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 each morning and afternoon (Mrs Glover), and a further member of support staff working with us every day until 2pm (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 is taking place this year!) 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 2023 production was ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ – a musical extravaganza!

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 X (formerly Twitter: @ClipstonSchool), showing various activities, inside and outside the classroom that we have enjoyed! Please visit us and follow our page for regular updates. (You do not need to be a member of X, or follow us, in order to do this.)

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

Woodpecker News and Homework 2023 - 2024

22nd September 2023
Year 5 | Year 6

Woodpecker Class’ Spelling Lists:

Year 5 Spelling Year 6 Spelling  

Woodpecker Our Learning

Autumn 2023 Learning Organisers

Y5 & Y6 - Evolution and Inheritance (Y6 unit)

Y5 & Y6 - Frozen World

RE: Y5 & Y6 - Understanding Christianity - Creation

RE: Y5 & Y6 - Judaism

PSHRE: Y5 & Y6 (Cycle B)

Y5 & Y6 - Advanced Rhythms

Y5 & Y6 - Automata Toys

Y5 & Y6 - E-safety

Y5 & Y6 - App Design

Y5 & Y6 - Printing