Executive Headteacher News BloG
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils
A Week of Remembrance
Our work on Remembrance finished today with our whole school Remembrance assembly. The children demonstrated their knowledge about Remembrance and poppies and understood the purpose of the Remembrance events and the need to be respectful. They watched and listened in awe to videos and music as well as the beautiful reading of poems by Canaan and Ellie in Y6.
In the Press!
We were extremely proud of the following children, who all confidently and enthusiastically talked to a photographer from the Reading Chronicle and to a reporter from Radio BBC Berkshire about all of our recent Remembrance events. They were a credit to the school. Well done to Taya Alleyne-Gumbs, Edie Flurry, Callum Niemer, Maiya Singh, Jayla Small, William Pollington, Theo Manousos and Chloe Dahroug. We are hoping that you may have seen the article featuring Westwood Farm Schools in this week's Reading Chronicle (out yesterday – Taya even made the front page!). On Wednesday morning's BBC Berkshire Breakfast Show, extracts from the interview with William, Maiya, Edie and Chloe was aired. If you missed it, you can listen again online on BBC Sounds.
Pennies at Tilehurst Triangle
This morning, some of the School Council and House Captains of Westwood Farm Schools represented the school at a special community event in Tilehurst village. The children took the schools’ collection of 1p and 2p coins with them to the War Memorial at the Triangle, where they, with the help of other local school children and community groups, built the largest poppy they could out of pennies. The money will all be donated to the Tilehurst British Legion. The children described how they felt special being able to take part in such an important event. They also enjoyed talking to older members of the community about what Remembrance meant to them.
If you haven't already done so, please come and have a look at our poppy pebbles, which have been arranged in the shape of a poppy on the raised circle near the entrance to the Infants. The children are very proud of their finished pebbles. One child said that every time he walks past it, he will remember those who fought and died in the war. Mrs Martin's son managed to capture a beautiful video of our finished display by flying his drone up above it! https://westwoodfarmschools-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/exechead_westwoodfarmschools_w-berks_sch_uk/Edyv_NXAGIhCtGQ6JanCzjUBynGhdOfVSHFGOvuLZGYxaQ?e=9xCXCz
Happy Diwali! This week, the children learnt all about the Hindu festival of lights in assembly and watched an animated version of the story of Rama and Sita. Back in class, each child took part in Diwali related activities. In Foundation Stage and in Year 6, the children made little Diva lamps out of clay, which they decorated in bright colours. In Years 1 and 2, the children designed intricate Mehndi patterns and Year 2 and Year 4 created lovely Diwali greetings cards. Year 3 enjoyed tasting different Indian sweets and painting vibrant lanterns onto black paper. Finally, the children in Year 5 made Diwali decorations and learnt some traditional Indian dance moves. All in all, some beautiful Diwali themed work was produced across both schools.
Lin Class Assembly
It was Lin class’s assembly today and we were told about all of their learning over the last term; we had acting, singing in French and playing the ukulele as well as quizzes and reading of stories! It was certainly jam-packed!
Year 6 Antarctic Explorers in School
Yesterday, two Arctic explorers came to visit year 6 as part of their new topic - Frozen Kingdom. Maggie and Pat had visited both the Antarctic and the Arctic. The children (who listened very well), loved hearing about the animals they encountered and the living conditions the explorers experienced through their travels. It has really helped them to understand life at either end of the world and hopefully inspired some future adventurers.
Panto Trip for FS2 and KS1 pupils
We have seen mentions on the Facebook pages that there are parents who are questioning the decision to take the children to the Panto in December. This is such a shame as this is a trip that has been traditional for the school for many years now and we have always taken all the children unless there has been a specific SEN or medical need. We do understand that you may like to go to the panto as a family but this is a really lovely event for the children to attend all together as a school and as it is at South-Hill Park in Bracknell, it may not be one of those that you may already be going to. If you do not wish your child to attend, please could you come and see either Mrs Ross, Mr Abery or myself to make alternative arrangements. Can you please let the office know if your child will not be going and make an appointment to see one of us. There has also been discussion about the special treat of an ice-lolly – this is not compulsory but please let us know if you do not wish your child to have this and arrange for them to take an alternative snack. Thank you.
The date for first Parent Council Meeting of this academic year has been arranged for Friday 30th November at 9am in the KS2 Staffroom. We do hope those of you who were part of this really important group will continue to come along to these meetings this year and if anyone else would like to join – please come along! If you are not sure, come along anyway and find out! Last year we held meetings roughly once every half term (dates were organised for the whole year) - the purpose of the meetings is to provide supportive feedback to the school and help us to shape some of the work we do and give the parents a ‘voice’ in a constructive and productive way. (Please note this is not a group to discuss any individual issues about your child!)
We are delighted to tell you that our fayre profits have increased by £1000. This is due to receiving matched funding from Barclays Bank. We would like to thank Mrs Ahluwalia, a parent and a Barclays employee, who secured the funding, up to the value of £1000, by helping to run the raffle.
Friendship Week – week commencing 12th November
Don’t forget to wear your odd socks on Monday!!
Children in Need
Next week 12-16th November is Children in Need week. We are already busy with Friendship Week anyway but on the theme of being a friend and being kind to others we would also like to support Children in Need. So, next Friday 16th November the children will be asked to come to school wearing spots of any kind, on any part of their body (no school uniform needed!) for a donation of £1.
Thank you as always for your support.