Half way!?

Good afternoon everyone. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for all you are doing to help make the most of this new way of learning.

I know how challenging it can be – I am certainly facing challenges too – but am so grateful that children are ‘turning up’, getting involved and still producing some excellent work

It was most unexpected, but very lovely, to receive my gifts earlier this week, and I am very touched by the gesture – thank you. Thanks also to those who have emailed with kind words of appreciation as well as to let me know the pleasures and pains of your experiences!

I very much look forward to having everyone back in the classroom but hope we can continue to have some enjoyment and success until then.

Have a great weekend, Miss E

WOW Activity Tracker Update

WOW Activity Tracker

A Short Introduction for Parents/Carers


As you know, our school is partnered with the national walking charity Living Streets to deliver their walk to school challenge, WOW. The initiative encourages pupils to stay active and rewards them with collectable badges when they walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school.

With much learning now online, and many pupils at home, Living Streets has made some temporary changes to the initiative to also allow pupils who are not travelling to school to record physical activity they do at home. They have called it the WOW Activity Tracker! 

As you know, daily physical activity is essential for children’s mental and physical health, so we’d like to invite you to participate by logging your child’s activity from home. By doing so they can still be in with a chance to earn their badge/s on return to school. And in the meantime, to keep children motivated, some special digital/printable rewards are up for grabs at the end of each month.

To take part, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to traveltracker.org.uk site and use the following three-word classroom access code to log in: empty-cheer-uncle
  2. Check out his short step-by-step guide on how to log your child’s activity.
  3. Make sure you only log your child’s activity and that’s it, your child is one step closer to earning their badge!

If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQs page – parents’ section.

We hope you will start using the WOW Activity Tracker along with the rest of the school. 

All the best,

Mr Trevor

PSHE – Monday 25th January 2021

Have a look through the images we began to study last week. Have a think about who you might like to support or to hold an event for. It might be that you want to raise money for Comic Relief or a more local charity that might be significant to you. Answer the following questions: 

1. What challenges/ideas do you know of that can help others? 

2. How might you feel to take part in a fundraising challenge?

3. What ideas of a challenge or an event do you have? 

4. Have you ever supported a charity?

5. What charity would you like to support? 

I have set the task through Microsoft Assignments as usual.

Mr Trevor

Science – Monday 25th January 2021

Good morning Year 6. I hope you’re keeping well. I will be uploading both the science and PSHE work to the blog site for this afternoon. I will be setting up the assignments as normal for you to complete the work.

Learning Objective: To be able to classify plants according to their characteristics.

Step 1: Please look through the following presentation:

Step 2: Choose an activity from the Word document to complete:

  1. Complete Activity 3C or 3D where you will be classifying plants according to their characteristics.
  2. EXTENSION: Have a go at creating a classification key using one of the templates provided. (3A/3B)

I will set the task through Microsoft Assignments as usual.

Mr Trevor

School Closure – Monday 25th January 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Due to the continuing snowfall and forecast for an overnight freeze, I have consulted with the Governing Body and made the decision that it would be unsafe to open the school tomorrow for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Therefore, due to the safety of everyone and possible staff shortages, Woodthorpe will be closed tomorrow. I will contact you again tomorrow afternoon once we know situation for Tuesday. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but these are very challenging times. 

The online learning for pupils will still be available for pupils. We will continue to invite pupils to their English and maths lesson through Microsoft Teams in the morning, and the class blog sites will have content for the foundations subjects in the afternoon. Please try to make some free time to enjoy the snow and send us your snowy pictures of your children having fun! 

Take good care of yourselves, and we hope to get back to our on-site provision for critical workers and vulnerable pupils as soon as possible and safe to do so. Kind regards

Ms L. McGrath 

Woodthorpe’s PE App!!!

To support children and families through lockdown 3.0 we have a free Home PE App, so your children can access meaningful PE at home. Giving you a suitable solution for physical skill development as a replacement for structured and meaningful PE. 
Each week we will provide children with a range of video activities through the App, the videos activities are fully differentiated and easy to follow, most children should be able to work independently.  The Home PE App will allow your children to;

  • Have Fun and Be Active
  • Develop Fitness
  • Develop Sports Skills
  • Maintain Wellness

This will be achieved through a range of;  

  • Active Warm Up’s and Fitness activities
  • Development of Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Technical Skill Activities
  • Dance  
  • Yoga

You can download your schools Home PE App by signing up for free here:https://s1.myamaven.com/woodthorpe-ji-school-pe-app
You will then be able to download your App to your smartphone or tablet, and you can ping the videos to a larger screen such as your TV or monitor should you wish.

Mr Trevor

County Lines – Parents/Carers Guide

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend.