Woodpeckers 2021-22

Woodpeckers are taught by Mr Jackson (Teacher) and Mrs Acland  (TA) Monday - Wednesday
Woodpeckers are taught by Mrs Christie (Teacher) and Mrs Carter (TA) Thursday - Friday
Please click on the topic web links to see what the woodpeckers are learning about this term: 
Wednesdays are outdoor learning days. Please come to school dressed in your outdoor learning clothes. Please wear long sleeved tops and trousers for protection thank you.
Today we have been planting new bedding plants around the front of our school and clearing all the weeds, during our gardening we found several insects and a toad! We were very careful with the wildlife.
Today both Woodpeckers and Robins went to explore the nature garden that has recently been opened up. We did some digging to find minibeasts, some pond dipping, created some homes for different animals and explored the area.
Sukkah - this is a shelter that the Jewish people make for Sukkot, it is a shelter that is usually decorated with natural materials and they eat their meals in it.
Horrid Hands!
This week we have been finding out about microbes. We have looked at different types of microbes and whether they are good or bad.
We have also investigated how they can be easily transferred from hand to hand using a special glow germ gel. We used a UV light to see the "microbes" more clearly. It passed between five people very quickly! Then we carried out another experiment to show the importance of using soap to wash our hands. Please ask us more about what we have learnt. 
As it is Chinese New Year we made spring rolls today, we needed to chop and grate the vegetables that we chose fry them with noodles and soy sauce in a pan and then we needed to fold the filo pastry correctly so the vegetables did not fall out. We enjoyed eating them this afternoon, they were delicious.
Today we made and tasted Challah bread. Challah bread is a special bread that Jewish people eat on a Friday night with their dinner. On the eve of Shabbat, two loaves are placed on the table to reference the Jewish teaching that a double portion of manna fell from heaven on Friday to last through the Saturday Shabbat. 
All of the infants went on a woodland winter walk to see what changes happen during the winter months. We looked at the trees, berries, birds who were out looking for food and tried to find evidence of spring. We finished our walk by looking in Hobbs Quarry where we found fossils (and dinosaur bones!) We will be visiting again in the spring to look at the changes that have occurred.
We have had such a lovely last few days of term celebrating Christmas. We've enjoyed being with our friends sharing crackers and jokes over lunch and have played party games and danced. We had such fun decorating our biscuits and even more fun when we were allowed to eat them! We are looking forward to The new year ahead. 
Year 1s and 2s had such a great time at Warwick Castle. The weather didn't put us off exploring and finding all of the features of a castle that we learnt about in school. We walked the castle grounds and found the moat, arrow slits and portcullis. Then we ventured inside and roamed the rooms to see how people lived in the past. They had huge, tall beds with curtains and tapestrys hanging on the walls. We all bought a little something from the gift shop to remind us of our very "Christmassy" castle trip. 
Our maths this term has been about place value, so today in outdoor learning the year twos have been making tens and ones with twigs and leaves and working out which number is the greatest. The year ones have been splitting single digit numbers to find all possible number bonds.
We have been practicing a poem for our Remembrance Day service and learning about what happened during the war. During outdoor learning we made poppies from the autumn leaves around the school.
Today we went to our local church to take part in a christening, we learnt about the part parents and God parents play in the christening and what the font is used for.
Today we made rafts in the outdoor learning area from twigs, tape and elastic bands, we then checked to see if they floated.
Today Woodpeckers and Robins visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park. We had a great day finding out about all of the different animals. Year 1 and Year 2 learnt about animal classification, habitats and adaptations from the zoo keepers. The children looked out for their favourite animals. Can you spot the sloth?
All of year 1 and 2 went to visit St Fagans the weather was beautiful and we all enjoyed our visit. We were particularly interested in seeing how people used to live, we learnt that 100 years ago people did not have running water or electricity in their houses and they only had a fire to cook on. They had to go outside to the toilet even in the cold and rain and had one bath a week in a tin bath in front of the fire and everyone had to use the same water! The houses were very small only two small bedrooms and two rooms down stairs and yet as many as 13 people would live in the same house. We visited an old fashioned shop, a mill with a working water wheel a farm and a school which was very different to ours. We had a wonderful day.
The Woodpeckers have enjoyed a fun afternoon making paint hand and foot prints for a special project (details to follow) everyone enjoyed getting dirty and we even had fun washing our feet in the bowl afterwards. Mrs Blackman led us on a spider hunt, which most people enjoyed and then to read under the trees to end our exciting afternoon
Today we have been making cave paintings like the ones in our book Cave Baby. We used mud and charcoal to create them.