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Welcome to Woodpecker's Class Page! 


Important Information for September 2020



Along with your children, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Parker make up the Year 5 team.  Just like woodpeckers, we have lots of energy and we work hard.  We try persevere and show resilience until we reach our goals, whilst having lots of fun!                                             


Our timetable for the first half of Autumn Term 2020.

CLICK HERE for a copy of our class timetable for the first half of the Autumn Term.  You will be able to see on what days your child will be doing particular lessons, when they need their PE kits and when they need their Ukuleles in school.   

Diary Dates for the Autumn Term (so far).

Here are the diary dates for the Autumn term so far.  We will continue to add to these as the term progresses, so watch this space. Also remember to check the newsletters as they are produced.

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to children.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 - School reopens for Key Stage 1 and 2 children.

Friday 23rd October 2020 - Last day of half term. 

Monday 2nd November 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to children.

Tuesday 3rd November 2020 - Nursery and school reopen to children.




Our topic for the first half of the Autumn Term is called Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  In this topic we will be finding out all about global issues that affect our planet and what we can do to help.  Our topic work is closely linked to our work in Literacy. Each week we will be exploring a different key question - see list below.

Week 1 - Transition days. 

Week 2 - What is the moral of the story the Paper Bag Prince? (Literacy link)

Week 3 & 4 - What does reduce, reuse, recycle mean?  How is it done?

Week 5 - How does plastic pollution affect the planet? 

Week 6 - What can we do to improve sustainable energy sources?

Week 7 - Recycling Day/Visitor.



Our work in literacy for this half term is closely linked to out topic: reduce, reuse, recycle.  We will be studying a variety of fiction and non fiction texts two of which are The Paper Bag Prince and One Plastic Bag. Both of these books really capture the children's imagination and address many global issues we encounter today.  We will be completing many different writing outcomes using these books, ranging from story writing, diary writing, persuasive letters, newspaper reports and balanced arguments.


Alongside this we will be focussing on learning and applying spellings in class, no spellings will be sent home this year, nor will there be spelling tests.  All the vocabulary the children need to know will be taught as an integral part of their literacy work.  Our SPaG work will focus on changing nouns to verbs and andjectives into verbs by adding prefixes and suffixes to root words, relative clauses, commas and a range of sentence punctuation. We will also build on work from Year 4, where the children are encouraged to proof read and edit their writing and hope to establish this a habit in Year 5.

CLICK HERE for a link to our Literacy non-negotiables.  These are concepts/skills that are expected of the children at the end of Year 5.

CLICK HERE for the statutory spellings that children need to know how to read and spell at the end of Year 6.  We will be focussing on these during our literacy time in school, but are also here should you wish to learn them at home.



 In maths we will be focussing on the following concepts in the first part of the Autumn term: Number and place value, mental multiplcation and division, written multiplication and statistics.  The children will learn new skills as well as building on those from Year 4.  They will then apply these new skills to word and practical problems as well as developing their reasoning skills.  Times tables are incredibly important in Year 5 and we will be learning these intensively on a weekly basis.

For additional practice and extra learning at home, I highly recommend: 'Hit The Button.'  This can be found through Google and is an excellent as well as a fun way to practice tables at home.

The children will complete mental arithmetic sessions on a daily basis and will be developing their understanding of mathematical vocabulary.

CLICK HERE for a link to our Non-negotiables.  The mathematical concepts children should know by the end of Year 5.



Our topic for the first half term is the Earth and Space. Each week we will be investigating a new key question.  These are listed below.  

Week 1 - Transition days.

Week 2 - Can I describe how the earth and Moon move using scientific vocabualry?

Week 3 -  Can I create a model of our solar system?

Week 4 - Can I recognise that the planets in our solar system are different sizes and are spherical bodies?

Week 5 - Can I consider a range of scientific evidence that has been used to describe how the planets move?

Week 6 - Can I describe and explain how the earth rotates to create day and night.

Week 7 - Can I recognise and lable the phases of the moon?


In Year 5 the children learn to play the ukulele.  On completing a form, the children can take their ukulele home each week to practice, but must have it back in school for the lesson which is on a Thursday.  (See timetable). The children will learn to play their instrument in solo and ensemble contexts and build on their accuracy, flunecy and confidence as the year progresses.  In previous years, the children have performed for their families and the rest of the school. (watch this space with the current Covid situation).





Woodpecker class have PE twice each week on Monday and Tuesdays.  Therefore for the first part of this term, your child will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days.

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle on these days and applies suncream before coming to school.  Please ensure all jewellery is removed in anticipation of these PE sessions.

For further details about PE kit please see the link at the top of this web page.


The theme for homework this half term is based on our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle topic. The children will have a grid jam packed with activities they can choose to complete.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the grid - it is also in your child's home learning log (purple book).

The children are expected to:

  • Choose a piece of work from the grid each week.
  • Complete one piece of work each week. (Neat, tidy, accurate spelling – take pride).
  • Bring it into school every Wednesday. Then start a new piece for the next week.
  • Write the number of the activity on the page on which the homework is done.  This makes allocating points much easier. 
  • Hand your homework in on time.

The number of points for each piece of work are outlined at the top of each column on the grid above. I will keep a record of how many points you score each week.  At the end of each half term, the person with the highest score will receive a prize.

They are expected to read to an adult three times each week and record this in their diary.  Please make sure they have their in school every day.




This year we will be continuing with our Ambassador Awards.  During the year the children work towards the different awards by earning credits in their Steps to Success passport. The passport has different sections which recognise children’s achievements in school and the wider community.

The ’Ambassador Award’ comes under four headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Our focus has changed slightly from previous years due to the Covid 19 situation, so please see the links below for more information. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at school. 

CLICK HERE for  a letter from Mrs Seaton to explain Ambassadors 2020.

CLICK HERE for the Ambassador booklet we will be using this year. You may want to have a look at the different categories and discuss them with your children. This will also be done in school, but gives you an insight into what we're looking for.


Please watch this space for other information and insights into the time your children will be spending in Woodpecker Class!

Should you have any queries or questions, don't hesitate to contact us!