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Christmas Fair 8th December 2017 @ 6pm, by Mrs Timmis

Date: 15th Nov 2017 @ 2:35pm

Once again we are gearing up for the highlight of the year in many calendars (mainly children's). The Christmas fair with our special visitor from the North Pole who is extremely busy at this time of year. Santa has made time in his schedule to be with us once more! Lots of games and fun are on the agenda we hope you will all join us with your families. 

Breakfast with Father Christmas, by Miss Booth

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 10:35am

Well what a morning we have had! A very special visitor came to see us all the way from the North Pole. Father Christmas arrived in plenty of time to sit down with the children and have breakfast. 

Whilst he was here the children also wrote him letters and handed them to him personally. 

Unfortunately, he couldn't stay all day as he had to shoot off back to his workshop and his reindeer were waiting patiently on the roof! 

The children went back to their classes with bellies full of waffles and hot chocolate. 

Bikeability , by Miss Booth

Date: 4th Dec 2017 @ 3:21pm

A few weeks ago, the children in year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to take part in Bikeability level 2. This is an event that the children look forward to all year and as always they weren't disappointed. The children spent two days practising their cycling skills, starting on the school playground where they were taught how to check over their bikes to make sure they were road safe. Before long the children progressed even further and took their bikes down the road to Clare Street, where they were taught how to make turns in the road, overtake parked cars and stop and start safely.

The instructors were particularly impressed with our children over the two days as there were road works and this meant that the road was even busier than usual with lots of traffic, including lorries as well as cars. We were so proud to hear how sensible and well behaved the children had been, with everyone improving during the course.

Junior Council Meeting, by Miss Booth

Date: 29th Nov 2017 @ 4:00pm

On the morning of Wednesday 22nd November, four of our school ethos group visited Congleton Town Hall. During the morning the children met the Lord Mayor or Congleton and learnt a little more about what he does. Councillor Charles Booth (Lord Mayor of Congleton) spent some time explaining the types of things he is involved with as Lord Mayor to everyone present. The pupils also experienced being involved in council meetings too.

They also had the opportunity to present to other schools what they would do if they were chosen as Lord or Deputy Mayor for the day, which one of our children did. Isabella stood up in front of the other children and adults attending the workshop and shared the presentation she had worked very hard on with the group. She detailed all of the changes she would make to the town and what she would put in place to make it an even better place to live. 

Unfortunately Isabella was not voted into the post, however she was extremely brave to stand up in front of all those people and she had worked on her presentation in her own time.

Following the award for Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor for the day, the schools were split up and put into 4 groups – where they had to discuss what they would do with the “Old Boat” which is sat derelict on the River Dane in Congleton. All the children came up with some “wacky” ideas.

 

 

Head And Assistant Head For A Day!, by Miss Booth

Date: 23rd Nov 2017 @ 1:26pm

As some of you may know, last week was Parliament Week and Anti-Bullying Week. 

During our residential in Condover, the year six children put themselves forward for the roles of Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher. They worked in small groups to create manifestos, detailing how they would make Woodcocks' Well an ever better place. The manifestos were excellent with lots of rest ideas. At the start of Parliament Week, the children in Oak and Maple were given the opportunity too look at the ideas of each pair and vote on who they thought would do the best job. The children with the most votes were Ava and Neaveh! 

On Thursday 16th November, Neaveh and Ava were invited to attend school dressed professionally ready for a day of hard work. Throughout the day the girls introduced assembly, observed a phonics lesson in Blossom and Acorns and a maths lesson in Olive Class. They also listened to some of our children read, taking the opportunity to ask them all about their favourite books and what they enjoy about reading. 

The girls afternoon was just as busy; attending a meeting with the school governors and also meeting with our school ethos group to discuss and create an anti-bullying charter for our school, which you can see below. 

Both Ava and Neaveh really stepped up to their roles and were fantastic leaders! Well done girls! 

We're off! , by Miss Booth

Date: 8th Nov 2017 @ 9:34am

As you can see, year five and six are VERY excited about their trip to Condover! 

See you in three days. 

Cultural Diversity Day , by Miss Booth

Date: 15th Oct 2017 @ 4:59pm

A few weeks ago, our year 6 children were invited by Congleton High School to attend their annual Cultural Diversity Day. Our children look forward to this every September, and by the sounds of things this year didn't disappoint. The children took part in lots of different workshops throughout the day, including: African drumming, Bollywood dancing, wheelchair basketball and beading. 

