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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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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 5

    Published 22/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians 

    Crikey, it's been hot. But I am not moaning, long may the sunshine continue into June.

    While we are set to open our school gates on Monday 1 June for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, along with children of key workers, we have also been working on our plans to reintegrate our Year 10 pupils and Year 12 students back to school at a date yet to be confirmed in June. These examination groups have crucial academic responsibilities and we want to ensure we are providing them with every opportunity to excel.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 4

    Published 15/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    I hope you have had a safe and healthy week as we move slowly towards the ‘half term’ break next Friday.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 3

    Published 07/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    It is a big weekend coming up!

    Everyone is waiting to see what Boris Johnson says on Sunday evening when he announces his plans for the next set of proposals to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Whatever direction the government chooses, we at Claires Court are ready with strategies to continue distance learning where appropriate and to open the School for our families as soon as we are allowed to do so.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 2

    Published 01/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and guardians,

    I hope you are well and a huge thank you to all of you who have contacted me this week with feedback on your experiences of becoming a temporary support teacher while juggling so many other plates at the same time. Feedback is how we can continue to improve and develop our academic and wellbeing programme.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 1

    Published 24/04/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear parents and guardians - welcome to our first bulletin of the term

    I hope the start of term has been as smooth as can be expected during these troubled times. Herein we have words from the Heads of each division sharing their experiences of the first few days of pupil learning, and I will let you enjoy their stories in the Friday evening sunshine. We also have some reminders of what is coming up in the various challenges that have been set.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 11

    Published 27/03/20, by Sheena Wilding

    I have just read my words from last year and I wish with all my heart that I could copy and paste them for the week that has just passed! Never in my wildest dreams did I foresee distance learning would feature in my weekly words. I often say to children that no matter how old we are it’s great to learn something new every day and that has certainly happened for all of us this week. For me, and my staff, it has all been technology based learning. We are spending the first hour or more of our working days at Google Hangouts meetings to redo the planning we had written for next term and generally catch up on things. None of us had done anything like this before and having delivered Chrome Books to all my ladies on Monday, Tuesday morning was spent getting used to these and learning how to 'hangout'! I move on to many more such meetings during the day whilst the Nursery staff research, read, create videos and try to work around their own children at home. A special well done goes to Miss Green and Mrs Freeman for their videos this week.   

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  • Mrs Wilding’s Weekly Words Lent 10

    Published 20/03/20, by Sheena Wilding

    As Ella’s mummy said to me yesterday “It’s so lovely coming in here as life seems so normal” and that is what we have tried to provide your children with in what has become an increasingly surreal time. Charity week has taken place at Claires Court and what a great day our super heroes themed day turned out to be. The children looked amazing and had so much fun so thank you for getting them dressed up and supporting the Link Foundation charity for which we raised £72.00.

    Nursery children have started talking and learning about Easter. They have been cutting out and printing things such as cards and headbands whilst enjoying a range of related stories. They have also been busy creating surprises for you for Sunday!

    As always I asked Miss Green if she could send me a few words about what she had done this week, meaning the children in Transition. Her immediate reply was 'panic' with a jokey face emoji followed by "We looked at climate change and how the weather is changing, the ice caps melting and the impact on animals. We also did lots of rhyming activities and made Mother’s Day cards”.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 9

    Published 11/03/20, by Sheena Wilding

    As part of this week’s recycling topic we had a super visit on Tuesday from Mrs Williams, Arthur’s mummy, who talked to us about the importance of the three Rs of 'reduce', 'reuse' and 'recycle'. She showed us some environmental pictures and videos, encouraging the children to participate in the discussion which they did well. She runs a community shop 'Filling Good – Zero Waste Shop' in the Craft Coop in Nicholsons Walk, Maidenhead, where we can refill our own containers which is a wonderful way of helping to save our planet. Thank you Mrs Williams.

    The Nursery children have enjoyed the topic about recycling and have used items such as bottle lids, newspaper and other scrap pieces to make pictures and have spent time sorting items by type of material.  

    Transition children have been learning about the adverse effect of plastic on the oceans and set up a representative tray to sort underwater sea creatures from environmentally unfriendly items. The children celebrated Holi and experimented with powder paints.

    The frog spawn collected by the Honeycomb class has now developed into tadpoles which the children are amazed by.

