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Welcome to Panda Class!



Our teacher is Louise Charlton.

Our teaching assistants are Rachel, Val and Sharron.


Panda class is a class of 9 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 22nd April 2019 - School Closed (Bank Holiday).

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Return to School.

Friday 26th April 2019 - Panda Class @ Room On The Broom.

Tuesday 30th April 2019 - Panda Class @ Seven Stories.

Monday 6th May 2019 - School Closed (Bank Holiday).

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - Kwick Cricket Tournament.

Friday 24th May 2019 - Break-up for Half-Term.

Monday 3rd June 2019 - Return to School.

Thursday 13th June 2019 - Canoeing with WVP.

Thursday 13th June 2019 - Miles 4 Men Event.

Wednesday 19th June 2019 - Jorvik.

Monday 24th - Friday 28th June 2019 - Holy Island Residential Trip.

Monday 24th June 2019 - Archery at Summerhill.

Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th June - Lakes Residential Trip.

Friday 12th July 2019 - Sports Day.

Wednesday 17th July 2019 - Colour Run.

Friday 19th July 2019 - Leavers Assembly @ St. Hilda's Church.

Friday 19th July 2019 - Break-up for Summer.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019: Subtraction Bingo - In Maths, we played a game of subtraction bingo, using a number line to help us work out the answers.

Monday 1st July 2019: Canoeing - Some of the children from Panda Class had a wonderful day canoeing!

Friday 21st June 2019: Magnets - We continued learning about magnets and how some are stronger than others. We found that the stronger the magnet was, the more paper clips it would pick up.

Friday 21st June 2019: Pirate Songs - In Literacy, we came up with some actions for a wonderful pirate song and performed it for the rest of the class.

Thursday 20th June 2019: Magnets - In Science, we did a mini experiment, looking at which objects were magnetic and non-magnetic.

Wednesday 19th June 2019: Jorvik - We had a fabulous time during our trip to Jorvik Viking Centre in York.

Monday 17th June 2019: Mango Lasse and Coconut Squares - In Design and technology, we made some traditional Eid snacks. They were delicious!

Friday 14th June 2019: Pirates Love Underpants - We have been reading the story 'Pirates Love Underpants' this week. We went to Asda to look at different patterned pants and chose our favorites to then design and make our own.

Thursday 13th June 2019: Eid Curry and Rice - In D&T, we made some delicious curry and rice. We prepare all the ingredients ready for cooking. It was very tasty!

Wednesday 12th June 2019: In Maths, we have been learning our 2 times tables. We played a matching game which had pairs of socks and we had to match to the correct number.

Monday 10th June 2019: Pirate Hats - How amazing are our Pirate hats? - We enjoyed making them!

Monday 10th June 2019: Pirate Bingo - After learning the makaton signs for different pirate things, we played a game of pirate bingo.

Friday 7th June 2019: Pirate Ship - Ahoy there me hearties!!! We enjoyed our trip to Seaton park to see and play on the pirate ship!

Friday 7th June 2019: Pirate Songs - In Literacy, we learn the lyrics and actions to some pirate songs, or as the pirates would say 'sea shanties'.

Monday 3rd June 2019: Eid Biscuits - In D&T, we made some Eid Biscuits. We used a biscuit base and added peanut butter or jam and cut some fruit to go on top. They were delicious.

Friday 24th May 2019: Arcades - After learning all about money in Maths this week, we went on a trip to the arcades. We used coins in the 2p machines. It was great fun!

Thursday 23rd May 2019: Adding Money - In Maths today, we have been adding coins. We used a numberline to help us.

Monday 20th May 2019: Painting Flowers - In Art, we painted some amazing flowers in the same style that Georgia O'Keefe used.

Friday 17th May 2019: Local Area - In Geography, we have been learning about maps. we went on a walk around the local area, so that we could see what we could add to our own maps.

