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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 12

    Published 05/12/18, by Sheena Wilding

    This Week

    Christmas has arrived in the classrooms with the children decorating trees, playing with magic snow, creating calendars, making reindeer food, Santa napkins, clay decorations and cards, to name but a few of the wonderful things they have done which you are sure to enjoy when they bring them home at the end of term.

    We had a very busy Open Morning on Tuesday so many thanks for your kind recommendations. Your children were a brilliant advertisement and the Junior Girls and Boys did a tremendous job bringing the visitors to the Nursery Department.

    Zog arrived on Wednesday morning and gave the children a fun packed session all about books and the joys of reading. The children listened really well to the Zog story and had cuddles with the dragon afterwards. A big thank you goes to the RBWM Libraries Outreach and Events team.

    We had a lovely time yesterday when the Lower Junior Girls entertained us to their production “Born in a Barn”. The children were spellbound and sat mesmerised throughout, with many of them recounting the story of the nativity on our return to the classrooms.

    Your Christmas card orders have arrived and sent home with your children so please check their bags.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Autumn 11

    Published 30/11/18, by Sheena Wilding

    This Week

    The nursery classes have been learning about warm clothing and practising putting on scarves, hats, mittens and gloves this week and on the subject of cold weather please send your children in wearing warm coats, hats, scarves and mittens which all need to be named. As always, they continue to practise their number skills, and the photo above shows the Honeycomb children counting out 10 animals from the larger group and taking turns in doing so.

    With December arriving this weekend Christmas will soon be with us. There is already a buzz of excitement about everything the children are doing and I am sure trees will be arriving in the rooms very soon.

    Next Week

    We will all be getting into the swing of things for Christmas, doing lots of related crafts, and are looking forward to going over to the main hall with the children to watch the Junior Girls Nativity on Thursday morning.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Autumn 10

    Published 22/11/18, by Sheena Wilding


    Please send in your child’s costume for our Christmas Production as soon as you have it organised.


    As in previous years we will be helping those less fortunate in our local community by providing the Maidenhead branch of the Salvation Army with Christmas hampers which the Year 10 girls will make up. The Nursery Department have been asked to provide biscuits which can be left in boxes in the Nursery Hall from now until Wednesday 12 December. Many thanks in advance for your support. A very big thank you goes to those of you who have already given.

    Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 14 December and we would appreciate a minimum £1.00 donation for “Save the Children”. Please do not feel you have to go out and buy a special jumper for this. Some of the best have been tinsel and baubles etc. attached to a regular top which the children have been involved in creating!

    Christmas lunch is on the 14 December so if your child is booked in for lunch on Fridays please can you let their teacher know and fill in this form asap if they will be having a hot lunch rather than a packed one that day as the kitchen need to order the food.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Autumn 9

    Published 15/11/18, by Sheena Wilding

    This week and next

    The Nursery have been having fun learning about migration and particularly birds, and have created some very colourful and feathery specimens.

    The week commencing 19 November the three Nursery classes will discuss and listen to stories and information about “seasonal changes” and do a range of related crafts. Their number is 9, the colour is white and the letter is a.

    Family Observations Module

    Parents sometimes ask me how they can add their own observations of their child having one of those “wow” moments to the observations file I send you each half term so I have taken some words from the "2build a profile" website which might help you. The NEW Family Observations module lets learners’ parents and family members take an active role in contributing to the “2build a profile” observation portfolio!

    Key Features:

    • Parents submit photos or videos to a special email address.
    • Once the observations are submitted to 2BAP, they are to be approved by teachers before they are entered into the learner’s observation portfolio.
    • During the approval process, teachers can read/change parent comments, add comments of their own and add framework objectives.

    How are Family Observations submitted?

    The observations are emailed to 2BAP by the family member. This can be done by:

    • Replying to the standard PDF Learning Journey that has been sent to you at the end of each half term, including a photo in the reply.
    • Any parent that is registered to receive PDFs can email directly with the observation. The observation will automatically be allocated to the correct child (in the case where more than one learner is associated with an email, the email should contain the name of the child in the subject).

     What happens after submitting a family observation?

    • Once a submission is processed successfully, the teacher is notified by email (if a teacher email is set up under that class in parent share area) and a notification appears on the home page of the Web Suite.
    • If a submission is not processed successfully, an email is sent to the person submitting, informing them that there was an issue. This could be due to reasons such as a photo being too small or just that there was no attachment.
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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Autumn 8

    Published 09/11/18, by Sheena Wilding

    It has been a busy week with the Nursery classes making poppies for this weekend, learning about festivals of light including Diwali and Bonfire Night, making fireworks pictures and 3D rockets by practising their cutting skills and using lots of textures. On Wednesday the children went over to the main school hall to discover the stage and begin practising their Christmas production songs. Although lots of louder singing needs to be developed the confidence displayed by your children in this change to their routine was wonderful to see.

    The week commencing 12 November the three nursery classes will discuss and learn about “migration”, the number 8, the colour purple and the letters x,y,z.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Autumn 7

    Published 19/10/18, by Sheena Wilding


    • 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 11 December at 9.00 a.m. 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 seating requirements form with costume requests nearer the time.
    • 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 Weekly Words Autumn 6

    Published 11/10/18, by Sheena Wilding


    • 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 promising so fingers crossed! You can pay on the gate if you have not booked tickets.    
    • Please note that individual photographs were taken on Tuesday morning and the proof was sent home. These are generally lovely photographs and make good Christmas presents for the family but we do need your order by Friday 19 at the latest!
    • 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 31.08.2019 and not staying with us you will need to register online by midday 15 January 2019 with the RBWM for a state school place for next September. Information can be found on the RBWM website and you need to read the “Admission into Primary School Guide”. Applications for the state school places open online from 1 November 2018.
    • 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 Weekly Words Autumn 5

    Published 05/10/18, 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.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Autumn 4

    Published 26/09/18, by Sheena Wilding

    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.

    The three Nursery classes have been learning about autumn foods this week and I have walked into rooms to find them eating triangular sandwiches which they had made using a homemade blackberry jam, exploring textures and printing with leaves they had collected in the garden and sweetcorn, which they were rolling in orange paint, and investigating the pumpkins which they had grown from seed in our pond / gardening area. Supporting their number learning I became aware of the Busy Bees having a drama session in the hall and their acting out the “Three little Pigs” story, having enormous fun taking turns being the characters and reciting the story together. Lots of red and yellow paint has been mixed with some wonderful orange displays now brightening up the classrooms.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Autumn 3

    Published 19/09/18, by Sheena Wilding

    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 were so excited on Monday morning when they discovered the lilac bantums in the nursery garden! Mrs Britt had brought in a cockerel and a couple of hens from her farm which the children were able to handle, feed and observe. 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.

    A very big thank you goes to everyone who joined in our 'Jeans for Genes' day today. We raised £33.00 for this very worthy cause.

    I ran out of space last week to mention that we all celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, by listening to related stories and eating apple dipped in honey, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Autumn 2

    Published 13/09/18, 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. Hot lunches are proving to be a great success!

    The week commencing 17 September the 3 Nursery rooms will discuss “Farming”, the number 2, the colour red and the letter r. Any toy incorporating red would be lovely as a “Show and Tell” item.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Autumn 1

    Published 07/09/18, by e4 education

    What an amazing summer we have had and what a joy to still have the sun shining when the term starts and to see all the children outside laughing, playing and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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