Welcome to Pandas’ Class!

Class Teacher: Miss Ross



Teaching Assistants: Miss Rodham and Mrs Sheppard


General Information

The 7 areas of learning within the Foundation Stage are:

  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
  • Understanding the World (UW)


These areas are covered by:

  • a daily phonics session
  • a daily maths session 
  • daily song and story time
  • weekly topic activities
  • weekly circle time 
  • sharing class pet adventures
  • children have a weekly session in the Creative Caterpillar room
  • children have the chance to learn indoor and outdoor throughout the week


Play time is daily at 2.20pm to 2.30pm and lunch will be served daily from 11.45am to 1.00pm. 


Assemblies are held each Monday (Collective Worship), Wednesday (Singing Assembly) and Friday (Celebration Assembly).


Please make sure that your child has a named P.E. kit in school.


Each week your child will be given new homework sheets. Please make sure that the Practise Makes Perfect folder is in your child's book bag every Friday so that the homework sheets can be handed out. 


Key Days:
P.E – Wednesday 10.15am - 11.00am
Dance – Thursday 2.30pm - 3.00pm
Library – Monday Afternoon


Home Reading Books

Your child will read twice a week in school and books will be changed when necessary. Please ensure that you initial or make a comment, in their reading record book, to indicate that your child has read their home reader with you and we will be able to change their books.  


Library Books

Library books will be changed on Monday afternoon. Children will need to bring in their old book before a new one can be issued.


Show and Tell

You children will be able to bring in to school an item they have made, a book they have read or something which is special to them, to show to the class. 

Monday - Mercury

Tuesday - Venus

Wednesday - Jupiter

Thursday - Saturn

Friday - Neptune


May Pole Dancing

In May, the children practised and performed their very first May Pole dance. They all had a lot of fun and worked very hard. 


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The children enjoyed their trip to Temple Newsam House. During the day we learnt lots of interesting facts about people who lived in the house and the different Kings and Queens who visited there. We also got to make beautiful crowns and have a ball! In the afternoon, we enjoyed retelling the story of the Princess and the Pea. It was a fantastic day and the children had lots of fun! 

This month we have enjoyed learning all about capacity, weight and length. We have used metre sticks, weighing scales and bottles to help us learn through play. As a class reward for receiving all of our class pandas, the children had a pyjama party. We wore our pyjamas and watched a film, chosen by the children. We then played some party games and danced the conga around the school hall. It was lots of fun! This month, the children have had extra P.E. lessons where we were able to go on the field and work in small groups, playing lots of different games. The children all had a great time! As well as learn inside the classroom, the children have loved learning outside in the environmental area. We have made crowns, created an obstacle course and played in the sand tray. It has been an exciting month for the Panda class. 

In April, the Panda class have had lots of fun! As part of Autism Awareness Week, we learnt all about what makes everyone special. We designed our own jigsaw piece to make a complete puzzle where we discussed what makes us unique. We have also celebrated Mother's Day and performed our Easter Parade, which was a great success! We have enjoyed taking part in lots of exciting Easter activities and have learnt about Easter traditions. The Lego company also came to visit and we were able to play and build Lego houses to make cities. What a busy month we have had! 
Throughout March, the children have taken part in lots of exciting activities. During our whole school R.E. day, we learnt lots of interesting facts about Islam and Hinduism. We enjoyed creating a colourful picture to represent the Holi Festival, making crowns and learning about different cultures. This month the children enjoyed Pancake day and were able to taste yummy pancakes in class. The children also continued to practise their throwing and catching skills in P.E. as well and continue to demonstrate how to log on to and use a laptop. On windy days the children were able to design and make a kite which they got to fly outside. For Red Nose day we learnt all about the importance of wearing red in school and how we raise money for charity.  
This month the Panda class enjoyed looking for mini beasts in the environmental area. The children discussed how to care for the insects and made safe habitats for the mini beasts they encountered. We all made great use of the outdoor area and had lots of adventures, playing games with each other. When it snowed, the children made snow-people and discussed the change in the weather and how the snow and ice might melt. What a lovely month we have had! 
The children have settled in well after the Christmas break. We have enjoyed learning through play and displaying our work on the class topic wall. The children have continued to demonstrate a love of learning and supporting each other on this journey. This month it was Children in Need and all the children got to wear spotty clothing for the day and help raise money for charity. 
The Panda class are busy getting ready for the Christmas break. We have made tree ornaments, Christmas cards and calendars. We also enjoyed our first Reception class Nativity play. It was fantastic and all of the children worked very hard. Each day, the children were able to take part in a variety of maths and phonics activities which linked with Christmas. In P.E. we continued to work on balance and movement. 
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