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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence

Panda (Year R)

Term 5



Welcome to Panda Class page. Here you will be able to find out about what we are doing in Panda Class each term but please remember that our door is always open!

We are very lucky to have lots of adults in Panda Class, we have;

Mrs Dove (Monday)

Mrs Root-Hicks (Tuesday - Friday)

Mrs Birchard (Monday - Friday)

Mrs Webb (Tuesday- Thursday)

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This year we are using Tapestry. You have been amazing at using Tapestry so far and sending us lots of photos and videos for the children to share in class, which they love! Thank you so much.



Thank you so much for reading regularly with your child. As from term 2 your child will only be changing their books once a week, this is to embed blending. Alongside reading books, please read the book that your child has brought home from the library that week and any other books that they want to enjoy.

We thank you for your continuous support and are so blown away with what magnificent readers the children are already!



Homework will go home on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. We will send home phonics and maths.

The phonics will allow you to see the sounds that we have been learning that week - linked to Jolly Phonics.

The maths will allow you to see the number/ numbers that we have been learning and how we form them - linked to Ten Town.


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 - which we will also have when the time comes.

You can subscribe to Ten Town at a cost and access it at home. Come and speak to Mrs Root-Hicks if you would like more information on this.

We will also be watching and discussing number blocks at the same time as discovering the Ten Town characters.

Patty Panda

On a Friday 1 child will be chosen to receive a headteacher certificate, this will be for something outstanding that they have done that week (it will say this on the certificate). They will receive this certificate in the whole school assembly. Due to them being amazing they will get to take home Patty Panda, the class teddy. Patty will come in a back pack for easy transportation and a diary. In the diary we would like you to record with pictures and words what you have done with Patty on your weekend of fun!

Secret Reader

Once a week Panda Class will have a Secret Reader come in and read a story to them at the end of the day. It could be Mr Anscombe, it could be Mr Wheat or it could be you! If you would like to read your favourite story to us then please let Mrs Root-Hicks know. If you speak another language and would like to read in this language then we would love to listen to you.

So far our secret readers have been:

Ronnie's mum who read T-Veg.

Joyinolu's mum who read in Nigerian.

Nicol's mum who read in Bulgarian.

Rex's mum

Mrs Coster

Mrs Davies

Mrs Sandmann

Mrs James

Show and Tell boxes:

Each week 5 children will bring home a shoebox on a Thursday, the shoebox has to come back to school on a Monday. The shoebox needs to come back to school containing a few items that the children would like to share with their classmates. Examples:

  • Their favourite book
  • A photograph
  • A leaflet of where they have been at the weekend.
  • A stick
  • Something they have made
  • Something they have written/ coloured, painted etc
We are doing this to promote speaking and listening within the class. Unless it is extra special we would like to deter away from bringing toys in to show and tell daily.


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