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Chocolate making

Now there’s an attention grabbing subject! Well, in Lotus class today, as part of their entire topic on Chocolate (I only ever studied Castles when I was at school!) they have been making their own brand of chocolate. In a very cross curricular approach to teaching and learning, the children have also been using ICT to design their chocolate wrappers and in their DT, they have actually been making the wrappers. What a busy morning and we are only halfway through the day.

Elsewhere around the school the children have been busy working hard as usual. There has been a lot of excitement this week about our community library. It is open on a Tuesday and a Friday from 3.15-4pm, but it will also soon be opening during lunchtimes, as soon as I have trained some Year 5 and 6 librarians to staff it, which will be great! In Thistle class, the children have been planting cress seeds, so we will have to wait at least a couple of days for the results. Clover class have been hard at work practising for their assembly on Thursday, which looks super and in Orchid class the World Cup experts have been taking part in some outdoor learning. All so much fun!

And here is the news…

It’s newsletter time again and i thought I’d post my latest piece in case you haven’t had the chance to read it yet and you find yourself here.  I can’t believe it’s the end of the first week again already, but with another great celebration assembly this morning you know it must be nearly the weekend. Well done to those children who were rewarded for their hard work and to everyone who has come back with the same level of commitment and determination to be the best learner they can be. I’m looking forward to this term.

Newsletter No. 12

Welcome back to the second half of our Spring term and I am pleased to say this it does feel a little more Spring like than of late. I do hope that you all had a very pleasant half term with your children.

We are straight back into exciting topics and learning opportunities with the children. Already this week, Lotus class and Orchid class have visited Trowbridge to listen to Michelle Paver; an author; talk and inspire them with their reading and writing. Also this week, Thistle and Clover class have been on a school visit to learn more about their dinosaur topic, which was VERY exciting. Not only that, we have already had an informative and well presented class assembly and we’ve only been back for five days!

Now that we have school meals back at Westwood, they have been very well received with clean plates and happy children. A range of tasty dinners and desserts has meant that our numbers are healthy and lunchtimes have been a sociable occasion, which is something I always looked to do when I arrived, so I am thrilled that it is working so well. Don’t forget, if you would like your child to have a hot dinner, please can you ensure that your order arrives with the office by the Thursday before the week you would like to order them. Thank you.

Can I also say thank you for responding so positively to the letter I wrote before half term about the HASP books in your child’s reading folder. It makes a difference to our time in the mornings if you can leave a note in the HASP book for issues which aren’t urgent, in which case, of course, you are very welcome to talk to myself or the teachers if you feel that it is something we need to know immediately. However, I would hope that most items can be detailed in the HASP books for teachers to respond to, which of course they will.

As a staff we have focused a lot of our time on talking about ways in which we can encourage the children to develop their reading and writing skills, in school, but also at home. Over the next couple of terms we will be concentrating heavily on reading and writing within school and I will be arranging parent meetings to discuss ways in which you can support your child at home, as I believe that an effective home and school partnership will give our children the best possible chance to maximise their potential. In the first instance, can I ask that, where possible, you set some time aside to sit and read with your child, preferably at least three times a week and to use the reading log to record your experiences. Your child will also bring home their homework and they would benefit greatly from some time with you to support them with their writing. By working with your child in this way, you will be both supporting the learning that takes place every day and modelling the fact that learning is fun! Thank you for your continued support.

With this in mind, please remember that Read for my School: http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/ is still going for KS2 children. This is an ideal opportunity to sign up, read free new books and even write a review if they were particularly enjoyable. For the younger (and older) readers, can I also suggest Oxford Owl: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page. Both are great online resources.

I hope you have a lovely  term and please keep checking the website for up to date events that will be taking place. We will also continue to communicate with you regularly and we always welcome feedback so that we can improve as a school.


Well done Orchid Class

We had the pleasure of enjoying Orchid class assembly this morning, which was a fantastic celebration of the learning that has taken place recently. Planned in detail by the children, all aspects of the curriculum were covered and we were treated to an informative and very interesting half hour performance. What a busy week it has been!

An exciting 24 hours…

…it most certainly has been. This time last night I was learning some moves from the Year 5 and 6 children at the brilliant FoWs disco. Stuart worked the crowd well on the decks and Philly, Jo, Karen and the FoWs team once again did a fantastic job at organising such a fun event, thank you to you all.

The children certainly enjoyed it and I wasn’t a bit surprised to see some of them a little jaded this morning. Not that you would know it as we had a very special performance in celebration assembly from Orchid class and dance club who have all been working hard with Mrs Hobson to learn some complex dance routines. Bags of energy, perfect timing and so many huge smiles, it made me very proud, not to mention the large audience of parents and friends that were in attendance. Thank you to you all for coming and making it a memorable morning for us all. Add to that some wonderful Big Writing and a fun and very varied afternoon throughout the school, today has been a great end to a lovely week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Westwood gets creative…

Despite the fact that it’s a little on the damp side, the children are being incredibly creative this afternoon. Mrs Hobson is teaching Lotus and Orchid class dance – it’s always amazing to see how quickly children develop coordination in such a short space of time. Trying to stop my toe from tapping when I’m looking at documents is also quite tricky!

In Clover and Thistle class, the height of creativity prevails with the Year 2 children texture printing and the Year 1 children mixing science with art in a super fine motor control activity. All part of their space topic for this term. We were also lucky to be joined by Reverend Joanna for her first assembly today, which the children enjoyed.

Blogs and assemblies

After a couple of days of meetings and visiting nursery schools, it is good to get back into school and see the children at work. Today the children will be experiencing a singing assembly with Mr Bennett, which will provide excellent variation from myself. In fact, we have discussed as a staff a programme of assemblies where we can all share our experiences with the children, which I have no doubt will enhance the children’s enjoyment.

Also in today’s news, Orchid class are learning how to blog! Mrs Tyler and her class will be discussing the use of blogs and a class blog will be up and running very soon. This is very exciting as I do think it is a great way for children to express their ideas and share them safely with the world. Watch this space and the website for more news of where you can find it. Comments are welcome.

Thank you to those of you who gave feedback over the diary dates. I do hope that they are useful as the term progresses.