Welcome to our school’s website, I hope that you enjoy looking through our pages and finding out a little bit more about our school. If you are in the area, you are more than welcome to come and have a look around so you can experience first-hand some of the exciting and creative learning that takes place at Woodcote. If you are not able to visit, then we hope that this website will give you a flavour of our school.
We encourage our children to ‘rise to the challenge’, to persevere and to try their best. This is demonstrated through our Wonderful Woodcote Work Awards and Brilliant Behaviour Awards. The children love receiving their ‘smiles’ and ‘stars’. Once they have completed a row, they come to share their good news with me and help me to send a text to their parents to celebrate. We share these successes with the whole school on a Monday morning.
Our dedicated staff respect the children’s individuality and ensure that they have opportunities to develop in all areas of learning through a balanced, creative curriculum. Every Friday morning a class lead an assembly where they share their learning with the school; parents and grandparents are also invited in to watch their child’s assembly. We are preparing our children for a journey of lifelong learning. We encourage confidence, curiosity and a positive attitude to learning so that we can equip the children with the right skills and qualities to help them to learn. Through a homework project, our children decided upon what they would like to ‘learn’ throughout their time at Woodcote. We had some amazing and interesting responses which will be displayed in the school entrance reception. We also ran a competition for the children to come up with a statement that they felt encompassed their Woodcote journey. Libi in Year 3 came up with the phrase. ‘From tiny seeds…to glorious trees!’ The School Council and the Governors unanimously chose this as the winning phrase. Well done Libi!
We believe in working in partnership with our parents and carers. By working together we are giving the children the best opportunities to succeed. We will always listen carefully to feedback, taking on board suggestions and comments. We have bought in the services of a questionnaire company who are currently analysing responses to our latest parental, pupil, Governor and staff questionnaires. The results of the surveys have been published on Pelican Post and will be available on the website shortly. We have responded to some of the concerns raised and will be holding a Parental Forum the first Wednesday afternoon after each holiday. Our first forum was on Wednesday 5th June; your will find a summary of what was discussed on the Parents page. Any suggestions for discussion topics for futire meetings, should be brought to the office by the Wednesday prior to the holiday, so that we can let you know what we will be discussing on the Pelican Post; this will also give parents unable to attend a chance to let us add their views to the discussion.
Parents’ Evenings are held termly, as well as workshops to help parents and carers support their children at home. We have held an early literacy and numeracy workshop for the younger children’s parents in the Autumn Term and held a ‘Working in Partnership’ evening on 10th April; if you have any other ideas for workshops that you would find useful, then please let us know.
As you may be aware, the Government give funding to schools for looked after children, and children who are in receipt of free school meals or have been in previous years. We ensure that the money is spent wisely to ensure that the children benefit directly from the extra funding. In the past year the money has been spent on the following:
- Subsidising swimming lessons, residential visits, visits and visitors to enhance the curriculum
- Providing music tuition to whole year groups and individual children
- Providing additional Teaching Assistants to give extra support where needed
- Providing places at the breakfast club
- Providing an additional Lunchtime Supervisor who is able to run a Nurture group, offering support to children when they need it most
- Providing 1:1 tuition
- Providing additional training for teachers and assistants to enable them to support children with specific needs, i.e. Attachment Disorder
Without this additional funding, many of the opportunities that all children have benefitted from, would not have been able to happen. These opportunities develop and foster the children’s love of learning; impacting on their attainment and progress in all areas of the curriculum.
This is a very exciting year for us and we will be developing the content of our website during this term, so please do come back and visit us regularly. You can also follow us on Twitter @woodcoteschool or visit our Facebook page ‘Woodcote Primary School’.
Mrs S. Jones
The children in Year 5 & 6 held a fantastic Science Fair this afternoon for parents and carers. The rest of the school also came over to have a look and we were all amazed by the children’s scientific knowledge. Read more…
Use the updated calendar to check on events and holidays.
Take a look at Back To School Magazine, a new digital magazine for parents of primary school children. It’s full of useful information such as helping with homework, SAT’s, phonics, numeracy and literacy. Sign up now and you will receive Read more…
I am very pleased that many of the children are now completing both Behaviour and Merit charts. If your child has completed their chart, you will receive a letter inviting you into a celebration assembly over the next few weeks. Thank Read more…
REMINDER: Due to local elections, school will not be open on Thursday 2nd May to most children. Year 6 should attend in the morning as usual but will be finishing school at 12.15pm. Thank you for your understanding.
If you have any unwanted garden supplies e.g. seeds, plants, pots, ornaments etc please could you donate them to Rowan and Willow classes. As part of our ‘Life Skills’ gardening sessions we are aiming to enhance the garden and playground Read more…
Please send all parent questionaires back in to school no later than Monday 4th February 2013. Thank you.