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Our Secret Agent missions are complete
We were shocked to receive a message from the secret agents today. Agent CM 002 confirmed that all the Woodpeckers have passed their agent training and are now in fact official secret agents. The Woodpeckers were very proud but sad that they wouldn’t have any secret agents anymore. Although, the agent did say to keep a look out for spies.
The message said that the Woodpeckers would receive their certificates from a special guest. We didn’t know who it was or when they were coming.
Suddenly, Mr Harrington arrived at school with Oscar the dog and an envelope with CONFIDENTIAL written on it. It appears that Oscar was the special guest!
He came into say hello and then he got settled into the classroom.
The Woodpeckers were presented their certificates.
Then the Woodpeckers went outside for a story, cuddles and some time in the lovely sunshine.
Our school trip to Court Farm
The Woodpeckers went on a joint school trip with Owl class. We visited Court Farm and had a lovely day. The sun was shining and there were lots of activities for us to do. We travelled there by coach then when we arrived, we started to look at all of the animals. We saw sheep, goats and Shetland ponies first.
Next, we met back up with Owl class and went to see a cow being milked. They were able to pump so much milk which they then fed to the calves. One of the Woodpeckers was even allowed to go up close to a calf.
All of the Woodpeckers went to give the lambs, calves, goats, pigs and chickens a cuddle.
It was then feeding time for the lambs. Some children were given the milk bottles ready for when the lambs came running out. The lambs were very fast and strong! The Woodpeckers were very good at holding the bottle and taking turns.
After a lovely lunch on the lawn, the Woodpeckers enjoyed playtime in the play area.
The tractor came to pick us up and took us for a drive around the field. It was very bumpy but there was a lovely breeze.
Our lovely day was finished with a delicious ice lolly!
It was fantastic to have a sports day after the last couple of years. All of the Woodpeckers competed brilliantly and supported all of their class mates. They enjoyed having their loved ones come to cheer them on.
Each Woodpecker participated in the activities with their team mates. They completed the stilts, the three legged race, space hoppers, long jump, javelin, hurdles and the sack race.They then all completed the relay together.
It was a great afternoon which finished nicely with an ice lolly.
The Woodpeckers had a great time at their Jubilee picnic.
Our last secret agent mission
The Woodpeckers were given their last secret mission. They were all very excited to receive another message and they were even more thrilled to hear what their mission was. They had to go to the park and have fun!
The Woodpeckers walked brilliantly and safely to the park. They had a great time on the swings, the merry-go-round and the slides. It was great day and all the children enjoyed it.
We have been learning about different units of measure in maths. We started with centimetres so practised measuring things around the classroom.
Ten things found in the Queen’s hand bag
With the Queen’s jubilee approaching, we decided to write a poem about her. We looked at a poem called ‘Ten things found in a wizard’s pocket’ by Ian McMillan but changed it to the Queen’s bag.
The children drew lots of objects that they thought could be in the Queen’s bag. The sillier the idea, the better! We had her dogs, a crown, a million pounds, cups of tea, a red carpet and so many more ideas in her bag!
The Woodpecker then altered the original poem to suit what the Queen might have. They did really well and came up with some wonderful and funny poems.
Secret Agent Training (SATs) is complete!
I am proud to announce that the Woodpeckers have finished all of their SATs booklets as part of their secret agent training. They all worked incredibly hard and sensibly. They also had fun too doing them, which is great. We are now awaiting our certificates and special treat from the agents. A massive congratulations to all the Woodpeckers.
We had some visitors from Somerset Road Safety come into our school this week. We had a presentation given to us explaining how to be safe when crossing the road. First of all, we were taught the four important words to follow before crossing the road - STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and CHECK. The Woodpeckers were very good at remembering this. The children also talked about the importance of wearing a helmet, sitting on a car seat and they learned about the different types of road crossings. We found the presentation very useful and informative.
Secret Agent Training has commenced!
The Woodpeckers have started their secret agent training (SATs). All throughout May, they will be assigned some fun secret missions and will have four booklets to complete. Each child has created their own agent name to hide their identify. They have had a photo taken for their ID badges and they are all ready to take part in their training. Don’t they look like professional agents?
Making Easter Cards
Our very own Pudding Lane
The Woodpeckers have been making their own Tudor houses. It’s lovely that all the houses are unique and have been designed personally by the child. They look very realistic. They added their own windows and doors, beams, colours and even a thatched roof.
