Woodpeckers – Reception

Welcome to Woodpeckers Class Page
We are a Reception class
Our teachers are Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Doyle.


2nd April 2020

Hello to all our lovely Woodpeckers

We  have enjoyed looking at some of your work on Purple Mash, and have seen that lots of you are reading the books on Active Learn. It is important that we keep reading during this time, whether it’s a story read by an adult, or a book that you are reading yourself. You have all done so well with your reading in school! Keep up all the amazing things you are doing at home and have fun!

Today I (Mrs Doyle) made some eggy bread and thought of you all! If you want to make it at home add an egg and a splash of milk into a bowl. Dip your bread into the bowl. Melt some butter in a frying pan then add your bread. Watch how the butter and egg change! Yummy!

Remember on our website there is a section for home learning. There are lots of different things that you can do over the next few weeks if you want.

We can’t wait to hear all your news about what you have all been doing at home. Remember to have lots of fun playing games, making things and enjoying time with your family.

Love from Mrs Doyle, Mrs O’Rourke & Mrs Griffiths


25th March 2020

We hope you are all doing well and are doing lots of fun activities at home. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to when we see you all again. Remember to keep being the ‘Wonderful Woodpeckers’ that you all are!

Love Mrs Doyle, Mrs O’Rourke & Mrs Griffiths xxx


Some fun activities to try:


-Try some cooking or baking together and then draw and label the ingredients that you used.

-Create a treasure trail of words around the house/garden with clues describing where to find them.

-Who has the best memory in your house? … Put a few items on a tray (for example, a crayon, an apple, a building brick, a toy car). Then look, cover, remember and check! Add more items to make to make it more challenging.

-Look at some family photographs. Copy the image in the photograph onto some paper using pencils / crayons / paints. You could write a sentence to explain what is happening in the photo.

-Make a puppet theatre using your teddies and toys to retell a favourite book.

-Play throw and catch using a ball or a soft object. Count how many throws you can successfully complete. After every 2 rallies you could add these up using a numberline eg. 4 + 5 = 9

– Log onto Active Learn and read every day.

– Draw a picture of what you have done and write a sentence about it.

– Write numbers to 20 on post-it notes and place them on the floor. Jump on a number and say the number that is one more / 1 less.

– Go on the website http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/  and play Phase 2 / 3 / 4 games.

– Make a poster about a country. Draw the flag, an animal from that country and other information.

– Cut out shapes and stick them on paper and make a shape picture.

– Find a small box and see how many objects you can fit in the box.

-Count forwards and backwards to 20.

– Write your numbers and letters

-Do some gardening or plant a seed / bulb

-Go on a shape hunt, how many different shapes can you find?

-Write down the different ways that make 10. You can use sweets , buttons, pieces of Lego etc. 3+7=10  4+6=10

19th March 2020

This week we have been busy learning all about 3D shapes and investigating what shapes roll. We are all very excited for Easter and made Easter chicks and rabbits. We know what season and month our birthday is in, and sang a fun song about it.

We hope you have a lovely Easter

Useful websites

Bug Club – https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/sudleyinfant/UploadedDocument/7465ce3f636f463bb7206153235b4493/log-onto-bug-club.docx

All children have been allocated books on bug club to read. Childrens reading books will be collected in and there are plenty of books available on the children’s accounts on bug club that they can read. Their individual log in details are in the front of their reading record books.


Purple Mash – https://www.purplemash.com/sch/sudley-infant

Children all have their personal log in details in their reading record book for purple mash. The children all know how to navigate purple mash and there are lots of learning resources available.


Twinkl – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools

Twinkl are taking steps to support continued learning at home, by offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month and possibly longer depending on closures. Twinkl is a fantastic website which provides resources for all subjects in all age ranges. They have created packs for parents to download and share during this time.

Use code CVDTWINKLHELPS for free access.


Phonics play – https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/

This is a site dedicated to phonics. A lot of parents already know what phonics phase their child is on, however if you do not you can select each phase and read them through with your children. You will be able to easily identify where they are working at and try and push them onto the next stage. Please make sure you consolidate their learning first before moving onto the next phase.

