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Woodpecker Class

Spring Term  in Woodpeckers!

Welcome Back! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and a great start to 2020!
This term our theme is  'A Material World'! We will be learning all about materials, their properties and their uses. We will create a non-chronological report about some of these materials, including using technical vocabulary from across the curriculum. We will also write a narrative which will be based on 'There's No Such Thing as a Dragon' by Jack Kent before moving onto writing instructions.  In maths we will be working really hard on the four operations, place value and then moving onto fractions, geometry and measures. To begin with we will concentrate on the value of digits within numbers (place value) and then using this to add numbers together. In Science we will be learning about materials to support our topic. This will include studying different materials and learning about their properties and suitability for different uses. We will then think about plastic pollution and recycling as well as conducting an experiment to find out if we can change the shape of certain materials. In Art we will be creating a printing tile to produce a repeated pattern. In History we will be looking at some famous women who have been significant. This will support our curriculum learning and will include studying Ada Lovelace who is the first woman credited with understanding what a computer algorithm is as well as looking at Greta Thunberg when thinking about plastic pollution and caring for the world around us. 

Please continue the good habit of regular reading with your child as this will support them in class as well. Please encourage your child to read books from school and to change them often. Books are always available to them.We will have spelling and maths tests each week, which will come from the weekly homework sheets. Please have a look, and take some time to help your child learn the words and practise the maths to support their academic progress. Spellings and maths homework will be sent home on Mondays so that they can be learnt for a test the following Monday. We are also asking the children to use each of the spellings in a sentence. 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.

Our PE days are Tuesdays, and Wednesdays so please ensure your child has a PE kit including trainers in school every day. Please remember to tie up long hair and remove earrings. We will also be using our daily mile track on a regular basis to improve our stamina, fitness and focus.

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.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our learning journey with your children. If you have any worries or questions, please speak to me at the end of the school day in person or by telephone. My Teaching Assistants can also help: Mrs Hilary McGuigan and Miss Lowe. 

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 (Wednesday am or pm)
Teaching Assistants- Mrs McGuigan, Miss Lowe, Mrs McDuffus, Miss Khanom & Mrs Bennett

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