Nick the Potter
We had a visitor in school this week to help us create a whole school art piece. This is for the Queen's Jubilee this year. Nick the Potter has been teaching us how to use clay and has been teaching us skills to use to create different shapes. For our whole school piece, the Woodpeckers were in charge of creating the leaves. They had to make a leaf shape and then add texture to it using pottery tools. Next they added a stem. They looked very realistic. We look forward to showing you it when it's completed!
Our trip to the fire station
The Woodpeckers had their first trip of the year to the fire station. This trip was organised in line with their English topic about 'The Great Fire of London'. We travelled there by coach.
We were greeted by the firefighters as we arrived. They gave us their Health and Safety rules first and explained what we need to do if they get an emergency call. They tested the alarm and showed us an incident report that could come through. The incident report was created for us!
Next, we split into two groups and started to look around the fire station. We looked at the equipment in the fire engines and some children even got to sit in the front seats!
Then for the best bit! Each Woodpecker had a try using the water hose. They sprayed the water at the tower building and tried to knock over the traffic cones by using different water pressures.
We finished our visit by looking at the animal rescue vehicles.
One of the firefighters said he was impressed with how much knowledge the Woodpeckers had about the great fire. One of the fire women asked them some questions about fire safety and fire equipment which they also knew.
It was then time to say our thank yous and goodbyes as we started to get back on the coach. We had a lovely class photo outside the station before we left. It was a great trip!
Playing with clay
We played with clay on Tuesday! Nick the potter is coming into school next week to help us create a whole school piece for the Queen’s jubilee. Before he arrives, he wanted to teach the children some skills to use with clay. We practised making balls, cubes, lines, swirls and many more. The Woodpeckers loved using the clay and really enjoyed making something for them afterwards.
Stain glass crosses for Easter
It's that time of year again where the Woodpeckers prepare for their Easter window display. Mrs Tasker prepared their crosses for them so the Woodpeckers could decorate them with coloured plastic. We look forward to displaying them for everyone to see.
World Book Day 2022
The Great Fire of London
Our next topic in English is about the Great Fire of London. We will be learning more about this event and writing our own newspaper reports. We have started our learning by looking at our mystery box. This box is full of information, artefacts and resources related to the Great Fire. As the term continues, we will be learning more about how these objects are linked to the fire as well as learning lots of information about the historical event.
We are officially orang-utan experts!
The Woodpeckers have been busy writing their non-chronological reports all about orang-utans. They have learned many facts so have been putting them all together to hopefully convince Ellie James not to have one as a pet.
We are pleased to announce that Ellie James enjoyed reading our reports and decided that it wouldn’t be sensible to have one as a pet. However, she now wants a pet giraffe instead- Uh oh!
Children’s Mental Health Week
To mark mental health week, we have been completing different well-being activities. On the first day, some of our well-being champions hosted an assembly for the whole school explaining what this week means and they gave us strategies to use to help us stay calm.
We raised awareness of online safety on the Tuesday so that we know how to enjoy using technology. Some unkindness can happen online so we spoke about different scenarios and how we should act in them.
The theme for this year is growing together. On Wednesday, we made balloons that were decorated with all the people who help us to grow or support us. We also completed a word search.
On Thursday, we had a very exciting visitor in our classroom - Oscar the dog! Mrs Harrington brought Oscar into school for the afternoon to do some well-being activities with us.
First, we let Oscar explore the classroom again and get used to the environment. We hid pieces of carrots all around the classroom for him. Then we all sat on the carpet and read some stories. Oscar was very calm and enjoyed listening. We all read our favourite story called ‘The book with no pictures.’
Then it was time for puppy cuddles and treats! We had a brilliant afternoon and look forward to him visiting us again!
On Friday, we all wore mufti to show what clothes make us feel confident and represent us.
Internet Safety Day
The 8th of February marked internet safety day. The Woodpeckers are very good at knowing what to do if they are worried or unsure about something with technology devices. However, we still spend the time to talk over different scenarios to reassure them on what to do. We made sure we did some activities on internet safety day to mark the occasion.
We spoke about different scenarios presented by Jessie and Friends. We watched their videos about sending photos, playing online games with others and watching videos online. The Woodpeckers were very good at explaining what Jessie and her friends should do in these situations. We sung the funny tummy song to remind us who to talk to as well.
