Monthly Archives: May 2015

Term 5 concluded!

With only 7 weeks and a few days left after half term, this is always quite a poignant time of year particularly for our Year 6 children.

In the last two weeks, of course, we have had our SATs for Year 6 and how proud they made us all. Throughout the year they have worked so hard to achieve their very best and on the day they were all so positive and upbeat, it was a pleasure to see. Helped along by a breakfast and early morning get together, masterminded by Mrs Tyler and Mrs Robertson, it was the ideal way to settle any nerves, by being around friends and having a fun start to the day. Whatever the outcome, we are very proud of each and every one and the effort they have given this year.

The summer is always a good time to end a topic with a visit. Orchid class had a wonderful time at Salisbury museum, learning about life in the Bronze and Stone age. They certainly came away with a lot of information and interesting facts! Clover class have also been on a visit to the theatre, as part of their ‘Stories People Tell’ topic and had a super time! Both classes were a credit to the school and their behaviour was commented upon by staff at both locations. Thank you everyone!

This week our magnificent Westwood swimming team represented us at the Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. Whilst we didn’t win every race, all of the children gave a tremendous effort and competed with commitment and determination. Well done everyone, I know that you had a great time and we can look forward to next year!

Reflecting back on another successful term, it has been a real pleasure to see how our children have progressed. In assemblies we have talked about resilience and I have seen it in abundance on a daily basis, as children tackle new concepts and approach areas of the curriculum that they may have not encountered before. To see our children enjoying their learning so much is also a joy. The IPC has clearly sparked imagination and a zest for knowledge and the units of work have provided many interesting and detailed conversations! I know that there is plenty more to come too, with lots planned for Term 6.

Looking ahead, can I remind you that on Monday 8th June we have a TD Day, so school will be closed to children for the day. We will reopen on Tuesday 9th June as normal. Also, I hope that you received my letter about our new Sports Day, which we have scheduled for Monday 6th July at 1.30pm, weather permitting. A date for your diary if you are able to join us.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you all once again, for your continued support. I do feel privileged to be a part of such a strong school community. I hope you have a wonderful half term and I look forward to seeing many of you around the Scarecrow Trail next week!

 

Time for a round up…

Time is fairly racing by, with only two weeks left of this term. It has been a busy couple of weeks, with a lot of exciting learning taking place and some new and different activities for the children to enjoy.

Last week, the children in Thistle class spent an enthralling morning in the company of James Smith, an ex-head teacher and talented story teller. With the use of instruments, bags of enthusiasm and a great attention span, the children were treated to a morning of stories. Not only were they captivated by James telling them stories, but they also had the opportunity to take part and become immersed in them as well. The sound from the hall as I sat in my office was one of excitement and engagement and certainly a session that sounded fun to be a part of.

This week, Clover class have also had the wonderful experience of listening to Emma Purkiss tell them Greek Myths, again in keeping with their ‘The Stories People Tell’ unit of work from our International Primary Curriculum. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Emma was able to teach the children all about stories that they possibly would not have heard before. I have been thrilled with the impact that the IPC has had on the children’s learning at our school. The staff have carefully chosen topics that have engaged and inspired the children throughout the year and it has been a pleasure to share the learning with the children and to listen to them talk about it as I walk around the school.

Earlier this week I had first hand evidence of this during a lovely afternoon in Lotus class who, prior to a fabulous visit to the Ashmolean museum yesterday to end their ‘Egypt’ topic, worked hard to share their learning during an entire afternoon of planning, scripting and presenting for the camera. With no research, it was clear to see how much the children had learnt from their topic and they all showed super confidence when talking about their knowledge and understanding of their chosen theme. I have uploaded their video below, do have a look and share the amazing impact that their learning has had on them and if you have a moment, do leave them a comment.

On the subject of blogs, all of our school blogs continue to receive vast numbers of visits. Between them all, we are now topping a combined 15000 visits (and growing, as I type!) My blog alone, which started as a window into life at our wonderful school is now beyond 5000 visits, so thank you if you have been one of them.The use of computing in balance with the core skills of teaching and learning has encouraged all learners to share their thirst for knowledge with a world audience, quite literally through Google Hangouts and Mystery Skype – check out the post below. That audience has also been key for ensuring that children remain inspired and enthused. I would ask that, as a parent community, if you could take some time to subscribe and leave comments on our blogs it would ensure that you know all about the fascinating days in school that the children experience, which are vastly different to how I remember them from my school days and will provide a platform on which to involve you all fully in the day to day life at Westwood.  A starting point is westwoodblogs.org, or follow the links from the school home page. All comments are securely moderated and we love them, so please join in!

I must take a moment to thank our fantastic Friends of Westwood School once again for another great disco. With £133 profit raised and Stuart on the decks with his usual brand of top tunes and enthusiasm to keep the children dancing and spirited, our FoWs ensured that another good night was had by all. Thank you to everyone who helped and took time on the night to look after the children.

I am thrilled to say that, after much investigation and planning, we are now in a position to offer a breakfast club, details of which you will have already received. This is something that has been on our agenda for a long time and I hope that it will provide the service and opportunity that has been requested, adding another string to the Westwood bow, so to speak!

Lastly, thank you for supporting today’s sponsored skip through your donations to the worthwhile cause of the British Heart Foundation, whilst having fun and keeping fit at the same time. I hope that the children all had a super day.

Best wishes for a restful weekend.

A trip to Egypt…

This afternoon I had the pleasure of teaching Lotus class and another thoroughly enjoyable end engaging afternoon was had. Their brief? To plan, write and present a short piece on an element of their learning about Egypt that they had studied over the past few weeks.  I explained to the children that I would be recording this to share with the world and, once again, they all rose to the occasion magnificently, sharing some amazing facts, detailed learning and fascinating history. I am constantly impressed by the impact of the International Primary Curriculum on our children and their commitment to their learning. Here they are explaining their learning in their own words: