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As you may be aware, in September 2011 the revised primary school curriculum was introduced to include essential skills for life and learning. Financial capability is included as part of ‘mathematical understanding’ which contains a section on money and a section on economic wellbeing. These changes are designed to teach the next generation how to save, budget and manage their money in the future so the country’s economy is healthier. To support these changes and to help the children to understand the basic principles we have our very own savings bank!
Your child can open a Woodford Valley School Savings Account with as little as £1 and with their first deposit they will receive a free gift – a smart ‘Woodford Valley money box’. To encourage them to save at home they will also receive a reward chart; this is designed to keep at home to record the money that goes into their money box which they can earn for good behaviour or helping in the house.
Your child’s money will be held in an HSBC Current Account and will not receive interest at the current time but may do so in the future. They will, however, receive a free Woodford Valley calculator when the account balance reaches £50 and a Woodford Valley wallet when it reaches £100.The bank is open on a Wednesday at morning playtime (10.10-10.30) when they can deposit, or withdraw, their hard earned cash using their very own Savings Account book. The bank is run by pupils (overseen by the office) which is another fantastic way of learning about money! Ask your child to come to the bank for an application form if this is something they would enjoy and they will be trained as a junior banker!
If your child would like to open an account please fill in the application form with them and return it to the school office.
You can help support these changes at home too; here are some tips to help teach your child about money.
Opening a children’s bank account is a good way to build up funds, whilst teaching your child about money. With the rising costs of living, university, cars and housing, it makes good sense to introduce your children to saving at an early stage. Of course we don’t know exactly what the future holds for them yet but it certainly helps to be prepared. When they finish college, they might want to head on to university, buy a new car or travel the world – all of which cost lots of money! Encouraging children to save also teaches them about money and the importance of making good financial decisions – an invaluable lesson that will stand them in good stead for the future. Your child opening a bank account is a great way to get them involved with saving and understanding money. The following ideas can also help make saving fun:-
Set them weekly tasks and reward them with some coins for their money box. When they have built up a few coins, ask them to count it and take a trip to the school bank to pay it in.
These are just suggestions, you may have own ideas for encouragement.
There are a selection of forms for you below. You can download and email them to the firstname.lastname@example.org or print and send them into the school office.
The following form should be used for informing us of a planned absence during term time:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO ABSENCES AUTHORISED DURING SAT WEEK (13th-17th MAY 2019)
When sending in a holiday request form please click on the link below and read the information carefully:
If you are aware that your child will be absent from school for a medical appointment etc. click the link below:
The form below is for informing us if your child has been of from school for illness etc.:
If you would like to order uniform, click on the link below:
If your child needs medicine administered during the school day please fill in the form below:
This is our policy for administering medicine at school:
A menu will be emailed to you on Monday of each week (there are also hard copies available in reception). Please return the order slip and payment in a named envelope to the school office by Wednesday. Please do not send it in any later than this as we need time to process the slips and order the food.
If you have ordered a meal and your child is off sick the first day of sickness is not refunded as the food has already been ordered, for days of sickness after this, or for trips and school closure days, please see the office for a refund.
We would like to remind parents that Woodford Valley Academy is a Nut and Egg Free Zone.We have children who are highly allergic to nuts and eggs and their welfare is of the upmost importance to the school.
Thank you for your support and co-operation
Lunchtime at Woodford Valley
Lunch at Woodford Academy is served at 12 o’clock for key stage 1 children and 12.30 for key stage 2.
We serve a healthy, hot main meal and desert everyday.
After you’ve seen the menu, you can choose which days you’d like to have a hot meal or which days you’d like to bring a packed lunch but we all eat together in our lovely big hall!
We buy our food from local businesses; our locally sourced meat is from Pritchetts in Salisbury.
Fresh fruit, bread and yoghurts are also available everyday.
We learn about good table manners and get stickers for using them or for having a clean plate!
We love our school meals!
This school is committed to creating the ethos in which children can grow towards Christian Life, Learning and Love.
Our positive learning environment is built on an enriching and creative curriculum. As an academy, we are able to blend national objectives with our individual tailor made provision. This, combined with our teaching and subject expertise, ensures a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum. Literacy and Numeracy skills are linked meaningfully throughout our vibrant programme of learning, both inside and outside the classroom.
Click on the Subject below to view curriculum content.
