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Welcome to Woodpeckers Class!

 

 

Hello and Welcome from Mrs Poller, your class teacher and Mrs Walker, your teaching assistant. We are very much looking forward to working with you, to help your children learn and grow over the coming year. Our aim is to ensure that every child gains a wealth of knowledge through the many exciting experiences they will have in reception. We believe that learning through play is incredibly important and teaches children to have good emotional, creativity, language and social skills. All these things help your children to become confident, eager and independent learners.  We hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Reception has to offer! 

 

Please make sure to come back and check the web page, as we regularly update it to keep you informed of what your children are learning. The children get particularly excited to see their own pieces of work or photos being uploaded.

 

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Dylan received the Celebrations certificate this week for his growing confidence and using a big voice in our class assembly.

 

Elie won the 'Super Star Writer' award this week and received a note book and Birches Green pen from Mrs Ricketts. Elie's fantastic writing will be on display in the entrance hall for all to see. 

 

Well done Dylan and Elie! Keep Climbing the Ladder to Success!

 

Who will impress us next time?

 

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Reading

Spending just 10 minutes a day listening to your child read can benefit them greatly. Please remember to fill out your child's reading record, for every completed reading record your child receives a certificate and for every 3 completed records they receive a Birches Green Pound.

  • Talk about what is happening in the pictures.
  • Can they predict what will happen?
  • Ask them to retell the story.
  • Encourage them to use their robot voice to sound out words ... c-a-t  cat

 

Words

Throughout the year the children are checked in class on how many of the 100 High Frequency Words they know so they can climb up the space rockets to reach the moon. Every child has had a set of words sent home to learn and it is really beneficial if you can work with your child to help them. Learning these words will help your child's progression in reading and writing.

 

If you need more sets of words, they are available to print from the link at the bottom of this page or you can ask a member of staff.

 

Literacy and Numeracy

Every Friday we send home a piece of Literacy or Numeracy homework, we would really appreciate if you could return this homework the following week.

 

Please don't hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions, thank you for your cooperation.

 

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Big Maths, Beat That!  is a fast, fun and furious challenge that is set every Friday, and only take 20-30seconds.Throughout the children's time in school they learn different sums called 'learn it's'. The idea of the challenge is for children to have a quick recall of these sums without having to work them out, they just know them. The children are constantly challenged to increase their own score (literally...”Beat That!”, where ‘that’ is their best ever score)

 

These are the children that have beaten their score this week,

Kaya                Madelina                Jake

Mayara            Maliki                    Mehnat

Ali-Akbar        Mia                        Elie

Kelsie              Jermaine               Kyro

Dylan               Arjun                    Edward

Ben                  Lexie

 

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For the last week the children have been watching our baby caterpillars. When they arrived they were very small and moved very slowly. It didn't take long for them to start growing and very soon they became a lot bigger. On Monday before our trip we had noticed that they had moved to the top of the container and some had already started to form a chrysalis. Three days later they are now ready to be moved into their net, the children are really excited to see what happens next. What will they transform into? Come back and check soon.

 

The caterpillars are growing because they are always eating.  We have been observing them- Understanding The World - The World - can talk about things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. - 30-50 months.  Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change - 40-60 months. 2   We have been observing the caterpillars.  We have had them for 2 weeks now and they are getting bigger and fatter, they must have been eating lots of food!  They are starting to climb to the top of the jar now, so it is nearly time to change into a chrysalis! 2

 

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This week we had our Reception trip and we visited the Botanical Gardens. We were all really excited and eager to find out what we would be seeing and doing. The coaches arrived at school and we all got buckled into our seats ready to go. When we arrived at the Botanical Gardens we were greeted by our guide for the day, she walked us down to a classroom and told us about all the wonderful things we would be doing.

 

We had lots of fun in the morning, we went pond dipping then we went on a mini beast hunt and found lots of different creatures. At lunchtime, we sat on the grass and enjoyed our delicious sandwiches and fruit. After lunch we walked down to the butterfly house where we saw lots of beautiful butterflies. Then we went for a walk around the gardens and finished off at the play park. Everyone had a great day and we would like to say thank you to all our helpers that came with us.

