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Update: VE Day, TT Rock Stars challenge & much, much more...

Dear Parents/Carers


Well, that’s 6 weeks over. I hope you & your loved ones are safe ‘n’ sound & are managing to occupy your time. At least the weather looks as though it will improve a wee bit over the coming days.


If we’d been in school next week, we had grand plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Friday 8th May), ensuring the children were aware of the why this date is so important to the history of our country. As always, the BBC is a good source of information for this. BBC Bitesize have a wonderful event: BBC Teach Bring The Noise, in collaboration with the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has launched an online singing and music education activity to inspire children aged 4 to 7 to learn new music-making skills to commemorate VE Day 75. Whether at home with family or with teachers at school or working virtually, children can learn to sing along and perform the bespoke Bring the Noise campaign song Take You Home, and reflect on the impact that leaving, missing and coming home had on those who served and their loved ones. While CBBC’s Newsround programme will see its viewers sit down with their older relatives to discuss their memories of the day, what happened, what it meant to them and how it made them feel.


There is also a decent free resource pack to download from Discovery Education which has a range of activities related to VE Day & WWII.


I have a message from Mr Grant (& the rest of the teachers at Woodlands):


What's that? You'd like somewhere to see the league tables of the house and class battles that have been going on in Timestable Rock Stars? 

Well you are in luck, a webpage has been launched for all your bragging needs.  Based alongside the class pages, you can now easily see which house is leading the table, which class is smashing the others, and all alongside downloadable and printable certificates for the top 3 players in each battle!  We will be updating the tables and MVPs weekly, along with weekly shoutouts for players who have the best accuracy, who have earned the most coins, who have the fastest speed and have answered the most correct answers. 

Well done to the following students winning the accolades for this week:-

Fastest correct answers

Laura P answering questions in 1.1 seconds

Most Coins in the last 7 days

Laura P 20112 coins

Best Accuracy in the last 7 days

Emily S 99%

Most Correct Answers in the last 7 days

Cole F 4582 correct answers

But wait that is not all!

Starting on Monday will be the first Staff vs Student battle, yes thats right, you will all be taking on the staff of Woodlands, I can say that I have it on good word, that Mrs Riding is extremely confident that she will be the MVP of the entire battle.

The Staff vs Student battle will run from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May, make sure you log on to ensure your sides victory, just 10 minutes a day could make all the difference!

Good Luck


As things stand, we are no nearer to knowing when schools will ‘reopen’ to a wider range of pupils – we do not have any more information on this than you do. Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, said, this week, that when schools do start to open to more pupils it will be phased, i.e. not all pupils will return at the same time on the same day. We have no more details than this, so it’s best not to speculate. As soon as we do have anything more concrete we will let you know.


As some children will be spending an increased amount of time online, I’d like to highlight the BBC Own It App which has been updated for COVID-19. The BBC's Own It app helps young people new to social media manage their well-being, whilst empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.
The Own It app and keyboard lets children:

  • get advice whenever they type
  • track their feelings
  • win badges as they reflect
  • find help when they need it
  • taking quizzes to learn more about themselves

The app also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to children when they need it. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
Further information can be found here:

Mr Williams’ challenge (V) this weekend is to enter the John Lewis & Waitrose competition to design a superhero teddy bear in honour of all the incredible staff at the NHS. The winning teddy will be sold in John Lewis & Waitrose shops later this year with 100% of the profits going to the NHS. Yes, that’s correct, I have stolen this idea from Y3&4 – sorry Mrs Chadwick! Click on the link below to read the terms and conditions and how to enter. You can even download a template to draw your teddy bear on. Have fun and be as creative and colourful as you can :) #DesignYourSuperBear

I’d like to thank everyone for the work you have been doing with their children at home – we love seeing what they’ve been up to. As I’ve said previously, it’s about doing what works for your family; that may involve devouring every single piece of work that’s posted on the website or just ensuring they’re keeping their reading going. Mind you after the challenge laid down by the teachers, I’d say Times Tables Rock Stars is a must too!

Take care, stay safe,
Keith Williams