Welcome Letters

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Woden Primary School.  It is a very exciting time for your child beginning Nursery. I hope we can work together in making this an enjoyable and outstanding experience.

Nursery Staff

Teacher:  Miss Hopley

Nursery Teaching Assistants: Miss Ives and Miss Whitehouse

Settling in

We understand that joining Nursery can be a little un-nerving and tiring for some children and their parents. If you are worried or concerned at any time please speak to a member of nursery staff.

AM session

Nursery doors will open at 8.40am and children can be collected at 11.40am. Please be patient as we call your child to the door, although we aim to get them to you as quickly as possible their safety is our priority at all times.

PM session

Nursery doors will open at 12.15pm children can be collected at 3:15pm. Please be patient as we call your child to the door, although we aim to get them to you as quickly as possible their safety is our priority at all times.

Attendance

Attendance is always high priority at Woden. If your child is not at school they miss all learning opportunities. Every year of your child’s education is importantyou’re your child cannot attend nursery please ring the office to let them know. We would like to reinforce the fact that if at ANY time you or your child have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact their class teacher.

The topic this term will be Ourselves. We will be learning all about ourselves and our families, finding out how our families differ and about our own family customs and traditions. To start the topic we are learning about how we have grown from babies. If you have any baby photographs of your child, can you please send them in, these will be used in their books and for display.

In English this term our focus will be listening to and joining in with rhymes, songs and poems. The children will be beginning to make meanings to marks they make. They will also be learning to recognise and begin to write their name.

In Maths, we will be learning how to sort and match objects and recognise numbers from 0-5 and then 10. We will also begin to learn simple shapes and patterns in pictures.

P.E. day for Nursery will be on a Friday. Nursery children DO NOT need to have P.E kit however we do ask that you send them in sensible shoes.

Clothing

Please ensure that your child is dressed suitably and comfortably so that they are free to access all areas of learning inside and out. Some activities can get messy.

Please provide a change of clothes, including underwear for your child; this can be left in school on their peg.

School Fund

We will be collecting £2.50 for the term.

This fund is used for snacks and extra-curricular activities for the nursery children.

We look forward to an exciting Autumn Term full of learning and progress. If you have any concerns or queries now or at any point throughout the term please do not hesitate to speak to a member of Nursery staff.

Many thanks,

Miss Hopley

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Reception. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

Class 1 – Mrs Jones

Class 2 – Mrs Mountcastle/Mrs Chadwick (Schools Direct)

Reception Classroom Assistants: Mrs Dosanjh, Miss Mendys, Mrs Goodall and Mrs Bhambra

Pupils will follow Reception routine – remaining in class for their English, Maths and Topic lessons each day, moving in to different groups only for their daily Phonics sessions. Your child will read twice a week within school, once with the Class Teacher during a guided reading session and once with a Teaching Assistant as an individual read. Please ensure that your child has their school reading book and reading diary in school daily so this can be updated appropriately.

School doors will be open from 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their class once a member of staff is on duty, to be ready for registration at 8.55am. We encourage children to walk to class independently and would ask that you encourage your child to do the same. Any late pupils MUST follow correct procedures. As always, we continue to expect high levels of behavior and attainment. At the end of the school day, your child will be called to the door by their own Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant only. Please be patient as we call your child to the door, although we aim to get them to you as quickly as possible their safety is our priority at all times.

In English this term our focus will be building on our phonics skills learning to hear and say the sounds in simple words for reading and writing. We will also be learning about how to handle books for reading and learning to recognise the Oxford Reading Tree characters.

In Maths, our focus will be on recognising numbers for reading and writing. We will be learning to count on in ones and place numbers in order, as well as an introduction to basic addition and subtraction calculations. We will also learn to recognise and name simple 2D shapes.

The topic this term will be Feelings and Emotions. During our topic lessons in the afternoon we will be learning all about our feelings and behavior towards others as well as how to deal with different emotions and the appropriate responses to give to others.

