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Bikeability training..., by Miss Booth

Date: 4th Oct 2018 @ 3:32pm

What a fabulous first day our year 3 and year 5 children have had completing their Bikeability training. 

Wedding Bells , by Miss Booth

Date: 24th Jul 2018 @ 12:25pm

A huge congratulations to Miss Nutty and Miss Rigby who are getting married this summer (not to each other!) 

We wish them lots of love and happiness for the future. 

 

Drama Performance, by Miss Booth

Date: 13th Jul 2018 @ 6:07pm

This morning, the children of Woodcocks' Well, along with some of the parents, were lucky enough to see the after-school drama club performance. 

The children in the after-school club have been working extremely hard together discovering poetry, which they feel passionatley about.

The children worked in pairs and small groups to perform some of the poems they had previously worked together to find or even write. We must say we were very impressed with everyones performances, as well as their choice of poems to share. 

 

 

Summer Reading Challenge , by Miss Booth

Date: 13th Jul 2018 @ 5:38pm

Listen up mischief makers! It's back! The challenge we love most at this time of year...The Summer Reading Challenge. 

This is an amazing (and free) reading activity for your children to take part in over the summer at any library around the country!

See the download below for further details...

 

Year 5 fair trade workshop at Eaton Bank, by Miss Booth

Date: 20th Jun 2018 @ 9:18am

An enterprising group of children consisting of our year 5 children visited Eaton Bank for an insight into World Trade.

After an interesting insight into life at Eaton Bank School and it’s Geography Department our children split into teams representing countries around the world. Each team was given a pack and some children were most indignant to discover that the contents of the pack were not fairly split country by country. The aim was to manufacture perfect paper shapes and sell them to the world bank (teacher) in packs of five. Trading was allowed but not any stealing of other team’s shapes! Our children showed such clever manufacturing techniques and enthusiasm for trade ...the atmosphere was electric with competitive spirit. We were surprised to discover that our results mirrored real life trade, in that the country’s that started with least resources worked so hard that they ended up making lots of money through trade. Well done to all pupils who took part.

A Royal Feast , by Miss Booth

Date: 8th Jun 2018 @ 3:37pm

On Wednesday 23rd May the children at Woodcocks' Well enjoyed a feast fit for a queen (or a Prince and Princess!) to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Luckily, the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely luncthime on our netball pitch and playing on the school field. 

 

Sports Day!, by Miss Booth

Date: 8th Jun 2018 @ 12:48pm

Well what a wonderful afternoon we all had at our school sports day yesterday! 

The weather was on our side and it was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents, friends and family at the event. 

You can see from the photos below what a fantastic time the children had too. Well done to everyone for working so hard. 

A visitor from Botswana., by Miss Booth

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:10pm

On Monday 22nd May 2018, children were delighted to welcome Mr. Robert Cismas, a missionary from Botswana; introduced to Woodcocks’ Well and accompanied by Mrs Winterton of Mow Cop Community Church. In preparation for his visit, the children made welcome cards, researched facts about Botswana; making factfiles and sketching African animals to create a display.  They also learned a new Ghanaian song to sing during the assembly. Needless to say, Mr   S  was thrilled by the warm welcome bestowed on him. He shared with the children pictures of the schools supported by his mission in Botswana, African animals, the types of food grown, collected and eaten by the local African people and answered lots of questions asked by the children. The assembly closed with a prayer. The timing of Mr Cismas visit coincided perfectly with the marriage of Harry and Megan; the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who spent happy times, during their courtship, visiting Botswana.

The Killer Mile..., by Miss Booth

Date: 14th May 2018 @ 7:50pm

Last Thursday (10th May) many of the children from Woodcocks' Well took part in the infamous Killer Mile fun run! 

Thank you so much to all the families and friends who came along to support the children and of course those children (and parents!) who took part! 

The race, as always, was a huge success! All of the children completed the run in great time and Emilia from year 6 needs a special mention as she was the first girl to finish the under 11's race overall! 

Well done Emilia!

We were also thrilled to see and support Alycia's younger brother, Elliot, who completed the race using his small powered wheelchair and raising money for the amazing charity Designability. Elliot was such a superstar, he even appeared in The Sentinel, which you can read below. 

 

 

We're the kings of Mow Cop Castle!, by Miss Booth

Date: 13th May 2018 @ 7:59am

 

We're sure you will have seen the new additions to our playground and will agree at how wonderful they are! 

The Sentinel also heard about our these amazing structures and you can read more below...

 

We're the kings of Mow Cop castle! This school's new playground is INCREDIBLE

Pupils at Woodcocks' Well CE Primary School now have their own version of the castle ruins

Children are enjoying lessons in their very own castle after a replica of a well-known landmark was installed in their school grounds.

