Author Archives: Mr Rockey

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:

Westwood Radio Breakfast Show

This morning we broadcast our last breakfast show with the members of the current radio club as this week the group will be changing. Once again, the children chose their own features and wrote superb scripts which they delivered with professionalism and clarity – it was a pleasure to stand back and watch them work.  Even with our chosen song – Rag and Bone Man’s ‘Human’ -edited out for copyright reasons, the children still put together a fabulous show of almost 20 minutes. If you missed it, you can listen again here or on radio.westwoodwithiford.org/latest-show and there are some photos of the show too.

Well done everyone and thank you for being so enthusiastic and committed. Top broadcasting and such a fun way to start a week. I hope you enjoyed it.

West Wilts Dance Festival 2017

I was so proud to be able to attend the West Wilts Dance Festival at the Forum in Bath. this week. Once again the children had been expertly trained and encouraged by Karen Hobson, who had put together a fantastic routine. The children took to the stage second to last in proceedings, so had almost an entire evening to wait, but what a way to end the show! They dominated the stage, dancing to No Money by Galantis, playing out a story to the Dare to Dream theme for the evening’s proceedings.

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!

Something you may not know is that two of our children were selected to compere the entire evening, introducing each act to the stage and keeping the flow going. I must congratulate Oscar and Freddie who were just incredible, standing on an enormous stage in front of 1000 people to read their script with eloquence, confidence and humour, exciting the crowd and bringing on the cheers. I was so incredibly proud of both of them and they represented our school with sheer professionalism.

Thank you for a great evening out and a huge well done. That isn’t something I could have done at your age!

Here are some photos taken by Elaine Caddy of the rehearsal and also a video.