeks to fit in with our topic.

Here are a few photos to show how much the children love the home corner.









We will be doing lots of number work through games and focused teacher-led activities. We have  started learning our individual letter sounds using Jolly Phonics and the Phonics Play program. The children are doing really well joining in with the songs and actions.We were very pleased to see so many of you at the Phonics and reading session last term. 



We will now start to send out a list of 'rocket' words that are sight words for your child to learn, as explained at the reading session.The children will begin to recognise the first set (phase 2) : I, no, the, to, go, into, as we are using the 'tricky words' song which you can find on You Tube.



Our story books for this  term are the 'Percy the Park keeper' series written by Nick Butterworth. 







We will be sharing the online Rising Stars,  picture 'Lift Off' books in our story time, so you will find the children will tell you about the books as they may have already seen them in class. 









Helpful reminders for Panda Class families


  • P.E days are Monday and Thursday. Please remove earrings and make sure all kit is named. 
  • Our Library day is a Friday. Please bring your own library folder in each week to change your book. 
  • Please make sure your child's 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.
  • Picture book changing days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. Please write the book title and any comments in your child's reading record book.
  • 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 


 Please note a change to the start date of 'stay and play'. Due to prospective parent tours on the morning of Friday 9th, we will be postponing starting until Friday 16th November. 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 







 Look at the fun the children had using the outside area last term .....









House Points

  • Chartwell
  • Hever
  • Knole
  • Penshurst
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