What a busy term we have had with so much amazing learning having taken place and many diverse opportunities for our children to enjoy. My apologies for the lack of posts recently – there has been so much to do!
Last night I was so proud to be able to attend the West Wilts Dance Festival at the Forum in Bath. Once again the children had been expertly trained and encouraged by Karen Hobson, who had put together a fantastic routine. They dominated the stage once again and the performance was both electric and inspirational, drawing an enormous cheer from the audience, which was so very well deserved. 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. So many of my colleagues from other schools came up to me to congratulate our school on such a fantastic performance!
This term has been packed with excitement too – a hugely successful Story Day, class trips to We the Curious and the Steam Museum and our first Ocarina assembly which so many of you enjoyed. We also had a wonderful visit from James Smith on our character day so that children in Clover, Lotus and Orchid class could all experience life as an evacuee for their World War 2 topic, which has been just fascinating. Furthermore, Orchid class even met a polar diver too! For such a short term it has been full of fun and great learning and the staff have worked incredibly hard to give the children a vast and engaging range of learning opportunities.
I am also very excited to tell you that our Westwood Oral History Project is now underway and we have a website too! Visit westwoodheritage.uk and you will can listen to the most wonderful first interview with two members of our village, David and Kate Windo, who are talking about growing up and life in the village from their childhood. Eli and Dougie conducted a fascinating interview and Kate brought some amazing photos, some of which are already on the website, with many more to come! If you know of anyone who would like to get involved, do please let us know or ask them to use the form on the website or to give us a call. We will be interviewing many more people over time to build up a detailed archive of memories of life in and around Westwood and photos would be most welcome too. More excitement is that to facilitate our sharing of memories, we have now taken delivery of our portable radio station, enabling us to take Westwood Radio out into the community to broadcast and talk to people. Watch this space for our first live outside broadcast!
This term I have been so impressed with the children’s writing on their class blogs. Much of my teaching time with them has been spent developing our skills using the 5 sentence challenge for our younger writers and the 100 word challenge for our older writers. The results of their hard work has been staggering and I am so proud – some children have even made the worldwide showcase! If you have a few moments, please comment on their work on their class blog – links are from the school website. It makes such a difference to the children to know that they have an audience for their writing. Thank you.
Just a couple of housekeeping notes. As the weather is still quite changeable, please can I ask that children do not venture onto the mud before and after school as it quickly becomes quite damaged. Also, please can everyone ensure that they have the correct school uniform and shoes in school at all times and that it is named. It is always a bit of a challenge to play match the uniform to the child at the end of a PE session!
Can I wish you a wonderful half term together and I look forward to seeing you again in Term 4.