Meet the Teacher

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

Looking forward to seeing you all this afternoon!

Please come along to the classroom straight after school.

Have a great day!

Miss LH

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Geography Learning

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

Today we were beginning to learn about map work and our focus was using a compass.

We identified the different points on the compass, read directions to find different locations and then wrote our own directions.

After this we used the Ipads to play different direction games!

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Working hard…

Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

We have been working really hard in our first 2 weeks!

We tested our creativity and worked as a team to think of as many ways to use a paper clip as we could!

We wrote about our summer holidays, creating recipes to follow to have a great time.


We are proud of our new class name and learnt a little about the beautiful birds, woodpeckers. This inspired us to write an acrostic poem about the hopping, knocking, noisy little birds!

We then drew some woodpeckers, looking closely at details.

Check out our classroom display!

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Bedtime Story Competition 2017

Posted on September 5th, 2017 by Robin Class

Do you know a child aged between 5 and 11 years old who has a brilliant idea for a bedtime story? Would they love to see it published as a fantastic picture book? Book People, in association with Little Tiger, are on the lookout for the nation’s best storyteller!

 Any child living in the UK aged between 5 and 11 years old can take part in Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Schools, libraries and community groups are welcome to submit entries for their children, too. All they will need to do is:

  • Write a 200-800 word bedtime story about friendship
  • Have a parent or guardian submit their entry using the link below
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 2 October

One winner will be selected from each age category and one overall winner will be chosen to have their book illustrated by Alison Brown, published by Little Tiger and sold exclusively through Book People!

To find out more, go 

Mr Libberton

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Hertfordshire Library Services

Posted on September 4th, 2017 by Robin Class

Here are some events at local Hertfordshire Libraries. Click the link to find out about different events and activities on offer.

Weekend Stories – story time for under 8s

Weekend Stories are story time sessions in the library aimed at children under 8 years old. Come along to Saturday Stories or Sunday Stories and enjoy listening to old favourites and discovering new stories too.

This is a family event and all ages are welcome.

  • £1 voluntary donation per family

Hertfordshire Weekend Stories


Chatterbooks – reading groups for 8-12 year olds
Whether your child is already an avid reader or needing some inspiration, joining Chatterbooks is a great way to encourage them to have fun with books.

Please find more information about when the groups meet and to apply for a space in the link

Hertfordshire Chatterbooks


If you take part in any of these activities please let us know at school it would be great to share experiences at the Library.
Many Thanks
Mr Libberton

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Welcome Back Woodpeckers!

Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

Hello and Welcome to

Woodpeckers 2017/18!

I hope that you all had a fantastic summer and enjoyed the sun (what we had of it). The time has whizzed by! I know Mrs Sullivan and myself are looking forward to hearing all about your time off and the exciting things that you have been up to.

In our first week we will be deciding on our class rules and thinking about out Jigsaw charter; creating some Woodpecker inspired art; writing all about your summer; exploring some investigations in Maths and beginning our times table challenge as well as plenty more! I hope you are ready and have got your growth mindsets switched on!

Below is an outline of some of the things we are going to be learning in this Autumn term:

English– Through our study of fiction, non-chronological report writing and poetry we will develop our writing skills, including the use of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary choices and text layout.

Maths- In Maths we will be looking at the place value of 4 digits numbers as well as thinking about decimals. We will study addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods. We will develop our reasoning and mastery through problem solving and mastery challenges. We will begin to explain the different methods we could use to reach an answer. Times Tables and division facts up to 12 x 12 will be practised each week.

Science– Our topic in Science this term is forces and magnets. We will learn how to identify pushes and pulls as forces and explore how things move on different surfaces. We will find out about attraction and repulsion by magnetic forces and which materials are magnetic. Look at compasses and uses of magnets. Also we will carry out some enquiries using magnets.

Jigsaw – Puzzle 1 (Being Me in My World), gives the class a process for everyone to be involved in the production or review of the class positive behaviour policy. Rights, responsibilities, rewards and consequences are built on the belief that each child has the right and the capacity to make his/her own

History– In History we will be learning about our local area of Bushey and will be considering how the local area has changed over the years using a variety of sources as well as going on local walks.

