Information regarding home learning – 22.11.20

Dear Parents/carers,

Following on from Mrs Crilly’s message regarding the Year 1 bubble closure we are advising all children from our Year 1 classes to remain at home and isolate until Thursday 26th November. Siblings from other year groups can and should go to school if they are well and able.

We will be posting daily learning on class dojos for your child to complete. Due to the shortness of our isolation we will be unable to send paper home learning packs home. We will be asking for evidence of your child’s learning during this time, either as photographs or using the portfolio section of class dojo. We will be collating a daily class register of the children participating in home learning and rewarding those children with dojos!

Mrs Braim will be posting the maths work and Mrs Paterson will be posting the phonics learning. Mrs Hevingham and Mrs Browne will be posting project learning on Monday and Tuesday. Please update your child’s class teacher with evidence as they will need to keep a record of this.

We are looking forward to seeing you back in person on Thursday!

Mrs Braim and Mrs Paterson

Urgent information regarding Year 1 bubble closure 22.11.20

November 22nd 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Unfortunately, I have only today been informed, of a positive case of Covid-19 in our year 1 bubble and am therefore having to close both year 1 classes. This means that Mrs Braim’s Class and Mrs Paterson’s class are both affected. I have liaised closely with the Telford and Wrekin Health Protection Hub; the bubble has been closed down very quickly and none of the children or staff that have been in contact will be in school tomorrow.

The individual that has contracted Covid-19 began showing symptoms on Thursday 12th November and has not been back into school since then. Therefore, all children and staff from year 1 need to isolate until Wednesday 25th November. School will re-open for year 1 and both classes are expected back into school, on Thursday 26th November.

I appreciate that this may be concerning for you, but I would like to remind and reassure you that the school risk assessments are tight, all health and safety measures have been very strictly followed, and no other class bubbles have been affected currently.

If you will have trouble getting other children to school, as you will need to stay home to look after a child isolating, please let the child’s class teacher know. There will be no attendance penalties for those families in this situation.

Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards

Yvonne Crilly

Urgent information regarding Foundation Stage bubble closure 15.11.20

November 15th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today I have been informed of two positive cases of Covid 19 and have had to close our Early Years

Foundation Stage Bubble, this includes both reception classes and morning, and afternoon nursery classes.

I have liaised closely with the Telford and Wrekin Health Protection Hub and the bubble has been closed down very quickly and none of the children or staff that have been in contact will be in school tomorrow.

I appreciate that this may be concerning for you, but I would like to reassure you that the school risk assessments are tight, all health and safety measures have been very strictly followed, and no other class bubbles have been affected currently.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Yvonne Crilly

Headteacher


In response to the queries we have had following my previous notification, for what a Bubble Closure means for the children, please see below:

*If your child’s class has been told their bubble has closed (therefore both rec classes and both nursery sessions), they will need to stay at home and isolate for 14 days. This means not playing with other children, not accessing childcare, or meeting with families or friends out of your household. Siblings and you yourselves, will not need to isolate, unless your child becomes ill with COVID 19 symptoms and subsequently tests positive for Coronavirus.

*If your child is not in any of these classes they will not need to isolate unless they or anyone else in your household is showing symptoms.

*Currently this does not affect any other classes yrs 1-6 remain open.

I apologise that this will cause disruption for many of our families, and can appreciate the inconvenience caused by the impact of this pandemic. However, we must all make sure we do everything we possibly can to minimise the risk to others.

Thank you.

Remembrance Day

This week we are looking at Remembrance Day and why it is celebrated. We have learnt about the history behind the celebration and why we wear and make poppies each year. We have been making our own poppies for a year group wreath using card, watercolours, colouring pencils and felt tips. We have also created a window display in year 1 using our creations. Some children chose to represent fields of poppies using loose parts.

 

 

Help us protect our community

Message from Mrs Crilly
As you are all aware, schools all over the borough are working extremely hard to ensure that pupils attending schools in Telford and Wrekin, continue to stay safe during this pandemic. We are doing our utmost to ensure that we can reduce the risk of transmission in and around school during this time. We are grateful that families are informing us, when children have inevitably been in close contact with others who have received a positive test, or are showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

If you are asked to self-isolate, it is important that you follow the NHS/Government advice, which is there to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that a number of families that should be isolating are not following the isolation guidelines. In practical terms, if you are requested to isolate, this means that you must:
• stay at home
• not go to work, school or public areas
• not use public transport like buses, trains, tubes or taxis
• avoid having visitors to your home or visiting others

Self-isolation is about protecting others and slowing down the spread of COVID-19. It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, limits the number of people they come into contact with for 14 days. This is the most effective way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.

