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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence

Panda (Year R)

Term 2



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 (Friday)

Mrs Root-Hicks (Monday-Thursday)

Mrs Coster - every day



This year we are using Tapestry. You have been amazing at using Tapestry so far and communicating with us, please keep this up!


Each child now has 2 reading books. A reading book to enjoy with parents and a reading book to read. Not all reading books have words as we are still developing the story language which is essential and still teaching phonemes and blending techniques.



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.


Homework will go home on a Thursday 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.

Each child has a log in to use at home and we are so pleased with all of the children who are already accessing this.

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

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!

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