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Norbridge Academy

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  • F1 Canary Class AM
  • F1 Canary Class PM
  • F2 Heron Class 96.6%
  • F2 Kingfisher Class 96.6%
  • Y1 Parakeet Class 96.7%
  • Y1 Penguin Class 97.1%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 97.8%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 96.9%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 97.2%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.4%
  • Y4 Kestrel Class 97.7%
  • Y4 Red Kite Class 97.9%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 96.3%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.5%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 96.8%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.5%
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Y2 Woodpecker Class

Welcome to Woodpecker Class!

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Woodpecker Class is made up of 29 children who are enthusiastic about their learning and enjoy sharing this with the world. They are taught by Mr Machin who is helped by Mrs Williams, Miss Stott and Miss Hemsall. To discover more of our learning, please visit our class blog or follow us on twitter.

Woodpecker Class Blog: http://woodpecker2018.norbridgeblogs.net/ 

Woodpecker Twitter: @Y2woodpecker

P.E./Gymnastics: Children will have a weekly P.E session with Mr Scott on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will also have weekly Gymnastic sessions on Tuesday mornings. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school for these sessions.

 

Karate: Children will have a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave on a Monday afternoon.

 

Social Media: On the notes of your child's reading diary, you will find the login details for the class blog.

 

Book Bags: Your child will have a reading diary and a library book. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. Children will have the opportunity to change their library book each week and diaries will be signed each week too. Don't forget to record any reading that your child does at home as this will help them to earn stickers on our reading chart so that they can attend our reading party.

 

Water Bottles: Please bring fresh drinking water every day.

 

Homework: Homework will be sent home each week. Homework will be based around the national curriculum to help your child reach age-related expectations. There will also be a list of spellings sent home each week, along with a times table focus and children will be tested on these the following week.

 

Spring Term

 

English

In the first half of Spring Term, Year 2 will be focusing on Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. Over the course of the term, we will examine a range of different text types including instruction texts and book reviews. In the second half of Spring Term, we will be focusing on 'The Clockwork Dragon' by Jonathan Emmet and Elys Dolan. Throughout the half term, we will be comapring this story to our class book last term, 'The Deep, Dark Wood'. Furthermore, we will be examining how to write a range of poetry, create narrative stories about dragons and create our own myth and legend.  

 

Maths

Throughout Spring Term, Year 2 will continue to develop their skills throughout maths by examining multiplication and division, statistics, length and height, properties of shapes and fractions. 

 

Science

In Spring Term, our first science topic will be 'Scientists and Inventors'. Throughout the topic, we will be examining the roles of scientiests and inventors and researching the impact of famous inventors.  

Our second topic will be 'Growing and Planting'. In this topic, we will undertake experiments and observations to find out what plants need to grow and survive. We will also examine how to use simple scientific equipment to record our results.

 

Art and Design

Throughout Spring Term, we will first examine 'cooking and nutrition'. Throughout this unit, we will examine different food groups and discuss how we can ensure that we have a balanced diet. We will then design and make our own meals. Furthermore, to link with our topic of 'The Land of the Dragons', we will compare traditional Chinese food with our own. 

 

 

Geography

In geography this term, we will learn all about China to link in with our topic 'The Land of the Dragons'. Throughout the term, we will research where China is on a map of the world and examine some of the key features of the country. We will also compare traditional Chinese lifestyle to our own. 

 

History

Our History topic in Spring Term is the 'Shang Dynasty'. In this topic, the children will exmaine when the Shang Dynasty took place and the believes of its people. Furthermore, we will examine some of the artifacts found from the Shang Dynasty. 

 

Religious Education

In RE this term, we will be examining places of worship and religious ceremonies. Throughout the term, we will learn about the beliefs of different religions and where these religions worship. We will also examine a range of different ceremonies by discussing why different religions have these ceremonies and what happens throughout them. 

 

Computing

This term in computing, we will begin to examine forms of coding. To do this, we will use two different pieces of online software, Turtle Logo and Scratch. Throughout the term, we will examine what algorithms and how to create simple algorithms.

