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Wynndale Primary School Spring 2 Newsletter: March 2021

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

Mrs Rickersey

Red Nose Day @ Wynndale 2021

On Friday 19th March 2021, our Wynndale Learning Community joined the nation in support of Red Nose Day. Our learners came to school dressed in red - it was lovely to see children embracing the theme, with an array of 'red' outfits, red hair, painted faces, and of course lots of red noses! A special Red Nose Day assembly had been shown to children earlier in the week, to launch the appeal, and share with children the importance of their fundraising efforts in making a difference to peoples lives across the UK and beyond.

Throughout the day on Friday, children took part in class based dance activities, and also had a go on a 'Guess the number of Skittles in the jar' game, that had been very kindly organised by one of our school council members, Alba, in Y1, and her mum! There were lots of guesses made by children across school that were very close to the actual number of 1037 Skittles. Congratulations to Imogen in Y6 who was the closest, and won the jar of Skittles to take home and enjoy! A huge thank you to Alba and her family too, for organising and donating the prize.

Overall, our fundraising efforts meant that, as a school, we raised £272.92 for the Red Nose Day appeal. Thank you to everyone that donated to the cause.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being @ Wynndale

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

Our Zones of Regulation Whole School Approach: We use this language with children to help them to begin to know how to recognise and talk about how they are feeling and regulate their feelings too.

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 Y5 and Y6 authors in action

Exciting New Technology at Wynndale!

We are very excited to share with you that over the last half term, we have been able to purchase brand new Promethean interactive panels for each classroom in school. These panels are used every day by the teachers and children in the classroom, to support teaching and learning across the curriculum, and have so far proven to be a big hit with the staff and children alike! Having these interactive panels in the classrooms means that staff can effectively demonstrate and model learning, excite and inspire children with a range of programs and Apps that support learning, and bring 'learning to life' for children in a way that they were not able to previously. Staff have already received some training from both Promethean consultants, and our very own ICT expert, Miss Mee, and we know that as we learn more about what these panels can do, our teaching and learning offer will continue to get better and better! Have a look at them in action.....

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.

Science Week @ Wynndale

This week in school, our children have been taking part in our first ever Science week, organised by the fabulous Mrs. Fletcher. Throughout the week, all children from across school have been thinking about what scientists are, and what a scientist might look like, dressing as scientists, learning about famous scientists, undertaking lots of science experiments and investigations, and entering science competitions to win prizes for themselves and for school. It has been lovely to see so many exciting learning opportunities across school, and I know the children have really enjoyed developing their science knowledge and skills throughout the week. Have a look at some of the learning that has taken place across school.......

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!

Staffing Updates

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.

With Easter fast approaching, we wanted to just remind you that we will be holding our annual egg rolling competition this Thursday. If your child wishes to take part in this event, please send them to school with a hard boiled egg (named) on Thursday morning. Children can also choose to take part in our decorate an egg competition too. Please send any entries into school on Thursday morning, clearly labelled with your child's name. We are looking forward to seeing the children's finest creations!

As highlighted in a previous communication, these events are for Years One to Six children only. Foundation Stage will be undertaking their own 'eggxtra' special Easter activities within their own bubble this year.

We also wanted to let you know that Tesco at Oak Tree Lane have very kindly donated 234 Easter Eggs to us this year, to send home with our Wynndale Learners. We are blown away by this gesture and cannot thank them enough for their generosity and support of school. We will be sending these home on Thursday, so please look out for them! Please note that provision has been made for any children with allergies.

A few points to note...

A few useful reminders....

*School closes for the Easter holidays on Thursday 1st April. We have an INSET Day on Monday 19th April, so school re-opens for children on Tuesday 20th April 2021. Current guidance for schools remains the same, so please continue to adhere to our existing drop off and collection times. If guidance for schools changes, in terms of how we operate day to day, we will of course keep you updated.

*As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we can start to look at offering after school clubs again in the Summer term. A menu of after school clubs will be sent home by the end of this week. If your child is interested in taking part in any of the clubs on offer, please complete the booking form and return to school by Wednesday 21st April 2021. After school clubs will be allocated on a first come, first served basis if they are over-subscribed and will begin the week beginning 26th April 2021.

*There has been an increase in school meal prices. After Easter, schools dinners will be charged at £2.35 per day and £11.75 per week.

*Whilst we appreciate that mornings can be a bit of a rush for many households, can we please request that children come to school with everything they need for that school day. We have had an increasing number of children forgetting to bring things into school, and then parents having to come to school to drop them off. This means that our office team are then having to go into different 'bubbles' across school to give these items to children. Our Covid Risk Assessment states that we still need to be minimizing contacts and not crossing bubbles as far as possible in school. Please help us to keep our staff and children safe by making sure children come to school prepared for the school day, every day. Thanks for your support with this.

*School uniform, including book bags and PE bags is available exclusively from the following website: www.myclothing.com. School water bottles are still available to buy from school, and remaining stock with the old school logo on is priced at £2.50 per bottle.

As we begin to follow the roadmap out of lockdown, with restrictions beginning to ease from this week, can we please remind all families to continue to follow the guidelines that have been set out by the Government. Can we also please remind you that should your child receive a positive Covid test result, within 2 days of school closing for Easter, that you contact school to inform us on the following email address: admins@wynndale.notts.sch.uk. If your child develops symptoms or receives a positive test result after this time, you do not need to inform school.

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