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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, and some children who stay all day. 


In Panda class we learn through play, both indoors in our lovely 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:



In Panda class we focus on 10 special books throughout the year. They are called our Key Texts. The children will listen to these stories being read to them at story time this term.

We also listen to stories linked to our Topic. This half term our special stories are We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and What the Ladybird Heard.



When we begin our nursery session, we like to get our bodies moving with ‘Squiggle while you wiggle’, which helps children to develop skills for writing.


We enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun signs and actions. These form part of our phonics teaching, and are brilliant at helping children to look and listen, developing their speech and language, and preparing them for reading. 


In our phonics groups this term, the children will continue to learn about alliteration. Each week there will be a new sound in our Sound Box, and the children will discover lots of words starting with the same sound in the box. The children will also begin to blend sounds together to say words. This is called oral blending.


This term we will continue to use our amazing floor books, where the children contribute their purposeful marks (writing and drawing marks) to our whole class book. 


There are 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 focus on a number each week so that the children gain a good understanding and knowledge of each number. We will be counting, recognising, forming and beginning to order these numbers. We watch Numberblocks and have lots of interactive counting songs to join in with too! This term the children will begin to match numeral to quantity and learn how to recognise a number of objects without counting them (using the spots on dice to help). There are lots of different maths resources for the children to explore in our maths area, and begin to use their developing mathematical knowledge.



Understanding the World


This term we will be learning about bears, discovering what their homes are like, what kind of habitat they live in and what part of the world they live in (using world maps and globes).

We will also be learning about minibeasts (including ladybirds), and how we can care for them and help find them a home in our gardens. We will use the magnifying lenses in our Investigation area to go outside on a minibeast hunt.


Expressive Arts & Design


The children will be using different painting skills this term. They will be mixing colours to make brown paint for a bear. They will also paint on different media, including pebbles and stones, in order to make a model ladybird.



In our malleable area, the children have the opportunity to handle and explore playdough, using their hands and different tools to mould and shape the dough.

There are also musical instruments in the Investigation area, which the children play as they sing familiar songs. And Friday is our music day, when we explore and play instruments together as a band.


In the home corner and small world and construction area the children use their imagination and make up stories as they play together.

The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Relationships’ and we will talk about making friends, falling out and being the best friend we can be.

White Post Farm visit (Afternoon Pandas)

Chinese New Year Dancing

Divali dancing

Foundation Stage Christmas Concert morning Pandas

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Foundation Stage Christmas Concert afternoon Pandas

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Harvest Song - One potato, two potato

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Harvest Song - Dingle dangle scarecrow

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