Quick Links

Quick Links

Dinton CE

Primary School

Google Services

Google Translate

Google Translate

Google Search

Google Search



Woodpeckers class is a small class of 11 children. They are taught by Mrs Podraza every morning before joining Kingfisher class for topics in the afternoon.

Monday 17th January


What a week last week was! The children were really engaged in  all our tasks and activities and the zoo theme proved to be really interesting.


In RE, we learned about who, when and where founded Judaism - it was fascinating to observe how much information the children were able to  retain from only 1 lesson - next day myself and Mrs Broomhead checked the understanding and the answers were really impressive. I love to see how well at thinking critically the children in our school are.  This week we will look at the symbols important in Judaism and will try and sort them from very important ones to those less important and why.


Next week in English we will focus on sequencing the story and think of alternative scenarios. How would the story could be written from the viewpoint of animals? We will continue with coordinate and subordinate conjunctions. 


In Maths, we are finishing off sorting objects into equal groups, making and reading arrays and making doubles to help us learn times tables - we will start with 2's, 5's and 10's. 


In Phonics we will continue with spelling, grammar and punctuation rules, in order to become fluent readers and writers. It was much delight moving some children up in their reading bands. Well done for reading daily, please continue to do so. The children are encouraged to independently put their read books in the basket to have them changed. Please make sure reading books and records are in their bags daily. 


What recently has become increasingly popular in Woodpeckers - most children started to write their own chapter books. I am delighted to see so much spontaneous  effort and I am really excited to hear the children read them out. 


Have an amazing week!

Welcome to Spring Term,


Our theme in English this term is Zoo. During this half-term, the children will learn to read a story at different levels and discuss fiction and non- fiction books. We will learn about conjunctions and use them in writing and learn how to combine sentences using subordination and coordination. The children will be encouraged to see things from different viewpoints, to ask questions about a text and use questions to improve writing. We will also continue to write and edit recounts. There will be an opportunity to explore poetry to recite with confidence and use a range of homophones. 


This links well with our Geography theme this term - we are learning about Biomes, plants and animals in different environments and climate zones. 


In Maths we start with mastering our multiplication and division skills by making and adding equal groups and then we will learn times tables and statisticks - tally charts and pictograms. 


Our theme in RE is Passover - Judaism and Prayer - Islam. 


Please check for detailed weekly updates,



Mrs Justyna Podraza



Christmas Fun

What a week last week was! The cherry on top was obviously our amazing nativity play -' It's a party!' Thank you those who could make it. I hope you had as much fun as I did :)

Monday, 22nd November 2021


We had a really eventful week last week and we are ready to focus and concentrate after a relaxing weekend.


In English, we will continue our Fairy Tales topic - the children will expand on writing their stories. We will also recap instruction reading, writing and following. We will try and follow some poor instructions as well as some really good instructions to compare results and appreciate the latter.


In Maths we will still be learning about money - it was really lovely to hear some lovely discussions about money, change, prices etc. whilst we were making some purchases at the gift shop during our recent trip. 


Next week will see us rehearsing for our nativity play. The children have been making an amazing progress.


Mrs Podraza

Monday 15th November 2021


Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and the children are ready for more challenges this week.


The most exciting element of this week will surely be our school trip - we are very excited that we can go to The Tutenkhamun Exibition in Dorchester to enhance our history topic - Ancient Egyptians. 


On Wednesday, we will be having a virtual visitor in our class - we will connect with the author Robert Starling to talk about his work.


In English, we will continue to work around Fairy Tales - so far the children have explored a variety of stories, acted The Three Wishes, written descriptions of different settings and characters, put their own story plan in place in order to help them write their own Fairy Tale. This week will see us finalising story drafts and writing the main story.


In Maths - it's all about money! The children have really enjoyed this topic and are very eager on going to greater depth with calculating and comparing money.


PSHE - It's Anti-Bullying week and our work will focus on this matter. We will think what bullying means, why people bully, what feelings it results in and what we can do to prevent it.


Please check for regular updates,

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Podraza

Monday 8th of November 2021


This week in English we will continue exploring the topic of Fairy Tales. Our focus will be the story settings. The children will describe various story settings and eventually will come up with their own, exciting setting. This will help us draw a story plan to write the fairy tale story the following week. 


In Maths we are starting a new topic - Money. I was surprised to see how much the children already know about money - this will help us count and compare money -pence, pounds, notes and coins. You may have some great helpers whilst out shopping !


In PSHE we have established that there are some stereotypes about boys and girls that can be hurtful. This week we will be thinking about differences and accepting the fact that boys and girl are different in some aspects. 


Topic will see us looking at ways of reducing single use plastic.  I can't wait to hear ideas and suggestions from the children. The future of our planet is in our hands!


Have a lovely weekend, stay safe and warm

Mrs Podraza

Monday, 1st of November


Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a delightful break.


This week in English we are starting to explore the Fairy Tales -  we will be looking at differences and similarities, settings, elements and characters. 


In Maths we are adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers using different methods -  putting the larger number in our head and counting back or forth, using the column method or our knowledge of number bonds. 


Our Topic this term is Looking after our planet - we will be looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint, supporting local farmers, saving electricity, water and fuel, buying second hand etc. So much to think about!


In RE we are still learning about Gospel, what good news Jesus brings us and what an amazing impact a prayer may have.


Have a wonderful week!

Mrs Podraza

Monday, 10th October 2021


This week, in English we will be trying to invent a healthy pizza. What flour could we use? Are there any toppings that could provide those five a day that we aim to eat daily? Who knows, perhaps we could compete with Dominoes? 


In Maths, we will be focusing on number bonds to 100, adding and subtracting in 1's,10's and 10 more and 10 lass than a given number.

Please continue using numbots - this week the children will get their certificates for a great effort they have been making. Well done!


In RE we will master our thank you prayers and in PSHE we will be chatting about making the right choices. 



Welcome to Woodpeckers class!


Monday, 4th of October


We will be continuously focusing on our topic in all areas of learning - Healthy Eating. Last week we followed a delicious recipe for a healthy rainbow fruit salad - it was a real pleasure to hear comments like 'This is the best lesson ever', 'Oh I can't wait to try this yummy salad'. What else I could ask for? Pictures to follow. 


In Maths we have been securing our knowledge and understanding of Place Value, Comparing objects and numbers - this week we will be focusing on Addition and Subtraction - Fact families, number bonds to 100, adding three 1 digit numbers.


In English, we will be exploring different types of recipes, inventing food packaging - our aim will be to understand what are and use imperative verbs, practise writing of expanded noun phrases and making our writing more interesting by adding adjectives to enhance our vocabulary. 


Religious education will see us learning about Gospel - we will think of different types of prayers and try to come up with our own, special prayers. Harvest Service is upon us - the children prepared some beautiful pictures and will have a couple of lines to say in church. 


PSHE - we have been thinking about rewards and responsibilities and come up with our Class rules - they would help us make the right choices and following them will certainly make our class a safe and inspiring place to learn and flourish.


Have a wonderful week - please do get in touch if you ever have any questions however big or small :)


Mrs Podraza