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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mrs Wilding's Words Autumn 2

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.


  • Please turn off your car engine when not driving to reduce air pollution in the vicinity of the school.
  • Almost all the children staying for lunch are eating the hot meal provided but if you do want to send in a packed lunch please remember that we are a “No Nuts” environment as we have some children with severe allergies and this includes products such as pesto and chocolate spread. We have been advised that kiwi fruit is also to be avoided. Fruit such as grapes need to be cut into 4 pieces to avoid choking hazards and avoid cutting foods into circular shapes for this reason for example cut a sausage lengthways rather than across.
  • Any child who has sickness or diarrhoea must remain at home for 48 hours after the last bout.


Friday 20 September is “Jeans for Genes Day” and we invite the Nursery children to come in wearing their favourite jeans and donate a minimum of £1.00 for this very worthy cause.

Some research

I know that I have written about this before but feel that new parents might not be aware so it is worth repeating. “Every movement counts” is the motto of a Department of Health campaign to encourage children aged less than five to be physically active for at least 3 hours a day.

Research undertaken by Loughborough University has shown an alarming statistic that only one in ten children aged two to four is active for the minimum amount of time recommended. When I walk into our classrooms and outside areas I am glad to say that I observe children who are incredibly active, whether it is developing their gross motor or fine motor skills. In this first full week I have seen children making and playing with dough, using paint brushes, writing and mark making materials, transporting sand and pink rice with a variety of fine motor tools, taking part in their gym sessions, moving to music with Mrs Challis, running, climbing frames, riding scooters and the list could go on and on. We are an active rich environment and I am certain the team here are getting your children “school ready”.

I feel sure that you encourage physical activity as I hear from the children about trips to the park, walks in the woods and the physical toys they have at home but just a reminder and that is if your child can walk rather than sit in a buggy it all contributes to that 3 hours.

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