Miss Langley, Miss Radcliffe and Mrs Tasker welcome you to Woodpecker Class
PE is on Tuesdays. Please can your child wear their PE kit to school.
Spelling tests are on Fridays.
Please bring book bags, reading books and homework into school on Mondays. Book bags will be returned home on Tuesdays.
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🎄🎅🏻 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 🎅🏻🎄
From all in Woodpecker Class
Our Christmas Poem
Poem for Santa
Stockings are hung
Christmas carols are sung
Each child is in bed
Slumber stories are read
It’s that magical night
When reindeer take flight
In your sleigh you do sit
(With toys – a tight fit!)
This key is for you
Dear Santa, it’s true
A long wait it’s been
We beg you – come in!
For our Christmas party, we played lots of games! We started by playing the fruit salad game but with a Christmas twist!
We then played a game of guess who stole the elf hat.
Musical statues to Christmas songs was our favourite game! We played it 3 times!
But best of all was our snowball and spoon race. It's exactly like playing egg and spoon race but with a snowball! We played in our house colour teams (even the adults got involved!). We played on the track in the playground and it was so much fun!
1st Place - Green House
2nd Place - Red House
3rd Place - Yellow House
4th Place - Blue House
We loved our Christmas lunch!
We were all dressed as different Christmas characters. We had lots of angels, elves, Santas, Mrs Clause, reindeers, donkies and snowmen. We had a great last day of the school year and look forward to seeing everyone again in January.
Beegu goes home for Christmas
We were both disappointed and excited to hear that Beegu has returned home. Jingles the elf had a surprise for us this morning saying he knew where Beegu was. He was sat in the space where Beegu's spaceship has been parked but the spaceship was no longer there! Jingles was holding an iPad which had a new video recording on it. It seems that Jingles had caught on camera the moment Beegu's mum came to get her. It was quite dark and difficult to see but we are happy to announce she made it home safely. We are pleased she made it home for Christmas but we enjoyed looking after her. Hopefully we'll see her again soon and that she enjoyed her stay with us.
We made christingles ready for our christingle service. We spoke about what each part represents and made them independently.
Christmas Jumper Day
We all got into the Christmas spirit on Friday 11th December by wearing our Christmas jumpers to school. We were raising money for a charity called ‘Save the Children’. We had a great day showing everyone our jumpers. We even designed our own jumpers with some exciting tools such as snowball throwers, teleport buttons, glitter cannons and so much more! You will see us designing these on the Christmas video that was made which will be available soon. We also practised our school wake and shake dance to ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and performed it which was great fun.
This week, we wrote letters to Beegu’s mother to inform her about Beegu’s adventure to planet Earth. We explained about Beegu crash landing in our classroom and how she is desperate to go home. We used a special space stamp which Beegu provided us with. Mrs Young was very kind and offered to post it for us. We have our fingers crossed that her Mum will come get her soon, especially before Christmas.
🎄 Christmas in Woodpecker Class 🎄
We have been getting into the festive spirit this month by decorating our classroom. We have made decorations which are currently dangling down from our ceiling.
Mrs Tasker has created us a very Christmassy role play area which looks fantastic! She also made us an advent calendar to use everyday.
Our windows are all lit up and colourful at the moment because of a Christmas challenge Mrs Scott set us. She asked us to design a window display which had to include lights, a heart and work from the children. The children made some lovely stain glass candles and baubles. Each bauble is unique and has a design related to Christmas. We hope you enjoy looking at our window display.
PRIZE: We won the categories of most Christmassy and best lights!
Finally, we have had a special visitor in our classroom who has been very mischievous. However, he has also been good at helping us find Beegu and checking she is okay.
BREAK THE RULES DAY
We had a ‘Break the rules’ day on Friday 27th November. We all turned up to school breaking the school uniform rule. We wore mufti, dyed our hair, wore make up, put gel in our hair, wore tattoos, put glitter on our face and so much more! We also broke the rules by going to playtime and lunch early. We had an extra snack time too! We were really daring and had an extra choosing time. At the end of the day, we were given some sweets to take home too which were delicious! We had a great day being rebels! It was great fun and made us all smile.
