Photo Gallery 2016-2017
Roll up, Roll up!! Come to the Circus
We have a whole school theme for Term 6: 'Roll up, Roll up! Come to the circus' and answering the question: 'What happens under the Big Top?'
As an introduction to the theme we had a circus entertainer visit our school, where he balanced on stilts, performed tricks, rode a unicycle and juggled. The children (and staff) had great fun!
Classes were allocated £20 to buy necessary materials for them to create some amazing things to sell. The sale took place on 26th May, where the children sold their creations to parents/carers. Well done to all classes, who raised money to buy things for their class.
Year 1 Story Workshop
Parents/Carers of Year 1 were invited to a Story Workshop on the 18th May. The children wrote their own story about a character that wears a hat, which parents came and read with them. Later the children sat outside and formed a story circle where they shared their stories with the rest of the class.
This was a lovely opportunity for parents to share stories with their children in school. Thank you to those who were available to take part.
Morris Dancers Visit
We were all entertained by the Morris dancers, who visited the school on Friday, 28th April, to celebrate a slightly early 'May Day'.
We had a scooter skills day on 26th April, where each class had a scooter session learning about scooter skills, safety and other fun activities. The older children will also had a scooter challenge.
Year 1 Performance
Well done to our Year 1 performers that put on a wonderful performance on the 29th March. We hope that the parents/carers who came along to watch enjoyed the show.
Science Week - Gruffalo Workshops
As part of national Science Week the children took part in Gruffalo Workshops where they were involved in science activities with live animals, native to British woodlands.
Coastal Alliance Gospel Day
Our Year 1 Choir did a great job representing our school at the Coastal Alliance Gospel Day on the 16th March 2017. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to work with musicians, participate in song writing and dance workshops and celebrate as a Coastal community with our local schools.
Visit by author Denis Bond
We were delighted to have the children's author Denis Bond visit our school on the 3rd March as part of our Book week celebrations. He gave action packed talks to the children about his work and also judged our 'Story Setting Challenge' competition. Denis then had available copies of his book for sale and signed copies for the children, giving them a permanent reminder of the special experience.
Visit by Pirate Chris
Year 1 had a visit from the fantastic Pirate Chris as part of their Term 4 topic 'Ahoy there!' . They had a great time finding out all about pirates and performed some super role play and freeze frames, as you can see from the photos below.
Parents reading with children
To celebrate our focus on reading this year, we invited parents/carers to come in to school and read stories with the children. Please see below some photos of the children and parents/carers enjoying the reading sessions.
Year 2 Dance Performance
Red and green class took part in dance sessions last term. They gave a wonderful performance to parents on the 27th January 2017; demonstrating the routine they had learnt.
Rock Steady Music School Assembly
The children had a great time at our recent visit from the Rock Steady Music School. They were shown different instruments and our headteacher, Mrs Lambirth showed off her drumming skills!
Horsebridge Art show
Our children’s artwork, inspired by the poem ‘Nation’s Ode to the Coast’ by Dr John Cooper Clarke, is now being displayed until the 29th January, along with work from the other Coastal Alliance Cooperative Trust schools. A special thanks to Mrs Watkins for co-ordinating our school contribution to the exhibition. We took the children in class groups to visit the exhibition.
Below are some lovely photos of the private view that took place on 11th January and the children's visit.
Oh no it isn't.... Oh yes it is!
The term began with a wonderful pantomime treat which was enjoyed by staff and children alike! ‘M & M’ Theatrical Productions visited us with their performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ which was paid for by the Friends of Westmeads.
School Christmas Events
We have had some lovely festive fun at school over the last few weeks. Please see below photos of some of the events that have been taking place, including: Christmas concerts, Year R Nativity play and Christmas dinner.
Green Class have been working on their animation skills and using the theme of Polar, have created a fantastic short animation, which can be viewed below.
Christmas Activity Day
All the children took part in our Christmas Activity day on Friday, 2nd December. The day was run by the Friends of Westmeads, who did a fantastic job. The day included making snow globes, decorating Christmas biscuits, a reindeer hoopla, decorating a tree ornament and a Santa photo booth. Please see below photos of the day.
