Woodpeckers – Reception


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

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

Reception Newsletter 19.7.21

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Reception Newsletter 17.5.21

Reception Newsletter 10.5.21

Reception Newsletter 3.5.21

Reception Newsletter 26.4.21

Reception Newsletter 19.4.21

Reception Newsletter 15.3.21

Reception Newsletter  8.3.21

Hey Grandude topic overview 

19th May 2021

The children said goodbye to our 4 butterflies. We have watched them as tiny caterpillars grow into beautiful butterflies. Two of them stayed a little longer and let us have a good look at them. It was great to see them fly off! We have also been discussing water, and how it can be found in lakes, oceans, streams and rivers. We have been making our own waterfall outside. We have been copying the work of the artist George Oomann. He uses a drip method in his paintings.

We are looking forward to our trip to Church Farm. We wonder what animals we may see!

11th March 2021

It has been wonderful having all the children back in school this week. They have all enjoyed seeing their friends and having lots of fun with each other. Have a look at all our photographs of the things we have been up to. We are looking at all your family albums that you sent in before lockdown. It’s lovely to see the children talking about their wonderful families.


Using X box or PlayStation to access remote learning

If you are having problems accessing online/ remote learning and have an X box or PlayStation you can click on the link below. This will help you get online and help you access the remote learning set by school if you do not have a suitable device such as tablet or laptop.

Remote Learning via PlayStation 4 or Xbox One


A Magical Christmas by Woodpeckers

Please find your link to the class performance of ‘A Magical Christmas’.


The password will be sent out in a separate email and also via message on ClassDojo.

Please remember that images and videos of the performance should not be shared on social media or anywhere else online.

We hope that you enjoy watching the show together as a family.

Merry Christmas!



Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 14.12.20

Have a look at our topic overview for ‘Families’ Families overview

Reindeer day 7.12.20

We had a wonderful day yesterday with a visit from Father Christmas and 2 of his reindeer, Honey and Disco. We now know lots of facts about them and made our own reindeer in class. Father Christmas sang us a song about elves and gave us a pretend kitchen for our role play area. It was lovely to see all the children wearing their Christmas jumpers and the staff too!

Please look at our topic dates and term dates.

topic dates 2020-2021


Topic overview for ‘Celebrations’ Celebrations overview

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EYFS Newsletter – 7.12.20

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EYFS Newsletter – 30.11.20


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EYFS Newsletter – 23.11.20

2nd December

We can’t believe that it is December already. The children have been having so much fun especially on Elf Day. They all made lovely Christmas tree decorations, enjoyed a Christmas film, and made lots of other things. The children all looked fantastic in their elf costumes as well as the adults in the classroom! We had so many helpful and kind elves that day!
We have been learning about colour mixing and painted our hands and mix them together to make different colours. It was like a magic show to see what colour was going to be created. We also made Rangoli patterns For Diwali out of coloured pasta. The children made such great designs.

It has been lovely hearing the children singing lots of Christmas songs in school. They know many of the songs and the actions, well done wonderful Woodpeckers!

18th November.

The children have been very busy learning all the songs for our Christmas show. Some have been learning dances, some have been playing a musical instrument or learning their lines. We learnt all about Remembrance Day and what it means. We were so proud of the poppy wreath that the children made. They have also been learning about Diwali, the Festival of light. The children made a lovely display with all their fantastic work. A massive thank you to everyone who donated for Children in Need. Many goals were scored, and the team spirit within Woodpeckers was amazing, with the children all supporting each other.


Have a look at our new topic overview Toys and Games overview

Information on our new topic Traditional tales

Traditional Tales and rhyme overview

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EYFS Newsletter – 16.11.20

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6th November 2020

We have had a great week back. We have all enoyed hearing about the 3 little pigs. We have looked at different materials, and walked round the school finding different materials. There were so many! We have looked at length and capacity and enjoyed playing in the water! The children were all very excited as one of the 3 pigs went missing! We thought it was the wolf who had taken him, but we soon realised it wasn’t! He kept leaving us photographs on the iPad for us to look at! We wrote wanted posters to try and find him, and it all ended with a pig hunt in the classroom! We finally found him high up on a cupboard! We made 3 pigs houses out of straw, stick and bricks. It was great fun!

We also talked about fireworks and danced pretending to be fireworks! We did some fantastic firework paintings!


23rd October 2020

Well done to all our wonderful Woodpeckers. You have all worked so hard this half term and we are very proud of you all. It was lovely to end with a party. We have all enjoyed dancing, eating and playing games. All your hats were brilliant and you all looked very smart wearing them.


We hope you all have a good relax over the next few days and all stay safe. We will see you again on Monday 2nd November.



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EYFS Newsletter – 2.11.20

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EYFS Newsletter – 19.10.20

This power point will provide parents/carers with a greater understanding of what the early years foundation stage looks like. Please take your time to have a read through it.

