Woodpeckers

Welcome to Woodpeckers’ class page!

On our new-look page, you will find all of our news and homework organised by type on a handy one-stop page!

Routines in Woodpeckers Adults in Woodpeckers
PE Outdoor — Wednesday Miss Ingram
PE Indoor (Y3) – Friday Mrs Barrett
Swimming (Y4)- Friday Mrs McAteer
Spellings – Monday  Miss Allison

 

LKS2 governor: Hannah Gomersall

Bookbags and Reading Diary

As your child enters year three or four, they will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will take responsibility for their own book bag.

They will be expected to bring their book bag into school every day, removing any books, homework, letters, slips, notes and monies accordingly. You may use your child’s orange reading diary (that they should keep in their book bag) as a form of communication, using it to record messages for us to read. We may also use these as a form of communication back to you as parents/carers. In order for this system to run smoothly, we ask you to encourage and remind your child to make us aware as soon as possible if there is a message in their diaries that we need to read.

 

Reading Books

Every Monday, your child will bring home a reading scheme book. They are to read this book with an adult at least twice at home and should return it to school the following Monday. They will then be given another scheme book and the process will repeat. Before your child brings home their book, they will have been asked at school to write this into their orange reading diary. To clarify that they have read at home, we would appreciate it if you could sign your child’s reading diary each time you read with them. If on a Monday, we find your child’s reading diary has not been signed, we will send them to reading club which takes place at break time. Reading is an integral part of our school, as we strongly believe that all children should be given the opportunity to regularly read a wide range of texts within varying environments. Therefore, by allowing your child to access reading club if they have not read, it enables us to ensure these opportunities to read are being provided.

Free Choice books: In LKS2, your child will be encouraged to take home a free choice book (a book they have selected from our library). When they take a free choice book home, they will also record this in their orange reading diary. This book can be read at their leisure at home (either on their own or with an adult) and must be returned to school whenever they finish it. We understand some of these books are lengthy, and therefore will require a bit more time to read, so do not expect these to be returned weekly. Once they bring this back, it will be ticked off by a member of staff and they will then be free to select another free choice book.

Homework and Spellings

Every Monday, your child will be given two homework sheets. These will consist of English and Maths tasks. They will also be given a list of 10 spellings.  We expect these to be returned by the following Monday for us to check over your child’s homework sheets and test them on their spellings. We kindly ask that you mark the homework with your child, so any misconceptions can be addressed at home and also, quickly spotted and supported when the homework is brought back in to school. Some of the Maths Skills and Grammar Hammer questions, answers and concepts can be more specific and therefore, every week, we share the answers to these sheets to help you mark them as a family. You can find these on our class page of the school’s website (below).

We only expect children to spend 20 minutes on each piece of homework, if they are struggling please just write a note to the teacher explaining this – don’t struggle on! Any Grammar Hammer and Maths Skills sheets that your child brings home for the first half-term will be from the previous year. We do this in order to consolidate the children’s learning. After this, we will move on to their respective year group’s sheets.

A topic homework grid will also be available on your child’s class page (below) by the end of the first week of a new topic. It is expected that your child will complete at least three of the activities from the grid. The dates for the deadline of submitting this homework will appear on the top of their Topic Homework Grid. There are a range of fun and exciting options to choose from so please feel free to be creative!

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LKS2 Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers Autumn 2022

Please find attached the Homework Grid for our topic this term, Rainforests and Chocolate. This topic will run across the full term from September till December. The Knowledge Organisers for Topic, English, Maths and Science are also attached. LKS2 – Topic Homework Grid – Rainforests and Chocolate – Autumn 2022 LKS2 – Topic Knowledge Organiser – …

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Woodpeckers Y4 Maths – Roman Numerals.

In Maths this morning, our year 4 have learned all about Roman numerals. To begin with, we discussed what Roman numerals are, and where we might still see them today (clocks, sun dials, on the titles of kings and queens). Then, we learned about the 7 different letters used to indicate numbers and how these …

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Woopeckers English – Word Class Scavenger Hunt.

In English this week, we have been looking at what makes a good character description. When looking at a WAGOLL on Wednesday, we noticed that it contained lots of adjectives, nouns, expanded noun phrases and similes. Today, we took part in a scavenger hunt, finding and identifying nouns and adjectives, which we then used to …

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Woodpeckers Maths – Flexible Partitioning.

In Woodpeckers this morning, we have been learning how to partition numbers using flexible partitioning. To begin with, we recapped the meaning of the term place value, and how to represent and partition numbers into 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s. Then, we took a look at flexible partitioning. We started this by using counters and …

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Woodpeckers – European Day of Languages

In Woodpeckers today, we have celebrated European Languages Day. We started the morning by learning how to say hello in lots of different languages, and created some decorations for the classroom to help us remember these. Then, we chose Spanish as our language of focus. We learned how to say hello, good morning, good afternoon, …

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Woodpeckers Topic – Vocabulary.

This week in Woodpeckers, we completed a vocabulary lesson focusing on some of the new key words that we are going to see pop-up consistently throughout out topic of Rainforests and Chocolate. To begin with, we read the new vocabulary and discussed their potential meanings. Then, we had a go at matching each word with …

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LKS2 Topic Entry Point/Art- Rainforest Masks.

Our first topic of the term in LKS2, is Rainforests and Chocolate. This week, we have kick started our learning, with an entry point all about rainforest masks. To begin with, we completed some research on Nixiwaka Yawanawa and his significance in rainforest art. Then, we completed some research on why tribes wear body and …

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Woodpeckers Science – Dichotomous Keys.

