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:
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.
Yesterday Thistle and Clover class had a fantastic day visiting Lydiard Park. Not only did the children get to experience what life was like in Victorian times, but they were also able to dress up in traditional costume and play with Victorian toys. What fun! Here are some photos of Thistle class, kindly taken by Mrs Williams. Enjoy.
Today in school we have been enjoying a huge range of mathematical activities as part of our whole school Maths Day. Every class took part and classes were filled with everything from skittles to a science and maths cross curricular activity in Orchid class counting taste buds! There really was something for everyone and the children had a fantastic time.
Here are some photos of our lovely day.
Once again school has been buzzing with language and creativity as the children had fun taking part in a whole school story day. With each class taking a focus story, from Aliens Love Underpants and The Magic Bed in Thistle and Clover Class to The Wolf that Cried Boy in Lotus and Anansi the Spider in Orchid, each class had a day filled with opportunities to extend their writing skills.
We strive to continually improve our reading year on year and the teachers all worked so hard to prepare a day of exciting and engaging learning based entirely around the one fantastic book, with this being an ideal way to develop cross curricular writing, reading, speaking and listening and spelling. Everyone had such a great time and the children were completely immersed in their activities.
We also started our whole school read for the first time. At least once a month classes will now be pairing for 20 minutes during the day so that older children and younger children have the opportunity to read together, enjoy books and learn from each other. This is something that we think will have a huge benefit for our entire school community.
To end the day yesterday we then had a whole school assembly and shared our learning from the day. The enthusiasm and excitement with which the children shared their learning from Story Day was a joy to see and we are already looking forward to the next one!
Here are some photos I took of the children completely enjoying their learning throughout the day:
This week has been so much fun! Already we are at the end of Week 2 of this term and it feels as if the term is fairly racing by. Probably because we are so busy with so much exciting learning taking place. Topics such as The Magic Toymaker, Bright Sparks and The Holiday Show are exciting and enthralling our children with some fascinating and wonderful learning. I have had the pleasure of seeing all classes in action and they are so keen to learn and further their knowledge.
Our radio show continues to innovate and push new boundaries with the children showing tremendous confidence behind the microphone, attracting praise from many people. I am so proud of them all and this week I was thrilled to start our first radio club for those children who would like to learn more about how school radio works and are not currently broadcasters. Their first recording is below. Please do give them a listen, they were superb!
I have also started a lunchtime darts club this week to teach our children a new sport and also to sharpen our mental maths skills. With safety at the forefront of our session, the children all listened brilliantly and we were able to have a lot of fun whilst developing hand-eye coordination and some great mental arithmetic without even knowing it. I’m looking forward to this week’s club already!
When I read on social media how so many Heads are finding the job increasingly difficult I do count my blessings that i work in an incredibly supportive community with wonderful parents, amazing children and committed, brilliant staff. We are in the Wiltshire Times this week so please do check out the article. http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/inyourtown/bradfordnews/15024021.Westwood_with_Iford_Primary_School_bursting_with_ideas/
Once again this week we were treated to another magical Christmas performance by our Reception and Key Stage 1 children. Having worked so hard for the past few weeks everyone gave their absolute best and put on a show that was magical, emotional and just perfect. The hall was filled with the sound of beautiful singing as the children sang their hearts out to the now familiar songs of ‘Born in a Barn’ and with fantastic performances from everyone and lines delivered superbly, every one of us who attended a performance was able to enjoy a fabulous half hour of perfect school production.
I must thank Mrs Hannam, Miss Williams and their teaching assistants for all working so incredibly hard to help the children to be performance ready. It takes a lot of planning and preparation and I am lucky to have such a wonderful team who all work together so brilliantly. Thank you also to our parent community who, once again, supported us and the children so strongly, providing a receptive and grateful audience. It was, as always, so good to have so many people there. Thank you.
Here are the photos I took from this week’s performances: