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Year 1 & 2 - Woodpeckers



Dear Children and Carers,

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and spending lots of time in your gardens now that Spring has finally arrived!  I am sure you will have some fantastic creative adventures during the next few weeks and I can’t wait to hear all about them when I see you.

I may not be seeing you for a while, but I am thinking of you all and I know you will be doing some fantastic learning at home.  We can still share some of our learning adventures together and I will post some ideas and links on the website that I know you will enjoy.   Woodpeckers are some of the best Lego builders in the world!  So I know that some of you will take part in the Lego Challenge and for all my amazing artists have a go at the ’25 Day Drawing Challenge’.  I can’t wait to see some of your creations and works of art!

I would love to see what you have been doing at home.  Please send us your photos of anything you draw, write, create, paint, build, plant, read, play or do.  You could email this to school to be put on the class page on the website, if you are happy for us to do this. I miss not seeing most of you all at school. If there is anything learning related you would like to ask, email us – also with any exciting news you want to share with your teachers and friends!

I am busy at school two days a week and I am learning and working from home on the other three days. I have been going on some very long walks and the best thing I have seen so far are some super cute ducklings having fun on the river!  I have been doing lots of jobs at home and catching up on reading all the books that were waiting for the Summer holidays!  

Remember to be kind to yourself and your families, don’t worry about anything just enjoy your home learning. Being creative and playing outside are some of the best things you can do at the moment.

I know that ‘Show and Tell’ is one of Woodpeckers most favourite things…EVER!  So when we are back at school we are going to have the BIGGEST  ‘Show and Tell’ session.  I will tidy my desk ready for all the lovely things you will be bringing in to share!

Take care Woodpeckers and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Miss Stopforth

Summer Term


Hello Woodpeckers!  Welcome back to the Summer Term.  I hope you are all ok and enjoying your time at home with your families.  I am missing you ALOT and I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces back at school, ready to learn and have lots of fun!


I know it is difficult at the moment but I know you will all be trying your best with your work at home and being super well behaved too! 


I have been going to school some days and it is still very busy in Woodpeckers classroom.  The children at school have been working hard, being creative and even cooking their own lunches a few times a week!  Perhaps we could try cooking our lunch one day when we are all back, have a think about what could be on the Woodpeckers menu! 


When I am at home I have been keeping very busy too.  I love looking at some of the photos that some of you have been sending in of your home learning and you can see these on our class page.  I have been going out for some lovely long walks, enjoying the beautiful countryside, cooking treats for my family, reading and also clearing out and tidying (it's not just you who needs to tidy your rooms you know!). I was even lucky enough to have a visit from the Easter Bunny - see if you can spot my treat in the photos!


I miss you Woodpeckers and I really hope we can all be back together very soon.


Miss Stopforth


A message from Mrs Bailey


Hello Children,


I hope you are all keeping well and are able to do plenty of activities at home.

I've been spending time doing some of the things I enjoy such as gardening, cooking, walking and reading.

It's been lovely to see some of you when I've been out for a walk.

These pictures are from a walk to  Lulworth Cove and over Bindon Hill. 

In the duck pond I could see the ducklings are thriving. 

On top of Bindon hill the beautiful cowslips were abundant and a skylark was singing and hovering, probably to draw me away from its nest which must have been in the grass nearby. 

As well as the wonderful views along the coast, I saw four huge ships in Weymouth bay (they looked a lot bigger than they appear in my photograph)!

I am looking forward to us all seeing each other in school again and finding out about the things you have been doing in our time away,


Very Best Wishes from Miss Bailey

A Message from Miss Nicholson


Hello Everyone! 


I really miss seeing you all every day but hope you are enjoying your time at home with your families, favourite toys, activities and tv shows! I have been spending my time outside in the garden and spent a lot of time trying to get this photograph for you of me and my cat Olive. She has only been allowed outside for the first time this week so is very distracted by birds and bugs! 


Look forward to seeing you soon, 

Miss Nicolson 

A message from Mrs Winch

Hello everyone,

This is a very strange time at the moment and I'm missing seeing you all.  I have been looking after my 3 children, baking lots of cakes and walking my two lovely dogs. 


I can't wait for us all to return to school and have lots of fun together while learning!


Stay happy and safe, love from Mrs Winch.

Woodpeckers Class!

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

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.

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