Take a look at some of the exciting digital activities we have been up over the two last weeks! February 5th to 9th was Woodcroft’s Safer Internet Week and on 25th January we hosted our annual Digital Technology Day. These events are part of our AIM@Digital programme –  we are always keen to promote positive behaviour online and prepare pupils for the digital age!

Digital Technology Day

Woodcroft hosted its annual digital technology day on Thursday, 25th January. Every class took part in a range of digitally-enriched lessons based around the theme of ‘try something new’. Our pupil Digital Champions spent the day recording the activities and plan to make a film.

We were also visited by 20 teachers from the DIU Foundation in Sweden. They were keen to find out how we integrate technology on the curriculum and thoroughly enjoyed meeting pupils from a variety of clubs including robotics, computer programming as well as our Digital Champions.

Digital Champions #SID2018 Assembly

On Monday 6th February our Digital Champions prepared and presented an assembly to the whole school about safe online behaviour. Digital Champions are pupils that work with Mr Guest, our Computing Lead Teacher, to manage our wide-range of online applications. In addition, the Digital Champions offer fantastic support to their own classes.

Create, Connect and Share Respect – A better internet starts with you

Safer Internet Day 2018 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect – A better internet starts with you’. 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.

Online Safety Parent Workshop

On Tuesday 6th February, we hosted short meeting in the hall with the aim of helping parents navigate the complex issues that families face using devices at home. Mr Guest prepared a slideshow to highlight some of the main issues, along with some practical ideas for how to help your child have a safe experience online. We’ also provided links to recommended websites, as well as handing out copies of Digital Parenting magazine. Thank you to the parents that joined us – we hope that you found it useful.

 AIM@Digital Badges

Now in its second year, our ‘Digital Badges’ scheme was created by Woodcroft to help pupils maximise their learning in Computing, and in the use of IT across the whole curriculum. Throughout an academic year pupils will be given the chance to earn a full set of badges – check the back pages of your child’s home link book to see how many awards they’ve gained so far.  

At the end of the year, pupils with a full collector card will achieve a ‘Digital Champion’ certificate to celebrate their achievements! This shows they have successfully covered all aspects of the digital curriculum for their year group.

Woodcroft Dance to Success!

Crowned London Regional ‘Dance Off’ Champions 2018

Woodcroft Dance team were crowned London Regional Dance Off Champions for the second year in succession following their amazing performance at The New Wimbledon Theatre on Monday 5th February.

Competing against 28 other schools from across the London region, Woodcroft’s composition, titled ‘INSIDE’ was based around themes of child mental health.

Serena Williams, Woodcroft’s Choreographer described, ”INSIDE’ explores the intense and overwhelming emotions experienced by young people with mental health issues. An array of feelings that are often hidden are exposed through dance with the notion of finding strength through the support of others.’

Kay Vanner, Assistant Head, explained,‘This year Woodcroft is looking at ways to support pupil well-being and mental health throughout the school. The dance team decided to use this as a focus for their composition.’

It is fitting that this week is Children’s Mental Health Week, 5th – 11th February. Read more at https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Woodcroft will now take part in the National Finals in July; a competition that they won in 2017. The Great Big Dance Off is a national dance competition open to schools from across England & Wales. Its vision is to create an exciting event bringing together children of all ages and abilities where the emphasis is on having a good time.
 
The Woodcroft Dance Team practice every week as part of an extra curriculum club …

New School Money Payment System Introduced

We are delighted to inform you that our new online payment system from SchoolMoney went live on Monday 5th February. This means that you now have the facility to make payments for school expenses, such as trips, online with your debit or credit card.

This new payment system will benefit both us as a school and you as a parent. Not only will you be able to pay for items from the comfort of your own home it will enable us to experience a more streamlined, cost-effective and efficient payment system in a secure and safe environment.

All parents and carers have been automatically signed up by the school. You will have already been sent your login details. This password will give you access to your SchoolMoney account! To log on with this password visit the website www.schoolmoney.co.uk and enter your mobile number and email address. If for any reason you are struggling to log in, it may be because you have not provided us with the correct contact details. Please let us know immediately if either your mobile number or email address changes.

We appreciate your cooperation in the early stages of rolling out this new system. But remember, our Office will no longer be accepting cash payments!  For more information click here …

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Dodgeball Success

Woodcroft Win the Tutor Hunt Tri-School Dodgeball Tournament

Woodcroft winning team!

A Woodcroft team emerged victorious in the Tri-School Dodgeball Tournament. This bi-annual event is sponsored by Tutor Hunt and involves teams from Woodcroft, Goldbeaters and The Orion. Each school receives free weekly dodgeball club sessions for Y4 pupils through the Tutor Hunt sponsorship. The schools then come together twice a year to use their skills and compete for the coveted trophy. Woodcroft successfully retained the trophy that they won in the summer. All of the teams demonstrated outstanding sporting behaviour and respect. Well done to our coaches from Foundation Sport and to Mr Patel for helping to organise the event.

