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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence

Panda (Year R)


Welcome to Panda class

We are so excited for you to begin your journey here at Lunsford in Panda class. 

You will find lots of fun and engaging experiences to do in Panda class. Our aim is to encourage and nurture happy children. 




This year we are using Tapestry. We are able to share your child's wow moments, and communicate with one another. 


Each child will bring home a reading book to share with their adult. They may be wordless. Encourage your child to make up a story of their own by looking at the pictures and predicting what might happen next. 


Some questions you might ask are: 

Point to the characters, who are they? 

What are they doing? 

Why do you think they are doing that?

What colour is ____? 

What do you think will happen next? 

Did you like the story? 



In Panda class we have a phonics lesson daily. In this session we re-cap the phonemes that we have learnt through flashcards and then either learn a new phoneme or play games to enhance our learning/ practice blending/ segmenting. We focus also on how to write the phonemes taught, this is so important which is why it is a homework focus. Within the classroom setting each child has their own alphabet sheet which we refer to daily and teach then how to use. Please support us at home by using this when your child is doing their homework.


In maths we use 'Ten Town'. Ten Town teaches children the correct formation of numbers through a rhyme and teaches them the value of numbers through songs and games. It is very interactive. Each number 0 - 10 - is associated with a character. After this the characters meet up and children then learn about number bonds. Ten Town starts at 0 and finishes at 20, at the end the characters come together and have a banquet. 

Forest schools:

Every few weeks the children take part in a forest schools session. We go to our forest schools area with our leader Mrs Murray and take part in exciting activities. Thank you so much for sending your child in suitable clothes to ensure they have fun!

Useful information:


Remember the children need a water bottle everyday please. 

Make sure all clothing is named. 

Please let members of staff know if there is a change of adult picking up via Tapestry.