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......
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!
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!
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!
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.....
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