World Book Day 2017

From the moment I opened the door at 8.55am this morning, I knew that we were going to have a wonderful day. I was not wrong. Standing in front of the assembled school it was so lovely┬áto see how everyone – children, staff and adults – had made such a superb effort to all come as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day. With everyone from Where’s Wally to Goldilocks and The Boy in the Dress to Harry Potter, all types of books and stories were represented and it demonstrated what a love of reading our school has.

In class the fun continued throughout the day, with the staff all having planned some fantastic learning activities for the children, all centered around reading and books. Furthermore, a whole school reading session, with older children pairing with younger children made the day even more special and a special announcement from Mrs Hannam of an extreme reading award has now got everyone thinking how best to create that perfect photo of themselves reading!

In all it was another day to be proud of what we have at our school and a perfect way to mark the occasion. Here are some photos of the fun we had:

Maths Day

Today in school we have been enjoying a huge range of mathematical activities as part of our whole school Maths Day. Every class took part and classes were filled with everything from skittles to a science and maths cross curricular activity in Orchid class counting taste buds! There really was something for everyone and the children had a fantastic time.

Here are some photos of our lovely day.

Father’s Friday 2016

After another superb day in school, I wanted to summarise in a blog post ┬ájust what fun we had on Father’s Friday. As in previous years, dads, grandads and significant male members of the family were invited into school for as little or as much as they wanted to take part in and enjoy a day of learning. Once again, we were thrilled to see people turn up in such huge numbers, which made the day so special.

Beginning with our weekly celebration assembly, many dads had decided to come in for an early start and then stay on. With so much to celebrate, the day was off to a good start and then everyone filtered back to class for the beginning of lessons. From phonics to rounders, music and singing to reading and arithmetic tests, our dads took part in everything with a smile and a wonderful attitude and atmosphere, immersing themselves in everything that the day had to offer. Even at playtime and lunchtime, it was a joy to walk the grounds and to see everyone playing together on the field.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the time in their busy schedules to be able to come to school and join us today; we loved having you and it was a pleasure to work with you for the day.

Here are some photos of our day and we managed to catch up with some dads for their reaction to Father’s Friday too. Have a great weekend everyone!

Christmas around the World

The Christmas fun continued this afternoon as Clover and Thistle class linked up with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, Michigan, USA. We learnt all about Thanksgiving, shared what Christmas means to us in our households and also what our wishes for Christmas are. The children also had the opportunity to hear about Christmas traditions from each other’s country. It really was a super way to spend half an hour learning about the international meaning of Christmas. Of course, the children were so brilliant and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Please enjoy our experience…

Westwood Gardeners Celebrate!

Today at our after school gardening club the children were able to celebrate their hard work and harvest vegetables that they had planted earlier in the season. Led by Ms Brown and our dedicated group of parent volunteers, everyone got involved and there was lots of excitement as, in the very pleasant late afternoon sunshine, the adults helped the children to cook the fruits of their labour. A very interesting slow worm even made an appearance! Well done everyone, you have all worked so hard and you have transformed an area of our school grounds into a really lovely vegetable patch. Thank you.

KS1 Walk for Water Aid

It’s been such a busy day here at school and this afternoon the children in Thistle and Clover class walked around the school field 10 times to raise money for Water Aid. Carrying a bucket of water in each group, the children learnt what it was like to have to carry water for a long distance without dropping it. Well done everyone, you did really well! Here they all are in action: