Newsletter: 28th February 2020

World Book Day

We’re celebrating World Book Day next Thursday, 5th March.

Parents, grandparents, older siblings, friends, governors are invited to read with children throughout the day, for 5 minutes, half an hour or as long as you wish!

We’re also encouraging children to bring in a single item which is associated with their favourite book. This can be quite cryptic, or something more obvious but it should be related in some way to their chosen book. From this, teachers will be planning a range of activities for children to talk about reasons for  liking the book, favourite characters, feelings about the book etc.

Between now and the end of term we’re also running a photographic competition if unusual places to be reading a book. We ran this several years ago and children brought in pictures of them reading in the most unusual places (bottom of a swimming pool, in a tractor, etc) Pictures can be sent in to Mrs Kersey, or emailed to her at There will be prizes for the best, most ingenious places to read a book and all entires will be displayed in school.

On Thursday we will also have a visit from local author Jennifer Gold who will talk to the children about her work as an author. Jennifer will also be selling copies of her books, which she is happy to sign.

Football Match

Year Six will be playing Bradworthy at home straight after school on Monday. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the games and to cheer the players on – good luck year 6!

Attendance Letters

Your half termly attendance letters, which should have gone out just before half term, should be in book bags today. This will give you an up to date picture of your child’s attendance rate from September to now. Please read this letter carefully so you understand whether or not your child is in a low attendance category. If they are and you need support in getting them to school more frequently, please ask at the school office. Please also remember that lateness also counts as absence so it is very important your child is in school for 8:55am so they can be registered at 9am and avoid an absence mark. Thank you.

Woolsery Primary Does Sport Relief

On Monday 9th March at 1:30pm, we will be running a family group cross country, depending on weather. Please can children make sure they have their PE kit in school and trainers suitable for running on the field.  Parents are welcome to support their children for the event on the school field.  The children will run in races against children in their own year group.  We will start with Year 6, then Year 5 and so on.  When the last race has been run, parents are invited to run with the children while the scores are being added. We look forward to seeing you.

London Residential

If your Year 5 child is going on the London Residential in ten days’ time, please remember you should have paid in any spending money you wish your child to have by today. If you haven’t managed to get it to us, we will still accept it on Monday but please ensure it comes in on Monday so that we can complete all of our paperwork ahead of the trip.

Just to remind you, money shoud be in two separate, named envelopes – one marked “Tourist Merchandise” containing up to £10, and one marked “Harry Potter World” which can contain up to £32 if your child wants to buy a wand. As I have already mentioned, this is all entirely optional and there is no requirement for your child to have any spending money at all.

If you have any questions about the visit next week, please drop in to Ashmansworthy Class and I will do my best to help you.


After sending some Beavers up to join the Cubs this term, 1st Woolsery Beavers have some spaces in their group. They have loads of fun doing a wide variety of activities from games to art and craft, to learning about interesting and relevant topics, woodland walks, sleep overs and much more. The Beavers love making new friends with children from different school and have at least five different schools represented in the group.

Please get in touch if your child is between five and a half and six and is interested to do some taster sessions. We have a waiting list for younger children who are waiting to be old enough, but if your child is already Beaver age and would like to come along, they will have preference on places.

Meeting Place: Woolsery Primary School

Day and Time: Wednesdays 17.30-18.45


Well done to the chidlren who have been chosen by their teachers this week to receive a Headteacher’s Award:

  • Cranford:  Mila – writing amazing sentences with full stops and finger spaces;  Ollice – amzing artwork in the style of Kandinsky
  • Burscott: Harrison – making links and connections with multiplication using money; Alfie P – zooming on with his reading to improve his fluency
  • Stroxworthy: Louie – being really on the ball with answering questions this week – great thinking!; Farley – working really hard all week! Well done!
  • Alminstone: Santino – great work in maths this week; Arthur – Perseverence in science work on classification this week
  • Ashmansworthy: Josh – fantastic English work this week, including poetry and persuasive writing; Dominic – researching material for his Grand Canyon holiday package very thoroughly.

The family group point competition is hotting up ahead of the Crazy Hair Day at the end of term….

  1. Willow – 433 points
  2. Oak – 418 points
  3. Elder – 409 points
  4. Hazel – 403 points
  5. Beech – 388 points
  6. Sycamore – 383 points
  7. Silver birch – 318 points

Mrs Kersey is very excited at the possibility of wearing crazy hair to school, so come on Oak Family Group – don’t give up now!

  • Monday: Football Match after school Vs Bradworthy. Final date for London Spending Money payments
  • Tuesday: Governors’ Meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday: World Book Day – see article above.
  • Friday:
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