Year 2 Roman Museum Trip
Year 2 had an exciting trip to the Roman Museum in Canterbury during the last week of term 1 to ensure a fantastic finish to their first topic. Not only did they have lots of fun walking around the museum and playing the Roman board games but they took part in an 'Everyday Life' workshop which taught them all about everyday items used by the Romans.
Red Class have been working on their animation skills and using the theme of Romans, have created a fantastic short animation, which can be viewed below.
Summer Reading Challenge Award Assembly
We were delighted to be awarded the Canterbury and District ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ trophy for the second year in a row! Westmeads had the highest percentage of children participating; many congratulations to all who took part.
Well done to all of our Year 2 children who walked to the memorial at Whitstable library to show their respect for Remembrance Day. The children joined in with other local schools for the service and represented the school very well.
On Friday 21st October the Night Owls team visited our school and gave a bird of prey demonstration with a talk and a flying display session that the children took part in.
Night Owls do not charge for the visit to school but instead the children were given the wonderful opportunity to have their photograph taken holding their beautiful barn owl ‘Whisper’. Thank you to those of you who have purchased a souvenir photo of the day. Each photograph that they sell helps them to continue visiting schools and offering this fantastic opportunity to children.
All of the children were busy making scarecrows at the end of Term 1, to take part in the Whitstable Castle Scarecrow trail.
British Values Workshop
The children took part in Around the World workshops led by Drama4All, throughout the day on the 19th October.
Pudding Pan Day
To celebrate the Coastal Alliance Pudding Pan day that took place on the 7th October, Red and Green Class decided to make their very own Pudding Pans! They were very creative, using clay to make coil pots.
The children had a wonderful time celebrating the Harvest by singing songs, presenting information and showing what they have been busy making under the Kentish theme of 'Apples'. We had a visitor to our assembly on the 10th October from Brogdale, who brought in examples of different types of apples for the children to try.
A big thank you to all of the children, who, with their adults' support, joined in our Harvest challenge for the Whitstable Umbrella Centre. A visitor from the Whitstable Umbrella Centre joined an assembly to see all the wonderful umbrella pictures the children had coloured in and to thank them for their great efforts in raising money for the charity. 115 of the children took part in the challenge; 63.8% of the school!
The final total collected for the Whitstable Umbrella Centre is: £532.17.
Well done everyone!!
National Poetry Day
On Thursday, 6th October 2016, the children celebrated National Poetry Day. Each class performed a poem that they had learned and some of the staff shared their favourites too. We ended our celebration by watching and listening to Michael Rosen perform 'Chocolate Cake.'
Otterden Estate visit
On Tuesday 11th October, fifteen children from Year 1 and 2 went to the Otterden Estate for the morning to take part in some outdoor learning. We borrowed a mini bus from Herne Bay High School and dressed in wellies and waterproofs. We spent the morning doing various activities in the beautiful countryside near to Faversham. We had a lovely morning and were even allowed to bring a 'souvenir' back to school: a 'slice' of a tree that we counted was 38 years old!
Photo Gallery - 2015/2016
Thank you to all those who came along and supported the Summer Fair on the 8th July. We raised a fantastic £2,130.72. Thank you to all those who volunteered and helped out on the day to make the event a great success.
British Champion Skater visit
British Champion skater, Danny Aldridge, from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, visited the school on the 29th June. He led workshops with each class during the day, giving demonstrations of skating tricks, including jumping over teachers!
Danny started skating when he was 10. After winning local competitions Danny soon progressed on to becoming the Under-13s National Champion. Danny has toured across in World including an 8 week Europen Tour with Roces, and has travelled extensively with Team Extreme taking part in shows across the World.
Westmeads Olympics/Sports Day
Our Sports Day was held on Wednesday, 22nd June in the school grounds. It involved a series of fun sporting activities including parent races. It was wonderful to see so many of you enjoying (and participating in) our ‘Olympic Games’! The children were superb I am sure you will agree.
Thank you to all of the staff team for supporting the children in this event.
