The day Year 5 went back in time… On Monday the 15th October, Year 5 along with Mr Weighill, Mr Francis, Mrs Tuerena and two of our parents, visited Southwark Cathedral to learn about what life was like for a poor Victorian child “lucky” enough to attend school. As soon as they arrived, Mr Weighill’s class were asked to change into Victorian clothing and become children who would have attended the church school during the Victorian era. First of all, they were marched into the courtyard and instructed to take part in some physical education - lunges, marching etc. Soon after, the children then thoroughly enjoyed vocal gymnastics, spelling, handwriting and arithmetic lessons taught by two Victorian teachers. Even though it was intimidating, most of the children quickly realised the ladies were acting. The children enjoyed the strict instructions and old fashioned rote learning, as well as being reminded that “Speech is silver… Silence in Golden!” After a hugely anticipated lunch, children then enjoyed learning about the washing process and guessing the functions of different Victorian artefacts. Both activities were extremely entertaining and were equally engaging. On the way home, the children were extremely positive about their learning experience and it was a delight to hear them discussing their favourite parts of the day. Year 5 should be proud of their behaviour throughout the day and were described by the Southwark Cathedral staff as a credit to their school! Well done Year 5!
This half term West Lodge has been crazy about animals! After an original request by some pupils for a whole class art project, the idea grew into the entire school working together. Each class was given the challenge of creating an animals or group of animals from recyclable materials. Nursery and Reception worked together to produce a magnificent kangaroo. Year One created a terrific tiger and Year Two a stunning giraffe, with the nickname Tinkerbelle! In Year Three a mother and baby crocodile emerged and they were joined by three cheeky monkeys from Year Four. Two elegant flamingoes, named by the children as Jeffery and Willow, were lovingly crafted by the children in Year Five. A family of penguins complete with an egg joined them from Year Six. Finally, from the two after school craft clubs came a group of fabulous frogs and some beautiful dragonflies, Altogether it has created a spectacular display of the artistic talents of the children and staff st West Lodge. It has also given the children a chance to see what can be made from materials that have been recycled and they have been able to learn the techniques of paper mache and paper sculpting. It has been a wonderful experience for all.
Horse Riding Club is well under way this term. The West Lodge Riding Club has been meeting every Tuesday after school between April and October since 2014. It has produced a number of accomplished riders. Here, they learn a variety of equine skills such as: sitting and rising trot, turning, reversing, cantering and small jumps, as well as general horsemanship. They also get to go on a hack through beautiful woodland during the summer. The Riding Club is open for children from Year 2 – 6, and is always over-subscribed. A West Lodge member of staff accompanies every lesson and hack.
Mrs J Elsley
On Thursday 27th September, we held our first musical events of the term with the Harvest celebrations. In the morning the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children beautifully sang harvest themed songs and very confidently recited the poems they had learned. It was lovely to see so many parents joining us for the event and Reverend Kathy from St Johns Church helped us all to appreciate how fortunate we are to have the produce we enjoy.
In the afternoon, the older child gave their harvest performance and, once again, sang and performed their poems with confidence. This included a break with tradition in Year 5 where a class rap was very confidently delivered. Reverend Kathy used the children to bring the Parable of the Sower to life and reminded us all that sadly there are so many people locally and nationally who struggle for food. We are, therefore, very grateful for the many donations to the foodbank collection and proud that the West Lodge community can help local people. Thank you to everyone who so generously contributed items which were taken by the School Council to the foodbank.
On Friday 28th September our runners took part in the Farringtons cross-country event. With eleven schools participating, it was a large event and the standard was high. First to run were our Year 4 girls and boys teams consisting of birthday girl Zara, Maya, Olivia, Kaife, Dino, Noah and Trey. All of the children showed genuine determination in completing the course with a private race between Noah and Trey in the finishing funnel! The Year 5 team of Eva, Amelia, Oliver, Oscar and George all ran equally well with Oliver the first to finish in 11th place and Eva 22nd. Last off were the Year 6 children with Joanna, Mia and Jessica running in the girls’ race and Sam, Ashton and Amar competing for the boys. Following two circuits of the Farringtons’ playing fields the field was well strung out but, once again, our team showed great determination. Mr Francis had the pleasure of taking the team and he stressed what a pleasure to see such fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork along with the children’s desire to do their best - well done to all involved. Our thanks go to Farringtons for organising the afternoon and to the many parents who came along to support.