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Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Wilding of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 7

    Published 18/10/17, by Sheena Wilding


    • Please check your email as I have sent the “2build a profile” observations of your child for this half term.
    • Please return your child’s photograph order by Friday 10 November at the latest.
    • Please inform us if your child will be away at the time of our Nursery Department Christmas production which will take place on Tuesday 12 December at 9.00am with the dress rehearsal happening the day before. We ask that all children attend both mornings even if it is not a booked session. I will be sending out your seat requests form with costume requests nearer the time.
    • Following the publication by Public Health England please be aware that all 2, 3 and 4 year old children (born between 1.09.2013 - 31.08.2015) and all children in school years Reception, 1, 2 and 3 are now eligible for the ‘flu vaccination. More information can be found on NHS Choices here.
    • We wish you all a very happy half term fortnight and will take this opportunity to let you know the Thames Valley Police Halloween code:
      • Please only call at houses you know! Don’t knock on doors where there is a “No trick or treat” sign.
      • Be visible – your children may be dressed as dark beings but they need to be seen by other road users.
      • Take a torch with you.
      • Stay in areas lit well by street lights. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people, especially the elderly.
      • Don’t let your children talk to strangers on the street.
      • Don’t let your children go into any houses.
      • No treat means no trick – don’t let a good night go bad. Please respect other people’s wishes!
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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 6

    Published 11/10/17, by Sheena Wilding


    • Please note that individual photographs are being taken on Monday morning. If this is not a booked session for your child but you would like a picture taken then please come in after 8.30a.m. and wait to have it taken. These are generally lovely photographs and make good Christmas presents for the family!
    • We really hope that your child will move into our own Reception classes here at Claires Court and registration is then directly with us. If you have not already done so, but this is your intention, please complete a registration form either online or collect a paper version from the office as transfer from the Nursery is not automatic unless you have signed the paperwork. There is no further registration fee as this was paid before your child started with us. For those children who turn 4 years old by 31.08.2018 and not staying with us you will need to register with the RBWM for a state school place for next September. Information can be found on their website here. Please see the paper letter from RBWM about this which you will receive this week.
    • Please ensure that you supervise your children as soon as they have been handed over by the nursery staff as we are aware that some are running off and sometimes parents forget to bolt the gate!  
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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 5

    Published 06/10/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Individual Photographs

    The children will be having their photographs taken on Monday 16 October and if your child does not attend on Mondays you are more than welcome to come in and have the picture taken at 8.30am. These make lovely family Christmas presents.


    • We look forward to seeing you at the Fireworks Evening on Saturday 14 October held at the Claires Court Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, as it is always a wonderful family occasion for all ages. Please see posters/ask staff for details.
    • Please return any clothes which your children have borrowed from the Nursery and remember to name all outdoor clothing, jumpers, tee shirts, boots and shoes. If you have clothing for 3 year olds such as joggers, leggings, underwear and socks that you no longer require we would welcome them.
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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 4

    Published 28/09/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Wow what a busy time we had on Open Morning this Thursday and your children were stars. They managed so well with lots of visitors in their classrooms and were “more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations” which is one of the PSE self-confidence and awareness statements in the EYFS.

    The three nursery classes have been learning about life under the sea this week and I have walked into rooms to find them deep under the waves (tents covered with sea-like fabrics and filled with children pretending to be fish and mermaids)! They have been fishing with magnetic rods and exploring spaghetti seaweed. There are now jelly fish hanging from ceilings and fish swimming across walls. As the saying goes, we may all be different but in Claires Court Nursery we all swim together!

    Transition children have been extending their language skills and now know the different names for family members of a range of animals. They have been matching the parent to the baby animal by playing matching games, drawing connecting lines on pictures and creating some lovely models of families of animals.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 3

    Published 21/09/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

    A big thank you goes to all our parents who brought in the vouchers during the summer term. Maintenance very kindly shortened the 24 hockey sticks, we have 36 footballs and have half a dozen watering cans so we can ensure the physical development of your children, which I talked about last week, continues with this bright, new equipment.

    This week

    This week Nursery children have made farm animal face masks, have played with small world farms, sorted animals by type and counted them, and have been learning a farm related song. They discovered how to make the colour pink and have created some lovely paintings related to the “m” sound. They all went for a walk around the school, managing the staircases really well and discovering the offices and dining room.

    Transition children have been busy learning about where animals live, the location of the countries and the environments preferred by different animals. They have looked at books and listened to stories related to the topic and cut out and matched pictures of animals and habitats. They have also been trying to follow beats by clapping hands.

