Year 1 Freshwater Theatre Visit

On Friday 21st June, Year One were visited by the Freshwater Theatre Group. Clive was a curator for the Magical Toy Museum and the children spent an enjoyable hour learning about toys from the past. They were toy detectives, explorers and inventors and took part in different activities including a Dolly Disco! It was a fun and interesting experience as well as helping the children find out even more about toys and their history. 

Mrs Clary - Year 1 Teacher

STEAM DAY 7.6.19

On Friday 7th June , West Lodge held its first ever STEAM Day!  STEAM is an acronym for Science,  Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths and it was a chance for the children to take part in a range of engaging activities. In EYFS and KS1, the children were learning about how hot air balloons work, made slime to test pushes and pulls, made spinning tops to look at friction and made butterflies from coffee filter paper to learn about chromatography! In KS2, there were a range of exciting challenges the children were set: making catapults to test stored energy, making a chair out of newspaper, bridges and towers using lolly sticks and finally the Egg Drop Challenge. We were also able to see how a steam engine works with the loan of a toy engine and the children even had a chance to make a tower out of marshmallows! All in all it was a fun-filled day and West Lodge definitely has some budding scientists and engineers in its midst! 

Mrs Clary - Head of Art & DT

School Journey - Day 4

A wonderful morning spent at the Goat Cheese Farm, in which the children were able to hold and experience milking goats if they wanted to. The children then experienced the highly anticipated Snail Farm. West Lodge learnt about, held and then ate snails. It was then back to the chateaux to get ready for the much talked about disco. Children were able to cut their shapes on the dance floor, which they certainly did.

This morning, we head home via Nausicaa - the sea life centre. Children are looking forward to seeing their parents later and returning home, but will miss their dorms and the close living quarters they’ve experienced for the last 4 days... 

For Year 5, Osmington Bay 2020 awaits... 

School Journey - Day 3

Day 3

After a hotly contested sandcastle competition at the beach, the children practised their French at the local creperie and then devoured either their chocolate or sugar crepe in no time.

In the afternoon, the children were a credit to West Lodge with their very respectful behaviour at Etaples War Cemetery. They also enjoyed some free time, in which a three way pétanque battle between Mr Sandys, Mr Francis and Mr Weighill took centre stage. This game has quickly been adopted by staff and children alike, so expect to see a Pétanque pitch at West Lodge very soon.

In the evening, children enjoyed Forest Games, in which they had to demonstrate a high level of tactics and strategy to become winners of Mr Sandys’ much enjoyed game of Kick the Can. 

Room inspections on the whole continue to be a challenge, and you would expect scores to be going up throughout the week. It seems this year, the children have other ideas. 

School Journey - Day 2

Day 2 

After an early start (for some), the children and staff enjoyed a game of cricket on the beach as well as a paddle in the sea. Some children attempted digging holes back to England... unsuccessfully. 

They then enjoyed learning how to make croissants and bread at a local boulangerie, almost as much devouring them afterwards. The theme of food continued in the afternoon as the children explored how to make sweets at Becasuc (Sweet Tooth). Children particularly enjoyed tasting them afterwards. Many were encouraged to buy sweets for relatives, however we predict only empty wrappers will be left by Friday. 

Free time culminating in French Boules, Badminton, Table Tennis or the adventure course was thoroughly enjoyed before dinner and the evening activity of making their own crepes. 

A great day was had by all and if nothing else the children certainly ate well.