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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