Monthly Archives: February 2016

A whole school international experience

This week we had the opportunity to take part in some face to face learning once again with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School, Hudsonville, Michigan. In Monday’s assembly, I discussed with the children what sort of questions would be good to ask to share our culture, hobbies and information about our school. By Wednesday, when the whole school got together to share and answer questions, word had got around and we were delighted to be joined by the head teacher of Georgetown Elementary, Mrs Reagan and a few members of her staff how popped in to see us. It was another really lovely afternoon and a great example of there being no boundaries to learning. The children were fantastic and we all had such a fun time. If you would like to see what we did, please click below:

Code Club Begins Officially

Yesterday afternoon was very exciting as we started out first official Code Club. We are lucky to have a recognised volunteer from the local community, Trevor Hilder, who has a highly skilled background in computing and technology and the older children loved getting into their first Scratch programming session with him. With the focus on building a script and understanding the processing, the children worked incredibly hard and I can see that the coming weeks are going to be a lot of fun. I worked with the younger children to program Lego using a computer, understanding the need to position the command blocks correctly in order to make it work. Here are the children in action:

More fun in the classroom

This week I have been back teaching the children and yesterday I enjoyed watching Orchid class having fun with their learning in my computing session. Their new unit of work is ‘We are Cryptographers’ and we began this jump into the world of espionage and coded messages with a look at how semaphore was used to send messages over distance. What a lot of fun we had and it wasn’t all that easy either! Here are some great shots of brilliant learning in action. Watch this space as there is definitely more to come!

West Wilts Dance Festival

Last night was another opportunity to be so incredibly proud of our children that I was smiling from ear to ear all evening!  Once again, children from Orchid class took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival at the Bath Forum. Having been expertly trained by Karen Hobson, who had put together a superb and exciting routine, the children took to the stage second in proceedings. That on it’s own is a good reason to be both proud and appreciative of the children’s  confidence as the Bath Forum is a venue that regularly hosts major events and seats an audience of hundreds. Yet here were the children dominating the stage and dancing to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, all dressed in authentic American military costume of the period and not missing a beat. The performance was both spellbinding and electric, drawing an enormous cheer from the audience, which was so very well deserved.

Having been just second in the running order, the children could then relax and enjoy the rest of the show, but I know from listening to other schools and talking to colleagues who I saw there that Orchid class’ performance and impact had set the standard. What was so lovely, though, was the huge cheer from the entire audience that the children received as they saluted in the finale.

My sincere thanks go to Karen for organising, resourcing, planning and choreographing a spectacular routine that brought the house down and to the children for entertaining, showing such confidence and for representing our school so brilliantly. I was proud of every one of you. Thank you for a great evening out!

Here is the video of the children’s rehearsal earlier in the day – recording was strictly not permitted last night.

A Brand New Term!

Welcome back to a new term and already we are in to Term 4! With slightly longer daylight time in the evenings, Spring is almost upon us!

Returning to school is as exciting as ever, particularly since we have a brand new mud kitchen in our playground for the children to enjoy. With huge thanks to Ms Brown and her family, Mr Scott and Jeff, all of whom worked so hard to make it so lovely for the children. If you get the chance, please do pop round to have a look – I wish I’d had one at my school when I was young – it will certainly encourage even more exploratory and investigative play. So much fun! Our grounds are looking fantastic now and there really is something for everyone to play with.

mud kitchen 2

Tomorrow sees the annual West Wilts Dance Festival at the forum in Bath and I am very much looking forward to cheering our children on once more.  With Karen Hobson choreographing another superb routine, I have no doubt that Westwood will again be the talk of the evening. It is always such a happy and inspiring occasion, with the children experiencing performing on a huge stage in front of hundreds of people. Good luck to you all! I will report back again shortly and look forward to the regional heat of the Great Big Dance Off, which is only a couple of weeks away!

Have a lovely term everyone.