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Pandas - Nursery

Welcome to Pandas

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Welcome to Panda class! We have two groups of children in Panda class - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 


In Panda class we learn through play, both indoors in our lovely new Nursery, and outside in our amazing outdoor environment. As we play we make new friends, learn to take turns and share, listen to instructions, talk about our experiences, explore new things, have a go at new challenges, and most of all, we have fun!




This term our theme is 'Journeys'

In Panda class we focus on 10 special books throughout the year. They are called our Key Texts. 

We also listen to stories linked to our Topic. This half term our topic is 'Journeys'. Our special stories this half term are 'Duck in the Truck', 'The Magic Train Ride' and 'The Journey'.



In our phonics work, we focus a different letter sound each week and we are learning the Jolly Songs to help us remember each sound. We are also learning how to blend sounds together to say words. As we prepare the children for F2, we will also introduce some Phase 2 phonics.


When we ‘Squiggle while you wiggle’, we will begin to mark-make these letters on large pieces of paper as we listen to music. We will continue to practise copying the letters in our names and make purposeful marks in our Floor Book.


Everyday we enjoy Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun actions. These are brilliant at helping children to look and listen, developing their speech and language, and preparing them for reading. 


We always have lots of opportunities for children to look at books and to have a go at mark-making throughout the Nursery session.


Maths is part of our daily routine in Panda class. We use every opportunity to count and look for familiar numbers. We always count the number of children and look at the number on the calendar. We also have an interactive counting song to join in with too! 

This term we will continue to focus on a number each week so that the children gain a good understanding and knowledge of each number. We love to watch the NumberBlocks, and the characters helps us to understand about each number. We will be counting, recognising, forming and beginning to order these numbers.

This term we will also focus on how to recognise a number of objects without counting them, different combinations of numbers that total 3 or 4  and matching the correct numeral to quantity. The children will then use this knowledge as they work in our maths area.

Understanding the World


This term our theme is 'Journeys'. We will investigate how things move and how their speed changes e.g. toy cars going down a ramp and boats moving on water.

Expressive Arts & Design

This term we are focussing on printing and colour mixing.

We will also build models of vehicles using different construction kits and boxes.

The children will join in play on our role play bus and train, and also at the car wash.

The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Changing me’, and we will talk about our body, growing up, changes and all the fun and fears we might have as we grow up.

Watching butterflies emerge from their cocoon

'Here we are' - learning about planet earth

Comic Relief fun!

World Book Day

Science week

Squiggle while you Wiggle!

'What to expect when' - a guide to how your child grows and develops through the Foundation Stage