After we watched the videos, we practised being kind online. The Woodpeckers wrote as many ideas as they could about what to say to their friends when playing games with them online. Some children can get upset online if they are loosing the game, so we wrote words of encouragement and what to say if things aren’t going to plan. They were very good at this.
Hope and Humanity by Woodpecker Class
For the RCS art competition
Hope and Humanity Art Competition
Bishop Henderson are entering an art competition. This is held by the Royal Commonwealth Society and they have asked for art to be based around the theme 'Hope and Humanity'. The Woodpeckers have decided to make a whole art piece which the class has contributed to. We have had different sections with different materials to complete. We have had tissue paper to stick in a mosaic like appearance. We have been finger printing to decorate our earth. We have been drawing animals in a silhouette shape and cutting them out. We look forward to our art piece being finished to enter into the competition.
All about Orang-utans
Our topic this term in English is all about Orang-utans. We will be looking at a non fiction ebook to help us with a new task we have. Mrs Harrington received this video from someone called Ellie James. She has asked for our help. Ellie James would like a pet but she doesn’t want an ordinary pet. She would like a pet orang-utan. However, her mum said no! She has asked us to find out lots of facts about the mammal so we can help her to convince her Mum that it is a good idea. We don’t think it’s a good idea either so we have a plan. We are going to find out lots of facts which we hope will persuade her not to get one as a pet. Wish us luck! We will keep you updated.
As we start becoming orang-utan experts, we have made some of our own orang-utans to dangle from the ceiling in our classroom.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all!
On the last day of term, we enjoyed watching the pantomime on our board. It was just like being in a theatre. We made our own props to join in with the pantomime. We also learnt the songs beforehand so we could sing along.
In the afternoon, we had a Christmas party! We played circle games, musical status and had an snowball and spoon race.
The Woodpeckers enjoyed their Christmas dinner! They all wore their Christmas hats and pulled their Christmas crackers. They shared their jokes and sang along to Christmas music.
Melting Snowmen Biscuits
As a Christmas treat, we decorated some biscuits! The Woodpeckers had a rich tea biscuit and added white icing. They stuck their snowman onto the icing then decorated with different sprinkles. They used black icing to add extra details. Then for the best part- eating them! They were delicious.
The Woodpeckers made their own Christingle in the last week of term ready for our Christingle service. We spoke about what each material represents on the Christingle. The Woodpeckers were very good at remembering these facts.
What do you think of our salt dough decorations? We think they look lovely. The Woodpeckers could choose a stocking, tree or snowman for their decoration. They then chose their own paint and materials to add to them. They have been hanging on our class Christmas tree.
Christmas jumper day
We have been making Christmas cards for our loved ones. Each child chose three baubles to colour in themselves. These were stuck on the front of the card where they wrote a lovely message. Each child added ribbon and snow flakes to their backgrounds.
Our class nativity
This year, our class nativity was called ‘It’s a party!’. This play follows the traditional Christmas story but focuses on a party the angels are organising to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Everyone is invited from the shepherds, the wisemen and Mary and Joseph, of course! The Woodpeckers were brilliant at rehearsing their lines and all had lovely costumes. We performed it on the stage in the hall and it was filmed for our loved ones to watch. The Woodpeckers did themselves proud and were a brilliant cast - Well done to them all!
In computing, we have been learning about algorithms. This was a new word to the Woodpeckers but they grasped a good understanding quickly. We started our learning by having the children direct Mrs Harrington to the fire door. They were good at using the correct terminology and making sure they said their right amount of steps. They then practised in pairs.
The children then had a go at controlling their partner by drawing arrows and clicking them. For the last part of the unit, we got the iPads out. The Woodpeckers went on an internet safety game called 'Interland'. This requires the players to move the character whilst answering internet safety questions. They really enjoyed this. We even have a rap to sing about algorithms:
What do we need to do?
How will we do it?
The Woodpeckers have finished their swimming lessons for the year. They have all made brilliant progress and learned new skills. They also enjoyed their lessons too. Our last session was a 'Fun Swim'. They were allowed to get lots of the swimming equipment out to play games with. They can't wait to go swimming again next year.
With it being the start of Advent, Mrs Scott and Clarissa explained what Advent is during their assemblies with us. We have two Advent calendars in our classroom. Our first Advent calendar requires one child a day to move the snowman's carrot nose to the correct date.
