Children at Woodlands Primary School were delighted to be asked to take part in the BBC ‘The One Show’ live broadcast on Monday 7th January, to mark the completion of the English Heritage’s project to renovate the Iron Bridge.

The children celebrated the re-opening of the Iron Bridge by walking across the bridge alongside the local community and were joined by a man-made elephant also crossing the bridge to replicate a previous publicity stunt to promote a circus. It was a memorable moment in history, of which we were proud to be part.

The Shropshire Star Reported

Crowds of children and their proud families gathered in Ironbridge to mark the end of the work on Monday evening, with the occasion broadcast live on the BBC’s One Show.

Cutting the ribbon and officially reopening the bridge was Michael Darby, great great great grandson of Abraham Darby III, who built the cast iron bridge in 1779.

Councillor Raj Mehta, mayor of Telford & Wrekin, said: “It’s a World Heritage Site on our doorstep and now it’s looking better than ever. It’s amazing to have so many people, especially all the children, here to celebrate the opening of this magnificent bridge.

Councillor Nicola Lowery, borough councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “The atmosphere at the Iron Bridge was electric and it’s incredible to see the amount of families that have attended to mark the completion of this historic project.

Thank you to all those parents that took the time to attend the opening, enabling their children to take part in such a memorable event.


Christmas Hampers

A huge congratulations to Mrs Ellis class who won £160 for the best hamper competition.  It was a very hard decision made by the School Council as each class had put in a lot of effort in and they looked amazing.

Here you can see the pictures of all the hampers made by the children, parents and staff.


Congratulations to everyone that won prizes on our Christmas raffle.  People were very excited to win the hampers.  The raffle raised a fantastic £320!

Well done everyone!







Today the Woodlands Safeguarding Team visited Bennetts Care home to wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’.

The children enjoyed playing cards, dominoes and board games with the elderly residents.  Followed by a slice of Christmas cake and a glass of squash.

Here you can see the children setting up the toys before the residents joined them.


Some of the children played a tune on the piano which the residents thoroughly enjoyed!  We also got to meet the residents pet parrot.


Savannah said “It was nice to hear them talk about Christmas when they were younger.  The lady told me that Christmas decorations only came in a few colours not like today.”

Leo said “They were very kind”.

A Christmas hamper was donated to Bennetts House care home as the children wanted to give back to people in our local community.  Thanks to the JRSO ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ non-uniform donations we were able to purchase the items for the hamper.





Bradley (School Council Chair) and Lauren (Woodlands Safeguarding Officer) visited the Princess Royal Hospital last week to donate a Christmas hamper to the Children’s Ward.

Pupil Voice decided what they thought should go into the hamper and the items were then purchased using the ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ non-uniform donations.  We felt it was very important to give back to our community.

The ward were very grateful for the children’s Christmas hamper as they explained some children won’t be able to go home for Christmas and will enjoy playing with the toys.

Here you can see the Christmas thank you card given to Woodlands.

Thank you to Friends of Woodlands for helping to put the hamper together!


Raffle tickets are being sold out side the Eco Lodge costing £1 a strip and will be drawn at 3.30pm on Friday 14th December.

Raffle prizes include:

£15 Pizza Voucher

£10 Tesco Voucher

Family Ice Skating Pass

Ironbridge Museum pass x 2

Class Hampers



Santa’s grotto will be visiting the Eco Lodge all day on the Friday 14th December.  Your child will have the opportunity to see Santa, have a photo taken and receive a wrapped gift.  Please complete and return the Santa’s slip  by Friday 7th December and enclose £2 if you would like your child to see Santa.




We have lots of exciting things going on over the Christmas period. A chance to see Cinderella in Panto, a visit from Santa, Christmas Hamper raffle, bedtime stories and a chance to purchase books from our school book fair, which make lovely Christmas gifts.

Santa’s grotto will be in the Eco Lodge all day on the Friday 14th December.  Your child will have the opportunity to see Santa, have a photo taken and receive a wrapped gift.  Please complete and return the slip sent out today by Friday 7th December and enclose £2 if you would like your child to see Santa.

The School Council have decided, during their meeting, to run a Christmas Hamper competition to get in the festive spirit. 14 classes will take part in making their own Christmas Hamper.  The money raised from raffle ticket sales will be split between the winner’s class to support their next class trip, and the Friends of Woodlands who are currently raising funds to support class wish lists. Each year group have been given a colour theme.  Children will need to bring in any new item of that colour by Friday 7th December to help fill their class hamper e.g. Purple – Cadburys chocolate bar.

Raffle tickets will go on sale outside the Eco Lodge from Monday 26th November costing £1 a strip and will be drawn at 3.30pm on Friday 14th December.  Friends of Woodlands will be running a Christmas sweet shop while the raffle is being drawn.

We will be holding a Bedtime Stories Afternoon, on the 14th December.  Your child’s class will be inviting you in to the classrooms to share some stories whilst drinking hot chocolate!  More information about this will follow.




There will be a book fair in school as part of the Christmas events. The children will have had chance to ‘browse’ the shelves the day before.  The book fair is 100% commission, so once we sell over £300 worth of books, we can keep the same value of sales of books for school. To give parents the chance to come over several days, I will run it in the same way as the summer one, open before and after school the following week until the 20th December when it is collected.   You can purchase Extra Value Book Fair Gift Vouchers online, for your child available at: Get a £6 Gift Voucher for £5   /   Get a £12 Gift Voucher for £10 / Get a £24 Voucher for £20   /   Get a £30 Voucher for £25    



The Eco Council have been sorting through the school lost property to try and find the owners but unfortunately there are no names in them.  It is really important to label school uniform so we can get it back to the right person.

Here is Woodlands lost property from the last 8 weeks..

The Eco Council will be taking the lost property out to the playground after school this Wednesday.  Please have a look to see if something belongs to your child. If you are a parent/carer that cant get to school to have a look please contact Mrs Bailey and we will have a look for the missing item.  All lost property is kept in the café area.

Any items not collected will be sold on Friday 14th December after school for £1 per item.

Thank you for your support.


In year 4 we have been learning about road safety with Corrinna from Telford Travel. We spoke about the ways that we would keep safe when walking next to and across the road. We went on a walk around the local area to practise how to be safe when crossing a road. We made sure that we remembered how to keep ourselves safe by using the Green Cross Code – Stop, Look, Listen, and Think.