Wychwood School gets fired up

If you are a Twitter user, I think you would enjoy following the school and also the Foundation Stage accounts. It is a chance to share what we have been doing and celebrate the children’s learning and achievements.  Just this past term the children in Foundation Stage have seen a video of some gingerbread people in the garden.  They went out to look for them and wrote missing posters using different adjectives to describe the gingerbread people. Just before breaking up on 16th February, they celebrated being in school for 100 days. They talked about all the things they had learnt since joining the school, did lots of number activities and ended the day with a party. 

All the school have been taking part in an art project which is being funded by the Sculpture at Kingham Lodge charity (www.sculptureatkinghamlodge.com).  The theme for the artwork is The Natural World and our Environment.  Key Stage One have been looking at making sculptures with reclaimed materials. Lower Key Stage Two have been making sculptures using paper and paper mâché, and Upper Key Stage Two have been using chicken wire and Modroc to make creatures. We thank the charity for providing the resources for this project. 

KS1 have been studying the Great Fire of London.  As part of their homework, the children (with a bit of help from their parents) built Tudor houses.  During the week of storm Eunice, we did manage to find a calm half hour to take the houses outside and set light to them.  After a little while, a few of the houses were removed from the line to show the children how a fire break was made to stop the fire spreading. 

The end of term saw us say goodbye to two long-serving staff members.  Pat Staines retired from the office after 25 years at the school, first as Teaching Assistant and then moving into the office. Her two grandchildren will keep her busy along with completing the Wordle puzzle before everyone else! 

Michelle Walecki also left. She has been our school cook for 23 years. She has seen changes in the provision of school meals, a new kitchen being fitted out and worked with a number of staff, but says she has really enjoyed her job. She told us in her first week at the school, she flooded the kitchen when a tap broke, she had a gas leak to deal with and dropped the day’s cottage pie on the floor! And, a young boy named Callum Brown, who always enjoyed his school meals, is now her fitness instructor!  Michelle is looking forward to spending more time with her family and running her small holding.

Julie Hemming

April – May 2022