Welcome Letters

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Spring Term at Woden. The children are in for another exciting term here and we look forward to welcoming them back after Christmas.

Staffing in Nursery will remain the same with Mrs Mountcastle as the Class Teacher and the Nursery Teaching Assistants Miss Ives, Mrs Dosanjh and Miss Goodall.

Settling in

All children have settled very well into the Nursery routine and with this in mind we are going to ask parents to begin to leave their children at the door and allow them to come in independently. This is to prepare the Nursery children for when they go into Reception.

AM session

Nursery doors will open at 8.40am and children can be collected at 11.40am. We kindly ask if parents stay at the blue electronic gate while the children are called. This is to ensure that all children are safe when leaving the Nursery door and that they can clearly see their own parent/carer.

PM session

Nursery doors will open at 12.15pm children can be collected at 3:15pm. We kindly ask if parents stay at the blue electronic gate while the children are called. This is to ensure that all children are safe when leaving the Nursery door and that they can clearly see their own parent/carer.

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 important, if you’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 Superheroes and Spring and Growing. We will be learning all about being kind and caring to others and helping others in the community and discussing and talking about the signs of spring and how things grow.

In English this term our focus will be listening to and joining in with rhymes, songs and poems. We will begin our RWI sessions which will allow the children to develop their phonic knowledge and letter formation, this is to prepare them to develop their writing skills.

In Maths, we will continue counting and recognising our numbers to 10, learning and using positional language and naming and recognizing 2D shapes and their properties

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 Spring 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,

Mrs Mountcastle

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Reception. It has been a very uncertain time for us all, however we endeavor to provide a safe and secure environment for your child starting their school journey in Reception.

Reception is made up of two class bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 1 – Mrs Jones
  • Class 2 – Mrs Smith

Reception additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Mrs Thomas(SENCO), Mrs Perediuha, Mrs Bhambra and Miss Whitehouse.

Pupils will follow Reception routine – remaining in class for their English, Maths and Topic lessons each day, moving into different groups only for their daily Phonics sessions.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Reception, children are expected to arrive to school at 8.45am through the Nursery gates. They will be guided straight into their classroom. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time.

The next 2 weeks in Reception are staggered:

  • WB 7th September – 8.45am – 12.00pm (No lunch)
  • WB 14th September – 8.45am – 1.00pm (Lunch provided)
  • WB 21st September – 8.45am – 2.45pm (Full day)

You will be able to collect Reception children through the same gates at 2:45pm. 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 All about me. During our topic lessons in the afternoon we will be learning all about our feelings and behavior towards others as well, talking about our family and friends. The children will also be learning about our 5 senses and people who help us such as police, doctors and firefighters.

PE day for Reception is Friday. The children do not need to bring in a PE kit until Spring term, however they will be required to wear their trainers to school on a Friday in readiness for their PE lesson in the afternoon.  A reminder that NO jewellary should be worn during PE sessions.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

Many thanks,

Reception Team

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 recognise that the last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

Year 1 is made up of two Class Bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 3 – Miss Purchase
  • Class 4 – Miss Crump

Year 1 additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Mrs Williams, Mrs Dosanjh, Miss Lee and Miss Ives.

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons including phonics, with the exception of different adults joining the bubble to support blending and reading.

Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should be returned to school every Thursday. Your child will be given their first book next week.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 1, children are expected to arrive to school at 8.45am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. You will be able to collect Year 1 children through the same gates at 2:30pm.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

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. R.E this term focuses on Christianity – Prayers from stories of Jesus. Children will also become Treasure Hunters and Painters 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 Tuesday. Please ensure your child wears a warm Sports kit to school on these two days as we intend to take the children outside as much as possible. We would also like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

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 recognise that last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

Year 2 is made up of two class bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 5 – Miss Matthews
  • Class 6 – Mrs Godfrey

Year 2 additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Ms Chauhan, Miss Clark and Mrs Childs

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons including phonics, with the exception of different adults joining the bubble to support blending and reading.

Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should be returned to school every Thursday.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 2, children are expected to arrive to school at 8.45am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. You will be able to collect Year 2 children through the same gates at 2:30pm.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

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:

In Science, children will be encouraged to think about what our bodies need to grow and survive. They will also investigate what can be done using different materials and then explore these through Paper Art.

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

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

In RE children will begin to learn about different religions. In Year 2, we will explore Sikhism and Islam. 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 Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child wears our school a warm Sports kit to school on these two days as we intend to take the children outside as much as possible. We would also like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

Welcome back to the new academic year at Woden Primary and a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 3. We recognise that last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

Year 3 is made up of two class bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 7 – Miss Rabone
  • Class 8 – Miss Doody

Year 3 additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Mrs Davis and Miss Green.

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons including phonics, with the exception of different adults joining the bubble to support blending and reading.

Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should be returned to school every Thursday.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 3, children are expected to arrive to school at 9am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. You will be able to collect Year 3 children through the same gates at 2:45pm.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

In English this term we will be focusing on stories with familiar settings, experiential writing, persuasive writing, instructional writing and shape poems. Throughout these units we will be using VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation) and focusing on SPAG (Spelling and Grammar). Read Write Inc will continue for a few children whilst most children will be involved in spelling lessons.

