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Welcome to Panda Class!



Our teacher is Louise Charlton.

Our teaching assistants are Rachel, Joanne and Abbie.


Panda class is a class of 10 children with a variety of learning difficulties, alongside associated speech, language and communication difficulties.


On our class page you will find information about what we are learning in class and the many exciting events that are coming up throughout the year. We will also use this page to share photographs and videos of your child's learning and any other special activities that occur within our class.

Important Dates

Monday 16th April 2018 - Return to School.

Friday 20th April 2018 - Panda Class Trip to Saltholme.

Monday 7th May 2018 - School Closed (BANK HOLIDAY).

Friday 25th May 2018 - Break-up for half-term.

Monday 4th June 2018 - Return to School.

Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Egypt Day.


Monday 23rd April 2018: Planting Sunflowers - In science, we learnt about different parts of a plant. We then planted our very own sunflowers.

Monday 23rd April 2018: Monet - In Art, we have been learning about Monet. We made some beautiful water lilies.

Friday 20th April 2018: Saltholme - We went on a class trip to Saltholme nature reserve, to look for different types of plants and flowers. We also made the most of the play area!

Thursday 19th April 2018: Fruit Kebabs - After learning all about healthy eating in PSHE, we tried some different fruits and made some tasty fruit kebabs.

Wednesday 18th April 2018: Three Billy Goats Gruff - We had so much fun acting out this story on the trim-trail.

Wednesday 18th April 2018: Fudge - Using Goat's milk and some other ingredients, we made some delicious chocolate fudge.

Tuesday 17th April 2018: Ordering a Story - After listening to 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' again, some children worked hard re-telling the story and making sure it was all in the right order.

Monday 16th April 2018: Three Billy Goats Gruff Song - We enjoyed listening to some of the children performing a song to go with our story.

Thursday 29th March 2018: Easter Egg Hunt - We had an amazing afternoon, taking part in an Easter egg hunt! It was GREAT fun!

Wednesday 28th March 2018: Tux Paint - Using ICT, we made some wonderful Easter egg pictures.

Tuesday 27th March 2018: Local Area - Our topic this term has been 'Journeys'. We went out for a little trip to see what was in the local area and what we may pass on our journey to and from school.

Monday 26th March 2018: Easter Baking - We made some chocolate nests in cookery, they were very tasty!

Wednesday 21st March 2018: Senses - In Science, we have been learning all about our senses. Some children in panda class went on a sensory hunt around school.

Wednesday 21st March 2018: Capacity - We have been doing some amazing work in maths, measuring how much water different containers can hold.

Monday 19th March 2018: Hot Cross Buns - In R.E. we have been learning about the Easter Story. We learnt about different Easter traditions and we made Hot Cross Buns.

Thursday 15th March 2018: Boat Pictures - After reading the story Mr Gumpy's Outing, Olivia and Kyle made their own boat pictures.

Wednesday 14th March 2018: Pi Day - Panda Class had an amazing time celebrating pi day. We went to Lidl to look for pies and then brought them back to school to cook and taste. We also played the pi song on an online piano and played a game, using a dice to make pi (3.142). It was a VERY fun day!!!

Friday 9th March 2018: Wonderful Award - Olivia won the school wonderful award this week. Well done Olivia!!!

Friday 9th March 2018: Shildon Railway Museum - As we have been leaving all about transport/journeys, we went to Shildon Railway Museum to look at different trains from the past and present.

Monday 5th March 2018: Making Caterpillars - We enjoyed making our own pom-pom Caterpillars like the one from the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

Monday 26th February 2018: Trains - In Art, we made our very own trains. They looked amazing!

Friday 23rd February 2018: Train Journey to Newcastle - Panda Class enjoyed a trip to Newcastle on the train. While we were there we visited China Town and went to a Chinese Buffet Restaurant, after learning all about Chinese New Year!

Thursday 22nd February 2018: The Train Ride - In Literacy, some children were sequencing the story 'The Train Ride'. Well done!

Tuesday 20th February 2018: Chinese New Year - We did lots of fun activities for Chinese New Year, we even tried a traditional Chinese dessert which was so tasty. It was Warm Bananas in Coconut Milk.

Monday 19th February 2018: Wedding - After learning about different weddings in R.E., we had our very own wedding in class.

Wednesday 7th February 2018: E-Safety - We have been learning all about how to be safe when using electric devices, especially when on the internet.

Monday 5th February 2018: Valentine's Day Cards - In Art, we made some lovely cards for Valentine's Day!

Thursday 1st February 2018: Weights - Panda Class have been learning all about weight in maths this week!

Thursday 1st February 2018: Back to Earth with a Bump - After reading the story 'Back to Earth with a Bump', panda class did a wonderful job of acting out the whole story!

Wednesday 31st January 2018: Library Ladies - After reading some stories we did some crafts with the library ladies, we made clowns!

Tuesday 30th January 2018: Heavy and Light - In Maths, we used scales to work out which objects were heavier/lighter than others.