 

Physical Education

In PE this term, the children will focus on basketball and tennis. In the first half of the term, we will practice the key skills in basketball such as dribbling, before taking part in small games.

After half term, we will start to practice the skills needed in tennis. To do this, we will learn the correct grip for a tennis racket. We will then develop forehand and backhand to take part in small rallies.  

Spring Term 1

Week 3

 

English

In English this week, we continued with our unit of work on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. This week, we examined how to write a letter. To do this, we wrote a letter to George's parents to apologise for giving Grandma the marvellous medicine and for destroying the house. 

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class began their next unit of work on Multiplication and Division. Throughout the week, we examined different method of dividing numbers by 2, 5 and 10. 

 

Science

This week we continued our topic of 'Inventors and Scientists'. For this lesson, we examined the work of Lious Pasteaur and discussed why it is important to wash our hands. 

 

R.E.

In R.E. this week, we continued to examine places of worship. This week, the children learned about the features of Gurdwaras. Throughout the lesson, we imagined that we went on a visit around a Gurdwara and discussed the different features of the place of worship. 

 

Art

In art this week, we worked with Miss Hemsall to examine Chinese writing. To do this we watched a video of a chinese child practicing their handwriting and how they held their brush. We then wrote the words 'Team Woodpecker' in Chinese using black paint and paintbrushes. 

Spring Term 1

Week 2

 

English

In English this week, we continued with our unit of work on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. This week, we examined instructions texts. Throughout the week, we discussed the features of intructions texts and different sentence types. Once we had done this, we then completed an independent write of an instruction text on how to make our own 'marvellous medicine'. 

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class began their next unit of work on Multiplication and Division. Throughout the week, we have examined how to share a range of numbers to make equal groups. After this, we discussed how to recognise odd and even numbers before examining how to divide numbers by 2.

 

Science

This week we continued our topic of 'Inventors and Scientists'. For this lesson, the children discussed how to stay safe around medicines and what we can do if there is anything that we are unsure of. 

 

Geography

In this week, the children continued to work on their topic of 'China'. This week, the children examined the lifestyle of China. Throughout the lesson we examined different features of life in China and compared them to our own lifestyle. Once we had done this, we created a fact file on some of the features of Chinese lifestyle.  

 

R.E.

In R.E. this week, we continued to examine places of worship. This week, the children learned about the features of Mosques. To do this, the children examined the key features of Mosques before creating their own innotated diagram of a traditional Mosque.

Spring Term 1

Week 1

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class began our unit of work on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. Throughout the week, we focused our work on the first chapter of the book and examined the two characters of George and his Grandma. We then completed a range of comprehension questions based on the chapter. 

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class continued with our work on Mulitplication that we started before the Christmas holidays. This week, we examined how to multiply by 2, 5 and 10. Once we had done this, we then looked at how to save a range of multiplication word problems. 

 

Science

This week we started our new topic of 'Inventors and Scientists'. Throughout the lesson, we examined the role of doctors and discussed whether or not doctors were scientists. 

 

Geography

In this week, the children began work on our new topic of 'China'. In this lesson, we looked at where China is on a world map and began to learn some facts about the country such as it's captial city, population and landmarks. We then annotated our own maps of China by add cities, rivers and the surrounding seas to a blank map. 

 

P.E.

In P.E. this week, we worked with Mr Scott to begin learning about the different skills needed to play basketball. Our first lesson was focused on practicing how to dribble a ball by using our finger tips. 

Autumn Term

 

English

Throughout the Autumn Term, Year 2 will be examining a range of traditional stories. Over the course of the term, we will be comparing and retelling traditional stories. Once they have done this, the children will then retell the stories by adding a twist.

 

Maths

During the Autumn Term, Year 2 will explore a range of mathematical areas. These areas include exploring the place value of 2-digit numbers, adding and subtracting 2-digit and 1-digit numbers, subtracting 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, exploring number bonds to 10 and 100, counting money and beginning to solve multiplication problems.  

