Dance Team Success

The Woodcroft Dance Team

The Woodcroft Dance Team have excelled themselves with two fantastic performances in recent events. On 7th March they travelled to Wimbledon New Theatre to compete in the 2019 London Regional Dance Off Finals finishing in second  place and gaining automatic entry into the National Finals this June. Many of the team are new this year, so this was a fantastic result against 30 schools from across the region.

Then on Thursday 14th March they took their Black Panther themed dance, titled ‘Wakanda Forever’ to the Finchley ArtsDepot and wowed the entire audience at the Barnet Dance Festival.

At the Great Big Dance Off

Competitions come thick and fast for this amazing group of performers. On the 27th March they travel to Stoke on Trent for the UDOIT Dance Foundation National Competition. This includes teams entering from  all over the UK! Miss Williams said after their most recent performance: “They did really well, with better energy levels – but still room to improve!” .

We look forward to following their progress.



Clubs and Activities Information

Parent Consultation Meetings take place at Woodcroft on Tuesday 20th March (4.00pm to 7.00pm) and Thursday 22nd March (4.00pm to 6.00pm). If you haven’t booked an appointment please speak with your child’s class teacher or collect a letter from the office.

Due to parent meetings clubs that are run by teachers will not take place next week. Acorns will run as normal. Please see below a list of clubs affected. Continue reading

Extreme Weather Information

We are CLOSED on Friday 2nd March.

The Met Office currently forecasting snow all day (checked 6.00am)

Click here for the Met Office Forecast

At Woodcroft we aim to stay open as much as possible. Every day counts in a child’s education. We expect parents and carers to ensure their child attends school every day, unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances, and we follow the same principles regarding school opening. However, we must consider the safety of the school community. Due the forecast of more snow all day Friday (MET Office checked at 6.00am), in addition to the continued freezing temperatures, we feel that it is unsafe to open the school today. We also want to provide parents and carers with sufficient notice in order to make any child care arrangements. Thank you for your patience during this difficult week of extreme weather. Keep warm – we will see you on Monday.

The school looks lovely in the snow?

For more general information about our severe weather arrangements click here

We aim to make decisions that give parents and carers 24 hours notice. Unfortunately, the current weather system is very unpredictable. This page will be updated regularly. 

(This page was updated on Friday 6.00am)

FRIDAY: Yellow warning of snow
There is potential for a spell of heavy snow, accompanied by strong wind



Woodcroft will be OPEN on Tuesday 12th December.

The latest weather reports (3.00pm Monday) predict freezing conditions in the Edgware area on Tuesday 12th December.

Please refer to the following advice:

  • Do not arrive early: Unless pupils are going to breakfast club please DO NOT arrive before 8.45am. It will be very cold.
  • A delayed registration will operate:  Pupils can arrive up to 9.15am. Please take extra care and time with your journey to school.
  • Wear appropriate footwear: School shoes DO NOT need to be worn. Please wear appropriate footwear for icy conditions. A change of footwear can be brought to change into if necessary.
  • Restricted access: The ‘Top’ front entrance and steps will remain locked. Please only use gritted paths. Pupils will enter classes directly via corridors from 8.45am.
  • If the playgrounds remain icy, dismissal at the end of the day will be from pupil classrooms. Please be patient if corridors are congested.

For more information read the Snow Procedures information distributed with Friday’s Newsletter.

Please note: The Nursery and Reception afternoon show at 2.15pm will take place as planned. We look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Big Read Week at Woodcroft


Big Read Week: We have lots of fun activities planned to promote the enjoyment of reading.

On Tuesday M&M Theatre perform The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Classes will be creating Narnia displays with artwork and writing in their classrooms.

Wednesday is storytelling morning! Staff will be reading special books all over the school – pupils will be able to choose the stories they want to listen to.

Thursday is World Book Day 2017 – Every child received a £1 voucher to use at our Spring Book Fair or any book shop.

