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Woodpecker – Y1/2

Welcome to Woodpecker Class

Spring 1 2023

Our topic this term is Hot and Cold. We are focusing on cold in the first half term and have been sharing the story of 'The Great Explorer'. This story is about a Dad getting lost in the North Pole and his son Tom who travels to the North Pole to save him. The children have carried out many writing activities including story prediction writing, character descriptions of Tom and his Dad and creating diary entries.


In geography, the children have been locating Shepton Mallet on a map and thinking about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. They have learnt about the 4 countries; England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and will be learning about the capital cities and their landmarks.


In science, the children have been learning about animals. They are thinking about how scientists group animals and the different characteristics of animals groups. The children have learnt about the features of mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Autumn 2 2022

Our topic was Reach for the Stars. Woodpecker Class enjoyed learning about the history of space travel and about the first moon landing. The children participated in a class visit to a planetarium where they continued their learning about the planets in our solar system. The children then designed and created their own rocket pictures with moving parts.

Autumn 1 2022

Woodpecker Class children have settled back into school with lots of activities to learn about the human body and our five senses.  They enjoyed taking part in a senses walk, using their five senses around the school!

Woodpecker Class enjoyed the Harvest Art Week.  The children completed lots of creative activities with their friends in House Teams!

To learn more about the town of Shepton Mallet the children in Woodpecker Class went on a walk into the town.  The looked for physical and human features of the town and really enjoyed playing at Collett Park.

Summer 1 2022

Woodpecker Class have been learning about the countries of Great Britain and their capital cities through post cards received from Paddington Bear!  The children researched about the countries and tasted food such as Scottish shortbread and Welsh cakes! They enjoyed creating their own postcards and writing a letter about a visit to London using information they had gathered. They also enjoyed investigating events linked to the Great Fire of London.

Spring 2 2022

Woodpecker Class have enjoyed learning about Australia and comparing the city of Goulburn to their local area.  They enjoyed researching about Australian animals to compare to animals found locally.  The children have produced pebble art work for the sensory garden using painting skills similar to aboriginal art.  The pebbles are brightening up the garden area for all to see!

Spring 1 2022

Woodpecker Class have been learning about the geographical features of the local area, including the small city of Wells.  They enjoyed their visit to the Cathedral and Bishop's palace where they drew pictures of the sculpture named 'Doubt' and made engravings in soap.  Afterwards they created swans using clay and when they were painted showed them to the class with the Bishop's Palace moat in the background!

Comic Relief Bad Hair Day

Woodpecker Class enjoyed coming to school with their 'bad hairstyles' to raise money for comic Relief!

World Book Day

Woodpecker Class enjoyed coming to school dressed as their favourite book character.  They completed lots of fun book activities during the day.

Autumn Term 2 2021

We are enjoying learning about many festivals and have found out a lot of information about The Gunpowder Plot and how this is remembered on bonfire night.  We have been making moving pictures and created a bonfire display.  Our school helped to make a display for the Window Wanderland in Shepton Mallet and we enjoyed creating colourful leaves for this!

Autumn Term 1 2021


We have enjoyed writing about ourselves and are now learning about 'Our Amazing Body'.  We are learning about our five senses and how to keep healthy.  We have created self-portraits which are being displayed in our class gallery.

Summer Term 2 2021

This half term we will be learning about the plants and animals that we have in our school grounds. We will be thinking about different minibeasts and where they make their habitats. We really enjoyed seeing different creatures brought into school by some visitors.

Summer Term 1 2021


We are excited to be learning about bridges using the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  We are also going to learn about the engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel'.  

We explored different materials to test how suitable they would be for making a bridge. We thought about whether they were strong, waterproof and could hold their shape. We then designed and made our own bridges that would carry a toy car, thinking about what we had learnt from our material testing.

Autumn Term 2 2020


The children in Woodpecker Class have enjoyed getting ready for Christmas and making festive decorations.

We enjoyed the Holly Hop on the playground!


Autumn Term 1 - 2020

We are enjoying settling into Woodpecker Class and being back in school with our friends.  We are reading the book 'Here We Are' and thinking a lot about the world around us. 




Our 'Here We Are' display.