A Friday round-up!

From this week’s newsletter

It seems to have got a little chillier since I last wrote to you, so can I please remind everyone that they need a coat, hat and gloves in school to wear on the play ground. I have certainly been glad of mine recently!

I would like to say a big thank you first of all, to the parents and members of FoWs who have kindly offered to help run the library on a Tuesday and Friday after school. It was my aim in the New Year to establish a regular pattern of opening hours, so that children, adults and members of the community can use the library on these days, which we have now achieved and I am thrilled. We are so lucky to have the library as a resource and I would like to see it used as much as possible, so please feel free to come along on a Tuesday and Friday from 3.15pm, where you will be able to browse our stock of books and borrow one or two to take home and enjoy. I would also like to thank those of you who so kindly donated books for our library. We now have plenty to be going on with and there are a number to be catalogued, so for now, we will not need any more. If you are a parent, grandparent or a member of our community who would like to make use of the library, please pop in during opening hours and let the librarians know and they will pass your information on to me. I will then create a library card for you. We do look forward to seeing you!

Our school council have been very active recently and are taking a key role in the improvement of our school for the children. They even have their own blog now: schoolcouncil.westwoodblogs.org, where you can read our minutes and see what our current topics of discussion and areas of development are. On Friday 13th February at 3.15pm, alongside my Tea with the Head, they are holding a cake sale as they have agreed that they would like to raise money for small play equipment for play times and lunch times. If you were able to make or donate some cakes for this event, we would be very grateful as the school council have planned it and will be running it on the day. If you have a moment to read our minutes, there may be other areas that you are able to help with in supporting them and our school. Thank you.

Around the school we are as productive and focused as ever, with lots of great learning taking place. Last Tuesday we held a maths day, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. With maths a focus for us this year, we are exploring different ways to engage children in their maths and to make it even more exciting for them. The impact of the Big Write and blogging has been huge to improve writing and we are now trying to emulate this with our maths. We also have a maths blog now too – maths.westwoodblogs.org. I would ask that you join us in our challenge, further developing our Home School Learning Partnership, by working with your child for a few minutes each week on their homework and by using Mathletics. A fantastic online resource, Mathletics is individually tailored to all of the children’s needs and allows developmental progress through a series of activities and online challenges against pupils of similar ability – a far cry from the Cuisenaire and counters approach that I had at school! Every child has their own login, found in their HASP book and the link can be found on the Home School Learning Partnership Page, under the Community tab on the school website. Have fun!

 I have had the very good fortune to spend time teaching in nearly all of our classes over the past two weeks. What occurs to me each time is that the children always enjoy their learning and are keen to engage in discussion in order to find out more and to develop their own knowledge, skills and understanding. With the IPC, I believe we have a curriculum which both inspires and excites our learners and the topics being taught across the school are fun, a key element to successful teaching and learning.

 You are most welcome to have a look at our School Development Plan for this year, as I have now added it to the ‘Our School Curriculum’ page of the website. On that note, we always welcome suggestions and improvements as I believe a successful school is constantly looking to improve in all areas. In particular, our website is very much a key resource for information and communication, so if you feel that this could be improved in any way, please let us know, but do make suggestions for any area of school life.

 Once again, thank you for your continued support in making our school community so successful and welcoming.

Have a great weekend

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