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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 Weekly Words Autumn 7

    Published 17/10/19, by Sheena Wilding

    Reminders

    • Please check your email as I have sent the '2build a profile' observations of your child for this half term.
    • Please inform us if your child will be away at the time of our Nursery Department Christmas production which will take place on Tuesday 10 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. There will be no charge for this if it is not a regular session. I will be sending out your seat requests form with costume requests at the beginning of the next half term.
    • 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 09/10/19, by Sheena Wilding

    Reminders

    • I hope to see many of you tomorrow evening at our Annual Fireworks held at our Junior Boys site which is usually enormous fun. The weather forecast at the moment looks slightly damp so fingers crossed it is dry for the event. As we always say in Nursery there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing! You can pay on the gate if you have not booked tickets but this will not guarantee food.
    • Please return your session requests for January by Wednesday at the latest as I will be allocating the new children their classes that afternoon.
    • Towards the end of next week I will be sending this half term’s observations on “2build a profile” so please check your emails. 
    • Please note that the Breakfast Club is available from 7.30am - 8.30am but the service of food stops at 8.10am. If your child arrives after 8.10 am food will not be served.
    • 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 02/10/19, by Sheena Wilding

    Thank you

    The local branch of the Salvation Army has collected the boxes of food and personal hygiene items and is extremely grateful for your kindness. I am certain that local families in need will be very appreciative.

    Reminders

    • Some named jumpers have gone missing so please check that your child has the correct one and return any others as soon as possible so that we can give them back to the owner. Please return any clothes which your child has borrowed from the Nursery and remember to name all outdoor clothing, jumpers, t-shirts, boots and shoes.
    • We look forward to seeing you at the Fireworks Evening on Saturday 12 October held at the Claires Court Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, as it is always a wonderful family occasion for all ages! For more information please check the website or speak to a member of staff.
    • Individual Photographs - The children will be having their photographs taken on Friday 18 October and if your child does not attend on Fridays you are more than welcome to come in and have the picture taken at 8.30am. These make lovely family Christmas presents.
    • Please can you return your session sheets for the Lent Term 2020 before the October half term break.
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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 4

    Published 26/09/19, by Sheena Wilding

    Reminders

    • Please bolt the Nursery gate behind you as you enter and leave, for the safety of yours and other children.
    • Mobile phones – Please note that in our Claires Court Safeguarding policy, which you can read here, it states that “parents are not permitted to use their mobile phones or camera in or around the EYFS setting without prior approval from the Head” (page 20). For the safety of the children and EYFS compliance please abide by this. If you need to make or receive a call please do so outside the Nursery entrance gate and out of view. This applies from 07.30am-6.30pm covering both Extended Day Care times and the core Nursery hours.
    • Please send your child in with a coat now that the weather is autumnal.

    Wow, what a busy time we had on Open Morning this Friday 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.

    Transition children have been learning about Australian animals and extending their language with words such as marsupials. They have made koala masks and created Aboriginal dot pictures of animals. The three Nursery classes have been learning about Europe. I walked into their rooms yesterday to find them travelling to Paris by ferry, Eurostar and car; and then going into cafes for a breakfast of croissants and fruit! Orders were being taken and payments made; the staff were in berets and aprons adding to the atmosphere! Today the children were celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival which starts this weekend, and were thoroughly enjoying slices of apple dipped in honey!

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 3

    Published 20/09/19, by Sheena Wilding

    This week

    Nursery children have made modes of transport for travelling into Europe out of huge boxes including a ferry (Honeycomb), a car (Beehive) and the Eurostar train (Busy Bees). They have talked about their holidays to different countries in Europe, sorted transport toys by type and colour and have counted them, and have been learning related songs. Later in the week the children went for a walk around the school, managing the staircases really well and discovering the offices and dining room. Transition children have had lots of fun learning about places and people in Australia this week, have created a beautiful display of their paintings of Uluru (Ayres Rock), talked about the Aboriginal people, decorating their own faces with Aboriginal designs, and making fairy bread, a 1920’s Australian children’s party food.

    A very big thank you goes to everyone who joined in our “Jeans for Genes” day today. We raised £36.60 for this very worthy cause.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 2

    Published 13/09/19, 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. They discovered how to make the colour pink by making the playdough with red and white paint as well as the usual ingredients, creating Number 1’s using printing techniques and painting generally with the pink colour they had created. I was so impressed with how the children coped with the fire drill we had yesterday as they accepted the loud alarm very well, followed the instructions and did not shed a single tear despite the change in routine.

