Woodpeckers – Reception


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

28 June 2020

Click below for a special surprise from your teachers!


22nd June

Morning Woodpeckers!


I hope that you have all enjoyed the weekend and are looking forward to the warmer weather forecasted for this week. Make sure that you put on a hat and slap on some sun screen.


I have just looked at Active Learn and lots of you have been reading which is brilliant. These children have read over 50 books during lockdown- Max, Martha, Amy, Arthur, Joseph, Benjamin and Haruki. A big thumbs up to you all!


I have taken a photograph of my strawberry plant which has survived the pesky squirrels and torrential rain. I am looking forward to eating them soon!


Take care and keep reading!


Love Mrs O’Rourke xxx

19th June

Hello Woodpeckers!

It has finally stopped raining now and the sun is out! The weather looks good for this weekend!

We are thrilled at all the books you are reading on Bug Club, and all the wonderful work you are handing in on Purple Mash! We are very proud of you all!

My dog Buddy has just had his hair cut! He is the only one in our house to have a professional haircut! It will keep him cool in the hot weather! We have been making bird feeders out of milk cartons. We enjoy looking at them to see if any birds have been! I think they must sneak and eat the food whilst we are not looking!

Keep up the wonderful work you are all doing – we think you are all amazing!


17th June


Good afternoon Woodpeckers


I have just been looking at Active Learn and I can see that lots of you have been reading and taking quizzes. Mrs Doyle and I are absolutely thrilled. Amazing reading by Martha who has reached over 100 points and Benjamin who has reached over 300 hundred points! Wow!!!

Make sure when you open the books you complete the quizzes by clicking on the little bugs.


I thought that you would like to know that Sir David Attenborough is hosting geography lessons on BBC Bitesize for primary children. They are available on the BBC iplayer and on BBC Bitesize.

These lessons look really good:

The world and continents (for 5-7 year olds)

Oceans and migration (for 5-7 year olds)


Have a look and maybe you could write some facts about the things you have learnt.


Keep up the hard work!


Love Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Doyle xxxx

ps The squirrels have not eaten my strawberries yet!

11th June

Hello Wonderful Woodpeckers


We hope you are all well and keeping safe! Mrs Doyle and I have been very busy looking at all the fantastic work you have been doing on Purple Mash and Active Learn.


Well done to all those children who are getting lots of points for reading and doing the quizzes on Bug Club.

Imogen, Arthur, Amy and Haruki have reached over 100 points and Max, Joseph and Benjamin have reached over 200 points. Amazing work keep it up. We are so proud of you!


Keep reading Woodpeckers!

Love Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Doyle xxx


9th June

It’s been a while since we all saw you in Woodpeckers Class. We hope you are all staying safe and having fun. We are all missing everyone of you!

Remember to keep looking at the weekly newsletter and the Maths and English planning for some ideas on what we would have been doing if we were in school.

We hope that some of you are doing the art project that is described below. It will be wonderful to see all your pieces of work.

I have been busy with my family making up questions for a quiz. We have been looking at different facts in books and on the internet to help us. We are hoping to have 30 questions in the quiz! Maybe some of you could think of questions for your own quiz!

The woodpeckers that Mrs O’Rourke saw were amazing! I’ve never seen a woodpecker before in a tree! Only our wonderful class of Woodpeckers!


6th June

Whole school sails art project

During these challenging and unprecedented times we are so proud of how our Sudley community have come together to support each other in many different ways. To our parents who have been brilliant home educators, our children who uplift us all with your beautiful bright rainbows in windows and especially to our key workers – we thank, clap for and celebrate you all.

To mark this time in our lives we have decided to create a whole school art project to reflect and remember our solidarity, based around the idea of ‘Sailing Through Together’.

For more details please look on the tab on the home learning page or download the sails artwork project information sheet here.


4th June


Hello Wonderful Woodpeckers!


I hope you are all well and staying safe? We are all missing you and we can’t wait to see how much you have grown over the last few months. I don’t live in Liverpool. I live in Cheshire near a canal and I have some woods behind my house. Yesterday when it stopped raining I went out for a walk and I spotted two Woodpeckers. They were making a lot of noise and one of them was very busy tapping into a tree to find some insects. I took these amazing photographs to show you. I have lots of wildlife that visit my garden. I have squirrels, robins, swallows and last week a duck appeared on my fence. What animals have you seen on your daily walks? From Mrs O’Rourke


1st June

We can’t believe that it is June already! We hope you have enjoyed this lovely weather and have been out and about a little more. Some of you may have been lucky to see some other Woodpeckers on your walks. We are all missing you all lots and lots but we know that we will all see each other soon.

