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Woodlands News 9 June 2023

June is whizzing past all too quickly, highlighted by the fact that our end of year Sports Day is already upon us next week. Please do come and join in the fun on Tuesday from  9.15-11.15am with drinks beforehand next to the track on the back field.

Your children have had a typically busy and varied Woodlands’ week:

  • They rode their bikes and scooters around the Astro turf;
  • They met their new Headmaster;
  • They learnt how to say bucket and spade in French. (Ask them if they can remember how?);
  • They have played working at the car wash and made bracelets with tricky words to read on them.
  • They have enjoyed playing What’s the time Mr Wolf ?
  • They have learnt about jelly fish.
  • In Music, they learnt a song about a star fish which led on to talking about the animal food chain.
  • They have continued to take care of their tomato plants and bean stalks.
  • They even tried to write their own words with chalk on the tarmac.

Take a look at some photos below:


Your children are like sponges! They ask us so many questions and every day their inquisitiveness leads us down many ‘In the Moment’, exciting routes.

Thank you to all of you who were able to come out to the Parent Consultation Evenings this week. We enjoyed having a chance to talk to you face to face. Lots of our reflections have made us realise just how much your children have changed and grown during this past school year. As a teacher, it makes one realise what a privilege it is to spend a whole year with a child in one’s care. And, how emotional it can be to have to say goodbye to them at the end of the year. I love this poem especially as the end of an academic year creeps nearer. It reminds me that children are meant to gradually become more independent.

You Were Born with Potential, by Rumi

You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.

You have wings.

Learn to use them and fly.

If you have any questions after your meeting or have anything that you forgot to ask, please do not hesitate to get back to your child’s teacher or me next week.

Have a happy weekend with your Woodlander and let them get some running practice in for Tuesday morning’s Sports Day, if you are out and about in the fresh air!

With my best wishes

Shirley Hayman

Head of Woodlands

From the Junior Librarians

Much Too Busy by John Bond

Mouse and Pigeon could not be more different. Mouse is used to the slower pace of life, taking in all that the world has to offer along the way. Pigeon on the other hand is ‘much too busy’.  One day Mouse joins Pigeon on his walk (aka dash) home, giving him the chance to try to show Pigeon the smaller things in life – if only Pigeon would slow down to listen. 

Packed with vibrant illustrations and endearing characters that are reminiscent of Bond’s successful Mini Rabbit series, Much Too Busy more than lives up to expectations.