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Year 1 & 2 - Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers Class!

Welcome to Woodpeckers Class (Year 1 and 2). Miss Stopforth is the class teacher and we are supported by Mrs Winch, Mrs Slowey and Mrs Bailey our Winfrith Site TAs.


During the Autumn term, Woodpeckers will cover the topics Homes Long Ago and Let’s Celebrate.   As part of these topics they will focus on Queen Victoria, Victorian homes and how Christmas was celebrated during this era.  Our role-play area will be a Victorian house and we are lucky enough to have been given a number of artefacts for the children to investigate.  


Your child will have P.E. lessons every Wednesday and this will be delivered by a specialist coach from District Sports. Please can the children wear their PE kit to school on this day (school PE shirt and shorts, socks and trainers, tracksuits for 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 grounds, local walks and visits to the local heath, woods and coast.  Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies and coat in school.  Our Outdoor Learning sessions will take place on a Thursday this term.

The Trees For Dorset team will visit us on Monday 28th September and as part of this Year 1 will go on a local walk to collect seeds.  The Year 2 Trees For Dorset activity will take place in February (date to be confirmed).

Water and snacks

Please could you provide your child with a water bottle for use throughout the day. Thank you for providing snacks during the first few weeks of term.  Our fruit delivery has now resumed and a free fruit snack will now be provided daily.  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 word/sound cards to practise at home.  Please could you help your child with sight recognition and spelling of these key words and recognition of sounds. 


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 regular Guided Reading sessions and are heard individually by an adult as frequently as possible.  Unfortunately our usual volunteers are unable to support us at this time, but we look forward to them returning when 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 record this in their Reading Diary.   

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