Monthly Archives: June 2016

West of England ICT Conference

Today a small group of Year 6 children had the opportunity to visit the West of England ICT Conference in Bristol. This takes place at the University of the West of England every year and is one of the major technology and education shows for the South West region that includes a wealth of new technology on show and keynote speakers and seminars.

Our children went along today to work alongside Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio who led our highly successful radio day at the end of term 5. Throughout the day the children had the opportunity to mingle as delegates but also to conduct some seriously professional interviews, practicing all of the brilliant skills that they had learnt from working with Russell. they were particularly excited to meet Fran Scott, a real life TV presenter from CBBC who presents highly engaging science shows and delivered a wonderful keynote to us today. Fran was lovely and spoke to us at length about what she does. You can hear all of the children’s superb interviews below as well as look at a few photos from the day.

As always, the children were impeccably behaved and a real credit to the school, showing enthusiasm and energy that many delegates commented on. Thanks everyone.

Ghana Cafe

Today after school the hall was transformed into the most colourful and delicious smelling Ghana Cafe as Mrs Robertson and children from Orchid class worked hard and sold cakes, Ghanean themed fruit kebabs and drinks in aid of the Helen Hodgkins Trust – http://www.helenhodgkinstrust.org/

As a school we always try to support organisations and charities that make a difference to people’s lives and the Helen Hodgkins Trust is doing exactly that, by funding clean water projects in Ghana, where the quality of water is often full of germs and also hard to come by.  Quite simply this would mean that with clean water lives would be saved and regular, clean water would be available, a basic need that we often take for granted. I am delighted to tell you that, thanks to your generosity once again, the children and Mrs Roberston have raised at least £100 for this brilliant charity. Thank you so much for supporting our school community, I do hope you had fun at the cafe – the atmosphere was lovely.

Here are our cafe staff in action:

Westwood Church Fair

For the first time yesterday we had the pleasure of being invited to dance at the Westwood Midsummer Church fair. With mixed weather but huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy, the children took to the arena at Westwood Manor and put on a fabulous show of set dancing and then later, some traditional maypole dancing. This was followed by a circle dance and it was so lovely to see so many people join in to round off what was, for us, a fun and exciting afternoon.

Once again it was a joy to be a part of such a thriving and vibrant community and I would like to thank everyone involved for inviting us. As a school, we are always looking to forge even stronger links with our local community and yesterday was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and share in the fun. I would also like to thank our brilliant children from Orchid and Lotus class for their hard work in learning and performing the dances and to thank them and their parents for giving up their Saturday afternoon to come along to the fair.

We managed to capture a video of the children in action performing their single plait:

Father’s Friday 2016

After another superb day in school, I wanted to summarise in a blog post  just what fun we had on Father’s Friday. As in previous years, dads, grandads and significant male members of the family were invited into school for as little or as much as they wanted to take part in and enjoy a day of learning. Once again, we were thrilled to see people turn up in such huge numbers, which made the day so special.

Beginning with our weekly celebration assembly, many dads had decided to come in for an early start and then stay on. With so much to celebrate, the day was off to a good start and then everyone filtered back to class for the beginning of lessons. From phonics to rounders, music and singing to reading and arithmetic tests, our dads took part in everything with a smile and a wonderful attitude and atmosphere, immersing themselves in everything that the day had to offer. Even at playtime and lunchtime, it was a joy to walk the grounds and to see everyone playing together on the field.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the time in their busy schedules to be able to come to school and join us today; we loved having you and it was a pleasure to work with you for the day.

Here are some photos of our day and we managed to catch up with some dads for their reaction to Father’s Friday too. Have a great weekend everyone!

International Day 22.6.16

This year we have really reached out to further our international links and global audience and I can truthfully say that I feel we are far more connected than ever with children and professionals from around the world.

Today we held our last international day of the year with each class taking their own focus for learning and exciting learning. Thistle learnt lots of interesting facts about India and read a super elephant story and Clover class wanted to know more about Canada. Clover also had the opportunity to link up with Mr Hamilton and Grade 4 of Bayridge School in Kingston Ontario to learn face to face with our international friends, which was super fun.

In KS2, Lotus class looked at France once more and Orchid class focused on Ghana – they also have a cake sale coming up next week, so please come along to that to raise much needed funds for charity.

Everyone had such a fabulous international day and we have pulled everything together into s slide show below. The children also explained what they have been learning throughout the day. Do have a listen!

Creating our own music

This afternoon I had the pleasure of teaching in Clover class and the children were using incredibox.com to experiment with sound and drop some serious beats as part of their Sound IPC topic! Of course, we had to record their wonderful efforts and here they are all mashed up for your listening pleasure. Well done everyone!

Empty Classroom Day

Today,Thistle class took part in the national Empty Classroom Day initiative whereby teachers were encouraged to take their learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. With exciting, inspirational and engaging learning, the children have all had a wonderful time today and you will see from the photos below that their classroom stayed empty for most, if not all of the day. Organised brilliantly by Mrs Butler and Ms Brown, this was another super day to remember. For more information on Empty Classroom Day, please visit https://emptyclassroomday.org.uk/ According to the children it was the best day ever! That says it all…

Here are the children making the most of their outdoor learning in our amazing grounds: