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27/03/18 - Parent Visits


Thank you to those parents who have visited us in the Woodpeckers during the past two weeks. We hope you have found the visits useful and a good insight into your child's morning in school. You now know hard they work!  

23/03/2018 - Sports Relief


This week the Woodpeckers have taken part in Sports Relief by ensuring they participated in daily exercise. Each day they ran 14 laps around our playground - what good sports!

16/03/18  World Book Day in the Woodpeckers!


We have had a great day (in our pyjamas) celebrating a belated World Book Day.  We have had games to play in Assembly, we have read Peace At Last as a class and studied the Author Jill Murphy.  Have a great time spending your book voucher and we hope you enjoy your next Bedtime read!


Happy Reading from


Mrs Foulser, Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Martin



Morning Woodpeckers! 


It seems such a long time ago that we were all together; first of all snow then a flood! What a surprise I had when I came into school last Monday and saw the Reception classrooms.


It has been a very busy week here and I have learnt lots about construction and health and safety - I'm looking forward to teaching again on Monday!


Today, I have been with the Year One teachers and have been planning our lessons for the next couple of weeks - there is lots of exciting learning coming your way! 


I hope that you have been good for your parents and have remembered to log on to Reading Eggs and Mathletics.


Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday


Mrs Hoffman

01/03/2018 - Snow Day


Morning Woodpeckers! 


We hope you are all enjoying the snow.

We are both missing you all and are looking forward to hearing your snow news when we finally return to school. 


Stay safe and warm 


Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Foulser

View from Mrs Hoffman's window today!

View from Mrs Hoffman's window today! 1

27/02/18 - Colour Mixing


This week the children have been looking at colour mixing. They have revised their knowledge of primary colours and are now able to mix them to make secondary colours.

22/02/18 Chinese Cooking with a Chef


Today children got to talk, chop, mix and cook their own Chow Mein with two chefs.  They did so well and have brought it home to share with you and test your skills with a pair of chopsticks.  Enjoy!

21/02/18 - Welcome Back!


Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term - we hope you all had an enjoyable half term with your families. We apologise for the lack of website updates recently - there appears to have been a technical issue with our class page. We hope that this has now been solved and we will endeavour to keep you updated with the learning and fun that takes place in the Woodpeckers.


The Woodpeckers all returned to school happy and ready for the term ahead. We started the week with an assembly about Chinese New Year.  This was followed by an afternoon of fun where we were fortunate to take part in an exciting Chinese dance workshop!



23/01/18 - Giving Change


This week the Woodpeckers have been continuing their work with money. Today we have been looking at giving change which the children found challenging.


Here is a website which your children can use at home to practise, please encourage them to use it.

22/01/18 - Shape Fun!


In preparation for our lesson on Tangrams later on in the week, the Woodpeckers have been having fun using shapes to make different pictures. We saw some very creative designs!

19/01/18 - Home Time

It has been the best day ever but it’s time to go home. 

19/01/18 - Museum of Childhood

The Woodpeckers are enjoying one last explore of the museum before we heard back to school.

19/01/18 - Museum of Childhood

The woodpeckers had a great time playing with the old toys and making their own peg doll. 

19/01/18 - Museum of Childhood

The Woodpeckers are enjoying their talk and have sorted the old and new toys into two groups. 

19/01/18 - Lunchtime 

Tucking in!

19/01/18 - Museum of Childhood

The Woodpeckers are having a great time exploring the museum before lunch!

19/01/18 - Museum of Childhood

We have arrived at the Museum of Childhood and are excited to start our day learning about toys from the past.


17/01/18 Toy Shop Role Play

Following on from our last post, the children have worked hard to add coin values in Maths to pay for a selection of items in a toy shop role play today.  We also played the game Pay For It at'payforit  which you can play at home for some extra practise if you are keen.

16/01/18 - Money, Money, Money!


This week the Woodpeckers are practising using money in their Maths lessons.  We expect children to be able to identify the different coins and notes, order them according to their value and to be able to make different amounts.


Please support your child at them by allowing them to handle money and make different amounts.  

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15/01/18 - Fun in Technology!


Today the Woodpeckers have been having fun creating their own cup and ball toy. We begun the day by looking at the cup and ball toys from the Victorian times. We then worked together to write a set of instructions for how to make our own toy out of a plastic bottle and finally followed the instructions to make it this afternoon.

11/01/18 - Toys Old and New


Today we have combined our History and Science lessons to explore toys from past and present.  Thank you to all those families that returned their toy questionnaires.  The children enjoyed listening to toys of the past!  We looked at the materials toys through history were made from and children were surprised to hear that plastic was not around 100 years ago as it is used for many of our favourite classroom toys today!

05/01/18 - Messages & Reminders can tell the term has started; you have been inundated with Parentmails and messages!


To clarify here is a list of what has been sent home this week and what is required.


Toys - Now and Then Sheet

This sheet was sent home yesterday and is homework for the children and you to complete. Our new topic this term is based on Toys and in History we are finding out about toys from the past. Please complete this with your child and send in asap. Please do not worry about your drawings - we won't be assessing your ability to draw!


Teddy Bear

A Parentmail will be sent home today asking for the children to bring in a traditional Teddy Bear (not a soft toy character). The children will be doing observational drawings of these on Monday.