Our second Advent calendar is interactive. Behind each door is an instruction on how to perform a Christmas related action using British sign language. The Woodpeckers have really enjoyed learning a new language and have been remembering the actions perfectly. We rehearse them all everyday.
We also have a very mischievous elf in the classroom!
Our wonderful Christmas window display
This term, our Jigsaw topic is celebrating difference. This unit focuses on highlighting our similarities and differences to others. We will be celebrating that we are all different and that’s okay. We have spoken about what can be the same between people e.g hair colour, hobbies, where we live, number of siblings etc. We discussed that it would be boring if we were all the same so we do have differences from others e.g our families, our eye colour, what we like to wear etc. A discussion in one of the lessons was ‘Which duvet cover can you have?’ There was a blue one with footballs on or a pink one with princesses. The children were asked whether they had to be a boy to choose the football duvet and a girl to choose the princess one. The Woodpeckers decided that you can have which every duvet you would like.
You will see our work from this unit on our display. The Woodpeckers had to pair up to make a shield together. On the shield, they had to write two things that are the same between them and two things that are different. The Woodpeckers worked really well together and were kind.
Christmas is coming...
We know it’s only November, but with our nativity play to rehearse for and December just around the corner, we have started to prepare Christmas decorations for our classroom. We absolutely loved making a Christmas window display last year so we want to do the same again this year. Mrs Tasker has been very busy cutting out stencils, tissue paper and preparing sticky back plastic for us. The display will have a stain glass window effect with a Christmas theme and lights. The stencils are all prepared so keep an eye out for our wonderful display!
eSafety: I am kind and responsible.
Our eSafety focus this Autumn term is talking about how to be kind and responsible. This works out brilliantly as we are talking about kindness in our current enquiry. When the Woodpeckers were asked what kindness and responsibility mean, they had very detailed answers. We started this unit by reading a story about Smartie the penguin. The story is about a penguin who gets a tablet for his birthday. He is very happy about this but a few problems arise. The Woodpeckers had to decide whether Smartie should sort his computer problems himself or go to an adult. Every time the Woodpeckers had to decide on a solution, they always said go straight to an adult. We even learned a new song to remember what to do if any computer problems arise:
Before you tap and click...
You need to stop and think...
and TELL someone!
We have also made our own computer rules for the classroom. Again, the Woodpeckers had great ideas. These are beautifully displayed in our classroom for all to see.
We discussed how to behave on our devices, especially when talking to our friends on them. Just because you aren’t with your friends, it doesn’t mean we can be unkind. The Woodpeckers were very understanding of this and even added it to our class rules. We played the emoji game to talk about the different emotions. This was great fun!
Oscar the dog comes to visit
We had an exciting visitor at our door this week - Oscar the dog! The Woodpeckers have heard lots about Oscar (Mrs Harrington’s dog) and even talk about him in our book corner but they met him in person for the first time. The Woodpeckers were very gentle and calm around Oscar which he really enjoyed. Oscar enjoyed his cuddles and being stroked. Some children couldn’t believe how soft he was! The funny part was when Oscar met the toy Oscar. He is scared of his toy at home but he very much loved the Woodpecker’s toy. He tried to take it home with him! The Woodpeckers loved having him and Oscar loved being here too. We hope to have him back again soon!
We have been talking about Remembrance and what Remembrance Day represents. We all attended the school’s remembrance service with Clarissa. She explained to the children why we talk about Remembrance Day and she paid respect to the soldiers from Coleford who lost their lives in World War One and World War Two. We stayed still and silent for one minute to remember those who lost their lives. We did this again on the 11/11 at 11am. We all said a prayer too. A wreath was laid down on our behalf.
Many of the Woodpeckers have been paying their respect and donating to the poppy appeal charity by wearing a poppy or a related poppy item. They have also contributed to our Remembrance window display. Mrs Tasker prepared their stain glass poppy shapes for them and they decorated them with either tissue paper, glitter or sequins. You will see these displayed now. Don’t they look lovely? You may wonder why some of the poppies are purple. That is because they represent any animals that were killed during the world wars. The Woodpeckers made beautiful stain glass poppies which they are really proud of. We hope you enjoy looking at them.
What could my classroom be made of?
Building our own reading corners
For the final part of our enquiry, the Woodpeckers had to group up and make their own reading corners. They had a variety of scrap materials to choose from and they could use part of our school building to help support their structures. They worked brilliantly in their teams and each group had their own unique style.
