Visit to the Imperial War Museum

Last week, Year 5 and 6 visited the Imperial War Museum in London to learn more about World War One. In the same week as the whole country commemorated one hundred years since the ending of the conflict, Year 5 and 6 were able to pay homage to the men and women who sacrificed so much. The children learnt about the causes, propaganda and conditions of trench warfare as well as the years that followed the war. The children were particularly moved by the poppy display outside the museum and gained a real insight into what life was like between 1914 and 1918. This was demonstrated in the poetry work by Year 6 and letter writing by Year 5  that followed this trip back at school. As always, thank you to the parents who helped make this trip a wonderful success. 

Mr Weighill

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West Lodge Maths Day 13.11.18

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On Tuesday 13th November West Lodge hosted their first Maths Day, with a focus on practical and investigative work. The day started with an assembly by Miss Ayling where we talked about how maths is all around us. She is still waiting to see if anyone can come up with a job that doesn’t involve maths!

Throughout the day, all classes held their own investigations. These ranged from a visit from a giant in Reception, to a Fraction treasure hunt in Year 5.

In the afternoon, we held our very own House Maths quiz for KS2 pupils. Each house had their own team, which consisted of representatives from all KS2 classes. Each team member was then given a specific question to answer. They could choose to either answer the question independently for maximum points, or to ask other children in their house to help. We even had some houses managing to steal some points too! It was an incredibly narrow final score, however Blue house did manage to gain the win! The questions given were difficult, and us teachers are incredibly proud of all pupils – they really did show a growth mindset to overcome challenges!

Well done to all pupils for embracing maths; it was a day that was enjoyed by all.

Miss Ayling

House Maths Quiz Maths Day 6 Matsh Day 8

 

Year 4 Trip - National Maritime Museum - 12.11.18

On Monday 12th November, Year 4 visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, to take part in a Viking Workshop. We had time before our workshop to visit some of the galleries in the museum, including the Tudors and Stuarts and a gallery which allowed us to explore various sea objects.

After lunch, our workshop leader Katherine showed us models and pictures of different Viking ships. We had heard of longboats before as we are making them in class, but we hadn’t heard about Knarr boats before! We learnt lots of new and interesting vocabulary about the boats. The second part of the workshop consisted of us working in groups at different tables to identify objects from the Viking times, which we then had to trade with Rebecca at a market. Some of our groups proved to be quite the traders by asking for a lot of items in return for theirs! The workshop ended with two of our classmates dressing up in typical Viking attire.

Thank you very much to all the parents who came and helped us on this trip. We are looking forward to using our new knowledge in our History lessons.

Miss Ayling

Handwriting Week

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Well done to all of the children and staff who made a considerable effort to improve their handwriting during last week's focus. The wonderful work produced by all of the children made choosing one winner of ‘most improved handwriting’ very difficult for the teachers of Reception, KS1 and KS2 but congratualtions to the well-deserved class winners. We will continue to review handwriting in all classes to ensure the high standard achieved is maintained.

Mrs Coleman

Year 5 Victorian Day 15.10.18

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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!