    The week commencing 16th September the 3 Nursery rooms will discuss “Europe”, the number 2, the colour blue and the letter u. Any small toy incorporating blue would be lovely as a “Show and Tell” item. Transition children will be discussing the topic “Australia – what it’s like” and the letter l.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 1

    Published 06/09/19, by Sheena Wilding

    What a good summer we have had and how lovely to have the sun shining when the term starts and seeing all the children outside laughing, playing and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

    We have welcomed lots of new children and are pleased to say how well they are settling in. The returning 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 hot lunches in the Nursery rooms are a huge success with the children tucking into the food with gusto and some having second helpings! Similarly the Breakfast Club and After School Care food provision is thoroughly enjoyed. Please remember that the last serving of breakfast is at 8:10am to allow for consumption and tidying up before going into the Nursery rooms.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 10

    Published 04/07/19, 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!

    It is so lovely to be part of Claires Court School giving us the facilities to run a sporting event as we do but also to be able to join in with the Senior Girls “Festival on the Field” on Wednesday afternoon. The music and performances were wonderful and our little ones were dancing and thoroughly enjoying the experience. It was also an opportunity to say thank you to Mrs Sandra Young who has worked as a dinner lady for 35 years on this site and used to help out with Nursery cover. She is retiring but I hope she will pop in regularly to say hello to us all, as we will miss the happiness she brings to the Junior playground and dining room. In the meantime we wish her lots of fun in the next phase of her life.

    The Nursery classes have created some lovely rainbow pictures this week, made windmills and have explored the effects of wind by blowing items of different weights across a table. With the sun and heat they have done lots of talking about protecting their skin.

    Transition children have continued learning about minibeasts, their similarities and differences.

    New children have been visiting again this week in preparation for their start in the autumn term and, as always, your children have shown great kindness to them.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 9

    Published 28/06/19, by Sheena Wilding

    Nursery classes have been practising for Sports Day; they are getting faster week by week and, oh joy, they seem to be staying within the track rather than running across the field! The children have been busy learning about trees and have created some wonderful paintings and leaf printing. On Monday they all watched the tree surgeons who were working on a diseased tree across the road from the Nursery and were amazed to see and hear the work done but we will all miss that large old cedar!

    Transition children have had a very busy week looking at a whole range of minibeasts. They have observed their caterpillars turn into chrysalises and are eagerly awaiting the next stage of development. They have made minibeasts using cardboard fruit trays and also continued practising for Sports Day, running at great speeds and following instructions extremely well. You are going to be so impressed with them!

    During the week commencing 1 July the Nursery children will be learning about the weather, the colour blue, the number 9 and the letter t. Any small toys incorporating any of these would be ideal as their “Show and Tell” item this week. Transition children will continue learning about minibeasts and the letter g.

     

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 8

    Published 21/06/19, by Sheena Wilding

    This week Transition children have continued learning about life cycles and watching the development of live caterpillars in the classroom. Using pasta they have created pictures of butterfly life cycles and have made symmetrical butterflies using a range of materials including toothbrushes and paper plates. They have explored symmetry using mirrors, pictures and their own faces.

    The Nursery classes have started looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and have observed the difference in size their caterpillars are to the Transition ones which are a week older. Using a variety of media such as clay and egg cartons they have been busy making their own caterpillars, have created paintings of butterflies and played sorting games using butterfly life cycle pieces.

    All the children have been on the running track and have started practising for our Sports Day on Friday 5 July. If you are away on holiday at that time please let your child’s class leader know as soon as possible so that running teams can be organised. Please send your children in wearing practical running shoes from now on as we endeavour to use the running track as often as possible.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 7

    Published 14/06/19, by Sheena Wilding

    With the topic of “planting and growing” continuing this week Nursery classes have observed how the seedlings are growing, planting some outdoors. We are looking forward to some crops later in the year. Certainly the rain will be helping the plants though not quite so good for practising for our Sports Day!

    Transition children have been busy exploring different life cycles, and the caterpillars, which arrived last week, have grown considerably 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 and metamorphosis.

    All the children have been busy making Father’s Day cards for Sunday which I’m sure you will love and we send our best wishes for a lovely time with your children on that special day for all fathers.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 6

    Published 03/06/19, by Sheena Wilding

    The Transition 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. They had enormous fun making colour palettes for which they had to search for different coloured pieces in the environment which could be stuck onto a card. 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 Nursery children have been outside enjoying the gardens and planting seeds. No doubt some of the seedlings will come home, when they are established, to be planted out and we would love to see pictures of the sunflowers grown. They have created some beautiful pictures of flowers which I am certain you will enjoy looking at.

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