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 Indoor — Thursday||Miss Ingram|
|PE Outdoor (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.
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!
This Week’s Homework- Click the title for more.
LKS2 Homework due 13/03/2023
Below are the answer sheets for this weeks homework. Please help your child to correct any misconceptions and if there are any problems please let their teacher know via a note in the reading diary. Thank you Stage 4 Check 5 – Answers Stage 3 Check 5 – Answers Stage 2 Check 5 – Answers …
This Half-Term’s Topic Homework and Knowledge Organisers – Click the title for more.
LKS2 Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers Spring 2023
Please find attached the Knowledge Organiser and Homework grid for the topic we will be starting this term – Scavengers and Settlers. This topic will last for the whole of the Spring Term. Knowledge Organiser Spring 1 and 2 Scavengers and Settlers 2023 Scavengers and Settlers Homework Grid
Latest class news – Click the title for more.
School Council – World Poetry Day Competition
Today is World Poetry Day! To help celebrate, School Council have hosted a poetry writing competition. There were lots of amazing entries and they found it incredibly hard to judge! In assembly this morning, 2 winners were announced… Ruby from Herons and Luca from Woodpeckers. A huge well done to everybody that entered! Below are …
Woodpeckers – Sam the Sea Turtle.
Since Sam the Sea Turtle arrived at Tranmere, School Council have been helping him make his way through school to spend some time in every class. This week, he’s made it to Woodpeckers! This afternoon, we’ve spent some time learning all about Sam’s journey (through school and in the sea) and with the help of …
Woodpeckers Maths – Perimeter Challenges
Within our recent Y4 maths lessons, we have been learning to measure, find and calculate the perimeter of regular polygons, irregular polygons and rectilinear shapes. Today, we had a go at a number of different games and challenge activities that helped to test and stretch our learning in this area. We finished off the session …
School Council – Chill Out Tuesday
After a successful term of running ‘Chill Out Tuesday’ for KS2 children, School Council have now swapped their club to allow Reception and KS1 children to attend. So far, it’s been very popular! The children have loved mixing with each other through playing board games, building models, reading, drawing, crafting and dancing (thanks to DJ …
Woodpeckers – British Science Week
This week in Woodpeckers, we’ve had lots of fun celebrating British Science Week. The theme this year is ‘connections’ which we’ve explored through the book ‘ The Most Important Animal of All’. This book introduces children to the concept of ecosystems, demonstrating just how important the connections between organisms are in keeping our planet running …
Woodpeckers Science – Fossils.
As part of our ‘Rocks’ topic in science, we have been learning about how fossils are formed and found in sedimentary rock. Today, we had a go at making our own using bread (sediment / sedimentary rock) sweets (dead organisms) and dictionaries (pressure / gravitational pull).
Measuring in Year 3
On Wednesday Year 3 were challenged to measure things first to the nearest cm and then to the nearest mm. We measured lines drawn by our partners and then objects around the classroom. We then used these measurements and compared them using the correct symbols.
Thank You PTA!!!!!
Woodpeckers would like to say a HUGE thank you to the PTA for kitting out our classroom with some beanbags for our reading area, and some new board games for us to use during wet play. We absolutely love them!
Woodpeckers Topic – More Food from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Ages!
After our archeological dig last week, we were keen to learn more about food facts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Ages. This afternoon, we have worked in pairs to research more information about this subject then, shared our findings with each other through the ‘Chocolate bar’ activity.
Woodpeckers – International Women’s Day
This morning in Woodpeckers, our class school councillors delivered a mini class assembly to us all about International Women’s Day. We discussed what this day is and why it is so important that we celebrate it. When then worked with our buddies to answer some important questions about it. Finally, we found out about some …
World Book Day – LKS2 and Reception Buddy Up!
As part of World Book Day today, 3/4 and Reception have buddied up to read, share stories and draw/colour their favourite book characters.
Big Battery Hunt Update…
Thank you to those who have been bringing in their dead and used batteries across the past few weeks. So far, we have recycled a total of 2553! A big thank you also to our school council team who have been out recycling the batteries at various recycling points after scores have been totalled in …
Woodpeckers English – Writing a WAGOLL (Shared Write)
Currently in Woodpeckers, we are learning all about poetry. We’ve been studying Brian Moses’ ‘Walking with my Iguana’ poem very closely and today, got together to write our own version. To begin with, we deconstructed the poem, looking at the different features (rhyming schemes, repetition and rhythm) and content. We then mind-mapped some of our …
Woodpeckers Maths – Measuring (mm, cm, m and km)
In Woodpeckers today, we have started our new maths unit, length, perimeter and area. To kick off our learning, we have completed a practical measuring session using rulers, measuring tapes, metre sticks and trundle wheels. To begin with, we got together in pairs and measured a range of objects in the classroom using our rulers. …
Woodpeckers Topic – Food from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Ages
In Woodpeckers this afternoon, we have become archaeologists, discovering what people used to eat in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Ages. We went on a trip to a nearby dig where we discovered lots of fossils, artefacts and remains that had been uncovered. This enabled us to find out lots of information and …
Big Battery Hunt Competition – Recycle your used batteries with us!
