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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.


Spellings (11/1/19 - 17/1/19)












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!




Year 5 & 6 (Woodpeckers)

A Message from the Class Teacher, Mr Allen

I hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday and we are all coming back well-rested and energised!

 In English, we will be developing our writing skills including how we answer comprehension questions. We will be using an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to inspire our writing including diary entries and newspaper reports before creating our own versions.

Maths focus for this term is on measurement. We will be looking at conversion as well as area and perimeter of standard shapes and some not so familiar. This will lead to our work with areas of triangles as well as looking into angles too.

In Science this term, we are looking at Electricity. This will include the class creating their own circuits and finding the scientific symbols for these circuits to draw into their books.

 Our Topic sessions will be centred on Dover Castle and its significance to British History. We will be travelling through time from its original construction up to World War 1. This will lead the class to exploring significant moments and people in British history including Henry VIII and Thomas Beckett.

 PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and please ensure PE kits and trainers are brought into school on those days. Please ensure PE kit is suitable for all weathers as well as for indoor and outdoor sports.

Art this term will be centered on drawing portraits. The class will develop these skills leading to drawing their version of Henry VIII.

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

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 start 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.

Woodpeckers Class Timetable

Woodpeckers Curriculum Map - This year we are on Cycle B

Homework: To complete a maths worksheet converting units; to complete research on a given character to prepare for a balloon debate this week. This is in addition to practicing this weeks spellings.