End of year – goodbye and thank you!

Hello parents and children previously of 1JM,

I have recovered from a very long session reading books at the local library after school last night and wanted to take the opportunity to reflect briefly on this year and to give a thank you from both Mrs Agunsoye and myself, for the very generous gifts and messages we received!

Around a year ago, when I met with the Reception teachers for a handover meeting to prepare me for this class, they gave a good summary at the end of all the usual notes about friendships, behaviour, and learning styles. They said that this class are by no means an easy class to teach, but they are the best class you can teach. A year later, I completely agree.

I have loved being your child’s teacher this year and I hope that in the reports the admiration and high esteem I hold for each of the children in 1JM is made clear. I have been blown away by how they have met the incredible challenges that they have been faced with and the continued motivation and willingness to learn that each child has brought to school, or to Teams, throughout the year. At times I may have dropped one of the many pins that I have to juggle (maybe some missed marking, missed deadlines, etc…). This has been a year of increased responsibilities within the school for me and also big changes outside of school too. However, I have always prioritised the children’s enjoyment and attainment and I am very proud of the excellent results we have enjoyed.

I am positive that next year will be another successful year for this wonderful group of children. Ms Malcolm is an outstanding teacher and I am looking forward to being blown away with the class’ progress as next year unfolds.

Both Mrs Agunsoye and I wanted to give a big thank you for our gifts too! We were blown away with the generosity and are both looking forward to using our vouchers. I want to give a special shout out to Mrs Agunsoye for her awe-inspiring work this year. I never appreciate her more than those moments when she’s not in class for an afternoon or (horror of horrors) a whole day. You might recognise those days as the ones where I hobble out of the building at 3.05 looking like I’ve gone 10 rounds with Tyson Fury. Mrs Agunsoye has been the class medic, confidant, mediator, motivator, mother and educator and I am so lucky to have had her as my TA this year.

I have a photo of the boat we all built with all the class in it but it’s at school. I will edit this post to add the photo in maybe tomorrow. I will also add in pictures of the school trip!

Thank you one last time for your support and feedback this year. I am eternally proud of being a part of this class’ culture and community during this challenging year.


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Non-Uniform Day – Friday 16th July 2021

Our non-uniform day on Friday 16th July 2021 will be based on the children coming to school dressed as one of their favourite sporting heros! They should be spoilt for choice after an incredibly positive European Football Tournament over recent weeks, as well as only being days away from the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

We are asking for a £1 donation that will be supporting one of our major boys’ secondary feeder schools, Wheelers Lane Technology College, in their quest to upgrade their outdoor astro-turf playing facilities. 

The school have offered to send some of their PE staff over to Woodthorpe from September as a ‘Thank You’ for our support (curriculum support / lunchtime opportunities), as well as being able to benefit from using the upgraded facilties once completed. As always, thank you for your continued support, it’s greatly appreciated by us all. 

Mr Trevor


We are hoping to develop the Reception indoor and outdoor environment over the Summer holiday. We are looking for your help!

We wondered if anyone had any of the following items and would be willing to donate them to the Reception class? If you think you may have anything then please come and speak to a member of the Reception team.

  • A bird bath
  • Bird feeders
  • Garden planters
  • Picnic blankets or bed sheets for den building
  • Bench
  • Storage baskets (wicker)
  • Kitchen utensils/ old microwave/ old coffee machine
  • Small world toys still in a good condition e.g.  toy cars, people, fire station, animals, car mat, garage etc.
  • Children’s furniture e.g. small arm chairs
  • Toy storage e.g. bookshelf/ drawers

Many thanks in advance for your support with this.

Blackwell Adventure – Year 1/2 Trip – Monday 19th July 2021

What will my child need?

  • A packed lunch (including a water bottle)
  • Appropriate clothing (older, comfortable clothing e.g. jogging trousers, t-shirt, hoodie, coat if necessary)
  • Trainers
  • Any medication if required
  • Sunhat and sun protection if necessary
  • Arrive to school at the usual time in the morning
  • Activities run until 3:30pm, we are aiming to return to Woodthorpe by approximately 4:15pm. Please check Twitter (@woodthorpeji) for regular travel updates.
  • Look out for password protected images of the day on this blog site to see what the children got up to!

Reports, Sports Day, and we are going to (try and) build a boat!

Hello parents!

Nearly the end of the year (wow!). This year has been a very successful one as a whole for the children academically and we are spending this last week together enjoying our success and working mainly on our writing. It has been excellent to see how this focus has already started to benefit the children. Writing is something that sometimes gets forgotten about over holidays, so can I please ask parents to involve your child with writing over the holidays (alongside giving them time to rest and have fun of course!).

Reports have gone home. I hope I was able to convey just how much I’ve enjoyed teaching each and every one of the children in Year 1 this year and the progress each child is making regardless of current attainment. A one page profile is still on its way from the children, we didn’t manage to get them all done in time but they will go home tomorrow for sure.

I have been getting a lot of questions about Sports Day and what house the children are in and what they should wear. I have printed off a letter ready to go home for each child tomorrow with their house on it and the colour they are asked to wear. Thank you for your patience.

I have a favour to ask! After the huge success of cardboard city, I have decided that we will go another step further and make a class boat together using the same materials and the same method. Please can I have as much cardboard as you can spare? Bottles and other materials such as those which were donated before are great too. The more stuff we get, the bigger our boat will be! Thank you!!!


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