    We all celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, by eating apple dipped in honey on Thursday which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

    A very big thank you goes to everyone who joined in our “Jeans for Genes” day on Friday. We raised £42.10p for this very worthy cause.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 2

    Published 14/09/17, by Sheena Wilding

    In our first full week the Nursery children continued to settle in to their new environment, make new friends and adapt to our routines. On Wednesday they showed us how well they can accept change in the daily routine when we had a fire drill to which they all responded brilliantly. They discovered how to make the colour purple by making the playdough with red and blue paint as well as the usual ingredients, creating Number 1’s using printing techniques and painting generally with the purple colour they had created.

    Transition children have been really busy looking at wild animal images and their skin patterns which they have recreated using collage techniques. Miss Green tells me how incredibly well the children have settled in the Transition class, are managing a range of independent skills and have been talking about the “Golden Rules”.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 1

    Published 08/09/17, by Sheena Wilding

    We have welcomed lots of new children into the three nursery rooms and are pleased to say how well they are settling in. The Transition class children are having a great time too and have had no problems transferring from their nursery rooms. The children are showing great kindness to their new friends who have just started at Claires Court. It is lovely to see so many smiling faces and we are looking forward to a really happy term ahead. The children are delighted with the new “mud kitchen” which has been built in our garden over the summer!

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 12

    Published 12/07/17, by Sheena Wilding

    What a wonderful year this has been and what a joy it was to see your children grow and develop in so many ways. Seeing them taking part in our annual Sports Day last week, on the stage at Christmas in front of a huge audience and everything they have done on a weekly basis shows me how amazing your children are. There was a turn around with the weather this year though as last year we had rain on Sports Day and sun for Fun Morning and this time it has been the other way. Fun happens whatever the weather, but running is a bit more tricky!! The children are real stars and deserve a very happy and healthy summer break.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 11

    Published 07/07/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Wow what a Sports Day! Your children never fail to astound me and showed depths of resilience beyond their years, an ability to follow instructions and a huge willingness to take part. You must be very proud parents and deservedly so.  We'll be putting pictures up on the website next week.

    The nursery classes have created some lovely rainbow pictures this week and have talked about weather in general. With the return of the sun and heat they have done lots of talking about protecting their skin and have been using the shade of home-made tents (sheets over washing lines) in the garden area.

    Transition children have continued learning about life cycles, their similarities and differences. They have learnt about symmetry as they made butterfly pictures. Their caterpillars are now in the chrysalis stage so hopefully will be butterflies before the end of term.

    We have had lots of new children visiting this week in preparation for their start in the Autumn Term and your children have shown great kindness to them.

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  • Mrs Wilding's words Summer 10

    Published 30/06/17, by Sheena Wilding

    The nursery children made sandwiches with home-made red (raspberry jam) and developed spreading and cutting skills as well as talking about the shapes of the sandwiches they created. Lots of 3D minibeast models have been made and the children have talked about protective clothing that beekeepers need to wear. Their vegetables are growing much to their delight! The children have also been talking about how they will care for the new children who will be visiting their classes over the next fortnight. 

    Transition children have continued learning about lifecycles with particular reference to butterflies and ladybirds this week. They are watching caterpillars develop and hope to have 5 painted lady butterflies before long. Great fun was had with the chocolate gloop which fortunately nobody ate though their hands smelt delicious! 

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 9

    Published 22/06/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Wow what a week for weather! I cannot remember a time when we had to keep the children here inside for most of the day because of exceedingly high temperatures. Water play was certainly an essential part of the curriculum and the Beehive children had great fun hammering blocks of ice to release plastic insects! Minibeast models and clay tiles with insect imprints have been created, and some lovely paintings of these little creatures have been done.  Language has been developed with the children learning about the head, thorax and abdomen sections of an insect’s body. Our butterflies are emerging from their cocoons and at the time of writing we have three flitting around.

    Transition and nursery classes have been practising for Sports Day as soon as they arrive, are getting faster week by week and, oh joy, they seem to be staying within the track rather than running across the field!!

    Transition children have had a very busy week looking at minibeasts, creating butterflies and snails, and playing a variety of numeracy and literacy related games such as minibeast bingo, matching the phonic sounds to pictures of insects to mention just a couple. The room has been alive with insects brought in by the children to discuss at “Show and Tell”!

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 8

    Published 15/06/17, by Sheena Wilding

    The nursery classes have been investigating farm animals, creating some lovely free hand paintings of their favourites which you can enjoy seeing on the classroom displays. They have extended language by learning the names of animals, their young and their homes. The children have been very busy making cards which I am certain will be enjoyed on Sunday! Our caterpillars are busy building their cocoons so it should not be too long before we have butterflies.

    Transition children have been investigating the environment to discover minibeasts by going on a bug hunt around the grounds. I found them making some lovely 3D models of spiders and ladybirds yesterday and playing in small world habitats which they had created for toy insects. They have also been busy making cards.

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