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Spring Newsletter 11 [Friday 26th March]

Dear Parents & Carers


We’ve had a brilliant 3 weeks with everyone back at Woodlands! Your children have been magnificent. They have come back to school with such a positive attitude: eager to see their friends, eager to continue their learning. We couldn’t have asked for more. They are a real credit to you.


When the children return to school after Easter, the gate onto the junior playground next to main entrance (car park) will be permanently closed, due to the imminent opening of our expanded nursery. If you need to access the junior playground, you will need to use the double-gated entrance further along Woodlands Road or enter the school site from Wicks Lane.


Here’s this week’s ‘nudges’. Hopefully, they will allow you to begin a conversation with your children about their learning. This will avoid the usual answers to the question ‘What have you done at school today?’ Familiar responses (especially in Y5&6) include: Don’t know / I’ve forgotten / Nothing / I can’t remember / What school?



Can you name common farmyard animals & the special names for their babies?

[e.g. pig/piglet, horse/foal, cat/kitten, sheep/lamb, etc.]

{‘Understanding the World’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

What 3D shapes can you find around the house?



Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

Can you recall the architectural features of St. Paul’s Cathedral?

{Art topic: ‘Architecture & Buildings’}


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

What do you think happened to ‘The Lost Thing’ once it stepped into the new world?

{English ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan}


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

What are the 4 techniques used in clay work?

{Art topic: African Art – Benin clay relief tile}


There are a couple of attachments today: one is a flyer ‘All Together Now” offering a series of autism-centred workshops for parents & carers over the next couple of months; the other is the first edition of a digital magazine ‘All About Family’ magazine which is written by parents for parents (they state: We work by the philosophy that ‘if you don’t know, you don’t know’, so hopefully there will be some help you might want or didn’t know you wanted within the magazine).


After the Easter break we will be arranging parents evenings for pupils in reception to Y6. We will let you know how your children have settled back into school life (both academically & socially) & how you can help them at home.


This week, we have had just a single class achieve 100% in their attendance this week – congratulations to Yellow Class (Mrs Chapman). Our overall attendance for this week was has fallen to 95.2%, which is well below where we would want it to be. Maybe after the break we can improve on this figure.


We had 6 classes who had no late marks this week: Red Class Yellow Class, 3A, 3/4M, 4G & 5/6.  There were 7 late marks across the whole school.


Just a reminder that the summer term will begin for the children on Tuesday 13 April.


I hope you all have a good break over Easter & that you manage to safely catch up with family & friends.


Take care

KD Williams


Last word

I’d like to tell you a joke about construction…

but I’m still working on it

Thank you to Michael for this joke