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Newsletter 4 [Friday 25th September]

Dear Parents/Carers

 

We have now definitely settled into the rhythm of school life, both staff & pupils have got to grips with different routines, separate break time, staggered lunchtimes & Zoom assemblies.

 

Our children are part of the digital age. The internet is the most wonderful resource we have ever had. At the click of button we can find out about anything we want. It also is a point of vulnerability for children if they don’t use it safely… There are lots of stories in the press about the perils of the World Wide Web – some entirely made up, although sadly a lot are genuine. We cannot prevent our children living in this world. We need to teach our children how to safely navigate their way through the digital age. This needs to start from the minute they’re engaging with technology, in age appropriate way. At Woodlands, we talk to the children frequently about staying safe online – this starts from the Early Years right the way through to Y6. Not only have we built in eSafety units to our computing curriculum, every time the children go online, either in the computer suite or using our iPads, they are reminded of one of these rules:

  •  SAFE:

Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.

  • MEET:
    Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/videos of you then tell an adult straight away and report them together on www.thinkuknow.co.uk
  • ACCEPTING:
    Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you. 
  • RELIABLE:
    You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.
  • TELL:

          Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset,

          worried or confused.
 
If you get 10 minutes this weekend, please look through our ‘eSafety Information & Online Resources’ page on our school website (go to our home page https://www.woodlandsschoolformby.co.uk/ & click on the E-safety button at the bottom of the page. You can also find under the ‘Parents’ tab too.). There are some brilliant resources on here for parents of all primary age children – it’s not just there for the parents of our older pupils. Spend time looking through this page – I can assure you it’s the most important page on our website. In this day & age we need to ensure our children are safe online whether they are 4 or 11. 
 

Do you ever ask your child what they’ve been learning in school only to get told “nothing” or “I can’t remember”? Perhaps, especially with our older children, you just receive a monosyllabic answer or even a simple grunt. We do teach them – honest! Every week in this newsletter, to try & get the conversation going, each phase in school is going to share a specific question or talking point about that week’s learning. Hopefully, it will be useful & will help the children talk about their learning. Here’s this week’s selection:

Nursery

Tell me about Hairy MacLary & his walk with his friends

{‘Hairy MacLary from Donaldson’s Dairy’}

 

Reception [Red & Blue]

What was the boy in the story ‘Super Me’ scared of?

How did he overcome his fears?

{‘Super Me’}

 

Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

How do you know you smell with your nose?

{Science topic: Humans}

 

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

Which coloured crayon do you sympathise with the most? Why?

{English topic: ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’}

 

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

Tell me about Caliph Al-Mansur’s vision for Baghdad.

{History topic: Baghdad}

 

I’ve tried this out with our Y5&6 children– I was blown away by the responses I received! Make sure you don’t let them just say one thing in reply, ask them to tell you more of what they know.

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are discouraging visits to the school site where possible. However, we realise that prospective parents will want to see inside of school before making a choice. With that in mind, we have decided to offer parent tours of Woodlands. Prospective parents will have 2 options.

  1. A ‘tour’ during the school day, but only to the classroom their child would be starting in (we would not be entering the classroom, just observing from the doorway & there would be no contact with children).
  2. A tour around the whole school after school (4pm), but obviously the classrooms will not have any children in them.

Any prospective parents on the school tours would have to wear masks (as would the staff member conducting the tour), sanitise their hands on entry/exit & follow respiratory hygiene measures (i.e. cough/sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of their elbow). Please inform any parents of children who are due to start school in September 2021 that they can book a visit through the school office. We are happy to show parents of nursery age children (or families who have moved into the area) around our school too.

 

I would like to thank everyone who is following the guidance from Sefton in relation to wearing masks when visiting the school site – the staff at Woodlands really appreciate it. We’re working in an environment that’s busy & bustling & can have close to 400 people in it at times, with literally hundreds of parents & carers visiting the site each day. Anything that lessens the risk of any of us taking COVID-19 home to our loved-ones can only be a positive.

 

Finally, a few reminders from our Reception staff in Red & Blue classes:

P.E begins on Tuesday 29th September. Children are to come to school dressed in their outdoor P.E kit wearing their school shoes. We will change the children in to the trainers you have brought into school for the mile run. Please see parent information letter for further details. Reading books will be sent out on Mondays and Thursdays from next week. Please make sure you return the books on these days to ensure the books can be quarantined before being sent out to another family. We appreciate your understanding. J

 

Have a great weekend,

KD Williams

Headteacher

Last word

I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.

The jigsaw puzzle I bought said ‘3 to 5 years’

but I finished it in 18 months…


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