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“The small size of the school means that teachers know all pupils very well and plan work to meet their individual needs within the mixed-age classes.”


Ofsted 2017

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“Lively and interesting activities promote pupils’ high levels of engagement. They develop their collaborative, creative and independent skills.”


Ofsted 2017

Woodpeckers Class

Key Stage 1 – Year 2/3

Children carry on their Key Stage 1 education in the Woodpeckers Class, where we continue to emphasise enjoyment of learning through our Creative Curriculum, covering all the core areas of the National Curriculum to establish a good foundation to take them into Key Stage 2 (by the time they reach Year 3).

In the morning the Woodpeckers class focus their work on Literacy and Maths and in the afternoons they look at a weekly subject such as Music, Technology or History etc. within the overall topic area for that half term. They also have weekly PE sessions with a qualified Sports Coach.

Mrs Thornton

Woodpeckers Class Teacher

Mrs Wyncoll

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Smith

Teaching Assistant

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On this page you will find news about our class, an overview of the work we are doing this half-term and links to online learning resources.

Latest News From Woodpeckers Class

Embalming Tomatoes!

Embalming Tomatoes!

On Monday 20th January,  the Woodpeckers investigated the scientific process of mummification by becoming Egyptian Embalmers! As there weren't any dead Pharaohs lying around, the children used tomatoes instead- to symbolise the Pharaoh's body. The children followed...

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Futsal Frenzy!

Futsal Frenzy!

In this half term, children in the Swans, Owls and Woodpeckers class had the chance to participate in three events - U11 Boys Futsal, U9 Boys Futsal and U9 Girls Futsal, all held at Inspire Suffolk in Ipswich. It was fantastic to see children who do not usually like...

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Community Spirit

Community Spirit

The community of Stratford St Mary recently joined together to bring some festive cheer to others. The families of the school, the local community, the parishioners of the churches and the Hall Farm Shop & Restaurant community bought Christmas gifts which were...

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Hey Ewe!

Hey Ewe!

On Thursday afternoon and evening, after lots of rehearsing and lines memorised, children in Kingfishers and Woodpeckers Class performed Hey Ewe! to a packed audience. The Christmas story was seen through the eyes of a curious sheep! The children had lots of fun...

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A Mysterious Letter

A Mysterious Letter

The Woodpeckers have been comparing objects from the past in their History lessons (whilst learning about The Gun Powder Plot). The children have been comparing how we would send messages to somebody now, and how they would have been delivered in 1605. They learnt...

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Remembrance Day Activities

Remembrance Day Activities

On Monday 4th November, the children took part in an assembly about 'Why we wear poppies near Remembrance Day'; they learnt about the history of poppies and why people started wearing them after the 'First World War. The children then went into their house groups to...

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We Are Working On

Spring

Science

Everyday Use of Materials

• Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses, by identifying the uses of different materials.
• Identify and classify the uses of everyday materials, in the context of the local area.
• Gather and record data to help in answering questions, by exploring the purposes of different objects
• Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses, by exploring the purposes of different objects.
• To find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching, by changing the shape of objects.
• To find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching, in the context of recycling.
• To find out about people who have developed new materials, by learning about John McAdam.

Animals including Humans

• Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults, by describing the changes to animals as they grow.
• Identify and classify, by matching animals and animal babies.
• Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults, by learning about how humans grow and change.
• Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air), by identifying the ways that different animals meet their basic needs.
• Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways, by generating questions about a pet and researching answers.
• Describe the importance for humans of eating the right amounts of different types of food, by exploring food groups.
• Describe the importance for humans of exercise, by finding out why humans need to exercise.
• Gather and record data to help in answering questions, by recording the ways that exercise affects the body.

History

Nurturing Nurses
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of identifying the criteria that makes a person significant.
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of finding out how Florence Nightingale improved nursing.
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of finding out how Mary Seacole improved nursing.
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of finding out how Edith Cavell helped soldiers.
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of comparing Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell.
• An awareness of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and
• international achievements in the context of remembering Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell.

Geography

Safari
• To name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans in the context of Africa (Kenya).
• To use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the countries studied at this key stage in the context of Africa (Kenya).
• To devise simple maps in the context of Africa (Kenya).
• To understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non- European country in the context of Kenya.
• To use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features in the context of Africa (national parks).
• To use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map in the context of national park/ safari maps.
• To use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features in the context of Kenya (national parks/ reserves).
• To understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non- European country in the context of Kenya (Maasai).
• To use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human and physical features in the context of observing geographical images/photographs
• To understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country in the context of Kenya and the UK (my locality).

Art & Design and Technology

Portraits
• To develop a wide range of art and design techniques, such as using drawing to create a self-portrait.
• To know about the work of a range of artists, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, looking at portraits created by Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.
• To know about the work of a range of artists, looking at the work of a Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Andy Warhol.
• To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, when creating portraits, line drawing, pop art and making collages.

Design & Technology

Let’s Sculpt
• To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, in the context of making a bread sculpture, a sculpture of a monster, a sculpture of a person, making a sculpture with unusual materials and a sculpture of a building.
• To know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, making links to their own work, in the context of learning about the artists and sculptors Marc Quinn, Barbara Hepworth, Jill Townlsey, Brendan Jamison & Eva Rothschild
• To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, in the context of using recycled materials to make a 3D sculpture.

P.E

Outdoor and Adventurous Activity
• Explore and work in the outdoor learning space.
Gymnastics
• To master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities such as rolling with co-ordination and control, make thin shapes with the body, take weight on the hands and feet and perform and compete.
Futsal
• Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending as well as moving with a football, use space when passing and receiving a ball and gain skills for invasion games

Computing

Scratch Junior
• I am developing problem-solving strategies, navigation and co-ordination skills, as I play and learn with electronic games, remote control or programmable toys by drawing shapes, repeating, moving and producing sound.
• Understand what algorithms are and that programs execute by following precise and ambiguous instructions.
• Create and debug simple programs.
• Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs using Turtle Logo.

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