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Yr 1 Parents – Vision Screening

Dear Parents/Carers

Letters were sent out last week regarding the Vision Screening for all Year 1 pupils which is taking place tomorrow morning (24th Sept).

If you DONT want your child to be included in this please let school know by the end of the school day today (Wednesday).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give me a call 01939 290834.

Mrs Smith

Panda Class Curriculum Plan for Autumn Term 2020

Please find the Panda Curriculum plan below.  We can’t wait to get started.  As you can see our topic is old and new toys in History and Materials in Science, so where possible we make links to for a topic area.  We have been looking at how we can find out about toys in the past and what toys of today are made of; and how this differs from the past. Children were interested to know what their grown-ups at home had as their favourite toy when they were little.

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If you have any questions please just ask.


Best wishes

Mrs Turner

To all Panda Parents – Reception & Year1

Hello All,

I do hope you have had a relaxing Summer break.

I have been in the classroom getting things ready and planning for the return of our fabulous Pandas!  I can’t wait to see them all.

Just a few notes and reminders:

Year 1 children return on Wednesday 2nd September 9:00-9:10 Drop off and 2:45 collection every day.

Reception children, as stated in the letter you received in the post, start on Thursday 3rd September 9:00-9:10 Drop off and collection is at 11:30.

From the 11th – 18th September  Reception 9:00-9:10 Drop off, children stay for lunch, and are collected at 1:15.

From 21st September on-wards Reception do the same day as Year 1s.  9:00-9:10 Drop off and 2:45 collection.


We are really lucky to have the PE coaches in the first week back, so children will need to come in their PE kits every Wednesday & Friday as we will not be getting changed in school.

If you have any questions at all please do email me directly on

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

P.S I will hopefully be adding some pictures so the children can see what the classroom looks like.

Best Wishes

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning w/c 13th July 2020

Hello everyone,


I hope you have enjoyed the weekend.

This is the final week of home learning online, as term ends this Thursday, 16th July 2020. I have to say I have been blown away by the effort your children have put into the home learning tasks and it’s been so lovely to see the work, videos and pictures on Class Dojo.  It’s not been easy for anyone but we have all pulled together and you have done a great job! Thank you.

In maths this week we are looking at solving mathematical problems – putting into practice what we have learnt so far.  Remind your child to read the question and then say what the problem is asking them to do; ask them to tell you what they know about the question (who, what, how many) if necessary underline what the question is asking you to do. Then get them to say how they might work it out – don’t forget drawing pictures or using props for these problems are a great visual support.

Sharing eyfs-maths-solving-problems

Halving eyfs-maths-solving-problems

Doubling eyfs-maths-solving-problems

In English we are looking at rhymes.  It is important to be able to hear rhymes and be able to match and predict/suggest a matching pair of rhyming words.  Enjoy the poems.


Can you write any poems of your own?

In phonics we are practising set 2 and set 3 sounds from Read Write Inc.  These can be found on you Tube

Set 1 and set 2 Red words should be practised as well so that your child can read and spell them independently.


I would recommend carrying on with some aspects of learning through the summer holidays, by listening to your child read regularly, getting them to write notes, letters and lists etc. I have also added a summer activity booklet with a variety of activities for them to complete if they want to – hopefully they will enjoy it.


Take care and enjoy the summer holidays and I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning w/c 6th July 2020

Panda Class Home Learning w/c 6th July 2020

What a busy week we’ve had again – it has been really good to see everyone’s work.  Keep it going.  Thank you for your support with your children at home and in school.

In Maths this week we are looking at capacity.  If it’s sunny (fingers crossed!) you could do some of these activities outside with some bottles or containers of different sizes.  The following links are for worksheets and activities.





This week in English we are reading the story of Super Tato! You can find a video of the story here

We are going to be re-writing the story and changing what happens in Super Tato’s adventures! Perhaps you could create a story map for this story or come up with your own version of events – perhaps different fruit and veg and different problems!  Don’t forget to illustrate your stories.

As well as making a story we are going to be making ‘wanted’ posters to help catch the culprit – The Evil Pea! You can find the link here…



Expectations by the end of EYFS- Early Learning Goals       (in an ideal world…)

Reading– Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Activities- Regular reading at home, looking for signs, having a go at reading anything around you!

Writing– Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Activities- practice writing words and sentences using anything around such as chalk, whiteboard pens; it doesn’t just have to be pencil and paper! You could write letters, label pictures, write stories; it can be totally up to the child’s interest!