Parent Information on EYFS

Tuesday 13th October- Home learning

13.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Practice blending sounds previously taught to read words.


(Reception Lesson 14 – part 2)

Follow along: Can you recognise all of the sounds at the beginning? If there are any tricky ones, keep practicing them. Sound out and blend to read words along with the teacher. Practice writing these words in your home learning book: cat, nod, got.

13.10.2020- Fine motor 

Get a ball of playdoh and join in with if you’re happy and you know it dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2tBH_XyeJc

Use your playdoh to make some playdoh cupcakes. If you have any candles have a go at sticking these in your cupcakes.

13.10.2020- Maths

Get 5 objects. Put them on the left.  This means 5 add zero equals 5.

Move 1 object to the right. Say 4 add 1 makes 5.

Then move another object to the right. Say 3 add 2 makes 5.

Continue this until all objects are on the right. Say Zero add 5 makes 5.

13.10.2020- Understanding the World

Watch the video on Oak National Academy; ‘To identify what makes me unique’: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-what-makes-me-unique-cdjkee

Once you have watched the video, draw a picture of something that makes you unique in your home learning book e.g. your hair colour, another language that you can speak or something that you are good at. Please write the date and Understanding the World at the top of the page.

Monday 12th October- Home learning

12.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to read k


(Reception Lesson 14 – part 1)

Follow along: Say the k sound along with the video and practice writing the letter in your home learning book. Discuss how it sounds exactly the same as c but is written as a different letter. Can you find any objects that begin with k around your house?

12.10.2020- Science

Investigate dissolving.

Watch the video on BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjty4wx/articles/zpbdpbk

Explain that when something dissolves in water, it looks as if it has disappeared. However, the substance has not disappeared; it has mixed with the water to make a see-through (transparent) liquid.

Dissolving experiment: Get four cups of warm water. Place 2 teaspoons of the following substances into each: pasta, flour, salt and sugar. Mix with a spoon and observe whether the substance dissolves or not. Predict what you think will happen. Was your predication true or false?

12.10.2020- Maths

Model counting on fingers to 20.

Adult call out number and children show that many fingers.

Show a number of fingers up to six. Ask children to call out how many fingers you are showing. How quick can they be? Repeat showing a different amount.

Ask children to put their hands behind their backs while you roll a dice. Children show with their fingers the number of dots on the dice (as quickly as they can). Repeat.

Can they recognise the number  of dots without counting?

12.10.2020- English

Watch ‘We’re Going on a leaf Hunt’ https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=c5p-fuvUYBM&hl=en-GB

Imagine you went on a leaf hunt. Where would you go? Draw pictures in your red home learning book of all the places you would go on your leaf hunt.

Friday 9th October-Home learning

9.10.20 English

Watch the lesson on ‘The Little Red Hen’: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-sing-and-map-a-story-6wukgd?activity=video&step=1

Ask a grown up to make a video of you performing the story.

Use your red home learning exercise book to draw a story map of the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and use it to tell someone the story.

9.10.20 Maths

Clap several times and ask your child to count the claps quietly to themselves. Ask how many claps there were? Repeat with different amounts.

Use the sheet to count objects to 10. The most important thing is that your child counts each set slowly, pointing to each object as they count. If they can, get them to try to write the numbers. An adult can write the number to show them what it looks like.

If your child is confident with numbers to 10, use objects in your house to count sets up to 20.

9.10.20: Science

Ketchup and coin experiment.

Watch this video: https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=WhAgQEr1LOE&hl=en-GB

Find a dirty coin. Squirt some tomato ketchup into a small dish and place the coin into it, making sure the coin is completely submerged. Leave the coin for 5-10 minutes and then remove and rinse it under warm water. Does it look any cleaner?

If you have any of the other items (washing up liquid, vinegar, salt, lemon juice) you can also try them to see if they clean your coin.

9.10.20  Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Practice blending sounds to read words.


(Reception Lesson 13 – part 2)

Follow along: Sound out the words slowly along with the video and stretch your hands apart as you say each sound. Blend them together and clap, saying the word out loud.

Thursday 8th October-Home learning

8.10.20 Fine Motor Skills

Do some finger warm up exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7U4jFs1jo4

Give your child a basket of pegs and ask them to practise clipping the pegs around a bucket or bowl.


8.10.20 Maths

Tell your child that they are learning about position − that means where things are.

Hold up a soft toy. Balance it on your head and ask children, Where is it? Emphasise ʻon top ofʼ. Then hold it under your arm. Where is it? Emphasise ʻunderʼ.

Give your child a soft toy and give directions, for example: Put the toy under your right hand. Move the toy next to your left foot. Place it on top of your head.

