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Autumn Term in Woodpeckers!

Welcome Back! I hope you have all had a restful half term!
This term we will be continuing our historical theme of 'People of Yesterday'  to learn about key historical events and historical figures including Florence Nightingale and Samuel Pepys .  We will create biographies and diaries about some of these famous people, including using technical vocabulary from across the curriculum. We will also write narratives which will begin to have a Christmas feel. In maths we will be working really hard on the four operations and then moving onto fractions, geometry and statistics.In Science we will be learning about plants. This will include studying the parts of plants and their function as well as looking at plants within our local environment.


This half term we will be practising  our nativity play. Please help your child to learn any songs or lines they may have. I would also like to say thank you in advance for any help with costumes which you may be asked to supply.

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. Please could you also comment on your child's reading in their reading record which will be given out at the beginning of term. 


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 Mondays, and Thursdays 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.

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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