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        Our Teacher

Mrs Emma Norman

About Woodpecker Class

Woodpecker Class welcome you to their page and hope you enjoy looking at some of their exciting activities in the photo gallery at the bottom of this page.


Woodpecker Class caters for pupils in upper KS3 and KS4.  The students are of mixed ability with a range of learning styles; however, they work well together as a whole class or in smaller differentiated groups. 

Students are taught following the guidelines of the National Curriculum which is tailored to their individual needs. Those in Year 9 and above also access the adult curriculum functional English, mathematics and ICT as appropriate; accreditation Transition challenge occurs via ASDAN and functional qualifications in English, maths, ICT if appropriate in Year 11. Independent learning is encouraged and students are well supported, and staffing ratios reflect the developing autonomy of our students, and through observation and support students gain confidence in their own knowledge and abilities. Independent living skills form a large element of overall curriculum delivery to ensure students develop age appropriate functioning and aspirations.  

Learning is fundamentally practical with interpretation and recording of activities occurring through the use of ICT, symbols or traditional methods. The foundation subjects are taught through the school’s termly theme, this makes the learning purposeful, practical and engaging. Personal, Social and Health Education is an important part of daily life in Woodpecker class, each member of the class has designated roles and responsibilities which they carry out daily or weekly to develop independence and assist the organisation of the class.

English lessons cover a range of genres from fictional texts, poetry and non-fiction, writing including language of instructions, non-chronological reports and recounts. The students have regular focused handwriting sessions, individual and guided reading sessions where the students use their phonics skills to decode, as well as opportunities to discuss texts and carry out comprehension activities. Mathematic lessons focus on number and place value, using all four operations in practical situations as well as measure including the basic understanding of time and money. Students learn the value of coins and purchase items through the class tuck shop, role play and visiting local supermarkets for their weekly cooking enterprise. In science students develop scientific enquiry through practical experiments and observation.

This website will provide your child with a link to bugclub books.

Please ask the class teacher for an individual login for your child to access books set by his/her class teacher.  The school code is emnc.


Nicki Gilbert


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