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Newsletter 11 [Friday 20th November]

Dear Parents/Carers


Just a reminder, if a member of your household takes a COVID-19 test because they have symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of sense of taste/smell), then the rest of the household, including any siblings, need to isolate until the results are known. If the result is positive, the rest of the household need to isolate for 14 days (the person who tests positive must isolate for 10 days). If the result is negative, nobody in that household needs to continue to isolate. I must admit my staff & I are becoming increasingly frustrated with children telling us that they’ve attended birthday parties at other children’s houses or gone on ‘play dates’. While we understand that families may need help with childcare from time to time, the holding of birthday parties under the current circumstances seems extraordinary. We are doing all we can to help keep your children & our staff safe during the pandemic & to hear that we have households (not just children) mixing outside of school (& in each other’s’ houses) is disappointing.


At this time of year, our children would normally be preparing to take part in a whole series of Christmassy events: the junior choir would be warming up their vocal chords before delivering a series of wonderful concerts at various locations around Formby (including Formby’s Village Nativity); Y3&4 would be holding their traditional Christmas Carol singalong (#bubléfreechristmas) & bringing a tear to the eyes of parents & grandparents alike; parents & carers would usually be invited into school to help the reception children make their fabulous party hats. Sadly, these things will not be happening this year. However, we are pleased to say that our staff have been putting their heads together to ensure at least some of Woodlands’ Christmas traditions can still take place. Y1&2 will be performing ‘Straw & Order’, a version of the Nativity Story – whilst we will not be able to invite an audience, we will be recording the play so that families will be able to watch it from the comfort of their homes. Reception will also be filming their Christmas show – it’s still being written but has the working title ‘We’re Going on a Christmas Elf Chase’ (Woodlands’ elves’ Complaints Department was inundated with strongly-worded objections to the use of the word ‘Hunt’ in the original title – luckily, a compromise was able to be reached with the staff of Red & Blue classes). Holly the Chef’s world-famous Christmas dinner will still be taking place – this is provisionally booked for Wednesday 16th December (details to follow). We are also looking forward to the arrival of our Christmas trees when every child will make a decoration to be hung from the tree in the junior hall – we do not have a ‘themed’ tree at Woodlands, our tree is a riot of decorations & a kaleidoscope of colours!


I had an email from a parent/carer saying how useful they found the weekly ‘nudges’ with regards to the children’s learning each week – I’m pleased that at least one person finds them worthwhile!

Here’s this week’s questions / talking points:



Talk about the different feelings of the characters from Goldilocks & the Three Bears

{‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

Can you explain what festival you have been looking at this week?

How have you celebrated it in class?



Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What are the similarities & differences between a cat & a crocodile?

{Science topic: ‘Animals’}


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

Can you describe what happens to food in the digestive system?

{Science topic: ‘Teeth & Digestion}


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

Why did Britain build an empire?

{History topic: ‘The British Empire’}


Please check out the Class Pages on our school website to see what your children have been up to Your children’s teachers put a lot of time & effort into updating these regularly – why not send the link to Great Aunt Mabel in Tazmania so that she can see what your children have been doing in school?


At Woodlands, your children’s safety online is always at the forefront of our minds – I’d like to highlight the Think U Know #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs – they are still available online (click on the links) for you to use at home with your children. These include fun activities, conversation starters and practical tips on topics such as:

These are brilliant resources – we know how important it is for children to be able to talk to their parents/carers about what they do online – if something goes wrong (cyberbullying, coming across inappropriate material, etc.) it is vital they are able to talk to a trusted adult about what’s happened.
Congratulations to 3 classes this week, all of them achieved 100% in their attendance – well done to 3A  & Blue Class, but huge congratulations to Red Class who have hit 100% attendance for the third week on the run!
Have a lovely weekend.
KD Williams


Last Word

My poor knowledge of Greek mythology

has always been my Achilles elbow.