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Woodpeckers – Year 1

Welcome to the Woodpecker Class!



Hello and welcome to the Woodpecker class page. My name is Miss Kitch and I am the teacher in the Woodpecker class from Monday to Wednesday. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching and have taught in both KS1 and KS2. I am also the Deputy Headteacher, SENDCo, English and Phonics Subject Leader and run the School Council.   I am particularly interested in different cultures and ways of life and have been to The Gambia several times.  During my time there I supported various projects in schools and their surrounding communities. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, camping and spending time with my family and friends.


Hello, my name is Mrs Pasqualino (Mrs P for short!) and I am the teacher in the Woodpecker class on a Thursday and Friday. I joined Coates Primary School in February and I'm excited to be teaching in Woodpeckers class this term. We have two fantastic topics, as well as lots of other exciting learning opportunities to look forward to.


We are really looking forward to teaching our different topics this year:


Autumn Term 1:- African Adventure

Autumn Term 2:- Read All About It!

Spring Term 1:- China

Spring Term 2:- Ship Ahoy!

Summer Term 1:-  Into the Jungle

Summer Term 2:- Walking with Dinosaurs          


Useful information


  • Weekly homework challenges include: spellings, reading and Bug Club.

  • Children are expected to read at home regularly and bring their reading book to school every day.

  • Weekly homework tasks take place every week during the first half of each term. They are set every Friday and are to be handed in every Wednesday.

  • Half Termly homework projects. These are set at the start of every second half of each term. Children are to choose at least 3 of the activities to complete at home. Completed homework is to be handed in on the Monday of the last full week of each half term.

  • If your child is having a school dinner then please share the different options available with them so that they know whether they are having the meat, vegetarian or salad option.

  • During the Summer term the children will complete their phonics screening test. This is a National test which all children in Year 1 are required to complete. We will be working towards these throughout the year.


We have a brilliant year ahead and we are really looking forward to working with the children and supporting them in their learning.  If you have any questions please feel free to come and see us.


Many thanks,

Miss Kitch and Mrs Pasqualino