Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Welcome to Pandas

Dear Parents and Carers


Some of you may be Panda parents for the first time and some of you may be returning as a Panda parent with a new child. We welcome you all and we hope you have all had a lovely summer break and look forward to some great experiences through this academic year.

The Panda team consists of two teachers – Mrs Hughes who will teach Monday to Wednesday and Miss Wagstaff who will be teaching Thursday’s and Fridays. We have a fantastic teaching assistant called Mrs Hillier and Ms Parry who is a 1:1 and a dedicated member of the team.



Our topic this term is ‘Who are we?’. We will be discussing our feelings, likes and dislikes and looking at our families and where we live. This term there is a great focus on our Personal Social and Emotional Developed and our Physical development to help develop our learning readiness. Our topic web can be found at the bottom of the page.



P.E. this term, will take place on Friday afternoons in the form of Tatty Bumpkins (an inside activity based on co-ordination and control). Please ensure your children keep their named P.E. kits in school throughout the week as extra sessions may occur. Children should have trainers or plimsolls for outdoor P.E. sessions while indoor sessions will be undertaken in bare feet.

Children should not wear jewellery to school, apart from stud earrings (which must be removed for P.E. days unless the child can remove them without aid) and watches.



Homework will be sent home once initial assessments have been completed and the children are settled. This will be linked to our Phonics teaching. Mainly sound recognition and letter formation to begin.



Reception children will begin with picture books which will require discussions and progress to books with simple words which will be connected to the picture - say what you see.



Please make sure that all items of clothing (not just P.E. kits) are named to avoid disappearances as everyone has the same items.

We advise that the children have wellington boots for those wet and muddy days. These can be kept in school on the wellington rack.

We provide a different piece of fruit every day for your child’s snack however if you prefer or they are not eating (we will let you know this) then you are more than welcome to bring in your own piece of fruit.


Please remember to send your child in with a named water bottle every day as learning though play is thirsty business and a bookbag as this is where the children put their work they want to take home and where we will put their reading books when reading is up and running.

If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact the school office to arrange a suitable meeting time although, we are available after school most days for more pressing matters.


Best wishes,

The Panda class team


Pandas Curriculum Web

Phonics and Reading Presentation - 2021

Pandas Class Gallery - 2020/21

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