Dear Parents / Carers,

Making and Tasting Ice Lollies

 

As part of our learning about the polar regions, next week we are going to be making ice lollies.

 

We will be using orange and blackcurrant squash only.

 

If you do not wish your child to partake in this sessions, please inform your child’s class teacher by the morning of Thursday 23rd January.

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this activity, please do not hesitate to get in contact with your child’s class teacher or myself.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs. Cheetham

EYFS Phase Leader

Weekly Memo 17th January

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

Did you know?

  • On Tuesday 21st January after drop off, there is a Phonics Screener Workshop for Year 1 parents.
  • Next week in our Cross Phase Pupil Voice sessions, we will be talking about what to do in school if we are worried about something.
  • We have started to post again on Twitter so do follow us!

 

Crisis Bake Sale Back on Friday 24th February

Following our Votes for Schools question, ‘Can anyone become homeless?’ one of our children were moved by the work of Crisis. Her family have asked to raise some money for Crisis by holding a bake sale after school on Friday 24th February, previously cancelled due to the sickness levels in school.

They will be selling cakes in the hut on the top playground with the proceeds being donated to Crisis. If you would like to purchase a cake, bake for the sale or just make a donation then they can be found there after school on Friday 24th February.

Reporting Attendance

As part of our continued work on Safeguarding we have now updated our Attendance Policy as request that families inform us of their child’s absence prior to the start of the school day, 9am. This will enable us to check absences more fully and earlier. Can we also remind families that you must report your child’s absence on every day they are off. Thank you for your assistance in advance.

 

Menu Change Thursday 23rd January

Please see the attached information about the menu change on 23rd January to celebrate Chinese New Year.

 

Uniform Update – Smart Watches

Please can we ask that children do not wear Smart Watches in school as they can cause a distraction to learning.

 

Have Your Say – New Style Parents’ Evening

 

Following feedback from families last summer, we have implemented a new style parents’ evening which focuses on your child’s attainment data and their attendance, and other areas if appropriate. Following your parents’ evening, you will have been handed two pieces of paper with this information about your child. To enable us to give you this information we have not had parents’ evening until the start of the Spring Term. We will repeat this at the start of the Summer Term where you will receive updated sheets. You will then receive a final version of these sheets in your child’s end of term report.

 

We would like to know what you thought of these new style parents’ evening. Please share your feedback by clicking here

 

Thank you to all the families who have taken the time to have their say about Birthday Sweets and the Jacket Potato option in KS1. We will report the results next week.

 

Library Update

We are currently working on developing our library. The PTFA have already gifted us £3000 for books and we hope to use further funding and the commission from the Book Fair to continue to increase the amount of books available for all children. We have had a move around of the furniture and have some great plans.

 

We now need help in reorganising and sorting the books. If you feel you can give up some time for this please do contact Sophie Pettit either on the playground or by email pettit@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk Any help is gratefully received!

 

In addition, we are requesting donations of books in good condition that you are deciding to get rid of. We can always welcome more books. We are particularly interested in expanding our Non-Fiction Section and are therefore asking for any Usborne Look/See Inside and Kids National Geographic books.

 

PTFA Messages

Chocolate Bingo Friday 7th February – TICKETS GOING FAST!!

See attached, we will be holding our first Chocolate Bingo event on Friday 7th February (6.30 doors open for 7pm start until 9pm) and now all profits will be going directly to buy books for the School Library.

It’s bingo and the winnings are chocolate! £5 per person including 6 rounds of bingo tickets.

You can book online at http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa  this link can also be accessed via the WPS APP. Nearly half the tickets have been sold so book soon to avoid disappointment.

All the family are welcome including children. There will be food and drink to buy (bargain prices as usual) and it’ll be a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

 

2nd Hand Uniform Sale TODAY!

TODAY! Friday – 17th January at morning drop off

Outside Woodies/Reception

Jumpers £1, other items mostly 50p, small change please

Please drop any unwanted uniform to school office prior to this

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thursday 30th January 7pm in the staffroom

Come and join us and get to meet the team, join the team if you want to get more involved, see what we have been doing and have your say!

We will be discussing spending projects to use some of our hard earned cash so if you have ideas please contact us on a admin@woodcoteptfa.org with your suggestions

Theatre Club : Now Booking

Ballet Cinderella – My First Ballet – at Churchill Theatre in Bromley

Sunday 10th May at 3 pm

 

Tickets are £22.50 for Band A and £20 for Band B, all stalls. Book here https://bit.ly/30ipTjo

 

Give your children their first taste of the magical world of ballet.

Enjoy everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story, in a beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards. With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s ravishing score, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out. Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous Ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the Ball. This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is performed by second year students of English National Ballet School.

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes including a 20 minute interval. Age recommendation 3+

We also have 4 tickets left for Mary Poppins, Prince Edward theatre on Thursday 7th May at 7.30pm

Mother’s Day

A bit premature but if you are feeling organised and in particular if you are booking the quiz or a show, you can ping us your £1 contribution for Mother’s Day presents now!