Family Links Course for Parents

New Course For Parents at Woodcroft available on Wednesdays

Woodcroft will be hosting a fantastic new FREE course for parents starting on 17th January. It will be provided by Barnet’s Family Resilience Team every Wednesday morning for 10 weeks. FREE Creche facilities will also be available.

If you are not working on Wednesdays and are free to attend please sign up by Friday 12th January. For more information enquire at the school office or speak with Ms Anna if you use the Foundation Stage entrance.

Refreshments are provided and certificates are to be awarded at the end of the course.


FAMILY LINKS Information         

For parents of children aged 2-11 years. The focus is on looking after yourself as a parent and to help understand your own and your child’s emotional needs. The purpose is to help good communication within the family.  Areas covered: family rules, behaviour management, understanding and managing feelings, nurturing ourselves, child development and problem solving.

An exciting term ahead …

Take a look at just some of the highlights coming up this term…

Y4 Dodgeball Festival – 19th January

Woodcroft defends it’s trophy!

Digital Technology Day – 25th January

Woodcroft is being visited by a delegation of Swedish Teachers – our reputation is international!

The Great Big Dance Off 2018 – 5th February

This year’s dance team perform on the stage for the first time

Safer Internet Day #SID2018 – 6th February

Create, Connect and Share Respect – A better internet starts with you

The BIG READ 2018 – starts 26th February

Competitions, art projects, challenges, extreme reading, storytelling and lots more…

M&M Theatre perform The Little Princess – 27th February

A classic story brought to life at school!

World Book Day – 1st March

Celebrate stories. Love reading

Barnet Dance Festival at the ArtsDepot –  9th March

Our dancers take to the stage again

British Science Week – 9th March

We are taking part in the UK’s biggest celebration of science #BSW18

Year 3 Happy Chick Project starts on 12th March

We get to see chicks hatching in our school

Sport Relief Day – 23rd March

Sport Relief is back! Bringing the nation together for one big challenge  #WhateverMovesYou

The WOW Factor Final – 28th March

The Woodcroft’s talent showcase returns for another amazing year!

Lots of opportunities to live our Woodcroft AIM values…

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STARS Gold Award Presented to Woodcroft

Woodcroft was presented with TfLs highest Gold Award for the third year running on Monday 20th November. Two of our pupil Travel Ambassadors accepted the award on behalf of the school at a presentation ceremony held at The Camden Centre, London. The STARS award is recognition of our outstanding achievements promoting healthy travel.

A report by Julia, Y6 Travel Ambassador

We had an interesting expedition on Monday and set off to the ceremony using the Northern Line from Burnt Oak. Unfortunately, due to points failure we had to change trains and our journey took a little longer than expected. When we arrived at the Camden Centre there were lots of workshops that were great fun . My favourite was when we competed in quizzes about road safety against other schools. We also found out about some very good ideas that we would like to put into practise at Woodcroft.  Collecting our Gold STARS Award was very exciting and we felt very proud representing our school. It was a really great day.

About STARS – Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe

STARS is TfL’s accreditation scheme for London schools. It is designed to inspire young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

The programme supports pupils’ wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality. Schools submit detailed Travel Plans for bronze, silver or gold accreditation based on your achievements over the year.

Parents’ Promise Licence

The Parents’ Promise Licence

Met-Police-logoThe Police set our pupils an assignment (see Newsletter 292) to encourage safer driving in the community. Pupils interviewed parents and carers about their driving habits and aksed them to sign a pledge. They then issued drivers with a special licence that they had decorated.

For more information about the project visit: http://dontriskit.info/kidsinthecar

Competition Time

Prizes for the best licences from each class are being awarded – take a look at the entries below. The winners will be judge by PC Rolfe from the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Team. They will then be submitted into a Metropolitan Police competition involving schools from across the local area.

Can you spot your licence below? Who would be your winner?

Year 6 present: Carmen

Carmen Poster

Excitement is growing as the performance of Carmen draws ever closer! Year 6 will be performing their final production of this dramatic opera at 2:30 on 9th November for families and friends.

Year 6 have been working with the Royal Opera House on their national programme ‘Create and Sing Carmen.’ It has allowed the pupils to involve themselves in every aspect of staging an opera; including rehearsing the songs, choreographing dances, creating costumes, arranging the set and lighting design. This project also forms part of their Bronze Arts Award.

Take a look at our rehearsal video…

International Week Success

Pupils dressed in traditional costume representing their home nation.

We enjoyed the highlight of our International Week on Wednesday 18th October with our National Dress and Colours Day. Thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of this event, as we celebrate the rich diversity of culture that makes Woodcroft so special. Our theme of One World, One Community, One Woodcroft supports our school ethos, ‘Together Towards Success’. When children paraded in assembly we had representatives from every continent of the world!    

Parents and carers click here to view the password protected: International Week Gallery

International Cake Sale
Our cake sale after school was the best ever! The cakes on offer were fantastic. Thank you to everyone who contributed a sweet treat. Lots of effort had been put into representing home countries; some of the creations wouldn’t have looked out of place on ‘Bake Off’!