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Moving up morning: July 2017
On Tuesday 18th July, our new class had their first morning together. We started our Autumn topic of Ancient Egypt with two brilliant activities; the first was making Egyptian biscuits, using a recipe that is thousands of years old. The children worked together really well, and the finished products were delicious!
After break, we learned about Ancient Egyptian amulets, and how the wearer believed that they would bring them luck. We made salt dough and then used the salt dough to create our own amulets, that we will paint in September. Hopefully they will bring us luck all year long!
Mrs Quill and Mrs Allen loved getting to know our new class. The children all behaved beautifully and cooperated well, and we very much look forward to teaching them all next year.
Have a wonderful summer, everyone!
Bishops Wood trip: July 2017
On Tuesday 4th July, Woodpeckers class visited Bishops Wood in Stourport-on Severn to consolidate our learning about life in the Stone Age.
Learning in a practical setting really brought the Stone Age to life for us all, and we learned lots of fascinating facts, like how they used to move around when they had eaten everything in a particular area; this lifestyle was called Nomadic.
We spent the morning shelter building, mammoth hunting and cave painting, then in the afternoon we hunted and gathered, wove nets, crushed seeds to make flour and even made fire!
The children were so excited and loved every second of our trip. They represented our school beautifully and we are very proud of them.
Baking Stone Age Rock Cakes: June 2017
As part of our Stone Age topic Woodpeckers class made rock cakes today-a slightly tenuous link perhaps, but there is evidence that during he Mesolithic period early Homo Sapiens were farming crops including wheat, which they ground into flour and cooked into a flat, oaty bread. Not only will our cakes make us think of early Stone Age bakers, but they are ROCK cakes-so very relevant to the Stone Age!
Cooking together allows us to use several of our school values such as cooperation, respect, quality, responsibility and perseverance for when things might not go our way.
The step-by-step nature of following a recipe helps build children's comprehension and reasoning skills. Children practice patience, follow directions, enhance their creativity, and build self-confidence.
Cooking experiences also build children's knowledge and skills in science, maths, reading, and communication.
Making Stone Age nettle string: May 2017
As part of our summer topic of the Stone Age, Woodpeckers class have been making nettle string!
First, we carefully picked and stripped the leaves off the nettles, using two pairs of gardening gloves to protect our hands. Then we rubbed them until all the poisonous hairs were removed. After that, we cut the heads and roots off and left them to soak in water overnight; this removed any last sting from them and made them safe to handle without gloves.
The next afternoon, we bashed them with a rock to split them open, then removed the pith by cracking it and pulling it out, leaving just the strong nettle fibres. We then twisted a few fibres together to create cordage. This part was rather fiddly, but we persevered and were all able to make some strong string of which a caveman would have been proud.
The children worked really cooperatively together, and I think we all have a new found respect for the skills of Stone Age men and women!
China open afternoon: February 2017
It was really lovely to welcome parents to our open afternoon today. The afternoon began with a Chinese song, which the children performed with their own actions. The children then had the opportunity to share their learning with their parents before enjoying a tasty snack of spring rolls, prepared by the children earlier in the day. Then it was time for something a little sweeter, as fortune cookies were passed around with messages from the children inside. The afternoon ended with a session of Tai Chi, where both children and adults enjoyed performing together.Thank you to all the parents who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Fantastic Fire Engine Visit:January 2017
Today, Woodpeckers had a lovely surprise to end the week. Firefighters from Bromyard station visited in their engine and invited us to experience life on board. The children loved trying on the uniform and asked some very interesting questions. Many thanks to the team who seemed to really enjoy the enthusiasm of the children! Thank you Mrs Fisher, for organising the visit.
Introduction to China day: January 2017
To begin our new topic of China, Woodpeckers class spent the whole day immersing ourselves into aspects of the Chinese culture.
To start the day off, we had a go at Tai Chi, which Chinese children all do at the beginnings of their school day too.
Then we played some strategic Chinese maths games, that some children recognised as forerunners to chess!
After break, we cooked and ate healthy spring rolls-and invited the Fledglings to come in for a taste as well.
We all learned lots about China, and had a lot of fun too.
What Inspires us?: January 2017
Today, Woodpeckers had a very special visit from Mrs Wojciehowski. She had been invited into school to talk to us about how Jesus inspires her as a Christian. The children asked some very thoughtful and interesting questions, and listened exceptionally well whilst they were answered. Thank you Mrs Wojciehowski, for taking the time to speak to us.
Woodpeckers Mayan Feast: December 2016
To finish off our rainforest survival topic, Woodpeckers class prepared a feast, using all ingredients from the rainforest that the Mayan civilisation would also have used. We made guacamole using Guatamalan avocado, and salsa using chili and ripe tomatoes. We also enjoyed traditional Mexican tortilla chips and some pieces of delicious Brazilian chocolate. We washed our feast down with a delicious Mexican milkshake called 'horchata', using rice milk, cinnamon and sugar.
