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Welcome to our class web page. We use this page to post photographs of activities that have been happening in Panda Class as well as any useful links for use at home. Check back soon for photos, news and activities!




This is a link to a very useful video to help parents with phonics at home. The aim of this video is to support all parents with the correct pronunciation of all of the sounds so that the children can be well supported at home.

Using the Bee Bots

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Panda Class Home Challenge/Newsletter                              7.2.20


This week in Panda Class:


We have been using the Bee Bots and directing them around a map of Aldington. The children had to programme the Bee Bots to travel around. Together, we travelled from school to the park. We then challenged the children to go back from the park to school.


In Phonics, we have learnt the digraphs /oo/ (look), /oo/ (moon) and /oa/. Can the children read these words?

sh oo k    

m oo n   

c oa t   

f l oa t    

s oa p


In Write Dance we have learnt to write the letter j.


On Friday, we walked to the park. On the way, the children were asked to look at what they can see. In the afternoon, the children had to try and plot things they saw on their way to the park on a drawn road of Aldington.


Home Learning Activity

Please continue to do activities on the Naming 3D shapes sheet.

The children’s responses to the home learning activities are due in on Thursday 13th February.

We have loved seeing what shapes the children have made or found at home. Thank you.


Have a lovely weekend, see you on Monday J

Panda Class Home Challenge/Newsletter                                  31.1.20


This week in Panda Class:

In Maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes. The children have all been trying very hard to learn the names of these shapes and remembering that a sphere isn’t called “Sophia”!


In Phonics, we have learnt the digraphs /ng/, /ai/ and /ee/. Can the children read these words?


        r i ng     s i ng     r ai n     p ai n     sh ee p     b ee


In Write Dance we have learnt to write the letter h.


On Thursday, in our PE lesson, we have started yoga. The children have listened so well during these lessons and have learnt the poses ‘soaring bird’, ‘downward facing dog’ and ‘bull’. During these lessons, we have been developing our balance and learning to look at our ‘drishi’ point which is a point of focus to help balance.


Home Learning Activity

Naming 3D shapes sheet.

The children’s responses to the home learning activities are due in on Thursday 13th February. We give the children 2 weeks to complete any activities so that they can engage with one a week or more if you choose to.


Have a lovely weekend, see you on Monday J

Panda Class Newsletter                                                  24.1.20


What a great week we have had in Panda Class. Here are a few of the things we have been up to:


In Maths we have been learning about money (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p) and have been ‘buying’ fruit with different value coins. The children have really enjoyed role playing shops and handling the money.


In phonics we have been looking at the digraphs /qu/ (queen), /sh/ (ship), /ch/ (chick). Can your child say the sounds to you?


In Write Dance we learnt how to write the letter m. Last week we learnt the letter n.


Family Challenge:


The family challenge was put into books or sent home last week (it was linked to owls and owlets). You still have another week to complete a couple of the activities.


Have a brilliant weekend and see you on Monday J


Panda Class Newsletter                                                   10.1.20


Happy New Year! Welcome back to Term 3.


We have had a very busy week in Panda Class. Here are a few of the things we have been up to:


In Maths we have been learning about positional language and have been playing games where we have to put objects on, under, next to, behind etc.


In phonics we have started to learn the Phase 3 sounds and have learnt j, v, w and x this week. Can the children say the sounds to you?


In Write Dance we learnt how to write the letter d.


Family Challenge:


On our Term 3 letter (which came home at the end of Term 2, please ask if you can’t find it!), we shared with you that one of our curriculum questions for this term is, ‘Who is in your family?’


Your family challenge this week is to share with us who is in your family (immediate family – the people who are part of the children’s everyday life). You can choose how you would like to do this. You may like to paint or draw a picture. Perhaps you would like to write the names of the people in your family. Maybe you would like to build them out of Lego or mould them out of Play-Doh.


We cannot wait to see what you choose to do.


Have a brilliant weekend and see you on Monday J

Term 3

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Term 3 letter

Panda Class Newsletter                                                     6.12.19


This week we have started to think about Christmas and put our decorations on the tree in the hall!


No family challenge this week!


Have a brilliant weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday J


Panda Class Newsletter                                                  22.11.19


What a busy week we have had in Panda Class!


In RE (Religious Education) we have started to think about people who are special to us. This has then allowed us to think about Christians and who might be special to a Christian.


In Growth Mindset, we have been learning how to be a good talk partner. The children know they have to:


1. Sit with school legs.

2. Face their talk partner.

3. Make eye contact to show they are listening.

4. Listen carefully to what their partner is saying.

5. Take turns in speaking and listening.


Forest School/Village Walk


As many of you are aware, every other Friday we have Forest School. The Fridays we don’t have Forest School, we plan to take the children down to Reynolds Play Park (in Aldington) or on a walk of the village. We will only go if the weather is dry but we do ask that you make sure your children have hats, gloves and coats on these days. The children will not require welly boots as it will make playing on the park equipment difficult.


During these walks we will be discussing road safety and how to be safe when you are out and about.


Have a brilliant weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday J

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                                   15.11.19

Please complete at least two of the ‘one more or one less’ activities over the next two weeks. We have been finding the set which has fewer (less) objects in our maths learning and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. (Please ask if you need another sheet!)