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We had a visit from the RSPB today and they came to talk to the children about mini-beasts. We found out lots of information then we went outside to on a mini-beast hunt. Everyone had great fun even though it was raining and we found lots of bugs.

 

Kaylee said "A snail has a shell for his home".

Caelan said "Bee's make honey".

Chennel asked "Do butterflies eat worms?"

Moses said "I liked looking for all the bugs, we found some earwigs". 

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Last week we celebrated the Queens 90th birthday. Everyone made crowns either at home or at school, we learnt the National Anthem and we made delicious cucumber sandwiches for our tea party. We all came to school dressed in red, white and blue and we made some beautiful bunting to hang in the playground. The whole school came out onto the green in the afternoon to eat our sandwiches and cake then we sang Happy Birthday and the National Anthem, unfortunately the Queen was unable to make it to our tea party but she did fly over in an aeroplane so we all gave her a wave as she flew by.

 

Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty!

 

 

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Celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday.
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This week we have been learning all about our class birds. The children found out lots of different facts about the Woodpecker. The children also participated in various activities. Please have a look and ask your children about all of the different things they found out about a Woodpecker.

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Well done to all the children in Woodpecker's class, you were all amazing in our class assembly. The children confidently remembered their lines and delivered them beautifully. There was lots of information to remember and I think the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters learnt lots about the Sleeping Beauty, Bearded Dragons and Castles.

 

 

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We have been working hard in our allotment area this week. Mr Giles came to help us dig all the soil ready for planting all the yummy vegetables we will be growing. The children have loved getting their hands dirty and have been asking lots of questions about how fruit and vegetables grow. Make sure to come back and check how our seeds are growing.

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Parachute games encourage cooperative, non-competitive play and reinforce turn-taking and sharing. The games are a lot of fun for both children and adults and allow us to share learning experiences with the children.

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We had the great pleasure of meeting Ceelo the Bearded dragon this week. Ceelo belongs to Luke and Vicky and they know lots of information about Bearded dragons. Earlier in the week the children thought about what they would like to find out about Ceelo, so Luke and Vicky had plenty of questions to answer. 

 

The children were absolutely fascinated by Ceelo and enjoyed finding out about him. Thank you to Luke and Vicky for bringing him in.

 

Here is some more information about Bearded dragons if you would like to know more .

http://www.thebeardeddragon.org/bearded-dragon.php

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This half term our new topic is 'Did Dragons Exist?'. This will be a fun and exciting topic where children can explore the possibility that dragons actually exist. Through questioning, stories, exploring and researching we hope to find out. Alongside dragons, we will be looking at castles and their features and compare them to how we live today. To engage to the children in the topic their Easter homework was to make a castle or a dragon. The teachers were very impressed with all the fantastic models that came into school and they will be displayed during this topic.

 

 

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We have had lots of fun in the run up to Easter and have made lots of lovely things to take home. The children have been very busy making their own bunny ears, Easter cards and sock bunnies which are very cute. There have also been lots of Easter activities within the classroom and the children have enjoyed learning all about the Easter story.

 

We hope you enjoyed our Easter celebrations in the playground, the children thoroughly enjoyed singing all the Easter songs to their parents.

 

Happy Easter!

 

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Well done to everyone that joined in with the Step It Up Wake up Shake up dance for Sports Relief. There was a great turn out and it was lovely to see some of Mom's and Dad's taking part too. Thank you for all your donations.

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Today the children went out into the playground to join in the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

We supported year 2 who had put on a performance of Irish dancing and singing.

The children had also made Irish decorations to cheer on the dancers.

 

 

 

 

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Today the children found out about the life cycle of plants. We are currently doing an experiment within the classroom to find out the best way to grow cress seeds. We have three trays of seeds; one tray has been watered and placed in a dark cupboard, another tray has been watered and placed on a windowsill and the final tray is on a windowsill without water. Which one will grow the best? Also, we did our own planting of some French beans which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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We celebrated World Book Day by bring our favourite bedtime stories to school. In the afternoon we all got dressed in our onesies and pyjamas, and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate whilst reading our books. Woodpeckers then got very cosy and lay on the carpet in front of a roaring fire on the interactive white board.

