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Spring Newsletter 7 [Friday 26th February]

Dear Parents & Carers


As you are no doubt aware, Woodlands, like every primary school in England, will be open to all children again on Monday 8 March. I wanted to share the protocols & procedures in place to keep our school community safe, including drop-off & pick-up arrangements. Our full risk assessment will be published on the school website by the end of next week.



School uniform should be worn as normal from when the children return to school.


Measures for arriving at and leaving school

We would request that all adults to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school site (unless they are medically exempt). None of us want to wear masks, either indoors or out, however, I would ask everyone to respect the wishes of the staff at Woodlands for the few minutes they are on the school grounds each day.


From 8 March 2021, we will continue the ‘fluid drop-off’ system at the start of each day. Children can be dropped off at their classroom entrance between 8.45am & 8.55am. Hopefully, this will reduce crowding around in the playgrounds & classroom entrances – children will walk straight in & parents/children will not have to wait for the whistle to be blown.


The end time of school will vary for each phase bubble:


Reception [Red & Blue classes]: 3.00pm

Year 1 & Year 2 [Green, Purple & Yellow classes]: 3.00pm

Year 3 & Year 4 [3A, 3/4M & 4G]: 3.10pm

Year 5 & Year 6 [5D, 5/6P & 6R]: 3.20pm


Woodlands Nursery class will continue to have fixed drop-off & pick-up times:


Nursery am: 9.05am 11.30am

Nursery pm: 12.30pm 2.50pm


A fluid drop-off & a staggered pick-up will ensure that the adults and children on site can distance appropriately and it will reduce the risk of children coming in to contact with children from other bubbles. It is acknowledged that this will be difficult for some families of multiple children.


We would request that only one parent/carer per family accompanies their child/children onto the school grounds. If children cycle or scooter to school, then they are to use the storage area at the back of the infant hall to lock their bike/scooter securely.


Parents mustn’t congregate at the ‘drop-off’ point, they should instead arrive between 8.45am & 8.55am and then depart.


At pick-up time parents must not arrive early or late. They must collect their children on time so that teachers can release children safely. The playground will be open to parents to briefly wait in before their children are released to them. Whilst parents are waiting, social distancing must be adhered to.



Parents must not enter the school building at any time. If parents need to contact teachers, a telephone consultation must be arranged through the school office [01704 87644 /]. The school office should not be accessed by parents unless through prior arrangement via a call or email.



The school kitchen will be operating as it was in the autumn term.



Other news


I’d like to remind you about our ‘Book in a Box’ activity for World Book Day on Thursday 4 March. We’d like your children to create a “Book in a Box”. They will need a box, which can be a cereal box, shoe box or equivalent. Ask your children to choose their favourite book & decorate the box (inside and out) to represent the book:

  • draw, cut out pictures or make models of the characters or significant objects from the book;
  • they could recreate a particular scene from the book;
  • include interesting quotes from the text;
  • don’t forget to include the title and author of the book too;
  • make it as colourful and exciting as it can be.

Please send a photograph of their “Book in a Box” to your child’s class teacher via Google Classroom by 4 March. The photos will be posted on the class pages of the school website. You can create a separate “Book in a Box” for each child you have at Woodlands or you can produce one “Book in a Box” from your family – it’s entirely up to you. Feel free to Google “Book in a Box” for inspiration!

We can’t wait to see everyone again on 8 March – only 10 sleeps to go!


Take care

KD Williams


Last word

What do you call a magic Labrador?

A labracadabrador!