Infant Singing Festival
The Westmeads Choir were invited to take part in this year's Infant Singing Festival at St Alphege School, Whitstable. The event took place on the 30th June and included some collaborative singing of some pre-taught songs with other invited schools, as well as a performance of our own song. Well done to everyone who took part.
BRAZILIAN SAMBA DANCE WORKSHOP
- ON THE ROAD TO RIO!
We had great fun on Friday 17th June when we took part in a Samba Dance Workshop. We were able to learn all of the moves necessary to create our very own dance which was revealed at Sports Day!
The Queen's Birthday Celebrations
We were able to celebrate the Queen's Birthday in style this year with a kite flying celebration. Every child spent time making a Union flag kite, which we then took out to the playground for a test run. Despite the lack of breeze we did a rather good job!
Friends of Westmeads Film Night
We are delighted to inform you that the Film night was a great success and we managed to raise £184.71 towards the Family Room refurbishment. A big thank you to the Friends for arranging and supporting this event and to those pupils who came along to enjoy the film and popcorn.
Buster's Big Bash Event
Tudor Workshop - Year 2
Year 2 Football Tournament
RNLI Visit to Year R
St George's Day Celebrations
Sidney's Skate School
Easter window display
Design and Technology Week
Mural - Early Years Entrance
Sport Relief 2016
Infant Agility Competition
Coastal Alliance Folk Day
A selection of children took part in Folk Day that was held on the 16th March at The Community College Whitstable.
The children had the opportunity to work with musicians, participate in song writing and dance workshops and celebrate as a Coastal community with our local schools.
World Book Day
Early Years' Entrance Mural Progress
Wow! Thank you to all the children and staff who worked so hard to create such wonderful artwork. This is just a selection of images; we have enjoyed looking at everybody's amazing collages, pastel, pen and pencil drawings, and beautiful paintings.
Pancake Day Races
The children had lots of fun taking part in Pancake races on the 9th February; as did some of the staff!
Visit to St Alphege Church
Year 2 classes enjoyed a visit to St Alphege Church on the 5th February, where they had a tour of the church.
Speed Stacking Competition
Congratulations to our team of Speed Stackers, who came 3rd and 5th out of 16 teams at the recent Speed Stacking Competition that took place at Hampton Primary School.
Each term we invite our parents and carers into school to look at their child's work. The children love to share their learning and to tell them all about what they have been doing.
On Wednesday 6th January we were lucky enough to welcome the M&M Theatre Production Company with their performance of Aladdin. Judging by the laughter and participation in the hall it was enjoyed by many of us.
The Hokey Cokey
Today all the children and staff 'shook it all about' doing the Hokey Cokey in the playground!
Little Kitchen Christmas Dinner
The children had a cracking time at the whole school Christmas Dinner this week! Mrs Ball and her wonderful team dished up a delicious meal on the day. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a huge success!!!
Congratulations to the successful applicants for the Post Person jobs at Westmeads! Their job is to deliver the Christmas post daily at lunchtime. The skills required for the job are reading envelopes, organising into classes, and efficient delivery. There were so many fantastic applications received, thank you to everyone who was interested in working at school.
Christmas Activity morning
& Craft Market
The children enjoyed a fantastic morning filled with festive activities last Friday at the Christmas Activity morning. They also were lucky enough to receive a special visit from Father Christmas on the day! In the afternoon parents/carers had the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping at the craft market which was filled with amazing art and gifts from local makers. All round it was a great event and would not have been possible without all of the hard work from the Friends of Westmeads, parent volunteers and the generous donations from all of the families. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success!
African Drumming Workshop
The children enjoyed a wonderful morning learning how to play the African Drums, after which they performed in the school hall to the parents and carers of their class! Well done everyone!
Whitstable Christmas Lantern Parade
The children of Westmeads decorated their very own paper lanterns to help light up the streets during the Christmas Lantern Parade this year. The Christmas lights were switched on during the event and the children even enjoyed a magical snowfall too!
Black History Month
October was Black History Month and we participated by learning about the rich cultures and traditions of black communities. All classes celebrated this by learning about a famous person in ‘Cultural Awareness’ week.
Green class sketched pictures of Martin Luther King and learnt about his life. The class created a display showing all their hard work.