 

At the end on the day each child was given a £1 Book token, here is some information on where and how to use it - http://worldbookday.com/books/

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The children have been learning 'The Little Red Hen' story using the Pie Corbett method. Pie Corbett encourages children to use actions and story maps whilst telling stories. All this helps children to retain the story.

 

Here is a similar story map to the one we used, the children adapted their story to make it their own. They decided what animals to have and what actions to use. Have a go with your child at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year we are all learning a special Wake-up Shake-up for Sports Relief on Friday 18th March. Learn the song and dance then come and join in with us in the playground before school.

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This half term we have started our new topic 'Why can't I eat chocolate for breakfast'. The main focus of this topic is for children to discover and find out what it means to be healthy and stay healthy. We have already had lots of discussion about good and bad foods and the importance of brushing our teeth. In the coming weeks we will be going more in depth with the topic, we'll talk about the different food groups, trying different foods, making bread and much more.

 

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                               Hearts for you                

 

Well done to the Woodpeckers for all of the effort they have put into running our business. They worked really well as a team and were enthusiastic all week. As a whole class they decided what they wanted to make, how much to sell them for and what their business would be called. The children wrote a letter to Mrs Ricketts to see if she could loan us £20 to start our business with. The children wrote a letter of application applying for certain jobs that they felt best suited them. The children all had a role in our business. Hearts for you was a great success and we raised £89.95.

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The children enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day by making Valentine's cards, decorating biscuits, having their face painted and dancing away to the disco. They all had lots of fun.

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We have been celebrating Chinese New Year, so we thought it would be exciting for the children to find out what Chinese People do to celebrate. We talked lots about the Chinese tradition of Dragon dancing and watched videos. The children noticed how colourful everything was and they could hear lots of drums. We based our PE lesson around Dragon dancing and the children were very good. 

 

As well as the children joining in with the Dragon dancing, they also had lots of different activities within the classroom.

  • They found out about the Chinese animal calendar, this year being the year of the monkey
  • Practiced their skills at using chop sticks.
  • Wrote Chinese numerals
  • Made Chinese dragons
  • Looked at the different types of foods

 

Happy Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fat Choy

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This week is 'parents week' we have invited parents into school to share information about their jobs or hobbies. The children have found this very interesting. First we had Mrs McCormack in and she showed the children how to change a babies nappy, how to wrap a baby up and how to hold a baby properly supporting its neck.

Next we had Mrs Sherman come in to talk about her hobby, making cakes. Mrs Sherman brought lots of interesting things in for the children to look at and have a feel of.

Woodpeckers would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Mrs McCormack and Mrs Sherman for coming in and sharing their experiences with us.

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Today the children have been learning how to jump and land correctly and safely. The children had some of the apparatus and benches out. First they had to think of different ways to travel along the benches, then they had to decide on which jump they wanted to do. Have a look at how much fun we had.

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Well done to the 21 children in Woodpeckers Class that received attendance certificates for 97% or more last half term. Lets try really hard this half term to get more children with 97%.

 You can do it! 

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This week has been all about engaging the children and introducing them to our new topic. We really want all the children to get the most out of everything they do, so we made sure that the introduction to our topic was a memorable one. When the children came into school there was a letter from a Polar bear, who was very worried. The Polar bear told the children that his friends had been trapped in ice and he didn't know what to do. He needed our help. I wonder if the children could come up with some ideas on how to free the frozen animals?

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We would like to wish all our Birches Green families a very happy and successful New Year. We are really looking forward to all the exciting topics and challenges in the coming months. This term our new topic is 'Where Does Snow go?', the children will be finding out about winter weather, keeping warm and the properties of ice and snow.

 

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Our Christmas Pantomime

 

The whole school had a wonderful treat today, a travelling panto came to visit and put on a show of Dick Whittington. There was lots of crowd participation to join in with the loud cheers and boo's, but luckily the good guy always comes through in the end.

 

 

 

 

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We've had a fun filled day today, preparing for our party in the morning then dancing and playing party games in the afternoon. All of the children got very involved in preparing the food for their party, some children made the yummy sandwiches and some peeled and cut the fruit for the delicious fruit salad. We talked about the importance of making sure our hands were clean and how to handle the knives safely and correctly. Once all the food had been prepared it was time for everyone to make and decorate a party hat ready for the afternoons festivities. After dinner, it was time to party! The children danced to lots of Christmas songs and joined in with the party games. Santa also came and made a special visit and gave each of the children a gift. Then it was time for the children to enjoy all the lovely party food.  What a fantastic day!!

