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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!



In our Nursery we are exploring the Curiosity Approach to learning, which aims to bring curiosity, awe and wonder into the early years curriculum. In a world of technological equipment and plastic toys, we are introducing the children to 'real' and natural objects, which engages the children's interest and creativity.

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 Duck in the Truck, The Magic Train Ride and The Journey .



We enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun signs and actions, and this term the children will also be learning ring games such as 'Here we go Looby Loo'.  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. 


This term as the children continue their journey with Supersonic Phonic Friends, they will to learn to distinguish initial sounds in words and also orally blend sounds together to build words.


The children will practise writing their names, using all the skills learnt through Squiggle while you Wiggle.



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 and we have lots of interactive counting songs to join in with. This term we will 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 will also learn how to recognise a number of objects without counting them and to match numeral to quantity. 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


As a part of the Curiosity Approach, the children will have the opportunity to explore 'real' objects and natural materials. These may be in the form of Treasure Baskets or Loose Parts. The children may choose to build or create pictures with the materials; they may make small worlds for dolls and play people. The opportunities are endless.


This term we will learn about how objects float and sink in water. We will also 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


In our creative area there are lots of resources available to the children to explore painting, drawing, collaging, fixing and joining materials.

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.


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


This term we are focussing on fixing and joining. The children will build models of vehicles using different construction kits and boxes.



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.

We will also look back at the children's year in Panda class through photos recorded on Tapestry and the school website, so that the children can reflect on their experiences and notice how they have changed and grown.


Releasing our butterflies into the wild

Celebrating the King’s Coronation

Jungle Jo visits Panda class (pm)

Jungle Jo visits Panda class (am)

We love Forest School (pm)

We love Forest School (am)

Science Week - making gyrocopters (pm)

Science Week - making gyrocopters (am)

Science week activities

World Book Day

Grandad Wheels Storytime (pm)

Grandad Wheels Storytime (am)

Visiting the Big Red Bus (pm)

Visiting the Big Red Bus (am)

Reading with grandparents and other family members

Meeting the police officers

Morning Pandas Divali dancing

Afternoon Pandas Divali dancing

Fireworks disco dance

Morning Pandas first visit to Forest School

Afternoon Pandas first visit to Forest School

Harvest song (Morning Pandas)

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Harvest song (Afternoon Pandas)

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