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Touch screen Chromebooks and tablets ensure our children have access to the latest technology.Our children enjoy exploring and learning in the countryside with our Forest School.At St Mary's we combine modern facilities and teaching whilst retaining traditional values.“There is a strong sense of nurture which leads to the provision of warm pastoral care”. Ofsted 2016.“Standards are consistently good and on track to become outstanding”. Ofsted 2016“Pupils behave extremely well. Their conduct is outstanding”. Ofsted 2016.

Woodpeckers   Class   News  2019

 

WELCOME BACK TO OUR SUMMER TERM - OUR GREEN WORLD

Week beginning July 1st 

We have been watching our caterpillars change over the last couple of weeks and this week we set our butterflies free. 

We also learned to name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans. We thought about the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

Week beginning June 17th 

This week Woodpeckers have been busy writing our own stories based on Jack and the beanstalk. We used different characters, events and endings to change our stories.

 

In science this week we have been investigating how plants grow best. We predicted what would happen to cress seeds that were left in the light and ones that were given no light. Each day we recorded what happened. We discovered that the cress in the light grew well and turned green but the cress in the dark turned yellow. It also grew taller because it was searching for light.

 

On Friday we enjoyed a fabulous Sports morning. We all worked hard on the different activities and loved the ice lollies. There were sprints, relays, hurdles, potato and spoon and a challenging obstacle race.

Week beginning June 3rd

This week we learned the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels and designed our own new bicycle. Then we wrote descriptions of our fantastic bicycles. 

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In maths we learned more about money and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

This week we have been preparing for the Frensham Fair. We have been learning our dances and creating our art competition. Can you work out what we are making?

Last week's home learning task was to design a new lighthouse. There were some amazing ideas. Here are some of the models that you made at home.

Week beginning May 13th

This week Woodpeckers Group 2 enjoyed their last Forest School. They worked hard to make their dens and once they were complete, enjoyed a lovely treat. 

In DT we are learning to make a moving picture. We created movement with sliders and levers using characters from our English work.

 

In science we learned more about keeping healthy when we investigated healthy and unhealthy foods. Later in the week we created our own healthy meal and thought about the importance of a balanced diet.

 

Week beginning April 29th  

This week we learned to describe a setting using our senses. We collected lots of describing words and used them to write our description of the sea as Grace set out to save people in danger.

At the end of the week we imagined we were Grace and wrote a diary entry of the night of the storm. 

In our science work this term we are learning about keeping healthy. This week we learned about the importance of exercise and thought about all the different types of exercise we do. 

In maths we learned more about making amounts of money and adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

Week beginning March 25th 

This week Woodpeckers worked hard to plan and make their castles. We thought about how to show the different features and once they were made we painted them carefully.

On Thursday we took part in Godly play and learnt about lent and the importance of the colours and symbols that are used. Afterwards we expressed our thoughts in many different ways. 

Week beginning March 11th 

This week we were visited by the Signpost group who presented the Mystery of the Empty Tomb. We learnt all about Easter and how Jesus died to restore people's broken friendship with God.

We learned more about adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers this week and enjoyed finding different materials around the school. We investigated why different materials are suited to their use.

In our writing work this week we used the story of St. George and the Dragon and changed some of the details to make it our own story.

Week beginning February 25th 

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed a fantastic day out exploring Windsor Castle. After exploring the grounds to the castle we visited the State Rooms where we walked through magnificent rooms and saw amazing artefacts. Then we took past in a workshop where we learned all about knights and how people became knights. After lunch we visited St. George's Chapel where we were told about famous Kings and Queens from the past. We even saw where our Queen will sit during the Easter Service and learned how she needs a cushion to sit on.

Week beginning February 4th

Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and Woodpeckers took part in stories and activities designed to help them make sensible decisions about using computers and the internet. The children learned that it is important that we make good choices, so we can look after ourselves and other people and enjoyed playing 'Keep it safe or give it away'.

On Wednesday we had a special visit from Earth Song. They told us all about Chinese New Year. It was great fun as we took turns playing drums to wake up 4 sleeping dragons, learnt a fan dance and a ribbon dance. Then we all took part in a final dragon dance parade.

