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 four afternoons a week (Mrs Glover), and a further member of support staff working with us four mornings and three afternoons 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 study:

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

Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to attend a five day residential in the Autumn term, biennially. (Our next full residential will take place in the Autumn term of 2023.) Additionally, during Year 5, we have the chance to take part in Bikeability which teaches us the skills needed so we cycle safely and confidently on the roads.

Throughout the year we 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 2022 production was ‘Dream On!’ – a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Reading is a fundamental skill, helping us to access all areas of the curriculum, and reading books are required to be in school each day. In Woodpecker Class, we can choose our own reading book from our class library (with guidance from an adult where necessary to broaden our reading experience or to provide appropriate challenge). We are also welcome to bring our own suitable reading book from home to school each day. In Year 5 and 6, we are responsible for changing our own books and updating the class reading log as we start and finish each book. We are asked to read at home regularly (approximately 20 minutes per day) and to 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 and times table fact test 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 www.twitter.com/ClipstonSchool 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!

Woodpecker News and Homework 2022 - 2023

9th September 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

16th September 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

23rd September 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

30th September 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

7th October 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

14th October 2022
Year 5 & Year 6

21st October 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

4th November 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

11th November 2022
Year 5 & Year 6

18th November 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

25th November 2022
Year 5 | Year 6

2nd December 22
Year 5 | Year 6

Woodpecker Class’ Spelling Lists:

Year 5 Spelling Year 6 Spelling  

Woodpecker Our Learning

Autumn 2022 Learning Organisers

Science:
Y5 & Y6 Properties & Changes of Materials (Y5 unit)

Y5 & Y6 Earth and Space (Y5 unit)


History:
Y5 & Y6 Frightful First World War

RE/PSHRE:
RE: Y5 & Y6 Understanding Christianity: People of God

RE: Y5 & Y6 World Religions: Islam

PSHRE: Y5 & Y6 PSHRE (Cycle A)

Music:
Y5 & Y6 Looping & Remixing

DT
Y5 & Y6 Electrical Systems: Steady Hand Game

Computing:
Y5 & Y6 E-Safety

Y5 & Y6 Graphic Design