Woodpeckers

Welcome to Woodpeckers Class

We are a new Reception class at Exeter House and have 7 children in our class: Julie is our Class Teacher and we have 3 fabulous Teaching Assistants.  Everybody works together to help us achieve our individual goals in all aspects of the school day.

As the youngest pupils in the school, settling happily into school life and learning all the new routines is a major focus in our class. Therefore the personal and social aspects of the curriculum are central to the children’s learning.

Also important are plenty of opportunities to learn through practical play activities. Through play and exploration, both independently and alongside an adult, children are learning a whole range of skills across all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

We are very lucky to have a spacious classroom with a separate quiet room. We have designated areas in the class which enable us to plan a broad range of activities and deliver to the children’s individual needs. As well as this we have our own secure playground with a variety of outdoor equipment and exciting areas to explore.

During the school week we participate in a variety of activities including literacy, phonics, numeracy, Attention Wiltshire (bucket), cookery, art, swimming sessions and later in the school year we will be going horse riding. We are fortunate to have support from specialised PE staff to help us enjoy our PE sessions, and we love our Forest School sessions with Bex. We enjoy whole group sessions, as well as working in smaller groups and individually within the class.

We have a busy year planned, where each term the Primary Department will have a different topic as a basis for activities and learning. This term our theme is ‘Traditional Stories’. We will be sharing stories such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’, and using all our senses to experience exciting activities. For regular updates check out our class blog. Please contact me by phone or in the Home/School diary if you have any comments or questions. Julie Inglis