Quick Links

The Gateway

Primary Academy

Google Services

Google Translate

Google Translate

Google Search

Google Search


Woodpeckers - Year 4

Welcome to Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers 2019-2020

Roots to Food


 Woodpeckers were thrilled to be joined by Roots to Food for a practical and interactive cooking session.

In small groups, the children constructed a chilli con carne from scratch. They learnt about all the different food groups and gained an understanding of what makes a healthy, nutritious meal. One group made a vegetarian chilli con carne using chickpeas. All of the children were taught how to prepare the food safely. For example, they were taught to use the bridge and claw techniques for chopping vegetables.  

The children thoroughly enjoyed their time learning how to make the popular Mexican dish. 

Just Different Workshop


As part of our Health and Wellbeing Week, the children were visited by Helen who was born with cerebral palsy. Helen uses a speech synthesiser and an electric wheelchair.

The children were eager to learn about Helen’s life and asked some very insightful questions about her childhood, how she lives her daily life and how she remains optimistic.  A few of the children were given the opportunity to operate Helen’s wheelchair to appreciate how Helen moves around.  They found that operating a wheelchair is a lot more difficult than it looks!

Woodpeckers enjoyed learning about people with disabilities and showed a great level of respect for our visitor.

A Viking Raid at The Gateway!


This term, Woodpeckers have been learning all about the Vikings. We were lucky enough to visit Kent Life and participate in a number of workshops to learn about the lifestyle of the people in the Viking era.


We learnt a number of battle tactics, played a strategy game called Tafl, made a Viking brooch, learnt about Viking trade and listened to stories about how the Vikings used boats to cover large distances. We also listened to stories about how the Vikings lived and learnt about how different their lives were to ours.


We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Vikings and being immersed into their way of life.



Woodpeckers have been working in small groups to design and build a mountain rescue vehicle that could be used in the Lake District.  They have been learning new skills such as using saws and wire cutters and combining the knowledge they had gained from their electricity topic with the geographical knowledge about mountains.  Once they had been built the children tested them on different surfaces around the school.

TASC day photos

Sound and Electricity


As me moved through term 2 the children have learnt about many aspects of sound and electricity.  They answered their own questions such as,how is sound made? How does sound travel? Why does sound get quieter the further away we travel?  Whilst exploring these questions the children were able to use a data logger for the first time and were challenged to make very careful observations.  They all took part in various investigations to enable them to think about sound in detail.

Sound Investigations

Vicious Vikings


During term 1 the children were all learning about Vikings and what life was like in England during this period of our history.  Throughout the topic the children learnt about where the Vikings came from and why they came to the United Kingdom.  They looked at different sources of information and their reliability about the raid at Lindisfarne.  As part of the topic we went to the Museum of Kent Life for a Viking day.  The children heard about Viking beliefs, made a Viking brooch, experienced a Viking raid and looked at how the Vikings traded with others.  All the children really enjoyed the experience and helped them develop their understanding of Vikings away from just vicious warriors.  Following on from this the children all made a Viking purse, with most of them learning to sew for the first time.   

Viking Day

Electric Cars!


Woodpeckers were incredibly fortunate to have a qualified engineer, Mrs Kennedy, join us for the day to put what we had learnt during our electricity topic in to practice.  Each group of children needed to build a chassis, attach axels and wheels, build the gears to turn the wheels and then finally complete an electric circuit, using a switch to turn the motor.  During the day all the children had the opportunity to safely use a saw, wire cutters and glue guns.  They all worked well in their groups to problem solve, measure accurately and construct their cars.  Well done to all the groups. 

Building Cars

E-Safety Workshop 


Keeping the children safe in the digital world is becoming increasingly difficult so we try hard to keep the children as informed as possible through our computing lessons, but also through drama workshops that can help put what we say into context.  This workshop for the whole of key stage two and looked at the problems with commenting on online posts and sharing images of others without permission. 

Electricity and Sound


During this topic the children all had an opportunity to carry out investigations designed to help them understand how sound and electricity travel.  The children have been trying really hard to make predictions and conclusions, specific scientific observations, to take accurate readings using data loggers, recording their results and finally generating more questions.     

Viking Trip to the Museum of Kent Life


As an important part of our Viking Topic the children took part in a number of workshops designed to enhance their knowledge of the Viking era.  The children looked at how the Vikings used boats to cover large distances, they listened to stories about their culture and how they believed the earth was formed, they played a typical Viking strategy game, became Viking traders and warriors and had the opportunity to attempt to make a Viking brooch.