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 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.

 

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 W/C 5.12.22 (Red Kites, Woodpeckers and Falcons)

This week, LKS2 have been tasked with some very special DT homework. Children have been asked to invent something to help Father Christmas during the busy December period! This could be anything… the crazier and more creative the better! This task is part of a Christmas competition set up by a team called ‘The Little …

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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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LKS2 Science – Seed Dispersal

Today, LKS2 have had a Science day. During one of our sessions, we looked at seed dispersal. To begin with, we discussed what seed dispersal is and why plants need to disperse their seeds. Then, we investigated the different ways in which plants do this. Finally, we had a go at creating our own “plants” …

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LKS2 Reading – Live Christmas Author Event.

Today, LKS2 have taken part in a live Christmas reading event with Mr.Dilly. We met children’s authors Mel Taylor-Bessent, Andy Griffiths, Robin Stevens, Jenny Pearson, Sam Langley-Swain, and Ian Eagleton who told us all about the Christmas books they have written. We really enjoyed the reading Andy Griffiths did from his 156 Storey Treehouse Christmas …

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LKS2 Homework W/C 5.12.22 (Red Kites, Woodpeckers and Falcons)

This week, LKS2 have been tasked with some very special DT homework. Children have been asked to invent something to help Father Christmas during the busy December period! This could be anything… the crazier and more creative the better! This task is part of a Christmas competition set up by a team called ‘The Little …

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Ministry of Chocolate

On Tuesday, Year 3/4 were visited by the Minister of Chocolate. We learnt lots of fascinating facts about chocolate including: its history, where it comes from, the different types, chocolate world records, fair-trade and even how to make our own! Check out the pictures below…

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YEAR 4 SWIMMING

This Friday, as part of water safety awareness, all Year 4 swimmers will need to bring their pyjamas in addition to their usual swimming kit. Thanks,  

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Woodpeckers Topic – Rainforest Art.

This week in Topic, we have been studying the work of Henri Rousseau to help us create some of our own rainforest art. To begin with, we learnt all about Henri Rousseau and discussed some of his famous pieces. We looked specifically at how he used different techniques to create layers and texture in his …

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Woodpeckers English/Drama – Sequencing a Recount

Currently in Woodpeckers, we are learning all about recounts. Yesterday, we read a recount together, then discussed and answered questions about it. Today, we have recapped the recount by sequencing the events into chronological order, then putting each of the steps into a dramatic performance! Whilst sequencing the steps, we looked carefully at the language …

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Anti-Bullying Week: Odd Sock Day

Today marks the start of Anti-Bullying week for 2022. To show our support, we have all come to school dressed in odd/crazy socks! In classes, we have discussed that this represents how is it cool for us all to be different, and how we should never be unkind towards others because of their differences. Throughout …

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Woodpeckers Maths – Addition and Subtraction Recap

This week in Maths, we have started our new topic of addition and subtraction. Before beginning our new learning, we have recapped what we learnt in this topic last year. For year 3s, this consisted of us using the counting on / counting backwards method and the partitioning method in order to add and subtract …

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School Council – KS2 Chill Out Tuesday Club.

In our meetings so far this half-term, School Council have discussed how they’d like a space pupils can go to, to just ‘chill out’ sometimes. As a group we came up with the idea of running a lunchtime club called ‘Chill out Tuesdays’. Here pupils can read, draw, craft, play chess, chat to their friends …

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Woodpeckers Topic – Deforestation Debate

Over the past couple of weeks in Woodpeckers, we have been learning all about deforestation. This week, we came together to debate whether deforestation is a good or a bad thing. To begin with, we put our own personal opinions aside and researched both sides of the argument. Looking at the reasons why people think …

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School Council – Suggestion Boxes

This week school council have been decorating their suggestion boxes! These will be placed in their classes after half-term, ready to be filled with pupil suggestions. Thanks to our year 6 helpers who also helped us decorate these at lunch.

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Woodpeckers Reading – The Iron Man Role Play

This week in Woodpeckers, we have finished reading The Iron Man. We loved the story so much, that we decided to try and bring it to life through some role play. To begin with, we looked back through our books to recap the main events, characters, settings and vocabulary used within each chapter. Then, we …

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Woodpeckers – TCS Mini London Marathon

This morning, some of Woodpeckers took part in the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon. We ran, hopped, jumped, skipped, danced and dribbled our way round the hall for 2.6 miles!

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School Council 2022/23

Today our newly appointed school councillors received their badges in assembly! They were all very excited and proud to show themselves off to the whole school. They also took part in their first school council meeting at lunch time, and have been tasked with their first job of finding a box suitable to turn into …

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Woodpeckers Topic – England Vs Brazil (Biomes)

Over the past few weeks in Woodpeckers, we have been learning all about biomes. Last lesson, we looked specifically into the rainforest biome, and compared a country in a rainforest biome (Brazil) to a country in a temperate forest biome (England). Today, we have looked into these biomes in greater depth, by comparing the different …

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Woodpeckers Maths – Number lines.

Today in Woodpeckers, we have used our previous learning of comparing and ordering numbers to help us place numbers on different number lines and also help us create our own. To begin with, we looked at what a number line is, what they look like and how they can differ. Then, we had a go …

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LKS2 – African Dance Workshop

To celebrate Black History Month, we took part in some fantastic dancing with our new friends from the Ivory Coast. Have a look for yourself and ask us to reenact when we get home!

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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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