Welcome Letters

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new spring term at Woden Primary. We hope you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

This term, we are encouraging children to recognise and write their names without picture prompts.

In English this term, we will be focusing on stories. We will be focusing on telling stories from picture books. We will also be looking at rhymes and songs and sharing them with our friends. Children will also begin to take part in Read Write Inc; a program that helps children to recognise sounds.

In Mathematics, our focus will continue to be number formation and recognition to 10. We will be using a number scheme called Tentown as part of this. We will also continue to learn the names of 2d shapes, patterns, as well as using vocabulary like ‘more’ and ‘less’.

Our topic this term will be ‘Colours’. PE days for Nursery will be on a Friday.

I am very much looking forward to working with you and your children. 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,

Miss Hopley

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back and a very Happy New Year.

We trust you had an enjoyable Christmas period.

As you are aware, the Year Group is made up of two classes:

Class 1 – Miss E. Crump

Class 2 – Miss L. Withycombe

Reception Teaching Assistants are Mrs G. Perediuha, Miss A. Heywood, Mrs R Dosanjh and Miss M. Goodall.

Each day, we 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 white ‘Reading Profile’ – please feel free to record any reading you complete with your child.

Additionally, this term, children will also be given a homework book every Friday based on the learning during the week. Please send the completed homework task back each Monday. The first piece can be expected on Friday 12th January.

Similar to the previous term, 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.

In English this term we will be focusing on phonics and on writing sentences, emphasising on capital letters at the start of sentences, finger spaces between words and full stops at the end.

In Maths, we will be focusing on securing reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 as well as addition and subtraction.

The topic this term will be Transport. We will be exploring different types of transport and different ways of moving.

Reception will continue to have PE on Friday. 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.

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,

Reception Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the Spring term at Woden Primary. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday! We also wish you a Happy New Year!

The Year Group is still made up of two classes:

Class 3 – Miss J. Matthews

Class 4 – Miss E. Rabone

However, Maths and English sessions will also be taught by Mrs W. Jones.

Year 1 Teaching Assistants are Mrs E. Chadwick and Mrs A. Childs.

As a part of the KS1 routine, pupils will continue to 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 white ‘Reading Profile’ – please feel free to record any reading you complete with your child. Additionally, they will also be given English and Maths homework every Friday based on the learning during the week.

The doors will continue to 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.

In English this term we will be focusing on Traditional tales and rhymes, writing and reading instructions and writing a recount of a personal experience based on our topic in History. Throughout these units, we will also be focusing on Grammar and Punctuation.

In Maths, our focus will be on number and addition and subtraction. We will also learn to use money, read time, name shapes, use basic measurement units and simple fractions. Multiplication and division will be introduced to the children along with position and direction. It is important that, the children know and can quickly recall their number bonds to 20 – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

The topic this term is ‘Homes in the Past’ and ‘At the Farm’. The Science objectives concentrate on seasonal changes and identifying animals. During Art sessions children will learn how to create a mural and explore colours. During D&T sessions they will also design and then make their own model house. RE this term focuses on Questions that puzzle us about religion and Christianity. Children will also become Treasure Hunters and Collectors to develop their Computing skills. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 1 will remain as 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 all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class.

We look forward to a very enjoyable term full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the term 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 Spring term at Woden. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful Christmas holiday.

The Year Group is made up of two classes:

Class 5 – Ms M. Chauhan (Year Group & Phase Leader)

Class 6 – Miss C. Purchase (Year 2 Teacher)

However, Maths and English lessons will also be taught by:

Miss L. Talbot (MFL Leader)

Year 2 Teaching Assistants this term are:

Mrs M. Jackson, Mrs V. Shinh and Mrs S. Borsellino

Pupils will continue to 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.

Children will be given homework on every Friday to be completed and handed in by Wednesday. This will help children to practise Maths and English skills based on their learning during the week. We also expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. In addition to this, children will also get their own personal username and a password for our on-line reading program to continue to practise reading and comprehension skills.

As usual, 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. However, as the children progress towards the end of Key Stage One we expect them to show a growing level of maturity.

