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What a wonderful few days!

After a busy few days in school, so busy in fact that I haven’t even had time to blog about them (!) I felt that I must record the exciting things that we have been doing.

Back to last Friday and the children in Thistle and Clover Class were lucky to be visited by renowned and popular local author Maudie Smith. Maudie treated the children to a fantastic session, discussing her new book, ‘All the King’s Tights’ and everyone loved listening to her talk and learnt so much about being an author. The children were also able to look forward to the Westwood Scarecrow Trail, which starts this weekend as Maudie led the children through a lovely creative session. HUGE thanks to Maudie for giving up her time and I know that the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed their morning. The Wiltshire Times visited us during the morning and there is currently an article online here: Maudie and the children in the Wiltshire Times

Here are the children with Maudie having a great time

Podcasting
Friday also saw our second group of podcasters recording the news and excitement of last week in school. Writing their own scripts and with a first chance to get behind the microphone, the children showed a huge amount of resilience, confidence and professionalism, recording our 5 minute podcast in almost one take! Well done everyone, you have already received a good number of plays and in case you haven’t yet had a chance to listen, here are our Year 6 broadcasters in action. I was so proud of all of them – they are all so committed commitment.
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Sports Day
Monday saw our annual Sports Day and it was another day full of fun and celebration. In the morning the children worked in mixed age groups to enjoy a sports carousel with our specialist teacher, Mr Kiely and the staff. In the afternoon and wonderfully supported as always by our parent community, there was the full range of traditional races, from flat races, to hoop races, egg and spoon and even a relay; yesterday had it all. There was even a chance for the adults to shine, with a mums race, dads race and even a staff egg and spoon race to round off proceedings. Thank you all so very much for joining us in the sunshine and enjoying another super afternoon at our school. It was a lovely village occasion. As always, the children will tell their story of yesterday superbly in photographs. Here they are:

An afternoon of fun and resilience

This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure to spend an hour or so with some of our Year 6 children post SATs. As a school we have decided to venture in to the realms of podcasting and I had my first group of keen broadcasters with me to learn some new skills, present their scripts, which, by the way were all independently written and to learn what it is like to sit behind a microphone!

Podcasting is a great way of broadcasting news and views from the school in a simple, online form that people can listen to and enjoy. Armed with a topic or research, each person was given a couple of days to gather their information and to create a script that they could add to the podcast, interspersed with some jingles, played at suitable times by today’s technical whiz, Mia. What an afternoon of fun we had, but what a fantastic experience to observe these children, all of whom showed professionalism and confidence, whilst at the same time a degree of resilience to overcome inevitable initial nerves. Well done Podcasters!

Here are this week’s podcasters hard at work
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You can listen to this week’s Westwood Podcast Here:

Happy Listening!