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  Woodpecker Class - Year 5 & 6








Welcome to Woodpeckers' Class Curriculum Area. 

On this page you will find information about Woodpeckers class, including what we have been doing each week and gentle reminders for up and coming events in Woodpeckers Class.

Woodpeckers Curriculum Map - This year we are on Cycle B

Spellings for the week

Woodpeckers Spelling List

Above is a link to the spellings for the academic year for Woodpeckers.

A message from the Class Teacher, Mr Allen

Welcome to Term 5. I hope we all had an enjoyable Easter break and we are all looking forward to starting our journey into summer!

 In English, we will be exploring our writing skills by looking at our role as authors and how we can use our writing to inspire the reader. We will look at both fictional and non-fiction writing this term and leading to discovering which style we prefer.

Maths focus for this term is going over our fractions, decimals and percentages work. In the lead up to SATs, it’s a good time for all of us to refresh and practise our skills in these areas particularly. We will develop our reasoning and arithmetic skills alongside this focus.

Image result for life cyclesIn Science this term, we are looking at all living things. This includes looking at the reproductive cycle in plants and the life cycles in other living things also. This will also lead to a look into classification.

Image result for world mapOur Topic sessions will be centred on Fire and Ice which this term will allow us to explore our Geography skills as we look at longitude and latitude in addition to the varying time zones around the world.

 PE sessions times are the same as last term. They will be on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday morning; please ensure PE kits and trainers are brought into school on those days. I also ask for the kit to be suitable for all weathers as well as for indoor and outdoor sports.

This term we will have our Spellings and Times Tables tests every Thursday.

Homework will be handed out every Friday afternoon and expected to be returned by the following Thursday at the latest.

This term will also see our Year 6s continue work on their Eco-Car projects as well as Year 5s developing their gardening skills. Please ensure if your child is in Year 5 they have outdoor shoes for this activity on Friday afternoons.

Previously in Woodpecker Class:

Rehearsals Begin....

It is that time of the year again and the Woodpeckers end of year play is in pre-production. The roles have been cast and scripts handed out and the first script read has been completed. The class are already very excited by the whole show!

X Factory Poster

SATs Week

This week the Year 6s have completed their SATs test. I would just like to congratulate them all for their hard work and their teamwork, keeping each other in high spirits throughout!

Sports Day Preparation

As part of their PE afternoons, Woodpeckers have worked in their houses to organise a potential new event to use at this year's Sports Day. They trialled them out on the class and then asked Robins to test them to see how they found them.




Dance Performance

This term Woodpeckers have been working on a class dance performance. They worked in pairs and performed as a large group to Owls class. We were all very impressed by their hard work and how well they all performed it together in sync.



 Making Smoothies

In the morning of our Maths Café, Woodpeckers created their own smoothie. They voted for which fruits to be included more and then used a ration to make the smoothie consisting of: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt and milk. It was delicious!


Maths Week

From the 28th January to the 1st February, Woodpeckers enjoyed Maths week. This meant all of our subjects had a mathematical connection. We cooked using a ratio for our ingredients; drew and painted Henry VIII to scale from an existing picture; we also completed a Maths investigation using ratio, decimals and fractions ("Fraction Thieves") and then wrote a report based on our investigation.



On Monday 17th December, Woodpeckers were taught about CPR by our guest from the South East Coast Ambulance staff. They learnt the four key rules and practiced their skills. Each received their own certificate too!


 Sports Competitions

Last week, Woodpeckers held their first inter-house sports competition. All of the class took part and represented their houses in bench ball. There were very close games and all also learnt some teamwork skills. Firmin came away victorious with Browne in second followed by Tourtel and then Ross.

 In addition to this, the Year 5/6 girls took part in an inter-school 5 a side tournament. This was their first time playing competitively as well as the first time many played together! It was a great start to the season with lots of strengths to work on going forward.


Making Mosaics

On Thursday, Woodpeckers spent the afternoon making their own mosaic patterns out of paper. After first sketching their ideas they then created a 3D version. Some decided to go a bit festive with their designs...



Becoming Fractions

Woodpeckers have come back this term and jumped straight into our fractions work. We have been looking at simplifying and equivalent fractions. The class even became fractions themselves!


Cooking Soup

Woodpeckers were cooking soup last week that inspired their poems they read in Harvest Festival. They all enjoyed the making (and the eating!) of the delicious soup.



Harvest Festival

For the Harvest festival, Woodpeckers prepared some poems influenced by making their own soup. Here is a link to all of our soup poems:

Soup Poems

 Separating Mixtures

This week (12/10/18) in Science we had to solve a problem of finding ways to separate 5 different materials that been mixed together. We used all the different techniques we've been learning about to find our individual materials.   


Trip to the Beaney

On Thursday (27th September), Woodpeckers visited the Beaney to study all things Greek for our topic. This included investigating and studying artefact replicas in addition to sketching them. We attempted to make our own Ancient Greek Frieze (which we will continue in class) and conducted a museum fact finding mission. Thank you to all who came and we look forward to putting what we learnt into our work!


Woodpeckers Term 4 Class Timetable



After this week of SATs and end-of-term assessment the class have been cast in the school play. Ongoing homework is to learn their lines and those of the songs too.

Here is a link to a playlist with all the songs:

Spellings: We have gone through the twenty weeks so now will be for the children to practice those they have found difficult previously. Spelling tests will be on a random selection from the 20 weeks.


It is strongly encouraged for Woodpeckers class to be completing tasks on Mathletics throughout the week to aid in the progression of their maths skills. The points they accumulate through the week will be rewarded with a certificate and prize during celebration assembly on Friday.