Clipston Endowed VC Primary School

A Church of England Primary School

Woodpecker Class

Robin ClassWelcome to Woodpecker Class! We are a class of Year 5 and 6 children taught by Mrs Smith, with one member of support staff working with us every morning and three afternoons a week (Mrs Glover), and a further member of support staff working with us each morning and afternoon four days a week (Mrs Wright).

As members of the eldest class, we are given greater responsibilities across the school, for example, Sports Crew and Book Nook Buddies. Year 6 can also nominate themselves to become House Captains for the school.

We have lots of fun and cover a range of curriculum areas in our topic work. Here are some of the topics we have studied in the last couple of years:

We have also enjoyed partaking in workshops run by guest speakers and many school trips, including visits to:

Throughout the year we also take part in the school’s Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Concert and Easter Service, leading the readings. Years 5 and 6 enjoy rehearsing and performing an end-of-year theatrical production for the community and parents too. Our 2021 production is available to watch on our class page.

Reading is a fundamental skill, helping you to access all areas of the curriculum and reading books are required to be in school each day. In Woodpecker Class, children can choose their own reading book (with guidance from an adult where necessary to broaden their reading experience or to provide appropriate challenge). You are also welcome to bring your own suitable reading book from home to school each day. Year 5 and 6 are responsible for changing their own books and updating the class reading log as they start and finish each book. We ask that you read at home regularly (approximately 20 minutes per day) and regularly promote our ‘Recommended Reads’ to each other in class, leaving book recommendations for our friends.

Homework is set every Friday and completed by the following Wednesday. In addition, we have a weekly spelling test, times table and number bond fact tests every week.

We have PE on a Tuesday afternoon so we need to ensure we wear our PE kit to school on this day. We have lots of space for our belongings: lunchbox shelves, water bottle shelves, individual pegs and drawers. We all write in blue handwriting pens or fountain pens (not biros).

We make sure we look smart and are ready to learn by limiting jewellery to one pair of earlobe studs. These must be removed by ourselves during PE (or covered with micro-pore tape supplied by our parents). Make-up, nail varnish and large hair accessories (e.g. Jo-Jo bows) are not allowed. Any hair bands or clips must reflect the school colours of red / grey / black / white.

Throughout the year, we share photographs and school news via Twitter (@ClipstonSchool), showing various activities, inside and outside the classroom that we have enjoyed! Please visit us at and follow our page for regular updates (you do not need to be a member of Twitter, or follow us, in order to do this).

We look forward to welcoming you to Woodpecker class this year!


Year 6 Leavers Service 2021


Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf


Woodpecker News and Homework 2021 - 2022

10th September 2021
Year 5 | Year 6
17th September 2021
Year 5 | Year 6
24th September 2021
Year 5 | Year 6
1st October 2021
Year 5 | Year 6
8th October 2021
Y5 & Y6 Homework with Information & examples
15th October 2021
Y5 & Y6 Homework with information sheet
5th November 2021
Year 5 | Year 6
26th November 2021
Y5 & Y6 with Writing Task
3rd December 2021
Y5 & Y6 Homework

Woodpecker Class’ Spelling Lists:

Year 5 Spelling Year 6 Spelling Dictation Sentences: Year 5 | Year 6
Spelling Summer Term
Year 5 | Year 6

Woodpecker Our Learning

Autumn 2021 Knowledge Organisers

Y5 & Y6 Evolution and Inheritance

Y5 & Y6  Living Things and their Habitats

Geography & History:
Geography: Y5 & Y6 Frozen World

RE: Y5 & Y6 Understanding Christianity – Creation

RE: Y5 & Y6 – World Religions – Judaism