 

Science

In Autumn Term our science topics will be ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Animals including Humans’. In Autumn 1, we will examine 'Living things and their Habitats'. Throughout the term, we will examine the differences in animals or objects that are alive, dead and that have never been alive. Once we have done this, we will investigate a range of habitats.

In Autumn 2, we will our topic will be ‘Animals including Humans’. Throughout the half term, we will examine how humans grow and their basic needs. Furthermore, we will also examine the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. 

 

Art and Design

Throughout Autumn Term, we will be working with Mr Slaney to create art based on traditional stories. Furthermore, we will also be creating a range of art based on natural art. To do this, we will use a range of techniques and materials such as clay and computers.

 

Geography

In geography this term, our topic will be ‘What a Wonderful World’. Throughout the term, we will examine the Earth’s continents and oceans. As well as this, we will also be examining how to read maps by completing a study of a local area.

 

History

Our History topic in Autumn 2 will be ‘War and Remembrance’. In this topic, we will begin by researching Remembrance Day by examining why this day is important. After this, we will examine features of the First World War by finding out about Walter Tull, the front line, animals of war and the experiences of women in the war.

 

Religious Education

In Autumn 1, our focus in RE will be ‘Rules and Routines’. Throughout the term, we will discuss why different rules such as the school rules and the Ten Commandments. In Autumn 2, we will continue our learning by focusing on the topic of ‘Light and Dark’. In this topic, we will be examining religious celebrations that involve light such as Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas.

 

Computing

This term in computing, we will be discussing how to safely use search engines. We will be examining how we can safely search for different topics on using the internet and what to do if we find anything that makes us uncomfortable whilst using the internet. After this, we will then examine how to create an effective blog post by adding our own images and text.

Autumn Term 2

Week 5

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class continued to work on narrative stories. This week, the children began to work on our class book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. Firstly, the children read through the story before retelling it in small groups by using drama. After they had done this, the children then improved the writing in the story by creating their own character descriptions.  

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class completed their work on money. This week, the children examined how to answer 2-step problems that involved money. To do this, the children learned how to recognise important information when reading through word problems. We then discussed the different methods that they would need to use in order to answer these questions.

 

Science

This week, Woodpecker Class continued to work on their topic of Animals including Humans. This week, the children examined the human timeline by discussing the different stages of human development from babies to the elderly. The children then created their own timeline to show these changes.

 

RE

In RE this week, the children examined why Jewish people celebrate the festival Hanukkah.

 

History

In history, Woodpecker Class continued to examine the life of Walter Tull. This week, the children examined Walter Tull's achievements in both his football career and his military service throughout the First World War. 

 

KS1 Christmas Performance

Throughout the week, Year 1 and Year 2 performed this year's KS1 Christmas Performance 'The Christmas Jigsaw'.

Autumn Term 2

Week 4

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class began to work on narrative stories. The focus for our English lessons this week was 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak. The children used the start of this story to predict what might happen next and to discuss the different grammatical features used.

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class continued to examine problems involving money. This week, the children used their knowledge of place value to compare different amounts using a range of mathematical symbols.

 

Science

This week, Woodpecker Class began their new topic of Animals including Humans. In their first science lesson of this topic, the children examined the differences between animal babies and adults. Furthermore, the children also examined how to categorise different animal groups such as mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

 

KS1 Christmas Performance

Throughout the week, Year 1 and Year 2 continued to practice this year's KS1 Christmas Performance 'The Christmas Jigsaw'.

Autumn Term 2

Week 3

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class continued to examine recount texts. This week, the children edited their work on their Sherwood Forest recounts in their English books. When they had done this, they then completed an independent write of their recounts. Finally, the children examined how to encorporate different grammatical features into their writing.

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class began examining how to recognise and add different amounts of money. Throughout the week, the children discussed the value of our coins and notes and began using the counting up method to add different amounts.

 

History

In history this week, Woodpecker Class began to examine the life of Walter Tull. We then compared the differences between life today and life 100 years ago.  

 

KS1 Christmas Performance

Throughout the week, Year 1 and Year 2 continued to practice this year's KS1 Christmas Performance 'The Christmas Jigsaw'.

