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 — Friday Miss Taylor
PE Indoor — Thursday Miss Allison
Spellings — Monday Mrs McAteer
Times tables — Monday & Friday  Miss Dibb

 

Class Governor: Helen Perry

Bookbags and Reading Diary

As your child enters year three or four, the children will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will be taking responsibility for their own book bag. In due course, your child will be expected to remove books and any
letters, slips, and monies from their book bags. They should also make the teacher aware if a message has been written in their reading diary. It would be much appreciated if you could support your child with this, reminding them in the morning to remove key items such as reading books or reading diaries.

The children should bring their book bag into school every day. You may also use the child’s diary to record any messages for us to read. We may also use them to record messages for you, so please check these regularly.

Reading Books

Each week your child will be expected to read twice a week with an adult at home, who will need to sign and date the reading diary every time they hear them read. Your child can choose a book from home or an appropriate free choice book from school. A reading
scheme book will also be sent home once weekly. It is important that an adult hears them read and asks questions about what they have read in order to aid their comprehension and to improve their writing skills.

Please comment or ask questions on new vocabulary, punctuation, sentence openers etc. Reading diaries will be checked by staff on a Monday morning and we expect that each child will have read to an adult twice.

Please return books each Monday. We will be quarantining and/or cleaning any books returned to school (in line with guidance) before they are distributed to another child.

Homework

Your child will receive their homework every Monday and should return it to school by the following Monday. This will consist of weekly tasks in both Maths and English. We politely request that parents mark the work with their child so that any misconceptions can be addressed—answers for the regular sheets are provided. 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! A topic homework grid and will also be available on Google Classroom by the end of the first week of a new topic. It is expected that your child will complete at least two of the activities from the grid and upload them. There are a range of fun and exciting options to choose from so please feel free to be creative!

The homework will alternate between the maths skills test and the Grammar Hammer. We test the children on the previous week’s homework at the start of the new week. The aim of setting the blank sheet first and testing it second is to encourage the children to learn the method for each question—not just memorise the answers.

Spellings will be tested each week and the new list will be stuck in their spelling book.

This Half-Term’s Topic Homework and Knowledge Organisers – Click the title for more.

LKS2 Summer 1 Knowledge Organisers and Homework Grid

Please see attached the knowledge organisers and homework grid for this half-term. Homework can be handed in via Google Classroom or, it can be brought into class. LKS2 Temples Tombs and Treasures Homework Grid Summer 1 2022 Summer 1 Topic Knowledge Organiser Temples Tombs and Treasures 2022 Summer 1 Maths Knowledge Organiser 2022 (Maths knowledge …

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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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Woodpeckers – Goodbye Kate!

Today, we said good luck and goodbye to Kate as she moves on to a new school. We know they will absolutely love you Kate, just like we do! You have been an asset to our class and we will miss seeing your lovely, smiley face everyday. Thank you for being you – we think …

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Woodpeckers – Shared Write

This week, we have worked in groups and as a class to produce a WAGOLL. The children worked together to come up with expanded noun phrases, prepositions and similes about two different pictures from Narnia. As a class, we used these ideas to write to paragraphs of setting descriptions. We discussed how we could move …

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Woodpeckers – Reading

In reading, we have started our new book called: The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Before we started to read this book, we completed an observe, wonder and infer lesson to spark our imaginations about what might happen in the story. To observe, we used the front cover to write down all the things we could see. …

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LKS2 Topic – Earthquake STEM Challenge.

This afternoon, LKS2 were visited by a civil engineer. To begin with, we learned all about the roles of an engineer and the key skills you need to become an engineer. We also had a discussion about what we think engineering might look like in the future. After this, we learned about the importance of …

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Y4 Multiplication Tables Check

Information for parents.

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Woodpeckers – Volcano Art

This week we have been looking at some different volcanic art. Woodpeckers have now created some of their own artwork. Some of the children used felt tips and other used paint to add colour to their volcano artwork.

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Woodpeckers Times Tables

In Woodpeckers this morning, we spent some time focusing on our three times tables. As you can see, we got a bit carried away and it turned into a times tables party! We listened to some catchy times tables songs and showed off our best singing and dance moves. After, we played a few games …

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Woodpeckers Volcanic Eruptions

This week in Woodpeckers, we have turned into news reporters, reporting on the latest volcanic eruptions happening on Earth! To begin with, we learned all about how volcanic eruptions happen, discussing each step from the beginning in the magma chamber, to the final eruption out of the main and secondary vents. Then, we set off …

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Woodpeckers’ Science

Woodpeckers spent the morning learning about states of matter and how to classify materials based on their properties. Toothpaste remains a contentious issue, but I think we got there in the end!

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Woodpeckers English – Vocabulary Focus

Today, we read Chapter 3 of the Chronicles of Narnia and discussed how the characters in our story might be feeling so far. In groups, the children were given a picture of a setting which they had to study. The children had to consider the following: What might you see here? What can be heard? …

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LKS2 Topic Entry Point – Part 2

This afternoon, we finally erupted our volcanoes! Over the course of this term as we begin to learn more about volcanoes, earthquakes and tectonic plates, we will determine what creates bigger and better eruptions. Stay tuned for (hopefully) some much bigger explosions.

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