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.