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Woodpecker Class

    Teachers: Miss S. Barnes & Mrs J. Beasley

    Learning Support Assistant: Mrs H. Vint






Hillier Gardens Visit

Science Week

During our science week, we focused on experiments that worked around the theme of 'colour'. we had lots of fun testing different experiments throughout the week and using natural products to create a 'nature' rainbow. Such fun!

Science Week

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

As part of our topic 'Sailors and Pirates' we were lucky enough to visit the Naval Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth. We spent the morning walking around the ship, HMS Victory. We asked the guides lots of questions and learned all about life at sea in the Navy during the 1700's. After our tour of the ship, we took part in a workshop. There were lots of activities! There were old Navy costumes and pirate costumes for us to try on. We got to look at old Navy artefacts and even got to hold a real cutlass!

It was such a fantastic day and we were very lucky to have such great weather!

Pirates Ahoy!

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This term we have been learning all about Pirates! We were lucky to have a real life Pirate visit Year 2 and we got to be Pirates for the day. We have been doing lots of writing linked to Pirates and have been able to share our fantastic writing with our peers.


We had fun playing in the snow today.  There was just about enough snow for a snowman and we used our collaboration learning tool to help us work together.

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In Science, we have been learning about a variety of materials and how they can change. Woodpeckers were given the chance to test out the strength of different materials by making a box for Chilli, our dragon, to travel in. They worked together to make a container and then evaluated what they had used. There were some very interesting discussions about the strength of materials! Chilli really enjoyed being carried around!

Autumn Term B

What a busy half term we have had! We have certainly been enjoying the learning we have done this term. In English, we wrote our own Twisted Tales - a spin off traditional fairy tales. Woodpecker Class came up with some fantastic ideas to twist the Tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff! As part of this writing unit we linked it in with our DT unit and made Glove Puppets of one of our characters from our twisted tale. the children spent time planning and designing these puppets! Just look at how fantastic they have turned out!


Wow - what an amazing response to our home learning challenge! The houses you have helped your children to make were incredible! We can see that an awful lot of thought has gone into each and every one, and we thank you for your enthusiasm.
It seemed almost a shame to burn such works of art, but arranging our houses into our very own 'Pudding Lane' and then watching the wind fan the flames, gave the children a real taste of how the fire spread so quickly back in 1666, and the devastation it caused. We were even treated to a sudden gust, at the very end, which reignited some of the embers and ensured none of the buildings were left standing!
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Thank you to the many parents and carers who attended our class assembly today. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you.


We have started our netball coaching sessions on a Thursday morning. We are learning about the importance of working as a team and how to move around a court and have also been practising aiming at targets and shooting into a netball hoop. 

The children are really enjoying it and it has been great to see progression of skills already!



Things to remember:

We have our first reading morning of the term on Thursday 27th September. Feel free to pop in and spend some time reading with your child in the classroom environment. All welcome!


Next Friday 28th September, we will begin our 'pond dipping' sessions on the heathland as part of our science investigation. Please ensure your child is wearing either tights or trousers and has a coat in school. We will be pond dipping rain or shine!




The children have settled well into Year 2 so far, and are enjoying their learning - especially our history topic about the Great Fire of London!We have been finding out about how the fire started, how it spread so rapidly and why it took so long to put it out. We've also been looking at artefacts and trying to work out what they were used for back in 1666 - much harder than you might think!

On Friday we were visited by a theatre company who invited us to take part in a live re-enactment of the fire. There was even a smoke machine! Workshops like these are an exciting way for children to begin to really understand the circumstances surrounding an historical event and how people might have felt. They are also great fun!