Please look at the class story to find the positional language PowerPoint.

Teddy positional language


8.10.20: Understanding the World

Watch the video on Oak National Academy; ‘To name different people in my family’: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-name-different-people-in-my-family-61h30e

Once you have watched the video, draw a picture of your family in your home learning book. Please write the date and Understanding the World at the top of the page.


8.10.20  Phonics 

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to read the sound: c 


(Reception Lesson 13 – part 1) 

Follow along: practice saying the sound and the words that begin with the c sound. Practice writing c lots of times in your home learning book and find things around your house that begin with this sound.  

Wednesday 7th October-Home learning


Show your child how to use an iPad / tablet / phone to take a photograph. Show them which button to press and have a go at taking both landscape and portrait photographs.

Can your child independently take a picture using the iPad / tablet / phone? Take photographs of your favourite things around your house or garden.


Roll a dice. (Draw dots on pieces of paper if you do not have a dice!) Ask child to say the number without counting- they can show the number on their fingers or call it out as quick as possible.

Discuss what your child does in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Your child is to draw a picture of something they do in the morning and something they do in the afternoon. Use your ‘Home School Learning’ book, using one page for both drawings. Please put the date and ‘Maths’ at the top of the page

 Fine Motor Skills

Give your child a ball of playdoh or a piece of scrunched up paper.

Put on dough disco on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY

Draw a lined pattern on a piece of paper and ask children to go over the pattern using counters/coins


Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to blend sounds together to read a word.


(Reception Autumn term – Lesson 11: part 2)

Follow along: practise sounding out the words and then blending them together along with the video. Start with your hands pressed together (like a clap) and stretch them apart slightly with each sound m – a – t. Once you have stretched each sound out, clap your hand together again and blend the sounds together to make the word ( m – a – t   à  mat ).

Tuesday 6th October-Home learning 

6.10.2020- English

Read ‘This Floats, That Sinks’ on Active Learn.

Your username and password can be found in your reading record. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=

Make a list together of objects that float and objects that sink. Draw them in your red home learning book.

6.10.2020- Science 

Floating and sinking.

Read ‘This Floats, That Sinks’ on Bug Club. Your username and password can be found in your reading record. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=

Can you remember which items floated and which sunk?

Fill a basin with water and collect different objects from around your house. Set them in the water. Do they float or sink to the bottom?

6.10.2020- Maths 

Write the days of the week on different pieces of paper. Discuss the order, and initial letters of the words. Place in order. Ask questions like, If it is Saturday today, what day was it yesterday? If tomorrow is Tuesday, what day is it today?

Discuss what days the child does activities e.g. Monday is swimming, Friday we go to the park. Listen to the song https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=3tx0rvuXIRg&hl=en-GB

6.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to read and write g


(Reception Autumn term – Lesson 11: part 1)

Follow along: practice saying the sound and the words that begin with the g sound. Practice writing g lots of times in your home learning book and find things around your house that begin with this sound. Play eye spy with your child using words that begin with the sounds that they have learnt so far: s a t p i n m d g

Monday 5th October – Home learning


5.10.20 English

Watch the lesson on ‘The Little Red Hen’:  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-listen-and-join-in-with-a-story-c5h36t?activity=video&step=1

Draw your favourite moment from the story in your home learning book.

5.10.20 Maths

Count forwards to 20 and then back to 0, clapping with each count. Repeat several times.

Chant the days of the week in order. Ask, What day is it today? What day will it be tomorrow? Explain that ʻtodayʼ means the day we are in now, ʻtomorrowʼ means the day after today (after one sleep) and ʻyesterdayʼ means the day before today.

Listen to the days of the week song https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=mXMofxtDPUQ&hl=en-GB

5.10.20: Music

Using everyday objects as percussion instruments.

Investigate how many sounds can be made using different spoons – metal, plastic and wooden. Run them along a radiator or lightly tap different surfaces outside with them e.g. the ground, outdoor wall etc.

Can you find any other objects around you house that could be used as a percussion instrument? Experiment with the sounds that you can make.

5.10.20- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Review the sounds: i, n, m, d https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5w9Ax-uiQM&t=26s

(Reception Autumn term – Lesson 10)

Follow along; practice saying the sounds and writing them in your home learning book. You could also draw a picture of something that begins with each of the letters.


Class Dojo update!

Thank you for all of the lovely work that you have been sending, we have had a huge response! We are aware that some parents have been having difficulties logging on and accessing the work. We are trying to resolve this issue. If you have access to another device e.g. phone or iPad, try logging on using the app rather than the website. We will also upload the set tasks to our class webpages on the school website.

Have a good weekend!

Friday 2nd October – Home learning


Listen to counting song 10 Green Bottles.