Friday is Mystery Book day. To finish the week every class will be delivered a mystery book all wrapped up to open for the final story time on Friday afternoon – what will your class get in its parcel?

Competition Time: The Battle of the Books!

Write a persuasive review explaining why others should read a favourite book. Winners from each year group will choose a prize from the Book Fair.

Extreme Reading Challenge

Take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual (but not dangerous!) place! Upload it onto our special Treehouse page (#BigReadWeek / Extreme Reading) and share it with the rest of the school. 

Desert Island Reads

Let’s get blogging about our best books. If you could only choose one, which book would you take to a desert island? Why would you take it? Tell the rest of the school on the TreeHouse  #BigReadWeek/ Desert Island Reads

We hope that everyone gets involved in our Big Read Week!

Christmas Shows

We have enjoyed a series of fabulous Christmas shows over the past two week. All of our three different productions from Foundation Stage,  Year 1 and Year 2 were full of seasonal music, singing, dance and drama. Well done to all of the pupils for their fantastic performances, and thank you all of the adults who helped bring these wonderful shows to the Woodcroft stage.

Year 2 – The Three Wise Guys

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Year 1  – How To Be An Angel

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Nursery and Reception – Christmas Counts for Everyone



Brazilian Samba comes to Woodcroft

 ‘Get Set’ for the Road to Rio 2016 with Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On

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Pupils learning traditional samba percussion rhythms

Woodcroft’s year has started off with bang! Some of our KS2 classes have the incredible opportunity to work with renowned percussionist Ollie Tunmer from ‘Beat Goes On’ on a four week Brazilian Samba drumming residency as part of their Music curriculum.  Pupils are learning traditional Brazilian Samba drumming techniques on authentic instruments, and are gaining an appreciation of the cultural and historical origins of the music.  They’ve composed in the style of Brazilian Samba and have the opportunity to become a mestre (leader) of the bateria (band)!
Ollie’s professional career has included performing as a cast member of the West End hit STOMP, and at the official Rio de Janeiro carnival.  We are extremely fortunate to yet again have the chance to learn from Ollie’s amazing performing experiences, and pupils will be showcasing their new Samba skills in a performance on January 27th to the school and families. Click here to view our Samba Gallery…
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Click on the image above to visit the ‘All Ears’ page and see more photos of the show.

On Thursday 5th November the families of Year 4 pupils were invited to a very special showcase performance of our All Ears project. The audience were treated to a feast of music and movement that included bicycles, basketballs, ukuleles, space-hoppers and balloons to name but a few of the elements.

This show was the culmination of a six week Unicorn Theatre collaboration project with musician Greg Sinclair. It has involved the entire school from Reception to Year 6 working together. At the end of the show we had to say a sad goodbye to Greg and thank him for the work he has done while at Woodcroft. Click on the photo above to see more photos of the show on the All Ears webpage page

The Year 4 ‘All Ears’ Show was in the news…Read about it in the Barnet Press by clicking on the link below:

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Barnet and Whetstone Press: ‘Pupils hit the right notes with musician’

Parent Consultation Evenings

Tuesday 6th from 4.00pm to 7.00pm and Thursday 8th from 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Parents’ Evening for Years 1 to 6 will be taking place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Please return reply slips book an appointment. If parents are unavailable on either night please speak with your child’s teacher to arrange another convenient time. Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) will be operating an open setting from 4.00pm to 6.00pm on each evening, no appointment necessary. Unfortunately, Mrs Brown will not be available to meet on these evenings.

Y6 Secondary School Application Workshops – Thursday 8th 4.00pm to 6.00pm

During Parents Evening on Thursday, Mr Tallon will be in the Computing Suite to offer a drop-in opportunity for Y6 parents who need help completing their online eAdmission. 

Some Teacher Run Clubs Cancelled Due to Consultation Evenings

Clubs run by class teachers may be cancelled next week due to Parents’ Evenings. Click ‘Continue Reading’ here to check whether club is still running Continue reading