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Infant Newsletter

Friday 17th May

Headteacher's Update


We are always thinking about ways to support children's wellbeing and help them to find ways to manage any difficulties they might face.


In school we continue to commit to our Life Learning curriculum as well as regular class 'Stormbreaks' to support children with learning how to manage big emotions and support their mental health through daily movement. Its most important children get out in the fresh air, meet friends, eat healthily and move their bodies but some children may find apps useful for things such as learning about emotions and managing anxiety.


There are thousands of these types of apps, but to cut through the fog 'Internet Matters' have put together a list which gives details such as: suitable ages, purpose, how the app works and (where applicable) the cost.


You can find the list of apps HERE.


Outdoor Learning Update

Mrs Jones and Miss Knapp are delighted to announce that the next stage of our Outdoor Learning provision is now fully underway! Thanks to the support of our amazing 'Friends of Woolton Hill' and their fundraising efforts over the past year, we are now able to start digging ground and placing orders for our next building project! 


We have been working hard on making our vision come to life and planning the curriculum we will start teaching in September. We anticipate this will launch with Den Building skills over the first half of the autumn term. Classes from EYFS to Year 6 will visit our new Outdoor Classroom and the outdoor areas on the Junior site for at least two afternoons every half term. 


We are also really looking forward to our INSET Day on 14th June where the staff will all have Outdoor Learning training from the Hampshire Outdoors Team. 

Over June and July, we will see the following changes on the Junior site so that we are then ready to fully launch our Outdoor Learning Curriculum from September 2024. 


  1. The Woodlands Room on the field will be transformed into a cosy and inviting outdoor learning classroom complete with welly storage, outdoor sink and plenty of space to meet and talk through the lesson ahead. 

  2. A new area for dedicated den building. 

  3. A new 'wiggle pathway' with twisted chestnut pergolas' to our existing woodland area, linking all of our Outdoor Learning areas together. 

  4. A new area for small groups with an outdoor mud kitchen and water play area. 

  5. A barefoot sensory walkway. 

*The works in June will mean that some areas of the Junior car park will be coned/fenced off for the builders vehicles and equipment, we apologise for any inconvenience. 


Dates for Diary

Friday 5th July:  Federation Move Up Morning. Our staffing structure for next year will be announced and children will meet their new teachers.


Friday 5th July: Woolfest


Tuesday 9th July: Federation Sports Day & Picnic. More details to follow.


Friday 12th July: Reserve Sports Day.


Weds 17th July to Friday 19th July: Federation Arts Festival. More Details to follow.


Friday 19th July: Annual Reports Issued


Tuesday 23 July: End of Term at 3.15pm.


Meet the Team: Miss Calder-Hoath

Miss Calder-Hoath has had two teaching jobs since qualifying.  She explained that she chose our school above others because we have mixed year groups and are a small, welcoming environment.


She has been working for three impressive years and is currently teaching Badgers class. Her go to sauce is the famous barbeque sauce which she will take with her in a tuna mayo sandwich to Costa Rica for her forever home.


Miss Calder-Hoath’s previous school was Whitelands in Thatcham. Her dream home is a country style abode with a horse and stables with a place to wash her dogs outside of the house.


Her favourite cartoon character is Minnie Mouse - a classic (as she would say). Her favourite songs are by Harry Styles (or as we used to call him 'Hairy Styles' but now we call him 'Hairyless Styles'). Miss Calder-Hoath owns two lovely toy cockapoo dogs, one black, one tan, black and white- their names are, Dandy (3) and Daisy (8 weeks).


We also asked if she was a fruit, what fruit she would be? There was a long pause before she answered 'mango', because it has a hard outer-shell but when you bite into it its soft.


Written by the Young Journalists


This Saturday Miss Calder-Hoath will be taking part in a charity 'Moonwalk': walking 26.2 miles through London, starting at midnight. All money raised goes to Cancer Research. If you would like to sponsor Miss-Calder-Hoath, you can do here:



Parent Prayer Group

Would you be interested in meeting up with other parents to pray for the Schools of Woolton Hill? We would like to invite you to join us for coffee, chat and prayer on the following Friday morning between 9-10 a.m.:

24th May

28th June

19th July

 

If you are interested and would like to join us, please email:

Tel:  07980009790

 

If you are interested but can’t make these dates, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you.

 

Alice McClean (Parent)

Fiona Ashworth (Foundation Governor)


School Photographs

The photographer was in school today taking class photos and a Year 2 leavers photo. Your child will come home today with a card(s) giving details on how to order these photos.


Reminders

Phonics Books - can you please have a look at home to see if you have any of our books, especially the Phonics Decodable Books. These should be returned to school every week and then your child will be issued with a new one. These books have a sticker on the reverse of the book which say 'Floppy Phonics'. Unfortunately if your child does not return the book they will not be issued with a new one.


Please do not send food containing nuts, sesame or kiwi fruit to school due to children with allergies on site.


Please can you ensure that ALL school uniform is clearly named. Missing items cannot be reunited unless they are named. Thank you.


Our last INSET day for this year will take place on Friday 14th June. Next year's INSET dates will be published before half term.


Bags2School

There will be a Bags2School collection on Tuesday 21st May. Please feel free to bring your bags and leave them in the outside classroom anytime from Monday 20th.  Please see below items they will/will not collect.  Your child will bring home a bag with them tonight.  Thank you for your continued support.








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