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PANDAS 2018-2019

**Please see bottom of page - a new link has been added to view photos from our Big Picture Treats**

It's nearly the end of Term 2! We started off the term with a Halloween party! The children all helped to carve pumpkins and decorate the classroom with cobwebs, witches legs and spiders -  it was lovely to see everybody in their fancy dress outfits. Since then we have been looking at bonfire night where we looked at firework safety and had sparklers! We also made awesome firework pictures with the paint spinners. We are now focusing on Diwali, where we are making clay Diwali Diya lamps.

We then moved on to the theme of 'Squish and Squash' where things started to get a bit messy! We explored different textures of foods with our hands - thinking of lots of different words to describe them. We also used the clay again to make textured bowls and pebbles.

Our next theme was 'Bright Sparks' where we looked at Hanukah and Advent. We had a great afternoon celebrating the eight nights of Hanukah, trying the foods they eat for it and giving gifts and cards, and of course the lighting of the candle each night.

We will finish this term with Christmas, where we will be doing lots of different craft activities, meeting reindeer and even Santa himself! We have another trip to look forward to on the 19/12/18 to west lodge farm - we'll be updating our slideshow with photos from there once we have them.

Please take a look at our Term 2 slideshow:

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In term 1 we looked at the story 'Room on the Broom'. During this we did group artwork projects, went on hunts for the different items that fell from the witch and then finished off with a department celebration where each class bought something along to have - Pandas' made witches brew drinks for everyone!

For our next topic 'All About Me' we put on a Pandas' X-Factor!! The children loved planning their acts to show off their talents and choosing costumes. We had dancers, animal tamers, football skills and many more - even Youlia showed off her magic talents! Everyone had a great time cheering each other on and throwing confetti for the golden buzzers.

We finished off this term with the topic - 'Circus'. We had great fun dressing up as clowns and making our own circus tent. We also did craft activities using paper plates following step by step instructions.

In our other subjects we've been making sandwiches and pizzas in cooking. In literacy we've looked at poems and have been working on our phonics. In numeracy we've been looking at position and direction guiding each other round blindfolded courses. We have even done some DT this term using hammers and nails to create moving giraffes.

We hope you all have a lovely week off - Enjoy our term 1 slideshow:

 

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As a reward for all the good things Panda's do they earn themselves small Panda's to go on the Panda chart. When we fill it all up we get a class treat. Please click the link below to see photos' from our big picture treats:

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