Firstly, my apologies for not adding anything to the blog this week. I have been training and up and down the country gaining new ideas for taking the school forward. Whilst this has been both fun and useful, I do miss being in school with the children.
Celebration assembly this morning was a lovely reminder of just how hard the children are working every day and how this is reflected in the awards that the staff are giving. I also felt extremely privileged to share the children’s out of school achievements, of which there were many – and so diverse!
This morning it was great to be back in the classroom again teaching Clover class. It is always Big Write day on a Friday and today’s excitement was writing dinosaur stories. As always there was good commitment from the children towards their learning and the results are super. They have clearly listened to the teaching that they have shared with Mrs Charleton this week. Well done everyone.
I’m looking forward to seeing the results of our Westwood writers as I know that Orchid class’ homework is to add to the Westwood Writers blog. Everyone is welcome to contribute, so follow the link at the side to see what we are doing and leave a comment if you’d like to. I did have great fun in Orchid class on Wednesday afternoon. We were learning about Google sites and everyone was able to create their own simple website for the class to see in an afternoon. The level of technical understanding is great and really does promote the use of collaborative learning. Ask your child to log into their Google account and you can have a look at the results.
As I write this Lotus class are outdoor learning and, from the sounds of it, having a fantastic time. Mr Bennett mentioned that it was an orienteering exercise to begin a new unit of work. I am sure the children will enlighten you – I don’t want to spoil the surprise…
I must mention before I sign off that Thistle class, after their concerted efforts this week, won the Westwood Wonder trophy by the biggest ever margin. A HUGE 24 points saw them romp home with the trophy to enjoy in their class. Well done to all of you!
Now we are half way through the term, which is something of a reality check. Have a super weekend.
…in which we have seen colour mixing to paint dinosaurs in Clover class, making rocks from food in Orchid class, discussing Romans in Lotus class and dinosaur report writing in Thistle class.
I am always pleased to see the range of learning that takes place on a daily basis and the enthusiasm which the children bring to their learning. I was lucky enough to be teaching yesterday, so had the opportunity to spend time talking to the children and influencing their learning, encouraging them to use enquiry to develop their knowledge and understanding of a topic that clearly engages and excites them. Furthermore, it is so good to see the impact that the Big Write has had on writing since we introduced it in September. Children are writing with improved confidence and presentation, thanks to our rainbow writing and pink punctuation. Well done everyone!
I hope you enjoyed our school meals taster session on Wednesday from Mrs B’s. It was certainly well received and I have heard many positive comments about the food, which smelt and tasted delicious! Please remember to complete the feedback form that you will have received today as that will help us to assess demand for school meals.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to join me next Friday after school for tea and cakes with the Head.
What a lot to write about! My apologies for the lack of posts these past few days – this time of year gets incredibly busy and I have also had the luxury of spending time in the classroom teaching, which has been great.
So…last Thursday we were treated to a magical performance from The Storybox Theatre. Rather than take the children to the theatre, this year we brought the theatre to the children and the hall was transformed, resulting in an hour which we all agreed we would happily spend again and again. Thanks to our Friends of Westwood school, who very kindly sponsored the afternoon, the children were able to be entertained and mesmerized by the puppetry and storytelling of Rod Burnett who had us all hanging on his every word of the story of The Tin Soldier. Here is just a taste of what we experienced…
After the excitement of the Storybox theatre, Friday brought us a mufti day, but with a difference. A very comfortable days teaching for me in my pyjamas, after leading celebration assembly, but thankfully the children all joined in and it made for a fun day, with some amazing writing taking place in the Big Write. If you can, please come to the meeting about this on Thursday at 7pm to find out more of what we do in school.
Then to the weekend. Not much to normally report on…but this past weekend saw the legendary Westwood school Christmas Fayre. What incredible organisation by the Friends of Westwood school, which started on Friday evening and ensured that Saturday afternoon in school was THE place to be. Festive fun, the smell of mince pies and Christmas fare, along with a plethora of stalls, crafts and wonderful village cheer. If you missed it, you missed a wonderful occasion and my sincere thanks to everyone involved for making it such a success with a lot of money raised.
As I sit here now I can hear rehearsals in full swing for the Christmas performance. I might just have to go and take a look. This time of year really is the best time to work in a school…
…not the weather, but the activity within school more than made up for it. There was so much to celebrate in assembly this morning, with some super examples of great learning and many, many people who had been kind and considerate to their friends in the past week. This week we also had a great range of achievements from outside school, from bell ringing to karate to dressage and our ever popular Westwood dancer of the week.
Here are some of our children who have worked particularly hard this past week:
We have also been extremely lucky to be visited by Major Oli Dinnis from the Royal Signals today. Children in KS2 were treated to a presentation and discussion about life as a communications engineer, which fits in perfectly with their topic for this term. Elsewhere in the school there has been brilliant singing in Clover class and Thistle class has been a hive of activity. All of this after a serene and extremely productive Big Write this morning. No wonder everyone is tired!
Have a great weekend everybody.
It’s been very quiet this morning. Since break time the children have been working hard on their weekly big write. This is a sustained piece of writing that lasts longer than usual in order to both develop writing stamina and to encourage creativity and writing in detail. It was good to see how well the children were concentrating, writing with real purpose in a calm and focused environment. I could see, too, how the joined cursive script that we have adopted and the rainbow writing are already making a real difference to the presentation.
It was lovely to see so many parents at celebration assembly again this morning. If you were able to come, thank you for taking the time to join us. Once again there was so much to celebrate with many achievements from both in and out of school. I do enjoy sharing these with the children and the pride they show in their achievements, which is so deserved.
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All that remains for today is to wish you all a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you at the Ceilidh tomorrow night.