Children in Need
Thank you for all of your donations for the Bring and Buy Sale organised by the School Council, an amazing £308 was raised today for Children in Need. Well done everyone!
Year 2 Visit to Duncan Downs
The children had a wonderful visit to Duncan Downs to explore the habitats of the local animals and creatures. They learned all about the various foods that the creatures forage and eat. They also found out that in WWII the downs were used as a lookout point because of the uninterrupted view of the Thames estuary.
We were delighted to be awarded with the Canterbury and District 'Summer Reading Challenge' trophy this year. Westmeads had the highest percentage of children who completed the challenge! Congratulations to all who took part.
Our Visit from the Dogs Trust
The Dogs Trust visited all the children today and the children learned all about caring for a pet dog. They also enjoyed meeting Paddy very much!
Our Visit from the Guide Dogs
We had a wonderful visit from some guide dogs and their owners on Monday 19th October. The dogs were very calm and well behaved - a bit like us! We know that when a dog is working it will be wearing its special harness and should not be disturbed. Here are some photos from our visit.
Harvest Festival - Pennies for Porchlight
The children did a brilliant job of decorating their Pennies for Porchlight houses as well as filling them with lots of pennies for charity. All the children helped out at home in exchange for the pennies. The monies have been donated to the charity to be counted and recorded. We raised an AMAZING £692.92 - wow! Thank you to everyone who made a donation.
Year 2 scare the birds away!
Year 2 have been busy creating scarecrows for the Scarecrow Trail in the Westgate Gardens in Canterbury. Charlie the dog was very impressed to see them there! They also travelled to Whitstable Castle to participate in their Scarecrow Trail too. We hope you managed to see them.
Each term we invite our parents and carers into school to look at their child's work. The children love to share their learning and to tell them all about what they have been doing.
Photo Gallery 2014/2015
Dressing up for Zimbabwe
Westmeads children dressed up in the colours of the Zimbabwean Flag. Max's mum, Camilla John is asking local schools to support the building of a 'pop up' classroom in Harare. Thank you for all of your donations. Together we helped to raise over £200 for this worthwhile charity. Last year we ran a bring and buy sale to raise money for children born with club foot. It was wonderful to see the picture of the little girl whose operation we paid for!
Year 2 visit to Margate.
Year 2 Circus Skills workshop.
Every year the Friends of Westmeads pay for a 'Leavers' Treat' for Year 2 children. Last year a morning of circus skills and magic was great fun for all of the children. You can see what a wonderful time they had from the pictures below. Thank you to our generous 'Friends of Westmeads.'
The excellent Rainbow Theatre were in school last visiting Year 1 & 2 children for a workshop all about Victorian children. They learnt all about schools, factories, chimney sweeps and the mines in the Victorian days. The children and staff dressed as Victorians for the day and they loved learning all about how to live in the olden days.
Science week started off with a special assembly and each year group had a day allocated for parents/carers to join in the learning with their children. The children had a fabulous week, experimenting and learning all about science.
Year 1 children swim with Olympian Chris Cook
The Year 1 children had a fabulous morning at the local pool with Chris Cook. He taught them new swimming techniques and shared his wealth of knowledge on the day. The children had a brilliant time swimming, laughing and learning with him. Thank you Chris!
Chris Cook - ''I've had an amazing day today at Westmeads Community Infants! Incredible sports skills, coordination and listening - great swimming too 👍''
Westmeads School Games 2015
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this years school games a huge success! The children paraded around the playground with our school values in the form of a banner. Then they enjoyed a morning filled with races, activities and a speed stacking relay. Fun was had by all and even the parents and carers got involved!
Times Table Bee
Well done to Lily, Seamus, Sage, Isla, Emily, Arthur, Hal and Caleb for participating in the Times Table Bee. They were really put in the spotlight and asked quick fire questions to test their times table skills. All of the children represented the school fantastically. Congratulations.
New Kurling Equipment
The school recently purchased some new Kurling equipment and the children had a chance to give it a try. All of them enjoyed it and can't wait to use the new equipment again soon.
