Today was one of those once in a lifetime experience days for the children as they ventured into a new kind of learning where resilience was key and confidence building was in abundance all around us. For one day only, the brilliant children of our school became presenters, working alongside Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio who expertly guided them in the art of presentation and broadcasting etiquette.
With each group given their own focus for the show, time was spent planning, allocating roles, researching and rehearsing for their time behind the microphone, whilst some children became technicians for the day, working the jingles, beds and text machine. All very technical but all very much within the capabilities of the children, who simply shone. Everyone was working to a 2.30pm deadline, as that was when we went live to the world.
I can honestly say that as the day progressed our children grew in confidence and, on their own, produced a slick and exciting show that at it’s peak was simultaneously listened to by 40 listeners around the world. With an age range of children of 6-11 years all working together in mixed groupings, it was a complete joy to watch them work and a fabulously exciting and inspiring day was had by all. My thanks to the staff for supporting the children where necessary, to Russell for giving us a day to remember and to the children for making our last day of Term 5 so incredibly memorable. Well done everyone, you were amazing. Here are some behind the scenes photos and video of the day and the show and the podcast of the broadcast for you to listen again.
After a busy few days in school, so busy in fact that I haven’t even had time to blog about them (!) I felt that I must record the exciting things that we have been doing.
Back to last Friday and the children in Thistle and Clover Class were lucky to be visited by renowned and popular local author Maudie Smith. Maudie treated the children to a fantastic session, discussing her new book, ‘All the King’s Tights’ and everyone loved listening to her talk and learnt so much about being an author. The children were also able to look forward to the Westwood Scarecrow Trail, which starts this weekend as Maudie led the children through a lovely creative session. HUGE thanks to Maudie for giving up her time and I know that the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed their morning. The Wiltshire Times visited us during the morning and there is currently an article online here: Maudie and the children in the Wiltshire Times
Here are the children with Maudie having a great time
Friday also saw our second group of podcasters recording the news and excitement of last week in school. Writing their own scripts and with a first chance to get behind the microphone, the children showed a huge amount of resilience, confidence and professionalism, recording our 5 minute podcast in almost one take! Well done everyone, you have already received a good number of plays and in case you haven’t yet had a chance to listen, here are our Year 6 broadcasters in action. I was so proud of all of them – they are all so committed commitment.
Monday saw our annual Sports Day and it was another day full of fun and celebration. In the morning the children worked in mixed age groups to enjoy a sports carousel with our specialist teacher, Mr Kiely and the staff. In the afternoon and wonderfully supported as always by our parent community, there was the full range of traditional races, from flat races, to hoop races, egg and spoon and even a relay; yesterday had it all. There was even a chance for the adults to shine, with a mums race, dads race and even a staff egg and spoon race to round off proceedings. Thank you all so very much for joining us in the sunshine and enjoying another super afternoon at our school. It was a lovely village occasion. As always, the children will tell their story of yesterday superbly in photographs. Here they are:
This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure to spend an hour or so with some of our Year 6 children post SATs. As a school we have decided to venture in to the realms of podcasting and I had my first group of keen broadcasters with me to learn some new skills, present their scripts, which, by the way were all independently written and to learn what it is like to sit behind a microphone!
Podcasting is a great way of broadcasting news and views from the school in a simple, online form that people can listen to and enjoy. Armed with a topic or research, each person was given a couple of days to gather their information and to create a script that they could add to the podcast, interspersed with some jingles, played at suitable times by today’s technical whiz, Mia. What an afternoon of fun we had, but what a fantastic experience to observe these children, all of whom showed professionalism and confidence, whilst at the same time a degree of resilience to overcome inevitable initial nerves. Well done Podcasters!
Here are this week’s podcasters hard at work
You can listen to this week’s Westwood Podcast Here:
No doubt that you will have seen in the news and on social media this week that the organisation of the SATs from the highest level has been less than what we may have hoped!
In school however, the atmosphere, planning, preparation and commitment from everyone has been superb. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Mrs Tyler and Mrs Robertson for their compassion and for ensuring that, in a time of some uncertainty and potential stress, the children were as happy and positive as ever. With a wonderful breakfast club to come in to every morning, plenty of upbeat tunes to listen to and their friends around them, the children were given every opportunity to take this week as it came. This is, of course, how it should be. Their commitment was, of course, outstanding. Their smiles, ever prevalent. Their attitude, exemplary.
Well done everyone for a really great week, I could not be more proud of you all and I know that every single person will have given their absolute best, as that is how you all are. Now, please, have some fun…
What a lovely week it has been and today it was rounded off perfectly by holding a skipping day in aid of the brilliant charity, the British Heart Foundation. Children came to school in their finest and sportiest clothes ready for action and throughout the day every class has been learning new skipping routines, traditional skipping songs and everyone has been practicing their coordination skills! With such fabulous weather it was the ideal way to end a short but thoroughly enjoyable week full of enjoyment, learning and keeping fit and healthy. Well done everyone and thank you all so much for your donations.