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Panda Class 2020-2021



Term 5


Welcome to Term 5!


Our curriculum question this term is:
How do things move?

Welcome back to Term 5! We hope you have had the most amazing Easter break and are ready for some super learning. 


Our Learning:


Our curriculum question this term is, 'How do things move?'. Our focus will be on the text, The Train Ride by June Crebbin. We will be writing fiction and non-fiction pieces about vehicles and journeys we have been on. We will also be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly!


In Maths, our focus will be on cardinality and counting. We will be working on our counting skills, our ability to recognise numbers to 5 in different formations without counting and we will be developing a deeper knowledge of numbers to 20. As well as all of this, we will be developing our understanding of patterns. 




Our PE day this term will be on a Monday. Our lessons will be delivered by Liam from Elite Community Coaching.


Spare Clothes:


If your child is still prone to wetting accidents, please can you ensure a spare pair of clothes are provided. Although we have spares, some of the children prefer to be in their own clothes. A reminder that if your child has come home in spare school clothes, please can these be returned.


Forest School:


Our Forest School days this term are: Friday 30th April, Friday 14th May and Friday 28th May. Please can you ensure the children come to school in clothes appropriate for outdoor learning. Although the weather might be warmer and the ground dryer, the children will need a long sleeve top and trousers to protect their arms and legs. The children will need wellies for wet weather but if it's dryer, an alternative pair of shoes is fine. They will need an indoor pair of shoes if it's raining or has been muddy.


Hats and Sun cream:


As we head into warmer weather, please can I ask that the children bring in a sunhat where possible. This will remain in school, in their trays. If this is not possible, we do have some hats in school.


If you would like your child to apply sun cream during the day, they will need to do this independently. 


In Other News:


We are so excited to say that Mr Head will be joining us again for the next four weeks. He will be teaching in Panda Class at times as well as experiencing life across the rest of the school. His final day with us will be Wednesday 19th May.


If you are still reading, well done you! This term, the adults in Panda Class are: Miss Jackson, Mrs Ridge (every other Tuesday afternoon), Miss Burchfield, Mrs Burden and we are excited to say that Mr Phillpott will now be working as one of our TAs. Although Mrs Penfold won't be working in Panda Class anymore, we will still see her around the school.


All of the adults are so excited to start Term 5 and we hope the children are too! Happy Monday!

Panda Class Assembly - 23.4.21

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Panda Class' hedgehog autumn song

Meet the Teacher



Hello, my name is Miss Jackson and I am the Panda Class teacher. This is my 6th year of working at Aldington Primary School.


Before teaching in Panda Class, I taught in Dolphin Class for four years. I had the most amazing time teaching in Year 1 and a definite highlight was when we went on our annual school trip to Port Lympne zoo. I'm sure my first class (who are now in Year 6, how has that even happened?) remember that it rained all day long! Little did they know that I actually split my trousers on the morning of the trip so was delighted that I could wear waterproof trousers all day!


Now in Panda Class, I love working as part of our Early Years team. It is a huge honour to be able to work so closely with our families and to support the children on their journey as they start school. One of my favourite things about being in Panda Class is seeing how the children use their imagination to bring the Panda garden to life. The children are always so creative and use the garden in so many different ways.


My passions include practising yoga, eating Cadbury Twirls, wearing leopard print and looking at, talking about and wishing to be as tall as a giraffe! Here is a picture of me doing two out of the four:



Well, that's a little bit about me. I can't wait to get to know you all better!

We are 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