Adventures Activity Day at Herne Bay High
The children had a fantastic day recently at the Adventures Activity Day at HBH. They conquered the climbing wall among other very adventurous activities!
KS1 Football tournament at CCW
Recently some of our Year 2 children were selected to represent Westmeasd at the KS1 Football tournament. They had a brilliant time on the day showing off their wonderful football skills!
Horsebridge Art Exhibition
Westmeads staff were busy earlier this week displaying all of the children's Art work that was created during Art week. On Monday 8th June you are invited to a private viewing of the art between 5.30-7.00pm at the Horsebridge Community Centre in town. Look forward to seeing you there!
Update: The event has been a huge success due to all the wonderful donations parents/carers have made so far. Thank you.
Children and parents have been busy this week painting, drawing and making wonderful creations that will be on display at the Horsebridge Centre during June. Parents/Carers are invited to a private view on Monday 8th June from 5.30-7.00pm.
Thank you to everyone who donated a coin for our Nepalese appeal. We easily managed to spell out the word 'Nepal'. All money raised from this and from the FOW cake sale at the end of this term, which was over £100, will be sent to the UNICEF charity raising money for those affected by the recent earthquakes.
Community Gardens Whitstable
May Day Celebrations
The children enjoyed a performance from the Morris Men to celebrate May Day last week. They had a wonderful time watching the teachers and staff learn to dance moves!
Speed Stacking Competition
Eight of our Yr2 children travelled to Herne Bay High School to take part in the competition. All of the children had to compete in a 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and doubles cycle stack. There werer eleven teams taking part in the competition, from eight difference schools. Red class team and Green class team finished 4th and 5th respectively.
All of the children were confident and competed amazingly well, despite the pressure of being timed!
St George's Day
The whole school celebrated England's patron saint by dressing up in the colours of England!
Easter Egg-travaganza Cake Sale
A big thank you to all who baked, decorated and donated your wonderful cakes to school for the FOW Easter cake sale. The winning cakes were awarded to the creative 'marshmallow sheep' creation!
All 10 Yr2 children who have been attending the Dance Club afterschool performed an African themed dance, to fit in with the 'Around the World' festival in front of a large audience. Despite their initial nerves, all of the children were amazing, earning themselves 2 rounds of applause! Well done!
East Kent Infant Agility Competition
Children had to show their abilities in a variety of skills such as throwing, aiming target, speed bounce, long jump and relay. The teams of 10 from each of Red and Green class were very competitive across the whole event and came in a respectable 7th position out of 19 teams. Well done!
Book Week - Visit from author Chris Wormell
The children had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day! Book week began with a fabulous visit from the children's author Chris Wormell who inspired the children with his stories and illustrations. We hope you enjoyed meeting him at the book signing at the Book Fair. The children went on to create their own books using the wonderful illustration he made with each class.
Easter Window Display in Whitstable
Westmeads children were chosen to decorate the window at a local business in town, 'Jelly Beanz, hairdresser. They were very artistic and created a beautiful Easter-themed display. Well done everyone!
School Council Parliament
Our School Council had a lovely time at the Community College Whitstable during the morning of 'Understanding and Respecting Others'. They learnt all about other faiths and cultures; a highlight of the morning was the food tasting!
Night Owls visit Westmeads!
All the children were visited by a selection of spectacular owls last week. They even had an opportunity to see them fly overhead during the special presentation in the school hall. Afterwards all the children had their photograph taken with the beautiful barn owl, they will soon be available for purchase. More information about the photographs will follow.
The children enjoyed their up close and personal encounter with these elusive animals!
Valentine's day cake sale
Thank you to everyone who supported the FOW cake sale Thursday 12th February.
Together you helped to raise over £120!! It was hard to choose the winner for best decorated cakes, but in the end the prize went to Betty from yellow class! She was awarded with a beautiful print made by Westmeads Mum and local artist Sam Bailey. Thank you Sam for your generous donation!
Well done everyone!
Light Up Whitstable - Community Lantern Parade
Westmeads children participated along with the other local infant and primary school on Friday 28th November in the Light Up Whitstable lantern parade. They were busy earlier in the week constructing and decorating their lanterns at school in preparation for the parade, which was organised by the Whitstable Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this community event a huge success!
