Dear Parents and Carers,
We have come to the end of Nursery and what a year it has been. We realise that this has been a challenging time and that the home learning journey has not always been easy. We are so proud of all of our Swans for how well they have coped with the changes they have faced over the last few months. We have loved hearing about all of the wonderful things that they have done over lockdown and seeing the lovely photos. Thank you for your kind messages and gifts – we were sorry not to be able to say goodbye to the children in person. Some children will be moving to a new school and we wish them much love and all the best as they move to their new setting.
We hope that you have a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you in September.
Mrs Stuart, Mrs George, Mrs Clarke, Miss Dallimore and Mr Wilkes
This is the final week on our topic about the seaside and the wonderful creatures that live in rock pools.
The children in school this week will be taking part in sporting activities and sporty obstacle courses! Swans at home… you could create your own obstacle course in your garden or at the park. Don’t forget to send us your photos!
Have a fabulous last week of term and a wonderful summer.
Mrs George and Mrs Stuart
Monday 6th July,
Hello everyone! We hope you are all having fun and enjoying the Summer sunshine. This week we are thinking all about the seaside, and the amazing creatures that live in the sea and in rockpools. Our activity sheet has lots of ideas that you might like to try at home. Mrs Neighbour is reading two stories this week. Sharing a Shell is a lovely story of a hermit crab and his rockpool friends, who learn to work together as a team. Barry the Fish with fingers is a story about a little fish with a huge talent!
Have a lovely week
Mrs George and Mrs Stuart xxx
Update 29th June
I hope that you have been enjoying the hot weather we have had recently, although it looks as if we are going to have a rainy week this week! We are carrying on thinking all about Jungle and Rainforest animals this week, and we have another wild animal story for you to enjoy, as well as a lot of lovely activity suggestions for you to try at home. The Jungle Animal topic is proving very popular amongst the children at school and we hope you have had fun finding out about all the different animals and their habitats. Some of the zoos and safari parks are now reopening, but you can also spend a virtual day at the zoo without leaving your house! Try this link to Chester Zoo https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/
Update 21st June 2020
Dear parents/ carers,
We have had another action packed week and managed to dodge the showers! This week’s topic is Jungle Animals. We are experiencing a few technological issues so the activities for week 4 home learning will hopefully be added at various points over the next few days.
As always we would like to thank our amazing parent community for your continued support and on behalf of our Foundation children would like to wish all our dads…………….
Have a wonderful weekend J
Monday 15th June
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all well, and enjoying this wonderful Summer weather at home! This week we are carrying on with a farm theme, and enjoying the stories What the Ladybird Heard, and What the Ladybird Heard Next. Below are some activities and suggestions for you to try. Mrs Neighbour has read 3 farm stories, so why not share them with your child, and talk about animals that live on the farm and the sounds they make? Also perhaps you could talk about the names of baby farm animals!
Enjoy your week,
Mrs George and Mrs Stuart xxx
Phone calls - Nursery
As many more children are now in school, most teachers are back in class teaching full time. Therefore the phone call system is changing.
If your child is in a keyworker group, they will not receive a phone call as we see them in class.
All of the other children in the class will receive a fortnightly phone call from Mrs Neighbour
A few children may continue to receive a weekly call from either Mr Marsh, Joanne Mew or Sally Coates.
Update - Term 6 Week 2
We hope you are all well and you have been enjoying the weather.
Mrs George and Mrs Stuart will be working in Robins class this term, so Mrs Neighbour will be taking on the job of making the phone calls for Swans Class. We have really enjoyed our weekly chats with you and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the lovely messages and for sharing your home learning with us. Your photos and messages have lifted our spirits and we love receiving them.
Mrs Neighbour will call you once every two weeks. If at any point you would like to speak to either Mrs George or Mrs Stuart, please let Mrs Neighbour know or contact the school office and we will get back to you as soon as we are able to. We will continue to reply to your emails, so please do keep sending photos of your home learning to email@example.com.
We will continue to put home learning on Swans Class page. This term out topic is Animals. Please find below links and ideas for home learning. You all take care.
The Swans Team
Farmer Gow's re-opening
The farm park will re-open on Saturday 4 July
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Day tickets may be pre-booked now
Dear Parents, Carers and Swans,
We want to thank you all for the efforts you are making with your home learning. We know that it has been a long time since we've seen you but we feel very connected to you all through our lovely weekly phone calls, emails and the sharing of the photos of the learning you have been doing. Please continue to send us your photos. We are so proud of all the hard work you have been doing.
Our new topic is Mini beasts and we will focus on spiders this week. There are some optional activities you can do during the week. We look forward to seeing your photos.
Stay safe and well and we hope to see you all soon.
From everyone in Swans.
Monday 20th April 2020
We hope you are all well and safe and have had a lovely Easter!
We hope you have enjoyed the gorgeous weather we have been lucky to have.
As school closures continue, we will continue to read stories, sings songs, play games and give suggested activities for you to complete at any time. Please feel free to pick and choose what works for you. The children have a lot to process and understand at this time and helping them feel safe and keep well is much more important.
We have very much enjoyed speaking to you all over the phone in previous weeks. We will continue to phone you once a week to say "hello!"
Please let us know of any issues during the phone calls or you can email the office. You can use this email address Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk to send us photos of any learning your children have been doing.
Best wishes and take care,
The Swans Team
1st April Update
The document below provides a child friendly way of explaining the current changes to your child. It would help your child understand more about the coronavirus and how to stay physically and mentally healthy during this difficult time.
30th March - Update
It was lovely talking to some of you last week and we are happy to hear that you are all well and are doing wonderful learning at home. Thank you for sharing photos and comments of all the learning you have been doing. It has been great seeing them.
In the document below, you would find some challenges for the children to complete daily. Some of the activities are great for getting the children thinking and moving around the house and possibly outside. It would be lovely to see some photos after you have completed the challenges.
Should you need support with anything other than home learning, please continue to use our school office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swans Team
We will all miss seeing the children over the next few weeks and we hope they are able to continue with their learning at home. Please find below a list of some useful websites and documents to help you support your child's learning while they are at home.
A teacher will phone you once a week to check how your child and the family are getting on. The phone number may show up as the school's number or it will be unknown.
We wish everyone well at this challenging time.
The Swans Team
Keep in touch - update 25th March
We have set up a new email address as follows:
Please use this email address to send photographs or attachments of any work that you would like us to see. We would be delighted to see what the children have been doing and to share in their success and discoveries. It may also be possible to provide a small level of feedback should you have a specific query that cannot wait for your weekly call.
We value parental input into our planning, assessment and teaching in Foundation Stage. When you notice your child doing something for the first time, having a special interest or being really involved with an activity at home, please fill in a 'parent observation' slip available in the classrooms. When your child makes you very proud, for example, catches a ball or eats all their vegetables! - please fill in a 'wow' slip. We add the slips to your child's profile which contributes to our understanding of their development and interests.
If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please click on the link below, which will take you to the curriculum webpage.
Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things parent/carers do with them can make a big difference.
To support your child's learning, here is a link to some information and recommended applications you can use for children from birth to five: