September Update – Year 1!

Wow! What a busy first month back at school. Hasn’t it gone quick? The children have worked really hard this month learning new staff members, routines, classrooms and lessons. We are very proud of them all!

In our learning, our topic has been ‘Wild Weather’. Within this we have focused on the changes between the seasons in science, we even set up our own weather station to collect the rain! We have studied how the weather is different in different places in our world in our geography lessons. We have also done lots of art-work based on colour including the primary colours and mixing them to make secondary colours and also warm and cold colours too. As well as this, we have thought about the colours that represent our seasons, with us all completing a leaf rubbing piece of art.

Our other subjects have been PE and music. In indoor PE we have been doing some gymnastics in the hall exploring point and patch balances whilst outdoor we have been playing some playground games. In music we have been finding the rhythm and pulse to the music.

In maths, we have started with some number work, looking closely and really getting to know the numbers within 10. We have also looked at some 2d and 3d shapes and addition and subtraction. We have used lots of practical resources for this and have even started using number lines too!

Be sure to check back at the end of October to see how the rest of our half term went!


Important Update

Hi all,
I am sure many of you will have all seen the news regarding school places for critical workers and vulnerable children. This has recently changed and I have tried to summarise where we are now, following guidance from the Local Authority and the Government this morning, and will keep you informed of any further changes/updates.

Critical Worker – Place Allocation
The terminology has changed from ‘keyworker’ to ‘critical’ and the list of those included in the criteria that are able to access here: Some parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

In addition to this, new guidance from the Government and the Local Authority, now states that children are entitled to a place at school if the family have difficulty engaging in remote/home learning because you do not have internet access or if there are not enough devices for large families-under the category of a ‘vulnerable learner’. It is important to stress that children cannot be offered a place because remote learning is tricky to manage at home. Everyone in school sympathises with you and appreciate how frustrating and challenging this situation is-it is not what any of us would want for the children in our care.

The Government and local authority advice is that, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely, need to attend.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational
settings, the lower the risk, that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. We are therefore providing care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

We are still receiving a high number of critical worker applications so would ask you to check
the guidance carefully before applying. If you have already been allocated a place and after
reading this letter feel that you no longer need your critical worker place, please contact
myself, Mrs Duncombe or Mrs Chaplin. I appreciate that this is very difficult but know that this situation cannot last forever. Please continue to bear with us, we are doing our best to ensure we meet the needs of everyone within the ever-changing guidelines and advice that we are being given.

Mrs C


Madeley Rainbows have spaces for girls aged 5-7 years old.

Every Wednesday 5 – 6.15pm

It is £12 per half term.

If you would like further information please contact Pam Marshall –

or Lynn Bailey at Woodlands.