Roger Davis crafted the seven-foot high version of Mow Cop castle after being approached by Woodcocks’ Well CE Primary School to design an outdoor feature.

As a former pupil of the school – which is located near to the 18th century folly – he wanted to create something unique out of wood.

It was unveiled this week and now sits at the highest point in the grounds, so pupils can take in the panoramic views and look down on their school ‘kingdom’. It is even set against a craggy backdrop, just like the ruins that inspired the design.

The replica castle at Mow Cop

The original Mow Cop castle

Teaching assistant Ruth Stoker said: “It looks lovely. We’ve already used the castle for a couple of lessons, including preparation for SATs.

“We hid questions about spelling, punctuation and grammar around the castle and they had to find them.”

Roger Davis and four-year-old pupil Sam Webber

Roger Davis and four-year-old pupil Sam Webber

 

The round tower and mock fortress can also be used at playtimes, with children able to climb inside, scale the walls or rest their books on the wooden brickwork.

Eleven-year-old pupil Callum Carter, from Kidsgrove, said: “We can also play games in it. We were pretending it was a dungeon.

“As we’ve already got Mow Cop castle, we might call this one mini-Mow Cop. It’s great.”

Roger Davis with pupils from Woodcocks' Well CE Primary, in Mow Cop, and the castle he created for them

Roger Davis with pupils from Woodcocks' Well CE Primary, in Mow Cop, and the castle he created for them

Sam Webber has visited the stone castle remains and is impressed with the replica. The four-year-old, from Mow Cop, said: “I like climbing up to see it. But the real castle is broken.”

Neaveh Findler also likes the idea of ‘owning’ a castle at school.

The 10-year-old, who lives in the village which straddles the Staffordshire-Cheshire border, said: “It’s cool. You can see the real castle from up there.”

Roger Davis, from Wooden Wonders, with his replica of the castle

Roger Davis, from Wooden Wonders, with his replica of the castle

Roger makes bespoke educational resources through his company, Wooden Wonders, and has created a wide range of products for local schools.

The 50-year-old, from Kidsgrove, said: “I’ve done a wooden bottle oven before and have also made storyteller’s chairs, mud kitchens and playhouses.

“When the headteacher approached me about making something for this school, I got the idea for the castle. It’s pretty much to scale, although I haven’t measured it against the actual castle.

“I printed off a picture of the castle while I was making this one in the workshop. It took me about a week to make.”

The original Mow Cop castle was never used as an actual defensive fort. It was built as a summerhouse in 1754 for Randle Wilbraham, who lived at nearby Rode Hall.

Now owned by the National Trust, it has Grade II-listed status.

 

Support for small schools, by Miss Booth

Date: 4th May 2018 @ 8:10am

Fiona attends Church of England's meeting on supporting small rural schools

Tuesday, 1 May, 2018

        

Fiona said:

"It was important for me to be at the Church of England's meeting yesterday on the need to support small rural schools - they are the cornerstone of many local communities like the wonderful Woodcocks' Well Church of Primary School high up on Mow Cop in my constituency where I always get a really warm welcome from pupils, parents and dedicated head teacher Julie Massen - www.woodcockswell.cheshire.sch.uk "

The full report can be found at www.churchofengland.org/education .

 

Wear A Hat Day, by Miss Booth

Date: 12th Apr 2018 @ 2:13pm

Well what a day to spend our last day of the Spring term. The children all came to school wearing their very smartest hats to support 'Brain Tumour Research'. 

The children donated £1 to wear their favourtie hats for the entire day - and what a wonderful array of hats we saw! As you can see from the pictures below, the children even made it into the Congleton Chronicle with their head wear! 

As soon as we've counted up all the pennies donated, we'll let you know the total. 

 

Our wonderful Easter service , by Mrs Timmis

Date: 29th Mar 2018 @ 1:52pm

We held our Easter Service this week which was enjoyed by all, please see some of the comments below which we would like to share with you...

"The Easter Service on Monday morning was brilliant and very well attended by Parents, Grandparents, Governors and Friends of the School. The Songs were sung very well and the Easter story came across clearly we also had tea and cakes provided." Marion Cook -School Governor

I just wanted to say how the entire Easter service was a delight to watch this morning, the crowning jewel has to be watching the upper school perform the sing and sign version of A Thousand Years. They did such a wonderful job learning all of the signs and ensuring they were then in order and in time is very difficult, it really was beautiful to watch!! Thank you woodcocks’ for your hard work and effort!!    Anna Copeland - Parent

 

A huge thank you to the junior children, for performing the song 'A Thousand Years' using Makiton Sign Language, in support of Down Syndrome Wareness Day.  If you missed it, take a look at the wonderful video below. 