We do keep records of who has paid online and it’s takes the pressure off all those coins.

COMING SOON….

School Disco, Friday 3rd April!

This year there will be THREE discos on the same day for Years 1&2, Years 3&4 and Years 5&6

We need lots of helps to manage this, so save the date for your children and let us know if you can help on volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk

Class Dojos

This week’s winning Dojo Classes are;

 

Winning EYFS/KS1 Class – 2G                     Winning KS2 Class – 6P

 

Votes for schools

This week we discussed the following question in our Votes for Schools Assemblies.

 

This week’s question was… “Would you be a vegetarian?”. Assemblies took place in KS1 only

This week’s presentation can be found on our school website.

 

Next week will be having our Cross Phase Pupil Voice Sessions.

 

 

25th Purley (St. Mark’s) Scout Group

Beaver and Cub Places Now Available                                                                                 Our young people enjoy amazing weekly programmes, adventurous activities and camps.                            As Scouts, we give our young people the skills they need for life.  Each week we help young people to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

 

We welcome boys and girls and currently have a few places available as our young people move on to the next Section.  We meet in the Scout Hut at St. Mark’s Church, Church Road, Purley, CR8 3QQ.

Beavers:  Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm for young people age 6 to 8.                                                                   Cubs:       Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.15pm for young people age 8 to 11.

Interested in finding out more?  Visit our web site at http://www.25thpurley.org.uk and click on “join us”.

Dear Parent/Carer

YEAR 5 VISIT TO THE BRITISH MUSEUM – MONDAY 27TH JANUARY (5R) AND 31ST JANUARY (5H & 5T)

The children will be required to arrive at school for registration at 8.30am on the morning of the visit.

Your child will need:

  • full school uniform
  • a named coat
  • a small rucksack
  • a packed lunch (it must not contain any form of nuts) and a drink of water, squash or juice (no cans or glass bottles please, plastic bottles are the best option)
  • no money is needed and electronic games are not allowed

We will be leaving school at 9.00am prompt. Due to the distance and travelling time, we will not be able to wait for any children who arrive late.

 

We aim to arrive back at school at around 3.20pm. On return to the school, we will take all of the children back to their classrooms and dismiss them from there.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Yours sincerely

Year 5 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

ClassDojo

As of next week, our Reception classes will be using ClassDojo (in line with Years 1 to 6) as a way of rewarding positive behaviours seen in the classroom and around the school.

ClassDojo is an interactive tool where the children are awarded ‘Dojos’ for an array of things. For example, good sitting/looking/listening, being a kind friend, trying their best or being super creative to name just a few.

Each week, our Pupil Leadership Team will give raffle tickets to the two children in each class who have ‘earnt’ the most Dojos. Every half term, a raffle will then be drawn where some children across the school will have a chance of winning a £10 voucher.

As our Reception classes use Tapestry to record all observations and assessments, they will not be using the Class Story or Profile feature as in Years 1 to 6.

We politely request that parents and careers do not use the messaging function either to contact staff as this will not be monitored. Should you need to contact a member of staff, please telephone the school office or e-mail if you require a response.

Your child will bring home a letter this afternoon with an invitation code which will enable you to log in to their ClassDojo account and see the Dojos that they have been awarded in class.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Kind regards,

Miss Jo Garlick

Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour

Weekly Memo 10th January

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

Did you know?

  • Parents’ Evening appointments take place on the 14th and 16th January. Children in KS2 should attend the meetings with their parents/carers.
  • We will be holding our school book fair during the week beginning 13th January, including during Parents’ Evening. All commission raised will go towards new books for the Library.
  • On the 15th January, Year 3 will be having talks about Water from Sutton and East Surrey Water, Year 6 will be having talks from the Police on choices and consequences.

Menu Changes Thursday 16th and 23rd January

Please see the attached information about the menu changes on these two dates.

Staffing Update

In January, we welcome Miss Connolly and Mrs Weech as Teaching Assistants, and Mrs Ricketts as our new Music Teacher. We know they will be a welcome addition to our team.

December Attendance Award Winners (We have not counted the last week of term)

KS1 Punctuality Award: 1S with 1 late mark

KS2 Punctuality Award: 3W with 0 late marks

Attendance Award: 3D with 98.1%

Have your say!

Birthday Sweets Survey; Many families provide sweets for the class on their child’s birthday. As a school we have continued to allow this, and staff ensure that children must take the sweets home so that families can decide if or when the child eats them. However, this system can still cause issues for some children due to their dietary requirements or parental wishes. We understand there will be a range of views amongst families, so wanted to hear these views so that we can make an informed decision about any next steps we might take.

Click here to share your views. Deadline: Friday 17th January.

