Welcome to the March edition of our Wynndale newsletter. We have had a busy few weeks back in school, since our full re-opening on March 8th! It has been lovely to have a school full of smiles and laughter again, and I have been blown away by the resilience, effort and determination of each one of our Wynndale Learners over the last four weeks. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you as families for your kind words and support over the last month too - it really does mean such a lot to us all here in school.
Have a look at some of the wonderful things that have been happening in our school community this month........
Take care, stay safe and have a lovely Easter break
As I am sure you know, here at Wynndale we place a huge emphasis of supporting children's mental health and emotional well-being. Never more so than in the last twelve months has this been important, when our children's lives have been turned upside as a result of a global pandemic. We have been working hard as a school, both prior to, and since Covid, to develop our 'Pastoral Offer'. Mrs Taylor has been doing the most amazing job supporting our children and families on the return to school, through informal work, one to one support and small group interventions. So many children have already benefitted from her time and her support, and we are very lucky to have someone in school, who is dedicated to supporting this area of our school's work. We have lots of exciting plans for how we can further develop our pastoral offer both in the Summer term, and beyond, including further development of our sensory garden as a resource to support well-being, implementation of Forest Schools, and rolling out the Zones of Regulation as a whole school approach to regulating feelings, to name just a few.
We also wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to one of our Wynndale families, who have gone 'above and beyond' to support us in our quest to effectively support children's emotional well-being. Norah and Ava, pictured left, along with their mum, and one of her work colleagues, have raised funds to buy a wealth of story books for school, that explore feelings and emotions, as well as 15 'Mood Journals' that children can use to support them with being able to manage their own feelings. A number of identified children have already received a journal and we have had some incredibly positive feedback from both children and parents about the impact these are having on their well-being. Thank you so much - your kindness and generosity is hugely appreciated, and will have a lasting impact on so many children's lives now and in future years to come. #proud
Family Consultation Evenings
This is just a reminder that we will be holding our second Family Consultation evenings 'virtually' after Easter, in the week beginning 26th April. These will be an opportunity for you to speak to your child's class teacher about how they have settled back into school following the latest period of school closure, discuss your child's next steps and targets for the Summer term, and ask any questions you may have. We would encourage all families to sign up to an appointment time throughout the week, and we are very much looking forward to meeting with you virtually to look at how we can work together to best support your child as we move into the Summer term and beyond. Please sign up by following the link that was sent out via Parent Mail.
Y5/6 Writing Project with Mansfield Town FITC
Over the last month, our Year 5 and Year 6 learners have been working with Mansfield Town Football in The Community as part of a Primary Premier League Stars writing project. Children have engaged in a range of both remote, and face to face sessions with the footballers, and also with a local author, Lucy Trinder, to develop their story writing skills. Children have had the opportunity to develop their skills as authors, including hot-seating skills, asking interesting questions to develop character profiles and getting creative with their story planning and writing. The project has accumulated in children publishing their own original stories that have been entered into a competition - so watch this space to see whether any of our fabulous authors are competition winners!
Our youngest learners in Foundation Stage have enjoyed using our new interactive panels to practice their letter formation, their phonics and their writing.
Year One have been enjoying using the technology to support their phonics and their maths learning. They are having a great time learning independently!
Our learners are concentrating, collaborating with their friends and enjoying practising their times tables skills!
Year Three have been enjoying using the interactive games to help them with their French learning. This week they have been learning numbers to 20!
Year Six have been using our new technology to support their Science learning linked to adaptations.
Foundation Stage explored how to make raisins dance by adding them to lemonade......
They investigated which materials were magnetic and not magnetic.......
They are now patiently waiting to see if their cress seeds grow in cotton wool.....
Year Two have been researching the scientist Charles Macintosh.......
They have created 'Macintosh' designs of their own........
Our Year Three Science superstars!
Year Four have been busy as Scientists this week.....
They have enjoyed learning all about the digestive system through investigative work.
We have some crazy scientists in Year Five this week!
Year Six have been showing everyone they are a little bit cool....and a lot crazy, in Science week this week!
As we come to the end of the Spring term, I wanted to share some staffing updates with you. Firstly, Miss Bloor is temporarily leaving us at the beginning of May, to have a baby. Due to the current Covid Risk Assessments that we have in place, Miss Bloor is currently working at home, supporting the Year 4 team. Mrs Simmons is now teaching in Year 4 alongside Miss Else. Miss Else remains with us until Mrs Tebbutt returns from maternity leave at the beginning of July.
Following a rigorous internal recruitment process, Miss Mozley has been appointed as a permanent member of the Wynndale Team. She has really impressed us over the last year with her commitment to teaching, and we are delighted that, following a successful NQT year, Miss Mozley will now be staying with us permanently. Congratulations Miss Mozley!
As we break up for Easter, Miss Pindar will also be leaving the Wynndale Team, to move on to pastures new. She is relocating to Middlesbrough in the North of England, and has secured a teaching role in a primary school near to where she will be living. We know that Miss Pindar will be a fabulous addition to her new school and we wish her lots of luck as she begins her next adventure. Mr Shaw, an experienced teacher, will be joining us after Easter to teach the Y5 class until the end of the Summer term. We will be recruiting after Easter for a permanent KS2 teacher, and will keep you updated when we have further information regarding this.
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