I hope you are all keeping well. You may notice that this newsletter is looking a little slimmer than usual. Now that we have more children in school and children still learning at home we want to make sure that the wonderful things that children are doing is celebrated fairly. This means that teachers will celebrate learning either in bubbles or on Google Classrooms. The Wooden Hill bubbles will continue to share their mixed age learning on the website and in the newsletter.
For children learning at home, work will continue to be set up to when the school closes on Wednesday 22nd July. It is expected that this work is completed and teachers will continue to respond to the work on Google Classroom up to and including this date.
I know that the question of September is at the forefront of many parents’ minds. It is ours, too! At the moment, we are still awaiting the government to issue any guidance as to what school will look like in September and what expectations there will be for social distancing in schools. The Prime Minister has been clear that it is his ambition for all children to return but until we are given further information, unfortunately we cannot communicate what this means to us. I know that this is incredibly frustrating but we need to be patient. Please be assured that we will communicate the plans for September with you as soon as we possibly can. If your child has been learning at home today, and not in a bubble in school, please ensure that they have answered the question on Google Classroom where they name 3 children who they would like to be in a class with. We will make sure that they have a least one friend from their list in their class.
We are expecting the building works to begin next week so the playground will start to look different. We are hoping that there will be minimal disruption due to these works.
Don’t forget that next week we are having a virtual sports day! Please refer to the weekly letter for your child’s year group for more information. The children in school will complete this in their bubbles and may wear PE kits all week but trainers are a must!
If your child is coming to school, please see the reminders as these are all for the health and safety of the children and staff.
We have already had lots of bags brought in for the Bags2School initiative. Please bring any unwanted clothes, shoes etc. to the foyer by Tuesday 7th July.
A book that has been recommended that you might find useful if your child is experiencing any worries or anxiety at the moment is, ‘Helping Your Child With Fears and Worries’ by Creswell and Willetts. It is a self-help guide for parents, providing step-by-step practical strategies to help your child overcome their worries. It is currently available on Amazon for under £10.
Once again, we would like to thank the parents and carers who have expressed their appreciation and thanks to the staff over the last few weeks with cakes and treats for the staffroom as well as the kind words and support shown. Wooden Hill School is a very special place and it is because of the amazing people who make up the community; the children, the staff, the governors and of course, you the parents and carers!
Have a lovely weekend.
* Be prompt at drop off and collection time and adhere to the bubble times that have been communicated with you. Due to these restrictions children cannot be dropped off late or collected early for appointments
* No bikes, scooters or wheels (skateboards etc.) are to be used anywhere on the school site
* Do not touch any of the equipment – this includes sitting on benches / walls etc.
* Remember to socially distance!
* Don’t forget to use the one way system!
* Don’t forget to apply sun cream before school if it is sunny. Children must bring a sunhat for sunny days and a rain coat for rainy days!
* All snacks must be fruit or vegetables and water only in bottles. Don’t forget a second snack!
* Do not bring anything to school other than water bottle, sunhat/coat, lunch (if needed) snacks.
* Trainers or shoes suitable for outdoors are recommended.
We are desperately needing our reading books back as our shelves are empty! We are in the process of working out how best to do a book swap – in return for our reading books you may take home your children work books! Please look out for details of this to follow shortly.
We are pleased to announce that Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School has organised a clothes & shoe collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds to replace the laptops and ipads for the children.
Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 it has now paid out over £36 million.
As well as raising vitally needed funds for Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.
By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in a black bag (or similar) – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/ for full details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.
You can use black bags or any other suitable plastic bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!
Bag2School will be collecting from Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School on Wednesday 8th July. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the foyer and help us have a really good collection. You can start bringing the bags anytime from now as they will be stored securely in the hall until they are collected on the 8th July.
Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.
Wooden Hill Bubbles
Last week saw the children in the Wooden Hill bubbles working hard on their learning and in the afternoons they began looking at Superheroes as their project.
They made themselves into ‘superheroes’, made superhero masks, made superhero faces from handprints, and remembered real life heroes too.
This week’s theme has been pirates and the children have been very busy with all sorts of craft and activities.
They have made pirate hats, hooks, swords. Small and HUGE pirate ships! Ships you can eat! Treasure maps, glittering treasure chests and feathery parrots! They have sung pirate songs, played pirate games including pirate ‘battleships’!
Marks & Spencer have a Summer 20% Discount Promotion. Because of the delays in receiving stock from their suppliers, M&S are delaying their launch of "Back to School 2020" campaign until July instead of the planned June launch.
Additionally, to help parents over the Summer, they have decided that they will extend their 20% promotion to run for 3 months from 2nd July 2020 until 30th September 2020, so that no parent will miss out on being able to buy their uniform at a discounted rate.
Bracknell Forest School Nursing Team
Berkshire Healthcare is launching a new School Nursing advice and support line for children, young people and their families, to offer health advice and referral into the service for on-going support if needed. The line will be available from 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
You can access this service by dialing 0118 9312111 and selecting ‘Option 4’ to speak to a School Nurse from our team.