KS1 Lunch Survey; Each day there are two main meal options, and in addition we offer a jacket potato or pasta option to the children. We have a salad cart and bread on the tables for the children to have with their meals, aswell as a desert or fruit choice. We have been reviewing the options available to children and have asked the kitchen staff to ensure that meals, including Jacket Potato and Pasta, are served up with vegetables on (unless a child specifically requests otherwise and they are then encouraged to go the salad cart). We are aware that some children regularly choose the Jacket Potato or Pasta option rather than the main meal options, and we are considering whether we remove these additional options for children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 to encourage them to try a wider variety of foods. We are interested to hear your views to support us in our decision-making process.

Click here to share your views. Deadline: Friday 17th January.

Senior & Junior Choir

A warm welcome to our new Music Teacher, Mrs Sarah Rivett.  Mrs Rivett will be starting Senior Choir Club after school on Tuesday, 14th January, as we have Young Voices coming up.  Junior Choir at lunchtime will not start on 14th January, but we will let you know as soon as a start date is confirmed.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Details of all Clubs after school are available on the school website [ https://www.woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk/clubs/ ].  This includes information on start/end dates, year groups as well as details of how to apply.  Please take a look as we have a few new Clubs to enjoy!

Tennis

Tennis on a Monday is now available for Reception children.  If your child would like to give it a try, please complete the form which can be downloaded from the school website.  Tennis starts on Monday 13th January.  Please ensure your child has suitable clothing layers for the weather.

Class Dojos

This week’s winning Dojo Classes are;

Winning KS1 Class –2G                     Winning KS2 Class – 3S

PTFA Messages

Chocolate Bingo Friday 7th February – BOOK NOW!!

See attached, we will be holding our first Chocolate Bingo event on Friday 7th February (6.30 doors open for 7pm start)

It’s bingo and the winnings are chocolate!

£5 per person including 6 rounds of bingo tickets.

You can book online at http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa  this link can also be accessed via the WPS APP

All the family are welcome including children. There will be food and drink to buy (bargain prices as usual) and it’ll be a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale

Next Friday – 17th January at morning drop off

Outside Woodies/Reception

Jumpers £1, other items mostly 50p, small change please

Please drop any unwanted uniform to school office prior to this

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

Date TBC (end January beginning February)

Come and join us and get to meet the team, join the team if you want to get more involved, see what we have been doing and have your say!

We will be discussing spending projects to use some of our hard earned cash so if you have ideas please contact us on a admin@woodcoteptfa.org with your suggestions. Date will be confirmed in next weeks Weekly Memo.

Votes for schools

This week we discussed the following question in our Votes for Schools Assemblies.

This week’s question was… “Was 2019 an important year?”

This week’s presentation can be found on our school website.

Next Week’s question is… “Would you be a vegetarian?”(KS1)/”Would you go vegan for a month?” (KS2).

Attached is the parent information letter for this week.

25th Purley (St. Mark’s) Scout Group

Beaver and Cub Places Now Available                                                                                  Our young people enjoy amazing weekly programmes, adventurous activities and camps.                            As Scouts, we give our young people the skills they need for life.   Each week we help young people to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

We welcome boys and girls and currently have a few places available as our young people move on to the next Section.  We meet in the Scout Hut at St. Mark’s Church, Church Road, Purley, CR8 3QQ.

Beavers:  Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm for young people age 6 to 8.                                                                    Cubs:       Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.15pm for young people age 8 to 11.

Interested in finding out more?  Visit our web site at http://www.25thpurley.org.uk and click on “join us”.

Dear Parents and Carers

VIKING WORKSHOP VISIT – YEAR 4

 

We are pleased to inform you that we have had sufficient response for our Viking Workshop visit on Wednesday 5th February 2020 and the booking has been confirmed.

 

The final contribution for this visit, per child, has been calculated at £5.00. The requested contribution covers the cost of one child and does not include a subsidy for children whose parents are unable to make a full contribution.  Under the 1996 Education Act we are only allowed to ask for contributions for the actual cost for each pupil.

 

Parent/carers of children who are in receipt of certain benefits, or have ever been in receipt of

them, may apply for assistance with the cost of the trip by contacting Mrs Baldock (baldock@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk)

 

Please use ParentPay to make the payment of £5.00 by Monday 20th January 2020 and please ensure you tick the permission box. If we do not receive all payments by this date there is a possibility that our booking may be cancelled.

In order to fully immerse the children in the experience, we would like them to dress in Anglo-Saxon/Viking costume. This really helps to get the children in the mood and feel part of the experience. Costumes can easily be made from existing clothing and there is no need to spend money on fancy dress. In fact your clothing will be more authentic if it’s not!  Please see the attached sheet for some suggestions.

Your Sincerely

 

 

Caroline Cox

Acting Deputy Head of School

Dear Parent, Carers and Staff,
Autumn Term Governor Summary
Term Highlights
It’s been a busy Autumn Term!
It started off with a visit from Ofsted inspectors which resulted in Woodcote Primary retaining their Outstanding status.
The Governing Board would like to congratulate all staff for their incredible hard work and dedication resulting in this fantastic achievement.
Thank you also to the PTFA for wonderful Christmas Fair which kickstarted the festivities and to all families for their support. You may have spotted some of the governors working hard on the BBQ!

