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Newsletter 5 [Friday 2nd October]

 Dear Parents/Carers


October already.


As you will probably know, we had a nursery child test positive for COVID-19 & so Woodlands nursery will remain closed until Tuesday 13 October. We have 4 members of staff & 35 children self-isolating, with 4 other nursery pupils not having to isolate as they were not in school the previous 2 days before the child tested positive. From the beginning of next week, nursery staff will be posting daily activities for you to carry out with your children while they are not able to attend


Just a reminder, that if you, or someone in your household, has COVID-19 symptoms, your whole household needs to isolate until the test results come back. If the result is positive, the whole household must isolate for 14 days. If it’s negative, then everyone can just get on with what they should be doing.


I hope some of you were able to illicit a response from your children with last week’s questions / talking points with regards to what the children have been getting up to during the week. I think these questions give you a wee insight into some of the new topics we’ve introduced in the foundation subjects, such as history & art - there’s a particularly high-brow question from our Y5&6 staff – I had to ask some of the children to help me out with this one! Here’s this week’s selection:


Who’s your favourite character from the story?


{‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

How did the Rainbow Fish feel at the beginning of the story?

How did he feel at the end of the story?

Why did his feelings change?

{‘The Rainbow Fish’}


Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What kinds of jobs would a lighthouse keeper need to do?

{English topic: ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’}


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

What would life be like for a boy growing up in Sparta during Ancient Greeks times?

{History topic: ‘Ancient Greece’}


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

Do you prefer Rococo or modernist art? Explain what features you like & why.

{Art topic: ‘Style’}


Next week, on Friday 9 October, we are joining schools across the country to take part in #HelloYellow. We aim to show young people they are not alone with their mental health and raise vital funds for YoungMinds. YoungMinds vision is “to lead the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges” and their mission is “to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.” We are asking that the children come into school on that day wearing something yellow. This could be as much as a complete yellow costume or as little as a ribbon. It is up to you. In return, we ask that the children bring £1 to donate to YoungMinds. Looking after our children's well-being has never been more important.


In last week’s newsletter, I wrote about keeping our children safe on the internet. Childnet have produced a parent’s guide to TikTok. We know that increasing numbers of our pupils are using this app (even though it meant to have a minimum age limit of 13). Please take a few minutes to read the article (click on the link) to check how you can keep your child safe whilst they are using TikTok.


On Wednesday 14 October, children from Reception to Year 6 will be receiving their annual flu vaccine (a nasal spray) during the school day.  Your child will not receive their inoculation if you have not returned the ‘flu form’ or have opted out (on the form). As the NHS website states : “It's (the vaccine) offered every year as a nasal spray to children to help protect them against flu. Flu is caused by a virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children. It can also lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Children spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.”


We sent out a ParentMail today, explaining how this term’s parents evenings work, with a link to a Google Form - please complete the forms as soon as possible (by midday Wednesday 7 October). I just wanted to remind you that even though we are not operating our usual ‘open door’ policy currently, it does not mean you should not contact your child’s teacher during the year if you have any concerns about your child whatsoever, this could be worries about progress, friendship issues, anxieties, etc. Please arrange to speak to their teacher through the school office: 01704 876444 / You do not have to wait for a ‘parents’ evening’ in order to speak to your child’s teacher.


One final reminder, please do not bring any dogs on to the school site – no matter how small or cute you think they are.


Take care,

KD Williams



                                                          Last word

One bird can’t make a pun.

But toucan.