This week in Thistle class we have been learning about where countries are in the world. If they are near to the Equator then they are hotter and if they are further away then they are usually colder. Have a listen to our children describing their learning in their own words.
What a way to end the term ready for Christmas! Yesterday we spent the most magical morning at St Mary’s church in Westwood where we held one of our favourite events of the season, our Christingle service. We were delighted to be welcomed back by Reverend Joanna to celebrate this very special occasion, with each child having made their own Christingle to light.
After a chilly walk down to the church in the December morning air everyone settled quickly into the warm church, full of history and atmosphere, for a super service which included readings of the story of Christingle from the children and some traditional and favourite Christmas songs played beautifully by Mr King on the church organ. With such superb acoustics, the children wounded just incredible as they filled the church with their singing and we all took a moment to reflect when we lit our Christingles and the church was filled with light.
I managed to record the service for you to listen to, so I hope you do get a sense of the wonderful atmosphere and enjoy our children singing beautifully. Just press play to enjoy and here are some photos of the occasion too.
Today saw the end of a long, busy, yet exciting and productive term, culminating with our traditional Carols around the Tree assembly. I was thrilled to see so many people, who once again had packed themselves into our hall with standing room only!. For a small village school, we are so lucky to have a wonderful community who are incredibly supportive, so thank you so much for coming. With traditional Christmas songs and carols, readings, dance and even live music from all of our talented children, I do hope that you enjoyed the service as much as I did, it was an absolute pleasure to lead it and to enjoy the lead in to Christmas together. My thanks to Dave King for accompanying us on the piano once again and providing the most festive atmosphere. Please have a look at the photos from today’s assembly below.
It was so lovely to share Tea and mince pies with the Head after school with you all too and to see in Christmas together. I am very proud of our school community and it is always such a pleasure to spend time with you all.
All that remains now is for me to thank you all for your tremendous support throughout this term. May I take this opportunity to wish you a restful Christmas, full of fun and enjoyment and I hope that Father Christmas brings you what you have asked for…
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:
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:
The gruffajo is brown
The gruffaio has shp Tif
The gruffaio is pricly
The gruffaio has orijis
The gruffaio has u tel
stanly and Albert
the grffo has pupl prikls lloavu his bac.
the grffo has orinj eyes.
the grffo knobbly knee.
the grffo has pios waat at the end ov his nos.
the grffo has sharp teeh.
The flags ur hagin down
The boats ur no selin
pipl ur selin fish biycus there cort fish
The pipl ur pentin bcs they lic pentin
The houses are oldTHE
The houses look old and rusty
The boats are coming into the harbour
The river is blue
The children are danceing
The tall house is white
by May + Bobby
There is a big weel it is a fun thing.
the saling boat is owt in the tid.
the to men ar seling fish.
the hows is red.
the boats ar on the wortere
by Luke and Josh.
on the blo see is a saln boas.
the artuts is patin the lit has .
the car is selin eis crem.
the hows is old
in the distnis is loas ov tres.