Westbury Leigh Primary have had a new member join their school. We would like to introduce you to Orinoco. He is a special creature called a Womble and over this last term has been well looked after by the pupils. He has asked for their help with his favourite activity – Collecting litter!
As part our schools Eco work the school have asked each class to help him and they have keenly taken on responsibility to keep the school grounds clear of litter and rubbish. As part of our weekly Celebration assembly Orinoco moves from class to class armed with his litter pickers and trugs. The children have made such a difference to our school grounds making them clear of rubbish and helping to protect the farm and wildlife we have at Westbury Leigh. As we are now in the season that tends to be a little windy please make sure we can all help Orinoco by making sure the rubbish goes completely in the bins placed around the school playgrounds. “They have made the playground look so clean” commented a year one child. Well done to all the classes who have already done their wombling duties – keep up the great work.
Silbury and Wylye Classes have finished the term’s topic about dinosaurs with an amazing trip to Dorchester Dinosaur Museum. Here they met dinosaurs of all types and sizes, friendly or fierce, bumpy or smooth. Lots of hands on exploration enabled the children to learn even more about the creatures that roamed our world over 65 million years ago. We were able to uncover bones hidden in the sand, find out about the biggest creatures, feel their different textures and even smell a dinosaurs breadth – YUK! We had lots of opportunity to ask questions and simply explore. ” It’s the best day ever – I love dinosaurs!” commented Bella. The children were a real credit to the school. The classes were a buzz when we reflected on our outing photos – quite magical. .
Kennet and Sarum have kicked off their topic in style with a trip to Stonehenge. Both classes were in the education centre and getting hands on exploring how Stonehenge was built, clothes worn, the burials in round barrows and why the stones were erected as they were. They then explored neolithic houses, made rope and built the walls of a house using hazel. OF course, we explored the stones themselves. Please ask the children what they learnt as there was so much information and I’m sure they would love to tell you.
World book Day was a mega success with the buzz word around the school being “reading”. We have kicked off every morning with a poem on our way to assemblies and teachers also read extracts of their favourite books throughout the week. If you now look around the school, you will be able to see what children and adults are reading with signs on every door that will be updated regularly. World Book Day itself was extra special with year 6 pupils reading their own favourite extracts in a special assembly and helping recommend books to those who don’t know what to read next.
All afternoon, groups read in their classes with authors giving tips on turning reading into writing. Year 6 had to visit a crime scene and decide which kind of person would have committed a murder based on the clues they left behind and year 4 visited younger year groups to support reading.
We also had some great news with parents really supporting the school by voting in a competition for Westbury Leigh to receive a hamper of books from Morrison’s. We won and now have some brand new titles to add to our library. Next year has a lot to live up to!
On the build up to World Book Day, Westbury Leigh have been celebrating reading across the school. On Tuesday, Maz Evans came in and talked to all year groups about the importance of reading as well as talking about her life as writer. This was followed up with three workshops where years 4,5 and 6 pupils heard Maz reading some of her book extracts and showing pupils how she writes.
Year 6 children especially were mesmerised by Maz as they are currently reading the book as part of their Greek topic. One pupil told me how she enjoyed the characters being brought to life by the way the book (Who Let The Gods Out?) was read. The invaluable advice the author gave led to some fantastic writing opportunities. Wiltshire Times also visited to document the event. https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/17468785.author-pays-visit-to-school-children/
From Wednesday to Friday, the year 6s put on a Scholastic book fair to remember, where caravans of high quality texts (some exclusive to us) were shipped in and sold to pupils and parents of Westbury Leigh. The amount sold was amazing with over £600 taken by enthusiastic book lovers. This really was a pupil led event and goes to show how passionate Westbury Leigh readers are. I walked into one classroom where a pupil had three books piled on his table, ready to read. A big shout out to the year 6 students and parents that volunteered. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Week 2 of our reading focus starts next week with a sponsored read, daily poetry, teachers sharing their favourite books and pyjama day on Thursday to celebrate the importance of reading.
An ancient Egyptian Pyramid landed in the grounds at Westbury Leigh Primary School. Year 3 became explorers, hunting for facts about the ancient pyramid.
We used this as the start of our non fiction work based on encyclopedia articles. We used the Talk for Writing process and wrote articles on the pyramids and on ancient Egyptian artifacts including scarab beetles, neck jewellery and canpoic jars!