Wynndale Primary School Summer Term 1 Newsletter: May 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of our whole school newsletter. I can't believe that already we are at the end of the first half of the Summer term, and that there is only one more half term left of this academic year! It has been a really busy half term for us here at Wynndale, with lots happening across school, lots to celebrate, and lots of planning taking place to make sure we make the last half term of the year a special one for all of our Wynndale Learners. Have a look at what has been going on across school over the last few weeks, and read on to hear some of our whole school updates and key information you may need to know......

Forest Schools @ Wynndale

As a staff team, we have been busy continuing to develop our pastoral offer here at Wynndale, in order to ensure we best meet the mental health and emotional well-being needs of all children in our care. We are fortunate this term to be working with a qualified teacher and Forest Schools practitioner, Lee Cook, to deliver a Forest Schools intervention with identified children from different year group bubbles across school. The children are undertaking a 10 week programme, led by Lee, and supported by one of our staff members, Mrs Swanwick, who is going to then be undertaking the Forest School qualification herself, so that we can continue to run this as an intervention permanently at Wynndale.

The children have absolutely loved the sessions so far - they are learning so many new skills that will serve them well for the rest of their time at Wynndale and beyond. Our learners have had the opportunity to make dens and hammocks, light fires and toast marshmallows, use hammers and other tools to create structures, dig and design vegetables gardens, and much much more. In doing these activities, children have learnt to work effectively as a team, have developed the confidence and resilience to 'have a go' at something new, have taken calculated risks and above all have had so much fun in the outdoors. Being the first group of children to undertake Forest Schools means that they also are helping to design and shape our Forest School environment. By the end of the 10 weeks with Lee, we will have a dedicated Forest School space in our school grounds, that we will then be able to maintain and continue to develop in the future.

Our aim is that once Mrs Swanwick is a qualified Forest Schools practitioner herself, every child at Wynndale will then have the opportunity to experience Forest Schools, and this approach will be embedded as part of our whole school curriculum. We are so excited to be embarking on this journey and we hope our Wynndale learners are too. Watch this space for future updates...........

Our Year One children have enjoyed collecting items from the local school environment

Children from our Year 3 and 4 bubble have been working together on parachute games and have helped to create a 'log circle'

Our children have enjoyed digging out our overgrown vegetable planters, ready to re-design.

Our Year 1 children listened really carefully to Lee's instructions about how to make shelters and dens for their toy animals before making their own.

Our children used a range of tools to create their shelters and dens.

Our Year 3 and 4 children were taught how to use a spade to dig effectively and efficiently - we definitely have some future gardeners in the making!

These children showed great team work as they helped Lee to tidy out the old chicken coupe. This is going to be transformed into an undercover, outdoor classroom so children can continue their Forest School learning whatever the weather.

Loving life lounging in a hammock!

Forest School needs your help......

A key Forest Schools accessory!

As we embark on our Forest Schools journey, we are keen to build up a central bank of resources so that all children are able to take part in the sessions whatever the weather. We are therefore writing out with a bit of a plea. If anyone has any of the following items at home, that your children have grown out of and you no longer need, we would love them for our school Forest School resource bank. We are in need of:

Wellington Boots

Waterproof Jackets

Waterproof Trousers

If you do have any of these and would be willing to donate them to school, please either bring them to the main office, or hand them to Mrs Swanwick when you see her in school. Any donations of items that are still in good condition would be greatly appreciated by us all. Thank you!

Attendance Matters

As you know, we work hard at Wynndale to try and promote good attendance at school. Having good attendance means that children have the best possible chance to reach their potential in their learning. Being in school, on time every day consistently, may also support children's mental health and emotional well-being. Since our return to school in March, our attendance across school has been AMAZING and we are so proud of all our Wynndale families! We are currently smashing our whole school attendance target, with our attendance for the year being 98.2%. Have a look at how well each class across school is doing too.....

FS1 Adlington - 97.3%

FS2 Disney - 98%

Year 1 Nightingale - 98.7%

Year 2 Mandela - 97.7%

Year 3 Rowling - 99.1%

Year 4 Einstein - 98.1%

Year 5 Curie - 97.5%

Year 6 - Attenborough - 98.8%

Well Done Team Wynndale!

Our Termly House Team Winners

KS1 enjoying their indoor picnic - the rain didn't stop the fun!

This half term we have two of our Wynndale Houses celebrating their house point wins. As our children didn't fully return to school after the Christmas holiday, due to the National Lockdown, our winning house team from Autumn 2 - the Yellow Griffin team, was unable to celebrate their victory. They have been waiting patiently for the better weather so that they can enjoy a picnic and outdoor games treat in their bubbles, and they have finally been able to celebrate this week with their Yellow Griffin staff captains. What a wonderful time was had by all!