The Christmas Performances over the past few weeks have been wonderful. Thank you to all staff and parents for their hard work with rehearsals, costumes and support.

 

Governing Board Changes
This term we have had a few changes on the Governing Board:
In October Nicola Long was voted in as Chair of Governors. Nicola, a parent of a child in year 4, was previously Vice-Chair and has been on the board for over two years.
We would like to thank outgoing  Chair James Collins for his tremendous contribution to the group over his many years in this role. James remains fully committed as co-opted Governor.
Parent Governor, Allison Mackenzie, is now Vice-Chair.
We have two departing Governors, Dharmista (Dee) Patel and Staff Governor Peter Russell. We would like to thank both for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication over the past two years and wish them all the best.
Finally, we have two new recruits; newly elected Staff Governor, Year 5 teacher, Emma Healy, and returning Co-Opted Governor, Educational Psychologist and Woodcote parent of three, Nicola Tallis. We warmly welcome both to the board.
Please click the link to read more about the team:
What do we do?
We meet once a month and our objectives include:
– Offering strategic direction to the school
– Reviewing the school’s Vision Statement and Development Plan and ensuring that continuous improvement is achieved.
– Setting budgets and challenging to ensure best value.
– Ensuring the health and safety of all users of the school premises, including procedures for safeguarding children.
– Encouraging good citizenship in the school and community.
All governors visit school at least once a term, as well as attending school events.
You can find us next at the February Parents Evenings, but as many of us are parents, you can catch us in the playground too.
Alternatively if you wish to raise a concern or share an idea or opinion then please do so by either emailing us on governors@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or alternatively you can write a letter and give it to the Office to pass onto us.

2020
Along with the Senior Leadership team, the Governors have been reviewing again the benefits of Woodcote Primary joining a Multi Academy Trust.
We will be updating Parents and Carers on our progress with this assessment in the Spring Term.

Finally, and particularly after such a terrible week of illness, we would like to wish you all a very Merry and Healthy Christmas with best wishes for 2020. Thank you for your continued support.
Board of Governors

Weekly Memo 20th December 2019

To All Our Children, Families and Staff,

 

We would like to thank you for your support and positive feedback during what has been a challenging term. We hope that everyone has an amazing break and comes back to school in January refreshed and healthy!

 

The Senior Leadership Team

Did you know?

  • Do not forget there will be no After School Club on the last day of term. School closes at 2.30pm for all pupils on Friday 20th December (including Nursery). Children return at normal time on Monday 6th January.
  • Parents Evening appointments take place on the 14th and 16th January.
  • We will be holding our school book fair during the week beginning 13th January.
  • On the 15th January, Year 3 will be having talks about Water from Sutton and East Surrey Water, Year 6 will be having talks from the Police on choices and consequences.

Staff Update

We are sorry to say farewell to Miss Friend, Mrs Patel and Miss Killian today. We wish them on the best in their new roles, and thank them for all their hard work during their time at Woodcote.

In January, we welcome Miss Connolly and Mrs Weech as Teaching Assistants, and Mrs Rivett as our new Music Teacher. We know they will be a welcome addition to our team.

PTFA Messages

CHRISTMAS REFRESHMENTS

A massive thank you to all the parents who helped bake and serve at the Christmas Performances over the past few weeks, including all the last-minute stand in’s!

As well as making these events really special, we also raised £445!

SPEND THIS YEAR

We’ve had an amazing year and raised a LOT! Here is an update on what we have paid for in 2019 (Over £24,000!)

  • Library Books/Supplies £3000
  • Stage Lighting £3000
  • Woodies Refurbishment £5000
  • CCTV £10,500
  • Classroom ‘Quality Reads’ Books £1000
  • Class Christmas Gifts £600

SAVE THE DATE! Chocolate Bingo Friday 7th February

See attached, we will be holding our first Chocolate Bingo event on Friday 7th February (6.30 doors open for 7pm start)

It’s bingo and the winnings are chocolate!

£5 per person including 6 rounds of bingo tickets. You can book online at http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa

All the family are welcome. There will be food and drink to buy (bargain prices as usual) and it’ll be a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

 

PTFA FOOTBALL

Woodcote parents and friends. This will start back up on Thursday 9th January – perfect to work off all that Christmas excess! Thursday nights at Stanley park school Astro.

If you’re interested in joining this very friendly group please message Matt on 07976015497 or email matthewjcampion@yahoo.co.uk

It is pay as you play at approx. £5pp

 

Finally, the Woodcote PTFA Committee wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find attached Learning Ladders which show the expected learning for your child for the Spring Term in Reading, Writing and Maths.

These Ladders will no longer be placed in children’s books but will continue to be used for planning, assessment and target setting.

