Panda Class had a mystery visitor…

Panda Class had a special visitor on Thursday afternoon!

A Mystery Reader knocked on the door…

The children were so excited to find out who the Mystery Reader was this week.  They had a super story-teller and a great story choice.  The book chosen was Space Tortoise, by Ross Montgomery.  A big thank you to all involved.

Who will the Mystery Reader be next week?

Panda Class enjoyed World Book Day

Panda Class looked amazing for World Book Day.

Their costumes and wooden spoon characters were very imaginative. We all enjoyed finding out which books were their favourites and why.

Well done Panda Class!

Panda Class Science

Over the past few weeks children in Panda Class have been exploring the subject of ‘Animals Including Humans’. 

Year 1 have worked very hard to compare a range of animals, talking about their similarities and differences. Next, children investigated 5 different animal groups – mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.  Then, they had a look at animal diets, again, comparing what animals eat, and then discussing which animals are carnivores, omnivores or herbivores.

Reception joined in by discussing animals, and then made a range of different animal homes, according to the animals size and needs.  They used Dear Zoo as a starting point and were very busy constructing the homes and painting some wonderful animals too.

Next we will be exploring our senses, with a range of different investigations to find out more. .

Well done Panda Class


Gardening Club Update

On Saturday, 12th November something wonderful happened!

The PTA and several parents & children helped to create 3 brand new raised beds, new borders, planted with Spring bulbs AND had a good tidy up in Forest School and around the play ground.

The gardening club have been active since winning first place, for the children’s entry of the Shrewsbury Flower Show.  The new raised beds will be used by the children to enhance their learning and will be an essential resource to further develop the schools gardening club.

Non of this would be possible if it were not for the PTA, parents of school and nursery and children all volunteering and, giving not only their time but some wonderful donations too – lots of timber and compost for the raised beds and some seeds .

A huge thank you to everyone concerned!

Mrs Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Friday 5th March

Hi Pandas,


it’s the last day of Home Learning!  Hooray!!!

You have all done so well, you should feel very proud of yourselves for all of your hard work!  A huge thank you to all of the grown ups too that have had such an enormous task to make it all happen.

We are all set for next week, to welcome you back; with lots of fun activities.

For today, Friday – use this day to catch up or take it easy.

Don’t forget to do some yoga with Cosmic Kids, or PE with Mr Wright or Joe Wickes.

Enjoy more great stories. You could try making up and writing a story of your own.  Think about some amazing characters; do they have any super powers? What do they look like?

Here’s one of my favourites.

You could plan a teddy bear’s picnic and plan a menu.

What would you make them to eat?  You could draw your picnic food on a plate and label it.


Why not colour by numbers


Or a crossword…


Or if you want a real challenge a Teddy Bears Picnic Sudoku!


Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Remember for next week, winter uniform please, as we have to have the windows and doors open for ventilation. Jumpers and cardigans will be needed too and a winters coat. Come in your PE kits (with gloves and hats if it’s cold) on a Wednesday and Friday.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner





Panda Class Home Learning Thursday 4th March

Hi Pandas

It’s World Book Day!!! – Is any one dressing up today as their favourite character from a book? Go for it! You may want to wear your pants on top of your clothes to match our story today!

I found this article really interesting ‘why we should turn on the subtitles’

Phonics – follow your schedule.

Reading – enjoy your books, especially on World Book Day.


Enjoy this book – Aliens Love Underpants!

There are more stories available on line too, if you wanted another one.

Then, thinking about your favourite alien, either from the book or one of your own, draw the alien and give it some colour; add lots of detail.  What will it look like? How many arms, legs, heads and other more unusual features will it have? Don’t forget a special pair of underpants will be needed!

Once you have created your alien, think about and write a full description of it. Rehearsing, out loud, what you want to write before you write it; say the sentence lots of times before you write, so that you know what you’re writing. Have a think about your letter formation and neatness; is it your best work?

Have a go at these home learning challenges.


Here is an activity for you to create your own book mark, for all of that wonderful reading.


If you still have any time left, how about having a go at some of these activities?


Reception – Here is a counting sheet, you may spot somethings from the story…


Year 1 – I have added some handwriting sheets of some of your spellings.  Try to do your neatest handwriting.


Have lots of fun with your favourite stories.

Have a great ‘book’ day.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Wednesday 3rd March

Hi Pandas,

I hope you are having a good week.

Not long now until 8th March… I’m counting down the days!! I can’t wait to see you all.

Continue with Phonics as per the schedule.

Continue reading and enjoying those amazing books!

PE  With Joe Wicks or our own Mr Wright with TWWG ‘Move’ sessions on YouTube.

English  – All Pandas  Enjoy the story of Peace at Last by Jill Murphy.


After listening to the story encourage your child to say which parts of the story were their favourite parts and why they like them.  What happened to Mr Large? What was the problem? What were the noises?

Can you create a story map showing the different events that happen as Mr Large tries to get away from the noise to get some sleep.