Autumn Term 2

Week 2

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class continued to examine recount texts. Throughout the week, the children examined how to plan and draft a text. To do this, the children first discussed what we did on our Year 2 trip to Sherwood Forest. Once we had done this, we then planned our recount by noting our favourite parts of the trip. We then used our plans to write a draft recount of what we did on our trip.

 

Maths

In maths, Woodpecker Class examined working on two-step problems. Throughout the week, the children discussed how to find the key information from a written question. We then examined how to use this information to help us answer the questions by adding and then subtracting two 2-digit numbers.

 

Music

This week, Woodpecker Class worked with Mr Oakton to learning how to play ukuleles. This week, the children practised playing their first chord.

 

Children in Need

On Friday, it was Children in Need. For Children in need, the children came into school wearing either spots or stripes to show support for Children in Need. In the afternoon, the children learned about the work that Children in Need does and how we can help. The children then designed a poster to advertise Children in Need.  

 

KS1 Christmas Performance

Throughout the week, Year 1 and Year 2 continued to practice this year's KS1 Christmas Performance 'The Christmas Jigsaw'.

Autumn Term 2

Week 1

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class began to examine recount texts. Throughout the week, the children discussed the features of recount texts such as using fronted adverbials and the past tense.

 

Maths

In maths, the children continued to work on their current unit of addition and subtraction. This week, the children used bar models to examine how to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers.  

 

Art

In art this week, the children worked with Mr Slaney to create their own sketches based on Bonfire Night.To do this, the children used a range of colours to create effective drawings of fireworks and bonfires.

 

Sherwood Forest Trip

On Thursday, Year 2 went on their first school trip of the year to Sherwood Forest. Throughout the morning, Woodpecker Class went on a sensory walk through the forest. On the walk, the children used their senses to describe what they could see, hear, smell and touch, One of the activities on the walk was to create a magic potion. To do this, the children had to collect various natural objects and mix them all together to create a magic potion. We then described what our potions smelled like. The children then visited the Major Oak before walking back to have lunch.

In the afternoon, the children investigated which animals live in the forest such as squirrels, foxes, badgers, bats and hedgehogs. We then examined where these animals live by creating our own animal homes.

Have a look at the pictures of our trip below!

 

Creative Hero Day

On Friday, Woodpecker Class took part in 'Creative Hero Day'. Throughout the day, the children discussed what it means to be a hero. They then designed their own hero and created a comic strip to tell a story about their hero. In the afternoon, the children learned about Remembrance Day. After discussing why we have Remembrance Day, the children then created an acrostic poem to remember the soldiers that have fought for us. 

Autumn Term 1

Week 5

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class focused their work on the book 'The Deep, Dark Wood' by Ali Pye and Algy Craig Hall. Throughout the week, the children completed a range of descriptive writing based on The Deep, Dark Wood. Once we had done this, the then children predicted what would happen at the end of the book. Finally after we had finished the book, we completed a book review to write down our own opinions of the story. 

 

Maths

In maths, the children continued to work on their current unit of addition and subtraction. Throughout the week, the children completed a range of activities to extend their knowledge on using column addition and subtraction.

 

Geography

In geography this week, Woodpecker Class continued their work on examining the world. This week, the children continued to develop their skills in reading a map by locating given countries of the world. To do this, the children were given outlines of a range of countries. They then used a map of the word to try and locate their given countries by finding the outlines and shapes of their given countries.

 

Music

In computing this week, the children examined how to use a search engine to search for a chosen topic. Throughout the session, the children discussed how we can use technology to safely research given topics. The children then examined how to use search engines such as 'Google' to search for information on a chosen topic.

 

RE

In RE this week, the children continued to examine Christianity. Following on from the previous session on the Christian Creation Story, the children discussed what Christians might do on a Sunday and why they might do this. 

Autumn Term 1

Week 4

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class have examined different sentence types. Throughout the week, the children have learned the differences between a statement, question, command and exclamation. Furthermore, the children have also practised their descriptive writing by writing a range of expanded noun phrases based on given images.

