Monthly Archives: April 2014

Taking in the fun of learning

It’s been one of those lovely opportunities this morning to get out and about around school to share the learning that has been taking place. Some wonderful phonics in Thistle class – the children had to work really hard to understand the correct sounds to use when selecting their words. Lovely use of ICT too, which the children were very confident with.

In Clover class, the children have been enjoying describing characters from the Katie Morag stories, which were beautifully descriptive.  Lotus class have been practising their multiplication and self assessing their own learning, which is always good to see. Finally Orchid class have been on the playground learning and/or practising how to skip. All will be revealed in due course…

Can I mention the school council hot chocolate and biscuits sale, which is taking place this Friday in the meadow. A letter will be coming home today, but the school council have decided to raise money for Water Aid as their charity this year. We would love to see you, if you have time, 3.15 in the meadow for around half an hour.

 

Welcome Back Everyone

So begins another term and it is good to be back. I do hope that you had a very enjoyable Easter and wasn’t it good to have some pleasant weather for a change?! I was certainly grateful for it and I now have a fence in my garden once more after its demolition during the storms!

This is such a short term, but, once again, there is a lot packed in. It was straight back into the classroom for me this morning when I had the pleasure of teaching Clover class for the morning. As always, the children’s behaviour for learning was great and we had a lovely dialogue between us, focusing on alphabetical order in Literacy and then some challenging work on halves and fractions in maths. The children worked very hard and it was lovely to do some teaching so soon into the term. Well done Clover class.

You are probably aware by now that we have our Westwood Writer of the Week award well and truly established and I can honestly say that I do feel it is inspiring the children to work harder at improving their writing. If you are around first thing on a Friday, please feel free to come along to our celebration assembly and share in the children’s hard work and success.

On the last day of term, I held my Easter tea with the head. Whilst this is always well supported, we decided to combine it with Art club’s brilliant exhibition and it was a wonderful turn out with lots of great art to see. A fine end to the term and so this is now a good opportunity for me to give you advance warning of the next one, which will be held after school on Friday 23rd May. The usual home made cakes, tea, coffee and chat will be available, so if you haven;t come along yet, please do.

Can I also remind you of the Friends of Westwood school Boden event this Saturday at school. Lots of great items for purchase and vital additions to the wardrobe. I’ll be bringing my family along to have a browse so I will see you there!

Can I wish you all a super term and thank you for your continued and much appreciated support for the school.

 

What a week so far!

It really has been…On Monday we had our very first Mother’s Monday and it was so lovely to see so many mums and grandmas join us for the day. Assembly was packed and I really enjoyed sharing a special Mother’s day story with everyone. Then it was off to the classrooms for everyone to take part in  the learning on offer and enjoy being back in school again! It was great to walk around school and see everyone so involved. I had the pleasure of being on duty on Monday too and seeing mums running around our field, playing football and joining in the fun was exactly what the day was all about. Some mums even stayed for lunch and then in the afternoon more of our mums and grandmas came to school, so by the end of the day I feel that we had all enjoyed a very special day.

But there’s so much more… on Monday afternoon our supserstar dancers all set off on the coach to the Wyvern theatre in Swindon where they had made it to the regional heats of the Great Big Dance Off. With 600 audience members and a big stage to fill, everyone danced superbly, with rocking rhythm, tight timing and excellent expression and enjoyment. I can honestly say that I am immensely proud of everyone who took part and they should all feel that they represented the school in such a brilliant way.

Then…on Monday night, when I found out, I was so  pleased for Orchid Class, whose performance of POWER and top 6 finish has danced them into the FINAL in Oxford in June. What an amazing achievement for us as a school when up against other, bigger schools. This really will put Westwood school on the map and will be an experience that we can all enjoy sharing with the children as they get closer to the big day. Well done everyone!!

I must say an enormous thank you to Karen Hobson whose incredible efforts to teach the dancers, organise costumes, enter the dances and prepare the children for an experience of a lifetime was just spectacular.

Just a small reminder that I am hosting Tea with the Head after school on Friday. The usual home made cake, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on offer, along with informal chat and a fun way to end the term.  You are all very welcome to join me to round off the term.