Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mother’s Monday 2017

What a lovely day we all had on Monday, when we welcomed our mums and special people into school to celebrate Mother’s Monday with us. Before school had even started we had mums in the radio studio to join our radio club with their first ever live broadcast online for the Mother’s Monday Breakfast Show. The children did an amazing job and were so confident and Mrs Batten, Mrs Caston and Mrs Mavridis were superb on the weather, giving us all the information we needed for the week ahead!

Here is the show in full from yesterday with photos:

Our school day then began with a whole school assembly, including a special story and a song just for our mums and then everyone was invited to join their children in class for a day of learning. It was fantastic to see how many mums had taken time out of their busy schedules to come into school and the hall was packed!

Each class had planned a fun filled day, including science experiments, aboriginal art, poster making and even a live link up with Australia to learn more about the country and culture. As I walked around school it was wonderful to see how everyone got so much into the spirit of the day and the warm and positive atmosphere that existed made me very proud indeed. Even at playtime and lunchtime there were mums everywhere joining in with fun and games and even eating their lunch in the dinner hall.

My huge thanks to all of our lovely mums who all came and joined in with the festivities and fun of Mother’s Monday and who made it such a super day. Also, a big thank you to our staff for their hard work in planning and preparing such a plethora of interesting and engaging activities for everyone to enjoy. Another fabulous community day!

Here are some photos of all the fun

History Day

Today we have all been working together to learn about a famous person in History – Louis Braille. We spent the morning discussing his life story and working in pairs, with Thistle class and Clover class working beautifully together to produce a super book of his life story. In the afternoon everyone then got the chance to create some braille patterns of their own and to understand.

Here are the children hard at work and describing what they have learnt in their own words:

Radio Club Group 2 Session 1

This afternoon we started our new radio club as every term we like to give all children in the school the opportunity to develop their broadcasting skills by working together to learn the techniques and have fun with school radio. Our latest 10 children to come along were just fantastic and worked together so well from the start.

We spent today getting used to talking into a microphone and listening to our own voices through our headphones, which is always something quite unusual to begin with! By adding in some jingles to punctuate our speech we were then able to begin practicing our handovers. Everyone worked hard and we had a lot of fun along the way too, which is what it is all about. Next week we will be taking our skills on even further and develop our intros and outros. Here is our very first recording together. Well done to Sophie on the jingles and Henry on the mics. If you enjoyed the group’s work, please leave them a comment! Enjoy.

radio club group 2

 

World Book Day 2017

From the moment I opened the door at 8.55am this morning, I knew that we were going to have a wonderful day. I was not wrong. Standing in front of the assembled school it was so lovely to see how everyone – children, staff and adults – had made such a superb effort to all come as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day. With everyone from Where’s Wally to Goldilocks and The Boy in the Dress to Harry Potter, all types of books and stories were represented and it demonstrated what a love of reading our school has.

In class the fun continued throughout the day, with the staff all having planned some fantastic learning activities for the children, all centered around reading and books. Furthermore, a whole school reading session, with older children pairing with younger children made the day even more special and a special announcement from Mrs Hannam of an extreme reading award has now got everyone thinking how best to create that perfect photo of themselves reading!

In all it was another day to be proud of what we have at our school and a perfect way to mark the occasion. Here are some photos of the fun we had:

World Book Day radio show

Today we broadcast once again live online to the community and the world on World Book Day. What strikes me is that with every passing week and show, the children become even more confident, more professional and put together a show that is just superb. Today’s was no exception, with some lovely features including the usual school news, but also some fabulous world news from Charlie and fantastic BBC 500 word performances live in the studio from Oscar and Finn.

With a focus on Orchid class blog and their myths and legends posts – orchid.westwoodblogs.org if you fancy having a read – and all the weather you need to know for the weekend, this was another example of top class school radio broadcasting. here is the show to listen again: