How to Help a Plant Grow Challenge
The left hand photo is what our ducklings looked like when they left us 2 months ago. The right hand photo is what they look like now! Look how much they have changed!
The staff at Retreat into Wonderland farm are doing an excellent job of caring for them but unfortunately they have not been receiving any extra funding during this time. We have purchased and donated some food for the ducks on behalf of all of us here at Westmeads and look forward to more updates soon!
VE Day celebrations
Please see the photos below of the lovely bunting produced by some of our pupils to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on the 8th May.
Term 4 Stories
told by our teachers and teaching assistants
Our ducklings have been keeping the school happy over the last couple of weeks. See below some photos of when they first hatched out. They have now really grown even though they are only a week old. The ducklings visited classes and the children held and stroked them. The ducklings even had a paddle and a dive in deeper water!
We have now said goodbye to them, as they have gone to their new home at 'Retreat into Wonderland', where the Year 1 children visited earlier this year.
Book Week and World Book Day
We have enjoyed our World Book Day and Book Week celebrations, which included a wonderful visit from the author and illustrator M.P. Robertson. We has also loved seeing the children's fantastic potato creations that depict their favourite story books.
To mark Shrove Tuesday, all classes took part in Pancake races. Staff and pupils alike had lots of fun flipping pancakes in the relay races. Please see below some of the fun that was had.
On Monday, 10th February the children all enjoyed the Astrodome that visited the school. Each class had up to a 30 minute session inside the dome. Learning about the stars and planets. A big thank you to Zuzanna's mum from Orange Class for organising this special treat with the University of Kent.
It's Panto time ... they're behind you!
The New Year began with a wonderful pantomime treat, which was enjoyed by staff and children alike! 'M & M Theatrical Productions' visited us with their performance of 'Beauty and the Beast', paid for by the Friends of Westmeads.
We have had some lovely festive fun at school over the last few weeks (December 2019). Please see below photos of some of the events that have taken place, including: Christmas Tree Decorating Assembly, Christmas activity day, Choir community singing, Christmas dinner and Christmas Shopping Activity.
A big thank you to the Friends of Westmeads and the Parents/Carers who volunteered to make all our events a big success.
On Monday, 25th November we were treated to a special 'Story-time' Assembly from Buster's Book Club, which was given by Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (better known as Georgia Rowland Elliot). The children enjoyed this special treat.
To celebrate Divali, we all participated in Indian Dance Workshops on Friday 1st November. The children also enjoyed trying Indian foods, including some special Divali biscuits made by the Little Kitchen.
World Mental Health Day
The children marked this day by having thought-provoking sessions throughout the day on how to look after their well-being. Thank you to the staff involved in the activities and displays, especially Mrs Quinn.
Also the children had a non-school uniform day, where they wore something yellow and brought into school a 'Sunshine pocket' with a donation for the Young Minds charity. A big thank you to our families and the children for the wonderful donations. We raised the amazing amount of £685.68 for Young Minds. Thank you for your support.
On Thursday 10th October some lucky children in Year 1 went in our minibus to Otterden Estate, just outside Faversham, to take part in a woodland session run by Countryside Learning.
We met Guy, the woodsman, who showed us round the estate and let us explore the fields and the woodland area. He helped us to look for signs of some of the animals we know from the story The Gruffalo. We had an interesting time looking at seeds and then enjoyed making and testing our own paper helicopter before we went off to build dens in the woods. We needed to haul great big branches and small tree trunks into position to make shelters with fireplaces, doorways and windows. It was really good for problem-solving and working co-operatively and although we got our hands dirty, we loved it!
We also learnt about some of the animals who live in the wood, including finding a fox’s den and we admired some of the magnificent toadstools growing in the fields.
Our morning was quite exhausting and we definitely felt a bit sleepy on the way back, but had loved the freedom of racing across the fields and into the woods during our morning at Otterden.
On Friday 11th October we held a whole school Harvest themed assembly with songs, poetry, artwork and facts all about the very Kentish theme of 'Apples'.
This tied in with our Visitor Assembly from the week before by Mike Roser from Brogdale. He came to talk to the children about some of the 2000+ varieties of apples they have at Brogdale and even brought some for us to sample! It was fascinating to learn about the varieties, their names and their origins. He then stayed for the morning and visited every class to allow some tasting to take place.
Summer Reading Challenge
Westmeads has won the district libraries' Summer Reading Challenge for the 5th year running! Wow!
Many congratulations to everyone who managed to complete the challenge by reading six books over the Summer Holiday.
We had a special assembly to celebrate our great achievement, where we were presented with a lovely trophy, which is now pride of place in our library.
For our Visitor Assembly last week (17th September 2019) we had Wayne and his dog Koda join us. Wayne is an ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy and has made it his mission to walk the coastline of Britain, picking up the litter people leave behind. So far he has walked 3,700 miles in about three years and he is only half way round the country! Shockingly he had picked over 40 pieces of litter from where he was staying in Whitstable on his 10 minute walk to Westmeads on Tuesday.
He spoke to the children about the dangers of litter to people and animals and called on us all not to drop rubbish left by others, if safe to do so. The children are very keen to help him on his mission. #GBSpringClean