    During the week commencing Monday 16 March the Nursery children will be learning about 'Easter', the colour yellow and the number 9. Any small toys incorporating these would be ideal as their 'show and tell' item this week. Transition children will be learning about 'Climate change' and the letters v,w.  

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 8

    Published 05/03/20, by Sheena Wilding

    A busy, busy week! The Nursery classes have focused on space, creating rockets and papier mache planets as well as talking about the planets in our solar system. Transition children have used lots of recycled materials to create models of human bodies and have wonderfully imaginative creations as a result.

    On Thursday the children enjoyed their 'World Book Day' experience of dressing up in their favourite book character costume and looked amazing. They role played libraries and made their own books. Thank you so much for sending in books to accompany the costumes which they really enjoyed listening to. The children all have a £1 book token for spending in their favourite bookshop.

    It was also a very busy Open Day today and as always a big thank you goes to you for your wonderful recommendations.

    During the week commencing Monday 9 March the Nursery children will be learning about 'saving my planet', the colour green, the number 8 and the letter j. Any small toys incorporating these would be ideal as their 'show and tell'  item this week. Transition children will be learning about 'recycling plastic' and the letter e.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 7

    Published 26/02/20, by Sheena Wilding

    Spring is on the way so imagine our joy when we discovered frogspawn in the pond. The honeycomb children have already collected a small amount and have transferred it to a tank in their room with some pond water and weed. We are looking forward to watching and learning about the life cycle of frogs close up. The newts and pond skaters were also dashing about the pond which further adds to our exploration and learning. Would you believe it we found six newts which is the number of the week!

    The Nursery classes have been learning about 'my planet Earth' and, referencing the colour of the week, have created pictures of our 'blue' planet. They made pancakes on Tuesday, learning about the ingredients, quantities and the mixing process. We hope that the Welsh families in our community have a lovely St David’s Day on Sunday and enjoy the daffodil pictures some of the children have made.

    This week Transition children have been talking about looking after our planet and what we can recycle and where we can recycle items. They had a lovely tasting session on Tuesday sampling pancakes with lemon and sugar or honey; learning about the ingredients needed to make these and why we eat them on Shrove Tuesday.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 6

    Published 13/02/20, by Sheena Wilding

    We have had some lovely conversations about who we love and I hope that you adore the Valentine cards the children have made for you. The children have been talking about their families as well as the objects and toys they love. They have printed patterns with hearts, threaded hearts, counted hearts and painted clay hearts that they have made. Even our maths activity of naming shapes and matching included a heart!

    As part of their topic about their school the Nursery classes have gone on some lovely walks discovering the offices, dining room, maintenance rooms, sports hall, swimming pool and the grounds. They have made life sized pictures by drawing around children and made burgundy coloured paint to colour the uniform. Transition have talked about where their homes are situated; landscapes and buildings near their homes; their addresses and have then made pictures using this information to create a street.

    During the week commencing Monday 24 February the Nursery children will be learning about 'my planet earth', the colour blue, the number 6 and the letter h. Any small toys incorporating blue would be ideal as their 'show and tell' item this week. Transition children will be learning about 'what we can recycle' and the letter k. Remember the weekend is the ideal time to talk to your children about our topic and to encourage them to find things to bring in which you have talked about together.

    We wish everybody a very happy half term holiday and look forward to seeing everyone rested and ready for the start of spring.

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  • Mrs Wilding's Weekly Words Lent 5

    Published 06/02/20, by Sheena Wilding
    Polite notice - please close and bolt the Nursery gate at all times for the safety of yours and other children.

    It has been another busy week in the Nursery Department with all the younger children talking about their homes. Models of houses using recycled materials have been created, house numbers and names have been discussed and some children have been able to give their address. The older children have used shapes appropriately to make pictures of houses and have talked about detached, semi-detached, terraces and flats.

    During the week commencing Monday 10 February the Nursery children will be learning about 'my school', the colour purple, the number 5 and the letter g. Any small toys incorporating these would be ideal as their show and tell item this week. Transition children will be learning about 'my street' and the letter b.

    The cold cookery activity on Wednesday afternoon will be making pitta bread pizzas and the following ingredients will be used: pitta breads, tomato puree, mushrooms and grated cheese.

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