Monthly Archives: June 2018

The weeks are flying by…

Welcome to a celebration of the end of week 4 in a final term that has been so busy yet so exciting so far.

These past couple of weeks have been no exception and have seen our children in Lotus and Orchid classes practising their play, ‘Rock Bottom’ in preparation for it’s premiere, which is taking place soon. As always, everyone is working really hard to learn their lines, rehearse their best dance routines and fill the hall with song. I know that it will be another stunning performance, so please look out for dates to buy tickets.

Last Friday, our broadcasters from Westwood Radio had the unique opportunity to present a live outside broadcast from Wiltshire Heights Residfential Care Home in Bradford on Avon. Taking over the ground floor lounge, 18 residents came along to enjoy a masterclass in broadcasting professionalism and they were thoroughly entertained by our children. Some of the residents were also interviewed live on air and this will contribute to our Oral History Project. What a lovely afternoon we all had and it was a great pleasure to meet everyone. We have even been invited back already! Thank you to our Year 6 broadcasters for their respect and lovely conversation with the residents.

Keeping with the radio theme, Thistle class also produced their very own radio show this week, which they broadcast LIVE to the world! Talking about their topic, Under the Sea, everyone spoke so beautifully into the microphone and they really were quite amazing. This is a Westwood Radio first, with our very youngest children hosting and producing their own show. I was so incredibly proud, as I always am of all our broadcasters. You can listen again to both shows on soundcloud.com/westwoodradio and also on Thistle class blog thistle.westwoodblogs.org, where there are photos too of their show.

This week, once again, our athletes have been representing our school brilliantly with a festival at St Laurence. Taking part in a range of sporting activities, our children were a credit to our school and tried so very hard in the heat of a hot afternoon. Well done everyone, I know how much you enjoyed it!

There have been so many exciting activities taking place this week – Lotus class even got to visit a chocolate factory for their school trip! I remember being at school and visiting somewhere far less interesting, but our staff, as always, have planned wonderful topics that excite and engage the children and a visit for Lotus class to consolidate their learning was ideal. They came back so enthusiastic and it was clearly a lovely trip!

Clover class, too, have been learning from first hand knowledge as they were visited by a Barn Owl this week, as part of their topic on birds. It was a wonderful opportunity to get up close to a real life owl and the children loved asking the owner lots of questions. Another super learning opportunity.

Finally, we were delighted to be visited again today by Rosie Evitt, author of Hannah’s Tree and Tiny Tails. Rosie worked with Thistle and Clover class before joining us in the studio for a live interview and signing books on the playground. A perfect way to end another lovely week at our school.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

Thistle Class on Westwood Radio

This afternoon Thistle class took to the airwaves with a live radio show on Westwood radio. Broadcasting to, literally the world, everyone had the opportunity to read some of their amazing writing from their Under the Sea topic and to step behind the microphone to have their first experience of live radio and how well they did.

With Lewis, Alice and May hosting the show, plenty of listeners – thank you everyone – and lots of texts from their audience, the children made me so proud with their confidence and professionalism. You can enjoy our fantastic afternoon again here and here are some behind the scenes photos from Thistle class studio!

Father’s Friday

Today saw the return of Father’s Friday to Westwood with iford School and once again I must thank all of the dads and special people from home for joining us and for making the day such tremendous fun and so successful.

Beginning the day with a jam packed celebration assembly, full of wonderful achievements from both in and out of school, our hall was buzzing with excitement and almost standing room only! From there, it was onto classes for a day of inspiring international learning with our staff, focusing on India, Hungary, The Aztecs and Russia, with everyone who came along immersing themselves in the true spirit of the day. The atmosphere was fantastic. Some of our dads even brought their lunch and joined us in the hall before all playing a game of lunchtime football at the Westwood Etihad! This afternoon the Westwood Radio broadcasters also welcomed their dads into the studio for a very special Father’s Friday broadcast full of fun, banter and good humour. 

We are so lucky to have an incredibly supportive parent community who work so well alongside our school  and it was such a delight to see so many people having fun around the building today.  Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us and make the day special. Here are some fabulous photos of the day (thank you Mrs Batten) and also our broadcast from this afternoon’s show. 

Happy Father’s day everyone.

Quality International Learning

I’ve made it one of my goals this term to blog more regularly about the fantastic things that are taking place at our school. Today was another of those days when I had the opportunity to integrate technology and innovation to make the learning fun, exciting and different for the children in Clover class.

All year we have been regularly linking up with our friends in Room 104 of Georgetown Elementary school in Hudsonville, Michigan as part of an international project to share learning, social and cultural experiences and just enjoy talking to other children from around the world. Today was the last time we linked up as our friends in the USA finish for the summer on Friday. We’ve loved talking to them and learning about what they learn, where they live and how the weather differs! Here we all are for one last time in a Google Hangout together and we also asked and answered questions through CoveritLive.

Live Blog Westwood and Georgetown Final International Learning Session 2018