Monthly Archives: September 2013

The BIG write

It’s been very quiet this morning. Since break time the children have been working hard on their weekly big write. This is a sustained piece of writing that lasts longer than usual in order to both develop writing stamina and to encourage creativity and writing in detail. It was good to see how well the children were concentrating, writing with real purpose in a calm and focused environment. I could see, too, how the joined cursive script that we have adopted and the rainbow writing are already making a real difference to the presentation.

It was lovely to see so many parents at celebration assembly again this morning. If you were able to come, thank you for taking the time to join us. Once again there was so much to celebrate with many achievements from both in and out of school. I do enjoy sharing these with the children and the pride they show in their achievements, which is so deserved.

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All that remains for today is to wish you all a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you at the Ceilidh tomorrow night.

A dull day brightened

It certainly has been. Despite the appalling weather outside, inside it has been a super day. We had our open morning this morning and, whilst not attended by thousands, we had a good number of people looking around in what was a calm and purposeful atmosphere, which did not go unnoticed.

This afternoon has been a splash of colour in KS1, with Clover and Thistle class blow painting and printing and drawing and sculpting, respectively. There’s always a danger with blow painting that it can go the wrong way. Thankfully not today! In KS2 the children have been jiving and all I can say is watch out strictly in about 20 years time. Luckily we had Mrs Batten on hand to record it for posterity on film (well ,not really – on digital, but film sounded more retro).

Tomorrow is another celebration assembly, which I am looking forward to and we can unveil our new attendance and achievement trophies…

French, Art, PE and Politics…

…another typical day here at Westwood! It’s always good to get out of the office and wander around school to see the learning taking place. Orchid class have been busy this afternoon practising their French and the sounds drifting into my office would suggest that they are progressing well. Lotus class are onto Harvest today, writing their poetic thoughts for our harvest assembly next week, accompanied by some delightful artwork in pastel and crayon. I will write to you later in the week with details of Harvest for this year.

Thistle class have ventured into the outdoors to make the most of our incredible grounds for some exciting games – a few top athletes in the making –  and Clover class have just nominated their school Councillors after some super handwriting, joining in our new style. I shall very much look forward to our first meeting in due course. 

 

Tea with the head

A lovely hour spent yesterday after school, talking to parents and enjoying tea and cake. Our first tea with the head was a success and great to see so many people coming along. Some good discussion too, with ideas to ponder to improve the school even further.

I’ll look forward to the same next term.

Lots to celebrate at Westwood

A very enjoyable morning spent celebrating children’s achievements, both in and out of school, as we have our first celebration assembly. There has been some fantastic learning taking place this week and this was reflected in the awards given to children. We also had many children who had acted responsibly, looked after others or had simply been helpful around school – very important qualities.

I had the pleasure to share in many children’s achievements from outside of school – from awards at flower shows, to reading challenges to sports awards. It was a joy to see so many excited and proud children sharing their hobbies and interests from their own time. I will look forward to what next week brings. The singing was super too – after only just a week!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Westwood gets creative…

Despite the fact that it’s a little on the damp side, the children are being incredibly creative this afternoon. Mrs Hobson is teaching Lotus and Orchid class dance – it’s always amazing to see how quickly children develop coordination in such a short space of time. Trying to stop my toe from tapping when I’m looking at documents is also quite tricky!

In Clover and Thistle class, the height of creativity prevails with the Year 2 children texture printing and the Year 1 children mixing science with art in a super fine motor control activity. All part of their space topic for this term. We were also lucky to be joined by Reverend Joanna for her first assembly today, which the children enjoyed.

Blogs and assemblies

After a couple of days of meetings and visiting nursery schools, it is good to get back into school and see the children at work. Today the children will be experiencing a singing assembly with Mr Bennett, which will provide excellent variation from myself. In fact, we have discussed as a staff a programme of assemblies where we can all share our experiences with the children, which I have no doubt will enhance the children’s enjoyment.

Also in today’s news, Orchid class are learning how to blog! Mrs Tyler and her class will be discussing the use of blogs and a class blog will be up and running very soon. This is very exciting as I do think it is a great way for children to express their ideas and share them safely with the world. Watch this space and the website for more news of where you can find it. Comments are welcome.

Thank you to those of you who gave feedback over the diary dates. I do hope that they are useful as the term progresses.