If you do have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

Following our Votes for Schools question last week, ‘Can anyone become homeless?’, one of our children were moved by the work of Crisis. Her family have asked to raise some money for Crisis by holding a bake sale after school on Wednesday 18th December, which we have agreed to.

They will be selling cakes in the hut on the top playground with the proceeds being donated to Crisis. If you would like to purchase a cake, bake for the sale or just make a donation then they can be found there after school. 

Thank you for your support in advance

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

 

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 1

We would like to remind you that children need PE kits in school every day. We will take children outside on occasion for PE so children need appropriate clothing as stated below. 

KS1 and KS2 PE Kit:

  • Royal blue shorts
  • Plain T-shirt matching House Colour
  • Plain Black or Blue tracksuit bottoms/leggings and sweatshirt for outdoor PE
  • Plimsolls for indoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor games and KS2 playtime
  • Tights must be removed for PE

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff

We are really pleased that many children are borrowing books from the school library. Unfortunately they are not all being returned. 

Before we break up on Friday can we please ask that we search at home, and in classrooms, for any books that may have been borrowed so they can be returned for other children to enjoy.

We look forward to being able to put £3000 worth of new books in to the library after the holidays thanks to funding from the PTFA and the events you have supported. 

Thank you in advance for your help.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parent/Carer

 

In the first half of Spring Term your child will be studying the Victorians in class. In order to give them a sense of what life was like for a Victorian child, we would like to have a Victorian school morning on Thursday 9th January 2020.

The morning will revolve around role playing the life of a school child from that era. This will involve reading and writing lessons in a classroom where behaviours will be modelled on Victorian values. There will also be activities outside of the classroom again based on Victorian school life. It is our intention to fully immerse the children in the experience in order they can get a better understanding of what life was like back then.

Victorian Packed Lunch

We think it would be fun and immersive to bring in a small Victorian pack lunch. This would typically consist of a very small piece of cheese, a piece of bread, perhaps a raw carrot or an apple, wrapped in a piece of cotton cloth, with water or cold tea to drink. The food would have been wrapped in brown paper or cotton cloth rather than plastic and it was often carried in a wicker basket.

We do not intend that this replaces the child’s normal lunch and would be in addition to. We would eat the snack halfway through the morning.

 

Victorian Clothing

Girls – Pinafores or skirts would have been worn. Girls would have worn their hair off their faces; long hair would be plaited but not in buns. They did not wear modern slides or fastenings but would have worn plain ribbons. They wore knee length socks, calf length skirts if possible, and long or short sleeved blouses, or plain dark dresses. A shawl could also be worn. No jewellery or trousers please!

Boys – They would have worn dark trousers – not jeans – which were tucked into knee length, plain, dark socks. They wore plain dark shoes and plain, long-sleeved shirts. Waistcoats could be worn as well as neckerchiefs and flat caps.

 

PARENTS DO NOT PANIC! WE DO NOT EXPECT YOU TO GO TO GREAT EXPENSE OR EFFORT.

 

GIRLS: COULD BE LONG SKIRT AND WHITE SCHOOL SHIRT.

BOYS: SCHOOL TROUSERS TUCKED IN SOCKS + WHITE SHIRT.

 

IF ANY PROBLEMS, SCHOOL UNIFORM WILL BE FINE. LUNCHES CAN JUST BE WRAPPED IN GREASE PROOF PAPER.

Children should come into school with their Victorian clothes on. We should stress once again that the afternoon will be entirely normal – usual PPA lessons will take place.

Yours sincerely

Year 6 Teachers

Weekly Memo 13th December 2019

Did you know?

  • Don’t forget there will be no After School Club on the last day of term. School closes at 2.30pm for all pupils on Friday 20th December (including Nursery)
  • There will be no Home Learning Clubs next week.

Attendance Feedback from the Children

At the end of November, the children discussed the topics of attendance and punctuality in our cross-phase pupil voice. We asked the children how they thought we should reward and encourage good attendance and punctuality, and they came up with some great ideas that we hope to implement in the new term.

We asked the children how they felt when they are absent or late, and how it made them feel if others are absent or late. The children used words such as sad, nervous, embarrassed, left out, uncomfortable, confused, ashamed, anxious when talking about their own absence or lateness. When talking about the absence of others they focussed their feedback on the disruption this had to their learning.

Staffing Update 

We are sorry to inform you that we will be losing Miss Friend, Miss Killian and Mrs Patel at the end of term. We thank them for all their hard work and wish them all the best for their next steps.

We have already welcomed some new staff in the last few weeks. Mrs Moon and Ms Das have joined us as Teaching Assistants. Mrs Bonin and Miss Williamson also joined us as Midday Supervisors. In January we will be joined by Mrs Rivett who will replace Miss Killian as our music teacher. We will also be joined by Miss Connolly as a Teaching Assistant. We look forward to them joining our team.

