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Autumn Newsletter 2 [Friday 10th September]

Dear Parents & Carers


A you are no doubt aware, we are not operating ‘bubbles’ anymore now that the children have returned from the summer break. Measures are still in place: adults & children regularly to wash / sanitise their hands & the classrooms to remain well-ventilated. The government has announced that each school in England will be receiving CO2 monitors to check that rooms are well-ventilated; we do not have a delivery date for these devices but special schools have started receiving theirs from this week as they have a higher proportion of vulnerable pupils. Staff will be happy for you to pass on quick messages at the classroom door where possible. If you need to discuss something more at length with your child’s class teacher, please make an appointment through the school office 01704 876444 / (parents should not use Google Classroom to contact teachers).


During the first weeks of this term, our reception children will be taking the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA), which is described as follows:

“The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021.”

Please do not worry about your child taking a ‘test’. As ever, Woodlands’ staff will approach this with great sensitivity & your child will probably not even know they are being assessed. For those of you who want to find out a wee bit more, I have attached a short leaflet to the ParentMail version of this newsletter explaining the Reception Baseline Assessment.


We are holding two Open Mornings on Tuesday 5 & Thursday 7 October from 09:15-10:30. These are for those families who have children due to start in Reception in September 2022: families of children who are intending for their child to come to Woodlands & those who haven’t made up their mind yet. The visiting children (and parents) will work alongside our new reception intake & experience part of a morning at Woodlands. Please ensure that you inform any relatives or friends of these opportunities to visit – we’d hate anybody to miss out on gaining a place at Woodlands. Places are limited so booking is essential; please contact the school office 01704 876444 or email . I have attached a flyer to the ParentMail version of this newsletter with further details of these events.


Next Friday, 17 September, FOWSA (Friends Of Woodlands School Association) is holding a coffee morning in the junior hall between 8.30am & 10.30am. The reasons for this are two-fold: one to raise money for the wonderful charity Macmillan Cancer Research & two to give parents a chance to have a cuppa & chat. Feel free to drop in for as long as you like. FOWSA does an incredible job supporting the school through their many fundraising events – we would be lost without them! They're always on the lookout for volunteers to help then with their good works. You may just be able to offer a wee bit of time on the odd occasion or be able to commit to a longer term project or maybe you have a “particular set of skills” that would come in handy. However much, or little, you can offer will be gratefully received. Don’t worry, there will not be a hard sell at the coffee morning, if you just want a drink & a chat no one will try & twist your arm!


Here’s the first set questions of the new school year to help you start a conversation about your child’s learning during the week:



What is your favourite thing about nursery?


Reception [Red & Blue]

What areas in Reception (both indoor & outdoor) have you enjoyed exploring this week?


Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What does a human body need to survive?

{Science topic: ‘The Human Body’}


Y3&4 [3A, 3/4M & 4G]

What do you like about the way Roald Dahl describes his characters?

{English topic: ‘The Twits’ Roald Dahl}


Y5&6 [5D, 5/6P & 6R]

How did World War I begin?

{History topic ‘World War I’}


This week, 2 classes achieved 100% in their attendance – congratulations to 3A & 4C. Our overall attendance for this week 97.2% which is good - we always want it to be above 97%.


We had 8 classes who had no late marks this week: Red Class, Blue Class, Green Class, Purple Class, Yellow Class, 3/4M, 5/6P & 6R. There were only 4 late marks across the whole school which is great.


I am looking forward to seeing you at our parent information evenings over the next couple of weeks:

  • Y1&2  (Green, Purple & Yellow classes)Tuesday 14 September 5pm-6pm [junior hall]
  • Y3&4 (3G, 3/4M & 4C) Wednesday 15 September  5pm-6pm [junior hall]
  • Y5&6 (5D, 5/6P & 6R) Thursday 16 September  5pm-6pm [junior hall]
  • Reception (Red & Blue classes) Wednesday 22 September 3.30pm-4,30pm [reception class]


Enjoy the weekend

KD Williams


Last word

       A ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carry blue paint.               

The sailors were marooned…