Week beginning January 21st

Woodpeckers rocked at the disco!

Woodpeckers enjoyed dancing the night away at Friday's disco as they showed their moves and played many dancing games.

This week we have continued learning to write information reports as we became an animal expert. After finding out information about our chosen animal we wrote sentences using a variety of conjunctions.

Later in the week we drew animal silhouettes to add to our sunset pictures.  Can you guess which animals we drew?

In maths this week we learned to subtract 2 digit numbers. We learned to use our subtracting of tens and ones to help.

45 - 12 

We represented 45 then took away a ten and 2 ones.

Week beginning January 7th

This week we wrote poems about animals from cold places. We collected lots of describing words and phrases which we used in our poems. Later in the week we enjoyed writing riddles about animals. We learned to use a range of clues - tease the reader - use different sentence starters and use an obvious clue to finish.

Why don't you have a go at  writing a riddle about something from home ?

In our maths work we learned more about place value of numbers and how to partition numbers in different ways.

We discovered that 67 can be partitioned like this ...

60 + 7

50 + 17

40 + 27

30 + 37

20 + 47

10 + 57

Try partitioning some numbers at home.

In science we learned more about how animals are suited to the habitats they live in. We enjoyed researching information on the Chrome Books.

Week beginning December 17th

We celebrated the end of our busy term by presenting the Nativity story at St. Mary's Church by learning all our words and actions. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

We also enjoyed a fantastic Christmas party on Tuesday organised by FOSMS. We enjoyed playing some great games in the hall with Goldfinches and Kingfishers. Then we were treated to a lovely tea and a special visitor!

Week beginning December 3rd

This week we learned why angels announced the news of Jesus' birth and we enjoyed watching Goldfinches present their Nativity Play.

 

Week beginning November 19th 

This week Woodpeckers presented some of their learning at their family worship. They all worked so hard to remember poems, songs. stories and their words to explain what they have been learning. Well done everyone - you were all super !

Woodpeckers have been learning to divide numbers this week by sharing and grouping objects and amounts.

In science this week we learned that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited. Different habitats provide for the basic needs of the animals and plants living in them.

Week beginning November 5th

This week we discovered information about Remembrance Day after asking our own questions. We wrote simple sentences then learned to join them with conjunctions. At the end of the week we wrote an information report and created a poppy wreath for our special Remembrance Worship.

 In maths this week we learned to recall addition facts quickly and use them to write subtraction facts. On Friday we used these facts to help us play a game.

Week beginning October 15th

This week started with our Harvest Service at St. Mary's Church. Woodpeckers presented their poem confidently and enjoyed joining in with the rest of the Service.

 

In our maths this week we have been learning to measure using standard units. We enjoyed measuring in the playground and later in the week we measured and compared different body parts.

On Friday we were visited by the RNLI who told us all about the work that the charity is involved in. We learnt what the different coloured flags mean and the type of rescue boats that are used. Lots of us were able to join in with ideas of how to stay safe at the beach.

Week beginning October 1st 

 This week Woodpeckers have been busy learning to show and add amounts of money in our maths work. We investigated different ways to make the same amount. Remember to visit your VLE page to play the shopping game.

In english we have been learning to use verbs and adverbs. Then we finished our work on The Tunnel by changing events and writing our own story.

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed a special visit from the Life Educational Bus. we learnt all about our bodies and how to keep them fit and healthy. We loved meeting Harold the Giraffe and learnt how to be feelings detectives when we thought about our friendships and feelings.

Week beginning September 17th 

 This week Woodpeckers enjoyed investigating our new library garden.

We enjoyed reading The Tunnel by Anthony Browne and we have been using the story to learn more about time connectives and conjunctions.

In maths we have been learning to use different addition vocabulary. We learned to add 3 single digits by spotting 10s - doubles and adding small numbers. 

This week we also learned to make a self portrait collage by using paper scraps and enjoyed our PE lesson with Chelsea's Coach Lucy.

Week beginning September 5th 

 

Welcome to all our new Woodpeckers - we hope you all had a fantastic Summer break. Everyone has settled well this week and started to learn all our new routines.

In our learning this week we have written about our Summer holidays and been busy counting in 2 and 5s from any number. We have also been learning to log on to our new year 2 computing pages and thought about which books are important to us.

