Events and Trips
Dates for your diaries;-
Thursday 6th – Year 5/6 Hockey
Friday 7th – Writing workshop – Lake Class Parents
Wednesday 12th– Valentines Disco 5 – 6.30pm Years 1-6 pupils
Friday 14th – End of term 3
Monday 24th – Term 4 Back to School
Tuesday 3rd – Parents Evening
Thursday 6th – Parents Evening
Wednesday 18th– Tag Rugby Festival
Thursday 19th – Life Education Van visit to school
Friday 20th – Life Education Van visit to school
Tuesday 31st – Easter Workshop
Thursday 2nd – Easter Walk and Egg Hunt
Friday 3rd – Easter Service in Church at 2pm
End of Term 4
Monday 20th – Term 5 Back to school.
2019 Christmas Box Appeal
Woodford Valley Primary Academy was delighted to support the Trussell Trust (FSCI) Christmas Box Appeal last term. Thank you to all those families who made the commitment of time and money to contribute a box. Thousands of children and families in institutions, kindergartens and schools in poor rural and urban areas, senior citizens homes, Roma communities, protected homes and refugee centres throughout Bulgaria received Christmas presents as a result of the generosity of those taking part in the appeal last year, with a total 9,985 boxes distributed.
Teodora Koleva, Director of FSCI Bulgaria, is in no doubt about the importance of the project. “With the Christmas boxes, we show people who live on the periphery of society, often forgotten and overlooked, that we think of them and believe in them. At Christmas it is important to be good – with our loved ones and acquaintances, and even with people we do not know, with people who need support”.
In the UK hundreds of people gave their time to help sort and pack the boxes. Rich Parsons, the project leader, was amazed by the number of people who gave their time. “Our volunteers are amazing; we simply couldn’t have delivered a successful appeal without them. We’re so thankful to everyone who donated a box or gave their time to help out. We’ve had a fantastic response again from our supporters and their efforts have made a lot of children and families very happy.”
Thank you again for helping Woodford Valley to be part of this – your donations brought joy to those who didn’t have much to celebrate at all last Christmas time.
You can see Christmas boxes being distributed here or go to YouTube and search “FSCI (UK) Christmas 2019”.
Spelling Information Workshop
On Wednesday 27th February we had a Wiltshire advisor in to run an info session on spelling for parents. Below are the resources used in the session, hard copies are also available in Reception.
Tank Museum Trip
On our recent trip to The Tank Museum we received some lovely feedback:
It was great fun having year 4 & 5s visit us on Tuesday. I can only speak for the group that Robin and I had during the morning but I was thoroughly impressed by the children. Not only were they incredibly well behaved, their knowledge about the First World War was very impressive. I was really impressed during our Tommy in the Trenches workshop when two pupils we able to explain to me, completely unprompted, why Archduke Franz Ferdinand being shot in Sarajevo caused the start of the First World War – no mean feat for a year 4/5! The children also asked brilliant questions all day. I especially remember a young lad called Tom who asked brilliant questions throughout our First World War Tank Experience workshop about the Mark IV. It was a real pleasure having all 29 pupils visit us and I can’t commend the children enough.
In December some of our staff and pupils went to Stonehenge along with 100s of local people together for a special photo to celebrate 100 years of care and conservation at Stonehenge. Below is the photo and message from Stonehenge.
Happy New Year from Stonehenge. As promised I am attaching your copy of the photograph taken to mark the centenary of Cecil and Mary Chubb gifting Stonehenge to the nation.
I hope you agree that it is an amazing image and that you enjoyed being part of this very special and historic event.
The photograph is yours to share with family and friends but please note English Heritage retains copyright of this image. If you plan to share this on social media, I would be very grateful if you could include a link to our website giving more details about the centenary http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/stonehenge-100/. You will also find a video of the making of the photo via this link – see if you can spot yourself! We will be using the photo and video throughout the year so you might see these in the national press as well as in use around Stonehenge Visitor Centre.
You may also be interested to know we have a series of events planned for this year, details of which will be on the link above shortly. These include:
An illustrated talk by Julian Richards, archaeologist and expert on Stonehenge:
Thursday 25 January, 5.30pm
Education Room, Stonehenge Visitor Centre
Archaeologist and author Julian Richards will give an illustrated talk: ‘Stonehenge – 1900 -1920’ which will examine the changes that took place around a century ago. From the first scientific excavation and extensive restoration to new ownership, these decades altered the physical appearance of Stonehenge and paved the way for a greater understanding of its complex history. It was also a time which changed the ways in which Stonehenge could be experienced. Julian will be signing copies of his book during the day in the shop and after the talk in the education room.
This talk is free to attend but so we know how many people will be attending, please email email@example.com stating the number of people in your party.
The whole school were set the task of producing a piece of art inspired by the Constable in Context exhibition currently on at Salisbury Museum click here to see their website.
Each class produced their artwork in class and it was then sent away to be mounted and framed. On Friday 25th November 2016 our school hall was transformed into an art gallery and we all came to view our pictures as well as wander around the gallery and see what everyone else had produced!
Click here to see a video of our amazing Art Gallery.