Monthly Archives: December 2014

Theo shares his learning

Today Theo has brought in an authentic Mayan calendar as part of his IPC learning! Listen to him describe how it works…

Westwood School Christmas Fair

Yesterday was one of those occasions that makes you proud to be associated with a school and a community. Once again the school community and the Westwood community came together for our wonderful Christmas Fair/Fayre. (I can never be sure)

If you weren’t in a particularly festive mood before – I have been since the middle of November! – then the second you walked through our main entrance door you were transported back to years gone by when you remember how exciting Christmas is. Our Friends of Westwood school, masterminded by Ann Windo and Elaine Caddy, have been working tirelessly, but always with a smile, for many many weeks to ensure that yesterday was a success, which of course it was.

From Santa’s Grotto to pampering treatments to popcorn making to the regulation, but brilliantly classy tombola, there was something for everyone. Add in a raffle with some very generous prizes and you had the makings of a wonderful afternoon. Which of course it was. A super atmosphere, plenty of fun and laughter and the whole community joining together for Christmas.

My sincere thanks go to our Friends of Westwood school. Behind the scenes there is so much hard work that goes into the organisation of an event such as this. I would also like to thank everyone who came and supported our school. It was a magical Christmas event which I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you did too.

The build up to Christmas…

I always think that this is the most magical time of year in school, but it can also be the busiest. Busy in a good way. Today the school was filled with the fun, excitement and enjoyment that you would expect for early December. From the hall I could hear Thistle and Clover class practicing their performance. Not only was the singing wonderful, but the children have worked incredibly hard to learn their lines and stage directions. I am very much looking forward to their performances, but I won’t say too much as I know it will be a super day.

With our broadband now upgraded to lightning fast fibre speeds, the children were keen to use ALL of the laptops at once today to test it out! Some excellent work by lotus class on their Scratch projects, all focusing to code their work effectively and systematic debugging to ensure that their programs worked properly. This afternoon it was the turn of Orchid class who, having the benefit of a laptop or Chromebook each, were able to research for their IPC topic and develop their knowledge and understanding even further. All of this to the backdrop of Christmas musical interludes from our pianists, learning their festive songs in the entrance hall and gymnastics in the hall to the tones of Noddy Holder’s I wish it could be Xmas everyday!

It really doesn’t get much more diverse and with smiles in every corner of the school, you know that everyone is having fun with their learning. Now I’m off to prepare for a curriculum parent meeting. Perhaps I should wear a Santa hat to get into the mood…