P.E. day for Reception will be on a Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct P.E. kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that NO jewellery should be worn during P.E. sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including P.E. kit and pumps) is labeled with your child’s full name and class. We encourage children to keep their P.E. kit in school during term time to ensure it is available each week. It will be sent home with your child and the end of each half term to be washed.

We look forward to an exciting Autumn Term full of learning and progress. If you have any concerns or queries now or at any point throughout the term, please do not hesitate to speak to a class teacher.

Many thanks,

Mrs Jones and Mrs Mountcastle

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 1. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is made up of two classes:

Class 3Miss A. Broomhall

Class 4 – Miss E. Crump

However, Maths and English sessions will also be taught by Miss E. Rabone.

 

Year 1 Teaching Assistants are Mrs G. Perediuha and Mrs A. Childs

As a part of the KS1 routine, pupils will remain in their class for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics (including spelling and handwriting), for which they will be streamed and may change teacher/classrooms. They will be informed of their teacher for phonics in lessons later this week. Most children will receive a sound and letter formation practice sheet followed by these sessions. Each day, we also expect pupils to read their school book and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. In their school pack, the children will have been given a ‘Reading Record’ – please feel free to record any reading you complete with your child. Additionally, they will also be given English/ Maths homework every Friday based on the learning during the week.

Similar to last year, the doors will be open from 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their class once a member of staff is on duty, to be ready for registration at 8.55am. Any late pupils MUST follow correct procedures. As always, we continue to expect high levels of behaviour and attainment. Due a change in school timings, children will now need to be collected from school at 3:05pm.

In English this term, we will be focusing on stories with familiar settings and personal experiences during Narrative Units as well as writing labels, captions and instructions during Non-Narrative Units. We will also be reading and writing simple poems using our senses. Throughout these units we will be focusing on learning grammar and punctuation.

In Maths, our focus will be on Number followed by Addition and Subtraction. We will also learn to use money, read time, name shapes, use basic measurement units and simple fractions. It is important that the children know and can quickly recall their number bonds to 10 – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

The topic this term is Marvellous Me. The Science objectives concentrate on the Human Body including Our Senses. During Art sessions, children will learn how to create their self-portraits and during D&T lessons they will also design and then make their own photo frames. RE this term focuses on Christianity – Prayers from stories of Jesus. Children will also become Treasure Hunters and Chefs to develop their Computing skills. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 1 are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that NO jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. It would also be appreciated that all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Each classroom is equipped with a filtered water station so please send your child with a named water bottle for drinks throughout the day.

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to us, ensuring you go through the main entrance so that we can be aware who is on the premises.

Many thanks,

Year 1 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 2. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is made up of two classes:

Class 5 – Miss Talbot

Class 6 – Miss C. Purchase

Year 2 additional teaching staff are: Ms. Chauhan, Mrs Borsellino, Miss Shinh and Miss Lee

As in Year 1, pupils will remain in their class for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics (including spelling and handwriting), for which they will be streamed and may change teacher/classrooms. They will be informed of their teacher for phonics in lessons later this week.

Children will be given homework every Friday to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday. This will help children to practice Maths and English skills based on their learning that week.  We also expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book.

Children are expected to arrive to school by 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their classroom, ready for registration at 8.55am. Any late pupils MUST arrive through the doors at the main reception. As always we continue to expect high levels of behavior and attainment.

In English this term we will be focusing on stories with familiar settings, reading and writing poems with repeating patterns. Children will also learn to read and write simple instructions. Children will also follow instructions to design and then cook their own pizzas during D&T week. Throughout the English units we will be focusing on Grammar and Punctuation.

In Maths our focus will be on the 4 rules; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will have regular opportunities to apply these skills to solve problems including time, money, shape and statistics. It is important that, the children know and can quickly recall their multiplication tables of 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s and number bonds to 20 – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

The topics this term are:

Material Monsters linked to Science objectives, which will encourage children to investigate material properties and then explore these through Paper Art.