Today, Woodpeckers have spent the afternoon creating dichotomous keys, using liquorice allsorts, for their new science topic: Living Things and their Habitats. To begin with, we discussed what a dichotomous key is and if we had ever seen or used one before. Then, we looked at some examples that classified fruit, sweets and animals. As …

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Woodpeckers Maths – Representing and Partitioning Numbers.

Today in Woodpeckers, we started our new Place Value Maths unit. This morning we spent some time re-capping our prior knowledge and understanding around this topic. We shared our understanding of the value of whole numbers and also the value of each digit within whole numbers, looking specifically at hundreds, tens and ones. We then …

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Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Tranmere Park pupils have paid their respects by celebrating and reflecting on her achievements and importance to the UK. Take a look at our pictures below.

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Year 3 Music – Ukulele.

Today in Year 3, we had our first Ukulele session of the term. We had lots of fun with Mrs. James and can’t wait to start learning lots of different songs!

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Year 4 Swimming Lessons

To confirm, swimming lessons will commence next Friday (16th). Please bring swimming kit and a towel in P.E. bags (goggles optional). Any further questions, please see Mr Housden.

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Red Kites and Woodpeckers Art – Types of Brush Strokes.

Today in 3/4, we have had an Art filled morning! To begin with, we discussed and experimented with different types of brush strokes. In particular, we looked at using the splatter technique, the dry brush technique, the cross-hatch technique and how we can use our paints to create depth within our pictures. After this, we …

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Light and Electricity

Below are just a few snaps of what Woodpeckers and Red Kites have been getting up to in their recent science topics: Light and Electricity.

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Woodpeckers – Social Hierarchy in Ancient Egypt

Today, we discussing the social hierarchy in Ancient Egypt and the six different classes that made this up: Pharaohs, Officials, Priests, Scribes, Artisans and Peasants. The children were each given a statement and had to decide which class it belonged too. We then listened to some facts about each social class and gathered some more …

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Woodpeckers – Break the Rules Day

We have had a great day breaking the rules in Woodpeckers today. Some of us wore non school uniform, others had crazy hairstyles and we all ate sweets for our break time snack! Thank you to all of the children who decided to teach a lesson today. I think some of you are capable of …

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Drum Workshop in Year 4

Year 4 were lucky enough to take part in a drum workshop today delivered by the amazing Dom from Artforms Leeds. School was full of the sound of djembe beats! They sounded great. Checkout the short video of Falcons in action on the Music page of our website.

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Woodpeckers – Pride Month

Today in Woodpeckers, we have been celebrating the end of Pride Month. This year, it is 50 years old so it is an extra special celebration! We spoke about why what pride is and why people celebrate it. Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ …

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Ancient Sumer vs Ancient Egypt

Today in Woodpeckers, we have been comparing the lifestyles of two Ancient Civilisations. To begin with, we decided on a variety of key categories to research further. We watched two clips to introduce Ancient Sumer and Ancient Egypt. After this, the children worked together to find out key information about the chosen categories. Our next …

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This summer, Queen Elizabeth II has her platinum jubilee – the longest reign of any British monarch! In the 70 years that she has been queen, the world has changed in many ways. Each year group at Tranmere Park have researched a decade and created a collage. These collages, collected as one, tell a story …

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Shady Science

Red Kites and Woodpeckers have been investigating shadows and silhouettes. Have a look at the pics below.

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LKS2 Muddy Puddle Day (Topic Link)

Today in LKS2, we have had our Muddy Puddle Day which focused on our Topic, Temples Tombs and Treasures. Throughout the day we have engaged in 4 different activities, discovering and learning lots about the Ancient Egyptians whilst also working creatively, collaboratively and independently. Task 1 – Pyramids with Miss Ingram. For this task, we …

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Woodpeckers Practical Maths

This week, we have continued to learn about fractions. Woodpeckers have learned how to find equivalent fractions and have created their own fraction walls to help them. Some children worked in small groups to play a superhero equivalent fractions board game while others practised working out equivalent fractions by completing various worksheets.

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LKS2 Topic Entry Point – Mummification

This week in LKS2, we have started our new topic, Temples, Tombs and Treasures. As our entry point, we have mummified tomatoes! We are going to be keeping an eye on our tomatoes as the topic progresses, in order to see if we were able to successfully preserve them…ready for the after-life!

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LKS2 Topic Exit Point / DT – Kite Making.

In LKS2 this week, we have been rounding off our learning of Planet Earth. To do this, we carried out a DT focused exit point on making kites. To begin, we carried out some research on the famous Homan Walsh. Discovering how he used a kite to make a bridge! This led us to the …

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The Water Cycle

Woodpeckers spent the morning creating miniature water cycles. Have a look at their fantastic efforts below.

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Woodpeckers Investigate…

This morning, it was Woodpeckers turn to step into the weird and wonderful world of non-Newtonian fluids. Have a look at the pictures below.

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Woodpeckers – Earthquakes

This week in Woodpeckers, we have taken a look at how the strength of earthquakes are measured. To begin with, we had a discussion as to how we thought we could measure the strength of earthquakes. We spoke about looking at the damage it had caused to the planet or by thinking about how it …

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Woodpeckers – World Book Day

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LKS2 Topic – Geologist Zoom Visit.

This week, LKS2 were visited via zoom by a Geologist named Chris. In this session, we learned all about the role of a geologist and what the future of geoscience might look like. We also recapped our learning on volcanoes and earthquakes and then found out all about what can happen when a volcano erupts …

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Woodpeckers – Mental Health Day 2022

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and today the children have taken part in ‘Dress to Express Yourself’. We have completed a few different activities today which are relevant to our Mental Health topic this year, ‘Growing Together’. This morning the children drew a portrait of themselves which showed what they look like on …

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