The Woodpeckers had to explain why they used certain materials by using the new vocabulary we have been learning. Here are the finished projects!
This was a fun activity which the Woodpeckers didn’t want to end. So we read some books in our new and exciting reading areas.
Our new book corner
You might remember before our first lockdown, the school took part in a sponsored silence. This was ran by the PTA to raise money for new books for the school. Everyone did amazingly and raised so much money! This has allowed us to make our book corners more welcoming and filled with exciting new books. We have nice new cushions and beanbags in our area along with a toy version of Oscar the dog (Mrs Harrington’s dog). The Woodpeckers enjoy reading to him!
We have also bought some new chapter books, books about disabilities and books that talk about different religions and ethnicities.
We have placed our 40 book challenge in our new area. For every 4 books read, the children move up to the next level. There is currently a competition for the Woodpeckers to catch up with Mrs Harrington. She has read 30 books so far. They are catching up quickly!
A new activity in our book corner is our book recommendation board. The Woodpeckers can choose a book they enjoy from the book corner and write their reasons why they like it. Then children can see these displayed and can read the books too if they want to. Here are some of the books the children have chosen already.
What could my classroom be made of?
One of our enquiry lessons consisted of taking a learning walk around our local area. Our aim was to identify materials and compare new and old buildings together. Mrs Allen joined us as she knows lots of history about Coleford. She was telling us what some of the current houses used to be used for. Mrs Tasker also knew her stuff. It was very interesting indeed! It was good to see the differences between modern and old buildings.
We spotted lots of materials in real life. Here are some of the ones identified.
Here are some of the buildings we spoke about the History of and how their materials are similar/dissimilar.
In another enquiry lesson, we spoke about how materials are created. We used the terminology ‘natural’ or ‘man-made’. The Woodpeckers organised the materials in to two groups. They were brilliant at this.
Another word we added to our vocabulary was ‘malleable’. We learnt that if a material can change shape, then it is malleable. The Woodpeckers held our materials and tried to stretch, squeeze, twist and bend them. They then explained whether they were malleable or not. The Woodpeckers had good discussions as some materials could do some things but not others. They also explained that some materials can change shapes at different temperatures.
Where is Beegu?
We still haven’t been able to find Beegu! We spoke about the reasons why she might still be hiding from us and what we could do to help. Beegu left us a message with her parents address attached:
So we decided to write a letter to Beegu’s parents to tell them where she is and where to find her. We delivered the letter to Mrs Allen in the front office to post for us. Hopefully we get a reply soon.
This term, Mrs James has been teaching us RE. Our topic this term is learning about the Judaism religion. The Woodpeckers have been learning about the Torah and what it contains. They have also looked at what a synagogue is and what happens there. They have been talking about Shabbat and why it is observed in Judaism. The Woodpeckers even got to eat some bread!
What could my classroom be made of?
Our enquiry this term is looking at what could our classroom be made of? We are becoming scientists and gaining experience as engineers, historians and artists. We started our enquiry by writing down as many materials as we could. Green house group named the most!
We then went for a walk around school to try and find these materials. We wrote down what we observed. We noticed that the climbing frame is made out of wood, the climbing bars are made out of metal, the peace garden contains rock and stone, the windows are made out of glass etc.
Beegu is back!
We had a huge surprise in the play ground today! As we went for a run around the track, some Woodpeckers caught site of an unusual object. As we got closer, we discovered a silver, space ship looking object on the field! It is not usually there.
We all gathered around the spaceship and made a plan of what we should do. We shared our predictions. We realised that it must have landed between break and snack as no one witnessed it at play time. We discovered a letter underneath the spaceship. We now know that Beegu the alien has returned to our school. Her spaceship crashed on Earth again and she only want to return to us for help because we were so helpful last time.
Suddenly, we noticed something yellow at the top of the playground. Everyone ran to look at it. Unfortunately, it was just a yellow PE cone.
We protected the spaceship with the tyres outside.
Mrs Harrington ran inside with Aubrey and Billy so that she could carry the spaceship inside. We wanted to put it somewhere safe. It was very heavy and everyone helped to protect Mrs Harrington.
We eventually got back inside and placed the spaceship safely in our classroom. We spoke to the spaceship to tell Beegu that it is safe to come out if she wants to. We don’t know where she is so we made posters and put them up all around school. For now, we have put take around the classroom to protect the ship and will keep an eye out for her.