In Maths our focus will be on place value, 2D shapes, statistics, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.  It is important that the children know the times tables and can quickly recall their all of their 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 exploring the question ‘What do Toyologists need to know about Forces and Magnets?’ The second half term is based on the question ‘How do we keep ourselves and our animals healthy?’ Additionally, pupils will learn French in their Modern Foreign Language lessons throughout the year, and RE this term focuses on Hinduism and different religious celebrations. Pupils will continue to have weekly Computing lessons focusing on presenting and programming.

PE days for Class 7 are Tuesday and Wednesday and Class 8 are on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure your child wears our school a warm Sports kit to school on these two days as we intend to take the children outside as much as possible. We would also like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try to keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly. 

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 recognise that the last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

The Year Group is split into two classes:

  • Class 9 – Mrs Rush
  • Class 10 – Mr Crockett

The other Year 4 staff are: Mr Patel and Miss Shinh

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons including spellings and RWi, with the exception of different adults joining the bubble to support children with their learning. Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Sumdog, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. However, children will receive spellings on a Monday, to be learnt for the following Monday. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should only be returned to school every Thursday.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 4, children are expected to arrive to school at 9am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. Any late pupils MUST report to the Office. You will be able to collect Year 4 children through the same gates at 2:45pm.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

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 The Tudors and Village Settlers. In Science we will be learning about the living environment and electricity. 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 day for Class 9 is Wednesday and PE day for Class 10 is Monday. Please ensure your child wears a warm sports kit to school on these days, as we intend to take children outside as much as possible. Please remember 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 safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

Many thanks,

Year 4 Team

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 recognise that last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

Year 5 is made up of two class bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 11 – Miss Betts
  • Class 12 – Miss Skidmore

Year 5 additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Mrs Chima, Mrs Borsellino and Mrs Sandhu.

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons including spelling, with the exception of different adults joining the bubble to support within the lesson. Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss what they have read. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should be returned to school every Thursday.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 5, children are expected to arrive to school at 9.15am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. You will be able to collect Year 5 children through the same gates at 3pm. If your child has a sibling / siblings in another year group, they can all attend at the earlier time to avoid having to wait. Please collect at the latest time at the end of the day.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

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; 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:

In Science, children will be encouraged to think about why materials change.

Our Humanities topic this term is Vikings vs Anglo-Saxons.

Additionally, pupils will learn French in their modern foreign language lessons across the year and R.E this term focuses on Islam

Children will also become Game Developers 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 5 are Thursday and Friday. Please ensure your child wears a warm Sports kit to school on these two days as we intend to take the children outside as much as possible. We would also like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. Swimming at the moment will not be taking place, however we will keep you informed about the situation.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

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 recognise that last two terms before the summer holiday were challenging, however our aim is to make the return to school for the new academic year a smooth and happy transition.

Year 6 is made up of two class bubbles with staff as below:

  • Class 13 – Miss Cook
  • Class 14 – Miss Corns

Year 6 additional teaching/supporting staff will be: Miss Thomas and Mrs Warren

Pupils will remain in their class bubble for all of their lessons.

Children will not be set homework for at least the first half term, although they will still have access to Education City, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstar and Oxford Owl if they would like to work on activities using these. We will expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book. A book will be provided for reading at home at the beginning of each week which should be returned to school every Thursday.

Following government guidelines, we are introducing staggered start and finish times. For Year 6, children are expected to arrive to school at 9.15am. They will be guided straight into their classroom after using our new handwashing facilities in the playground. It is vital that your child is not late – you may be asked to wait if you arrive later than your allocated time. You will be able to collect Year 6 children through the same gates at 3.00pm.

As a school we have chosen to keep our curriculum as normal as possible and will be providing opportunities to support all children to catch up with any lost learning.

In English this term we will be focusing on biographies and autobiographies, as well as a variety of other writing genres based upon ‘The Deathwood Letters’.

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 reasoning
problems involving measure, shape and statistics. It is important that all children know and can quickly recall all multiplication facts up to 12×12.

The topics this term are:

In Science, children will learn about electricity and building circuits. They will focus on what components can be added or removed to change circuits, as well as draw them using symbols.

Our geography topic will be based on North America during Autumn 1. Children will learn about the human and physical geography of the countries that make up North America. In Autumn 2, our topic will be Mountains. Children will learn about the locations of major mountain ranges, how different types of mountains are formed and the positive and negative aspects of mountain tourism.

In RE children will begin to learn about different religions. In Year 6, we will explore what will make Wolverhampton a more respectful place. Children will also become bloggers in Computing. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum.

PE days for Year 6 are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child wears a warm sports kit to school on these two days as we intend to take the children outside as much as possible. We would also like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions and all long hair must be tied back.

We look forward to a safe and sound start to learning and progress once again but we also understand that you might have lots of questions and queries. We will try and keep you updated through our school website as well as Class Dojo, where you will be able to communicate with the class teachers directly.

Many thanks,

Year 6 Team