Thursday 16th May 2019: Gravity - In Science, after learning about gravity, we did an experiment where we had to make something to prevent an egg from breaking when it was dropped from a height. This was lots of fun!

Thursday 16th May 2019: Georgia O'Keefe - in Art, we took some close up photographs of some tulips. We then drew the photographs, they looked amazing!

Friday 10th May 2019: Summerhill - We enjoyed a trip to Summerhill Park to see how much friction various play equipment had and to see which objects we could push and pull.

Thursday 9th May 2019: Halving - In Maths, we worked together to solve some halving problems.

Wednesday 8th may 2019: Friction - In Science, we used a toy car and a ramp to test the how much friction various materials had.

Wednesday 8th May 2019: Funfetti Cakes - In Literacy, we have been learning about instructions. We followed a recipe to make some cakes.

Tuesday 7th May 2019: Halves and Quarters - In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We cut some food up into halves and quarters.

Thursday 2nd May 2019: Chicks - Panda Class visited the lovely chicks we have in school at the moment. They are so cute and fluffy.

Thursday 2nd May 2019: Symmetry - In Maths today, we have been learning all about Symmetry. We used our bodies to make a shape for our partner to copy. We also used peg boards to show symmetry.

Wednesday 1st May 2019: Georgia O'Keefe - In Art, we have learnt about the famous artist 'Georgia O'Keefe'. She would paint close up pictures of flowers. We took photos of photos ready for us to paint.

Monday 29th April 2019: Patterns - In Maths today, we have been making different patterns using shapes and beads.

Friday 26th April 2019: Room on the Broom - We went to Billingham Forum Theatre to see Room on the Broom. It was fantastic!

Thursday 25th April 2019: Tasting Greek Food - Panda Class have been learning about Ancient Greece in History. We enjoyed tasting some Greek foods.

Thursday 25th April 2019: Shape Hunt - We went on a shape hunt around school in Maths today, we found some 2D and 3D shapes.

Thursday 25th April 2019: Acting Out Elmer - In Literacy, we have been reading the story 'Elmer' this week. We had lots of fun acting out this story.

Wednesday 24th April 2019: 3D Shapes - After learning about 3D shapes in Maths, we made our own using nets. We could see what 2D shapes they're made from.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019: Colourful Elephants - After reading the story 'Elmer', we made our own colourful elephants.

Friday 5th April 2019: Easter Egg Hunt - We had lots of fun during our school Easter Egg Hunt! Thanks to the lovely bunnies for our chocolate eggs!

Thursday 4th April 2019: Block Graphs - In Maths, we have been making block graphs based on our favourite Julia Donaldson books.

Thursday 4th April 2019: Easter Cards - We made some fabulous cards for Easter,

Friday 29th March 2019: Tweddle Farm - We went to visit Tweddle Farm to see if we could see any ugly animals, just like in the story The Ugly Five.

Thursday 28th March 2019: Capacity - In Maths today, we were learnt how many cups 2 bottles of pop would fill, and how many pots one bottle of tomato sauce would fill. It was very fun!

Wednesday 27th March 2019: Rhyming Words - In literacy, we played a matching game with words that rhyme. We learnt that rhyming words sound the same.

Tuesday 26th March 2019: Capacity - In Maths today, we have been learning about capacity. We have been experimenting with water and finding out how much a litre is.

Tuesday 26th March 2019: The Ugly Five - We enjoyed acting out this week's story, The Ugly Five, by Julia Donaldson.

Friday 22nd March 2019 - Shell Hunting - After reading 'Sharing A Shell', we went to the beach to find some shells for out art work.

Thursday 21st March 2019: Mother's Day Cards - We had a lovely time making our 3D Flower cards. They look amazing!!!

Thursday 21st March 2019: Multiples of 2 - In Maths today, we have been answering multiplication sums.

Thursday 21st March 2019: Odd Socks - Panda Class all wore odd socks to spread awareness for World Downs Syndrome Day.