I am saddened that the staff and I feel we need to remind our community about these guidelines again, as I am fully aware that the large majority of us are following the rules and helping to prevent transmission. However, we have had, a number of reports of children and members of their family that should be isolating, playing out in the community with others, visiting friends’ homes and local supermarkets. We have also had secondary pupils that we know should be in isolation due to bubble closures, attempt to gain access to our school site.

I am therefore asking you all once again, to help us to help you, by doing your best to follow the guidance and help to prevent any outbreaks (a sudden rise in the number of positive cases) of COVID 19, here at Woodlands.
Many thanks
Mrs Crilly

Covid 19 update – Message from Mrs Crilly 1/11/20

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you are all aware, although the country has been placed on temporary lockdown, schools will remain open to pupils. The staff and I are committed to ensuring that children are still able to access education and feel it is vital that children can still to go to school. I can assure you all, that we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that we do everything possible, to minimise the risk of contamination, on and around the school site.

This said, we cannot ignore the rising number of positive cases within our local area. As such, from Monday, staff on gate duty will be taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on school grounds. This will include wearing protective face masks and constantly reminding parents that are not in the same household, to socially distance and not walk together when dropping off and collecting children.

Our site is extremely busy, with over 300 people accessing the entrance within a half hour period. I must once again insist, that in order to reduce the number of people on site at any one time, only one adult collects and drops off children; additional adults and older siblings or friends, must wait away from school grounds.

In addition, although I cannot insist that all adults wear face coverings when dropping off and collecting children, I would now recommend this wherever possible, as a preventative measure, to help stop the spread of COVID 19 at a time when cases are again rapidly rising in our local community.

I thank you for your continued support and understanding, as we continue to deal with the implications of this pandemic and do our best to maintain a safe environment for our children and the wider school community.

Many thanks
Mrs Crilly

Celebrating harvest in year 1

In year 1 we would normally join with year 2 to create a harvest festival and invite our grown ups in to come and watch us. This year has been a bit different but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate harvest and share it with our grown ups.

We have learnt, created actions and performed the song ‘Big red combine harvester’. The children have found out about why harvest is celebrated and drew their own red combine harvester that could be shown during the performance.


 

What’s been happening in Year 1 during September?

In year 1 we have been reading ‘Here We Are’ and thinking about the world around us. We have been observing seasonal changes closely and making our own representations of the changing trees. We have also been carefully observing our environment, looking at the world beneath our feet and the world around us.

In snake garden Mrs Braim’s class have been investigating worms and the things that live under the ground. We have been using watercolours, pens, loose parts and natural resources to represent our thinking.

In Mrs Paterson’s class, we have been looking at our communities and comparing with others around the world. We have been researching using google earth and representing using drawing and construction materials

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Read more >

Covid 19 update September

As you are probably aware, there are now a number of schools within the borough, that are reporting positive cases of COVID 19 within their settings. Please click on the link to see the video explaining the importance of social distancing whilst on school grounds, along with some simple tips that everyone can take to help stop the spread of coronavirus and stay safe.

We have also been made aware that the police are monitoring gatherings in and around school grounds, and have been dispersing crowds of 6 or more; stating fines of £200 per person will be imposed, for those caught not following the guidance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGEWkeTT86g&feature=youtu.be

I thank you for your continued support, in helping us to keep our school community safe and well.

Starting school and Secondary places

Applying for Starting School in September 2021

starting school

If your child was born between 1 September 2016
31 August 2017, you can now apply for a Reception place for September 2021.

You will need to apply online at www.telford.gov.uk/admissions and the closing date for all applications is 15th January 2021. All applications must be made by this date.

You must apply if your child was born between 1 September 2016 31 August 2017 and still need to apply even if your child already attends Woodlands Nursery, or any other Nursery/Pre-School setting.

Please ensure you apply by 15th January 2021 and if you need any further information, please contact us.

APPLYING FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE

secondary place

If your child is in Year 6, you can now apply for a secondary school place for September 2021.

You will need to apply online at www.telford.gov.uk/admissions and the closing date for all applications is 31st October 2020. All applications must be made by this date.

You can find out more information on www.telford.gov.uk/admissions where you will be able to find their information booklet. Alternatively, you can also contact School Admissions at admissions@telford.gov.uk for more information.

Please ensure you apply by 31st October 2020 and if you need any further information, please contact us.