We had a fantastic afternoon in Clover class this afternoon as the children were thinking about our friends in Room 104 at Georgetown Elementary School, Hudsonville, USA. This is Clover class’ international link class and already we have been able to chat to them and make friends with Mrs Woodring’s new class, who are all lovely. They also have a blog at http://sarahwoodring.edublogs.org/ where you can find out all about what our friends in the USA learn every day!
Today, though, we have been thinking about the questions we asked Room 104 and the brilliant answers we received from them about their school, their learning and their daily lives. Here is a slide show of the hard work Clover class produced today. Look out for a photo of our friends in Room 104 too! You can also find some blogged facts from the children on clover.westwoodblogs.org
Today was the first of our International days. Each class has chosen a country and has linked up with a school from that country to discuss cultures, learning and what it is like to live there. We have had an extremely fun day’s learning today, with different continents being studied. Visiting Thistle Class I was taken to India, with ladies in traditional dress, rice rangoli patterns and a warm Indian Greeting! In Clover Class Thai dress was the order of the day, with beautiful silk traditional costumes laid out for the children to see and explore. It was bonjour to Lotus Class who are studying France this year and I saw them blogging to the International School of Toulouse, which was fabulous and in Orchid Class, children were learning how to get by in New Zealand, their chosen country, by looking at some of the vocabulary used there.
It was a truly wonderful experience to see so much hands-on, engaging and exciting learning taking place. Here is a flavour of our first International Day.
This week has been particularly special at Westwood. A colourful and fun International day on Tuesday which I know everyone enjoyed and a jam packed harvest celebration this morning. Very sadly, I’ve not been able to join you for any of it and you may have been aware of my absence around school. The best laid plans suddenly took an abrupt u-turn when I developed cellulitis in my leg which has been incredibly painful and left me very poorly indeed.
However, I have been kept up to date with all that has been happening and you have clearly all had some wonderful learning experiences. I know how hard the staff worked towards giving a successful international day, with the school ultimately smelling of curry and incense – a perfect way to see the day out. Please keep an eye on the Wiltshire times too, as they were in attendance to mark the occasion on Tuesday. I will very much look forward to returning and finding out all that you have learnt from the day, so please do let me know.
I would like to thank Mrs Hannam for stepping in to lead and for making the Harvest loaf with Clover class, taking what was clearly, a very enjoyable, successful and well supported Harvest celebration. Mrs Hannam sent me this picture of your kind donations. Thank you so much for your generosity, there will be many, many people who will benefit from these goods. As always at Westwood, the sense of teamwork is so strong, so thank you everyone for making this year’s Harvest a great occasion. I am very sad I was unable to make it.
Finally I would like to thank the FoWs for organising a fantastic ceilidh last Saturday night. It was a night of fun and I hope that we will do it again, as it provided many laughs and entertainment.
I would like to wish you all a great weekend and I hope to be back in the my usual seat next week, enjoying first hand the learning and achievement at our school. I shall look forward to seeing you all then.