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Empty Classroom Day

Today,Thistle class took part in the national Empty Classroom Day initiative whereby teachers were encouraged to take their learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. With exciting, inspirational and engaging learning, the children have all had a wonderful time today and you will see from the photos below that their classroom stayed empty for most, if not all of the day. Organised brilliantly by Mrs Butler and Ms Brown, this was another super day to remember. For more information on Empty Classroom Day, please visit https://emptyclassroomday.org.uk/ According to the children it was the best day ever! That says it all…

Here are the children making the most of their outdoor learning in our amazing grounds:

Orchid Class go to Kensuke’s Kingdom

What a day orchid class are having! So far they have been into the woods, cooked with Mrs Tyler over a fire and generally had the best outdoor learning experience possible. Tonight it’s back to school for one of those unforgettable, ‘I stayed at school’ nights!

Here is a slideshow of their amazing day so far…

Kensuke’s Kingdom on PhotoPeach

It’s Friday again!

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.