Where Do I Live? linked to Geography objectives where children will learn about Wolverhampton as well as about their local area.

Children will also find out facts related to the Great fire of London through History objectives.

In RE we will explore different holy places. Children will also become Astronauts and use ‘Scratch’ to develop their Computing skills. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 2 are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (White T-shirt, Blue Shorts and pumps) and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was much lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is!

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to any of our team.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 3. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is made up of two classes:

Class 7Mrs. Smith

Class 8 Miss. Matthews

However, lessons will be taught and supported by Mr. Patel

Year 3 Teaching Assistants are: Mrs. Williams (HLTA) Mrs. Jones

 This term the routines that were established in Year 2 will continue. Each week we also expect pupils to read their school book, and every two weeks they will be given English, Maths, Humanities and Science homework. Please support your child to complete their homework neatly and to the best possible standard. If there are any problems regarding homework, or if your child does not understand the homework, we ask that you come and speak to us at the end of the day. We would also like to respectfully remind you to record down any reading you complete with your child at home. Thank you.

In English this term we will be focusing on stories with familiar settings, experiential writing, persuasive real-life writing, instructional writing and shape poems. Throughout these units we will be using VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation) and SPAG (Spelling and Grammar). Read Write Inc will continue for some children.

In Maths our focus will be on place value, 2D shapes, statistics, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.  It is important the children know the times tables and can quickly recall their 2,3,4,5 and 10 multiplication tables and number bonds, something which can be practised at home regularly!

Our topic this half-term is Pre-historic Britain and next half term it will be the Geography topic, Madagascar.  For Science the first half term concentrates on Light and Shadow, whilst the second half term is based on Health and Movement. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons across the year, and RE this term focuses on Hinduism. Pupils will continue to have weekly Computing lessons focusing on presenters and programmers, as well as having directed sessions on laptops linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Class 7 are Tuesday and Friday and Class 8 are on a Thursday and Friday. This term they will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastics. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that no jewelry should be worn during PE sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there were several items of lost property left in school at the end of each term, and we realise how expensive it is!

We look forward to a very enjoyable new term full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us at the end of the day.

 Many thanks,

Year 3 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 4. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

Class 9 – Miss Corns

Class 10 – Miss Skidmore

The other Year 4 staff are: Mrs Warren, Mrs Sandhu, Miss Heywood & Mr Southam

Year 4 pupils will stay in their classes for most of the subjects, except spellings and RWI, where children will be grouped according to academic ability.  Most children will receive spellings on a Tuesday, to be learnt for the following Tuesday. Children will be given a reading book each week to take home.  They will also have a reading diary to record down any reading they complete – we ask you to spend 5 to 10 minutes each night reading with your child.  Please feel free to record down any reading you complete with your child in their Reading Profile.  In addition, all children will be given homework covering all areas of the curriculum, fortnightly.

Similar to last year, the doors will be open from 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their class to be ready for registration at 8.55am. Any late pupils MUST report to the Office.

In English this term we will be focusing on fairy tales, explanation texts and classic poetry. Throughout these units we will be using VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation) and SPAG (Spelling and Grammar).

In Maths, our focus will be on the 4 rules and applying these into problem solving; fractions and decimals, shape and handling data. It is important the children know and can quickly recall their multiplication tables and number bonds – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

Year 4’s topics this term are Village Settlers and The Tudors.  In Science we will be learning about electricity and the living environment. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons across the year and RE this term focuses on Judaism. Pupils will continue to have weekly Computing lessons and will have directed sessions on laptops, linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 4 are Monday and Wednesday (both classes). Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name.

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us.

Many thanks,

Miss Skidmore and Miss Corns

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 5. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

Class 11 – Miss F Betts

Class 12 – Miss A. Cook

Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Chima will be teaching in both classes.