Week beginning July 8th 

This week Woodpeckers and Kingfishers performed

Jonah - a fishy tail .

You were all BRILLIANT.

At the end of the week we took part in a pedal course to learn how to ride our bicycles and scooters safely. We learned to turn corners and use the brakes to stop safely.

Week beginning June 24th 

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed a fantastic day out at Wisley.

During the morning we explored the gardens searching for different stages of plant growth. We worked in groups to tally how many different buds, flowers, fruit and seeds we could find. Then we went back to the education room to plant our own French Bean.

After lunch we explored the Glasshouse where we found different zones and plants that are suited to living in them. Later in the afternoon we collected petals to make a sticky strip picture.

What a great day we had!

Week beginning June 10th 

This week we learned about plant life cycles and we wrote an explanation of how a sunflower grows. We have also started to look after our group plant to see what it needs to grow and stay healthy. We have chosen where in school to put it and how to look after it. 

We have some visitors in our classroom. They are caterpillars – I wonder what they will turn into?

Week beginning May 20th

This week we celebrated May Day by performing our dances with Kingfishers and Goldfinches. It was a lovely afternoon which was introduced with the crowning of the May Queen and King. Well done everyone you worked so hard and danced so well.

After all that dancing we celebrated with May cakes - a big thank you to the mums who baked them.

This week we completed our work on the Lighthouse keeper's Lunch by writing stories about his new problems. There were sharks, crows and mermaids who also tried to steal his lunch. 

In science this week we learned more about keeping ourselves healthy by discovering ways to maintain good hygiene.

Week beginning May 6th 

This week Woodpeckers have enjoyed listening to the story of

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.

They used the story to write sentences using past tense words, conjunctions and noun phrases. Look out for other books to read about Mr and Mrs Grinling's other adventures.

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In science we explored the impact of exercise on our bodies as we continue to learn about the importance of exercise.

In our RE work we learned that Allah is the Arabic name for God the Creator and that he has 99 beautiful names that reflect aspects of his character.

Week beginning April 22nd 

Welcome back to a busy Summer Term. We started our new topic by researching information about the life of Grace Darling. We asked questions and then used the Chrome Books to find out the answers. We discovered she was very brave and helped her father to save nine survivors when their ship hits rocks near to where Grace lived.

In our maths work we continued to learn more about weight, reading scales and solving problems. We also learned to find fractions of numbers.

Week beginning April 1st

Well done Woodpeckers for winning Farnham's Got Talent with their Lonely Goatherd performance.

What super stars you are !

 A big Thank You to Mrs Dodgson and Mrs Molay for all their help.

What an eggciting week Woodpeckers have enjoyed!

On Monday we went on an egg hunt on Frensham Common and found some delicious Easter treats.

On Wednesday we joined Kingfishers for our Easter Pause Day and thought about the Easter Story. We listened carefully and took part in some drama before spending the rest of the day responding through a range of activities.

We also had a great time making hats for the Easter Hat Parade.

Week beginning March 18th 

Woodpeckers carefully painted their coat of arms shields this week with pictures that represented their family or their interests. 

In PE group 2 continued their learning about creating pathways and enjoyed using their skills on the apparatus. 

In science we tested some materials to find out if they could be stretched - twisted - bent or squashed.

Week Beginning March 4th 

This week saw Woodpeckers celebrating Shrove Tuesday by taking past in pancake races in the playground. We also learnt why we make pancakes before Lent and tried some tasty pancakes too !

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters. We took part in our school parade to show our costumes and learned all about Roald Dahl by researching information on the Chrome Books. 

    

Week beginning February 11th 

This week Woodpeckers have been busy learning all about how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals using food chains. 

We also became Bible detectives as we hunted for parables. We learned that Jesus told parables to teach people about God.

In english this week we completed our story work by writing stories about a child who had the biggest ears but never used them. They got in to so much trouble!

Week beginning January 28th 

This week we were treated to a wonderful hands on experience when Animals of the Wild visited us.

Ben and Hannah visited us with a wonderful selection of animals from different habitats. We discovered lots of information about their features and we loved holding and seeing them. 

