I trust you are all safe and well. I hope that you have found our weekly Star Award assembly a little bit of light relief. It is a real privilege to give out these awards each week. I know the teachers find it really difficult to choose only one child in their class to give it to. They have been so impressed with all the amazing things that they have seen on Google Classrooms or heard about in their weekly calls home. I do apologise for the mistakes, although I wonder if the mistakes are all part of the quirky charm of our weekly assembly! They are certainly not polished and rehearsed performances!
I know that there is much speculation in the press about schools opening and what this might look like for our children with the big question of when this will happen. I will communicate with you as soon as I possibly can about what this will look like for the children at Wooden Hill. There are many logistical and practical factors that will need careful planning before I will be able to communicate with you. Please be assured that I will be working as quickly as I can to formulate a workable plan to get our school community back together, but this will take some time. I will also be working with the local authority as well as communicating with other Bracknell Headteachers in order to ensure that our plan to return is safe and effective for everyone in our community.
I hope you all have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend in the sunshine.
Thank You To Our NHS Banner
Thank you to Flo and Mrs Goodyear for the lovely banner they purchased, which is proudly displayed at the front of the school.
Congratulations to the following children who were awarded certificates for their achievements this week and last.
1 May 2020
Ella (Wooden Hill) - for her confidence which has grown and for her artistic flair that she has shown this week
Zachary (Squirrel) - for going on a bug hunt in his garden and understand how important it is to take care of living things.
Alfie (Mole) - for exploring his own maths learning at home and now being able to recognise and order numbers to 20.
Daniel (Vole) - for his perseverance in writing at home, its not something that comes easily to him and he and his mum have done a sterling job.
Max (Otter) - for trying really hard with his reading and challenging himself with harder stories.
William (Beaver) - for trying really hard at home with his phonics sounds this week. He also made a fantastic house out of Lego for his DT project!
Jacob (Rabbit) - for sending lovely messages to the class and Miss Smart through google classroom-brightening their days and making a huge effort to complete home learning to a brilliant standard!
Finnley (Greenfinch) - for posting some amazing work but has also invented games to help practise his times tables including times table tennis and times table football!
Charlie H (Chaffinch) - for sharing marvellous work on our Google Classroom. He has also posted a lovely photo of a Mayan Human Sacrifice Temple - which he skilfully made using lego .
Ellie (Crossbill) - of her positive attitude and the effort she is putting into all of her work.
Isabelle (Crossbill last week) - for having a really positive attitude towards her learning and other activities!
Madison (Jay) - for completing all of her work (with help from her big sister) and using Google Classrooms effectively. She has also neem really polite and this has continued during weekly calls – it has been a pleasure talking to her.
Skyla (Woodpecker) - for showing great independence and resilience with all your learning this week.
Emily (Kite) - for her amazing artistic flair, when designing and creating her magical door, using a variety of mediums.
Stanlee (Owl) - forhis newspaper report titled ‘A Stranger From Above’, where he used the full success criteria and a wide range of vocabulary to write an engaging report.
7 May 2020
Grey (Squirrel) - for finding the hidden letters all over his house and using them to spell out his name.
Finn (Mole) - for trying really hard to apply his new phonics in his writing and has been writing sentences.
Sienna (Vole) - for practising with her maths abacus to help her with her numbers every day and for riding 6 miles on her new bike!
Samuel (Otter) - for putting so much effort into producing a fantastic leaflet on Houses and House. Your teachers were very impressed with your neat drawing and writing and for including so much detail!
Cameron has been very busy at home helping to cook lots of yummy meals for his family.
Isla (Rabbit) - for being a resilient learner, trying her best with her maths this week, whilst helping little brother Beau with his school work too. A teacher in the making!”
JJ (Deer) - for working so hard. Miss Bolton and Miss Smart shed a tear of joy when they read your work.
Daniel (Greenfinch) - Daniel had a tricky start to last week but was really strong and brave and still completed all his work. Along with his home learning this week, Daniel has been playing times table games at home and is also learning to speak Spanish!