Year 5 Teaching Assistants are Miss J Thomas and Miss E Jones

Year 5 pupils will be grouped according to their academic ability for the majority of lessons. Each week, we expect pupils to read their school book and they will be given homework every two weeks. In their school pack the children will have been given a ‘Reading Diary’ to record down any reading they complete – please record down any reading you complete with your child and how well they responded to questions you asked about the book.

Similar to last year, the doors will be open from 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their class once a member of staff is on duty, to be ready for registration at 8.55am. Any late pupils MUST follow correct procedures. As in Year 4, we continue to expect high levels of behaviour and attainment. Furthermore, as the children progress towards the end of Key Stage Two we expect them to show a growing level of maturity.

In English this term we will be focusing on legends, poems with structure, poems with figurative language, persuasion, and film and play scripts. Throughout these units we will be using VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation) and SPAG (Spelling and Grammar). Pupils will be taught to use grammatical techniques relative clauses, the past perfect tense and the subjunctive tense.

In Maths our focus will be on the 4 rules and applying these into place value, problem solving; fractions, shape and statistics. It is important the children know and can quickly recall their multiplication tables and number bonds – something which can be practised at home regularly!

Our Humanities topic this term is Vikings vs Anglo-Saxons and Science objectives concentrate on the material world. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their modern foreign language lessons across the year and R.E this term focuses on Islam. Pupils will continue to have weekly computing lessons and will have directed sessions on laptops, linked to the curriculum.

P.E days for Year 5 are Tuesday, for both classes, and Friday for Class 11.  Class 12 will be going swimming each Wednesday starting week beginning 10th September.  Pupils going swimming should bring a swimming costume and a towel. Please ensure your child has the correct P.E kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during P.E sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including P.E kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was much lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is!

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to us, ensuring you go through the main entrance so that we can be aware who is on the premises.

Many thanks,

Year 5 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 6. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

  • Class 13 – Mrs Rush
  • Class 14 – Mr Darby
  • Year 6 Teaching Assistants are Miss Clarke and Miss Green
  • Mrs Walmsley (Assistant Headteacher) will be teaching an additional set for English and Maths every morning.

Year 6 pupils will be grouped according to their academic ability for the majority of lessons. Each week, we expect pupils to read their school book and they will be set homework via the Education City website fortnightly. The children have been given a new style ‘Reading Profile’ to record down any reading they complete – please feel free to record down any reading you complete with your child. Replacements of lost Reading Profiles will need to be paid for, therefore children should be encouraged to look after them and ensure they bring it to school daily.

Similar to last year, the doors will be open from 8.40am each morning and children should come straight into their class once a member of staff is on duty, to be ready for registration at 8.55am. Any late pupils MUST follow correct procedures. As in Year 5, we continue to expect high levels of behaviour and attainment. However, as the children progress towards the end of Key Stage Two we also expect them to show a growing level of maturity.

In English this term we will be focusing on journalistic writing, biography and auto-biography and narrative writing. Throughout these units we will be using VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation) and SPAG (Spelling and Grammar).

In Maths our focus will be on the 4 rules and applying these into problem solving; fractions and decimals, shape and handling data. It is important the children know and can quickly recall their multiplication tables and number bonds – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

In Humanities this term we will cover Local History and Mountains, Science objectives concentrate on Electricity and Classifying Critters. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons across the year and RE this year focuses on Journey’s. Pupils will continue to have weekly Computing lessons and will have directed sessions on laptops, linked to the curriculum.

We are excited to offer Year 6 children a 2-night coastal residential trip in June – a letter with further details will follow during the academic year.

PE days for Year 6 are Wednesday and Thursday for both classes (Wednesday session for class 14 will be swimming, starting Wednesday 12th September, therefore they will need to bring a swimming kit as detailed in the separate letter).  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (including pumps) and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.  It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a large amount of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is!

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning, progress and challenge. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to us, ensuring you go through the main entrance so that we can be aware who is on the premises.

Many thanks,

Mr Darby, Mrs Rush & Mrs Walmsley