We wrote some wonderful recounts of our experiences including excellent details and sentence work.

Earlier in the week we joined Kingfishers and Goldfinches for a Bedtime Stories Evening. We enjoyed listening to different stories and drinking a lovely cup of hot chocolate.

Week beginning January 14th

Woodpeckers have been busy researching information about giraffes using the Chrome Books this week. We learned to use different sentences - questions - statements - exclamation - which we used in our information reports.

We also learned to blend the colours red and yellow to create a sunset wash. Next week we will use it as a background for our silhouette animal.

Week beginning January 3rd 

Welcome back everyone - we hope you had a great Christmas holiday and are now ready for our next term.

This week we celebrated Epiphany by learning more about the Christmas Story. Our lovely cook Claire baked special Epiphany cakes and Toby was the lucky Woodpecker who became our Woodpecker Epiphany King.

Week beginning December 10th

What a very busy week Woodpeckers have enjoyed. 

On Tuesday we enjoyed the Peter Pan Pantomime by Hurricane Productions ( Oh yes we did !!! ) as we joined in with lots of singing and laughing!

On Wednesday we were treated to a delicious Christmas Lunch where we wore our Christmas Tree hats. We joined the whole school in the hall which had been decorated with our paper chains.

 

   

 

On Friday we were visited by Signposts who presented the Christmas story.

Week beginning November 26th 

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed their cooking sessions as they learned how to make jam tarts.

In maths this week we learned about fractions and found halves and quarters of shapes and numbers.

Week beginning November 12th 

This week we have been learning a new story called 'The Papaya That Spoke' which Woodpeckers will be presenting at their Family Worship this Wednesday. We hope you are able to come.

In maths this week we have been learning more about multiplication. We used repeated additions, arrays and recall of facts to solve multiplication statements and problems. 

Woodpeckers have been very busy at home making some wonderful robin decorations  which will be used to decorate a Christmas tree at Frensham Garden Centre next week. Don't forget to visit and vote for your favourite tree.

On Friday Woodpeckers participated in Children in Need by dressing in spots and donating money to fill Pudsey Bear. Well done everyone - what a lot of money you raised!

Week beginning October 29th 

Welcome back!

This week Woodpeckers have been busy learning all about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot. First we thought about what we already knew and then thought of some questions to help us to find out more. We enjoyed using the Chrome books to discover lots of information and used it to write our newspaper reports.

In our maths this week we learned more about place value of numbers. We partitioned numbers to show how they are made up of tens and ones.

Later in the week we represented 2 digit numbers in different ways.

We also learned about being a good leader and how we can be a 'good example' to others around us. We were all very good at following the leaders in the games we played.

    

 

Week beginning October 8th 

What a busy week for Woodpeckers.  

On Wednesday we visited London for the Primary Proms. During the morning we explored the Science Museum where we enjoyed looking at the Space and Transport exhibitions. Then we explored the Pattern Pod before walking to The Royal Albert Hall. We enjoyed listening to the different choirs and orchestras that performed for us.

On Friday Woodpeckers were stars when they were tour guides. They confidently spoke to our visitors when they showed them around St. Mary's on our Open Morning.

 

Week beginning September 24th

This week Woodpeckers shared their new home learning books which they had covered at home. They are all really great!

We have been busy learning more about subtraction this week in maths. We used lots of different vocabulary and subtracted single digits by counting back and using number facts.

17 - 2 is just counting back 2   

23 - 3  is 20 and 3 take away the 3 

In English we learned to use similes and noun phrases to add descriptions to our work.

Rose wore shoes as black as coal.

Jack ran through the enchanted forest.

This week we also started Forest School and archery lessons.

Week beginning September 10th 

 

Welcome to all our new Woodpeckers - we hope you all had a fantastic Summer break. Everyone has settled well this week and started to learn all our new routines.

In our learning this week we have written about our Summer holidays and been busy counting in 2 and 5s from any number. We have also been learning to log on to our new year 2 computing pages and thought about which books are important to us.

We have been busy reading poems and spotting patterns which we used to write our own poems. In maths this week we have been learning to read and write numbers. We also learned to count reliably by grouping objects in 2s, 5s and 10s.