Geography-  This term we will be learning about the different points on a compass and using this to help us think about the geography of our local area of Bushey.

Computing-  We will be learning how to select, use and combine a variety of software(including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a presentation.

Art-  In Art we will improve our mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay). In addition to learning about great artists, architects and designers in history.

PE: In games we will develop our skills in athletics We will use Yoga to allow us  consider our core strength breathing and balance. We will be learning the game of Tag Rugby. We will also be taking part in Fitter Futures challenges to help improve our fitness.

Music– In Music we will develop skills relating to composing, performing and listening. We will be exploring sounds and rhythmic pattern. We will be learning a variety of songs and using these to enhance our musical skills.

D&T – In DT we will be considering what a healthy diet is, looking at The Eat Well plate and what a balanced, healthy diet means.  We will learn some ways to prepare ingredients safely and hygienically whilst using equipment and utensils to prepare and combine ingredients to make a product.

RE– Mrs Bastable will be teaching RE this year. She will be teaching about Sikhism including understanding further about the sacred book for Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib, linking it to the beliefs and practices of Sikhs.

French– Madame Lawson will be teaching French. Her topics will include: my town and school, local area, simple directions, transport and school.


Remember school starts on Tuesday! See you all then.

Miss LH

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Woodpecker’s last week of term

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

We have made it to the end of a very busy, happy year together!

Let’s see what’s in store for this week:

Maths: Money and division

English: writing to persuade- advertise your friend!

PE kits needed for Wednesday, then home for a wash!

ART: Thank you cards to be made

Last garden visit is Wednesday, bring a hat!

On Thursday you are invited to bring in a toy or game from home

( nothing electronic, hand- held,fidget spinner or breakable)

Mrs Sullivan and I will make you a slice of toast and a cup of squash!


Have a safe, happy and relaxing summer!

It has been such a pleasure teaching you all!

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Woodpecker Week Ahead

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class


I hope you all had a lovely long weekend!

We have really enjoyed our 2 minute teacher presentations and hope to complete these on Tuesday after French.

Our Learning will be:

Maths: Statistics

English: Leaflet writing

Art/Science: We will come to the end of our Science topic creating posters of our learning

PSHCE: We will discuss keeping safe and what we should do in different situations

History: James Cook

Garden Visit

No swimming this week

On Wednesday you are invited  to  come in to look at your children’s’ books 3.15-4.00. On Thursday children will be spending time in their new classes, with their next teacher and teaching partner.

I cannot believe our time together is nearly over- it has been such a pleasure!

Have a good week.



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Week 11

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

What a lovely time had by all for Round the World Day!

Next week- don’t forget packaging due in Monday and your 2 minute teacher presentations. We will share these on Wednesday.

Monday: Maths, English, Music, History and a Game-on activity

Tuesday: French and DT

Wednesday: 2 minute teacher presentations and DT

Thursday: Maths and stories to complete

Friday: Maths, English, Jigsaw and  DVDs in the afternoon.

Have a good week!

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Woodpecker’s Week

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

It’s going to be a hot week. Please have your water bottle and hat in school.

 Maths: Capacity challenge and division methods

English: Diary writing and story planning

Science: Adaptation

P.E.  YR4 Swimming- year 3 joining year 5

R.E. Islam

History: Famous explorer- James Cook

JIGSAW: Changing Me, beginning to look at what we can do now that we couldn’t do when we were smaller.

Spelling and times- tables


Have a great week!

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Week 8 Woodpecker

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Woodpecker Class

We have already been enjoying a problem solving afternoon.

We are looking at capacity in maths and reading and comprehension in English before we get back to the brilliant Iron Man.

Don’t forget the maths workshop is tomorrow evening, come and join us to find out what we have been up to and how you can help your children.

Garden on Wednesday- a bug hunt.

Swimming on Thursday

Sponsored mile on Friday!

Any Jazzy Jars still welcome, please bring them carefully to the office.



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