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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Good bye Miss French
Sadly, we had to say good bye to Miss French this week. Miss French has been with us as part of her teacher training degree. She has been great at teaching us fractions, how to write a good story and all about everyday materials. We have even completed some fun art activities too! We will miss her very much! We made her her very own NQT hamper so that Miss French has everything she needs for her own class. We also made her a woodpecker picture and card.
We had an exciting afternoon this week. We were invited to the children centre to have Ellie present an exciting experiment she has been working on. She has been growing her own triops! This was not a familiar creature to us so she explained them to us. She described what they are and how she grew them. Did you know a triops has 3 eyes but is very blind? Did you know they can grow up to 8cm long?
She then told us what a triops needs in order to survive. Miss Barton was donated a fish tank and a filter because triops hatch and live in water. The water temperature has to be 21 degrees. Triops shed their skin so she showed us what this looks like. It was very delicate though so we had to be careful.
We then learned what triops like to eat. At first, they were given a special food which came in the box when they ordered the eggs. The Woodpeckers smelt the packet but they all thought it spelt disgusting! The triops now eat fish food and they also like grated carrots.
Next, it was time to see the triops up close! We had to get into small groups so we could all see them. They have grown a lot but they move quickly and can blend into their environment easily. We could see their three eyes and all of their legs! They liked swimming around and digging in their sand. We look forward to seeing them get bigger!
Saying a sad good bye
Our first week back was quite sad this week as we said goodbye to one of our class members. As a class, the woodpeckers all got together to make a lovely gift for Evie. She loved it! We wish Evie all the best and she will be missed by everyone.
☀️ Welcome back to the summer term ☀️
Welcome back to all the Woodpeckers! This term, we will be looking at lots of new topics in our lessons.
English - Fairytales
Math - Fractions
Science - Everyday materials
RE - What do Christians believe about love?
Watch this space to see what we get up to this term.
🐥🥚 Happy Easter to everyone! 🥚🐥
On our last day of the term, we had the best day! We made nest cakes! We made two varieties. One was made with shredded wheat, melted chocolate and mini eggs. The second cake was made with Rice Krispies, white chocolate, smarties and marshmallows. We had a great time making them and look forward to eating them.
Then it was time for the best bit- OUR EASTER EGG HUNT! Miss Radcliffe and Miss French went out into the playground and hid our sock bunnies. We then had to go and find them. We got into our starting positions.
The Woodpeckers were great at finding their own bunny.They even subtly helped their friends if they were struggling to find theirs! They are a great team.
Then it was time for the best bit. The Woodpeckers earned a small Easter egg to eat!
The Woodpeckers have been busy making lots of Easter art. Firstly, they all made stain glass crosses that are displayed on our window. After talking about the Easter story, the children designed their own crosses.
Next, we made an Easter wreath. We had some printed eggs and blank ones for us to decorate ourselves. We then stuck these around a paper plate. They were great fun to make.
During the last week of term, we made Easter bunnies. We used socks, rice, ribbon, elastic bands and a pen. We started by filling the sock with rice and used the elastic bands to form a body and head shape. We used a ribbon to disguise the elastic band. We then drew eyes and a nose for our bunnies. They looked great!
Reflection Day - Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Today marks one year since the UK went into a national lockdown. We spent today talking about how we felt during the past year. The Woodpeckers told me all the things that changed for us during lockdown. We first spoke about the negative feelings such as missing our friends and families, missing school, missing clubs etc. We then spoke about the fact that we may have had some positive memories too, such as spending more time with our families, FaceTiming our friends, playing outside and so much more. We did a one minutes silent to reflect on our year. We split a reflective picture into pieces and gave the children one each to colour. We have now put them all back together to make a picture. Have you seen it displayed in our window?
Since being back at school and having been in two lockdowns, we have been talking a lot about our feelings. We have been using a story to help us understand our feelings and knowing how we can make other people feel better. The story we have looked at is called ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ We read this outside in the sunshine.
This book explained that we all carry an invisible bucket. We cannot see it and we cannot see anyone else’s. Our buckets hold our emotions. The kindness we receive and the kindness we give to others, makes our buckets full. Unfortunately, if someone is unkind to us or we say something upsetting to another child, our bucket starts to loose some of the nice things. Our first step was finding our buckets. They were hidden around the playground. They are invisible so it took a while to find them!
So we finally found them! They weren’t very full though so we went around to our friends and gave them lovely compliments. I heard children telling each other that they are funny, kind, good at football, a best friend and so much more! The Woodpeckers even went around to the teachers!
We went back into the classroom and started to make our own buckets. We used paper cups and wrote our names on them. The Woodpeckers had a chance to choose their own coloured handle for their bucket. We then had five, star shaped sticky notes to write a nice comment on to a friend in our class.
These are the finished products! The Woodpeckers loved their buckets and the lovely things their friends wrote about them. You will find these displayed in the hall.
Red Nose Day
We raised money for Red Nose Day by coming into school wearing mufti. We had children wearing red, sparkles, football kits, their favourite clothes and even red in their hair! We all celebrated today by telling jokes to each other. We had a great laugh!
In math, we have started learning about fractions. Our first lesson was to understand what equal parts are. What better way to learn how to have equal parts that to practise making them ourselves! Miss Langley went to Tesco and bought 20 wraps. The children were first asked to split the wrap into 2 equal parts. They did this so well that we set them another challenge. They then had to split the wrap into 4 equal parts. The biggest challenge of all was to not eat the delicious wraps- they succeeded with that too! Soon we will make something delicious to practise our fractions again!
We learnt about quarters with Miss French. We spoke about the vocabulary we need to use e.g. quarters and equal. We practised using the fraction for quarters and we recapped which number is the numerator and which is the denominator. The best part of the lesson was cutting our pizzas into quarters!
Happy Mother’s Day to our wonderful Mums!
The Woodpeckers have been busy making gifts for their mothers. We started by making cards. We used knitted flowers and felt tips to make it look like a vase of flowers. Mrs Tasker had a lovely idea to make a wreath for our Mums. We used leaves and butterflies along with more knitted flowers. They looked great and we had some great feedback about them! We are so pleased our Mums enjoyed them!
The Masked Reader
We enjoyed guessing which teachers participated in Bishop Henderson’s masked reader video for World Book Day. We had a go at making our own masks. We really enjoyed this!
Welcome back Woodpeckers
We are back!
We have had a lovely, first day back. It was great to see our friends again and we had a successful day settling back in. The Woodpeckers arrived to a classroom decorated with balloons and a really cool colouring sheet. We started the day with a circle time introducing Miss French to our class and we played some games. This was really fun as we got to move the tables. We then practised tally charts in maths as that’s what we did during home learning. We found out everyone’s eye colour to see which is the most common in our class. We then had an afternoon of playing with our friends and enjoying the sunshine! We are glad to be back!
🎄🎅🏻 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.