Wednesday 20th March 2019: Circuits - In Science, we made more circuits, but this time we added switches and buzzers.

Wednesday 20th March 2019: Dividing by 2 - In Maths today, we were practically dividing numbers by 2.

Monday 18th March 2019: Counting in 2s - Today in Maths, we have been learning our 2 times tables. We played a matching game where we had to count in 2s.

Friday 15th March 2019: Making Cakes - We had lots of fun making cakes for Red Nose Day.

Friday 15th March 2019: Red Nose Day - We loved wearing red clothes for Comic Relief.

Thursday 14th March 2019: Weaving - In Art, we practiced our weaving skills and added scales to some amazing colourful fish.

Wednesday 13th March 2019: Sharing a Shell - In Literacy, we have been reading the story 'Sharing a Shell'. We had lots of fun acting out this story.

Wednesday 13th March 2019: Circuits - In Science, we made circuits and added a switch. We learnt that if the switch was closed. then the bulb would light up.

Wednesday 13th March 2019: Car Park Sums - In Maths, we matched numbers on cars to some addition and subtraction sums. We enjoyed this activity!

Monday 11th March 2019: Painting Greek Pots - We added patterns to our Ancient Greek Pots. They look amazing!

Thursday 7th March 2019: World Book Day - For World Book Day, we read the story The Magic Porridge Pot. We tasted different ingredients and added them to our bowls of porridge. They were all so tasty! We acted out the story and learnt a song with makaton signs. We had a wonderful day!

Thursday 7th March 2019: Crochet - In Art, we have been learning how to crochet. We have been cross stitching. It is quite tricky!

Wednesday 6th March 2019: World Maths Day - We did lots of fun activities to celebrate World Maths Day. We designed half and half pizzas, then walked to Lidl to buy ingredients to make them. Once they were prepared and cooked, we cut them into halves and quarters.

Tuesday 5th March 2019: Subtracting - In Maths, we were answering subtraction sums using a number line.

Monday 4th March 2019: Greek Costumes - In History, we learnt all about what the Ancient Greeks used to wear. We tried on some different costumes.

Monday 4th March 2019: Panda Class' Assembly - We had lots of fun acting out The Highway Rat for our class assembly.

Thursday 28th February 2019: Conductors and Insulators - In Science, we have been learning about different objects that conduct and insulate electricity.

Thursday 28th February 2019: Adding 10 or More - In Maths, we used a number line to add 10 or more to a number we landed on , in a game of darts.

Tuesday 26th February 2019: Music - We had a fantastic music lesson. We took turns during a song to make the different sounds in the song.

Tuesday 26th February 2019: Adding - In Maths, we used number lines to answer some addition sums.

Monday 11th February 2019: Greek Coil Pots - In History, we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. We made some Greek Coil Pots using clay.

Friday 8th February 2019: Heavy and Light - In Maths, we estimated if we thought that objects were heaver or lighter than 50g.

Wednesday 6th February 2019: The Highway Rat - We loved acting out this week's story of 'The Highway Rat'.

Tuesday 5th February 2019: Music with Mike - We had a wonderful music session with Mike. We enjoyed using the xylophones.

Monday 4th February 2019: Bulb Circuits - In Science, we experimented and made some complete bulb circuits.

Friday 1st February 2019: Odd and Even Numbers - In Maths, we played a game where we had to find the odd and even numbers.

Wednesday 30th January 2019: The Lord's Prayer - In R.E, we have been learning The Lord's Prayer. We had fun learning the Makaton signs to go with it.

Monday 28th January 2019: Pop-Up Cards - In Design and Technology, we made some fabulous pop-up cards.

Friday 25th January 2019: Snail Biscuits - In Literacy, we have been reading the story 'The Snail and the Whale'. We made some fantastic Snail biscuits!

Thursday 24th January 2019: Table Cricket Tournament - Panda Class went to Darlington for a table cricket tournament, we came 5th. Well done Pandas!

