Welcome to Woodpeckers Class!


Welcome to Woodpeckers!

Year 1 and 2 

Class teacher: Mrs Thomas

Class support: Ms Martin

We hope that you enjoy reading our page and sharing our learning.

Welcome back to Woodpeckers, children and parents. I hope that you all enjoyed your half term and are ready for Autumn Term 2 which is always a busy one!

Our new term's overview and timetable is below; P.E. will be every Monday and Tuesday.

Thank  you to you all for returning your Learning Logs before half term, they will go out on Friday 11th November, 2022 and will be due in on Tuesday 13th December.


I aim to answer any emails at the end of the school day,

my email address e.thomas@welford.pdet.org.uk

Many thanks, Elaine Thomas.


Start of Term information and routines

 Please see your child into the undercover area outside our classroom, especially when it is raining you are very welcome to use the undercover area at the beginning of the day; your child should then come through the classroom door in the morning by themselves with all their belongings.  At the end of the day Ms Martin or myself will send your child out to you from the Hall doors once we can see you on the playground. If you are not able to collect please write in the blue Home/School book or email me if it is easier so that we know who is collecting them. If your child is going to after school club please let us know in the same way. 

Book Bags and Home/School communication

Book bags in Woodpeckers class are checked every day by school adults whenever possible, any letters, reply slips etc. will be taken to the office.  Blue home/school books should be used for general communication between home and school about reading or other messages. 


Throughout Key Stage 1 reading at home daily for between 5-10 minutes is so important for your child, to develop fluency and confidence whilst supporting their phonics knowledge. Please record the pages that your child has read with a short message or highlighting any words that they needed support with in their home/school book, once books have been read twice, which hopefully ensures greater accuracy and fluency their book will be changed. We have reading rockets and the children earn team points and stickers every time they are on the moon.

Maths rapid recall homework

Details of the expectations for Year 1 and 2 are below, supporting the work done in class. To support your child with their rapid recall there are different Top Marks and White Rose Maths online games (the links are below), as well as playing different board games and using money. Maths homework will be informal, and will usually be set every other Friday now that the children are settled into the class routines. Please could you initial your child’s home/school book when the rapid recall homework task has been completed.  


This term PE is on Monday and Tuesday, please send your child to school dressed in their school PE kit, football/branded items should not be worn. Your child should have jogging bottoms, a long sleeved top/fleece with a spare pair of socks to avoid soggy feet and trainers that your child can take on and off themselves; laces only if they can they tie them independently, thank you.  

Spare clothing

If you would like to provide spare clothing for your child please put the named items in their book bag.

Learning logs

These will be handed out on Friday 11th November, for your child to complete 3 tasks and should be returned on Tuesday 13th December, 2022 there will be further information in the front of their learning log. 


Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. Drinking water regularly is proven to aid concentration and may prevent many headaches that could be caused by dehydration. 

Outdoor clothing

Please could you provide a waterproof coat for your child in school at all times, especially as it always seems to rain at home time!


Unfortunately it isn’t always possible for me to speak to parents before or after school, if you wish to speak to me at any time please email me e.thomas@welford.pdet.org.uk or put a note in the home/school book. I will do my best to reply or speak to you at the earliest opportunity to ensure that your child is happy and settled.

Many thanks, Mrs Thomas 

Wellbeing activity booklet