Number– Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Activities- Counting forward and backwards, looking for and recognising numbers (especially up to 20) anywhere around you, hunting for numbers, one more, one less than a particular number.

Shape, Space and Measure– Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Activities- hunting for shapes in your home, garden, daily walk, comparing the height, weight, size of objects, making your own pattern, you could draw a pattern, paint a pattern, and make a pattern using objects in your home.

There are some great activities on Pintrest for Super Tato   Enjoy.

If you need any more resources please feel free to message me or, alternatively, have a look back on previous weeks’ posts.


Take care and have a good week.

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Learning w/c 29th June 2020

Hi Pandas,

We’ve all had another busy week with lots of amazing work and activities.  Some people have been baking: a rather yummy looking chocolate cake; some people have done some amazing writing; some people have sent videos of super reading; some people have been growing things too.  Our cress experiment was interesting.  We found that cress will grow virtually anywhere! Even, we found, in a dark cupboard!  We noticed that the only thing it needed for growth was water.  The best result was when we grew it in cotton wool on a sunny window ledge.

This week’s learning…

This week in maths we are looking at Length, height and distance. Children should begin to use the language to describe length and height, e.g. the tree is tall, the pencil is short.  When making direct comparisons, they may initially say something is big or bigger than something else. Encourage them to use more specific mathematical vocabulary relating to length (longer/shorter), height (taller/shorter), and breadth (wider/narrower).  Opportunities for comparing length or height will arise naturally through talk and play in the natural environment/out and about.

The story link below is Where’s my Teddy? Read by Jez Alborough.


The following sheets will mostly be around length, height and distance.



Sophies Sunflowers Measuring Height PowerPoint

There are also lots of other activities available on-line for measuring.


In English we are reading the story of ‘A Magical Muddle’.

We are going to find natural items, thinking carefully about what we know is not safe to pick. We are going to use our items to make a potion! What kind of potion would you choose to make? Perhaps a potion to make you invisible, make you fly or turn yourself into a mermaid!

Before we get stuck into making our potions we are going to write instructions so we don’t forget what went in. For example:

  1. Put 4 petals into the bowl.
  2. Add 3 crushed green leaves.
  3. Mix in 2 drops of rainwater.
  4. Stir in a pinch of glitter.

Phonics – Children should aim to be secure in reading all set 1 and 2 sounds and be able to read and write all set one and two ‘red’ (tricky) words that cannot be decoded. The link below is to the Read Write Inc website Oxford Owls.



Reading – Please read regularly: books, e-books, notices and signs when you are out and about.

This week we are going to have a go at making our own special magic wands to go with the potions we are creating.  If you can find a stick and have a go at making your own wand, you could make it extra special by adding some ribbon, glitter, paper, string or any other bits and pieces your child thinks will look nice.

Have a lovely week and keep sending in those amazing pieces of work/creations, you are all working so hard.

If you need any help with ideas or further resources please let me know.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Overview of Learning w/c 22nd June 2020

Hello Panda Parents,

We’ve all been working so hard this week: at home and at school, in our bubbles.  Well done and a big thank you to all.

Maths – This week in maths we are looking at halving and odd / even numbers.  Collect an even number of small items, count them so you both know how many there are at the start. Perhaps use some food for a teddy bears picnic.  Have 2 plates and share the food out equally. Make sure the sharing is fair.  Then progress this to start with an odd number of items and talk about what happens when you have shared fairly but there is a left over, this must mean we started with an odd number of items. Talk about odd and even numbers. Encourage your child to draw pictures to record their findings. Children could build towers with odd and even numbers of bricks, again, draw what they have found out and discuss odd and even numbers. ‘An odd number is a number that cannot be shared out fairly between 2 people.’


We can also complete any maths activity sheets from last week too – these are good to keep revisiting basic number operations.

Phonics – In phonics this week we are revising recognising and writing, correctly, all of the set one sounds.  I have sent a link to the set one sounds so you know which ones they are.  I have also added a video clip to see how the letters should be formed.  The correct letter formation is important to crack at an early age then children don’t start with habits which are hard to break later on in school.  Ultimately, the aim is for older children to have cursive handwriting and the correct formation is vital for this to be successful.

The link below shows which letters/sounds are in which set.


The link below is a link to the parents area of Read Write Inc phonics where you will find lots of resources for reading and phonics in general.

There re some writing/phonics sheets too which will hopefully be fun and help to cement our phonics.  The sentences in bold should, ideally, be read by the children with your support.

Phonics Activity Mats

If I can be of help with anything please let me know.  Have a great week.

Mandy Turner

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