As well as learning more about the tastes of the rainforest, we used a number of important food technology skills, including safe knife handling, fine chopping and understanding flavour combinations.
Super Science: November 2016
The children in Woodpeckers have really enjoyed learning all about Animals and Humans during science this year. We have found out about digestion, different animal diets and their teeth, the importance of keeping teeth healthy and food chains/webs. Today we learned how animals are dependent on green plants, and each other, and created our very own food web!
Fantastic football: November 2016
Following on from our P.E focus of stability and object control in Tag Rugby, this half term we will be reinforcing these skills through football. The children were introduced to some of the basics today, but will move on to developing ball control, attack and defence skills, sending and receiving and awareness of the tactical game. We look forward to seeing their progress.
Rainforest Dioramas: October 2016
Woodpeckers spent a wonderful day creating dioramas as part of our Rainforest topic. We used lots of different Design and Technology skills, such as cutting, sticking, and creating 3D models, as well as using art skills with drawing and painting.
On Friday April 22nd, the Year 4 children from Woodpeckers, together with Year 5, travelled excitedly to Chantry school to take part in an afternoon of Gymnastics. On arrival, we were put into groups and were shown to our starting activities. There was a wide variety of skills demonstrated from forward rolls, to jumping on and over the vault. The amazing afternoon ended after a super demonstration of gymnastics skills from several Young leaders. They showed us what hard work and dedication could achieve. Well done to all those who took part.
Super trip to Selly Manor: April 2016
After having to postpone our trip due to the awful flooding a few weeks ago, Woodpeckers were very excited to finally be going to Selly Manor in Birmingham. We have been learning all about significant events that took place during the Tudor times, and wanted to find out more about what every day life was life for Tudor people.
The Sun was shining and the children were smiling as we met our guide Mary. She was brilliant at bringing history to life and was impressed by all our Tudor knowledge. We enjoyed a fascinating tour of the house, dressed up in Tudor armour and clothes, and played a variety of Tudor games. We all enjoyed our day, which ended with a visit to the shop. As usual, the children were a credit to Clifton and we all had a memorable day.
Year 3/4 Rounders Tournament: February 2016
On Thursday 4th February, 9 members of Woodpeckers took part in a wonderful afternoon of rounders! The games were fast and furious and we all had lots of fun. The team enjoyed taking turns as fielders and on posts, and there were lots of impressive catching and throwing skills demonstrated. Unfortunately they didn't win the cup, but were winners in our eyes for showing such enthusiasm and sporting behaviour. A special well done must go to Willow and Jonah who were talented spotted during the afternoon.
Young Voices: January 2016
This week, the children from Eagles and Woodpeckers class took part in a special concert to mark 20 years of Young Voices. It was a very long day, but we all thoroughly enjoyed singing our hearts out and dancing the night away. We are incredibly proud of the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the children, leading up to, and during the concert. They clearly gained a lot from the experience and we are sure they will have many happy memories of the day. Well done every one!
King Ramses II Treasure Hunt Challenge: October 2015
This week in maths, Woodpeckers class have enjoyed a variety of challenges which tested their knowledge of comparing and ordering numbers, place value, addition, subtraction and times tables. They worked hard to complete the challenges and earn amulets, in the hope of opening the treasure chest of goodies. As a class, they earned over 150 amulets and were all able to take home a half term treat. Well done Woodpeckers!
Worcester Warriors: October 2015
Woodpeckers Class have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with members of Worcester Warriors Rugby Club over the past half term, improving their rugby, but also their maths skills. They were very proud to receive their certificates this week.
Super Skeletons: October 2015
As part of our science topic 'Animals and Humans', we have been looking at the human skeleton and finding out why it is so important. We then used art straws to create our own animal skeletons, and went on to use the Skitch App to label them. Take a look at the photos below. Can you guess which animals the skeletons belong to?
Dance Festival: September 2015
Today, children from Woodpeckers enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of dance where they had the opportunity to master a variety of dance styles, including Bollywood, Street and cheerleading. As usual, our children were brilliantly behaved and it was a pleasure watching them overcome their shyness to share their routines at the end of the afternoon. Why not ask them to teach you a few moves?
Welcome to Woodpeckers: September 2015
It has been a pleasure getting to know our latest additons to Woodpeckers. They have shown that they are incredibly hard working and enthusiastic about their learning. The year 4 children have been setting a super example, and have helped them to settle in really well.
We have already learnt lots about the Ancient Egyptians, including Howard Carter and his amazing discoveries, mummification and all about the Egyptian gods. The children enjoyed making amulets, and then wrote detailed instructions so other children could enjoy making them too!