Weekly News w/c 14th February

General News

Nearly the half term holiday!

Where has the time gone – one moment it was January and here we are at half term already. Despite the challenges that have been presented by the pandemic, I hope that you are all starting to feel that locally and nationally, that things are feeling a bit brighter.

The recent kind weather (don’t mention Storm Eunice en route!) has allowed many children to really enjoy playing together at break times. We plan to continue finding opportunities for children to enjoy working together in the second part of the spring term, such as our Reading Friends initiative.

This week alone has been a huge highlight in my time here as Head. Who would’ve thought that something as simple as an in-person parent consultation would be something to celebrate, but the smiles from you all as you stepped through the doors this week have been wonderful to see. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back into school again.

The rest of the spring term brings much to look forward to, including World Book Day the first Thursday back where we’ll be asking your children to dress up as their favourite storybook character, plus Red Nose Day, not to mention a fast-increasing number of inter and intra-sporting events. We also look forward to the return of after-school clubs for your children to enjoy.

For now, all that remains is to wish you and your families a fun and healthy half term break.

Mrs K Daly


PE Kit & Clubs

You should now have received an email reminding you of any after-school activities that your child has signed up to after half term.

Latest update: your child may temporarily wear PE kit into school for the following:

  • All PE days (please see previous newsletter for details)
  • Curriculum tennis (currently Year 6 on Tuesdays only)
  • After school tennis
  • All days that they have an after school club

We are aware that for some children, this means that PE kits will be worn more than normal. We will review this temporary measure after half term and as always, keep you updated ahead of any changes. Thank you for your cooperation.

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

We are excited to be celebrating World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday 3rd March (the first week back after half term).

On the day, the children will be treated to a special extra assembly around the theme of ‘I am a reader.’ Children will also be able to join their Reading Friends to encourage the love of books! Years 1 and 2 will have a visit to Woodbridge Library and all years will be able to dress up! Here are some more details…

Dress Up For World Book Day

Dress up as your favourite book character – back by popular demand! You have the half term break to come up with your outfit! Be as creative or as simple as you like – the idea is not to spend ££s  but to encourage your child to look around the house to find creative and cost effective ways to dress as their favourite character. The only stipulation is that the character should be one from a storybook.

Yes, there will be prizes! A huge thanks to renowned children’s author, Danny Wallace, who has very kindly donated signed copies of his very latest book, The Luckiest Kid in the World, which will be given out to the most creative outfits in year groups 2-6. F1 to Y1 won’t miss out either – we have special book-themed prizes for every year group.

Woodbridge Primary Reading Raffle

On World Book Day, we will be launching The Woodbridge Primary Reading Raffle; this is a new competition that is, quite simply, about reading.

Going forward, you will notice your child’s reading record will be split into two: one side will be used to record the reading they are doing in school and the other will be for recording the reading that happens at home.

If your child completes their required number of reads per week (as set by their class teacher), they will receive a raffle ticket to put in the hat for their key stage. At the end of each half term, we will draw a name from each hat: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 (years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 and 6).

The winning ticket holder will win a prize. So, the more times your child completes their reading at home, the more tickets they will have in the hat, and the more chance they have of winning a prize!

Download Woodbridge Primary Reading Raffle Poster

Book Sale – Friday 4th March

A big thanks to Eve Grigsby-Smith and daughters Amelie (Y3) and Olivia (Y6) who have kindly offered to run a fundraising book sale on Friday 4th March. Please ask your child to bring their unwanted books into class or drop them by the office and we will ensure that they go to good homes. You may wish to arm your child with some cash (books will go for amounts such as 25p, 50p and £1) on the morning of Friday 4th so that they can visit the sale and bring some books home with them! All monies raised will go to the school.

We will be accepting donations from Monday 28th February and children will be able to visit the sale in school time on Friday 4th March between 3pm- 3.30pm.

Confirmation on PD Days – 2023

Organised types will like to know that we have confirmed the provisional PD days for 2023. You can see these at our Term Dates page.

Dinner money – payments due

Please can you make your dinner money payments for the next half term. The amounts are as follows:

  • Every day – £69.00
  • 1 week – £11.50
  • Fridays – £13.80
  • 1 day – £2.30

Comic Relief – Friday 18th March

We will be supporting Red Nose Day later next month, so watch this space for information about what we have planned!

Summer Fayre is BACK!

We’re delighted to say that our Summer Fayre will be returning (date tbc) and we need lots of hands to make light work! If you’d like to join the team making it happen, then please complete this form so that we can pop you on our volunteer list. The form will ask you to indicate your availability so that we can send you the right information. As well as getting involved in organising and running events for the children, we’re also keen to hear of gardeners, carpenters, builders and those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty! Thank you in advance.

Y5 would like your empty shoe boxes!

After half term, Year 5 are going to be designing and making space buggies as part of a design technology project. We would be grateful if you could save any cardboard boxes that are shoe box sized or smaller that might be useful and send them in after half term. Many thanks!

…Y2 would like your jam jars!

After the half term break we are going to be making a silhouette light jar as part of our study of The Great Fire of London. Could children please bring in a jam jar (or a jar of a similar size) for this activity.

St John’s Church holiday club

Our friends at St John’s Church are running a half term holiday club from Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th February. The sessions are ideal for reception through to Year 6 children and offer lots of fun and interesting activities to keep the children entertained. Please take a look at the flyer and registration form if you are interested.

Ipswich Fit

Ipswich Fit has an exciting half term holiday programme including racquet sports, family rollerskating and bouncy play. Some of the activities are designed to be disability-friendly and include a free lunch, with places prioritised for those with disabilities or eligible for free school meals. Visit the Ipswich Fit Half Term page for more.

Free Zoom Workshops – managing anxiety & challenging behaviour

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has shared information about some free virtual workshops on supporting young people with anxiety & challenging behaviour. Read the information sheet for details on how to book onto the 60-minute Zoom sessions.

Twos Tuesday – Georgios & Daddy Computer Build Challenge

Georgios in F2 has worked with Dad Panagiotis (Panos) to build a fully capable computer that would cost £20.22 or less! Read about their milestones so far in this fantastic blog post Georgios & Daddy.

Here is a picture of Georgios holding the little computer. He hopes to play Sonic the Hedgehog once the project is finished and even log into Oxford Reading Buddy using it! Top marks!

There’s still time to join in the fun! Here’s the FOWPS flyer with details.

Twos Tuesday – Seb’s Magic Show

Seb (Y1) magicked up his £20.22 by putting on a magic show for friends, family and neighbours. Seb sold tickets for £1 a time and then sold cakes that he had baked that morning for a further £1 each. Here he is shown pulling a rabbit from his hat, much to the surprise of his audience!

Twos Tuesday – Freya Skips and Jumps (Day 15)

Freya has hopped, star jumped and pencil jumped 22 times every day and today is day 15! Here is a snippet of some of her jumps! Every day Freya has worn a different costume. She has been Belle, Jessie, Anna, Elsa, Jasmine, Ariel, Poppy, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, and Freya herself! Her sister Yasmin is always by her side 🙂