Philosophy 4 Children
The 2014 National Curriculum provides a basic curriculum framework to ensure the intellectual, physical and creative development of primary children. As stated above, we have designed our own enriched curriculum programme.
It should be noted that R.E. is not a National Curriculum subject, but must be taught by law and in a Church School such as ours, assumes a high profile.
In addition, the school curriculum also addresses cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, Equal Opportunities, British Values and Multi-Cultural Education.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and had the chance to catch up with family and friends in a safe way. It is good to have some normality coming back into our lives at last. I cannot believe we are in the summer terms already, this year is certainly whizzing by! This term, the children will enjoy the opportunity of being outside more with their friends.
Our worship focus this term is Forgiveness. ‘Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others’ Matthew 6:12. We will look at how important it is to be able to forgive yourself as well as others. We will also look at the importance of moving on once we have forgiven each other-something we can all find tricky at times.
Now we are in the summer terms please can you make sure that your child/children are sun creamed before coming to school and have a hat to wear if we eventually see some sun! We are happy for sun cream to come to school but please be aware the children will have to apply it themselves when necessary. Children are more likely to take off sweatshirts and jumpers and leave them outside so please make sure that these are labelled so we can return them quickly. Please can I remind you to ensure that children with long hair keep it tied up throughout the day too.
Annual Service – Wednesday 23rd June
Our baptism, admission to communion and confirmation service is in June again this year. Please let the school know as soon as possible if you would like your child to take part in any of these. Note that confirmation is for Year 6s only.
Drop off and Collection
Our pick up and drop off arrangements are working well and we will continue with these this term. Please can you ensure that when you drop off in the morning you use the ‘drive through’ as staff are waiting to meet the children. We have become slightly concerned about some children who are leaving parents before the drive through and are crossing over the road on their own.
We are continuing in our class bubbles within school and would appreciate your full support on this once the children leave to go home. The weather is improving and the temptation to hang around after school will become greater but we still need to ensure that everyone remains safe so please support us in not mixing after school. We hope that this will not be for much longer and once the guidance changes you will be the first to know.
The procedures for reporting COVID19 remains the same as before Easter. If you are carrying out the Lateral Flow Tests at home and have a positive result, your household needs to self-isolate and a PCR test needs to be administered. We appreciate your support with the testing procedures as it helps us to keep everyone in school safe.
There will be a couple of after school clubs running this term these will be in class bubbles. Our breakfast club and Woodpeckers continue to run before and after school, please sign up for these as you would normally do.
We are sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Clifford at the end of this academic year, she has been with us for a long time and we will miss her greatly. Mrs Clifford and her family are moving away from Salisbury and so she will be starting adventures somewhere else, we wish her lots of luck.
We will be holding Sports Day this term but it will be organised differently to meet the current guidance. More information about this will follow later in the term.
I look forward to seeing you in the mornings at drop off.
Mrs Rebecca Carson
Senior Management Team
Mrs Donna Young ~ Mr Dave Reavill ~ Mrs Diane Arrandale ~ Mrs Caroline Conduit
Administration and Finance
Mrs Diane Arrandale ~ Mrs Julie Shuttleworth
Key Stage 2 teachers
Mrs Kate Reavill ~ Mrs Ruth Massie ~ Mrs Rebecca Woodley
Mrs Caroline Conduit ~ Mrs Donna Young ~ Mrs Ara Smith ~ Mr Dave Reavill
Key Stage 1 teachers
Mrs Lisa Higgins ~ Miss Miranda Naish ~ Mrs Katharine Higham ~ Mrs Sue Gallagher
Mrs Anna Glover ~ Mrs Lucy Clifford ~ Mrs Ara Smith
Teaching Assistants and MDSAs
Mrs Jane Jenkins ~ Mrs Dawn Sims ~ Mrs Kerry Green ~ Mrs Alex Ginn
Mrs Melanie Henderson ~ Mrs Andrea Toze ~ Mrs Helen Evison ~ Mrs Tara Nicholson
Mrs Shelly Brewer ~ Mrs Julie Young ~ Mrs Jean Fay ~ Miss Chloe Sainsbury
Mrs Samantha Gray ~ Mrs Ann Stagg
Mrs Melanie Henderson ~ Miss Charlotte Shuttleworth
Mrs Sam Craig ~ Miss Danielle Wyatt
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