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Headteacher Update - Friday 5th January 2024

Welcome to this week's Weekly Update!


Firstly a Happy New Year to all of our pupils and their families. I hope 2024 is a happy, healthy and positive year for everyone!


A very warm 'Welcome' to all of the new pupils who have joined us this week. We have had new pupils starting in Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6. I hope you really enjoy your learning at Oakwood!


It's already been a very busy few days back at school, with children settling into their routines, revisiting expectations and finding out about their new learning journeys. Pupils in Year 1 have been learning about the story of 'The Lost Son', as part of their RE learning this week. The children made story cubes, with a picture to show the story on each face. Inside the cube, children wrote the words 'love' and 'forgiveness', to show Christians that God is loving and forgiving. Some of the children are shown in the pictures. In Year 4, children have been practising their arrays to support them with the learning of their tables this week and our pupils in Reception have also been working hard on their Maths, looking at the weight of different objects and comparing these. 


Despite a three-day week, we've been proud of our achievements, and celebrated these in assembly. 'Well done' to our Writers and Mathematicians of the Week, and also to our 'Stars of the Week', our first for 2024! A full list of names can be found on the Bulletin.


We have concluded our Term 2 Attendance Challenge. In a last-ditch effort, Year 6 Parks Class were crowned Champions, having picked up 9 points. This took them to 47 points, ahead of Hewett and Logie-Baird. The challenge now resets and we will track the attendance of each class across the coming weeks.


In our '100% Attendance Challenge', there were 228 children in the draw. The number 225 was drawn at random. 'Well done' to Joshua W. in Year 4, who was this week's winner.


I am really looking forward to the term ahead and, along with all the staff, helping all of the children to be successful. I am also looking forward to seeing your child's homework project, across the next few weeks.


Have a great weekend.


Ryan Laker


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