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


Staff Changes in nursery and panda classes

We are sad to be losing Rebecca Rohr from Snowleopards next week, as she has a new job with the local authority which she will be moving on to. Rebecca has been a fantastic lead in the nursery and prior to that, a brilliant TA in Panda and Tiger classes. We will really miss her as part of the staff team and wish her every success with her next venture. We hope to fill this role with a permanent member of staff from January. Up until then, the position will be filled by Liz Leese. Liz and Fran have previously worked together at Baschurch delivering forest school sessions. Liz is a qualified teacher, a forest school leader and has extensive experience in nurseries. We look forward to welcoming her to Myddle.

In January, when Mrs McGrath begins her maternity leave, Claire Mayle, the current teaching assistant in Panda class, will be teaching Panda class Mondays-Wednesdays, alongside Mrs Turner who will be doing Thursdays and Fridays.  Claire is also a qualified teacher – we feel very lucky to have such high calibre staff in our Early Years here at Myddle! We have appointed Liz Leese to be Panda’s teaching assistant when Mrs Mayle starts teaching. They have also worked together before at Baschurch Pre-school, so should help everyone settle into their new roles nicely.

In summary:

Snowleopards: Monday 21st Nov – January: Liz Leese and Fran Jones (Fridays – Clare Evans and Fran Jones)

January 2023 – new permanent nursery lead and Fran Jones

Pandas:            January until end of maternity – Mrs Mayle / Mrs Turner  (Teachers) and Liz Leese  (TA)

Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars

We have just launched Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars at Myddle!

All children – from Reception to Year 5 have now been given a login and can start playing straight away. We have launched a few challenges for the Summer Holidays and will announce the winners when we return to School in September.

The children are very excited about trying this out! More information about both programmes can be found below:


I’m delighted to inform you about a new service we’re using to support your child’s addition and subtraction skills, called NumBots.

Big Difference

NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.

Logging In

The children have been shown how to login and have brought home a letter with all required details. They might need some help navigating to the website and entering the details but once they’re in, they just need some quiet space to get on with the games.

Please ask your child’s teacher if they are struggling to login.

Important: please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them but do support your child if they’re stuck.

Little and often

In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts so we would ask you to give them 3 minutes, four five times a week.

Game Types

  1. Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
  2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.


Times Tables Rock Stars

We recommend a “little and often” approach; 3 minutes practice a day, 4 or 5 times a week is a good target.

What are the different Game Modes?
Single Player               
10 coins per correct answer
Players answer the tables selected by their teacher or by TTRS’ Auto trainer.

Important: if you feel your child is overwhelmed by the number of tables they’re practising, please speak to their teacher. We suggest to teachers to select one table per week with small combinations every third or fourth week.

If your child is on Auto, they will practise the one table chosen for them* in small chunks of 4 questions at a time. Our algorithm selects the table after a Gig game.

10 coins per correct answer
If your child is on Auto training they will periodically play Gig games to assess which table is best for them to practise in the Garage.

Important: players must give each Gig performance their full concentration to demonstrate their tables skills. They may be returned to an earlier table if not.

4 or 8 coins/correct answer
The only game mode without a timer, your child choses the table and the operation (× or ÷ or both) they want to practise. Answer 10, 20 or 30 questions.
1 coin per correct answer
Here your child earns their Rock Status, which is based on their Studio Speed. The faster they are the better their status. Studio Speed is the average of their most recent 10 Studio games. Suitable for confident players.
5 coins per correct answer
Soundcheck games ask 25 multiplication questions (up to 12×12), allowing
6 seconds for each question. Suitable for confident players.
 Multi Player
1 coin per correct answer
Children compete against others from around the world, with their identities protected behind their rock names. Suitable for confident players.
1 coin per correct answer
Children race against other members of their class who are logged in and choose the same arena name at the same time. Like Garage, Arena games ask questions that are either set by the teacher or by TTRS’ Auto trainer.
Rock Slam
1 coin per correct answer
Players challenge their classmates or teachers to answer as many questions as they can in 60 seconds, setting a score for the challengee to beat. Pupils don’t need to be online at the same time.
Tournaments Battle of the Bands – groups of children within the same school (usually classes, year groups or teams) compete to have the highest average score per player.

Important: Each correct answer (in any game mode) earns 1 point towards the team’s total in addition to the coins earned. For example, in Garage games each correct answer is worth 1 point for the team and 10 coins for the player.

Top of the Rocks – think of this as a Battle of the Bands between schools. The winning class or school is the one with the most correct answers per person. Players’ identities are always protected behind their “Rock Names.”

Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or comments.

Safer School Meeting 2022 – UPDATE

We had a good meeting today with Ian Bartlett, Crime Prevention Officer from Shropshire Council, Many thanks for all of the questionnaire which were returned.

It is, and always has been a great concern about the road/crossing outside school and the traffic passing through the village and this was evident in the parent questionnaires. Sadly the safer school scheme only relates to the school building and its grounds NOT the road outside.

We have asked Ian for his advice and he has recommended that ANY incidents/near misses outside of the school building relating to the traffic or any issues crossing the road etc, should be informed to school. We will then log these and have the evidence to back up the community/parents & staff concerns.

If anyone would like to discuss this further please call in to the school office and speak to Mrs Smith.