WOW, what a fabulous Easter Parade! The children made some very creative and imaginative bonnets and eggs. Picking the winners was a difficult decision. It was a great effort from all involved.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Friends of Woodlands for helping to organise the parade and providing the prizes for the event. (All the winners’ photos can be seen in the Woodlands Community folder).

Here you can see just a few of the entries….


Woodies Early Learners

Our Woodies Early Learners had a lovely morning. We had a special visit from the Easter bunny who kindly left Easter eggs around the Eco Lodge for all the children to find. The children made some tasty Easter nests to take home and we finished the session with a Easter picnic.


Woodies Early Learners Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic

Join us on Wednesday 10th April in the Eco Lodge at 8.45am for our Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic.

Please bring along a small bag of chocolate eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide in the garden (weather permitting), and a small snack to share for the picnic.  Thank you

Woodies Early Learners will be back on Wednesday 24th April at 8.45am.

Ann and Lynn would like to wish everyone a ‘Happy Easter’!


Parents and grandparents have taken part in the 12 week Creative Craft and Enterprise Level 1– Cake Decorating course (Open College Network Qualification).  As part of the course they will be selling some delicious and beautifully decorated cakes to sell on Tuesday 9th April in the Café Area at 10am.  They would be delighted if you could join them for some cake and a cuppa to celebrate their achievements.




We are excited to announce that on Wednesday 10th April the Friends of Woodlands PTA will be holding an ‘Easter Bonnet’ competition and an ‘Easter Egg Decorating ‘competition!


The competitions are open to years 1 – 6 and there are loads of prizes to be won. The children will vote for the best bonnet and best decorated egg in their classes. There is no charge for entering – it’s all free! So come on children join in the fun!


At 2.45pm Friends of Woodlands PTA would like to invite parents and carers into school to watch the Easter Parade and join in the fun! If it is raining the event will be take place within class rooms and unfortunately parent/carers will be unable to attend. Let’s hope the sun is shining!


We will also be holding an Easter Egg raffle costing £1 a strip of tickets.  Children will be able to purchase a raffle ticket during break time from Wednesday 3rd April. Parents/carers will also be able to purchase a raffle ticket at the parade which will be drawn on the same day.


We do hope you can come along and help us celebrated the talents of all Woodlands Pupils!


Today’s Assembly – Staying Safe in the Community

Last term the Woodlands Safeguarding Team met with Linda, our local CSO, to talk about how to stay safe in the local community.  The children discussed the concerns they have especially when allowed out alone.  Concerns included strangers, getting lost, bullying, running into gangs, exposure to alcohol and drugs and grooming.  Not all topics were covered in the assembly but will be discussed in the next meetings.

The Woodlands Safeguarding Team decided to research and deliver an assembly to share information on ‘how to stay safe when outside the home’.

Ellie-May spoke about what you should let your parent/carer know when out alone

  •  Say where you are going?
  •  Agree a time to come home
  •  What friends you will be with
  •  Always let your parents/carer know if anything changes

Taylor explained that when out alone you may need to know

  • Your full name
  • Your Address
  • The phone number for an adult/carer

Here is an example of a Safe Place ID card

Leo shared that “you need to make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.  You can even have a GPS App on it so a parent/carer can see where you are”.

Jamie spoke how children were worried about what to do if they were lost.

  • You can phone home for help
  • If you have no phone go to a safe place e.g. Shop, police station, community centre
  • If there is no safe place then go to an adult with a child and tell them:
  • You are lost and ask them to phone your parent or carer.

Savannah, Bryan, Lauren, Mackenzie, Keira and Ashton spoke about strangers.

  • A stranger is not always someone that you’ve never met e.g. seen them out and about before
  • A stranger is not always a scary angry person
  • A stranger can be someone that seems kind and friendly
  • A stranger can be a man or a women

Lauren explained not to be afraid to say ‘NO’ to a stranger. Yell ‘Help’ or ‘I don’t know you’ to get someone’s attention.

Ashton informed everyone that the One-Stop shop in Woodside is a local safe place in our area.

Locations advertise they are a Safe Place by displaying a sticker.

The Safe Place Scheme is designed to support the needs of adults with Learning Disabilities, but is appropriate for anyone who may become vulnerable whilst out and about.

Here is some more information about the Safe Place Scheme and how it works.

Safe Place Leaflet 1 Safe Place Leaflet 2






Thank you for your support at this year’s AGM. At this meeting we reported on the achievements of Friends of Woodlands over the last year, elected our new committee members and announced our initial plans for this school year.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us here is a quick summary of the headline:

  1. Achievements

* Halloween Disco:  £336

* Father’s Day: £76

* Summer Fair:  £927

*Christmas Activities:  £336

*Non-Uniform Day: £220

The following was spent by the FOW:

* Playground Markings

* Hamper Prize Money

* Year 6 Leavers Trip

*After School Provision – Toys

*Community Hampers

Costs for hosting events please see accounts

  1. Future Expenditure

Friends of Woodlands, School Council and all of the children will be voting to decide where current funds and future money raised this academic year will be spent.  Possible suggestions are as follows:

*RIDAN Composter

*’Quite area’ – Astro Turf and seating under the umbrella allowing more room on the playground

We are delighted with this achievement and want to thank you all for your support.  Friends of Woodlands put the “FUN into FUNdraising”

New Committee Members

The committee members for the following year elected at the AGM are:

Chair’s name:   Emma Moore

Vice’s name:   Jill Clinton

Secretary’s name:  Alison Cresswell

Treasurer’s name:  Sarah Hodson

Committee members’ names: 

Jayne Gurney                        Joseph Gurney                     Claire Saunders

Annette Smith                 Melanie Bray                             Sarah Hodson

Shirley Trow                          Mandy Vale                          Mandy Fisher

Leanne Sheldrick                Elle Shaw                           Allie Cresswell

Emma Moore                    Steve Bowers                           Debbie Astbury

Claire Saunders

Woodlands staff all support Friends of Woodlands PTA.

Please let us know if you would like your name and contact details adding to the list of members.

How you can get involved and become a committee member


There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through FOW.


Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school.  There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.  We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.


If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Committee Member.  Any help you give to our association this year will directly benefit the children at Woodlands Primary School.

You can contact the PTA by email Friendsofwoodlands@hotmail.co.uk, through our website or using Friends of Woodlands PTA Facebook. Please take a note of these details and be in touch!

  1. PTA Plans and Events

Sweet Shop – Friday 15th February

Comic Relief – Friday 15th March

Spring Disco – Tuesday 26th March

Mother’s Day Surprise gift – week commencing 25th March

Easter Parade – Wednesday 10th April

Non-Uniform Day – Friday 24th May

Summer Fayre/Sports Day – Wednesday 26th June

Thank you for your support and we hope to see new parents/carers joining Friends of Woodlands this academic year.

Friends of Woodlands