Welcome to Pandas’ Class!

Class Teacher: Miss Ross



Teaching Assistant: Miss Rodham


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 Tuesday 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 - Superheroes

Tuesday - Wizards

Wednesday - Pirates

Thursday - Aliens

Friday - Monsters


What a busy November we have had in the Panda class! This month, we have begun rehearsing our Christmas Nativity "It's a baby!". The children have loved singing the songs and working with the other reception classes. We are really excited for next month's performances. At the beginning of the month, the children also raised money for Children in Need by coming into school in non-uniform. We had a great day! We have also celebrated Diwali and enjoyed making Diva Lamps and learning the story of Rama and Sita. In the playground, we created Rangoli patterns using chalk. For Bonfire Night, the children created a giant firework picture using paint. It was very exciting! The whole school also learnt about Road Safety and how to keep safe when travelling near a road. It's been a busy and fun filled November! 
This month, we have been having lots of fun learning all about Harvest Festival and Halloween. The children have been singing lots of Harvest songs in class and even made their own musical instruments! We have also been learning about Halloween and why it is celebrated around the world. We have made pumpkin plates, paper chains and split pin characters. We have also been continuing to develop skills in PE, such as balance, movement and coordination. In Phonics, we have practised our new phonemes and their accompanying Jolly Phonics actions. The class really enjoyed doing yoga in class and completing lots of mindfulness activities during our Wellbeing Day. The children also loved making Panda masks using paper plates. It has been a busy half term with lots of fun and learning taking place! 
This month, the children have settled in to their first year at school. All of the children have enjoyed exploring the classroom, outdoor area and creative room. We have read lots of stories together and sang our favourite songs. In PE we have been learning how to change into our kit and move freely around the hall by playing lots of different games. The children have enjoyed forming new friendships and having adventures! We are all happy to be in the Panda class and are excited to share our learning journey with you. 
Interested in visiting our school? We conduct regular small group tours. If you would like to join one, call 01423 871036 to arrange.