​​​   Welcome to Woodpecker Class: Reception and Year One

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Welcome to the Woodpecker Class page.  

Mr. Batchelor is the class teacher for Woodpecker class.  He is supported by Miss Trowbridge, Mrs Cheffey, Mrs Wyatt and Mrs Blunn. 

Woodpecker class is made up of Reception chidlren and Year 1 children.  We are a class who are interested in finding out more about our world and use our interest in what is happening around us to develop our knowledge and understanding.  We love learning new skills and enjoying new experiences.  We use these to make connections between our learning. 


Reading Reception and Year 1
Reading in Reception and Year 1 is the most important aspect to home learning. Reading is not just about recognising and ‘reading’ words, it is about understanding what is being read. Reading everyday with your child will help them to develop in all aspects of their learning. When you are sharing a book with your child it is important to ask them questions about the story. For example, can they predict what the story is about from looking at the front cover?  Can they say what will happen next or at the end of the story? Can they describe the characters or the story setting?  Can they explain why they like/dislike the story?  Who is their favourite character and why?


Both Reception and Year 1 children will receive a new set of spellings each week. The spellings are linked to words they are learning in their phonics. The expectations are that your child will be able to read and write the words given before a new spelling is issued.

Year 1 Homework

Year 1 children will receive an additional piece of homework that is linked to the learning your child is doing in class.



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What have we been doing recently?

Woodpecker class have been very busy recently. Their learning this term has been all about Castles! They have been learning about what castles are and why they were built. They have also been making art inspired by castles. They have been talking about what they would have in their dream castles if money was no object!

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In English they have been reading stories and creating wonderful writing based on these stories. They have been reading traditional stories with a castle setting like Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Rapunzel. They have also been writing spooky stories about haunted castles!

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​In RE children have been learning about the Religion Judiasm as well as being a good friend and Jesus’s friends the disciples.

Children have also been learning in Forest school and taking part in Cricket workshops.

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We are looking forward to working with Kingfisher class soon to learn about the book T​he Lost Words. During this time children will be learning about words that have been taken out of the dictionary, like Adder and bramble. This will give us lots of opportunity to explore nature and poetry.