We have also given you a phonics sound mat (again, please ask if you need one.) This includes all of the single, Phase 2 sounds. It does not include ‘ck’, ‘ll’, ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.


They are presented in the order we teach them. We are up to ‘u’ in class. I have also written how we form the letters.


If you were wondering where these letters/sounds are: ‘j’, ‘v’, ‘w’, ‘x’, ‘y’, ‘z’, they are taught in Phase 3.

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                        1.11.19


Family challenge

The children's family challenge was stuck into their yellow books or sent home with them if their yellow books were not in school. The activities span two weeks. Have fun!

Term 2

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Term 2 letter

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                     18.10.19


Family challenge


Looking around our class, everyone is very tired and either has the

beginning of or is fighting off a cough or cold (and that includes the


With this in mind, your family challenge for your week off is to snuggle up on the sofa and share your favourite book or story, preferably under a blanket!

Make sure you take a picture so that we know you have done your homework properly!


Forest School


Today we had our very first Forest School! The children had so much fun exploring the area and we came up with some very important rules to keep us safe! Can your children remember any of them?


Next term


Next term, our topic questions are:


Who helps us?

What sparkles and shines?



Next term we will be having a PE lesson on a Monday with a company called Elite. Please make sure PE kits are in on the first day of term.

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                      4.10.19


Family challenge:

This week your family challenge is to do something kind for someone or something else. This could be playing a game with someone younger than you. This could be building a bug hotel in your garden to help protect the insects from the cold. You could even bake a cake or make something special for someone. Be as creative as you like!


As a school, we are taking part in an event called ‘Thousand Hours’. This is where people across Ashford show how kind they are during the month of October. If you do anything kind outside of school, please make sure you make Mrs Harris (through the office) aware so that she can add this to our school hours!


The children have been very lucky this week to have had Mrs Morsley teach them for three days whilst I have been participating in different training days. The children have loved going on spider hunts with her and exploring counting forwards and backwards. As a class, we have also started to learn some of our sounds. This week we learnt s, a, t.


Next week:

We have our Harvest Festival next Friday. Panda Class will be singing a song!

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                     27.9.19


Family challenge:

This week, we have started to learn about spiders after reading our story Aaaarrgghh, Spider! Your family challenge is to find out a fact about spiders which you can share with the class. We can’t wait to hear them!



A few highlights from the week:

  • Literacy - we have read the story ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’ and have started to act out different parts of the story. We also asked the children to think about the characters and how they might be feeling in different parts. Together, we did some shared writing about their thoughts.
  • All about me – as one of our ‘choosing’ activities, the children have had the choice of drawing self-portraits. Some of the children have really enjoyed looking in the mirror and drawing their features.
  • Construction – all of the children are really enjoying using the construction equipment inside and outside. The children have been creating prisons, hospitals, houses, slides and tracks with the blocks.

Panda Class Family Challenge/Newsletter                     20.9.19



Family challenge: Your challenge is to find a rock to bring into school which we can use. The children will move the rock to identify what they are having for lunch (school dinner or packed lunch). Rocks need to be in by Friday 27th September 2019. The rock should be no bigger than a £5 note but not so small that we cannot write the children’s name on it. *Please make sure that this is not a precious rock as it will be used within the classroom.


Wow, what a busy three weeks we have had in Panda Class. The children have all settled in so well and the adults have loved coming to visit you all. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes.


In class this week, we have introduced our ‘Behaviour Bamboo Stem’. All of the children have a little panda with their name on which starts on a green leaf. Everyone starts their day on a green leaf which means they are going to have a good day.


The children move to orange if they have been given multiple warnings and need to have some time out. If they move to red then they have still not improved upon their behaviour or have broken our class rules by physically or verbally hurting someone. The children will then have some supervised time out away from the classroom. If the children continue to make the wrong choice, they will move to the bottom and will miss their break time/part of their lunch time. This is in line with our school behaviour policy.


Our hope for the class is that the children will have their names moved up.  If they are moved up to the gold leaf, they have showed us how amazing they are and we celebrate in class. If the children continue to impress us, they get their names moved up to the star. If they reach the star, the children earn a very special scented sticker (which all of the adults wish they could have!)


A few highlights from the week:


  • Phonics - we have been using our listening ears to hear environmental sounds around us. We have been listening to animal sounds and trying to recreate these. We have also been playing lots of rhyming games.
  • Maths - we have been exploring numbers to 10 and ordering numbers to 10. We have also been practising writing our numbers on a whiteboard.
  • PE – we have been exploring jumping in different ways. We have also been participating in some Write Dance activities to get our arms and muscles ready to write.


Final note: We had our class picture for the Kentish Express today. Please keep an eye out in the newspaper and online for the photograph.

Term 1

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Term 1 letter

We are now part of the Letter-join handwriting scheme and any of our pupils wishing to practice their handwriting at home can now log on to the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.


Go to and log in using the desktop log in boxes:



Letter-join works best on browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.



Go to and select the tablet log in button, log in using these details:


Swipe code: starting at the top left form the shape of a capital L

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