South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

Woodpecker Class

Welcome to Woodpecker Class!

'Embracing the Fullness of Life'

John 10:10 "I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly."


We are a class of 26 Year 2 children in Woodpecker Class.  Our teachers are Mrs Llewellyn, Monday - Thursday and Mrs Baker on a Friday. Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Ross (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Bisgrove (Thursday - Friday). We are lucky to have a beautiful classroom in the main building above the hall.  


We are encouraged to be as independent as possible, from sorting out our own book bags, changing our own reading books and putting away snacks, to selecting resources to support our own learning.


We are very lucky to have caring parents who support us at home with our learning. We have a learning wall in the classroom to celebrate our fantastic work at home and school.  Come and look!


Woodpecker classroom is always busy and we love to try new things.  We are looking forward to more exciting learning and adventures this term!  



June 2022

As we enter our last half term, we are excited by the prospect of normality. We have already celebrated Ascension Day by climbing the church spire and what a joy that was. There was definitely something spiritual being high above the village, looking down on our community. 

This half term we are learning to write a letter, using 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. At the end of the unit we want the children to be successful in writing a persuasive letter.  We are also very excited to be visiting Lyme Regis for some fossil hunting and to learn about Mary Anning, a famous fossil hunter. 

In maths we will continue to revisit prior learning, as well as learn about money, time and fractions. 


Hope you all had a wonderful half term and ready for the joys of spring.....I know I am!  This half term we are learning about The Great Fire of London. Within this topic, we will also learn how to write a diary, like Samuel Pepy's, recording key events. 

We continue to perfect our knowledge and skills of multiplication and division in maths, as well as revisit previous knowledge (please see knowledge organiser below).



We have had such a wonderful week celebrating Chinese New Year. We learnt about Chinese traditions, Chinese food and culture, Chinese history and Chinese crafts. The children said it was the best day ever!! 

January 2022


This term we are learning to write a traditional tale, but with a twist. Our focus text is 'Little Red Reading Hood' By Lucy Rowland. It is a twist on a classic and promotes a love of reading. We will learn to write a narrative through plot points. And finally we will write our own mixed up traditional tale, applying all the skills we have acquired over the half term. 


Our maths focus this term is multiplication and Division. We will learn to recognise and make equal groups, add equal groups, make arrays, 2, 5 and 10 times tables and divide by 2s, 5s and 10s.  We will also revisit addition and subtraction and place value daily in our flashback 4.


November 2021

This week we start our new topic 'My Christmas Star' based on the BBC Christmas advert - I am so excited to teach this unit and in the past we have seen wonderful imagination and language development come from it. Please see the knowledge organiser to support your child at home with ideas and language. 

This week (20.9.21) we are starting our new topic based on the text by Pie Corbett - 'How to Trap a Dragon'. The children will learn how to write instructions and their purpose. We will have lots of fun on the way, so look out for updates.

Please see the knowledge organiser as a guide to support your child on their journey to become successful writers. 


Instructional Writing Knowledge organiser



We will be starting our Autumn Term with a 2 week art project, based around the book ' Katie and the Starry Night', which looks at the famous painting by Van Gogh. We will explore various art techniques, as well as learn about some famous artists. Finally, we will display our art for all to enjoy - so keep a look out.            



In English, we have successfully rolled out the Jane Considine program – ‘The Write Stuff.’  The program has transformed the way we teach writing, providing a step-by-step framework to convert children into successful writers with an abundance of new vocabulary, grammar and techniques of writing. (Please see our class webpages for more details).  To start the term, the children will be writing instructional writing based around 'Tell Me a Dragon'.  


As professionals we are always looking to improve our approaches to teaching and with this is mind we have been involved in a Maths Hub Program this academic year.  It is funded by the Department for Education and coordinated by the Nation Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and is supporting us to establish teaching for mastery approaches so that all children develop deep knowledge, understanding and confidence and are well prepared for the KS2 mathematics curriculum.  The positive attitude to mathematics in the classroom is almost palpable and as a result children are thriving in this subject.  



If we have learnt anything over the past year, it is the importance of well-being and mental health in our young children and the need to embed good practices to support them into the culture and ethos of everyday school life.  With this in mind we are pleased to be introducing a whole-school approach to PSHE/Health and well-being through the Jigsaw program which has an emphasis on emotional literacy and resilience.


Weekly homework will consist of:

  • Reading regularly is crucial to children's progress and outcomes. Your children should have or will receive login details for Oxford Reading Buddy. A virtual reading service that develops deeper comprehension skills and makes reading fun!
  • Spellings -You can access the new spellings each week on Readiwriter. This can be accessed through Mathletics website: This is not a race - we want them to be secure with their spellings, this includes them spelling the words correctly within their writing. 
  • Book reviews - When you have finished your book, we would like you to complete a book review and place it in the 'Book Review' tray. Please see below for book review templates.
  • Mathletics - please access mathletics regularly. I would love to see everyone receive mathletic certificates (see link below).
  • Topic related - occasionally I will ask the children to do some research at home, related to our topic.
  • Finally - play outside, make a den, ride your bike, climb a tree and just be a child!! 

Children are expected to read little and often. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. 

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.  Sharing a book with your child should be a pleasurable experience, never force a child to read.....we want them to love reading. Read a book to them, if they are reluctant, let them see you reading for pleasure. The most important thing is you have fun. Some ideas to encourage a love of books:

  • visit the library
  • make up stories
  • get children to tell you a story
  • just look at the pictures in a book and describe what you can see
  • make a tent and read books together
  • let them see you reading 
  • have a special time where you share books

Oxford Reading Buddy - Parent infromation

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