Another two weeks have flown by and with only one newsletter left before we break up for our summer holidays, it gives me time to reflect on what a successful and enjoyable year we have had. Watching the children having such fun, some of them for the last time, at our school disco was a joy and a reminder of how much they have matured and progressed this year. We will certainly miss our Year 6 children very much.
On Tuesday we had our first History day, in recognition of the centenary of the First World War. Each class took a sensitive and age appropriate look at what life was like 100 years ago and I know that the children found this fascinating. Once again, the staff worked hard to make it an engaging experience for them. You also know that it is late in the academic year when we start to welcome our very newest children to school. Over the past few weeks it has been super to welcome our Reception children for September and we look forward to seeing them in school looking smart in their uniform.
You may have noticed that a survey came home recently for school uniform polo shirts. I will be closing this next Friday 11th July so that I can let the parent community know the results well before the end of term in preparation for purchasing for September.
As I write this, I can also hear the Year 5 and 6 children practising for their performance of ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’, which sounds both hilarious and toe-tapping at the same time. I am really looking forward to the performances, both of which will be on the dates list and website. Don’t miss this musical extravaganza! Today our KS1 and Early Years children have also had the chance to take part in a cluster multi skills festival. We have been lucky, this year, to have had the opportunity to take part in events such as these and I know that the children have benefited so much from the experience.
With dates in mind and this being a particularly busy time of year for all of us, can I make you aware of our Leaver’s Assembly which will be at 9.15am on Wednesday 23rd July in the school hall; a last chance to say goodbye to our fabulous Year children from Westwood school. I will also be holding my last Tea with the Head for this year (plus cake!) in the Meadow on Friday 18th July after school. Please come along for a chat, it is always so good to see you all.
On Monday 14th July we are offering an optional parents evening. This is for parents who feel that they have something to discuss that isn’t addressed in their child’s school report, which you will receive next Friday 11th July. As our end of year reports are so comprehensive, I would hope that they contain all of the information you need to summarise your child’s end of year achievements and progress. However, if you do feel that you have something to discuss that isn’t covered within it, please speak to your child’s class teacher on the morning of Monday 14th July and they will arrange a time to see you that evening between 3.30 and 5pm.
As a school, we have been actively blogging recently. I have worked with all of KS2 and I will be working with KS1 next week. Blogging is an excellent way to develop literacy skills and to have your writing read by a wider audience. I would ask you to take a look at the children’s work and to leave a comment, if you have time, as there is nothing like response to writing to boost a child’s confidence. You can find their amazing work at westwoodlotusclass.schoolblogs.org and westwoodorchidclass.schoolblogs.org. Please have a look and encourage your child to comment on their friend’s work. We have already had a visit from some teachers in America!
Can I wish you all a very pleasant weekend.