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 Spring term at Woden Primary. We trust you had an enjoyable and restful holiday.

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. 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 and developing sentence structure and story writing.  We will be thinking about describing characters and story settings using adjectives.

In Maths, our focus will be on adding and subtracting. We will be learning about place value of numbers and using them to find totals.  We will also be looking at naming and describing properties of 2d and 3d shapes.  As well as looking at money and identifying English coins.

The topic this term will be Under the Sea. During our topic lessons in the afternoon we will be learning all about the animals that live under the sea, the environment and how animals survive in the water. We will be organising a trip to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham during this term. A letter about the trip will be sent out shortly.

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. We will be changing your child into their full P.E kit this term so it is important your child can undress and dress themselves.  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 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 class teacher.

Many thanks,

Miss Hopley and Mrs Jones

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 3Miss C. Purchase

Class 4 – Miss E. Crump

Year 1 Teaching Assistants are Mrs V. Williams, Mrs A. Childs and Miss C. Lee.

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 following 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, children will also be given Extended Learning to complete every three weeks. This work to complete at home will be given out and collected in three weeks after.

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 collectors and story tellers to develop their Computing skills. There will be additional directed sessions on laptops and iPads linked to the curriculum. Children will explore different styles of music such as Blues, Baroque, Bhangra and Folk during their Music lessons.

PE days for Year 1 will remain as Monday and Tuesday. 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.

In each classroom we have a water filter for children to access fresh drinking water throughout the day. If you would like to send a water bottle in with your child for them to fill up and use throughout the day, please ensure that it is clearly 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  

Class 6 – Mrs L. Godfrey

Both classes are also further supported by additional teachers:

Mrs S. Smith and Mrs A. Broomhall (Welcome back from the maternity leave)

Year 2 Teaching Assistants are: Mrs L. Jones

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 have set homework twice every half-term. This will help children to practise Maths and English skills based on their learning during this term alongside current Topic and Science units.  We also expect pupils to read their school book every day and discuss related questions given at the back of the book.

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 write 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 Science sessions children will learn about famous scientists and carry out simple experiments to investigate theories. They will be using their knowledge to predict what will happen in their investigation before testing this out to find out the results.

In RE we will read and share stories from Islam and Sikhism. Children will also become Photographers 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 2 will continue to be Wednesday and Thursday. 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,

Welcome back to the spring term at Woden Primary. We hope you had a restful holiday and wish you a Happy New Year!

The Year Group is still made up of two classes:

Class 7 – Miss E. Rabone

Class 8 – Miss J. Matthews

Year 3 Teaching Assistants are Mrs E. Warren, Miss V. Shinh and Mrs S. Borsellino.

In English this term we will be focusing on myths, explanation texts, poetry and mystery. 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 Maths 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.

PE days for Class 7 are Tuesday and Wednesday and Class 8 are on a Wednesday 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 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 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 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 Talbot

Class 10 – Miss Skidmore

Year 4 Teaching Staff is Mr. Patel and Mrs Sandhu

Year 4 pupils will stay in their classes for most of the subjects, except spellings, 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, every 3 weeks.

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 information 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 Rainforest.  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 Tuesday (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 – Miss F. Betts

Class 12 – Miss A. Cook

The third teacher in the year group is Mrs. M Chima who works across 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 three 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.

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 Class 11 are Thursday and Friday. Class 12 will have swimming on Wednesday and P.E on Friday. Class 12 will continue with their swimming until after February half term when it is then swapped over and Class 11 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,

Miss Cook and Miss Betts

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, to this end, we have been lucky enough to be given an additional teacher for maths and English; this will result in smaller groups with more focused teaching and support.  Please be aware that your child may swap groups.  Please ensure your child is in school for week beginning 11th May 2020 as these tests inform both yourself and your child’s secondary school of their performance.

The topic for 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 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. Class 13 will continue to go swimming on a Wednesday afternoon so please ensure that they have their swimming costume in school. Class 14 will continue to have PE on a Wednesday and Friday and Class 13 will continue to have PE on Friday afternoons.

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 lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Christmas term and we realise how expensive it is!

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

Many thanks,

Miss. A Corns, Mrs. L. Rush, Mrs. N. Thomas and Mrs. S. Walmsley