Ripley Infant School

Growing and Learning Together


Welcome to Woodpeckers.


Our class teachers are Mrs Ottewell and Ms Gerrard, and our teaching assistant is Mrs North. Mrs Ottewell is in class from Monday to Wednesday, and Ms Gerrard is in class on Thursdays and Fridays.

In Woodpeckers, we work hard to achieve our best, and have fun doing it, being PROUD of everything we do in school. In the mornings, we have phonics, literacy and numeracy and in the afternoons we learn about our topic for the term through all other Foundation subjects such as History, Geography, Art and Design, PE and Music.


Our topics this year are:

  • Poles Apart
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • London’s Burning
  • The Golden Ticket
  • Picture Perfect
  • Term 6 will be a new topic depending on the children’s choice and interests.  

Miss Wilson is our school sports coach and she teaches us PE on Wednesday afternoons. Ms Gerrard also teaches us PE on a Friday morning. Please make sure your child has PE shorts and a top with their name in. They can also bring in joggers for when we go outside.

Every Friday we set maths homework to be handed in by the following Wednesday for marking. Your child will bring home a homework folder for you to keep all homework in throughout the year.

On Monday, we set spelling homework to practise for the week and both classes compete against each other to find the most words with that spelling rule. Some spellings will be differentiated and your child will have two activity suggestions to help them practise.

We would appreciate it if you could also hear your child read at home during the week as this will help with their fluency and understanding of the books they read. We know life can be busy but reading is a life skill your child will need. Please sign their home reading record to show that you have read, and your child can change their book any day of the week.

Every term we will set topic homework for your child to complete. It may be in the form of a model, picture or a piece of writing. Children will then vote anonymously for their favourite and children with the most votes will receive a prize. Children who have entered will always receive a small prize too. We love seeing what children come up with and we always get some very creative pieces of work!