Here's just a few things our children had to say about their day; 

'It was great becase it was a lot different to what we do at school' Jack 

'The reason I liked it so much was becasue I learnt so much' Roman

'I did things i'd never done before, like wheelchair basketball' Lauren

'I thought it was good beacause it gave us a taste of high school' Thomas

 

Matilda, by Miss Booth

Date: 21st Jul 2017 @ 4:32pm

The drama club’s performance of Matilda was a huge success this morning. The children in the club had been working hard for seven whole weeks, practicing their lines and stage presence. We were all extremely impressed with the costumes too! A huge thank you to Ms Warrilow for all of her hard work.

Ye-Ha, by Miss Booth

Date: 20th Jul 2017 @ 9:48pm

Well what a roaring success the children’s performance of Ye-Ha was!

On Wednesday, the children in year four, five and six performed not one, but two performances and they really were fantastic. The show was jam-packed with cowboys and Indians, saloon girls and grave undertakers, evil mayors and gangs of no good outlaws…as well as a cook who saved the day! The children spent weeks perfecting their lines and dance numbers and were thrilled with the huge applause and cheers at the end.

A huge well done to all of the children who took part! As always a very big thank you to the parents for standing in as random characters at home whilst their children learnt their lines and of course providing odd items of clothing which magically turn into costumes!

The Queens Sapphire Jubilee and Paddington Bear in London Topic Day , by Miss Booth

Date: 28th Jun 2017 @ 4:39pm

Well what an absolutely wonderful day we have had here at Woodcocks’ Well, celebrating the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee! We began our day with Celebration Assembly and kicked off with a rendition of the National Anthem. Everyone was in fine tune and we’re sure the Queen would have been very impressed with us.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side today (we think we used our entire quota up at Chester Zoo!) so our street party became an in-door celebration instead. The children sat at long tables in the hall and enjoyed a feast fit for royalty. We must say a HUGE thank you to both Mrs Gurling and Mrs Hough who worked their socks off in the kitchen this morning and also made the hall look very beautiful. Whilst eating our lunch we gave three cheers to the Queen as we all agreed that 65 years on the throne is quite an achievement. 

Acorns class also celebrated their topic 'Paddington Bear in London' today and enjoyed all sorts of different activites. Keep a look out on their blog to see how much they enjoyed their day. 

A spectacular Summer Fayre and Rose-Queen Crowning. , by Miss Booth

Date: 27th Jun 2017 @ 1:51pm

Saturday 24th June was the date of our annual Summer Fayre and crowning of the Rose Queen as well as the first Flower Festival of Remembrance to be held at Woodcocks’ Well. It was wonderful to see so many children, families, friends of the school and of course past rose-queens joining us on this special day.

We are sure you will agree that the church was decorated beautifully for the flower festival. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind donations towards the flowers as well as the lovely messages of love we received from families for lost loved ones, which were attached to the flowers. A huge thank you must also be said to Mrs Rowley for organising such a wonderful event.

Our beautiful rose-queens enjoyed the crowning and their special tea-party afterwards. Our new rose queen, Emilia has now taken the batten from Lorna and has lots of amazing ideas for the up-coming year. Lorna and her attendants raised just over £500 during the past year, which is simply amazing! Well done girls!

In true Woodcocks’ tradition the children also performed their may-pole dance, which as always was truly spectacular. They are now looking forward to sharing their dance with you at our annual sports day on Tuesday 11th July.

The summer fayre itself was as always a huge hit. The children and adults were all laden with prizes and full of tea and cake by the end of the day! Unbelievably, a huge £1500 was raised at the event. Again, we would like to thank everyone for their help and support, giving Mrs McKie and Mrs Timmis a special thank you for organising it.

Flower Ceremony in St. Luke's Church 24.6.2017, by Mrs Massen

Date: 27th Jun 2017 @ 11:56am

On Saturday 24th June 2017, Woodcocks' Well held their annual 'Crowning of the Rose Queen' ceremony in St.Luke's Church. This year, it was made all the more special with the inclusion of a 'Flower Ceremony' held in memory of our loved ones whom we have loved and lost. In addition, Rose Queens from days gone by were invited to join us. The words spoken by our Rose Queen and attendants, during the 'Flower Ceremony', can be read below. 

We use flowers in our service today to help us symbolize the love that is hidden deep inside us.

Flowers are beautiful, and so are the feelings of love among people.

Their beauty cannot be measured, and neither can the feelings of people be measured.

