Tag Archives: blog

IPC learning in full flow

What a busy Westwood week it has been! With the introduction of new topics from the International Primary Curriculum there has been a lot of excitement around school this week and I was able to celebrate much of that in assembly this morning. Despite the fact that we have only been back 4 days, there was a lot to celebrate, too, as there always is.

I always feel that into the Spring term the children grow in confidence, not only in their ability, but also in themselves as people and that has been particularly evident his past few days. In Clover classroom yesterday, I had the pleasure of recording the Thistle/Clover class collaboration of their ‘Clothes show’ spectacular. With a new topic of ‘All Dressed Up’, the children were asked to bring a teddy for their entry point, not knowing why and spent the day designing, making and modelling their teddies dressed in the outfits that they had created. Such good fun, a lot of learning taking place and some great catwalks by the children and their teddies. Today both classes are discussing their knowledge harvest – what do we know already about clothes and what do we want to know? Later in the term they will revisit this discussion to see how many of the questions have been answered. For a fun look at what happened yesterday, please visit thistle.westwoodblogs.org or clover.westwoodblogs.org.

In Lotus class a new topic of Electricity is well underway and I know that this afternoon they will be making circuits and testing them out. Already, there is plenty to see on their class blog lotus.westwoodblogs.org and the children are immersed in their new learning. In Orchid class a topic of ‘They See the World Like This’, a creative and artistic unit of work beginning with an in depth view of the children’s host, i.e. their own country. Again, please keep up to date with what they are learning at orchid.westwoodblogs.org. All of the children are very excited and I hope they will share their learning with you at home. Please ask them about it and if you need any support, the Class & Curriculum tab of our school website will tell you everything that they will be learning this year.

I hope that gives you a flavour of what we are working on in school at the start of our new term. If you feel that you would like to support us by sharing books with children or helping out, please pop into the office, we are always looking for volunteers.

Have a great weekend everyone.

The BIG write

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.

If you feel that you would like to comment on the posts in this blog, please do. They will not necessarily appear immediately, but I do like to try and keep on top of it. If this is your first visit after reading about it on the newsletter, welcome and thank you for stopping by.

All that remains for today is to wish you all a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you at the Ceilidh tomorrow night.

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.