Mrs Doyle – I went to Crosby beach with my boys for a few hours at the weekend. It was a lovely sunny day and we took bats and balls. We stood next to some of the iron men as most of them were out of the water. Has anyone been to Crosby beach? Have you seen these statues? I wonder how many there are?

To all our  ‘Wonderful Woodpeckers’, look after yourselves and your families. Stay safe xxx

24th May

Bonjour! That is hello in French. We hope you are all well and learning lots of new things. This may include a new dance, cooking new meals or learning the names of all the beautiful flowers that are around us.

We hope you have managed to look at our class notice board on Purple Mash. We would love to see you all send some work in for us to look at.

A good website for helping you with your phonics is                         www.letters-and-sounds.com   It is really important that you continue to read, and listen to stories.

I have been on lots of bike rides with my family. I am finding places that I have never seen before. Some of the places are like dens, with all the trees and bushes giving us shelter. Have you found any dens on your walks?

We all miss you lots but we know that being at home is the right thing to do at the moment. xxx

21st May

Hello to all the Woodpeckers. We can’t believe we haven’t seen you all for so long! We are sure that you will have all grown lots when we see you next!  We have enjoyed looking at all your work on Purple Mash. Well done everyone!  Lots of you have been reading books on Active Learn also. It is really important that you continue to read most days! Remember to complete all the bug activities during the book.

We hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather and maybe some of you have been to visit a different park for a change of scenery.

I have been busy painting my garden furniture. It took a long time to paint but now looks nice and bright! I hope you have all been doing some nice things with your families. -Mrs Doyle


14th May

Hello again to all our lovely Woodpeckers. We are missing seeing all your smiling faces each day. We hope you are all doing lots of different activities at home and keeping busy. Remember to look at the home learning section on the school website for lots of ideas for you to do at home.

Mrs Doyle – I have been busy painting flower pots and fences in my garden. The flower pots you can see in the photograph use to be black. I like these bright colours more. On VE day I made some cakes with my boys and we had our lunch outside. We also made a Spitfire, which was a plane used in the Second World War. We made it out of old boxes we had. Can you see the Union Jack flags we painted? Buddy is enjoying himself and will sit in the garden looking out for squirrels that may run along our fence! He is very tired at the end of the day doing this!

Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Griffiths have also been enjoying their walks and the sunshine. Mrs O’Rourke has a canal near her house so she walks along the side of it often.  Mrs Griffiths has been busy in her garden digging and planting different things. We all can’t wait to see you all when it is safe to do so.

Keep being the amazing children that you are,

Love Mrs Doyle, Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Griffiths


2nd May

To all our ‘Wonderful Woodpeckers!’ We hope you are all well and safe and enjoying this lovely sunshine on your walks. We really can’t wait to see you all again. We think you will have all grown lots! Keep being the amazing children you all are and help your families keep safe also.

Mrs Doyle – I have been busy taking my dog Buddy on lots of walks. He follows me around the house all day, going in and out of the different rooms I go in! I think he is very tired having us all in the house every day! Last week we found a hedgehog in our garden. It was lovely to see. I have also been baking with my boys. We have made lots of different things, and they have all been tasty. We even stayed up late one night to see the planet Venus and watch some satellites go over our house! It was very exciting. I have also been watching all the beautiful flowers growing. I bought a very bright yellow basket with yellow flowers in to cheer me up. I hope you like it! I need to remember to water it if it hasn’t rained!

We all can’t wait to see you all again and to continue to have lots of fun together. Here are some photos of what I’ve been doing.


14 April 2020

Hello to all our amazing Woodpeckers and their families.


We hope you are all well and staying safe. We hope you are keeping busy, remember to keep checking our home learning page as that has lots of lovely activities for you to try at home.


I have been busy making soup, baking bread and sorting out my garden. Yesterday I planted three strawberry plants and I am hoping that I will get the chance to taste some homegrown strawberries ( that’s if the cheeky squirrels don’t get them first!).


I hope that you are still reading and Mrs Doyle and I will keep adding books to active learn.



Love and smiles from Mrs Doyle, Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Griffiths

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.