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Well done to all the children in Reception for their excellent performances this week of the Christmas Nativity. The children and staff have all been working very hard in preparation for this year's production and friends and family were invited on Wednesday and Thursday. We were so proud of the children and their confident performance and I think the children were equally proud of themselves. The spirit of Christmas was certainly felt in School while the children sang and danced enthusiastically, lots of fun was had by all. 

 

Thank you to everyone that came to watch, we really appreciate your support.

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We had a very exciting day on Friday as it was our school Winter Fayre. The parents came and joined in the fun too, they won lots of prizes from the tombola and the raffle and they also bought lots of goodies from the different stalls. After the parents had left it was the turn of the children, there were lots of games set up for them with lots of opportunities for everyone to win a prize. There was also a special visitor in school too....Santa! He and Mrs Clause came to visit and make sure everyone was being good. Everyone in Woodpeckers class had wrote him a letter to tell him what they would like for Christmas, the children sang a special song to him and had their photo took.

 

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Winter Fayre or gave donations. Lots of money was raised for school and the funds are going to be put towards a pantomime for the children closer to Christmas. 

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                            We have an Elf in class!

 

We have got a very special visitor in the woodpeckers class, it is one of Santa's helpers. The Elf appeared in the class over night and left the children a message. The Elf finds a nice spot in the classroom where he can watch all of the amazing things that the children are up to. He then visits Santa at the North Pole every evening to tell Santa all of the good things the children are doing.

 

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    This week, Paul came into school to talk to us about road safety. He told us all about the Green Cross Code -

    1. First find the safest place to cross

    2. Stop just before you get to the kerb

    3. Look all around for traffic and listen

    4. If traffic is coming, let it pass

    5. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run

    Try not to cross between parked vehicles

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Wow! Woodpeckers class have been learning their High Frequency Words and are now starting to move up the rockets closer to the moon. If you keep practising your words at home and school then everyone will be flying up the rockets very soon. 

 

 

 

 

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We talked and found out all about bullying this week. We had some visitors come into school who performed a puppet show all about bullying, their message for the children was 'Always tell someone you trust' and to empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online. Sometimes we might not realise that we are hurting someone's feelings so we need to make sure we are kind and considerate all of the time.

 

What is bullying?

Several Times On Purpose

 

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Today the children came to school dressed as a hero for Children in Need they brought in a donation which the school will pledge to Children in Need.

 

The whole of Birches Green Infant School have raised £

 

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This week the Woodpeckers parents were invited to come into school and spend some quality time with their child and eat lunch together. Everyone that attended had a wonderful time and felt that it was very beneficial to them and their child. It was lovely to see so many parents enjoying the time with the children.

 

Thank you for coming!

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This week we thought a lot about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. The children did lots of wonderful work around Remembrance Day using different media and materials. They wrote information about poppies, painted them, coloured them, created poppies on the computers and made a poster for the school display board. Lots of children brought money into school to buy poppies and wore them with pride. On Wednesday 11th November at 11 o'clock, everyone stood silently to honor the 2 minute silence.

 

Please follow this link for more information about Armistice Day  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34720785  

 

 

 

 

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This week the children have been learning all about the Gun Powder Plot and how to stay safe on Bonfire night. We did some writing to explain how we can stay safe, these are some of the things the children said - 

  • Don't touch fireworks.
  • Don't stand too close to a fire.
  • Always wear gloves if you have sparklers.
  • Stay with a grown up.

The children also had lots of fun making their own bonfire with Mr Giles, they had to talk to each other to discuss how they were going to create their bonfire and what resources they could use. Later in the day the children also made a Guy Fawkes to put onto the bonfire.

 

Enjoy your bonfire night and make sure you stay safe.

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Well done to all the children that got certificates for 97%+ attendance for last half term.

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Be on time

10 to 9!

 

A minion reasons to be on time!