PTFA Messages

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY

Massive thank you to all you lovely parents and carers who donated to the Xmas Shopping Day and for the £1 donations too.  It was a fabulous morning which the children love every year.  With a school of nearly 800 children we raised £550 so thank you and of course to all our class reps and volunteers – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Pupil Safety

Please ensure your children are aware of possible movement of cars on residents drives when walking, cycling or scootering. We have had reports of children almost being hit by cars. Thank you for your support with this.

Congratulations!

Well done to Archie from 3D who recently completed his Chief Scout Bronze Award at beaver scouts. This is the highest award available to a beaver scout and involves completion of a wide range of activities over several terms. Furthermore, Archie has also completed every single one of their activity badges.  What an amazing achievement!

Class Dojos

This week’s winning Dojo Classes are;

Winning KS1 Class –2T                     Winning KS2 Class – 4S

Votes for schools

This week we discussed the following question in our Votes for Schools Assemblies.

This week’s question was… “Could anyone become homeless?”(KS2)

This week’s presentation can be found on our school website.  (KS1 did not have a VfS assembly this week)

Next Week’s question is…”Has technology improved Christmas?”

Attached is the parent information letter for this week.

No After School Club – Friday 20th December 2019

May we remind you that there is no After School Club provision running on Friday 20th December as it is the last day of term.  Children should be collected promptly at 2.30pm.  Thank you.

Netball Update

On Thursday 5th December, the School A and B Netball Teams travelled to Smitham Primary School in Coulsdon for a League match.  Both teams played very well, and the A team managed an amazing 14 – 1 win and the B team, despite playing hard, unfortunately lost to Smitham 6 – 3.

After a quick overnight re-charge of batteries, both Teams played again at Woodcote on Friday, 6th December against Chipstead Valley Primary School.  Despite a brief deposit of rain right at the start of the match, the A Team managed a fantastic 10 – 2 win and the B team fought hard for a 1 – 1 draw.  Very well-done Teams and many thanks to parents for supporting their children and cheering them on in the cold – not forgetting Alison Spain, Coach and Darren Bignell for this support at both events.

Considerate Parking 

Please can we again ask families to park and drive considerately in our local roads.

Aiming High – Succeeding Together

Dear Parents/Carers of Pupils in Year 3

Year 3 will be having a games day on Friday 20th December. Children will be able to bring in board games to play with. They will also be allowed to bring in one of the following if they so choose: a Switch, DS, PS Vita, iPod, iPad or other tablet. Children are NOT permitted to bring in mobile phones. These devices will be locked in a cupboard during break and lunch but even so you should be aware that the school cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage should it occur. Children are only permitted to bring in games which are age related (7 years and below).

Please note that children are not permitted to use the camera functionality of any item, use the internet or 3G/4G, or any item to item chat software that doesn’t require the internet. 

We may watch a film or play games on consoles. We will only watch U certificate films and play age related games (7 years and below).   

Many thanks for your help in advance.

​ The Year 3 Team

Dear Parents/Carers of Pupils in Year 4

Year 4 will be having an end of year games day on Friday 20th December. Children will be able to bring in board games to play with. They will also be allowed to bring in one of the following if they so choose: a Switch, DS, PS Vita, iPod, iPad or other tablet.  These devices will be locked in a cupboard during break and lunch but even so you should be aware that the school cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage should it occur.  Children are only permitted to bring in games which are age related.  Please ensure that all items are clearly named.

Phones are not permitted. Please note that children are not permitted to use the camera functionality of any item, use the internet or data, or any item-to-item chat software that doesn’t require the internet.

We may watch a film or play games on consoles. We will only watch U certificate films and play age related games.

Many thanks for your help in advance.

Year 4 Team

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 5,

To celebrate the end of the Autumn Term the children will be rewarded with a class party and a games morning.

Thursday, 19th December

In the afternoon, each class will be having a class party in their own classrooms. Children have been asked to bring a small donation of food or drink, which has been assigned in class, to be shared during the party. Please do not send in food which needs to be refrigerated or which contains nuts. Children will still have their school lunch on this day, with the party food being an extra. Children will wear school uniform as normal on this day.

Friday, 20th December

On this day, the children will be having a games day where they will be able to choose to move between the three year 5 classrooms. 5T will show U rated films, 5H will have table top games and 5R will be an electronic games room. Furthermore, the children will be permitted to wear Christmas mufti.

Children will be allowed to bring in one item from home and this must be age appropriate (for under 11s). This may either be an electronic device or a table top game. We do not usually permit children to bring in I-pads /tablets. However, as this is an end of term celebration, we will, on this occasion, allow these items into school and into the classroom. Mobile phones will not be allowed.

Before you make your decisions about these items, we want to make you aware that the school has no insurance that will cover loss or damage to them and will take no responsibility for them. During any other sessions, at break and lunchtimes all electronic items will be locked into the cupboards.

All items should be clearly labelled with the children’s names including any chargers. Any unnamed items will remain locked in the cupboard. Children are only allowed 1 item per child. Children will not be allowed to connect to the internet, via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. The children will not be able to take any photos on the devices. The children will be expected to take responsibility for their own toys.