The school council have signed us up to join in with Duracell’s big battery hunt. Duracell are encouraging pupils up and down the country to recycle their batteries instead of putting them in landfill to help make our planet greener and cleaner. They’ve set schools a challenge to try and collect and recycle as many …
School Council Celebrate Pancake Day!
Happy pancake day! As part of our school council meeting today, we were given a very special treat as a thank you for all of our hard work so far this year. They were delicious!!
We had another visit from The Dunwells today. How lucky are we? They did two songwriting workshops and with Year 4 and Year 5 which were performed for us at the end of the day. The songs they had written sounded great. After that we were treated to an exclusive little gig from the the …
School Council – Food Bank Collection
Ed and the School Council would like to say a HUGE thank you to Team Tranmere for all of the wonderful donations that have been given for the food bank. Everyone has been so generous and we know that this donation will make a big difference to those in need.
Children’s Mental Health Week – Woodpeckers, Red Kites, Bluebirds and Robins make buddies!
This week is children’s mental health week, and the theme this year is all about making connections. This afternoon, Woodpeckers, Red Kites, Robins and Bluebirds decided to get together and do just that! They had lots of fun playing and exploring together. They even had a go at creating portraits using the natural materials around …
Woodpeckers – Safer Internet Day
Today in Woodpeckers, we have celebrated Safer Internet Day. We started the morning by discussing both the good and the bad things about the internet. Then, we looked at some Internet profiles and analysed these to decide if they were real of fake. After this, we researched some inspirational inventors who have had a great …
Woodpeckers Class Assembly!
On Friday, pupils, parents and teachers were treated to a class assembly by Woodpeckers. We saw some Topic, French, English, Music and some very crazy dancing! We hope you all enjoyed our performance.
National Storytelling Week Competition
This week is National Storytelling Week. To help celebrate this, the School Council have hosted a storytelling competition. Those who wanted to enter needed to write a story (true or made up) and hand it in to their class councillor. On Friday, the councillors got together to choose a selection of their favourite stories. These …
Woodpeckers Science – Rock Detectives!
Today in Science, we have used our investigative skills to compare and group together different types of rocks based on appearance and simple physical features. To begin with, we used our 5 senses to describe the different rocks that we would be investigating. We particularly enjoyed looking at the rocks underneath the magnifying glasses in …
LKS2 Topic Entry Point / Muddy Puddle Day – Life in the Stone Age!
This term in LKS2, we have started our new topic called Scavengers and Settlers. Throughout this topic, we are going to be learning all about life in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. To kick off our learning of these different historical periods, we have taken part in a muddy puddle day focused on the …
LKS2 Topic Exit Point/DT – Chocolate Bread in the Rainforest!
To round off our learning of Rainforests and Chocolate, we have undertaken a chocolate bread making project. To begin with, we were given the task of designing a snack that we could make and eat whilst in the rainforest. We came up with all sorts of weird and wonderful original ideas! However, after a discussion …
Woodpeckers Maths – Multiplication and Division Re-Cap
Today in Woodpeckers, we have started our new multiplication and division maths unit. Before we get into our new learning for year 3 and 4, we have spent a session re-capping on the knowledge we already have about multiplication and division. To begin with, we focused on multiplication. Discussing key vocabulary, such as times by …
Woodpeckers English – Shared Write.
Today in English, we have come together as a class to write a good version of a recount (a WAGOLL). To begin with, we brainstormed our ideas, thinking about time adverbials, past tense verbs and putting things into chronological order. Then, we got together on the carpet to share these and put them into a …
Woodpeckers Topic – Vocab
Before we start our new topic of Scavengers and Settlers, we have learned some new vocabulary that will crop up consistently throughout the term. To begin with, we looked at the new vocabulary, discussing potential pronunciations and meanings. Then, we had a go at matching the vocabulary to their correct definitions, discussing them as we …
NO YEAR 4 SWIMMING TOMORROW
There won’t be a swimming lesson for Year 4 tomorrow. Children are still welcome to come in P.E. kit. Thanks, Mr Housden