Their life is short but new flowers will replace the flowers that die, and new love can come into our hearts.

This bud is for the new babies who have joined our families this year. Last year these babies did not exist. This year they are a huge part of our lives.

Before they could crawl, they learned to smile. Before they could speak, they learned to love.

If we help them keep this love in their hearts, they will pass it on to others, many years in the future.

This flower represents the people living all over the world. Maybe we will never see them face to face, or touch their hands.

But we can still warm our hands on their hearts, because we know that their hopes are like our hopes, their pain is like our pain, their love like our love.

These flowers were each brought by a different person and put together.

They stand for all the people here today.

These flowers, so lovely today, will fade tomorrow.

But the love among brothers and sisters, 

families and friends and our memories of that love, will go on and on.

We know one another

We know what is in each other's hearts.

We have brought our flowers and our love to brighten our church and gladden our hearts.

We and the Woodcocks’ Well Choir would like to sing,

‘Think of a World without any Flowers’

 

 Please put your hands together for our prayer.

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
For song of bird, and hum of bee,
For all things fair, we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

For families near and families far,

For friends that pass and leave a scar,

For memories left, to help us heal,

For giving us, your love to feel,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For blue of stream and blue of sky,
For pleasant shade of branches high,
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

AMEN

Year Six Assessment Week , by Miss Booth

Date: 15th May 2017 @ 7:09am

As many of you will know, last week, the year six children sat assessments for maths, reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar. We couldn't be prouder of how the children worked, in both the weeks before hand and over the four days of tests. The chldren really did work their socks off!

However, it's not just year six who did all of the hard work. Oh no...we must also say a huge thank you to the rest of the children in the school. They tip-toed around the school like little mice to ensure they didn't disturb anyone, they were encouraging and wishing the year sixes luck when they passed them in the corridors and they gave them huge cheers when they had finished. As a staff we are constantly blown away by the wonderful, caring and kind children we have here at Woodcocks' Well. 

Miss Booth 

Football Fever, by Miss Booth

Date: 17th May 2017 @ 7:10pm

On Saturday 13th May, children from Oak, Maple and WIllow class took part in the 'Vale Juniors' football tournament at Marlfields Primary School. 

The children look forward to this cup every year as it is an opportunity to play lots of short matches against many of the Congleton Schools. 

We had a squad of nine players who had been training for several weeks. Unfortunately the first game got off to a terrible start when our super star goalie was injured and had to leave us for a hospital visit (as you can see from the photo, he still has a smile on his face - and yes he saved the goal!). Woodcocks' boys didn't let it stop them though and they gave every game their all! Our other super star goalie stepped up too and did a cracking job!

Even though we didn't make it the final, the boys had a fabulous morning and played their socks off. 

A huge well done boys for taking part! 

Helping to be Bully - Free Cheshire East , by Miss Booth

Date: 6th Mar 2017 @ 8:56pm

Here at Woodcocks' Well we take bullying very seriously. The children are aware of our anti-bullying programme 'KIVA' and know the correct steps to take if they feel they are being bullied in any way. 

There are however fine lines between a fall-out and bullying. Cheshire East is working hard to make the schools in the area bully-free. We urge you to take a look at the website below, which has some very interesting information and adivce related to this important topic. 

 

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/children_and_families/family_information_service/bully-free-cheshire-east/bully-free-cheshire-east.aspx 

30 Hours Free Child Care, by Mrs Massen

Date: 14th Feb 2017 @ 2:38pm

 

Adventure Clubs will be offering the extra 15 hours free entitlement from September 2017. The entitlement is for 3 and 4 year old children as extra hours taking into account the restrictions below.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year. Working will include employed and self-employed persons.

We will be offering a flexible day between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm where the hours can be used.

If you are interested in using your extra entitlement please contact Susanne or Maureen on 01260 291155 or email info@adventureclubsltd.co.uk to register your interest.

New Funding Formula - School Cuts, by Mrs Massen

Date: 8th Feb 2017 @ 1:28pm

The impact of the New Funding Formula due to be implemented this year will have a devastating effect on schools in this area. Go to the url address below to find out more:

 

http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools?chosenSchool=8953120  

A snow covered school!, by Miss Booth

Date: 13th Jan 2017 @ 9:51am

Our wonderful school looks even more beautiful in the snow. 

