Red Nose Day Fun

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Well done to everyone for making Red Nose Day 2017 such a fun event at Woodcroft. Everyone dressed up in funny fashion and were striking their poses on the stage. We were greeted on the playground in the morning by buskers from our Choir and Guitar Clubs. Teachers were set a fun dressing up challenge in assembly that got everyone laughing. We also learnt about the real reasons why raising money for Comic Relief is so important and how vital it was to ‘Make Our Laugh Matter’!

So far we have raised an amazing £565 for Comic Relief!

Spring Music Concerts

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We have enjoyed three fabulous music concerts over the past week. On Friday 17th March our brass, woodwind and guitar musicians performed to the school and their families. Then on Monday 20th it was the turn of our Year 3 whole class ukulele players to take to the stage. Finally, on Thursday 23rd March our strings orchestra and ensemble played and accomplished concert. We have thoroughly enjoyed this spring season of concerts and marvel at the quality of play achieved. Congratulations to our musicians, and well done to all of our specialist music staff; Miss Sherring, Mr Huckerby, Miss Blyth, Mrs McLean, Mrs Hooker and Mrs Reader – you are all doing a fantastic job!

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London Dance Champions

Woodcroft Win The Great Big Dance Off

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Woodcroft were crowned London school dance champions on the night of Monday 20th March when they won the The Great Big Dance Off. Our school dance club competed on the stage of New Wimbledon Theatre against teams from across London. Their contemporary dance piece titled ‘What Shakes Us Won’t Break Us’ was inspired by the Nepal Earthquake.

Barnet Press Report: Read about Woodcroft’s success in the Newspapers: click here to read ‘ Edgware dancers best in London’

The Great Big Dance Off is a national dance competition open to schools all across England & Wales. We are now looking forward to representing London at the National Finals on June 19th 2017.

Read Diana, from Y5 and one of the dance team, account of the day… Continue reading

Mayor’s Golden Kilometre Challenge

Woodcroft Pupils Walk with their ConnectED Partners

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On the March 16th Woodcroft pupils joined 1000s of other children when we took part in The Mayor of Barnet’s ‘Golden Kilometre Challenge’, an event across 8 schools and 5 different venues!
The ConnectED Partnership (Barnfield, Broadfields, Colindale, Edgware, Goldbeaters, Rosh Pinah, The Orion and Woodcroft) united with the Mayor, Cllr Stock and Cllr Thompstone to host joint, simultaneous kilometre walks. The Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Barnet then travelled between each of the venues with the ‘golden baton’ that had started its journey here at Woodcroft with one of our own Bronze Sports Ambassadors, Diana (Y5). At each walk two children joined the minibus so that all the schools had been connected by the end of the day!

Read about it in the news…

4,000 Barnet school kids put best feet forward in the name of good health

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Year 3 Assembly Success

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Year 3 presented a wonderful year group assembly to their families and the school on Friday 10th March. The show had songs, dance, drama, ukuleles, Spanish, geography, history, art and IT – yes… just about the entire curriculum!
All of the pupils performed with confidence and enthusiasm. A big thank you goes to all of the hard working Year 3 staff.

Inner Peace Day at Woodcroft

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Inner Peace Day began an international event celebrated on 21st March as the World Day for Inner Peace. The idea behind it was to establish a day in schools dedicated to World Peace. Where students could experience inner peace for themselves and to spread the message of peace to some of the most troubled areas around the world: refugee camps, occupied territories and places devastated by war.

A team from Inner Peace UK visited Woodcroft on Wednesday 15th March to work with classes in Years 4 and 5. They focused on developing calming strategies within the pupils and showing them how to focus their inner, positive energy. 

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Barnet Dance Festival

Woodcroft Dance Team – Outstanding Performance

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Woodcroft Dance Team 2017Woodcroft Dance Team took to the stage at the Barnet Dance Festival on Tuesday 7th March. Their performance wowed the Finchley Arts Depot audience. One Barnet headteacher commented, “I thought your children tonight at the Dance Festival were truly brilliant. Their energy, commitment and delivery was simply stunning.”

All of the dance team pupils and staff should be congratulated on the high standard of their performance. We look forward to more opportunities to watch this amazing group of talented dancers perform.

Take a look at a video clip of their rehearsal…

Extreme Reading Challenge

Where have you been reading this week?

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Mirs Court, our Chair of Governors, takes over the Headteacher’s office – Who does she think she is?

Can you see where the teachers have been Extreme Reading?

Can you see where the teachers have been Extreme Reading?

Pupils can upload their photos and comments on to the Treehouse – click below if you are logged in …

https://sites.google.com/a/woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/treehouse-home/-bigreadweek2017/extreme-reading

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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On Tuesday 28th February M&M Theatre performed a wonderful production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to KS1 & KS2. Classes are now creating Narnia themed displays with artwork and writing in their classrooms as part of our Big Read events. Click on the link here to view the full gallery.

Digital Technology and Safer Internet Week at Woodcroft

Digital Technology and Safer Internet Week – 6th to 10th February

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As part of our AIM@Digital programme we are always keen to promote positive behaviour online. During the past week we have been studying digital technology, computational thinking and online safety. Take look at some of the exciting things we got up to…

Digital Champions Assembly: #SID2017 Launch 

SID 2017 assemblyOn Monday 6th February our Digital Champions prepared and presented an assembly to the whole school about safe internet use to get us ready for Safer Internet Day 2017. Woodcroft  Digital Champions are pupils that work with Mr Guest, our IT Lead Teacher, in a weekly club to manage our online applications and support their classes.

Safer Internet Day 2017: Be the change: unite for a better internet

safer_i_daySafer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Every class throughout the school took part in activities during PSHE lessons discovering how to show good manners while on the internet, and learning about online safety. We call this Digital Wisdom at Woodcroft.

Technology Day

Every year group was set two challenges:

Challenge 1: Try out a new application or digital resource that you haven’t used before
Challenge 2: Develop computational thinking through an ‘unplugged’ activity; learning about computing and coding without using any technology!

Some amazing activities took place! Here is just a small sample…

Unplugged: Physical Pac Man, debugging baking recipes, creating physical email servers, following algorithm instructions and musical coding!

Plugged: Digital film making, applications for leaning, Google G Suite, Storybird, WeVideo and Beebot coding.

Online Safety Parent Workshop

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On Thursday 9th February parents were invited to a workshop to discuss the complex issues encountered when children use devices to go online. Mr Guest presented the outcomes from Woodcroft’s most recent pupil surveys and  highlighted some of the main issues. Practical ideas for how to help your child and links to recommended websites were also given.

For more information, visit the online safety page of the school website: click here