Adults write numbers 0-10 on individual pieces of paper/ post it notes. Make Lego towers next to each number


Daily phonics lesson video:

Learn to read and write the d sound.

Visit DFE/TES letters and sounds lessons

Select Reception Autumn term – Lesson 9

Follow along; practice saying the sound and writing it on a piece of paper. Find objects in your house that begin with d.

Fine motor skills

Give your child a ball of playdoh or a piece of scrunched up paper. Put on dough disco on Youtube.


Use scissors to cut out some pictures from a magazine. Or draw some circles and squares on a piece of paper and cut them out.


This week we have been reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen.

Click on the link to listen to the story being read.


Go on your own bear hunt around your house and garden. Pretend to find some swishy grass, splashy puddles, squelchy mud, a dark forest, a snowstorm and a gloomy cave. Travel through each obstacle making the sound effects from the story e.g. squelch, splash, tip toe.

Take a photograph of your child acting out part of the story.  (If Class Dojo)

Have fun on your adventure!




Please use this link to add yourself to our class.

Once the parent account has been set up you can link your child to your account.




‘Magical Me’ topic overview

Magical me topic overview

Our lovely classroom!

Your child has been allocated two reading books. Please send these to school each day alongside their reading record book. One of the books is a phonic book and one is a story book. Please listen to your child read one of their books each day. Some of the books will have no words in them these books focus on developing children’s language and comprehension skills. Please discuss the story with your child and look at the pictures also practise turning the pages in the correct order. Get your child to look for familiar sounds in the story if they cannot read the words. Some of the books will have key words/sounds on the front or back cover. Please look at the front page in the reading record book as there is guidance for parents/carers. Please write a positive comment each time you listen to your child read one of their books. In the reading record there are log in details for Active Learn, your child will have books allocated on there to read they can be found in ‘My Stuff.’ We ask that water bottles are not put in book bags to prevent reading books being damaged.

Happy reading!


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EYFS Newsletter – 28.9.20

24th September

Another week is nearly over. We are doing so well. We have explored our senses by tasting different fruit, smelling different smells and drawing what they can see. We have been looking at different shapes and enjoyed walking around school with magnifying glasses being fantastic ‘Shape Spotters!’ We are all trying hard to get changed into our PE kits, and we all love PE !


The children will all be given 2 reading books and a reading record book. These need to be brought into school each day. Parents please try and hear your child read most nights. Can you please leave a short comment about how well they have read e.g. Well done, you read brilliantly! / Bob tried really hard to discuss the story / A great read. Well done.


Remember to check our newsletter each week as this will tell you what we are doing in class, and any important messages. Many thanks

EYFS Newsletter – 21.9.20

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see whats coming up next week:EYFS Newsletter – 14.9.20

Please remember that we have staggered start and finish times depending on the child’s surname. The times are:

                                     Start of day                     End of day

Surnames A-G                  8.40am                             3.05pm

Surnames H-N                  8.45am                             3.10pm

Surnames O-Z                  8.50am                             3.15pm

17th September

Woodpeckers usually have PE on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child’s PE bag is in school on these days.

We have had a fantastic full week in Woodpeckers. We all enjoyed looking at the baby photographs and guessing which big boy or girl it was! You have all grown so much! It was very difficult to work it out! We have been doing lots of counting, and finding our way around the school, and learning all the different class names, as well as the different teachers! Using mirrors we have explored the different features on our face and have made some wonderful pictures. We have been using scissors to make some funny faces as well!

Well done Woodpeckers, you have had an excellent week!

Remember to look at the newsletter each week as we put on lots of information about what we are learning about, and if anything needs to be brought into school.

10th September

The children have all been amazing coming into school and sorting themselves out.They are doing brilliantly! They have been learning all about our school routines. Well done Woodpeckers you are wonderful😀

Can we please remind parents that any fruit or vegetables that are brought in need to be labelled in a bag or a little container. We have lots of fruit coming in and lots of it hasn’t had names on. Many thanks.


Your child will be coming home with a special book. This is to record any exciting things that you do together. It could be that you’ve been on a special walk, visited a castle, or taken the bus to town. The idea is that a page is filled in with your child , then they can share it with the class. (Adult or child can write a few sentences and a bus ticket, a leaf, or a photograph could be stuck in)

Our first 2 days at Sudley Infant School

It has been lovely seeing you all these past 2 days. You all looked so smart in your uniform. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday morning. Remember to bring in your bookbag and your water bottle. Please make sure that they have your name on.

See you all with big smiles on your faces!

Bird topic overview

bird topic overview



EYFS Newsletter – 7.9.20

Listen to a special message from your class teachers.


Hello Woodpeckers

We look forward to welcoming you into Woodpeckers. We have lots of activities planned and we are sure that you will make lots of new friends.

See you all very soon,

Love Mrs Doyle & Mrs O’Rourke