Woodpeckers

Woodpecker Class

Welcome to Woodpecker Class! Our class is a mix of Year 1 and Year 2 children. Our class teachers are Miss Adler and Mrs Hart and we have Mrs Watson as our teaching assistant. We are lucky to have so many exciting adults in our class each week. Woodpeckers' is an amazing class; we are important, mathematicians, historians, sportsmen/women, musicians, designers, writers, artists, loved, the future and The Reason We are Here!.

Work of the Week
 
The whole class for their fantastic silhouette pictures on The Great Fire of London.

 

 
Star of the Week
 
 Sienna for being such a good friend and role model.
 
 
MATHS WIZARD
We have introduced a maths wizard hat into Woodpeckers.
This is given to anyone who shows great understanding, works independently or explains an answer in a mathematical way. 
The Great Fire of London
This term we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have been totally engaged in this project and produced some fantastic work. We all made individual houses out of cardboard boxes, painted them white and covered the roofs in straw. We took miniature made houses down to forest school and re-enacted the great fire by setting them alight and sang London's Burning. The children also became town criers and wrote their own announcements on tea stained scrolls, wrote poetry, information and facts and made silhouette pictures. We also created the Great Fire of London from natural materials at forest school.
 
Fire Visit
On Wednesday we were visited by our local fire fighters who came and spoke to us about fire safety. We learnt how to Stop, Drop and Roll, how to avoid smoke by crawling on the floor and that we should all have working smoke detectors and an escape plan at home.
We also got to hold the hose and spray water and go in the back of a fire engine.
It was a great morning.
Woodpeckers 2018-19
 
Bluebell Woods
On Wednesday 24th March Woodpeckers took part in the Bluebell Parade Project in Wraxall. Unfortunately after such a beautiful Easter weekend the weather turned on us and the heavens opened with it raining all day!!
This didn't deter us and Woodpeckers dawned their artistic hats and produced some beautiful pieces.
They collected items on our bluebell walk i.e moss, leaves, sticks etc and used them to print, paint, rub and sketch with.  The children also got to use willow hammers to make their own bluebell and fern prints. A small group of children went off to sketch the woods with charcoal and then used water colours to paint their picture and bring it to life. The other group made clay woodland creatures hedgehogs, deer, woodlouse, bird and lots more.
Woodpeckers had a fantastic day!
Woodpeckers China Homework
 
The children have produced some fantastic homework this term from panda cakes, flags, powerpoints, leaflets and dragon paper puppets.
Check it all out below!!
 
 
Willow patterned plate designs
We read the story of the willow patterned plate and looked carefully at the images within the pattern. We drew our own versions and were very pleased with the results!
Science Week
This week woodpeckers have had a brilliant week studying Forces. 
We started the week with an amazing visit from the explorerdome!
Over the week we learned all about pushes, pulls and twists. We carried out lots of investigations into gravity; trying to make water flow up hill,  trying to make marble runs speed up and slow down and investigating parachutes (gravity and air resistance).
We learned all about another natural force - the wind. We blew bubbles in the playground to see if the wind effected how and where they floated.  We also made  and tested our own wind socks.
We also carried out an investigation into friction using cars and ramps covered in different materials. Finally we designed,built and tested our own cars.
What a 'sciencetastic' week!
 
REWARD MORNING
 
On Thursday Woodpeckers had their reward morning. They chose an outdoor party playing football, hockey, using the trikes, hoops and drawing with chalk.
The children worked hard gaining 10 Woodpeckers for their tree by showing great behaviour, producing lovely work, working independently, working hard and being great friends.
WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU!
Hooke Court Trip
Woodpeckers travelled to Hooke Court to take part in a WW1 re-enactment. When we arrived we were met by a soldier and he marched us to the camp. The children got to be soldiers for the morning and had to march everywhere. They also got to hold a rifle, pistol, bayonet and a grenade (not all real so don’t worry!!). Next Woodpeckers went down in the trenches where they got to see how soldiers lived while on the front lines. They then had to climb up the ladders to cross no mans land while avoiding smoke bombs, bullets, barbed wire and giant holes. It was a brilliant morning which the children thoroughly enjoyed. 
Forest School
Session 4:
This week Woodpeckers had to recreate the Lord Kitchener poster out of items in Forest School.
Session 3:
Woodpeckers had to create their own trenches using mud, bark, sticks and imagination for barbed wire.
Session 2:
All the children had to make a clay soldier and use things in forest school to camouflage it and then hide it.
Session 1:
Woodpeckers had to create their own Stickman/woman.