Welcome to Woodpecker Class.
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This term in Woodpeckers, we have been painting in the style of our artist, Henri Matisse, working out with the Body Coach, Joe Wicks, and explored different countries in Europe. To introduce our new topic, the children had a competition to see who could make the best mummy. We have also investigated how life in Ancient Egypt was different to life today and researched how important the River Nile was.
Later this term and at the beginning of next term, we will be making our own pyramids and our own canopic jars and writing our own stories based around Ancient Egypt. We will be visiting Maidstone Museum and seeing a real mummy there in November.
Woodpeckers have had such a busy June and start to July!
In literacy, we have been working on improving our sentence openers when writing stories. Woodpeckers love the squirrels at Oaks and we have just finished writing incredible poems about them. We have even put an original book of Woodpecker Squirrel Poetry together for Mrs Tipple and Mrs McFadden. We are so proud it. We have worked hard on our editing. To help us with our rhyming and rhythm, we tapped the sentences out on the table to make sure we had enough syllables and it flowed well.
In maths, we have been finding fractions of amounts. We have made posters about how to do this. We have discovered that our good times table knowledge really helps us. If you come into our class, ask us to show you! To help us learn our times table facts, we love to remember them through song. We are amazing at our 6 and 7 times tables. Recently, we have also been practising how to tell the time. We are getting really good at this and some of us are using the 24 hour clock too.
We have been learning all about different skeletons in Science. Some animals have a skeleton on the inside of them and some animals have it on the outside! In these lessons we have learned so many new things. On our walls, we have hung our skeleton projects which we worked on together.
Planting and the Outdoor Area
Outside, we have now planted all of our pansies, lavender and other plants into pots. You can see them beside the Cooking Zone and Mrs Morris’ office. Stop and smell the lavender. They look so pretty. In the space behind our classroom, we have been growing the sunflowers that Meri brought in. In the middle of the pot is a HUGE stalk. We think it’s a giant sunflower! We hope it’s a giant sunflower! At the start of July, Nicola from the Maidstone Council visited us and we learned how we can begin our composting initiative in school. We have made posters for school and written explanations on what we can and can’t compost.
We have been practising our song Price Tag nearly every day and our class have come up with the dance moves too. We absolutely loved performing it at the Music Festival. We got such a surprise when all of the staff performed their songs. It was amazing!
In PE, we have been using the parachute. We have been having too much fun! We play cat and mouse and crocodile and lifeguards. This game is the most fun as you watch people get pulled under the parachute! You need lots of Woodpeckers to try to move Miss Walters and Miss O’Donoghue! It’s a very noisy game and even Mrs Biggenden had to come outside to see what was happening! When we make a huge mushroom with the parachute, we play ball games under or just lie down and chill!
We got to join in with a drumming circle when Phil came to visit us. We played many different beats and we really enjoyed it. He showed us pipes called Boom Whackers which we made a song with.
This term, we have been taking care of our beautiful pansies that have blossomed full of colour. We planted them as tiny plug plants last term and they have been growing slowly.
In PE with Miss O’Donoghue, we have been learning Gaelic Football skills. In this sport, you use a football. You can run with the ball but every 4 steps you have to swap between one bounce of the ball or one kick to yourself with the ball. You can pass to a player by kicking it out of your hands or doing a fist pass. The goal posts look like rugby posts. If you score a goal, you get 3 points. If you kick it over the bar, you get 1 point. We had so much fun learning new skills and a new sport.
Last week, we did the Money Sense workshop. People came in from different banks and did activities with us. We learned about how much it can cost to keep an animal. We talked about the differences between Wants and Needs.
On Friday, we got to use the VR headsets. We got to go on amazing journeys to the International Space Station, The Moon, Mount Everest, underwater around the Galapagos Islands and even in a weather balloon up into the stratosphere; the view of Earth was made us speechless.
Woodpeckers really enjoyed the Apple Workshop. We found out about different varieties of apple and how they grow. The best part was tasting the apples and making apple juice, which was delicious.
In R.E. lessons, Woodpecker class have been working together to write books about Moses. This week we met up with Blackbird class and read our books to them. It was such a lovely sunny day we all went outside.
This week for P.E., Woodpeckers class have been practicing throwing Javelins. They have all been doing fantastically well and have managed to throw the javelin really long distances.
During May, Woodpecker Class has been up to lots of really interesting activities and learning lot of new topics.
We have been doing:
For literacy and drama, we have been reading The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. In drama, we acted out the different scenes in small groups as we read the story. The Selfish Giant actually came in to the school but everyone knew who he really was, it was Miss O’Donoghue! We got to ask the Selfish Giant loads of questions. He helped us to describe his garden in detail using personification like ‘The leaves danced and twirled as they fell to the ground.’ In art, we used watercolours to create picturesque images of the giant’s garden.
In Maths lessons, we tried to find out how many different coloured cars passed Oaks in 2 minutes. It was hard for us to keep track as the cars kept vrooming past! We collected our data and made frequency tables and then bar charts to show our information properly and clearly. It was nice to do Maths outside because we’re out in the nature too.
We have started using a lot of technology in Maths too. We have signed up to Sumdog to improve our mental maths and we were using Osmo on the iPads, improving our shape and number work.
We did a PE lesson with Miss O’Donoghue and we worked on lots of different types of jumps. We started jumping over the tape when it was low but soon, nearly everyone was jumping over the tape at the highest point it could go!
Every day we water our charming plants. So far we have planted cress, basil, tomatoes and strawberries. We have also planted a giant sunflower and a mysterious seed! We are going to plant little lavender plug plants this week. They smell beautiful.
We have been collecting wrappers from all different countries in the world. At home, we get the wrappers from fruit and vegetables. Our map is full of amazing packets and countries that we are still learning about today. We have found out that our food has travelled such a long way just to get to our tummies!
Woodpeckers have been busy hunting for adjectives outside to improve our descriptive writing. Also, to help with our spellings, we have been playing a contractions matching game and searching for different words that make the long vowel a, ay, a_e, ai sound.
During the Christmas Fayre the children from Woodpeckers helped to run their class stall. They also had lots of fun having a go themselves trying to pin the nose onto Rudolph.
On Tuesday November 8th we visited St Martin’s church to learn about Christian baptism.
We took baby Rosie Victoria with us and Esther showed us how a baby is baptised.
During term 1, year 3 had been learning about the Tudors and towards the end of term the pupils held a Tudor banquet which parents were invited to.
Good teaching is allowing pupils to make up for previous gaps in their learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning because teachers plan activities which maintain pupils interest and enthusiasm. Pupils are proud of their work and this is reflected in their books, which are very neatly presented.Ofsted
The academy provides well for pupils of all abilities. The most able pupils are given work which is at the right level and are encouraged to do as well as they can and so they make good progress.Ofsted
Pupils enjoy reading and use the well-stocked library to choose a different book each week. Daily reading sessions, together with well-taught phonics (the sounds that letters make) help to secure pupils good achievement in reading.Ofsted