Playing and learning together
This year we have created an additional Woodpecker class so we now have Woodpecker 1 class and Woodpecker 2 class.
Woodpecker 1 is a small class comprising of seven Y3 and Y4 pupils whilst Woodpecker 2 continues to be a small mixed Key Stage 2 class.
Woodpecker 1 is led by Mrs Lampitt and Woodpecker 2 is led by Mrs Turton.
In both Woodpecker classes we aim for our pupils to explore a variety of activities and experiences in which they can develop their confidence and independence. We have created a language rich environment that promotes communication throughout the day. Alongside giving them the opportunity to make their own choices. A visual timetable is used throughout the day supporting pupils with their routine, transitions and the structure of the day.
All opportunities that we provide are supported by both Woodpecker teams. These activities are planned and delivered so each pupil can access an individual curriculum. This helps pupils to focus on the activities which helps them to engage and learn in a fun but structured environment. There are also opportunities for the children to take part in child-initiated activities which enables pupils to lead their own learning. Pupils are able to experience activities for their learning both indoors and outdoors. Pupils get the opportunity to experience sensory activities which encourages communication, mindfulness and problem solving.
Due to the small number of pupils in each class, classrooms are airy and spacious, and allow 1:1 support and child-initiated learning at the same time. The layout of the rooms have been taken into consideration very carefully so that all pupils’ needs are met. The areas within the classes allow children the opportunity for focused learning, whole class activities, creative and sensory activities and reflection time when needed. We have made sure that the resources are made accessible and are clearly labelled for pupils, which encourages their independence.
In both Woodpecker classes we always recognise all the pupils’ achievements and make sure that these are being celebrated. We achieve this by using reward systems, which include instant rewards and displaying work or wow moments within the class. This helps children to build on their self-esteem.
Our aim is for our pupils to feel valued allowing them to achieve their full potential from the learning opportunities that are given, in a nurturing, safe and caring environment.
Woodpeckers 1 visit the forest every Monday whereas Woodpeckers 2 visit the forest every Friday. please make sure that you have warm clothes and wellies as we visit the forest in all weathers.
Please make sure you have your PE kit (including pumps) available on Fridays for Woodpeckers 1 and Tuesdays for Woodpeckers 2.
This half term, DPA is working with Woodpeckers 1 on Thursday mornings. We enjoy playing with a range of musical instruments and look forward to these sessions.