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Summer Newsletter 7 [Friday 28th May]

Dear Parents & Carers


Since Paddy’s retirement, Sefton have found it difficult to find a replacement for our school crossing patrol person. This has resulted in the crossing not being staffed at times. Please be careful when coming to school with your children - we are the only school in Formby that does not have a mandatory 20 mph speed limit at their main entrance. If your children come to school unaccompanied please remind then how to cross safely. I would also like to remind people not to congregate at the school gate, particularly after school. I have had a couple of reports of families having to step on to the road because the pavement has been so crowded. It would be better to wait on the junior playground rather than block the pavement outside school.


I would like to thank all Woodlands staff for working so hard over this last half term. I am lucky to have such wonderful staff who are so dedicated to the children in their care.


Here’s this week’s conversation starters to help you find out about your children’s learning (as for nursery’s question – surely the answer is to be able to fly?).



Imagine you had a magical power. What would you like to be able to do?

{‘The Magic Porridge Pot’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

What are tricky words?

How many can you remember?

How many can you find in your reading book?



Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

What is the same & different about life in a Kenyan village & life in a Kenyan town?

{English topic: ‘Lila & the Secret of Rain’}


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

Explain the best feature of your ‘Parent Pleaser’ machine.

{English topic: ‘Explanation texts’}


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

What are the 3 different basic types of print?

{Art topic: ‘Pictures that go further’}


This week, only one class achieved 100% in their attendance, so congratulations are in order for Blue Class. Our overall attendance for this week has fallen to 94.5%, which is the lowest for some time.


We had an impressive 8 classes who had no late marks this week: Red Class, Blue Class, Yellow Class, 3A, 3/4M, 4G, 5D & 6R. There were 7 late marks across the whole school which is good.


Thank you to everyone who has completed our governing body’s RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) parental questionnaire so far; the survey will close on 11th June at midday.

Link to the supporting materials on the Governors’ page of the school website

Link to the survey on Google Forms


I hope you all have a lovely break over half term. The children deserve a good rest – they have worked hard since Easter. When I think back to the start of my career*, the change in educational standards is incredible – so much more is expected of children (& their teachers & TAs) now – the standard of work they are capable of producing is astonishing.  Don’t forget to visit the class pages on the school website to see some of what they’ve been up to.

*Some of the children in Woodlands now are the children of the children I used to teach when I first started teaching :/


Take care

KD Williams


Last word

What is an archaeologist?

Someone whose career is in ruins…