Harry (Chaffinch) - for his cheerful and purposeful outlook. He is organised and keeps himself busy - whilst encouraging others to do the same with his videos and photos on Google Classroom.
Caiden (Jay) - continued to challenge himself to try the reasoning activities in maths and include a range of sentence structures in his writing.
Ellis (Woodpecker) - for your amazing tie dye creations! Thank you for sharing with Year Five and inspiring us all to be creative during lock-down.
Bonnie (Kite) - for using her artistic flair to create some fantastic bunting and posters ready to celebrate VE Day on Friday.
Millie (Owl) - for keeping on top of all of her work and producing an informative and persuasive science document to help her mum understand why exercise is so important.
Wooden Hill Class
This week, Wooden Hill Class have enjoyed taking part in VE themed activities in preparation for the special Bank Holiday! These have included making and decorating bunting and flags, decorating biscuits and it culminated in a VE themed tea party on Thursday afternoon.
Wooden Hill class continue to enjoy the weekly assembly alongside the work set by their teachers. They miss everyone very much and want to wish everyone a happy and healthy bank holiday weekend!
Last week the children younger children had a treasure hunt that was set up by the older children for the younger ones to follow, there was playdough and gloop making, biscuit decorating, mask making, rainbow making, sports and games as well as so much more. The children have worked incredibly well together and some really wonderful new friendships blossom.
In Nursery, the children have been continuing our theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other bugs and have been focusing on the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle this week.
The children have been very creative making ladybirds from tubes, paper, playdough and boxes.
Zach has enjoyed making a wildlife pond in his garden and many children have been searching for bugs and wildlife. Teddy found a bee and a caterpillar and Hannah found a tiny frog.
Lots of children have been enjoying the phonics and have been trying to learn the different sounds. Hannah and Freya turned their phonics into a film evening, and ate their pizza while they watched the lesson. Mia-Rose has been practicing the a and m sounds.
Many children have been developing their pencil control and having a go at writing their name. Arabella has been practicing her spelling and writing. Henry has been writing his name. Ollie C has been carefully completing dot to dot pictures. Hannah is persevering to write her name in lower case letters and Niranjan has been copying over dotted letters.
The children have been developing their motor skills in lots of other ways too. Ollie C has been drawing letters in a tray of lentils. Isla has been doing puzzles. Grey has been modelling with playdough. Zach has been colouring. Zachary has been writing in flour and Hannah has built an amazing tower.
There has been lots of baking and cooking going on. Hannah helped to make lasagna and a huge rainbow cake. Arabella, Freya, Mia, Jesse and Jude have been baking. Grey and Zac have made rice crispy nests.
Jesse, Jude and Zachary have all learned to ride their bikes without stabilisers.
Well done to everyone!
Massive thanks to all the grown-ups who have supported their children, uploaded their learning and shared their ideas and feelings with us on Google Classroom. We love to see what they are doing as we miss seeing their smiling faces and latest achievements.
We are now looking at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the children have been thinking about which of the three bears they liked the best and drawing them. Poor old daddy bear seems to be the least popular!
Reception are whizzing through their sounds now and focused on the long and short ‘oo’ sound. Amalie, Archie, Finn, Laurel and Beau have all been super busy using their brilliant phonics to write words or simple sentences.
In Maths, the children have been learning about measures and many have been baking, making playdough and finding other ways to use measures around the home. Laurel, Archie and Amalie have been comparing objects of different sizes and practised using the language of longer and shorter. Last week the children were halving and sharing which led nicely onto the difference between odd and even numbers.
Year 1 Roundup
"We have enjoyed all of our lovely telephone conversations with you again this week. It’s been great to hear and see so many of you enjoying your Houses and Homes project and we have been very impressed with some of your creations."
Some of our highlights include...
Harry who made a great Lego house at home with a science room and stables.
Lily enjoyed making her house this week so much that she has been building dens for her cat!