Tuesday 22nd January 2019: Numicon - In Maths , we used numicon to match the number of items in each picture.

Monday 21st January 2019: ICT Pictures - We listened careful to instructions and made pictures on the computers in ICT.

Friday 18th January 2019: After hearing the good news that our class got 100% attendance during the Autumn term, we went to celebrate at Fizzy Izzy's!

Thursday 17th January 2019: Tens and Units Bingo - We enjoyed playing tens and units bingo in Maths today!

Wednesday 16th January 2019: PE - We were practicing our throwing and catching skills in PE today!

Wednesday 16th January 2019: Tens and Units - In Maths, we used cubes to show the tens and units of a given number!

Monday 14th January 2019: Moving Pictures - Our story this week is 'The Snail and the Whale', so in art this week we made moving whale pictures. By using the lever, the whale can move along the sea. They looked wonderful!

Friday 11th January 2019: Tens and Units Bingo - In Maths, we have been learning about tens and units. We played a great game of tens and units bingo. Some of the bigger numbers were quite tricky, but we still enjoyed it!

Thursday 10th January 2019: Seaton Carew Art - For our new corridor in school, we used different skills and materials to make some fantastic art work. Our picture was of Seaton Carew.

Friday 21st December 2018: Santa - Santa came to visit Springwell School. He was kind enough to bring presents to the boys and girls in Panda Class.

Thursday 20th December 2018: Christmas Party - We LOVED our Christmas Party!

Friday 14th December 2018: Cinema Trip - As a treat for all our hard work this term, we went on a trip to the cinema to see 'The Grinch'. We even went to McDonald's for our lunch too. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thursday 13th December 2018: The ABC Nativity - Panda Class were shepherds in this year's nativity. They were AMAZING!

Friday 7th December 2018: BeeBots - In ICT, we have been learning all about programming. We practices programming a BeeBot to get to certain items in a toy shop. It was great fun!

Thursday 6th December 2018: Rice Krispie Christmas Trees - We made some delicious Rice Krispie Christmas Tree's for the Christmas Fayre.

Wednesday 5th December 2018: Making Sandwiches - After tasting different sandwich fillings, we made our own sandwich designs and wrote instructions how to make them

Monday 3rd December 2018: Nativity Paintings - After learning about the Nativity in RE, we started to make our own Nativity scene paintings.

Monday 26th November 2018: Vegetable Glue - After reading the story 'Vegetable Glue', we made our very own vegetable glue. It was super tasty and super healthy.

Monday 26th November 2018: Shapes - In maths today, we have been learning about shapes. We constructed 2D shapes using lolly sticks.

Thursday 22nd November 2018: Tens and Units - We have been learning all about tens and units in maths today, using cubes to count and show the total tens and the total units in a number.

Wednesday 21st November 2018: Addition and Subtraction - In Maths, we used a number line to work out different addition and subtraction sums.

Wednesday 14th November 2018: Subtraction Game - In Maths, some children played a subtraction board game. Working out the sums as they moved along the ladder.

Wednesday 14th November 2018: Ugly Duckling - After reading the story 'The Ugly Duckling', some children made some fantastic paper plate swans.

Monday 12th November 2018: Anti-Bullying Week - Panda Class wore odd socks to show their support towards Anti-Bullying Week!

Friday 9th November 2018: Bowling - We had lots of fun at Larry's Lanes! We were practicing adding our number bonds to 10.

Thursday 8th November 2018: Cinderella Assembly - We had great fun acting out the story 'Give Us A Smile, Cinderella!' for our class assembly. Here are some of the wonderful characters!

Tuesday 6th November 2018: Adding Bingo - In Maths, we played addition bingo. Putting the highest number in our heads and using our fingers to add.

Monday 5th November 2018: Making Playground Equipment - In DT, we used different tools and materials to make our own miniture playground equipment.

Thursday 25th October 2018: PAT Dog - We had another visit from Maisie, the school's PAT Dog.