In English this term we will be focusing on stories with historic (castles) settings. We will also be reading information texts and writing reports about castles. Children will also learn to make leaflets and write recount of a visit. They will also explore stories by the same author and read/write poems using alliterations. 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 as well as corresponding doubles and halves to 20 – something which can be practiced at home regularly!

The topics this term is: Castles

During Art & DT sessions children will explore work of different artists. They will also use junk modelling to create their own models of castles. History and Geography skills will help children to know the history of castles and learn about locations of famous castles in Great Britain. To support this, we will also be visiting Tamworth Castle during this term. Further details of the visit will be shared during the second half of the term.

During our Super Scientists sessions children will learn about famous scientists and carry out simple experiments to investigate theories.

In RE we will focus on Islam and Sikhism. Children will also become Photographers and Researchers to develop their Computing skills. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 2 will remain as 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.

We look forward to another 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, ensuring you go through the main entrance so that we can be aware who is on the premises.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you enjoyed the Christmas holiday.

In English this term we will be focusing on myths, explanation texts and poetry. 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 students. In Math’s our focus will be on place value, mental additions and subtraction, fractions and division, volume and capacity and multiplication.

Learning in Science will include plant life and will include carrying out experiments. Our topic this term is the ‘Romans’ and we will be learning all about life as a Roman soldier and your child will have opportunity to visit the Roman DEWA experience where they will learn all about ancient Rome.

PE days for Class 7 are Monday and Friday and Class 8 are on a Tuesday and Friday. 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.

We look forward to a very enjoyable spring term full of learning and progress (see Curriculum Overview). 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,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the spring term at Woden Primary. 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

Year 4 Teaching Staff is Mrs Warren, Mrs Williams and Miss Medley.

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 white ‘Reading Profile’ 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 explanation texts, fantasy texts and 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; position and direction, fractions, decimals and area. 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 topic this term is Early Civilisations. In Science we will be learning about sound. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons across the year and RE this term focuses on Judaism and Islam. 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,

Year 4 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the spring term at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child continuing Year 5. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

Class 11 – Mr J. Edwards, Mrs L. Godrey and Mrs M. Chima

Class 12 – Miss A. Cook

Year 5 Teaching Assistants are Mrs M. Sandhu and Mrs L 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 white ‘Reading Profile’ to record down any reading they complete – please record down any reading you complete with your child.

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 at the start of this academic year, 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 Historical Narrative, Stories from other Cultures, Discussions including Formal Debates and Information Booklets with a range of text types. 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 Mental and Written division, 2D and 3D shapes – including being able to sort these, calculating with Fractions, Measures – Area and Volume, Statistics and Measures and finally at the end of the term an assessment to review the children’s progress. Supporting the children at home with what has been learnt at school will be extremely beneficial to the pupils.

The topic this term is World War 2 and science objectives concentrate on Life Cycles. Additionally, pupils will learn French in their modern foreign language lessons across the year and R.E this term focuses on Christianity. 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 and Friday for both classes. Class 11 will be continuing with their Swimming on a Friday until after February half term when it is then swapped over and Class 12 begin going swimming. 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 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 Spring 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, ensuring you go through the main entrance so that we can be aware who is on the premises.

Many thanks,

Mr. Edwards and Miss. Cook

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday. This term is very important as we build up towards the End of Key Stage SATS Tests in May. Please ensure your child is in school for week beginning 14th May 2018 as these tests inform both yourself and your child’s secondary school of their performance.

The topic for humanities during this term is The Ancient Greeks; Science objectives will concentrate on Light and Staying Alive. Additionally, pupils will continue to learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons and Religious Education will focus on ‘How religion can change the world.’ Pupils will also have additional directed sessions on laptops, linked to the curriculum.

Just a reminder, pupils will be expected to read their school reading book and complete and return their homework on time. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (blue shorts, white t-shirt and pumps) and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. The PE timetable has changed, Class 13 will have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Class 14 will have 2 sessions of PE on Thursdays only.

It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – over the autumn term there was a lot of school uniform items misplaced and we realise how expensive it is!

We look forward to a very enjoyable term full of learning and progress.

Many thanks,

Mr. G. Darby, Mrs. L. Rush and Mrs. S. Walmsley.