Stonehenge trip kickstarts learning

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 turns into World Book Week!

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!

Successful build-up to World Book Day with Maz Evans visit and Scholastic book stall

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/

Maz and some of our year 6s

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.

Some of the book-pushers

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.

Perfect Pyramids

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!

Safer Internet Day 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, classes across the school focused on an important part of internet safety: consent. The school explored what the word means and how it links to our lives, especially online. We share a lot of ourselves and with that we sometimes include the people we know. Not everyone has the same view when posting online and so we discussed the importance of gaining permission when other people are involved and explored the choices we make online.

Longleat Class’s Year So Far… This year in Longleat has been challenging. We have been learning about how materials react with each other and we have also had a day in the life of a Viking person. We even have some people who have gone out to do extra work, like maths or friendship groups. In science we have found out how vinegar and eggs react with each other. For this we needed to contain an egg in a glass cup and fill it up with vinegar. After a few weeks the egg started to rot and smell. Longleat have experienced a day in the life of a Viking. They dressed up in all black clothes and brought (fake, homemade) swords and shields. Longleat class waited patiently to find they had a Viking visitor. They played a game called ‘did the Vikings eat – true or false’. They sat and listened to the Viking man and some of them volunteered to join him and help. Everyone was also allowed to hold and hand around remade Viking artefacts. We have enjoyed learning how to sew! We have stitched together the story of Beowulf, using backstitch and chain stitch. The results look great. Some children were selected to go out and do extra maths with the governor Mr.Avenall. The children in this group have enjoyed learning with him. Four children were also selected to join a friendship group with Mrs. Mence. In this group they learned how to make sure that nobody is alone. They also learned to have a good circle of friends. These children have enjoyed doing this. Longleat have enjoyed this year so far and everyone hopes that it will stay the same for the rest of it.