Pandas Autumn 2016


In Pandas we have daily phonics sessions where we focus on work around environmental sounds but primarily rhythm. We use the resonance board to tap and feel the rhythms of songs, poems and call and response chants. 

We use a lot of sounds during our intensive interaction sessions which are undertaken at every opportunity.


Reading in Pandas will be shown in many different ways.

We have a cosy reading area, where we can sit on bean bags and sit with adults or independently to look at books. We have been practicing holding the books the right way round, turning the pages, looking at the pictures and listen to the stories that the adult reads.

We have access to a light and sound room where we focus on fixing and tracking the movement of the bamboo reeds.

Our class teacher likes to make a sensory story for each topic. We use the resonance board to help tell these stories and we get to explore lots of different sensory items in the story. 

There are also books for us to look at in each area of provision.   



Maths happens every where in our classroom. We have a designated maths area within the classroom that has a variety of activities for us to explore.

We also have a colour sorting unit where we can practice finding the same coloured square.

We have lots of access to number and counting activities as part of continuous provision and we also have workboxes which have maths focus. 

We use maths as part of our daily routine and have opportunities to count how many children at register time and how mny pieces of fruit at snack time. We are learning to follow routines and anticipate what is going to happen next.


Swimming: Pandas go to Hydrotherapy on a Friday.  Please remember to send swimming kits into school and swimming nappies if you are providing your own.  Thank you





 Pandas homework goes out on a Monday and a Thursday. Monday homework, a book to share with your child and the family, this is due back on a Friday. Thursday homework, Pandas homework bag activity, is due back on Monday. Please let us know how your child found the homework. 


Outdoor Provision 

In Pandas we love playing and learning in our outdoor classrooms when the weather is nice so please ensure your child has appropriate, labelled clothing, a coat, scarf, hat, gloves and wellies if appropriate.


Please find below our long term plan for learning in Pandas, this includes the focused curriculum area in each topic. The plan also gives examples of activities you can enjoy with your child at home to support their learning.



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