Elfie G takes over!, by Miss Booth

Date: 21st Dec 2016 @ 1:09pm

As you may or may not know, Oak class has had a very naughty little elf living with them, going by the name of Elfie G! Elfie G has been causing all sorts of trouble, including; eating all of Oak classes advent calendar and 'helping' to decorate the classroom!

This morning however he took things to another level - he wrapped up Oak class (chairs, tables, the whiteboards; you name it was wrapped!). He also captured and wrapped up Mrs Massen! Can you believe the cheek of the little monkey?

Poor Mrs Massen was found by Mrs Timmis and Mrs Mckie wrapped up beautifully in the hall! Elfie G was all for taking over the school but luckily the children were able to spread some Christmas cheer by singing a few songs and managed to melt Elfie G's heart a little! He finally allowed Mrs Massen to be unwrapped.

 

Keep an eye out for those naughty elves and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Parliament Week , by Miss Booth

Date: 5th Dec 2016 @ 10:57am

The children had a fantastic week celebrating Parliament Week from Monday 14th November – Friday 19th November 2016.

The week was launched with a visit from the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Olivia Hunter. Harrison and Bella from year six kindly welcomed Councillor Hunter and gave her a tour of the school; introducing her to each of the classes. The children had lots of questions about the role of mayor and were also eager to share what they already knew.

Throughout the week each class focused on a different theme. Acorns looked at what Parliament was and how people were voted in. Willow focused on laws and how they are made. Maple concentrated on the Magna Carta and its History. Finally, Oak class were learning all about the suffragettes, particularly Emily Wilding Davison.

We were lucky enough to receive a ‘prop box’ from the Education Service in Parliament which each class was able to use in their lessons throughout the week. The box contained a mace, a division bell, backdrops for the House of Commons and the House of Lords, speakers robes, a clerk’s wig and an example bill. Each class researched what each item was and how it was used before using the items to hold their own Parliamentary debates. Some of the debates that could be heard across the school were; should we have class pets? Should we have longer or shorter holidays? Do we need playtime?

Wednesday was a very exciting day for the children as we welcomed John Parsons, Kidsgrove and Nantwich town crier. Mr Parsons started his visit off with a proclamation on the playground, inviting all of the children to join him in the hall. He then told us all about the history of town criers and allowed lots of the children to have a go at stepping into his role.

Our week was finished with a fantastic assembly, attended by Fiona Bruce, MP of the Congleton Constituency.  Each class shared what they had done throughout the week and had the opportunity to ask Mrs Bruce lots of questions about her role as a member of Parliament.

What a fantastic week!

The children had a fantastic week celebrating Parliament Week from Monday 14th November – Friday 19th November 2016.

The week was launched with a visit from the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Olivia Hunter. Harrison and Bella from year six kindly welcomed Councillor Hunter and gave her a tour of the school; introducing her to each of the classes. The children had lots of questions about the role of mayor and were also eager to share what they already knew.

Throughout the week each class focused on a different theme. Acorns looked at what Parliament was and how people were voted in. Willow focused on laws and how they are made. Maple concentrated on the Magna Carta and its History. Finally, Oak class were learning all about the suffragettes, particularly Emily Wilding Davison.

We were lucky enough to receive a ‘prop box’ from the Education Service in Parliament which each class was able to use in their lessons throughout the week. The box contained a mace, a division bell, backdrops for the House of Commons and the House of Lords, speakers robes, a clerk’s wig and an example bill. Each class researched what each item was and how it was used before using the items to hold their own Parliamentary debates. Some of the debates that could be heard across the school were; should we have class pets? Should we have longer or shorter holidays? Do we need playtime?

Wednesday was a very exciting day for the children as we welcomed John Parsons, Kidsgrove and Nantwich town crier. Mr Parsons started his visit off with a proclamation on the playground, inviting all of the children to join him in the hall. He then told us all about the history of town criers and allowed lots of the children to have a go at stepping into his role.

Thursday found the children in Oak class campaining to become head teacher and deputy head. The children wrote manifestos and presented these to the rest of the school, explaining what they thought they could bring to our school. The rest of the children then voted in the Woodocks' Well Polling Station. 

Our week was finished with a fantastic assembly, attended by Fiona Bruce, MP of the Congleton Constituency.  Each class shared what they had done throughout the week and had the opportunity to ask Mrs Bruce lots of questions about her role as a member of Parliament.

The winners of our 'Head for a Day' campaign were also announced. A HUGE congratualtions to Robert Hough who will become headteacher for a day and Brandon Parsons who wil become deputy. 

What a fantastic week!

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