Accelerated Reader at Acorns Oswestry

Tuesday February 13th, 2018, 4:19 pm

“Acorns Oswestry Pupils continue to engage fully with Accelerated Reader- the completion of quizzes has become quite competitive and pupils are keen to ensure they score as high as possible. We have had a further supply of books recently from Laburnum House and pupils are enjoying reading an ever-widening range of book titles. It was heartening today in assembly to have volunteers happy to read out in front of the rest of the school. They are becoming confident, capable readers. We are very proud of our Acorns pupils at Oswestry” – Claire McGuiness

Charlie Adlard visit

Tuesday February 13th, 2018, 11:07 am

Last Wednesday we had a visit from Charlie Adlard!  The illustrator for the popular comic book series The Walking Dead!

Charlie gave students a master class on comic book drawings, held a Q&A session and drew up storyboards.  Woodlands pupils really enjoyed the day and even took home signed drawings

A massive thank you to Charlie for spending time with us and help inspiring our pupils to continue to do great reading progress.

Merry Christmas all!

Friday December 15th, 2017, 1:57 pm

Another successful year here at Woodlands.  We would like to wish a very merry christmas and happy new year to all our pupils, staff, governors and everyone that has worked with us!

Pupils have been studying ‘Investigate, Design, Make and Evaluate’ in their Cooking and Nutrition lessons, the theme was Christmas Cakes. This was also an opportunity for them to take part in a competition that was judged by Sgt Kat Brangan of the 1 R Irish pictured with Max Hayward aged 11 years certificates and prizes were presented after the Christmas Meal.

A visit from Rugby Ace Jonny Wilkinson!

Monday July 3rd, 2017, 2:06 pm

Woodlands had the pleasure of meeting Jonny Wilkinson today as he travelled up to meet our pupils.  Jonny, a former Rugby Union player who represented England, winning the 2003 World Cup is offering his help here as a mentor to the pupils, organised though Laura Taylor of Oxford University

A massive thankyou to Jonny for taking the time out to see us here at Woodlands and we look forward to further visits.


All In – Summer 2017 Edition

Wednesday June 28th, 2017, 2:33 pm

Please click the link below for the Summer 2017 edition of ‘All In’ which is an activity programme designed for children and young people living in Shropshire who have a disability or additional need.

Accelerated Reader Awards

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017, 3:01 pm

Here are the Accelerated Reader awards for April 2017 – Well done guys!

Most words read this term

Dan Lace, Owen Griffiths, Joshua Marsh, Demi Davies, Ben Griffiths, Roman Brown

Most books read this term

Thomas Hughes, James Davies, Callum Van Hoof, Reilly Hayward, Shannon Hardy

Most improved readers

Daisy Fraser, Ellie Millington, Harry Watton, Curtis Thomas, Reece Hall

Reading group of the term

T1: Paul Crofts, Callum Roberts, Kaylee Netich, Zoe Glover, Kameron Harrison, Archie Winter, Rhys Roberts, Finlay Williams

Reader of the term

Charlie Batty


Woodlands Pupils’ Stories to be Published!

Friday March 31st, 2017, 11:02 am

Five pupils from our school have been chosen to have their mini sagas published this year in a volume of children’s stories. The pupils from Year 7 worked on writing stories of exactly one hundred words for a competition called “Crazy Creatures”, run by the publishers Young Writers. Their writing had to involve a creature of their own invention in a short adventure, including an illustration. Each pupil had marvellous ideas for their monsters, and enjoyed expressing themselves in the task. Writing only one hundred words became quite a challenge, as the pupils had great adventures in mind, however through careful redrafting they succeeded in producing exciting stories. The books will be published June this year, and will be available to purchase. Well done Year 7, and congratulations on your achievements!

Literacy Newsletter 06/02/17

Monday February 6th, 2017, 12:01 am

Please read our first issue of the Woodlands Literacy Newsletter!

Literacy Newsletter February 2017 (PDF)

Woodlands Christmas Fayre

Friday January 6th, 2017, 4:07 pm

Woodlands held its second Christmas Fayre on the 14th December getting everyone into the Christmas Spirit before the end of term.

The school was really lucky to have a personal visit from Santa (with his elf assistant) and pupils took part in a number of stalls and games including the now world famous Tombola, Pin the nose on the reindeer and Treasure Hunt.

The winners of the 2 Christmas Hamper raffles were drawn. Katie Holmes won the adult prize with Harry Watton winning the pupil prize of Chocolate Goodies.

A big thankyou to everyone who helped organise the Fayre. It will return next December bigger and better and may include, for the first time, the School Pantomime.

Accelerated Reader Success

Wednesday January 4th, 2017, 10:56 am

Happy New Year everyone!

In the space of a year, Woodlands has seen a dramatic transformation in the school’s reading culture, and in the reading attainment of its pupils, following the school’s implementation of Accelerated Reader. The impact has been enormous and thee amount of books the pupils are reading is way beyond our expectation; the children have taken to Accelerated Reader so well. Pupils currently read for 20 minutes a day and choose their own books based on their ZPD that is given from their STAR assessment. There have been some real success stories in Woodlands with various pupils making significant improvement in their reading.

We’ve seen a lot more enthusiasm for the actual choosing of books, and we’ve noticed a big increase in conversations between students about what they’ve read, and what type of book they enjoy. Something that simply never happened before.. Renaissance Star Reading test data indicated that, for the majority of our pupils, their Reading Age increased between April 2016 and September 2016. We saw some huge leaps as well; some students made four or five years of progress in that time, something we’re really proud of considering we’ve only been using Accelerated Reader for just under a year.

The end of last term we held our first termly ‘Accelerated Reader Awards’ where we had certificates and prizes for pupils who had really achieved this past term. The awards are listed below and we are extremely proud of all their hard work in improving their reading. Well done Woodlanders!

Most words read:

Dan Lace

Ellie Millington

Owen Griffiths

Callum Roberts

Kameron Harrison

Most books read:

Paul Crofts

Levi Antwis

Reilly Hayward

Roman Brown

Dan Lace

Harry Watton

Most improved readers:

Brandon Locke

Daisy Fraser

Jason Price

Owen Griffiths

Jay Edwards

Best class reading group:

V1- Roman Brown

Ellie Millington

Demi Davies

Curtis Thomas

Shane Barker

Reader of the term:

Joshua Marsh