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Welcome to Woodpecker Class!

Curriculum Newsletter


Autumn Term 2 2018

Our Topic is ‘No Place Like Home’


We are continuing our ‘No Place Like Home’ topic but are now moving our focus away from ourselves and into the story of ‘Funnybones’ and our local area of Shepton Mallet. The children will be learning part of the text from the story and will then be adapting the story to write their own versions using places from Shepton Mallet. The children will bring a copy of the text home to learn. Please read this with the children as much as possible because knowing the text well will support them with their writing.


In Science, the focus will shift towards plants. We will be identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants including trees, as well as naming a variety of common wild and garden plants including deciduous and evergreen trees. The Year 2 children will consider how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


In Geography the children will be looking at the United Kingdom including the four countries and the capital cities within it. They will talk about where they live and learn that they live in England to understand that it is one of the four countries in the United Kingdom. They will be looking at the different places of interest within Shepton Mallet and thinking about what makes these places important and recalling when they have visited these areas.


Our R.E lessons will provide the children with the opportunity to consider where we belong and how we celebrate our journey through life. There will also be a focus on some of the different festivals and celebrations happening at this time of year including: Bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance Day and Christmas.


In Computing, the children will continue to use the Purple Mash programs and be encouraged to access Spelling Shed more frequently within school.

Our Literacy Focus

Our literacy focus will be on the fiction text ‘Funny Bones’. We will use our ‘Talk For Writing’ strategies to learn part of the text supported by signing. Then the children will innovate to create their own version of the text and use some local areas which they have learnt about in Geography. The children will continue to learn how to hear and write the sounds needed, use neat writing and use some punctuation such as fingers spaces and full stops correctly within their writing. The children will be given a variety of writing opportunities; extending their story vocabulary and understanding of how to structure sentences for different purposes of writing.


Ways to support your child’s learning in this area:

  • Read daily with your child and record this in their reading record so we can move them up on the class reading rainbow and celebrate their reading success.
  • Practise their weekly spellings and when confident begin to ask your child to spell the words within simple sentences.

Our Mathematics Focus

So far this term we have worked with numbers between 1 and 10, knowing which order they come and getting more confident with identifying the number that is one more and one less. Now we will be looking at addition and subtraction, encouraging the children to represent and use their number bonds to 10 and relate these to the corresponding subtraction facts. The children will be able to interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals signs (=) and solve one step problems that involve addition or subtraction.


Ways to support your child’s learning in this area:

  • Regularly practise your child’s KIRFS (see separate letter).
  • Link the addition and subtraction facts to real life situations whenever possible.
  • Play board games like snakes and ladders and Ludo. This will help with counting on and back, as well as number recognition.

Additional Information for the Half Term

We hope you and your children have enjoyed their first half term with us in Woodpecker Class. We have both enjoyed getting to know your children and working with them and believe everyone has got off to a great start.

For this half term Mrs Gregory will now be teaching in class on a Wednesday morning. The rest of the days remain the same teaching staff. Please remember if you or your child have any concerns or worries at any time, come in and talk to us. We are both here to support you and your child as best as we can.


As the weather is getting colder we would like to remind you to please ensure your child brings in a coat in ALL weathers as the weather can change quickly throughout the day. It is also important that your child has a woolly hat and gloves to wear for play times too.


One more reminder, please make sure that your child’s water bottle only has WATER in to help us avoid sticky spills in the classroom and to encourage healthy choices.


Woodpecker Class will take part in Forest School session throughout the term and the children will need to have named Forest School clothes including a waterproof coat and wellington boots which you do not mind getting wet and muddy and that can be put over the top of your child’s school clothes. These Forest School clothes should be able to stay at school so they are ready for each session and any other outdoor learning opportunities.


PE will take place on a Monday afternoon with Mrs Spencer and a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Pleasant. For each session you child will need named P.E kits including shorts, t-shirt and daps. This will also need to stay at school ready for each session and will be sent home each half term.


‘Woodpecker Open Afternoons’ will alternate between a Tuesday and a Friday to ensure you meet both teachers. ‘Open Afternoons’ are when you are able to collect your child from inside their classroom and have the chance to look at a selection of work from that week. The dates are as follows:


Tuesday 6th November                                   Friday 16th November

Tuesday 20th November                                 Friday 30th November

Tuesday 4th December                                  Friday 14th December

Tuesday 18th December


We are looking forward to enjoying this half term with the children in Woodpecker Class.


Thank you


Mrs Spencer & Mrs Gregory