Monthly Archives: September 2016

Science week with the children

This past week the children have been having a huge amount of fun with wonderful science. My thanks to Mrs Tyler who has organised some fantastic events and resources and to the staff for planning some fun and informative days, everyone has been able to immerse themselves in experiments, activities and plenty of hands-on learning that has stimulated both questioning and a thirst for learning.

From visualising sound with bungee cord to air flow to having fun with temperature and experiments that build pressure and then release with real force – everything was brilliantly interesting and perfect for everyone to keep them engaged and full of great learning.

To increase the level of excitement, on Wednesday every child in the school was able to experience the Science dome, an inflatable domed resource with two brilliant presenters who made science come to life with colour, light, sound and pure atmosphere. All carried out in darkness, not one of our school community was less than enthralled and it was a joy to hear the children talk about their experiences. Here are some of the responses we managed to record from the children:

And to finish, we have a fabulous collection of photos from the entire science week which show how much fun the children had.

It’s great to be back!

After two really super weeks, I thought it was time to get back onto the blog and update you on some of the wonderful things that have been taking place in school.

Our new reception children have all come into school brilliantly over the past two weeks, with everyone settling so quickly and happily.  It really is such a pleasure to walk around school and see so many happy faces and children engaged and inspired in their learning.

This was apparent in the very first week when Orchid class were lucky enough to be visited by an Antarctic explorer who enthralled them with his adventures – perfect for their topic this term. Orchid class have also taken part in a Mystery Skype with a class in the North of England. With some fantastic questioning, both classes enjoyed finding out where each other was located in the country. I think they will take part in even more as the year progresses! Dropping into every class in the school it is lovely to see how topics are well under way, with entry points hooking the children’s interest from the very start. I know that we are going to have another wonderful year.

Here are some photos of the first week in school:

With learning in mind and a focus for this year being quality  and interesting writing, we were very lucky to be visited last week by Julia Skinner, an ex Head teacher who tours the world inspiring children with writing challenges. For the younger children this might be a 5 sentence challenge, where children are asked to write their very best 5 sentences based on a prompt. For the older children this would be a 100 word challenge and could be based on a picture prompt, a sentence or even a range of words. Mrs Skinner spent the day working and inspiring children in every class and the children were able to post their work on their class blogs where it has already received a global audience! Furthermore, the official 100 Word Challenge website 100wc.net and the 5 sentence challenge website fivesc.net  are where you will already find our children’s brilliant writing! This will be commented on by people from around the world and even has a chance to make the showcase of all pieces for the week! Please check out this amazing writing on our class blogs. You can get there from westwoodblogs.org and by following the link to your child’s blog. Do leave a comment, it really does make a difference to the children’s confidence.

Here are some photos of the children’s day with Mrs Skinner

I also have some very exciting news about developments in school! During the summer I submitted a bid to the National Lottery Awards for All scheme to develop a project within school for the community.  I am delighted to announce that we were awarded a grant and very soon we will have the equipment in school to establish Westwood Radio – a station run by the children for, and including, the community. Building on the success of last year’s broadcasting experiences with Russell Prue, where the children showed such confidence and resilience, we have now developed a multi purpose room in our library and will have the ability to begin broadcasting live within the near future.  Russell will be working closely with our children to train them and prepare them for going ‘mic live’! It is a very exciting prospect.

We have also been lucky enough to have been entered into a draw for a grant from Tesco to develop our school field for healthy and purposeful play. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Our project has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store!

For more information, please visit the Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Finally, this week is going to be very exciting as it is our Science week. Look out for photos and write-ups all over our blogs as I know it is going to be a lot of fun!