I would choose Story Map B, from the one in the link.  Add the details from the story into the right areas, thinking carefully about what happened.

Encourage your child to retell the story from their story map – perhaps ‘reading’ it to a younger brother or sister or a favourite teddy.

Maths – All Pandas  (Year one,  continue with your Measures booklet, then have a go at these activities).Try estimating how long a minute lasts for.  Can you count to 60, does it take a minute?

What can you do in a minute? How many times can you write your name in a minute? Look at a clock, what time do you normally get up, eat breakfast, have lunch or get ready for bed?

Have a go at some of these activities to see how many you can do in a minute.


Mixing paint – Can explore what happens when you mix black and white paint together? Can you mix different shades of grey to paint an elephant with?

See if you can work out what colours would be created by mixing these colours together…


Can you find out some facts about elephants? Create a fact file for elephants.

You may want to try and draw an elephant of your own; then paint it.


As it is World Book Day tomorrow,  you might want to send me a picture of you and your favourite book. You might want to send me a video of you reading it!  If you’re feeling creative why not dress up as your favourite book character, or draw the character and decorate it.

I will be doing a Zoom session on Thursday at 1:30pm and I will read you one of my favourite books. I will send the link on Class Dojo.

Have a great Wednesday.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Tuesday 2nd March


I hope you are all well.

Phonics – Keep going you’re doing a great job!

Maths – Year 1 continue with your Mass booklet.

Reception – Try this home learning challenge.



English – All Pandas

We’ve had a letter Panda Class….


Dear Panda Class,


 I am the Evil Pea and I have been causing trouble with all of the other vegetables!  I’m going to rule the world and turn it green!


 I’ve heard you are trying to rescue the carrot, and set it free from the ice.  You will not be able to get the carrot out as I am the Evil Pea and I have frozen it solid!


 I am green and I am mean!


 From the Evil Pea!  

Don’t mess with me!

Today’s mission (or later in the week…) Panda Class is to set carrot free from the ice! And prove Evil Pea wrong! (Grown ups, if you didn’t manage to freeze a carrot in advance, or perhaps tape one down somewhere at home).

Create a plan of action – write notes to explain how you are going to free carrot.  How will you do it, what will you need? How will carrot be feeling? You could make a poster out of your plan.

Then, when you’ve set carrot free, write a letter back to the Evil Pea and tell him what you have managed to do! Explain that you have your own super powers; one of which is being helpful!

Good luck with your mission!

Enjoy this story about a Run away Pea! Its done through drama!

Have a lovely day.

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Monday 1st March

Hi Pandas,

March already…where did February go?

The plan for today

Worship via Zoom, with Mrs Williams – link as before on Class Dojo.

Phonics – as per the Ruth Miskin Live Lessons schedule.

Reading – Lots of reading…

MathsYear 1 Mass and Measures Home Learning Booklet.

Work through your booklet this week, practically where possible, and go at your own pace.

Mass and measures home booklet year 1

Reception – Looking at measuring and comparing weight/mass. If possible try and work practically with items around the home.


English – All Pandas. As this week sees the return of World Book Day, I thought we’d have some fun with a few favourite texts and activities.

Enjoy the story of Supertato!

Your task is to recreate ( I can’t wait to find a potato and get busy bringing him to life!) or draw Supertato and then….create/write  a character profile for him. Think about what he looks like; describe him using carefully chosen words. What are his super hero qualities? – Go back to the story as many times as you need to to remind you. Write your character profile neatly in your books or if you prefer make a poster out of it and decorate it with the other veg around the edge.

Use this template if you haven’t made your own.

Supertato Outfit Cut-Outs

Special request.…If grown ups can freeze a carrot in a bag/Tupperware of water please? Ready for another activity tomorrow.  Sneak preview… Evil Pea has frozen the carrot and we have to rescue it by thinking about how to remove the ice…

More of that tomorrow…

For our return to school, can you complete the ‘End of Lockdown’ sheet so we can find out a bit more about it.

Back to school feelings jigsaw ks1

Many thanks,

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning Friday 26th February

Hi Pandas,

Friday already!  Where did the week go?

Here are a few thoughts for today.

Don’t forget 11 am today is our Zoom session with Road Safety Ray – the link went out via Class Dojo – let me know if you need it again. Have you got your questions ready?

Spend today catching up with those tasks that you didn’t manage to complete in the week.

If the weather is kind, enjoy a nice walk and look for signs of Spring. Here is a bird spotting checklist.


You may want to spend more time creating your Kandinsky style artwork – the ones I’ve seen look amazing! You are all so talented.

Can I request that you bring your Kandinsky style artwork in to school when we return? I would like to make a large display featuring all of the children’s artwork – it will look amazing!

I have attached a letter with a few notes and reminders, for our return to school on 8th March.  How many big sleeps is it now…?

Panda letter March 21 PDF

Have a great day.

Mandy Turner


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