Goodness, what an interesting term it’s been! How ‘normal’ kept changing, and with the latest news and local numbers still rising rapidly, I can see that our normal will keep changing as we go into the new year! As we approach the end of 2020, a year none of could have predicted in any way, I want to send a huge heartfelt thanks to all of you. Thank you for supporting us by working with us and following the new rules and expectations. Thank you for ensuring that your child comes to school each day and for trusting that we are doing everything we can to keep them (and you and your families) safe. Our attendance this term has been fantastic, despite the challenges of COVID, we have an overall attendance of 96.78%, which is fabulous. Thank you also for your kind words of appreciation and thanks during this time. They really do mean a lot! As 2020 draws to a close, I expect like many of you, I have reflected a lot on the past year. Despite its challenges and personal losses it has made me really realise how very proud I am of Wooden Hill School and what a truly special place it is. My favourite half an hour each day is seeing all of you coming in to school and I burst with pride when I think about how, as a school community we have pulled together to get through this pandemic that we could never have predicted. Together we can face anything that 2021 brings us!
Of course the run up to Christmas was completely different this year. The staff team were AMAZING as they adapted to new ways of celebrating and showcasing the children’s talents. I do hope you have enjoyed watching all of the songs that the children prepared for you. The links are below. Well done to Year 2 who did a wonderful film of the Nativity. I know they worked hard on it and learnt lines at home, which made it even more professional. Thank you also to Owl class who re-wrote the 12 Days of Christmas which most classes were able to learn and perform. In class bubbles the children have also enjoyed the panto and had fun at their class parties. Of course, the children loved the visit from Father Christmas too!
Below are some pictures of the Christmas dinner in bubbles that the children enjoyed yesterday. It was absolutely delicious and great fun.
This term we have done a fair bit of fundraising – as you know we had the sponsored read and the Bags2School collection but more recently we have raised a massive £550 from the Christmas cards and £704.50 from the online hamper auction. Thank you so much for supporting the school and for spreading the word.
Wishing you all a wonderful winter break and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5th January 2021.
Once you receive the test result you must email a copy of the results (screenshot / forward email results etc) to COVID@office.woodenhill.bracknell-forest.sch.uk Please provide a copy of the result regardless of whether the result is positive or negative.
The school will contact any child who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case up to 23rd December.
If your child receives a positive test result after Wednesday 23rd December, you must follow the contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace (Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
This email address will be monitored once a day in the morning from Friday 18th December – Wednesday 23rd December.
Any child identified as a close contact needs to self-isolate for 10 days. This means that they must not join any Christmas bubble while they are in self-isolation in order to protect their family and friends.
*It is unlikely that the school will be required to conduct contact tracing if symptoms begin on Sunday 20th December or later as contact is 2 days from onset of symptoms from when contact was made. However, we would prefer to be made aware of any symptomatic children up to Wednesday 23rd December so that we may prepare for contact tracing, should we be advised to do so.
This week in Nursery, the children, unsurprisingly have been celebrating Christmas. They had their Christmas parties and played lots of games, including Musical bumps and Musical statues. The children were excellent at listening for the music to stop. We were extremely impressed with how sensible they all were when they were out of the game or if they didn’t win.
The children have enjoyed some Christmas craft activities and have made cards, hats, decorations and reindeers.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in January.
There has been a Christmas focus with their numbers this week, sorting baubles into order and Christmas counting with Jack Hartman on You Tube.
We continued to be busy making Christmas gifts, reindeer food, tree decorations and cards!
It was also Christmas lunch and party day, and everyone looked wonderful in their Christmas outfits! There was even a surprise visit from Father Christmas. Don’t worry if you were self-isolating, Father Christmas has left a gift for you too.
On behalf of the Reception Team we want to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas, see you all next year.
All the teachers and teaching assistants in Year 1 would like to take this opportunity to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have all been so impressed with how well you have all worked this year, bearing in mind the strange the year it has been. However your children have not let this stop them and they have been incredibly resilient and made huge progress this term.
They have also written a letter to Father Christmas and thought about how they would greet Father Christmas (very important), and used an adjective to describe the presents they asked for and thought of a question they wanted to ask Father Christmas.
The children have completed lots of scissor control activities such as making Christmas decorations and cutting out pictures for their Christmas wish collage. They have also been developing their fine motor skills by using playdoh to decorate Christmas trees and snowmen.
We hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and we will see you in the new year.
Here is the link for Beaver's Christmas Carol - we hope you enjoy!
Year 2 have worked like busy little elves to create their Christmas decorations this week. Another key experience in the Year 2 Curriculum is to raise money for a Charity and the children learnt all about the work that local charity ‘First Days’ do and they have raised over £60 from their Christmas Decoration Morning.
This month Year 3 have been very busy keeping fit as they got to lead their own fitness session. They have also been carrying out experiments to see what effect certain drinks have on our teeth. All very useful coming up to Christmas.
In English the children have been writing instructions based on the book 'My Strong Mind' by Niels Van Hove – a story about developing mental strength and they have spoken about different, negatives experiences and feelings and ways to deal with that. They have linked all this with their Design Technology project on making Christmas decorations where we have been using instructions to craft ornaments and have evaluated their effectiveness.
Year Five were very excited to be the first in the school to watch 'Robin Hood and his Socially Distanced Men'. They were giggling all the way through and Jay class even joined in with the singing and dancing.
Here is the link for Jay’s Christmas Carol – we hope you enjoy!
What a very odd week it has been in Year 6! On Monday all of Mr Billers class and several children in Mrs Critchlow's had to go home and isolate. The children at home have worked hard on Google Classroom and Mr Billers has been really impressed by some of the work submitted.
In school, Mrs Critchlow's children delivered their persuasive speeches passionately and very professionally.
The rest of the week in school has been spent in a glittery Christmas activity way. The highlights have been our vast class paperchain and the amazing table cloths made for our Christmas dinner.
Here is the link for Owl’s Christmas Carol – we hope you enjoy!