 

Chess Champions, by Miss Booth

Date: 6th Mar 2018 @ 5:09pm

April update

 

 

Our after school chess club is proving to be a huge hit with the children at and we have some fantastic players from year 6, all the way down to year 1! 

Some of the players are taking part in a tournament, which is currently at round 4 (there are seven rounds in total). Haydn is sat at the top spot at the moment, being the first one to reach a score of 11. Well done Haydn! Keep a look out to see how the children get on!

World Book Week and a visit from Rachael Lindsay, by Miss Booth

Date: 1st Mar 2018 @ 9:04am

Well what an exciting day at school we have had...and it had nothing to do with the snow! 

As you may know, this week is World Book Week, and to celebrate, we invited local author Rachael Lyndsey into school. Rachael has written six books in total, including Warrior Troll, Of Pipes and Potions and Stolen Secrets, and is currently writing her seventh book. 

Our day began with a whole school assembly, where Rachael introduced us to her trolls - the many characters in her books. She also told us a little about each of her books. We could have quite happily sat and listened to her stories all day! 

Oak and Maple Class were extra lucky today as they were set to work with Rachael a little more in their classrooms throughout the day, focusing on her first book; Warrior Troll. 

Oak Class spent the morning with Rachael, firstly learning how to speak in troll (keep an ear out at home!) and translating some sentences from troll to English and from English to troll, which was slightly more difficult. The children then looked in more detail at the cottage that the two characters, Tom and Hildie, lived in. They created aerial pictures of the cottage based on the descriptions given in the book. 

The children loved listening to several chapters of the book read by Rachael and were absolutely enthralled with the story line. Rachael just had time to share with us the treasure chest Tom had found at the bottom of the lake when out fishing! 

Unfortunately, the snow then ruined our fun and Maple Class didn't have the opportunity to take part in their writing workshop. However, this is already in the process of being rearranged. Upon her return, Rachael will once again be selling copies of her books, which she will personally sign, for £7.00. 

Thank you once again to Rachael for a wonderful morning. 

 

 

 

Bee Active , by Miss Booth

Date: 26th Feb 2018 @ 12:12pm

Well what an exciting morning the children had today. We welcomed Ben Mills from Bee Active to our assembly, along with his friend the bee! 

Ben talked to the children about the need to be active and also about a really important subject in our society today, which is childhood obesity. Ben will be working more with our school over the rest of the spring term and into the summer, in lunchtime clubs, after school clubs and lessons. 

Bee Active will be holding a series of complimentary after school clubs for all year groups in the up coming weeks and parents are invited to come along too! 

Please see the attached letters for the information you will need to book your child onto these sessions. 

You can also take a look at the videos below to see some of the fun we had in assembly this morning! 

A royal visit..., by Miss Booth

Date: 6th Feb 2018 @ 5:01pm

As you may know, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall recently made a visit to Congleton. Children from each of the Congleton schools were invited to welcome them to Congleton and Daisy and Luke were lucky enough to be chosen from Woodcocks' Well. 

Daisy and Luke arrived at the town hall in plenty of time and spent some time working with the other children on a 'bees project'. After Prince Charles and Camilla's arrival the children listened to a short speech made by Prince Charle's and even got the chance to shake Camilla's hand. 

As you can see from the photos attached, it was an extremely exciting day and one we're sure the children won't forget in a hurry! 

 

 

Merry Christmas to all..., by Miss Booth

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 5:30pm

Well what a fantastic time the children at Woodcocks' Well have had in the run up to Christmas. Blossom and Acorns nativity was outstanding, as of course was Olive and Willow. The children as always did a wonderful job; saying their lines perfectly, singing with gusto and having a good boogie on stage during the catchy songs. A huge thank you also must go to our junior children who gave everyone the festive feeling in our annual carol service held in St Luke's church. The choir nearly blew the roof off with their fabulous songs; Nazareth, Winter Wonderland and Love Shone Down. 

Festivities didn't end here though! We had breakfast with santa, a very noisy but yummy Christmas dinner, a whole school Christmas movie, a wild Christmas disco and of course all finished with a trip to the panto today! (Oh yes we did!). 

Not forgetting our Christmas Fayre! After several attempts our fayre was held on Monday 18th, and as always was a roaring success! As soon as totals have been tallied we'll be sure to let you know. 

As always a huge thank you to everyone for your support throughout the Autumn term. We wish all our families and friends a very Merry Christmas! 

 

 

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

 

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