Phonics is just one of the many components to help children with their reading and writing. Keep on reading as much as you can with the children as this makes a huge difference.

Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home


Oddizzi – https://www.oddizzi.com/

Oddizzi is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. There are lots of geography resources available for the children to access at home. Their log in details are in their reading record books.


Homework is to be brought back into school on a Monday or a Tuesday. Library is on a Thursday so please bring in library books on a Thursday so your child can pick another one.


12th March

This week we have been learning all about different animals. We have made a class fact book for all to read, and learning about where the animals live in the world. We also enjoyed listening to a Gran from a child in our class. She lives in Australia and was telling us all about the animals that live there! We enjoyed looking at photographs of them and hearing lots of facts.


Thank you to all the parents who have visited our class over the past few weeks to read a story to the children. It is very much appreciated.


We have been working with a partner to control our class robots called ‘Kubo’. It was lots of fun!

6th March


We had firefighters visit us in school! It was so much fun. We even sat inside the fire engine and tried the helmet on

28th February

Wider World Week

 The children have all enjoyed learning about Malaysia. We have made flags, elephants and Malaysian tigers. We have heard a story in Japanese and have sang some songs. We have also listened to some Arabic and have written our name in Arabic. Thank you for those parents that came in to help us do this.



14th February 2020


We have been weighing and measuring different things. We even weighed how heavy Mrs Doyle’s trainer was!


After the past few weeks we have been fascinated about exploring our wonderful world. We have found different countries, looked at where our food comes from and ways we can help to protect Earth.

We have been busy learning all about healthy food and looking at the artist Arcimboldo. We recreated some of his artwork. The soup we made was delicious!

We all enjoyed our trip to Mossley Hill Church and learnt lots about the church. We were all so well behaved.

24th January 2020

Other photographs of our week

Multi sports morning

Transport Day


10th December

The children have all been looking at different families and know that not one family are the same. We enjoyed looking at all the family albums that have come in, and look forward to seeing some more next week. In music we have explored the different families in an orchestra. We sorted the different instruments into families and have played with different instruments in class.


20th December

Happy Christmas to all the Woodpeckers and their families. We’ll see you all next year. We’ve had so much fun these past weeks.


22nd November

This week we have been investigating objects that float and sink. It was so much fun and we were surprised with some of the findings. We are all enjoying singing lots of Christmas songs for our Christmas show. Remember if you have lines to learn please practice them.

8th November

This week we have been discussing Bonfire night and how to stay safe. We took part in different activities about fireworks etc. We had great fun. We have also been discussing measuring. We’ve looked at capacity and length.

25th October – We had fun looking and learning about lots of different animals!


18th October

We have been learning all about bugs. We made a huge spider web outside using wool. We had some bugs trapped in ice that we had to rescue, and have been painting with frozen paint cubes. We have also been learning the days of the week, word building and listening to stories about minibeasts.


10th October

We are all enjoying doing experiments this week. We have taken part in a balloon rocket experiment, made Persi erupt by using mints, and observed raisins dancing in lemonade! We have also explored how mixing colours can make new colours!

We are continuing to develop our fine motor skills which develops the strength in our hands. We have been using the twigs we have collected and wrapping pipe cleaners around them to create colourful twigs!

26th September

 We have had lots of fun looking at all the leaves that the children have brought in. We have read the leaf man and have used leaf prints to design our own paintings. We have also used the leaves to create our own hedgehog collage. The Woodpeckers have enjoyed lots of different activities including counting sets of objects, learning about autumn, listening to poems and singing lots of different songs.


18th September

We have been playing with lots of different activities, making friends and having fun.

Today we have been on a tour around the school. We are learning where all the other classes are, and how to get to the office. We found the library and can’t wait to get a book from there soon. We are doing so well at being Woodpeckers. We have learnt some new songs, played outside and enjoyed tracing, plasticine and lots of other activities.



13th September


Well done all of you for finishing your first week. You have all done amazingly well. Enjoy your weekend and we will see you all again on Monday.


Our first day


Well done to all the Woodpeckers who had a fantastic day on Friday. You were all amazing! We look forward to our first full week.