Monthly Archives: September 2015

International Learning

We had a fantastic afternoon in Clover class this afternoon as the children were thinking about our friends in Room 104 at Georgetown Elementary School, Hudsonville, USA. This is Clover class’ international link class and already we have been able to chat to them and make friends with Mrs Woodring’s new class, who are all lovely. They also have a blog at http://sarahwoodring.edublogs.org/ where you can find out all about what our friends in the USA learn every day!

Today, though, we have been thinking about the questions we asked Room 104 and the brilliant answers we received from them about their school, their learning and their daily lives. Here is a slide show of the hard work Clover class produced today. Look out for a photo of our friends in Room 104 too! You can also find some blogged facts from the children on clover.westwoodblogs.org

Friday already?!

After a fairly intense morning of training course, meaning I had to miss celebration assembly, which I always try not to as it’s my favourite of the week – thank you Mrs Hannam for taking over – it was good to be back in school. This afternoon was a joy as I was able to catch up with the children and see them enjoying their learning. All around the school there was a mass of colour, fun and enjoyment – from the rugby coaching on the field to the nature walk on the playground and circus making in the classroom.

To top off  the day, we held a thoroughly enjoyable and, once again, wonderfully supported Tea with the Head. Today, however, it was held in support of Macmillan Cancer Support and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated cakes and attended, giving so generously to this extremely worthwhile cause. in total, from our half hour chat over coffee we made £46.36, which will be sent off to Macmillan on Monday.

Thank you all so very much, it was good to see you all there.

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What a lovely day!

I’d been looking forward to today as I had the opportunity to spend a whole day teaching  with our Year 2/3 children of Clover class. With plenty of learning planned and an enthusiastic class in front of me, we were underway and quickly into phonics before an English lesson centred around a character description of Mr Twit from Roald Dahl’s The Twits. You can see the results of the children’s hard work here: http://clover.westwoodblogs.org/what-do-you-think-of-mr-twit/ Needless to say that there was some super vocabulary and with the children now able to accurately and concisely blog their ideas, it was a great session.

Maths today was focused on Mathletics and the children worked brilliantly to consolidate their learning from yesterday on money. Mathletics is great for engaging children who find some elements of maths tricky. Then this afternoon we took on an international flavour, culminating in a live Google Hangout with our friends from Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, USA.

Something I haven’t done before was to photograph a day in the classroom and you can see what we worked on together in the slide show below, as well as our live hangout with our friends in the US, where the children got to ask questions, share learning and discover each other’s cultures.

It really was a fun day. i must do it again soon!

Maths Day

Yesterday the whole school took part in a wonderful Maths day. With the opportunity to take part in so many different types of maths activities, the children had an amazing time practising their maths skills. Mathletics was, once again, very well used and it was good to see how board games, word problems and mental arithmetic activities were helping children to develop a real grasp of the key concepts. Well done everyone, another great curriculum day! Watch the action unfold and listen to what the children have learnt…

The newsletter round up!

Hello again and what a busy two weeks it has been! With so much wonderful learning taking place throughout the school it is so good to see the children engaged and enjoying their brand new topics and the teachers have worked very hard to ensure that the walls are already filled with super work.

We were very pleased to have such a prominent mention in the Wiltshire Times last week. If you missed it, it is still online here: http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/latestheadlines/13656435.Superhero_welcome_for_pupils_at_Westwood_with_Iford_Primary_School/?ref=rss A fabulous day was had by all and in the true spirit of the International Primary Curriculum our entry points were inspiring, with Superheroes taking over Thistle Class, Clover Class being circus performers for the day, Lotus Class sampling chocolate and Orchid Class dressing up in Roman attire. I had great fun walking around school to see how the children were enjoying themselves and they had so much to tell me and talk about.

I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen our School Councillors, Librarians and Digital Leaders. These children have been elected by their class to represent them and help them in their their learning. Congratulations to Hattie, Mya, James, Izzy, William and Wilf who are on our School Council, to Ana, Lennie, Jay, Georgie, Lizzie and Tom who are our Librarians and to Talia, Janko, Ellie, Joshua, Isabel and Bella who are our Digital Leaders. Please ask them for help, they would be happy to assist!

Please don’t forget that next Tuesday 22nd September from 9.15am – 12pm is our Open Morning and a chance to see the school in action. If you know of anyone who has a child starting school in September then they are most welcome to come along and talk to us. A reminder, too, about our Meet the Teacher afternoon next Thursday 24th September. This will take place in two short sessions, from 2.20-2.40pm and from 2.40-3.00pm, so that anyone with more than one child in the school has the opportunity to visit both class teacher sessions. It will be an opportunity for you to find out what you can expect from us as a school this year and what you can do to help your child in the Home-School Learning Partnership. Teachers will be happy to answer any questions you may have so that we start the year effectively.

A couple of mentions, if I may, please. If you bring your dog to pick up your child, please can you ensure that they are secured to the fence on the grass side, by the large 5 bar gate next to the staff car park. On a couple of occasions, there have been children frightened by large dogs and dogs barking when they have been brought onto the school grounds. Also, you will notice that the front gate is now securely closed at all times and we are working with our local PCSO to implement our Travel Plan. I have also applied for Healthy Schools Status, so will be writing to you in the very near future with information on how we can all help our children to remain healthy.

Finally, our blogs are up and running again with a lot of new content. Please do visit them, subscribe to them and comment on the children’s work. An audience provides the very best inspiration and motivation for the children to aim higher and a few minutes to leave a comment would make such a difference. A starting point is our central landing page at westwoodblogs.org or you can visit our school website and follow the links from the School Blogs drop down menu. Also, I do try to keep you updated with what is happening in school via my Head’s Blog: head.westwoodblogs.org. We have become a truly international presence on the web, so feel free to join in the fun!

Have a great weekend everyone and see you at Macmillan Tea with the Head next Friday 25th September.

Ian Rockey

Computing experts in the making

This week I have been enjoying teaching all of our wonderful children once again. On Tuesday in KS2, with Lotus and Orchid Class we have been looking at Scratch. With the government expectation that all children can program their own algorithms, Scratch is a great (and free) way to learn. You can login here: https://scratch.mit.edu/ and all of our children in KS2 now have their own login. Give it a go!

With Thistle and Clover class this afternoon we have been learning how to login to Mathletics and practice our Maths skills. All of the children worked incredibly hard and are now much more independent. Well done everyone!

Westwood Gardeners Celebrate!

Today at our after school gardening club the children were able to celebrate their hard work and harvest vegetables that they had planted earlier in the season. Led by Ms Brown and our dedicated group of parent volunteers, everyone got involved and there was lots of excitement as, in the very pleasant late afternoon sunshine, the adults helped the children to cook the fruits of their labour. A very interesting slow worm even made an appearance! Well done everyone, you have all worked so hard and you have transformed an area of our school grounds into a really lovely vegetable patch. Thank you.