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Newsletter – Friday 23rd June 2017

Whole School News

I hope you will agree that we had a very successful Move-Up day on Wednesday this week.  The year 6 children who will be attending Langtree spent the day there providing an ideal opportunity for us to experience life as it will be next year here.


We welcomed two new teachers who will be with us in September. Mr Lane, who will be teaching in year 4 and Miss Smith who will be teaching in year 5.  We will let you know in due course where the TAs will be placed for next year.  In the meantime, for clarification, the teaching structure for next year will therefore be as follows:


Reception (Oak) Miss Beesley
Year 1 (Hornbeam) Miss Ouellette – 4 days, Mrs Welsh – 1 day
Year 2 (Beech) Mrs Pearson – 3 days, Mrs Bodeker – 2 days
Year 3 (Ash) Mrs Peacock
Year 4 (Rowan) Mr Lane
Year 5 (Maple) Miss Smith
Year 6 (Willow) Mrs Wornham

We will sadly say goodbye to Mrs Hetherton, as you know and also Mrs Fletcher who is leaving us to support her family more. We will miss both of them very much but they haven’t gone yet and we will continue to enjoy the rest of the term with them both.


Mr Jones will still be here to support our work at the school alongside some new challenges that he has set for himself next year –more news to follow!



Your child’s end of term report will be coming home during the week of the 10th of July.  It will contain a feedback sheet, as usual.  Please fill it in and return it to us if you have the time.  It is really helpful to us to receive the feedback and we do read them all!


Class News

Oak Class

Oak class enjoyed spending time in Year One during ‘Move up day’. They had fun making portraits of themselves. The children have also enjoyed learning about sharing in maths and what you do with an odd amount. Miss Beesley would like to remind the Parents of children in Oak class that our coffee morning to welcome new Parents of children joining in September will be on Thursday 29th June starting at 9.30 a.m.


Hornbeam Class

The class enjoyed their visit to Beale Park on Tuesday of this week. The visit was linked to the work the class are doing about animals and their habitats. In Maths the children have been learning about arrays and how these mathematical patterns can help with shopping. The Year 1 teachers need to remind you that the children need full PE kit on a Monday and a Thursday.


Beech Class

The children in Beech class have had another fabulous week of learning despite the intense heat. They have enjoyed writing their stories entitled ‘The day the Giant Came to School’. Next week the class will be working on poetry writing using the ‘Ning, Nang Nong by Spike Milligan as a starting point.


Ash Class

At this time of year it isn’t always possible for us to use our own field for sports activities because of exams at Langtree, so Ash class used the village recreation ground for their rounders. It was all going really well until a dog ran off with the rounder’s ball! The children will find another ball and continue practicing and will offer the dog a place on the fielding team, it might be of help.


Rowan Class

After their trip to Englefield Estate the children in Rowan class have been writing ‘Thank you’ letters to Richard Benyon whose family own the Estate. In PE they have been training in preparation for Sports Day by practicing sprinting, throwing and jumping.


Maple Class

Maple Class are enjoying two days of trips and survived their sleepover in school last night. Yesterday the class visited Winchester Science Centre; it has the largest standalone planetarium cinema in the UK so we are all looking forward to hearing how the visit went. Today the class are visiting Thatcham Discovery Centre where the children can interact with nature whilst walking a network of footpaths and they will also have the opportunity to study the natural history displays.


Willow Class

This week Year 6 have been preparing for the Yr. 5/6 play, they have been making props, painting scenery and producing the tickets. Those going to Langtree had a fabulous day visiting their Secondary School on Wednesday and came back to class with enthusiastic stories of their adventures.


Play Performances – Tuesday 27th June 6.30 p.m. – Wednesday 28th June 6.15 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by FOWPS so make sure you have some money with you.


 Open Afternoon

We have enjoyed seeing you all in school for the Open Afternoon; it is lovely to see the children sharing work with visitors to the school. Thank you all for taking the time to come.

The picture below shows children in Hornbeam class working outside.



A reminder that the Summer Fair is on Friday 30th June. Please return all sold and unsold raffle tickets to the school office by Tuesday 27th June. If you can help either at the Fair or setting up beforehand there are sign- up sheets in the school foyer, any help will be really appreciated.


Fund raising

The school discos raised £420 and the cake sale raised £40 for Oak class and £40 for Ash class.



June 2017  
Tuesday 27th June – 6.30 p.m. Year 5/6 Performance – ‘The Amazing Adventures of Superstan’
Wednesday 28th June – 6.15 p.m. Year 5/6 Performance – ‘The Amazing Adventures of Superstan’
Friday 30th June 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Woodcote Primary School Summer Fair
July 2017  
Tuesday 4th July School Sports Day


KS2 Morning – 9.30 a.m.

KS1 Afternoon – 1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 5th July INSET DAY
Thursday 6th July Back up day for Sports Day
Thursday 13th July Leavers BBQ and Sleepover
Friday 14th July Clubs Finish
Thursday 20th July Leavers Assembly
Friday 21st July End of Term