Welcome to Woodpeckers Class (Year 1 and 2). Miss Stopforth is the class teacher and we are supported by Miss Nicolson, Mrs Winch and Mrs Bailey our Winfrith Site TAs.
We welcome parents and family members into Woodpeckers class on Friday mornings from 8:45-9:00 to share the children’s learning. This is a great opportunity to find out what your child has been learning about and look at their books, photos and class displays.
In the Autumn term, Woodpeckers enjoyed the topics The Magic Toymaker and Let’s Celebrate. The children loved spending time in our Magic Toymaker’s Workshop. During the second half of the term we celebrated the life of Florence Nightingale and our Role Play area became Scutari Hospital! In PE lessons, the children joined in enthusiastically with multi skills sessions and particularly enjoyed a Martial Arts taster session. The children worked hard to prepare for their Christmas Nativity and the performance of Christmas With The Aliens at St Christopher’s Church Winfrith was a great success.
Your child will have P.E. lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday every week. Please can the children have their kit in school every day (school PE shirt and shorts, socks and trainers, tracksuits for outside) as there may be chances throughout the week to participate in sports activities both inside and outside. Please remember that long hair needs to be tied up and ear-rings removed.
Outdoor Learning sessions take place on a regular cycle. These Sessions are led by Miss West our Forest Schools teacher. The children will enjoy sessions in the school ground, local walks and visits to the local heath, woods and coast. Please ensure you child has a pair of wellies and coat in school.
Water and snacks
Children are provided with their own cup and have access to water all day. Free fruit is provided and children can bring their own healthy fruit snack if they prefer. If you would like your child to have milk please contact the office for the appropriate forms.
Homework books will be sent home on a Friday and is due in on the following Wednesday. The homework task consolidates the learning taking place in school. It could have Maths, English or Topic focus.
Year 1 and Year 2 Common Words can be found in the back of your child’s homework book. Please can your child practise reading and spelling these words at home. Children in Year 1 will also be given Phase 2-5 sounds to practise to support them in their reading and spelling.
Reading books are changed on a Monday. There are other opportunities for books to be changed as needed if they have been read with an adult. The children take part in guided reading sessions each week and are heard individually by an adult as frequently as possible. Reading at home aloud to an adult is very important for developing their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Please can your child read at home as often as possible and can this be recorded in their Reading Diary. Every Monday, the children will earn a star on their star chart if an adult signs to confirm they have read at home at least 3 times the previous week. Once their chart is full, they will choose a prize from the box.