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Summer Newsletter 3 [Friday 30th April]

Dear Parents & Carers


You’ll be happy to hear that it’s a (relatively) short newsletter this week.


I’d like to start with some sad news: Paddy, our wonderful school crossing patrol person (lollipop man to most of us), is going to retire. Though not employed directly by the school, Paddy has always been part of Woodlands’ family, so it’s with mixed emotions that we’ll say farewell to him – we are happy he’s moving on to the next stage in his life but will miss his presence outside the school gates. He has helped our children & families cross Woodlands Road safely for a good number of years. Always cheerful, Paddy has a wicked sense of humour too - his positive attitude is such a good example to all of us. He treats everyone with kindness & respect, but has never been averse in reminding people when their parking is unreasonably poor/ridiculous/appalling (delete as appropriate). He has a phenomenal memory & knows so many of our children & parents by name. I know we’ll see him out & about in the village (probably in Costa!) so we’ll be able to catch up with him & ask his opinion on the form of his beloved Everton FC. If anyone would like to send in a donation towards a retirement gift for Paddy, please mark the envelope ‘Paddy’s Gift’ & send it in to the school office. Paddy’s last day will be Tuesday 11 May. Everyone at Woodlands would like to wish him well in his retirement – we will miss him. The world needs more people like Paddy.


Our parents evenings continue next week for Y1&2 & Y5&6. If you have not booked one through the online form (which is now closed) but would like to talk to your child’s teacher about how your child is doing at school, you will have to contact the school office (01704 876444 / to see if one can be arranged. [Y1&2 Green, Purple & Yellow: Tuesday 4 May / Y5&6 5D, 5/6P & 6R Thursday 6 May both 1.30pm – 5.30pm]


Please visit the class pages on our school website. You’ll see what the children have been up to recently: nursery have been settling into their new classroom & carrying out lots of learning based on the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’; reception have been learning different ways to make the number 10, practising the ‘ur’ digraph & investigating how craters were formed on the moon; Y1&2 have been busy making (& tasting) their own fruit salad, designing a penguin enclosure & taking part in Forest School with Mr Anderson; Y3&4 have been busy dramatising the book they’re reading (‘The Black Hat’) & producing some wonderful sketches as part of their architecture topic; Y5&6 have carried out a fascinating science into zip-wires & friction.


Here’s this week’s ‘nudges’ to help you begin a conversation about your child’s learning this week:  



Tell me about the life-cycle of a chicken?

{‘Understanding the World}


Reception [Red & Blue]

How many different ways can you make 10?

{Maths topic}


Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What do we mean by ‘good hygiene’?

{DT topic: ‘Fruit Salad’}


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

What is friction & how could it affect a cyclist’s journey?

{Science  topic: ‘Forces & Magnets’}


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

What do you know about New Zealand?

{Geography topic: ‘New Zealand & the South Pacific’}


This week, we have only had a one class achieve 100% in their attendance this week so congratulations to Blue Class. Our overall attendance for this week has dropped at touch to 97.4%.


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


I hope you all have a good weekend & are able to enjoy the extra day! We’ve had a few phone calls asking if we’re open on Monday, we’re not – it’s a bank holiday - so we’ll see you all again on Tuesday 4  May.


Take care

KD Williams


Last word

How did Mr Cheese paint his wife?

He Double Gloucester…

Thanks to Mr Anderson for this joke