Tuesday 30th January 2018: Back to Earth with a Bump - In Literacy , we did a great job at remembering the order of the story 'Back to Earth with a Bump'.

Friday 26th January 2018: Larry's Lanes - After learning all about number bonds to 10, in Maths, we went on a trip to Larry's Lanes to go bowling. Working out how many skittles we needed to knock down! It was great fun!

Thursday 25th January 2018: Space Assembly - We had great fun acting out the story 'Whatever Next' and showing off our work during our class assembly.

Thursday 25th January 2018: Number Bonds to 10 - In Maths, we used cubes to help us with our number bonds to 10.

Wednesday 24th January 2018: Space Biscuits - In Cookery, we made biscuits in lots of different shapes (rocket, alien, flying saucer and astronaut). We decorated them with writing icing. they were very tasty!

Tuesday 23rd January 2018: Adding - We used a number line in Maths, to help us with our sums. Getting the rocket sums to their correct planet.

Monday 22nd January 2018: Flying Saucers - In Art, we made flying saucers out of paper bowls, paper cups, bowls and tin foil. We painted them bright colours and added sequins. They look fantastic!

Thursday 18th January 2018: 3D Aliens - After learning about different 3D shapes, we made some aliens using the 3D shape nets. We could guess what they were going to be by looking at other 3D shapes.

Wednesday 17th January 2018: Shape Aliens - In Maths, we made some aliens out of different 2D shapes.

Thursday 18th January 2018: PE - In PE, we have been practicing balancing. We had a range of different stations to go to do our exercises.

Wednesday 17th January 2018: Library Ladies - Each Wednesday, some ladies form the library come into Springwell to read stories to our children. This week in Panda Class, we read different stories about rockets and space to fit with out topic. We looked at different props to go with the stories and made some rocket pictures.

Wednesday 17th January 2018: Neil Armstrong - In history, we have been learning about Neil Armstrong. We tried food that he would've had on his journey to the moon, and learnt some interesting facts about him. He was the first man to step food on the moon and his footprint is still on the moon.

Monday 15th January 2018: Space Pictures - In art, Panda Class used ink in water to create their very own planets. We then used white paint and toothbrushes to flick the paint onto the black card to look like stars.

Friday 12th January 2018: Locomotion (Shildon Railway Museum) - Panda Class went on a trip to Shildon Railway Museum to look at the Tim Peake space exhibition.

Thursday 11th January 2018: Rockets - In art, Panda Class made rockets, using cardboard tubes, paint and tissue paper.

Wednesday 10th January 2018: One more - Olivia and Sophie did some fantastic work in maths, finding one more using a number line!

Tuesday 9th January 2018: Space Pictures - After learning all about the different planets in science, some children in Panda Class made their own space pictures.

Friday 22nd December 2017: Christmas Dinner - We had a lovely time having our Christmas dinner with the whole school!

Thursday 21st December 2017: Christmas Party - Panda Class had an amazing time at their school Christmas party, playing games, dancing and eating yummy party food!

Wednesday 20th December 2017: Sorting Healthy and Unhealthy Foods - Using ICT, we sorted foods into what is healthy and what is unhealthy!

Wednesday 20th December 2017: Taking Temperatures - Using a thermometer, we took our temperatures before and after exercise! Exercise makes our hearts beat faster and makes us warmer.

Tuesday 19th December 2017: Waterproof Materials - Panda Class did a little experiment to see which materials were waterproof.

Friday 15th December 2017: Banana the Elf! - After lunch, Panda Class came back to find Banana in the outdoor area having a tea party with all the dollies. He left candy canes for all the children!

Friday 15th December 2017: Banana the Elf! - After lunch, Panda Class came back to find Banana in the outdoor area having a tea party with all the dollies. He left candy canes for all the children! 1

Thursday 14th December 2017: Space 2 Learn - Panda Class went to Space 2 Learn and took part in different Christmas activities. We especially enjoyed making Snowman Biscuits.

Wednesday 13th December 2017: Nativity! - Panda Class enjoyed taking part in the school Nativity!

Friday 8th December 2017: National Glass Centre - After learning about different materials in Science, Panda Class went on a trip to Sunderland to visit the National Glass Centre. We watched different demonstrations on how glass is made and also how they make Christmas Decorations.

Wednesday 6th December 2017: Pantomime - Panda Class enjoyed the 'Puss in Boots' Pantomime that came into school.

Wednesday 6th December 2017: Pantomime - Panda Class enjoyed the 'Puss in Boots' Pantomime that came into school. 1

Tuesday 5th December 2017: Wooden Christmas Decorations - Continuing learning about wooden objects, we decorated wooden Christmas decorations. They looked beautiful!

Monday 4th December 2017: Wood - In Science we have been learning about materials. We went around school looking for different things that are made from wood.

Friday 1st December 2017: Christingles - In R.E. we have been learning all about advent and how Christians celebrate on the build up to Christmas. We made our very own Christingles.

Thursday 30th November 2017: SNOW! - We had lots of fun playing in the snow!

Thursday 23rd November 2017: Zog! - Panda Class had a great time acting out this story!