Y3 and Y4 enjoying the sunshine!

Throughout the partial school closure period we also continued to award house points, both to those children still in school as Key Workers, and to those children learning remotely from home. The Year 6 House Captains did a brilliant job, supported by Mrs Evans, in organising home learning house point challenges, and we were really pleased with the level of engagement we had from families at home. The House Point totals collected from these challenges, coupled with the weekly house point totals once all children had returned to school, resulted in the Green Dragon house being crowned our Spring term house point winners. They have had a wonderful time celebrating alongside the yellow Griffin team this week, with their celebration picnics and sports events!

Our Y5 and Y6 House team winners loving their picnic and games afternoon!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to both the Yellow Griffin and Green Dragon houses on their wins - you should all feel really proud that collectively you achieved the most house points in the Autumn and Spring terms. I wonder which team will be our Summer term winners and lift the cup at the end of the year for the highest annual total. We will keep you updated.....

Y5 Mansfield School Games Partnership Projects

As part of our recovery curriculum we have been working with staff from the Mansfield Schools Games Partnership to undertake a series of 'inspire active' sessions with some of our Year 5 learners. The children took part in three sessions over a three week period, with a focus on exploring their understanding of some of the core Schools Games Values. Our children had the opportunity to undertake shelter and den building problem solving activities with a focus on the value of Teamwork, Dodgeball with a focus on the value of honesty, and Tri-Golf activities with a focus on the value of self-belief. Nicola Biggs, from the Schools Games Partnership, who led the sessions, commented on what brilliant ambassadors for Wynndale our children were. She said that the children embraced every activity and upheld each value they explored throughout the sessions. We hope our children enjoyed the sessions and we are looking forward to our continued work with Mansfield Schools Games partnership next academic year too, when hopefully we will be able to take part in sports festivals and competitions with other local schools in the area.

Year 4 Become Mini-Medics

Just today, our Year 4 class welcomed a special visitor into school, to lead a workshop with them on first aid. The children (and staff) had such an informative morning learning all about how to perform basic first aid, how to undertake CPR and how to use a defibrillator to save someone's life. The children listened carefully, took part in the activities sensibly and were just brilliant role models for our school. Well done to all our Y4 learners.....if we ever need any emergency first aid, we know who to go to!

Just a selection of photographs taken during our Y4 Mini-Medics workshop this morning

Our Extended Schools Provision for Summer term

Following our full return to school, we are now trying to focus on those elements of school improvement that have been more tricky to undertake during Covid. We have begun to look at how we can extend the after school provision that we are able to offer our children, in order to broaden their experiences and opportunities. We will continue to extend and develop our offer further over the next academic year, where we hope to be able to use more external providers to enable our children to engage in a wider range of new activities. Have a look at some of the great things our children have been doing in after school clubs this half term.....

Our Year 1 and 2 learners have enjoyed taking part in Art Club with Mrs Bell and Mrs Smith. Much of their work has been inspired by the artist Paul Klee - this particular piece is based on his famous piece 'Cat and Bird'.
Our Year 3 and 4 Bubble have enjoyed learning new skills in cricket this half term with Miss Mozley, who is an expert cricket player and coach herself! We are hoping that some of these children choose to continue to play cricket next half term too.
Here are our Year 5 Historians. The children have all picked their own areas to investigate and are making their own pin boards. At the moment, they are being History Detectives but they are going to move on to become story tellers through art and words.
Some of our Key Stage 1 learners have enjoyed Lego and construction club this half term with Mrs Mason. They look like they have had lots of fun!
Cooking club was very popular this half term with our children from Y3 and Y4. The children had great fun making something different each week with Mrs Nicholson., which they were then able to take home and enjoy with their families.

Over the last few months our Year 5 and Year 6 children have had the opportunity to work with Mansfield Town Football in the Community and a local author, Lucy Trinder, taking part in a writing project. In the last edition of the newsletter, we shared with you the details of the work that the children had undertaken, leading to them entering a published piece in a writing competition, and we were eagerly awaiting the results of the competition! The results are now in.....Lucy Trinder said she was so impressed with the quality of writing that our children entered, and she said choosing the winners was incredibly difficult! After much deliberation, here are the winners chosen by Lucy and MTFITC. Congratulations to you all and a huge well done to each and every Y5 and Y6 Wynndale Learner for taking part in the the project. You were all brilliant role models for our school - we definitely have some authors in the making.