Nathan has been improving his pencil control.
Akira has made a very colorful picture showing the Great Fire of London
Daisy C has made some tasty sausage rolls.
Max M has made a Great Fire of London poster.
Reuben has been a great big brother this week and started teaching his brothers how to ride a bike without stabilisers.
Rowan has been very helpful in the garden, moving soil and planting seeds.
Thomas who has been using sweets in the place of counters to help him with his maths work.
"We have loved hearing about all that you are doing and looking at all the lovely pictures and videos of you all, keep up the great learning Year One! We are very proud of you all. "
Year 2 Round Up
The Year Two children continue to impress Miss Bolton and Miss Smart with all their hard work that is being posted to Google Classroom. They love to see all your work and especially enjoy seeing the pictures of happy, smiley faces!
Here is a selection of things the Year Two children have been up to these past couple of weeks...
Mohammed's designed a quiz on endangered animals!
Duncan and his sister, Emily, enjoyed being scientists by carrying out Duncan's science challenge. Emily also completed this experiment, and sent videos to show her predictions and how she carried it out. The teachers loved hearing Emily talk so passionately about science- a scientist in the making!
They have heard facts about baboons from Vinnie, Archer's done some amazing work on fractions and that Isla has learnt to ride her bike without stabilisers!
Miss Smart has been baking brownies and doing laps around her local lake (she even saw terrapins!) and Miss Bolton has been practising yoga and reading lots of books!
"We are so proud of the lovely Year Two children, and so thankful to their adults at home for supporting them with their learning. THANK YOU!"
Year 3/4 Roundup
It’s been a choctastic filled week this week for Year Three and Year Four as the children have been learning all about chocolate!
For their English home learning, they have been writing reports about where chocolate comes from and in Design and Technology the children designed their own chocolate bar and packaging. Some of the designs we saw looked delicious including Lucas’ Numnumbar, Dexter’s Chocnuts and Ellie’s Sprinkleitious!
It’s looks like everyone has been extra busy with so many of the children practising their times tables as well as lots of other activities and it’s great to see them all on Google Classroom so please keep posting your pictures.
Year 5 Roundup
The children have begun their topic of 'Space' and already there have been some excellent videos, posters, comic strips and writing submitted. They have been learning all about the Moon and its phases before choosing two activities to extend their learning. We have seen some fantastic art and read some creative stories about life on the Moon.
It has been great hearing about all the different ways Year 5 have been getting active and spending time outside while at home. These have included long walks, bike rides, trampolining and building dens in the garden. We have loved seeing all the mouth-watering meals and bakes that have been made - and no doubt quickly eaten!
The staff have continued to enjoy seeing all the different things Year 5 have been doing beyond their set learning. We have seen baking, researching, painting, making and even some stop-motion photography.
Year 6 Update
The children have been continuing to work hard this week on their home learning. In maths, the children have been revisiting the learning that they have done previously in the year, with a focus on fractions. The children were set a challenge to create a fraction wall of their own out of things that they could find around the home.
As well as their home learning, many children in Year 6 have continued to spend time learning about other interests and hobbies they may have. We have been very impressed with the number of models, drawings and paintings that children have been willing to show us.
This week, some of the children are getting ready to celebrate VE Day whilst others are spending their spare time creating wonderful paintings.
Some VE DAY inspired art by Bonnie. (Below left)
A painting of a Golden Retriever by Emily. (Below right)
Miss McGowan has been loving seeing all the ways the children are keeping active during this unusual time, well done to everyone. Don’t forget you can find lots more ideas on Google Classroom under Exercise Programmes.
There is also, a weekly personal best challenge being set. It doesn’t take long, just have a go at it once a day and see if you can improve as the week goes on. All challenges will be either no equipment or things you can find in the house e.g. if you don’t have a ball, use rolled up socks. There are different levels, so make sure you are challenging yourself.
Remember to upload your scores or pictures onto Google Classroom so we can see how well you are doing!