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Newsletter 7 [Friday 16th October]

Dear Parents/Carers


Today, your child (Year 1 – Year 6) will be bringing home information about Google Classroom & how to log on to it. We feel this will be an excellent addition to our current provision. It will improve our delivery of homework and, if needed, home learning. If we move into another ‘lockdown’ situation, teachers will be able to set work remotely, interact with pupils in ‘real time’ and have a record of who is accessing the work. Initially, we will be setting a short homework task to complete over half term to ensure that everyone is able access Google Classroom – all you need is a device that can connect to the internet. Our EYFS classes, nursery & reception, would access any home learning through the Class Pages on the school website as before.


I know one or two of you have been asking members of staff if we’re going to be closing for an extra week at half term (one week holiday, one week home learning). We are not aware that this is going to happen, but then again, throughout the whole of this period, we have not been privy to any decision until it has been announced. You will be first to know if we hear anything.


I’ve got a couple of pleas from our staff in the school office. Firstly, please ensure you have returned the data information sheets - it’s vitally important that contact details we hold for you children are up-to-date.  Also, please check that your child leaves home with everything that they need for that day – we are trying to avoid our office staff having to make unnecessary visits to classrooms. All sorts of items are being left at the office for ‘delivery’: changes of clothes for forest school; swimming kits that have been left in various bizarre locations around houses; packed lunch boxes abandoned in cars; a single glass slipper that had been left behind after a palace ball…


Our nursery children & staff returned on Tuesday. The children bounced through the doors & settled back into Woodlands’ routines within a few minutes – it was lovely to see.


We’re holding parents evening for Y3&4 and Y5&6 on Monday and for Y1&2 on Tuesday. Remember, the phone call you receive during your allocated time slot should be from a withheld number. Our reception parent evenings seemed to run smoothly on Wednesday, although I do wonder if one parent picked up on the strange noise (a sort of muffled yelp of alarm) from Mrs Fortune halfway through their appointment. As she was talking, the legs of the chair she was sitting on slowly buckled & she sank (gracefully?) to the floor. Like the trooper she is, Mrs Fortune continued the phone call from a horizontal position, only picking herself up once the call was finished!  I wish I had been there to see it. [There are a couple of photos of the actual chair below]


I hope some of you have tried to ask your children the questions / talking points to help you find out a wee bit more about your children’s learning during the past week. They are meant to be a ‘gateway’ into talking about the subject in more depth. Here’s this week’s selection:


What sort of things would you like to do if you could spend

an afternoon exploring in a forest?

{‘On a Magical Do-Nothing Day’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

Where do elephants live?

What do they eat?

{Non-fiction focus}


Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What is the difference between a colour & a tint?

{Art topic: ‘Elements of Colour’}


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

What happened at Marathon?

Why do we now use the word to describe a 26 mile race?

{History topic: ‘Ancient Greece}


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

Following your online safety lessons, tell me about:

  1. false photography
  2. SPAM
  3. citing a website
  4. how to create a strong password
    {Computing topic: ‘E-Safety’}

We’re currently in the middle of one of our whole school book English topics. The children, from nursery to Y6, have been reading ‘On a Magical Do-Nothing Day’ by Beatrice Alemagna. It’s a wonderful tale, celebrating the power of nature, with beautiful illustrations from the author herself. You can read a review of the book here We have previously used another of Beatrice Alemagna’s books, ‘A Lion in Paris’, as a whole school read – it is an astonishing book too, with themes of acceptance & identity running throughout it.


I’d like to say a big thank you to anyone one who has sent in their loose change to school as part of FOWSA’s class ‘Coin Wars’. It really is an ingenious way of raising money in these times – as ever, the members of FOWSA step up to the plate when needed. Thank you! The ‘winning’ class gets to spend the money they have raised on whatever they, along with their teacher, decide. Rumour has it that Mrs Rimmer’s class are thinking of buying playground equipment they can use at lunchtimes, Miss Morgan’s class are supposedly eyeing up some footballs & Mr Grant’s class have reportedly been seen checking out the ‘Just Eat’ website (other food delivery companies are available).


Have a great weekend,

KD Williams



Last word

I wrote a song about a tortilla.

Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.