Forest School is a big hit!
See further down page to find out what it is.
Early Morning Reading
The libraries at both schools are now open first thing in the morning from 8.30 to 8.45 am every day for anyone who would like to come and share a book with their child. We have had a few people taking advantage of grabbing this extra time to do some reading (and to be in the warm and dry!). Please come and give it a try and see how many lovely books there are to share.
(posted 3/2/2020 - updated 4/3/20)
Latest Parent Questionnaire Results - 199 completed forms - THANK YOU
Celebrating Children's Achievements
Each week children are nominated for a variety of awards and the parents and carers of all children receiving awards are invited to the weekly Celebration Assemblies.
The awards are :-
- Headteacher’s awards – children are presented with a badge and a certificate in celebration assembly. Head Teacher awards are given for excellent effort across all aspects of learning and behaviour, and are usually nominated by class staff.
- Superstar Awards - (Infant school) children nominate a class peer to be a superstar. They are awarded a certificate to take home following celebration assembly. Each child is also given a star hand with their name written on it. These are placed on the star hands board in the hall.
Additional awards run alongside these throughout the week and include:
- Good news postcards posted home.
- Good news telephone calls home.
- Star of the day
- House points and House points certificates (Junior school)
- Class mascot and his or her diary are sent home to spend the weekend with a child who has shown consistent good effort in all areas throughout the week. (across the federation including the Nursery)
- Lunchtime staff can award lunchtime certificates for keeping the Golden Rules at lunchtimes. When a child has 5 of these they are presented with a lunchtime award in Celebration Assembly.
- Lunchtime staff can also nominate children to sit on the star table the next day. (posted 12/11/19)
Wow! A big thank you to everyone who sent in donations for our federation harvest festival. As you can see from the photos the tables were laden with food from both schools and the nursery. The hall was also packed with parents and children who all came together for an assembly. The food has been given to the Waterside Food Bank. (posted 21/10/19)
Read these WOW comments about our Early Years provision.
These comments were made at a recent Leading Foundation Stage Open Evening from visiting Early Years Practitioners. (posted 7/10/19)
- “An amazing environment for children to thrive in.”
- “A lovely set up – great to see a successful continuous provision.”
- “Very friendly staff, environment very well set out and resources fully accessible to the children.”
- “Loved the mud kitchen.”
- “Lovely environment with great resources.”
- “Loved all the smaller areas and cosy corners.”
- “Great to see a well resourced, organised environment both inside and out.”
- “A great variety of resources and areas, loved the displays of children’s photos.”
- “The use of Makaton to support displays and routines.”
- “Nice neutral colours.”
- “Great setting, really friendly helpful staff”
A gift for Year 4 presented by Hythe and Waterside Rotary Club
On Thursday 19th September, Year 4 had a special assembly to present each child with the gift of an Usborne full colour dictionary. These beautiful dictionaries were fully funded by Hythe and Waterside Rotary Club who joined us for the assembly to present them to the children.
The children were very excited when given their dictionaries and were enthusiastically looking through them before they left the assembly. The dictionaries, published by Usborne, are full colour, beautifully illustrated mini-encyclopaedias which the children will use throughout their time at Wildground School and will take them to their secondary school and beyond as the dictionaries are theirs to keep for life. On behalf of the children, the staff would like to thank Hythe and Waterside Rotary Club for their kind donation and Rotarians Ray Lewis, David Saunders, Trevor Hanmore and Tim Parsons who joined us to present the dictionaries.
At Wildground we are proud to have our very own Leading Foundation Stage Practitioner (LFSP), Sam Read.
What does an LFSP do?
They support providers and practitioners in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) and maintained sectors in a variety of ways, including:
- Offering advice to all practitioners in early years settings (including reception classes)
- Supporting providers in developing their Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) practice and provision
- Visiting providers or arranging for practitioners to visit their provision
- Delivering INSET to providers in areas of learning/practice where they have a particular expertise
- Modelling and coaching in their own and other's provision
Sam currently shares the role of Early Years Leader at Wildground Federation and loves working with a highly skilled and enthusiastic team. Our Early Years Foundation Stage provision is currently made up of two Reception classes, each with their own class teacher and sharing 3 full time Teaching Assistants, and our Nursery, staffed by a full time teacher and 4 assistants. We strive for high levels of engagement for all children; we achieve this through creating a highly stimulating environment that offers varied and imaginative experiences. As a result, children make outstanding progress in all areas of learning. We are passionate about securing positive outcomes for all our children, including those facing barriers to their learning and development. We find creative ways to embed strategies and approaches that support children with additional needs into our Continuous Provision.
Forest School is up and running!
What is Forest School?
Forest School is a unique educational experience that offers all children the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. Our children will be given the opportunity to engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. They will work with tools, play and learn boundaries of behaviour in a natural setting. Such activities have shown to help children improve their social skills, grow in confidence, improve self-esteem and be motivated to learn whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.
Some activities at our Forest School will include;
- Shelter building
- Tool use
- Studying flora and fauna
- Playing team and group games
- Sensory activities
- Rope and string work
- Art and sculpture work
- Woodland and traditional craft
- Developing stories and drama
- Physical movement activities
Mr Leftwich and Miss Barrett are currently completing their training to become our qualified Forest School Leaders.
Winners of the Noadswood STEAM challenge!!
Year 5 took part in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) challenge at Noadswood secondary school against local schools and they won the challenge! Well done to all of year 5 our STEAM champions for the future!