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.
I always think that this is the most magical time of year in school, but it can also be the busiest. Busy in a good way. Today the school was filled with the fun, excitement and enjoyment that you would expect for early December. From the hall I could hear Thistle and Clover class practicing their performance. Not only was the singing wonderful, but the children have worked incredibly hard to learn their lines and stage directions. I am very much looking forward to their performances, but I won’t say too much as I know it will be a super day.
With our broadband now upgraded to lightning fast fibre speeds, the children were keen to use ALL of the laptops at once today to test it out! Some excellent work by lotus class on their Scratch projects, all focusing to code their work effectively and systematic debugging to ensure that their programs worked properly. This afternoon it was the turn of Orchid class who, having the benefit of a laptop or Chromebook each, were able to research for their IPC topic and develop their knowledge and understanding even further. All of this to the backdrop of Christmas musical interludes from our pianists, learning their festive songs in the entrance hall and gymnastics in the hall to the tones of Noddy Holder’s I wish it could be Xmas everyday!
It really doesn’t get much more diverse and with smiles in every corner of the school, you know that everyone is having fun with their learning. Now I’m off to prepare for a curriculum parent meeting. Perhaps I should wear a Santa hat to get into the mood…
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.
Clover Class working hard on their Buildings topic…
What would you need to go to Antarctica? Orchid class found out today in some exciting topic work!