Here at Waddington Redwood Primary Academy, we have established links with a range of organisations in our community.
We have forged strong links with our local nurseries to ensure the smooth transition of children into our Early Years Foundation Stage. Our teachers visit the children in their nurseries long before they start school, and important information is passed to us so we can start planning for the children as early as possible.
...and leaving school
Moving to secondary school is an exciting time for our Year 6 children, but it can also be a daunting one. To minimise the children’s anxiety, we start the transition process in the spring term. Once parents/carers have been informed about school places, we liaise with secondary schools, passing on academic information about the children and passing on details of any additional needs. During the summer term, secondary schools visit the children at Redwood and all children have the opportunity to attend an Induction Day at their selected secondary school. We also offer an extended transition programme for any children feeling particularly anxious about the changes ahead.
At Redwood, we understand the importance of working collaboratively with other schools in the locality.
We arrange regular meetings with colleagues in other schools to discuss new initiatives, share good practice and act as ‘Critical Friends’.
Although the Children’s Centre is located in a building separate to the school, we enjoy having opportunities to participate in joint events and share resources.
The Centre takes part in our annual summer fair and we have recently attended a ‘Meet the Schools’ event hosted there.
Children and Young People Board CYPB
At Redwood we support the children and families of Armed Forces. The CYPB promotes the empowerment of service children and young people to develop their skills as active citizens. Regular meetings are held every month to discuss our provision for service children and to suggest further ways to support them and their families.
We have established links with religious communities and children are given the opportunity to visit local places of worship. We have long standing links with St. Michael’s Parish church in Waddington and with the minister. Reverend Anabel comes into school to talk to children about her role in the church and at religious events in the Christian calendar such as Christmas and Easter. She is also an integral part of our Y6 Labyrinth afternoon at the end of the year in which children reflect on their journey through primary school.
At Redwood, we pride ourselves on the amount of sporting opportunities we provide for our children both in school and out.
Redwood receives high-quality tennis sessions from local, qualified coaches at Bassline Tennis. They provide a whole range of coaching services for all ages in Lincoln, including 6 schools. During term-time, sessions are available to Redwood pupils in Years 3-6, on Tuesdays and Fridays, using the excellent indoor and outdoor tennis court facilities at Ruston Sports & Social Club.
Dance & Fitness Company - During term-time, Miss Hannah and her colleagues come into Redwood to deliver dance sessions after-school on Thursdays and Fridays to all of our children from Reception to Year 6. Miss Hannah and her team are all qualified dance teachers who offer a range of dance styles: street dance, cheerleading, ballet, dance fitness and many more! They run clubs inside and outside of schools and nurseries throughout Lincoln.
Pro Soccer Academy - The football academies run by Deano’s are open to boys and girls 4-18 years old. At Redwood, their coaches run an after-school football club using our school field and facilities on Monday’s during term-time.
Heath Cricket Club - Coaches from BBHCC have visited Redwood to deliver coaching sessions to children in Years 4-6. They are also our local provider of the ALL STARS Cricket Programme from the ECB. Training sessions for 5-8 year olds run every Thursday at their cricket ground, located less than a mile away from Redwood!
We have received the Gold Award for consecutive years for our participation in competitive sport here at Redwood through our local School Games School Sport Partnership. We take part in competitions with other Lincoln-based schools in a whole range of different and exciting sports: football, hockey, netball, swimming, tri-golf, tag-rugby, multi-skills, inclusive sports, mini red tennis, kwik cricket and even ultimate frisbee!
Redwood enters two teams into the local primary schools football league each year, competing in the Lincoln South divisions in both the mixed and girls leagues. We play home and away fixtures, always with great support from parents and carers on the side-lines!
LINCOLNSHIRE COMMUNITY LARDER
Our local community is very important to us and we are always looking for ways to support others. As part of our annual Harvest celebrations, we utilise out links with the Lincoln Community Larder to ensure that all food contributions we receive are given to those less fortunate.
the joy foundation
We enjoy a long standing link with The Joy Foundation which promotes Christian values within school. Any Housam, a representative of the Foundation, is well established in school and delivers regular collective worship. https://www.joyfoundation.org.uk