LATEST NEWS ON BEEGU
BEEGU SIGHTED IN THE LIBRARY
On Thursday 26th November, Miss Langley was walking past the library when she suddenly saw something. There was something yellow peeping out of the curtain. Luckily, Miss Langley had an iPad on her to video the yellow object moving. She ran towards it and saw what appeared to be Beegu! However, Miss Langley wasn’t looking where she was going when she was running so she fell over a chair! As she got back up, Beegu was gone! Miss Langley ran back to the class, dropped her papers everywhere and told the Woodpeckers what she saw. She put the video up on the board for all to see then she screen shot the video to try get a clear image of Beegu. The Woodpeckers were very excited. The Woodpeckers decided to write Beegu a letter to explain she doesn’t need to be afraid. They left it in the last place Miss Langley saw her. The Woodpeckers hope to see her again.
Mrs Scott has come up with a lovely idea for all classes to plant daffodils around the school. This is so that the playground looks lovely during the spring time. We have planted them in November to make sure they are ready for the Spring. We have planted ours against the fence between the children centre and Robin class garden so that all parents can see when they pick their children up. We can’t wait to see them grow and flower!
An alien space ship has landed in Woodpecker Class! As we were outside having a run around in the playground, Mrs Tasker ran to us worried and scared. She said she heard a very loud BANG coming from the classroom. We headed back to the classroom quickly and this is what we saw!
The classroom was a mess with pencil cases and paper everywhere and even a table was turned on its side. It appeared that an alien’s spaceship had landed in our classroom! We started looking around for clues. That is when we noticed a book with the space ship called ‘Beegu’.
Miss Langley and Mrs Tasker thought it would be a good idea to move the spaceship to a safer area. They were a bit worried to touch it though so we dressed up in our PPE equipment. It was very heavy but they managed to move it to Miss Langley’s desk.
We then decided to read the book that landed with the space ship. That is where we found out that an alien called Beegu has crash landed on our planet and has lost her Mummy. She needs our help and children are the only people who will understand.
We hid for a little bit to see if Beegu would come out but it didn’t work. So we decided to put posters up around the school and inform everyone that there is an alien on the loose! We hope to find her soon and will make sure we can get her home safely.
In preparation for Remembrance Day, we have been making stain glass poppies. We have created these by using either glitter, sequins or tissue paper to decorate them. Not only have we made red poppies but we have also made purple ones too. This is because purple poppies represent the lives of all the animals that fought in wars to help the soldiers. You will see our stain glass poppies on display in our window.
During the last week of term, we created our own self portraits. We did this in a creative way by taking photos of ourselves. Mrs Tasker cut the photo into 4 pieces. We then only had to draw parts of our portraits. The woodpecker children did brilliantly at including details and making their drawings match their pictures. Our self portraits are now on display outside our classroom.
On Friday 9th October we raised awareness and spoke about mental health. As a class we discussed how we can support people around us and not just people who are our friends. We spoke about the importance of being kind and making sure nobody feels alone. We came up with ways to cheer people up. We made buntin which was covered in our favourite jokes and we all had a giggle listening to them. We also wore yellow to raise awareness for Hello Yellow day.
This term we are learning about rainforests. We have been learning about what a rainforest is, the animals that live there, the different layers of the forest and the troubles they can have. We have spent 3 weeks of geography lessons becoming experts! The Woodpeckers are great at identifying the 4 layers of the rainforest with our actions and they can tell you lots of facts.
We have linked our learning in English by learning about orang-utans. We started by reading an excellent ebook about them and gathering lots of new facts. We then had a challenge set for us. A fictional girl named Ellie James would like an orang-utan as a pet. We are currently trying to convince her that it is an unkind idea! We interviewed Ellie James and wrote her bossy instructions to try put her off but so far, it isn’t working! We are not giving up though.
We have also been making our own orang-utans which are hanging in our very own rainforest role play area.
UPDATE: After weeks of trying to convince Ellie James to not have an orang-utan as a pet, we managed to change her mind! All of our information and non chronological reports informed her of all the reasons against orang-utans as pets. She enjoyed reading them and learnt a lot! The woodpeckers are now orang-utan experts.