The winners are pictured here with Lucy Trinder and Jordan from MTFITC, after being presented with their prizes in a special assembly. Congratulations to Kaemie, Kara, Eloise, Mali, Oliver and Lily.

Miss Bloor has a Baby Girl!

We are delighted to share with you that Miss Bloor gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Martha, earlier on this month. Both mum and baby are doing really well, and Nancie is enjoying being a big sister. We are sure you will join us in wishing them all well - we are hopeful that we might get to meet her very soon!

We Love to Celebrate Reading @ Wynndale!

Over the last three years, reading has been a focus for us at Wynndale. Mrs Tebbutt and Mrs Simmons, as our English leads, have worked hard to overhaul our reading curriculum, introduce a new phonics scheme to support early reading, inspire a love of reading through high quality texts, and have ensured that reading is at the heart of all we do in school. We still have lots of exciting plans for how we can develop reading even further at Wynndale, including, hopefully, the creation of a new whole school library, and whole school reading incentives. To support us in our quest to continue to instill a love of reading in our learning community, we are very excited to share with you that we have recently purchased a magical 'reading vending machine'. We have ordered lots of wonderful books (chosen by each class in school) to fill the vending machine with, and we will be officially launching this very soon, to celebrate some of our 'Remarkable Readers' across school. Each week, children will be chosen by their teacher to receive a 'token' that they will be able to put into the machine in exchange for a book of their choice. Children will then be able to keep this book to enjoy time and time again at home. We can't wait to be able to continue to celebrate reading with our children. #readingrocks

Our machine is ready and waiting to be stocked with magical books....

Here are some key dates for your diary of planned things taking place in Summer 2. Please note that some of these may be subject to change, depending on Covid guidelines.

Monday 7th June - INSET Day. School closed to children. Children return to school on Tuesday 8th June. Please note this date, and please note that this date is not a new date and has been in the diary since last September.

Thursday 10th June - School Council Meeting (3.45pm)

Monday 14th June - Wheelchair Basketball taster sessions. All children across school will work with Mr Brooks from Express Coaching to take part in taster sessions for wheelchair basketball. These will take place during the school day.

Friday 18th June - Class Photographs

Week beginning 21st June - School Diversity Week. Children will be engaging in activities to promote diversity throughout the week.

Monday 28th June - Provisional Sports Day for Foundation Stage. Further information to follow.

Tuesday 29th June - Provisional Sports Day for KS1 and KS2. Further information to follow.

Monday 5th July - Wednesday 7th July - Y6 Samworth planned transition days. Whole school transition for Wynndale to also take place on these days

Thursday 15th July - School Council Meeting (3.45pm)

Friday 23rd July - Reports go out to families

Wednesday 28th July - Y6 Leavers Assembly

Wednesday 28th July - last day of term. Children break up for the Summer holidays today.

Tuesday 31st August 2021 and Wednesday 1st September 2021 - INSET Days. Children return to school on Thursday 2nd September 2021.

Thank you.....

As we break up for half term, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone at Wynndale, to say thank you for your ongoing support of our school. Whilst we are hopeful that we are on our way back to 'normality', we recognise the challenges that we have all faced over the last twelves months. Your support has been invaluable in helping us ensure that we continue to provide positive learning experiences, as well as the best pastoral care possible for all of our Wynndale Learners.

Government guidance for schools hasn't yet changed, and so we will continue to operate as we have been doing since our return to school in March. Start and end times to the school day will remain the same, and we will still be working in bubbles in school. As restrictions begin to lift, and the wearing of masks is not compulsory in outdoor spaces, we will be easing our expectations of mask wearing on the school site. You are more than welcome to continue to wear masks at drop off and collection times, but equally they are no longer compulsory. Our staff may choose to continue to wear them when on the door in the morning, but again, it is no longer an expectation of them. If we do receive updated guidance, in particular with reference to any changes regarding audiences and visitors into school, we will of course keep you posted.

I would like to remind you to also continue to engage with test and trace over the half term break. If your child develops Covid symptoms within 2 days of being in school (up until Sunday 30th May) , and then receives a positive Covid test result, please inform school using the admins@wynndale.notts.sch.uk email address. If your child develops Covid symptoms or tests positive after this time, you do not need to inform school. If your child is unable to return to school after the half term break due to Covid, please follow our normal reporting absence procedures.

Once again, thank you to all of you - I wish you all a lovely half term break and hope the sun continues to shine for you whatever you may be doing. I look forward to seeing all of our Wynndale Learners back in school on Tuesday 8th June.

Take care and stay safe

Mrs Rickersey