International Christmas Around the World

This week we went global at Westwood with Iford School with an international day focused completely on Christmas around the World. After the success of Clover class link up with Room 104 of Georgetown Elementary school on Wednesday, sharing Christmas traditions and wishes face to face, Thursday was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about how other countries celebrate Christmas.

All of the children throughout the school were put into groups and spent a session together with each teacher learning about how Christmas is celebrated in Germany, Scandinavia, China and Iceland. What was so lovely was that our school family worked so wonderfully together, supporting each other and enjoying the opportunity to work with friends that were both older and younger. The teachers all planned a super day for everyone that was enormous fun and so informative. My huge thanks to the staff for another brilliantly planned day and to the children for their outstanding behaviour and sense of fun. We all agreed this is something we would do again soon!

Here are some photos I was able to take of the children working together on International Day:

The most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is always such a magical time of the year in school and never more so than when our children from Thistle and Clover class perform their Christmas nativity play.  This year it was a Tale of Two Birthdays, a wonderfully traditional story of Christmas.

Having worked so hard for the past few weeks everyone gave their absolute best and put on a show that was just perfect. The hall was filled with the sound of beautiful singing as the children sang their hearts out, with fantastic performances from everyone and lines delivered superbly, ensuring that every one of us who attended a performance was able to enjoy a fabulous half hour of school production perfection.

I must thank Mrs Hannam, Miss Williams, Mrs Rosier and their teaching assistants for all working so incredibly hard to help the children to be performance ready. It takes a lot of planning and preparation and I am lucky to work with such a wonderful team – all lovely people who work together so brilliantly. Thank you also to our parent community who, once again, supported us and the children so strongly, providing a receptive and grateful audience. It was, as always, so good to have so many people there. Thank you.

Here are the photos I took from this week’s performances:

Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea!

We have been having great fun in class today reading the brilliant story of Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt. After retelling the story this morning, we spent the afternoon working in pairs to create a story map of the story before we retold the story verbally using our story maps and in our own words. We hope you enjoy listening to our stories as much as we enjoyed recording them. Here we all are about to present to the class and press play to listen to us in action!

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Our learning today

Today we have enjoyed working on Mathletics on the ipads. We were practising our adding to 10 and 5. We all thought it was easy! Our reception children played maths games with Mrs Procter.

This morning we also did some excellent counting on with numbers. We also did PE where we did a new song called head, shoulders, knees and toes. This afternoon Mr Rockey taught us and read us a story at the end of the day.

5 Sentence Challenge

Here is a wonderful picture prompt that we used a few weeks ago but you told me there is so much more to see that I thought we could have another go at writing some brilliant sentences. This image is taken from Mrs Skinner’s Five Sentence Challenge website Please write your five fantastic sentences in a comment.

Making Minibeasts!

This week we were lucky enough to have Kate from the Wiltshire Scrapstore come to school and bring with her lots of materials for us to make our own minibeasts. As you can see from our photographs, we had a wonderful time and made some amazing creatures!

Our visit to Langford Lakes

Earlier this week Thistle and Clover class were lucky enough to visit Langford Lakes as part of their topic on plants and insects. With an opportunity to pond dip and to even go on a minibeast orienteering course, everyone had the most fantastic day. My thanks to Mrs Williams for the photos which clearly show that everyone had a great time and were a credit to the school. Well done everyone!

History Day

Today we have all been working together to learn about a famous person in History – Louis Braille. We spent the morning discussing his life story and working in pairs, with Thistle class and Clover class working beautifully together to produce a super book of his life story. In the afternoon everyone then got the chance to create some braille patterns of their own and to understand.

Here are the children hard at work and describing what they have learnt in their own words: