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Woodpecker Class

Autumn  2019

Welcome To The Woodpecker Class

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Class teacher - Mrs Plange and Mrs Smith

Teaching Assistant-Mrs Culpin

We would like to welcome our new Woodpecker Class back to school and are excited about the term ahead. We hope you have all had an enjoyable summer and are feeling well rested. We have lots of fun activities planned which we hope you will all enjoy.

 Please find below details about the coverage in the Autumn . We hope you find it useful.



Our English will incorporate a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus in Autumn Term 1 on the fiction story, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. Image result for the tiger who came to teaIn Autumn Term 2 we will be :

Researching the life of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot Image result for guy fawkes

Reading, writing and decorating our own Bonfire Poetry  See the source image

Comparing and identifying features of fiction and non-fiction texts 

Using fiction texts to research Safari animals.



Maths (To be updated weekly)

Week 1 Week commencing Monday 28th October

Year 1 - Block 1

Number lines

Recap last terms unit

Unit assessment

Year 2 - Block 1

Solving problems using my knowledge of counting in 3's

Recap last terms unit

Unit assessmnet

TTRock Stars x2 multiplication facts.

Week 2 Week commencing Monday 4th November

Year 1 - Block 2 Number: Addition and subtraction

 Part whole model

 Addition symbol

Fact families – Addition facts

Year 2 -Block 2 Number: Addition and subtraction

 Fact families-addition and subtraction bonds to 20

 Check calculations

Comapre number sentences

TTRock stars x2 multiplication and division facts

Week 3 Week commencing Mon 11th November

Year 1 Number:Addition and subtraction

Find number bonds for numbers within 10

Systematic methods for number bonds within 10

Represent Number bonds to 10 in different ways (part whole model, bar model, tens frame)

Year 2 Number : Addition and subtraction

Related facts

Bonds to 100 (tens)

Add and subtract 1's

10 moire and 10 less

TTRock stars multiplication and division facts x2

Week 4 Week commencing Mon

Year 1 Block 2

Year 2 Block 2

Week 5 Week commencing Monday

Year 1

Year 2

TTRock stars x2 multiplication and division facts

Week 6 Week commencing Monday

Year 1 :

Year 2 :

TTRock stars

Week 7 Week commening Monday

Year 1

Year 2

TTRock stars

Theme 'Sensational Safari'

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Our theme this term is entitled 'Sensational Safari'.

The children will be going on safari to Africa. They will visit Kenya and meet the people, wildlife and landscapes. The class will learn where Kenya is on a map and undertake a variety of fun activities to help them learn more about Kenya and compare it to the UK.

For Art they will discover the world of Tingatinga paintings and their history. The class will be encouraged to pick out the defining features of this style of painting before they are challenged to recreate the style in a painting. They will also marvel at the beautiful sunset scenes found in Africa before making their own African sunset art.

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Further theme related texts we shall explore in English and Shared Reading include...



General information

Home Readers

We encourage the children to change their home reader books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please ensure your child’s bag contains the book you wish to change, plus the blue home school Reading Record. The teachers will collect all the blue Reading Records in on the above days and they will be returned the same day. We hope your child will continue to enjoy the home reading scheme this year.

Library Books

Children will have the opportunity to visit the school library weekly with their class and will be issued with books which they are allowed to take home. Please ensure your child does not lose their book and has their book in school should they wish to change it.  

On a Thursday morning break the school library is also open and children are welcome to change books or simply sit and enjoy reading a book.



Homework challenges will be set every term. Chldren in Year 1 will be given a red homework book and the Year 2 children will continue to work in their purple homework book. Please ensure your child hands these in at the end of each half term so that they can be marked and new challenges can be stuck in.

Practise reading and writing common exception words for your child's age group which were sent home at the satrt of the term.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that all water bottles for use within the classrooms are transparent and named and not placed in the children's book bags as leakages cause irreparable damage.

PE Kit

Could we ask that you please ensure your child has their full named PE kit in school all week. It would be helpful if your child is familiar with their name label and can identify it.

Children require an outdoor kit (shorts, t-shirt, socks and waterproof trainers)A tracksuit and jumper will be needed as the weather gets colder.

We do go outdoors in all weather conditions for PE so it is essential that the children are correctly kitted out.

Schools Bags

As space is limited within the classroom we kindly ask that children do not bring large rucksacks to school. The book bags that children had in reception are perfect. Please again ensure they are clearly labelled to save time at the end of the school day.

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Each week one child will be chosen to be our class Star of the Week. On Friday, this child will bring home our class bear and a diary for the weekend. They will be asked to take the teddy on their adventures over the weekend and record what they do in the diary.

 If your child is not yet able to do this it is perfectly acceptable for you to write in the diary what your child says. Photograph are welcome also. Please return this to school on Monday so your child can show and share their weekend news with the class.


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