Maths Day

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.

Thistle and Clover Class get dramatic!

This morning Thistle and Clover class have been enjoying some drama during their learning time. Faye visited us to work with both classes and a huge amount of fun was had by everyone as they pretended to be a variety of characters, exploring their creative skills.

Here are some photos of the children having a fantastic time. Do please ask them what they were enjoying!:

Story 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:

A round up of a super week

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!

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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/

Christmas Production Perfection

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:

Another fantastic Christmas Fair!

This afternoon the school was once again filled with the smells, sounds and atmosphere of the magic of Christmas time as we held our Christmas fair. Superbly organised by our dedicated and simply brilliant Friends of Westwood School, there was something for everyone, from hand made crafts to a feast of festive treats and even FC himself dropped by, taking time out from his busy preparations to talk to our children.

It is always lovely to see the school buzzing with excitement and I always feel proud that so many members of our community join us as we kick off the countdown to Christmas in style. My enormous thanks go to everyone involved in making this event such a tremendous success. We are so lucky to have the unwavering support of our FoWs who always give up so much of their time and energy to put on such fantastic fundraising events. Thank you everyone for such an enjoyable afternoon. Here are some photos (thanks Jo!) of the fun we had:

Christmas Stories at Bedtime

Once again last night our brilliant Friends of Westwood School organised another fantastic and very magical event in our first Christmas Stories at bedtime. With children invited to return to school at bedtime in their pyjamas (teddies and soft toys optional), everyone settled down to an hour of gentle Christmas stories, all with a VERY festive theme,  many of them brought in by the children themselves for us all to enjoy.

In total, 68 of our school community and some parents came to share a very festive evening, made all the more special by the addition of a mug of warm hot chocolate and marshmallows with a biscuit part way through – what more could you ask for? The children were so well behaved and it was such fun to sit and read to so many for so long – a rare treat that I am not often able to do. With Christmas candles burning to infuse the hall and tealights to set the mood, I think everyone had a good time and went away feeling, I hope, just a little bit more christmassy.

My thanks, as always to our wonderful FoWs who all work so hard to put on these really super events for the children – we are very lucky to have you. With our Christmas Fair tomorrow to look forward to as well, this is going to be a fun festive week at Westwood School and I always think this is such a fantastic time of year to be in school with the children.

Here are some photos of our magical evening last night: