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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 Summer 11

    Published 05/07/18, by Sheena Wilding

    Head over heels in excitement about the thought of Nursery Sports Day and 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.  

    The nursery classes have created some lovely rainbow pictures this week and have made sun-catchers with old CDs, rain makers to create the sound of rain, windmills which they tried to operate using electric fans, sun collages with shapes and have talked about weather in general. With 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 and fabrics pegged to fences) in the garden area.

    Transition children have continued learning about minibeasts, their similarities and differences. They played the minibeast “What am I?” game, talked about exo-skeletons, have made spiders using clay and chenille stems and created bee pictures from shapes.

    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 10

    Published 29/06/18, by Sheena Wilding

    Wow what a week for weather! As with this time last year we had to keep the children inside for most of the day because of exceedingly high temperatures. Water play was certainly an essential part of the curriculum and we made sure that the children were outside at the very start of the day before the sun got too hot. Lots of 3D minibeast models have been made including snails and 2D creations of ladybirds adorn the rooms. The caterpillars are growing so the children are eagerly awaiting the next stage of development. The children have also been caring for the new children who have been visiting this week and have done an excellent job, showing boundless empathy. 

    Transition children have continued learning about minibeasts. They went on a minibeast hunt in the garden, played an associated bingo game, made 3D models of these creatures and in their gym session moved like different ones. Having watched the caterpillars develop in the classroom they released five painted lady butterflies this week.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 9

    Published 21/06/18, by Sheena Wilding

    What a lovely week it has been exploring for minibeasts in the garden and pond areas. I have spotted children out with their clipboards and tally sheets enthusiastically searching for little creatures and getting so animated when they find them! 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.

    Nursery and Transition classes have been practising for Sports Day, 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 a whole range of minibeasts. They have identified the parts of an insect, have observed their caterpillars turn into chrysalises and are eagerly awaiting the next stage of development. Butterflies have been made to hang from the ceiling and a variety of minibeast masks made, as well as playing with spaghetti worms and plastic creatures in slime.

    At the time of writing the boys transferring in September to our Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, have just returned with Miss Green and seem to have had an enormously happy time meeting their new teachers, seeing the rooms and outside play space and making decorated biscuits and kites. The girls transferring to our Junior Girls upstairs are singing their hearts out with Mrs Challis and about to return to their new classroom with Mrs James and Mrs St. John with smiles on their faces. I have to say that both girls and boys seem so at ease and relaxed about their new experiences and that is down to the nursery staff who build their confidence so well.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Summer 8

    Published 14/06/18, by Sheena Wilding

    The nursery classes have continued planting and growing and now have runner beans and pumpkin seeds in the soil, hoping that there will be an autumn crop in time for Halloween. They have extended their positional language and understanding of growth. The sunflower seeds have developed and been sent home so we would love to see a photo later in the year when they bloom. The grass heads they started last week already look as though they need a trip to the hairdresser! The children have been very busy making cards which I am certain will be enjoyed on Sunday!

    Transition children have continued learning about life cycles and watching the development of live caterpillars in the classroom. Using pasta and real leaves they have created pictures of butterfly life cycles and have made symmetrical butterflies using a range of materials. They have also been busy making cards for Sunday. 

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Summer 7

    Published 08/06/18, by Sheena Wilding

    PLEASE SLIDE THE BOLT SHUT ON THE METAL GATE WHEN ARRIVING AND LEAVING THE NURSERY

    With the topic of “Planting and growing” this week it was wonderful to hear about Mr McGregor’s garden when Peter Rabbit visited the Nursery yesterday. RBWM Libraries began by reading ‘The Tale Of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter to all the children, as well as a lift-the-flap board book, ‘Peter Rabbit: Where's Peter?’, which had all the children laughing and entertained whilst they tried to discover where Peter Rabbit was hiding through following clues and unfolding flaps. The children then had the opportunity to cuddle Peter if they wished. I am certain that you all love reading to your children anyway but have sent home the leaflet about the top 10 tips for reading with your child which Peter Rabbit gave us.

    The growing season has started well and the nursery classes have been busy planting sunflower seeds, cress and grass to make Grass Heads. They have created some amazing paintings of sunflowers, the cress is growing in long egg box sections and is beginning to look like caterpillars crawling along the window sill and the grass will soon be looking like hair! The children have made sandwiches linked to the story of “The Little Red Hen” with the growing of wheat so it has been a very busy week as always. The children are really enjoying the strawberries which they are harvesting on a regular basis.

    Transition children have been busy exploring different life cycles, have cut out and sequenced pictures of frog life cycles, have loved discovering tiny frogs in the tank and playing the frog sequence game. As always their vocabulary has been expanded and their learning has taken another leap. 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 pictures of ladybirds and looking at their life cycle.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 6

    Published 25/05/18, by Sheena Wilding

    The Transition children have had enormous fun this week visiting our Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, where they 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 drove the groups of children in the school minibus.

    Back here the nursery children have been outside enjoying the gardens and main school grounds and creating wonderful pictures of trees and bark rubbings and discussing visits to parks generally. Great fun was had when they went on a bear hunt and discovered large trays of snow, long grass, water, mud and a forest which they walked through with bare feet, and a cave where they found a bear. At the end they found lots of cushions to go to bed! They certainly knew the story by the end of the experience.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Summer 5

    Published 17/05/18, by Sheena Wilding

    NO NUTS ARE ALLOWED WITHIN THE NURSERY OR THE GARDENS.

    We have children within the Nursery and School who have life threatening allergies so you can imagine my horror when I was alerted to an opened snack pack box of nuts littered on the Nursery hall floor at the midday pick up time on Thursday. The area was cleaned immediately to reassure people but this should never have happened. Leave all nut products at home and be considerate of others.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Summer 4

    Published 10/05/18, by Sheena Wilding

    We are all very excited about “Hatch Watch” taking place in the Nursery hall with the ten eggs arriving on Tuesday. We were amazed on Wednesday morning to discover eight had hatched overnight but saw the hatching of one take place and now have a healthy brood of nine chicks at the time of writing this! We have four boy and five girl chicks (one did not survive unfortunately). This coming week they should be strong enough to handle so there is more excitement to come. The nursery children have been talking about the life cycle of a chick and are enjoying watching the chicks and listening to the chirping. Lovely displays are appearing in their rooms. The tadpoles in Honeycomb have grown legs so it will not be long before they are transferred to the pond.

    Transition children have had a busy week talking about the different types of weather and have suns for their display area. Sunflower seeds have started to grow, the beans are developing well, the grass seed for Mr Grass Head will need a lawnmower soon and cress has gone home to be enjoyed on salads or in sandwiches.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Summer 3

    Published 03/05/18, by Sheena Wilding

    In the three nursery rooms the children have been looking at life cycles of frogs and have created some lovely frog masks, puppets, life cycle charts and displays, and hopped around the rooms pretending to be these jumpy creatures. The pond is alive with water life and the children are fascinated by all the movement and development of the tadpoles, newts, water boatmen and dragonfly nymphs, to name but a few.

    Transition children have been learning about the different parts of a plant and the uses of these. They set up an experiment with carnations, celery and coloured water and observed how the plants changed colour. They went on a “spot the plant challenge” in the grounds, recording those they discovered. Bean seeds were planted in jars and they made a Mr Grass Head so it will be lovely to see these develop over the coming weeks. Pictures of flowers were created using a variety of shapes so it has been a very busy week.

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Words Summer 2

    Published 26/04/18, by Sheena Wilding

    In the three nursery rooms the children have settled very well and had a busy time both indoors and out. Some lovely animal prints have been made, singing with Mrs Challis sounded wonderful and they coped remarkably well with the Open Day on Thursday.

    Transition children have been sowing cress seeds in the shape of their first initial, have planted sunflower seeds and looked at the sequence of a plant life cycle.

    During the week commencing 30 April the nursery children will be learning about the life cycle of a frog, the colour green, the number 2 and the letter h. Any small toys incorporating a frog or green would be ideal as their “Show and Tell” item this week.

    Transition children will continue learning about plants and growing and the letter l.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Summer 1

    Published 20/04/18, by Sheena Wilding

    The term’s topic of “The Great Outdoors” could not have had a better start with the wonderful weather and the children all outside enjoying the garden, pond and playground areas. The sound of laughter and having fun has been lovely these last three days and the new children seem to be adapting to their new environment very well.

    Miss Green tells me that the Transition group have been observing the growth of the tadpoles in their room, talking about what they can see outside in our garden area and about the outdoors environment at home. The children all bounced back into the room and have had a very good start to the term.

    The week commencing 23 April the Nursery children will still be settling in and Transition children will be learning about the plants and growing and the letter i.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Words Lent 11

    Published 22/03/18, by Sheena Wilding

    Transition and nursery children have started talking and learning about Easter. They have been cutting out and printing related things as well as starting their Easter baskets, cards, bonnets and enjoying a range of related stories. I feel sure the hunt for eggs will be enormous fun and have a feeling that the Easter Bunny is planning a visit. If it’s anything like last year he left muddy footprints throughout the Transition room but was forgiven when lots of eggs were found in the garden!

    The Nursery Department charities week raffle for ‘Reuben’s Fight’ raised £150.00.  The lucky winner was Kiron in Busybees class.  Thank you to all that helped towards this very worthy cause.

    During the week commencing 26 March the nursery and Transition children will continue learning about Easter. Nursery children will also be learning about the letter g and discover how to make the colour brown.

    The clocks change this weekend but with the “eggscitement” of Easter fast approaching I’m sure the loss of an hour will not cause too many problems for your children!

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