Drinks Bottles

Please can you send in any old 2 litre plastic drink bottles as the children will need these during the next couple of weeks as part of our Design and Technology project.


Trip Letter

Finally, can you please return the permission slip for our class trip by Monday. If you have any questions regarding the trip please don't hesitate to ask.


Thank you again for your support, have a great weekend.


Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Foulser

04/01/18 - Happy New Year!


Welcome back!


We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending precious time with friends and family.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous Christmas gifts. You were all very kind and we were truly spoilt. It was a pleasure teaching the Woodpeckers last term and we are looking forward to the term ahead!


Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2018



Mrs Hoffman, Mrs Foulser and Mrs Martin



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14/12/17 Mr Custard Visits Year One!


Children are having a wonderful time being entertained by Mr Custard this afternoon.



13/12/17 Woodpecker elves hard at work today!


Children really got in the Christmas sprit this afternoon at our Santa's Workshop.  They were wrapping presents, decorating Gingerbread men, drawing Christmas items on 2Paint, colouring their own Christmas cards for loved ones and jazzing up their stockings.  Take at look at some of your little elves hard at work! 



So here we are the 1st December...the fun and festivities in school have begun!


A couple of reminders for the Woodpeckers...


As the weather has turned and we are experiencing some very cold spells, please encourage your child to be able to fasten their coats independently. We remind the children daily to fasten their coats and ensure that they are wrapped up; but we are still finding that some are still escaping with coats undone.


The Christmas concert is fast approaching and we are looking forward to sharing it with you. For your information the Woodpeckers will be sitting at the piano-end of the hall, so please enter through the first hall door for the best view of your child.


We are looking forward to seeing you all!


Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Foulser

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Today the Woodpeckers combined their topic on Traditional Stories, with our Science topic on Materials, to investigate the properties of different materials.  We explored which material would be best for making a home for the Three Little Pigs.  We thought that the third little pig was the smartest and definitely the better scientist making his house out of sturdy bricks!  We worked well in groups and made some accurate predictions about the materials we were given.


You could encourage your child's Science skills by asking them to state materials around the home - plastic, metal, paper, wood and fabric.  If they are confident with this ask them to name the properties of each material using words such as, rigid, flexible, dull, shiny, transparent, soft, hard, rough etc.

The best material for the job!


Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Y1 Phonics meetings last week. As promised, here are a list of websites you can use with your child at home and also a glossary of terminology. Thank you for your continued support.



Vowel digraph - two vowels which together make one vowel sound (the first vowel 'talks' whilst the second vowel 'walks') e.g. ai in rain makes the long a sound, oa in coat makes the long o sound

Digraph - two letters that go together to make one sound (mixture of consonants and vowels) e.g. sh in sheep, ow in cow.

Trigraph - three letters that go together to make one sound e.g. igh in light, air in chair.

Split Digraph - a phoneme with a silent e on the end making the vowel say its letter name rather than sound e.g. a-e in cake (the e is silent and the a is a long sound) or o-e in bone.

Blends - sounds which are often seen together but are not digraphs e.g. st in street, tr in train

Sound buttons - a way in which children distinguish between the different types of phonemes within in a word - single sounds are shown with a dot, digraphs and trigraphs with a dash and split digraphs with a smiley.

07/11/17 - School Disco Fun


The Woodpeckers had a lovely time this evening at the school disco.

20/10/17     Where did those weeks go?


Wow! What a busy half term!

Thank you for your support this term; the children have all made a positive transition to Year One and we are looking forward to the rest of the school year and helping them progress academically and socially.


It was lovely meeting you all this week for parents evening. Please remember that we are always willing to talk to you and answer any questions - just phone the office or  leave a message with an adult at the door and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Have a lovely half term!


Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Foulser


06/10/17 - Off to the Post Box!


Woodpeckers have been learning the school address in their Geography lessons and have tested their skills by sending a letter to the Puffins today.  Children walked beautifully to the local post box and thought about the routes they take from home to school.  You can continue to help their Geography skills at home by helping your child to learn their home address and discuss their route to school.

28/09/17 - Testing our senses in Science!

Woodpeckers have been enjoying some practical work on the Senses in Science.  We tested our ability to smell, see, touch, hear and taste today at a range of stations.  We really enjoyed this session and are thankful that our senses work so well in the Woodpeckers!

12/09/17    Welcome to The Woodpeckers


Mrs Hoffman, Mrs Foulser and Mrs Martin would like to welcome you all to the Woodpecker's page. We will endeavour to update this page frequently so you can see what your children are learning and experiencing in school. We will also post reminders and messages so please visit regularly.


The children have made a great start to Year One and have been a pleasure to teach during the last week. They are already getting used to their new timetable and have enjoyed a variety of activities.


We are looking forward to the year ahead with them.

12/09/17   - Reminders!


Now we have been in school a week can we have  a few reminders for you:


PE Kits

Children need a full PE kit in school, including plimsolls. Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday.


Dinner Tickets

Please ensure your child is prepared each morning for lunch. You should discuss with them what colour choice they will be having and they should have the correct dinner ticket. If you need a menu please ask at the office.


Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a school water bottle (these can be purchased at the office) and that they are named.


Naming Clothes and Belongings

Please name your child's uniform and belongings. We already have a selection of items in the class with no names on.



If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact any of us.


Many thanks