As always, we would like to thank you for your continued support.

The Year 5 Team

Miss Healy         Mrs Treen       Mrs Howlett       Mr Regan​

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 2 will be having an end of term film and game day on Friday 20th December. Children will be able to bring in board games to play with.

The school cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage should it occur. Children are only permitted to bring in games which are age related (7 years and below) and no electronics on this occasion.

We may watch a film or play games. We will only watch U certificate films and play age related games (7 years and below).

Many thanks for your help in advance.

The Year Two Team.

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I am running swimming trials on the morning of Monday 13th January in order to select the school team for the Purley Swimming Gala on Thursday 30th January.

All children in Years 3 to 6 are invited to take part in the trials.  Children taking part will travel to and from Purley Pool by coach.

I will announce the names of the children who will swim in the Gala a few days after the trials have been completed.

Please note that under CSSA rules, it is ESSENTIAL that:

  • Your child MUST be able to swim 100 metres

(4 lengths of Purley Pool)

  • Your child MUST be a good swimmer 
  • Your child MUST be able to swim in deep water
  • Your child may start a race either in the water from the side of the pool or dive in (deep end only)
  • Lifeguards will be in attendance

I would appreciate offers from parents who would like to help with judging and timing the trials.

 

Meanwhile, please click here to complete the Google Form by Wednesday 8th January to give permission for your child to take part in the trials.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Day

 

PE Co-ordinator

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 4, 5 and 6 Pupils

 

We will be running our last home learning club after school for the Autumn Term on Thursday 12th December.

Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils are invited to attend home learning club after school on a Thursday between 3.20pm-4.00pm. This will be run in one of the year group classrooms. The children can complete their homework in school where they will be able to access support from a teacher. The children do not have to attend every week but are welcome to come along as and when they feel it would be beneficial.

Home learning club will run on the following dates in the Spring Term:

23rd January

30th January

6th February

13th February

 

27th February

5th March

12th March

19th March

26th March

 

Please ensure that your child is collected promptly at the end of the session. Children not collected at 4.00pm will be sent to After School Club which is chargeable. We will follow the normal Home Time Collection permission unless informed otherwise. Children who go to after school club will be taken there after the session.

The back gate will remain open until 4.10pm on these days.

Regards

Claire Baldock

Head of School

Weekly Memo 6th December 2019

 

Did you know?

  • Thank you to the PTFA, the volunteers and everyone who attended for the Christmas Fair! What an amazing day it was.
  • The Nursery will be closed on Thursday 12th December for polling.
  • Don’t forget there will be no After School Club on the last day of term. School closes at 2.30pm for all pupils on Friday 20th December (including Nursery)

 

Class Dojos

This week’s winning Dojo Classes are;

 

Winning KS1 Class –1S                     Winning KS2 Class – 4D

 

Votes for schools

This week we discussed the following question in our Votes for Schools Assemblies.

 

This week’s question was…”Are disabilities still misunderstood

This week’s presentation can be found on our school website.

 

Next Week’s question is… “Is helping the homeless everyone’s responsibility?” (KS1) and “Could anyone become homeless?”(KS2)

 

Attached is the parent information letter for this week.

 

November Attendance Winners

Attendance: 3D with 98.7%

KS1 punctuality: Blue class with just 2 late marks for the whole month

KS2 punctuality: 4S and 6B both with 4 late marks

 

Approaching Children

Can we ask all parents not to approach children if there is an issue. Please find a member of staff who will deal with the matter appropriately.

 

PTFA Messages

CHRISTMAS FAIR UPDATE

Wow, wow, wow, what a day, we raised over £6000 profit!

A huge thank you to all the fantastic helpers for this event, we really couldn’t have run it without you.

Thank you also for the amazing donations, we appreciate it’s relentless (and we lay on the guilt trip) but those bottle, toys, cakes, sweets and this year, softs toys, made us nearly £3000!

Finally, without customers the fair would not be the magical place that it is, so rest assured, all the money raised from your game playing, cake eating, burger munching, grotto visiting, raffle ticket buying and shopping will make its way to school funding projects.

 

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY (see attached poster) DONATIONS NEEDED TODAY!

Every year we arrange a shopping day for children to give £1 and select a gift for that special someone. Each child will have their gift wrapped and labelled ready to take home. It’s a really special event!

However we need to amass nearly 800 presents suitable for all ages and sexes! Quite a feat.

To do this we will be asking for:

 

  • Shopping Day donations TODAYFriday 6thDecember – PLEASE FIND OUR LOVELY HELPERS IN THE PLAYGROUND OR GO TO THE YEAR 5 (was Grotto) CLASSROOM
  • £1 donations for each child. We will be taking donations w/c 2ndDecember and on Monday 9th December, and online payments are also available for extra convenience at pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa
  • Lots of helpers! We need gift sorters on Friday 6thbut mainly Wrappers for Monday 9th December (mostly am, we will run two shopping rooms). If you can help please contact us on volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES

We are in need of helpers to serve Hot Drinks and Cakes before some of the performances next week, in particular for year 3 on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th at 6pm (5.45pm for prep). You get to save a prime seat as you’ll be there early!

