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Woodpecker Class

Autumn Term

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Welcome Back! I hope you have all had a restful holiday. This term we will be using our historical theme of 'People of Yesterday'  to learn about significant figures from the past. These will include Samuel Pepys and Florence Nightingale. We will create factual reports about these figures using research from different historical sources. We will also begin to look at repetitive poetry and to write letters basing the content on a book character.  In maths we will be working really hard on understanding the number system through counting in different groups, ordering, estimating as well as addition and subtraction and getting to grips with the value of digits within numbers (place value). In Science we will be studying habitats and the plants and animals that live within them. We will also concentrate on understanding living things and the life processes that helps us recognise them.

Please continue the good habit of regular reading with your child as this will support them in class as well.  While reading with your child please support them by not only helping them understand and sound out the words but also asking them questions about the text, as this skill of comprehension is a very important one.


Handwriting - It is now very important for children to be able to join their handwriting and so we have adopted a new handwriting scheme to help support the children. We will of course use this in school, but please support your child to begin forming their letters in a joined up style.


Homework- Homework will be sent home on Mondays in the blue homework book. You will find here spellings and maths homework. The children can learn their words during the week, ready for a test the following Monday. Please help your child by learning to read and write the high frequency words for year 2.

Book bags- Please read the books every day, return the book bag and reading diary the next day, even if the book is not completed. Please use the blue St John’s book bags for the daily readers as the yellow book bags are used for Library books.

PE days- In addition to this, please ensure your child has PE kit including trainers in school. Please remember to tie up long hair and remove earrings. In fine weather, we may decide to go outside so please provide outdoor PE clothing and shoes. Our P.E days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please note- children should not be wearing any jewellery other than a watch and/or stud earrings, both of which will need to be removed for P.E. lessons (If children are unable to remove their earrings, they will need to cover them with tape. We are not permitted to remove a child’s earrings, or apply the tape, so children will need to be able to do this themselves). Long hair also needs to be tied back.

If you have any worries or questions, please speak to us at the end of the school day in person or by telephone. Our Teaching Assistants can also help.

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning.

Sarah Hardy


Woodpecker's Class Team are:
Teacher- Mrs Hardy (Mon-Fri), Mrs Lawson (Tuesday am or pm)
Teaching Assistants- Mrs McGuigan, Miss Marston, Mrs McDuffus, Miss Khanom & Mrs Bennett

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