 

We have an important visitor in our classroom this week, as a reward for all coming to school on time. Well done Woodpeckers.

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Today we celebrated Harvest Festival by singing songs and telling poems about harvest. Mrs Ricketts held an assembly about why we bring food into school during this time and where it goes. We were very grateful for all the donations we received and we would like to say a big Thank you to you all. Your donations will be shared between Birmingham City Mission and Erdington Food Bank. 

 

 

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Today we had our massage session by a programme called 'Massage in Schools Programme' (MISP), run by Mrs Duffy. This involves fully clothed, child to child massage of the head, back and arms, experiencing nurturing touch in a safe way. During the programme, the children were spoken to about respecting each other at all times. The children learned that they needed to ask permission from their partner first before they placed their hands on them, this is to make sure they are happy to continue. Every child has the right to say 'no' to the massage if they wish. We have been learning lots of new moves to help us massage our friends.

 
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The children had a wonderful day creating their very own concoctions using special potion ingredients. This activity is sensory and delightful messy and allows them to experiment, imagine and create. The outdoor area was turned into a potion lab with many different magical ingredients and containers for the children to choose. In small groups the children came out to make their potion and decide what magical power their potion would possess. 

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Today we started our first massage session by a programme called 'Massage in Schools Programme' (MISP), run by Mrs Duffy. This involves fully clothed, child to child massage of the head, back and arms, experiencing nurturing touch in a safe way. During the programme, the children were spoken to about respecting each other at all times. The children learned that they needed to ask permission from their partner first before they placed their hands on them, this is to make sure they are happy to continue. Every child has the right to say 'no' to the massage if they wish. Our first session was very successful and everyone that joined in enjoyed it very much.

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As part of our 'What is a Reflection?' topic, we are trying to encourage the children's curiosity, understanding and knowledge about mirrors, reflections and symmetry. The children went in small groups to explore the school to find out where they could and couldn't see their reflections.  Here is a list of all the things the children found out about, windows, grass, playground, paper, mirror, wall, car, puddle, mud, cup of water and a spoon.

As well as exploring the school, we also looked at shiny and not shiny items and discussed what they noticed. We also incorporated symmetry into our P.E lesson by pairing the children and asking them to mirror each others movements.

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This week we held our IMPACT Workshop for parents. The focus of the workshop was about phonics and how it is taught in a fun and captivating way in the classroom. The children came and had a phonics session in front of their parents and impressed them with their growing knowledge. Hopefully all our parents picked up lots of useful tips on how to support their children at home

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This week, Mrs Hunter came into school to give the children an art lesson on how to paint a Woodpecker. She explained to the children how they should go about starting their painting, first they needed to look very carefully at the picture of the Woodpecker, looking at the size, shape and colours. Next, the children needed to draw an outline of their bird with a pencil. Finally, they chose the colours and paint brushes they needed and started their paintings. The children produced lots of wonderful Woodpeckers and they will look fantastic on our display board.

 

Thank you for helping us Mrs Hunter!

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This week the Woodpeckers were asked to use their imaginations to build something amazing using boxes. They were given materials such as scissors, sellotape, masking tape and lots of different sized boxes. Here are some of their fantastic ideas and creations.

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Our second week in reception has been another busy one. Everyone has been working very hard and impressing us with all their fantastic work. This year our school motto is 'Climbing the Ladder to Success', so we decided that we should have some ladders in our classroom to display all of Woodpeckers achievements. With the help of Mr Giles, the children worked together as a team to find the resources they needed to make the ladders. There was lots of talking and problem solving involved but with a little bit of teamwork they made 4 sets of ladders. Well Done Woodpeckers!

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Woodpeckers also enjoyed their first singing session with Mr Tempest this week.
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We have had a fantastic first week in reception and all the children have settled very well. They have had lots of fun making new friends and exploring all the different learning areas. We have been looking at books, painting pictures, playing in the sand, using the iPads, creating with play dough, writing our names and much, much more.

 

Most of the children have been bringing their books bags to school every day and have started to take home a reading book of their choice. We'll soon be sending home their first set of words to learn too.

 

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Please click on the link below to see content from 2014/15:-

http://www.birchgni.bham.sch.uk/woodpeckers-1/


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