Ripley Infant School

Growing and Learning Together


Welcome to Woodpeckers, Year 2.

Mrs Ottewell and Mrs Pywell are our class teachers and their trusty sidekick is Mrs North. There will always be one of us on the door in a morning to pass on any messages you may have.

In Woodpeckers we work hard, support each other, try our best and most importantly learn whilst having lots of fun. We have numeracy and literacy lessons every morning, and we use the Letters and Sounds programme to supplement our phonics lessons. In the afternoons we do topic work covering all foundation subjects like art, history and geography, based on the topic for that term.

Our topics this year are:

Our topics this year are:

  • I Aspire
  • Poles Apart
  • Great Fire of London
  • The Golden Ticket
  • Healthy Planet, Happy Planet
  • Down, down deeper and down

PE lessons are often supported by our professional coach Miss Wilson, and our slots are on Wednesday and Friday.

Each week we set maths homework on a Friday, to be handed in by the following Wednesday, for marking and renewing. A piece of creative, topic homework is set each term. At the end of that topic we have a homework competition where the children pick their favourite piece (anonymously) and the top three win a prize and certificate. All children that complete the homework also get a little reward for taking part. We love seeing all the individual and creative entries.

There are plenty of other opportunities for praise and celebration too! We have a star of the week every week that gets a prize, certificate and their photo displayed on our star of the week board, Every Friday a child is entered into the Golden Book for a special school assembly that their parents are invited to attend. This can be for anything. We also have a special writing assembly, and many other opportunities for acknowledging all the wonderful things our children do and achieve. This is extra to our day to day praise and stickers – we believe that a little praise goes a long way.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office, Mrs Ottewell, Mrs Pywell or Mrs North for support.