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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 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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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 7

    Published 07/06/17, by Sheena Wilding

    The growing season has started well and the nursery classes have been busy planting out broad bean, pumpkin, carrot, lettuce and courgette plants so hopefully we will have a good crop later in the year. The caterpillars arrived this week so we are really looking forward to their development and being able to release painted lady butterflies into the environment. To support the topic the children have been learning about symmetry when creating butterfly models and pictures, counting bottle tops when making a “Hungry Caterpillar" and learning about the life cycle.

    Transition children have been busy exploring the different types of habitat that various mini-beasts live in, have played with small world mini-beasts and have created some lovely pictures. As always their vocabulary has been expanded and their learning has taken another leap.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 6

    Published 25/05/17, by Sheena Wilding

    The Transition children and some of the nursery children have had enormous fun this week visiting our Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, where they have explored the grounds and the trees, discussing the importance of trees for the environment and undertaking leaf printing and rubbing. The site lends itself to a forest school approach to learning and the children worked together to create dens with logs and branches they had discovered.

    A big thank you goes to Stewart Stevens, our site manager, who has driven the groups of children in the school minibus. Back here the children have been outside enjoying the beautiful weather and creating wonderful pictures of trees and bark rubbings in our own garden area. 

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 5

    Published 18/05/17, by Sheena Wilding

    Sunflower seeds have started to grow, lettuce is appearing and cress has gone home to be enjoyed on salads or in sandwiches. The strawberry patch looks as though it will be very productive so let’s hope slugs and little fingers do not get to them too soon! The children have not needed their watering cans outside this week but had great fun listening to the sound of rain under their umbrellas!

    The weather this week has been so varied again that it has been a great topic for the Transition children. The children have talked about the causes of thunderstorms and how to protect themselves during one, have made sun catchers and painted weather pictures.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 4

    Published 11/05/17, by Sheena Wilding

    We have 7 boy and one girl chick (2 did not hatch unfortunately). The children in the nursery classes, Transition and Reception were able to hold them this week and have been amazed by the growth and change in a few days. As I sit in my office I will miss the sound of chirping next week when they will have returned to the farm! The nursery children have planted their sunflower, cress and some vegetable seeds and the raised beds have been prepared ready for planting by the children so the feeling of summer has arrived. Let’s hope we have a successful growing season!  

    Transition children have had a busy week talking about and deciding their favourite weather and have created weather wheels, bar charts, masks and symbols. The children have increased their understanding of the world around them, extended their language and numeracy, and practised scissor skills. Sunflower seeds have started to grow, and cress has gone home to be enjoyed on salads or in sandwiches. 

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