Thursday 25th October 2018: Frankenstein Cakes - For Halloween, we made some fantastic Frankenstein Cakes!

Thursday 25th October 2018: Halloween - Look at our fabulously spooky Halloween Costumes!

Monday 22nd October 2018: Cinderella's Carriage - In Art, we made our own Cinderella Carriages. The look magical!

Friday 19th October 2018: Cinderella's Shoe - We drew around Cinderella's shoe and measured it against our feet to see who it would fit.

Thursday 18th October 2018: Langar Meal - In RE, we have been learning about Sikhism and what Langar is. We made some Samosas as they are often part of a Langar Meal.

Thursday 18th October 2018: Kinex - After visiting a playground last week, we worked in groups and made our own playground equipment using Kinex. They looked marvelous.

Wednesday 17th October 2018: Pizza Express - We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Pizza Express. We made our own pizzas and enjoyed learning all about the different ingredients that we used to make our pizzas.

Tuesday 16th October 2018: Length - In Maths, we have been learning about length. We used paper clips to measure different objects.

Thursday 11th October 2018: O'Clock - We have been learning all about time this week, in Maths. We used clocks to show different o'clock times.

Friday 5th October 2018: Penny Bingo - In maths, we counted some pennies to match the correct numbers on our bingo boards. It was great fun!

Thursday 4th October 2018: Pinocchio - Some of the children in class retold the story of 'Pinocchio' using our puppet theatre.

Thursday 4th October 2018: Park! - In Design & Technology we went to visit a park in the local area as we are going to make our very own park models. We got lots of ideas for what we want to put in out model parks.

Thursday 4th October 2018: Acting out Pinocchio - We loved acting out this weeks story!

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: Pinocchio Cakes - We made some Pinocchio cakes to go with this weeks story. They looked and tasted amazing!

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: No Pens Day! - We had a great time making some of our own Pinocchio puppets with split-pins.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: No Pens Day! - To celebrate 'No Pens Day' we played a sensory game where our classmates had to guess the object we were describing. It was great fun!

Friday 28th September 2018: Arcades - After learning about money in maths, we went to the arcades to use the machines. Looking at what different coins they all needed to work. We enjoyed an ice-cream afterwards too!

Friday 28th September 2018: PAT Dog - Maisie the PAT Dog came in to visit us today. She is so friendly!

Thursday 27th September 2018: Baking Cakes for MacMillan - We made some delicious cakes ready for our MacMillan Coffee Morning in school tomorrow!

Wednesday 26th September 2018: Money - In maths, after learning about money, we used money to buy fruit and vegetables in the role-play shop in class.

Monday 24th September 2018: Autumn - In art, we have been making some autumn pictures. Using autumnal colours for the leaves. They look beautiful!

Friday 21st September 2018: Hardwick Park - We went to Hardwick Park to see Rapunzel's tower. We also enjoyed playing on the swings while we were there!

Monday 17th September 2018: Number Bonds Bingo - In maths, we played a game of bingo. Making number bonds to 10.

Monday 17th September 2018: Paul Cezanne - In Art we have been learning all about the artist Paul Cezanne. We used different techniques to create our own fruit bowl paintings. We used water colour and printing techniques.

Thursday 13th September 2018: Making Gingerbread People - We designed and made our very own Gingerbread people.

Tuesday 11th September 2018: Ladybird Bingo - In maths, we have been learning about number bonds to 10. Using ladybirds, we played bingo to find how many more spots the ladybird needs to make 10.

Tuesday 11th September 2018: Finger Puppets - Some children in panda class retold the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' using finger puppets. It was great fun!

Friday 7th September 2018: Tesco - We went to Tesco's to look for some green vegetables, just like the ones in Eat Your Greens Goldilocks.

Friday 7th September 2018: Number Formation - We had some wonderful number formation in Maths today!

Thursday 6th September 2018: Eat Your Greens Goldilocks - Panda Class thoroughly enjoyed acting out this story.