Children in Need
Our School Council voted for us all to dress up as 'superheroes' to help raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to all the children for wearing such amazing costumes and helping to raise almost £200 pounds for such a wonderful cause! Even our Westmeads staff channelled their inner superheroes today!!
Spooky Bake Sale & Save the Bears
Thank you to all the parents/carers and children of Westmeads for donating such wonderful and delicious cakes to the Spooky Bake Sale. And thank you to everyone who purchased cakes too!
There was an amazing £170 raised today!
Well done to Emily and everyone else who contributed to help raise money to Save the Bears! It is wonderful to see the children raising money for causes that they feel so passionate about!
You did it !!! Save the Bears Update!!!
Thank you for all your generous donations for our local harvest project! As last year, we supported the Canterbury Food Bank. This is a community project which provides emergency food parcels to individuals and families in short-term financial crisis across the Canterbury and Whitstable District.
The children have all been happily tucking in to their free school dinners!!
Happy Hearts Event
On Monday 15th October some of our Year 2 children represented Westmeads at the 'Happy Hearts' activity morning to promote healthy active lifestyles. The event was led by Lizzy Yarnold (Gold medal winning Skeleton Olympic Champion) and took place at Herne Bay High School. The children had a brilliant time meeting an Olympian!
National Poetry Day
Thursday 2nd October was National Poetry Day and we celebrated with a special 'poetry themed' assembly. All of the children wrote and shared some of their favourite poems with each other. The teachers also planned special poetry work during the week. Year 2 children posted some cards into special boxes located in the town centre so that their thoughts and ideas about living in Whitstable may be captured in a community poem led by the Horsebridge Centre.
Photo Gallery 2013-2014
Recently seven of our Year 2 children competed in a football tournament. They did a brilliant job and represented Westmeads wonderfully! They showed off all their skills and made some great saves as well as scoring lots of goals. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the day.
Times Table Bee
A brilliant result was achieved by the six children who recently competed in the Times Table Bee at CCW School. Despite it being very nerve wracking for the children, who were also the youngest at the competition, they were able to win the Team Champion award! Good job everyone! Also a very well done to Alex from Green class who won the Individual Champion award! Thank you for representing Westmeads fantastically.
As part of Science Week 10 Year 2 children had the opportunity to visit Community College Whitstable for a collaborative Science event with other infant, junior and primary schools from the area.
The children took part in chromatography - learning how to separate the dyes in smarties; pressure - seeing the effect of cold water on a heated can, and cells - The children made their own microscope slide to see the cells of an onion.
World Book Day Celebrations
Well done to everyone for dressing up in such creative and fun costumes to celebrate World Book Day! Throughout the day the children enjoyed stories read to them by parents/carers and volunteers. They also participated in a parade during the school assembly, giving each class an opportunity to see all the amazing costumes the children were wearing.
School Council - Bring and Buy Sale Success!
The Bring and Buy Sale was a great success due to all the generous contributions from both children and parents. The sale was held to raise money for the charity Zane (Zimbabwae A National Diaster), and also to raise money for new play equipment for the outside areas.
The school council will be writing to parents/carers soon about how much money was raised.
Thank you for all your support for this event.
The week before half term a few of our Westmeads children participated in a Gymnastics Competition at Herne Bay High. They all performed outstandingly and did Westmeads proud!The spent the afternoon performing routines on the vault, floor and body management.
At the beginning of February we held an 'Art Week' here at Westmeads, which was inspired by our theme of Ancient Civilisations.
Parents and carers were invited into school to work alongside pupils and staff on a range of art activities inspired by Aztec, Egyptian and Native American Indian culture.
The children really enjoyed the event and it seems the adults did, too! We had some very positive responses from those that took part.
Here's a small selection of the photos that were taken during the course of the week.
Congratulations to Liadain who was a finalist in the Family Category at the Kent School Cooks competition.
She cooked some delicious fish finger sandwiches with homemade tartar sauce and chocolate party krispie cakes.
If your child is interested in entering the competation next year, look out for the posters located around school next September.
Photo Gallery 2012-2013
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