Monday 20th November 2017: Roman Masks - After learning all about the Romans in R.E., we made our own Roman Masks.

Thursday 16th November 2017: O'Clock Bingo - After learning about time to the o'clock in Maths, we played o'clock bingo!

Thursday 16th November 2017: Crowns - Some children in Panda Class made crowns for the giant in the story 'The Smartest Giant in Town'.

Thursday 16th November 2017: The Smartest Giant in Town - We had lots of fun acting out this story!

Wednesday 15th November 2017: One Minute Challenge - Panda Class have been learning about time. To help understand how a minute is only a small amount of time, we had some tasks to complete in one minute, they were very hard to do.

Tuesday 14th November 2017: Makaton Signing - Panda Class have been leaving some signs to fit with our story.

Tuesday 14th November 2017: Days of the Week - Panda Class have been learning about the days of the week in Maths!

Friday 10th November 2017: Toys R Us - Panda Class went to Toys R Us to get some catalogs to help us write our Christmas lists for Santa! We also used the catalogs for our role play toy shop in class.

Thursday 9th November 2017: Subtraction - Continuing our Maths this week, more children doing some fantastic work using number lines to work out the answers to sums on Education City!

Wednesday 8th November 2017: Materials - In Science, we have been learning all about materials. Panda Class sorted different objects into the correct category.

Wednesday 8th November 2017: Subtracting - We have been learning all about subtraction in Maths this week, some children used a number line to help them work out the answers to sums on Education City!

Friday 3rd November 2017: Roker Park Illuminations - As part of our topic this term, we went to Roker Park in Sunderland to look at the Illuminations.

Thursday 2nd November 2017: Bonfire Art - After learning about Bonfire Night, we made our own Bonfire pictures.

Tuesday 31st October 2017: Halloween!!! - Panda Class had a party for Halloween!

Wednesday 18th October 2017: Position - Panda Class have been leaving about position. Here some of the children have been on the trim trail, positioning themselves under, on, next to and behind the different play equipment.

Tuesday 17th October 2017: Pizza Express - We went on a class trip to Pizza Express. Here we made our very own pizzas, and learnt a little about the history of Pizza Express. We even got to take our pizzas home!

Tuesday 17th October 2017: The Scarecrows Wedding - We acted out the story of 'The Scarecrows Wedding' by Julia Donaldson.

Monday 16th October 2017: Scarecrows - In Art, Panda Class made their very own scarecrows, just like the ones from 'The Scarecrows Wedding' story.

Monday 16th October 2017: Diwali Sweets - In R.E., we made Diwali sweets. They tasted very nice!

Friday 13th October 2017: Measuring - In Maths. we practiced measuring with cm rulers.

Thursday 12th October 2017: Scarecrow Biscuits - After reading the story 'The Scarecrows Wedding', Panda Class decorated biscuits to look like Scarecrows.

Thursday 12th October 2017: Measuring - In Maths, we have been learning about measuring length and height. We used paper clips and cubes to measure different objects.

Thursday 12th October 2017: Diwali - In R.E., Panda Class have been learning all about Diwali. We made flower garlands, candle holders and got henna tattoos using face paint.

Monday 9th October 2017: Stick Man Live - Panda Class had an amazing morning, going to see Stick Man Live at Middlesbrough Theatre.

Thursday 5th October 2017: Patterns - In Maths, we have been learning all about patterns. We made our own patterns and went looking around school for patterns.

Wednesday 4th October 2017: Summerhill - Panda Class went to Summerhill Country Park to look for sticks, to go along with our Stick Man story.

Monday 2nd October 2017: Making Bread - To celebrate the Harvest Festival, Panda Class made their very own Hedgehog buns.

Friday 29th September 2017: Tweddle Farm - Panda Class went to Tweddle Farm to look for the animals from our story 'A Squash and a Squeeze'.

Wednesday 27th September 2017: Shapes - Panda Class went to the park, to look for shapes in the play area!

Thursday 21st September 2017: Mouse Cakes - We made mouse cakes, just like the mouse from the Gruffalo books.

Tuesday 19th September 2017: Acting Out the Gruffalo's Child - We had lots of fun acting out the Gruffalo's Child story using face masks!

Monday 18th September 2017: The Gruffalo's Child - Panda Class read the story 'The Gruffalo's Child' today. We then used different materials to create our own Gruffalo children and added items to the builder's tray to make it look like it had snowed!

Thursday 14th September 2017: Gruffalo Cakes - Panda Class made their very own Gruffalo cakes, they even had a green wart on the end of their noses!

Monday 11th September 2017: The Gruffalo - After reading the story 'The Gruffalo', we made Gruffalo masks and made our very own woodland area in the builder's tray! Very creative!!!

Friday 8th September 2017: Ward Jackson Park - We went on a trip to Ward Jackson Park. Here we found different coloured leaves and some pretty painted rocks. We also enjoyed the play area!

Thursday 7th September 2017: Making Cakes - Panda Class enjoyed making cakes. We took it in turns to weigh out the ingredients and mix it all together. They were very tasty!