British Science Week at West Lodge

British Science Week kicked off at West Lodge on Monday 12th March with a Science Fayre. All the wonderful work produced by the children was exhibited, and each year group had the opportunity to visit the fayre and try out the many practical activities. Amongst the exhibits were an electric metal tester, a hair-raising investigation entitled ‘How Scientific is your Hair?’, and a BBC Microbit Pedometer. There were also scores of magnificent posters explaining a wide range of scientific principles. Exhibits are currently on show in the Orangery where parents are welcome to view the children’s hard work.

Mr Staggs (Science Leader)

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Year 5 Cricket Lesson with Yasir Arafat 8.3.18

Yesterday, Year 5 attended Eltham College to experience a cricket lesson with the international Pakistani cricketer, Yasir Arafat. West Lodge enjoyed learning some important skills to help with their fielding, bowling and batting. Thank you to Mr McCabe (West Lodge) and Mr Thomas (Eltham College) for organising this joint event. It was a wonderful experience for all that attended.

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WBD 2018 - 7.3.18

Once again, the children of West Lodge threw themselves into the spirit of World Book Day with great enthusiasm. There were some fantastic costumes from Nursery up to Year 6, showing the children’s love of a wide range of literature. The day started with a whole school reading of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, followed by each class sharing their wonderful costumes with the rest of the school.

The morning activities were followed by a delicious Hogwarts inspired lunch cooked by Sue the cook. Throughout the day each class had to listen out for the school bell commanding them to ‘Drop Everything And Read’. In all it was a whizzpopping day filled with oompa-loompas, goth girls, gangsta grannies and Mr Men and Women.

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Year 5 at the Painted Ceiling Tour - 6.3.18

On Tuesday 6th March, Y5 went on a trip to the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The college is currently restoring the 300 year old painted ceiling in their dining hall. Y5 had the privilege of climbing up to the ceiling, 69 steps in total, wearing hard hats and florescent jackets, to see the paintings close up and learn about some of the stories contained in the images. After this the children took part in a game of skittles, playing on the original bowling alley set up for all the retired sailors in the 18th century - the bowling balls were actual cannon balls! I am pleased to report that the girls won!

After lunch, Y5 took part in a story-telling workshop, where they had the chance to act out the story of Medusa and then they created their own impossible creatures with all sorts of craft materials.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the College for organising such a fun, varied and informative programme of events for Year 5 to enjoy.

Mrs Dubbey

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Much Ado About Quite A Lot

‘I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me’

On Tuesday 27th February, Years 5 and 6 along with some staff, parents and governors went to London to watch an abridged version of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe. Both classes had read the story the week before and were excited to see a live performance despite the cold weather. Like the majority of the young audience, there were times when West Lodge found the action more engaging than the confusing dialogue, but overall they came away with a thirst for live theatre and a better understanding of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known stories. Mr Sandys, Mr Weighill and Mr Francis look forward to seeing the work the children produce as a result of this brilliant opportunity. A huge thank you to parent volunteers and governors who accompanied the children on this school trip. Your efforts are valued and appreciated. Well done to the children as well, who were fantastically behaved and sensible throughout.

“I really enjoyed my day at the Globe! I liked watching the actors and found the superheroes scene hilarious.” – Year 5 student.

"It was really exciting and amusing. I had a wonderful time watching the Shakespearean actors and I loved it there." - Year 6 student

“What a pleasure it was to be asked to come on this trip. I had a very enjoyable afternoon. The children were great and a credit to the school.” - Governor

Mr Weighill – Director of Studies