 

Maths

In maths, the children continued their unit of addition and subtraction. Throughout the week, the children have explored different methods of adding and subtracting 2-digit and 1-digit numbers.

 

Art

In art this week, the children worked with Mr Slaney to create their own images based on a natural resources. This week, the children created drawing that incorporated a variety of leaves. 

 

Geography

In geography this week, Woodpecker Class continued their work on examining the world. This week, the children discussed different journeys that they could make and what methods of transport they could use. When they had done this, they then created a journey line to describe a journey around the globe.

 

Music

In music this week, the children worked hard with Mr Bellingham to continue to develop their skills in both reading rhythms and playing djembes. 

Autumn Term 1

Week 3

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class examined how to write narrative stories. Throughout the week, the children discussed how to use a story mountain to structure their story. They then used this to plan, draft and write their own narrative story. 

 

Maths

In maths, the children began their second unit of work on addition and subtraction. Throughout the week, the children explored different methods of addition and subtraction by using physical representations to assist their learning. 

 

Science

In science this week, the children continued their topic of 'Living Things and Their Habitats' by examining the local habitats around them. To do this, the children worked together to explore the school playground to find different objects that were either living, dead or that have never been alive. 

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Week 2

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class have continued their work on Little Red Riding Hood. This week, we examined the features of a letter. Throughout the week, the children learned how to write a letter by pretending that they were the big, bad wolf who wanted to apologies to Little Red Riding Hood. 

 

Maths

In maths, the children continued their first unit of Numbers to 100. This week, the children examined how to make jumps of 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's from a given number.  

 

Art

In art this week, the children worked with Mr Slaney to sketch their own enchanted forests to use as a setting for a traditional tale. 

 

Geography

In geography this week, we began to examine our world. In our first geography lesson, we examined how the Earth is made up in continents and oceans. We then attempted to name all of the Earth's continents and oceans. 

 

RE

In RE we discussed why we have different rules both at school and at home. After this, we then discussed the differences between a rule and a routine. We then compared our own daily routines with each other. 

Autumn Term 1

Week 1

 

English

In English this week, Woodpecker Class have continued their work on Little Red Riding Hood. Throughout the week, the children examined the structure of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Once they had done this, they then began to write their own statements and questions based on the story. Finally, we examined writing our own letters based on the story.

 

Maths

In maths, the children began their first unit of Numbers to 100. Throughout the week, the children examined counting amounts using different pictorial representations. Once they had done this, the children then began to use place value grids to compare the tens and ones in 2-digit numbers.

 

Science

In science this week, the children began their first topic of Living Things and Their Habitats. To start the topic, the children discussed how we can tell if something is living, dead or has never been alive by examining different life processes such as breathing and eating. 

 

Art

In art this week, the children worked with Mr Slaney to sketch their own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. 

 

Music

This week in music, the children worked with Mr Bellingham to begin learning how to play the Djembe. To do this, the children discussed and examined how to play the Djembe as well as learning some basic rhythms to play. 

 

PE

In PE this week, the children took part in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout by following a long to live stream by Joe Wicks as part of his School Fitness Week.

Annual Attendance
  • F1 Canary Class AM
  • F1 Canary Class PM
  • F2 Heron Class 96.6%
  • F2 Kingfisher Class 96.6%
  • Y1 Parakeet Class 96.7%
  • Y1 Penguin Class 97.1%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 97.8%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 96.9%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 97.2%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.4%
  • Y4 Kestrel Class 97.7%
  • Y4 Red Kite Class 97.9%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 96.3%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.5%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 96.8%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.5%

Safegaurding Information

Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • George Huthart
  • Catherine Bartlett
  • Camilla Mercer
  • Megan Williams
  • Lynne North
  • Sally Townsend
  • Kelly Whittington

CEOP

Awards

  • Food for life
  • QES
  • Healthy Schools
  • Eco Schools
  • Outcomes School Award
  • Ofsted
  • Pupil Premium 2015
  • National Support School
  • The Primary Network
  • Pupil Premium 2016
  • Artsmark
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