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Summer Newsletter 13 [Friday 16th July]

Dear Parents & Carers


It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Mrs Barnes is leaving Woodlands. She has been a much-loved member of staff since 2002 & has helped countless numbers of Woodlands’ pupils with their learning in her role as TA. She is such a caring, kind-hearted person & always put the interests of the children first. Everyone at Woodlands would like to wish her well for the future – I’m sure she’s looking forward to being able to spend more time with her grandchildren. We will miss her – not only in the classroom but the staffroom too.


Our Y6 children have been spending their last few days at Woodlands taking part in a range of activities: an afternoon on Formby beach making sand castles & sand sculptures; an evening round the campfire toasting marshmallows; a night under canvas on school field; a full day at Go Outside pushing themselves to their limit. Today they’ve enjoyed a picnic on the school field followed by an open-air disco with DJ Alex. I must say thank you to the staff in Y6; it would have been easy for them to organise a couple of low-key events & send Y6 on their way. Mrs Hughes, Miss Pickford & Mrs Rimmer have been determined to give our leavers the best possible send-off – what they have managed to organise has been simply spectacular – the children are very lucky to have such dedicated staff. Please look at the ’Latest News’ section of the school website to see lots of photos from the last few days.


In September, we will be contacting you about parental vacancies on our governing body for. Please keep an eye out for details of how you could be part of helping shape the future of Woodlands. Parent input is vital for the effective running of our governing body.


For the final time this academic year, here’s this week’s conversation starters to help you find out about your children’s learning.



What is your favourite thing to bake?

{The Gingerbread Man}


Reception [Red & Blue]

Can you find things that are heavy & things that are light (around the house)?

Use the vocabulary ‘XXX is heavier than XXX’ and ‘XXX is lighter than XXX’



Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

Who were the Celts?

{History topic: ‘Prehistoric Briton’}


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

How was a ‘helburner’ used by the Navy during the invasion of the Spanish Armada?

{History topic: ‘Tudor Monarchs’}


Y5 [5D & 5/6P]

How many metric & imperial units can you name?

{Maths topic ‘Converting Units’}


Y6 [5/6P & 6R]

What’s your favourite moment from Formby beach, camp night or Go Outside?


[You are not allowed to choose something to do with food!]

{Y6 topic ‘Goodbye to Woodlands’ Parts I, II & III}


 Our attendance has crept up from 93.3% last week (which is poor) to 94.8% this week (which, unfortunately, is still poor).


I would like to remind you that school finishes next Wednesday (21 July) at 2pm.


I hope you have a good weekend.


Take care

KD Williams


Last word

I’ve decided to sell my Hoover…

it was just collecting dust.