Woodpeckers

Welcome to Woodpeckers! This year we have two teachers in  Woodpeckers, Judith on a Monday Tuesday and Wednesday and Helen on Thursday and Friday.  We have a great team of Support Assistants with Sue, Lyndsey and  Taylor  and Louise all working hard to support your children. This term our topic is Everyday Heroes. We will be thinking about the People Who help us, from our families to school to members of the emergency services and others in the wider community. Exploring the school and the different areas. Exploring the local area, Parks, shops, Mersey gateway and Runcorn Bridge, Norton Priory. To begin to look at different types of surfaces eg, grass, gravel, rocks, bark on trees etc. We will be looking at different types of weather, experiencing different types of weather and thinking about clothes suitable for different types of weather. Please take some time to look at the links below, there are lots of different activities you can try with your children from sensory play, physical activities to handwriting and reading comprehension. Don't forget your Education City Login's which have lots of different fun games for your child to play. Every other Monday we will be going out and about on the school minibus, this is a really important part of our curriculum and we do a lot of work during these Outdoor Learning opportunities. This term we are hoping to start swimming so it would be great if you could spend some time at home developing your child's independent dressing and undressing skills, the quicker we are the more time we have in the swimming pool!  Swimming will be on a Tuesday. On a Wednesday we have Forest School, please can you make sure you have suitable footwear (wellies are great) and coats in on this day as we will be going out whatever the weather.
Woodpeckers Timetable
 
Here is a copy of our timetable. We thought you might like to see what we do each day in school. 
 Phonics
The phonics scheme we follow is 'Read Write Inc'.  Here are the sayings we use as we teach letter formations:-
Internet safety information
Here are some short videos to watch and talk about with your children about keeping safe on the internet.  There is also a really useful website for adults and guardians to provide more guidance about internet safety. 
Exploring Technology
Here are some programmes and games we have been using in class:-
Why not play your own 'looking game' using 3 bowls / containers to hide a toy, chocolate button or sweet underneath, move the bowls around and see if your child can find the hidden item. You could make this more difficult by using more containers.  Perhaps your child would like to hide the item for you to find too.
Thinking and Problem Solving
Here are some songs and activities linked to topic work:-