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Woodpecker Class

We started our week in the Light room reading our story of the week 'The Tin Forest'! We were even joined by a special character from the story and enjoyed exploring the forest with them, using our eyes and ears. We have drawn our own forests and talked about what we would like to see in them, labelling our pictures. We have continued to explore shapes and found shapes in our environment. We also explored our school Woodland area making tree trunks with what we found and designed our own class tin forest! In Letters and Sounds we have been writing words with vowel digraphs in a quick-write challenge! We even managed to fit in some junk modelling this week which we all enjoyed. We have also had fun with our recycling trying to complete the bottle flip challenge.

We have had an exciting start to our Recycling topic in Woodpeckers this week! We read Michael Recycle and were visited by the super hero himself. We also enjoyed making our own super hero capes and crowns out of newspaper and shouting out our 'save the Earth' tips in a super hero fashion show! We have designed Eco super hero posters and talked about lots of save the Earth facts! We also enjoyed singing 10 green bottles and making them fall off the wall.

Summer Term 1 Recycling topic web

A fantastic week to end our Spring Term, we have enjoyed all things Spring!

Planting our onions, potatoes, radishes and salad and watering them lots this week in all the sunshine. Our story of the week was 'The Odd Egg' we enjoyed popping balloons to see the animals that hatched and were even visited by a chick! (Mandy dressed up!) We also had fun playing lots of Easter games ordering numbers we found in eggs, matching numbers to the word and adding numbers on a bunny obstacle course. We even had a visit from the Easter bunny and solved the clues to find the eggs- well done Woodpeckers!

Our Woodpeckers have had a great week! We enjoyed our sensory story 'A Piece of Cake' with a special visit from Mrs Large the elephant. We explored the healthy options the large family were trying out. We have continued exploring in our vegetable shop and have been consolidating our knowledge of reading weighing scales. We have been learning body parts and organs, we have sang songs to help us remember the new names. We were also able to visit the Art shed this week and had a great time drawing some life size body pictures using chalk and paint!
We have had a great time the past few weeks in Woodpeckers Class celebrating our love for reading with World book day. Reading stories to help us learn how to be healthy such as 'Oliver's vegetables' and 'The growing story'. This week we have explored how our bodies change as we get older. We have enjoyed doctor's role play and vegetable shop role play. We have also been exploring fractions with fruit and vegetables, cutting them up equally, which has also been helpful for our independence and life skills! We also enjoyed lots of Arts and Crafts making our Mums a bowl out of paper mache with peppermint creams (that we also made) for Mother's day, as well as some Guiseppe Arcimboldo inspired artwork after we had used fruit and vegetables to create our own faces!

Welcome to the second half of our Spring Term in Woodpeckers Class!

 

We started off the term focusing on our well being and have enjoyed lots of bubble art and play. We have been reading lots of positive affirmations and creating some bright and colourful posters to decorate our classroom, including painting on the windows!

This week we started our Healthy Eating topic and have been reading 'Nora the girl who ate and ate'. We enjoyed tasting the foods that Nora ate and sorting them into healthy and unhealthy. We have been recording food from our lunchboxes and also deciding if they are healthy or not. We also designed our own healthy lunchboxes and made vegetable people. We have set up our own fruit and vegetable shop and we are starting to develop some great shop role play skills and understanding of money.

We have also worked on our fitness this week with lots of outside exercises including our own version of the bleep test using Sonic the Hedgehog!

We have had an exciting last few weeks of term in Woodpeckers class. We have been reading 'Penguin Small' and role playing with our special class penguin! We have been making snowflakes and worked together to build a class igloo. We enjoyed reading 'Stick man' and making our very own, using mini rolls and matchmakers. We have also learnt about 'The Christingle' and followed instructions to make one, learning what each part represented. We have enjoyed lots of cooking and made rudolph biscuits. We have finished the term in style with a class party and Christmas quiz!

Christmas activities in Woodpeckers Class!

We have started this half term with a bang! We have enjoyed some fizzing firework art and made beautiful chalk pictures of the Northern Lights. We have also been exploring Polar Bears by reading the Bear Report and even had a visit from a Polar Bear!

This week we read 'Meesha Makes Friends, learning how to be good friends and we have been playing games together, taking turns and practising our play skills. We have made our own friends out of junk modelling. We have enjoyed making pictures for our friends and putting them onto our 'How kind' class display.  We also really enjoyed following instructions to make friendship cookies! 

 

Welcome to Woodpeckers Class!

In our class we have 9 pupils with Holly as our class teacher (Kelly on a Friday), Sian, Anke, Mandy, Justine and Vicky.

This term our topic is ‘Togetherness’, when we will be learning all about each other and our feelings, as well as being a good friend. During circle time, we will be sharing our favourite things and listening to our friends.

 

In our first few weeks of being back at school, we have settled back into our school routines really well! We have enjoyed making kindness buckets for our ‘How Kind’ class display and filling each other’s buckets with friendly messages and pictures. We have explored what makes us happy then made tally charts and block graphs to show our results. We have also taken listening walks in the Woodland Area to help us become more aware of our surroundings.

This week we have read The Snail and the Whale. We really enjoyed making Snail homes in the Woodland Area and making mud snails to go inside, getting a little messy ourselves at the same time! We have also worked really hard completing our Snail and the Whale number activities. We loved our sensory story in circle time, using the parachute and bubble machine for the waves when it came to the stormy part of the story, and we even got to see Mandy dressed up as the snail!

 

 

Welcome booklet for return to Woodpeckers Class Sept 2020

Welcome videos for Woodpeckers Class Sept 2020

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Woodpecker Class

 

4 Nov 2019

We have enjoyed a busy start to the new half term in Woodpecker Class. Our topic is Magic and we have done lots of exciting and magical work.
In Science we have taken part in experiments such as a fireworks one and one involving a bubbling cauldron. We will also be writing our own potions and spells and have fun playing Kim's Game where we will make an object disappear and then try to remember which one from the group has gone!!


We are very lucky this half term, it is our turn to have music with Alison once a week and we will also be going riding on a Wednesday morning. This half term has also included Remembrance Day and we watched a short film about the Poppy Fields and then painted our own poppy.

The whole school enjoyed dressing up as superheroes for Children in Need this year and then the countdown to Christmas started!! We have some members of the choir in Woodpecker Class (staff and children) and they will be singing in a concert at St Martin's Church at the beginning of December which we are all really looking forward to.


We will also be doing lots of practicing for our part in this year's production Strictly Christmas which we can't wait to perform for our friends and families.

 
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