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This week in maths, we have progressed from short division to long division, these really test if we really know our tables!

Our English lessons have consisted of writing about a fictional creature using fronted adverbials and parenthesis, whilst in spelling we are looking at the suffix -ous.

We have been discussing 'what is Parliament?' and 'what is a democracy?' in topic lessons, comparing and contrasting ancient Greek democracy with modern day democracy.  This links in with our trip to the Houses of Parliament next week, which we are really looking forward to.

Today we are celebrating Children in Need and children in Woodpeckers managed to fill nine pages of Pudsey figures with coins - well done Woodpeckers.

It has been a busy week in Woodpeckers, even though we have only had four days in school.

We are still enjoying our guided reading book 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio and will be disappointed when we finish it. Our times tables have been put to the test in maths as we are developing our long multiplication skills.  The book The Wonder Garden, has been our focus in English and we have been creating our own new land in a similar mode.

As Tuesday was Halloween, and to complete our topic on self - sufficiency, we focused on anything to do with pumpkins, with children bringing in a marvellous array of carved pumpkins and products made from the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin.  Some children also carved them in school and made pumpkin soup, which was delicious!

Our topic for this half term is entitled 'What is the Legacy of Ancient Greece?' which we launched my making and painting pots in the Greek style.  Later we will decorate them with traditional Greek patterns.

To round off the week, we were visited by students from Winchester University who helped the children with various activities designed by them, including map reading and designing, studying and building special places and having to rely on others in your team, as in being blindfolded. It was great fun!




In maths this week we have been consolidating our half-term's work so that in Autumn 2 we can move on to long multiplication and division.

We have been reading the six shortlisted books for the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award in English, although they are aimed at year 5's, I think that the year 6's are enjoying them as well.  These books will be judged later in the year by year 5 children across Hampshire to find the most popular one.

Our science lessons have been about electricity this half term and we have made circuits using batteries, bulbs & buzzers this week, most of them worked!

Woodpeckers had the pleasure of doing an assembly in front of the parents, showcasing our work, mainly in English, Maths and Topic.  The parents were amazed to see that we made butter and cheese, both of which were edible.(sort of!)

We are all looking forward to our half-term holiday and what is in store for us when we return to school.

It has been a  busy time in Woodpeckers recently.  

For the harvest assembly, we wrote about a harvest setting using expanded noun phrases.

In International Language Day we studied Spain, finding out about their food, customs, currency, famous Spanish people and even learnt some of the language.  We created pictures in the style of Gaudi, using pieces of coloured paper to create mosaics, but the highlight of the day was learning how to dance the Flamenco.

We have started doing paired reading with Foxes class in year two, which was very enjoyable.

Following on from our topic 'Could our school become self-sufficient?' on Friday we had a visit from Mill Cottage Farm. They explained about the animals they brought with them and how they were used for self-sufficiency, we even had the opportunity to pet them.

In English we have continued with writing stories in the style of Beatrix Potter, whilst in guided reading we are studying the book 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio and in maths we are consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction.



  Week Commencing 25/9/2017


  In maths we have been doing 'bar modelling' as a way of visualising problems and we are continuing to work on      our fluency skills and mental recall. The class are enjoying doing our 'Number of the Day' challenge.

  We  consolidated our English work on Beatrix Potter by writing character descriptions of  the animals she created     focusing on conjunctions and expanded noun phrases and setting descriptions of the English Countryside.

  During our French lesson we discussed French food, how it differed from ours and how some of the recipes were     made.

 We are loving reading 'Wonder' and are looking in depth at the issues it covers.

  Unfortunately our bird scarers that we made the previous week did not seem to have the desired effect!!smiley




Welcome to Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers Diary - Keeping you up to date with what we have been learning about.

18 September 

The children are adapting well to life in upper KS2.

In maths we have been concentrating on place value up to millions and in English we are looking at the stories of Beatrix Potter.

Last week, Woodpeckers launched their new topic 'Could Our School be Self Sufficient?' by going through the school lunch menu, finding out the ingredients needed and deciding how we could provide them within the school grounds. We also made bird scarers from junk and hung them from the trees.

Wednesday, being Roald Dahl day, we studied 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and concocted our own version of the medicine using any ingredients that we could find including such things as nail varnish, glue, vinegar and spices - luckily no one had to drink it! We also drew characters in the style of Quentin Blake.


It has been a really busy first week in the Woodpecker's nest as the children have been settling in to their new surroundings and getting to know each other.

We have launched our topic 'Can our school become self - sufficient?' by looking at where the source of all the food on a school dinner menu comes from and how we could provide the food ourselves if all the shops and supermarkets no longer existed. The children have designed their self - sufficient school on a map and have included wheat fields for their pasta, a pond to keep the fish for their fishfingers and even garlic bulbs for garlic bread. 

The children will be planting a wide range of seasonal produce under the expert eye of Mrs Drury, and have made bird scarers to keep their beds safe from predators!

We are also enjoying learning how to speed up our maths fluency and all about Beatrix Potter in English.

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