Home learning update: 13th April 2020.

Hello Woodpeckers (and parents)

I hope you are all well and have been able to soak up a bit of the Easter sunshine that we have had.

We are sending out more activities at the end of this week having taken into account feedback we have received. 
If you have finished the activities from the grid sent home at the end of March, I have attached below some learning ideas to keep you going until you receive this new pack.  Activities this week are linked to 'My Family'. 

A few words about the learning project:

They are not designed to replicate school teaching. I know that you are all in different situations with regards to time and internet connection and parents working etc. so the underlying message is do the best you can. That being said, I would aim for 3 hours ‘learning time’ each day. Feel free to customise and adapt the activities to your and your children’s strengths and interests.

What happens if my child finds the learning too difficult?

My first piece of advice to parents is that ALL children find elements of learning challenging at times so try not to worry if your child becomes stuck and you cannot explain it to them. If this happens then make a note of what they found hard and move onto another learning activity – I will cover any misconceptions when we return.

Please do not race through trying to complete every task. Take your time and aim to produce pieces of quality work. This means your best!

Home Learning Project Week 1

Good luck, and keep smiling!

Mr Davis

P.S. - A message from East Devon Countryside team:


During the coronavirus social distancing measures, the Wild East Devon Education Rangers are still working to get young people outdoors into their gardens as part of their home learning. They are posting instructional videos of ideas of how to take education outside. Activities include Map Making, Ice Eggs, Bird's Nests, Blossom Crafts, Stick Skeletons and more.

The activities cover different areas of the curriculum and can be adapted for children across the primary age range. Most of the activities that we outline will be things that have been tried and tested over the years with the primary school groups that we work with.

Even the smallest garden provides access to nature and natural materials which make great (and free) learning resources. Mess, noise and physical movement are also easier in the garden! Those without gardens can still have a go at most of the activities by collecting materials during their daily exercise walk to use back at home. Research shows that spending time outdoors improves our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

There’s more ideas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @wildeastdevon.


PE Ideas

Please have a go at these PE activities.

25 things to do to keep busy - these ideas may give you further inspiration.


Home learning update: 18th March 2020.

If you are currently at home self-isolating, here are some learning tasks for you to be getting on with. We will shortly be providing you with an exercise book to work in, but in the meantime please do your work on paper and stick it in when you get the excercise book.

18th, 19th and 20th March 2020

You have your topic homework ongoing, along with Phizifit, 30 mins reading each day, reading journal tasks, keeping up with times tables and spelling practice and following your own art/music/P.E./etc interests.

Throughout this week, below are some tasks that we will be covering in class.

Please complete to the best of your ability and circumstances, don’t forget regular breaks. 3 hours per day over three days should give you enough time to complete the following:


Write a rough draft of a letter to George Eustice, the head of DEFRA, persuading him to extend the River Otter Beaver Trial, and to release beavers into the wild across the UK.

Remember to include:

  • Persuasive features that we learned in class
  • Layout of a letter (Address in the corner, Dear Mr. Eustice, etc.)
  • Check and edit spellings, sentences and details.

Aim for one side of A4.


Practical fractions. Think about situations where you would need to use fractions, and have a go at finding fractions of amounts. For example:

  • Cooking. Can you follow a recipe for a half/a third/a quarter of the people in the original. Year 4s, What about cooking for one and a half times the original people, for example if the recipe is for 6, cook it for 9 people.
  • Take a random selection of Lego bricks, can you find what fraction are yellow/cubes/etc. Year 4s, try changing the whole to a sub-selection (of all the yellows in my hand, what fraction are less than 6 spots, etc.) Don’t forget to simplify the fractions if you can.
  • Measure some objects, how long would each section be if you cut it into half/thirds/quarters/etc.?


See if you can find some photos of the Bronze Age stones at Merrivale on Dartmoor.


What do you think these would have been for?

Draw and colour a picture showing how this important site might have looked to a visitor seeing it for the first time thousands of years ago. Remember to include all the materials that have since rotted away: Wood, cloth, thatch etc., and all the people visiting for a big ceremonial event.


How are magnets used around the home? How many items can you find that use magnets?


Physical Activity

These ideas will help if you are looking for inspiration with different ways to stay active.


David Walliams is reading a new story each day att 11am




More details will follow at the end of the week or when/if the situation changes.

Good luck, and stay as active and healthy as you can.

Mr Davis.





Welcome to Woodpeckers Class. See Curriculum Map

We are a class of year 3 and 4 children taught by Mr Davis, and Ms Matchett and Mrs Shackleton. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Southard and Mrs Paul.

This term we are learning about The Blue Abyss.

We are learning about the oceans and seas of the world, the animals and plants that live there, and how humans have affected this environment.

Home learning.

Pupils have alternate half terms focussing on spellings and times tables. There are low-key weekly tests but the focus is on the childen applying these skills in their day-to-day learning. Children will need to read as much and as widely as they can, 5 days per week minimum, and there will be occasional topic projects as and when relevant.