If we cannot find help we will not be able to provide refreshments at these events ☹

If you can help please email volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk

 

Football Team News

On Monday, 2nd December, our school football team played an away match against Keston Primary School.  Although we played well in very cold conditions, unfortunately, we were not quite able to beat the other team, losing 2-0.  Great effort everyone and we look forward to our next match on Monday.

 

Last Club Sessions for Autumn 2019 Term

Please see the attached Club list information to confirm last sessions for each Club this term.  Details of all the Clubs available for the Spring Term 2020 will be on the School Website next week.

 

Reading Dog

We are really pleased to announce that starting next term we have a Reading Dog starting who will be working with a small group of children. Please see the attached photos of Roxy and her owner Mrs Mayo.

 

Dear Parent/Carer

SWIMMING  PROGRAMME FOR CLASSES 3B & 3D –  SPRING TERM  2020

As part of the school PE curriculum, Year 3 will be attending swimming lessons. Classes 3B and 3D will have lessons during the Spring term.

Please find below the dates for their swimming sessions.  Children will travel by coach to and from Purley Pools.  Children will need to bring a towel, a plain swimming costume (trunks, not long shorts for boys and a one-piece suit for girls) and goggles, if required, on each swimming day.

Swimming is taught by a qualified instructor and the groups are also supervised by lifeguards at the pool.

The sessions will take place on Mondays on the following dates:

  • 6th January
  • 27th January
  • 3rd February
  • 10th February
  • 2nd March
  • 9th March
  • 16th March
  • 23rd March
  • 30th March

The classes will each have a 45-minute session.

It would be extremely helpful if you could inform us if your child is a non-swimmer, weak swimmer or nervous of the water so that we can pass this information to the instructors before the sessions begin.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Caroline Cox

Acting Deputy Head of School

cox@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Dear Parent/Carer

 

PROPOSED VIKING WORKSHOP – YEAR 4

 

Year 4 are planning a Viking Workshop to support their topic on Traders and Raiders

 

We are planning this visit for Wednesday 5th February 2020, and have made a provisional booking which we will confirm if we have sufficient interest.

 

The approximate cost of the workshop, per child has been calculated at £5.00.

The requested contribution covers the cost of one child and does not include a subsidy for children whose parents are unable to make a full contribution.  Under the 1996 Education Act we are only allowed to request contributions for the actual cost for each pupil. Parent/carers of children who are in receipt of certain benefits, or have ever been in receipt of them, may apply for assistance with the cost of the trip.

For a quick and easy response please complete the google form by accessing this link

 All replies should be received by Friday 13th December 2019 as we have to confirm our booking before we break up for the Christmas holidays.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Caroline Cox

Acting Deputy Head of School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find below the arrangements for the next three weeks in the run up to Christmas.

Class Parties:

Each class will be holding a party on Thursday 19th December. The Nursery party will be in the morning and the other classes will hold their parties in the afternoon.

Children in Nursery, Reception, Years 1 & 2 should each bring in their own small selection of party food e.g. a cake, biscuit, and piece of fruit etc… and also a named carton of juice. Please make sure your child’s contribution is named. Please send the food in a named plastic container, or if you do not have one then on a paper plate covered in cling film/foil. a

Children in Years 3 to 6 are asked to bring a small donation of food or drink to be shared with the class during the party.

Please do not send in food which needs to be refrigerated or which contains nuts.

Children will still have their school lunch on this day, with the party food being an extra.

Children will wear school uniform as normal on this day. Teachers may individually send out requests for Party Music or Games in addition to this.

Reminders:

  • Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 11th December. Places must have been pre-booked, so if you have not booked and paid for a hot dinner in advance then you must send your child to school with a packed lunch.
  • Christmas Post boxes are open between Monday 9th December and Friday 13th December. Please ensure your child writes the name and class (and preferably surname) on each envelope. Unfortunately, we are not able to send out class lists due to GDPR.
  • On Friday 20th December we will be having a ‘Woodcote Christmas Jumper Day’, where pupils and staff are able to wear Christmas jumpers/mufti. We like to collect money for ‘Tadworth Children’s Trust’ who provide care, treatment, rehabilitation and education to children with disabilities and complex medical needs. If you would like to make a donation, please send this in with your child on the day.
  • Children can bring in games/toys on the last day of term but at their own risk. Teachers will send further information about which games/toys will be allowed.
  • Please remember school closes at 2.30pm on Friday 20th December (this includes Woodies, the Nursery). There is no After School Club on the last day of term.

 

Kind Regards

Mrs Caroline Cox

Acting Deputy Head of School

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