Panda Class Spring 2018

January 2018


Dear parents and carers,


Panda class are enjoying being back together for the new term. We talked  about our holidays and have introduced what we will be learning about this Spring.


We have continued to build our lovely sensory corner and we  now have our very own projector for class. Our story corner also has our ‘Wow!’ tree where we put leaves with comment about all the things we have achieved.


Our topic for this term is ‘Light and dark’. For literacy we will be looking 3 different books: Can’t You Sleep Little Bear which will be centred around the sensory corner, Day Monkey/Night Monkey and Bears in the Night which will involve moving around different areas of the school – including outside if it’s warm enough.


We will continue to explore maths through games and sensory play such as parachute games and tactile substances. In our art space we will be creating some paper mache moons, light and dark pictures and shadow puppets. We will also carry on with our cooking sessions once a week which will involve smelling and exploring various substances. This term we are also going to have a topic on gardening and we will be growing things like cress, herbs and sunflowers.


 When it gets warmer we will go out on a Wednesday afternoon, which will either be to the park, to the local library or to the local shop. This will encourage the children to encounter people in  different environments and different surroundings.


 We have specialists coming in to do music, dance and PE and the children really engage with these sessions. In dance we are exploring the ways our bodies can move and also making choices. In PE we will continue to explore the ways our bodies move and what we can do with them. In music we will be singing songs and copying or creating rhythms to go with the songs. We will also be doing some drama in class during which time we will explore our stories and do something to get a reaction from the person we are working with.


The children will continue to have stretches and go into their standing frames, class chairs, bench sitting and standing with ladders and wedge lying as appropriate.

 We are really looking forward to this coming Spring term and I look forward to meeting you all for our next IEPs to discuss how well your children are doing.


Communication is fundamental to the home/school relationship and we ask that you use the home/school book as necessary.  This includes noting down the times when paracetamol may have been given or whether your child has had any difficulties throughout the night.  All medication request forms will be in the home/school books and require immediate action i.e. making a request for a repeat prescription when the time comes.

 Yours sincerely,



Lucy Brunnen (Panda class teacher)