Today we have had a really wonderful day, full of exciting learning and wow moments. In Thistle Class, all of the children (and staff) dressed up as Superheroes for their topic and spent the day working on activities all related to their Superheroes topic. Everyone had so much fun and looked fantastic!
Clover class are learning all about the Circus this term and spent the day taking part in a surprise circus skills day. Part of the excitement and engagement of children in their learning with the IPC is not telling them what their starting point, or Entry Point – as we call it – to their IPC topic is. We have found that it creates a fantastic buzz for learning and today was no exception!
Finally, Orchid class have been exploring and handling some incredible artefacts for their topic on Romans. Walking around the school, talking to the children, seeing their faces and watching them learn was a joy. It has been such a lovely start to the year and I can see it getting better and better.
Here are some photos from Thistle and Clover classes Entry Point Days and an audio of children from all three classes telling us what they have learnt and enjoyed, in their own words.
It’s been such a busy start to the term that I haven’t been able to sit down and write about it! With so much great learning taking place throughout the school and children engaged and excited, it is lovely to see them being so enthusiastic.
Already in Thistle and Clover Class there have been celebrations of Chinese New Year, culminating in a wonderful dragon dance, which all of the children enjoyed taking part in. If you would like to see for yourself, you can, it’s here: http://clover.westwoodblogs.org/chinese-new-year/. Now we have classroom learning environments adorned with red and gold and it all looks fantastic!
In Lotus class and Orchid class, new IPC topics have been the focus for attention, with lots of excitement around the entry points. Entry points are the ‘WOW’ moment to introduce a brand new topic, without letting the children know what they will be learning. We have found that this approach engages them very quickly and hooks their interest, resulting in a very rich and valuable educational experience. Lotus class this term are learning all about Egypt – you can see their entry point, as well as a lot of brilliant writing and even some French, on their blog: lotus.westwoodblogs.org. Orchid class will be focusing on a unit of work called ‘Switched on’. This will involve looking at how things work and experimenting with their own ideas. Their first impressions, as well as some super diary entries and much more can be found at their blog: orchid.westwoodblogs.org.
With World Book Day this Thursday, everyone is looking to find that magical costume to wear of their favourite character. Don’t forget to bring the book it is from as well. I am sure the teachers will want to share some of the stories throughout the day! Let’s hope the good weather continues for our cyclists too, although that may be too much to ask…
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.