BONJOUR from Year 2!
Year 2 are at their second destination on their journey around the world. Last week they were exploring the United Kingdom and tasted some delicious scones, jam and cream. This week they stopped in France to sample some tasty Croissants, Pain au Chocolate and a sample of Brie!
As you can imagine the first 2 items were gone in the blink of an eye but the Brie took some convincing! All the children were fantastic though and everyone did try a piece!
Next stop.. China!
Year 5 Science
Our new science topic for this term is ‘Light’. Throughout the term, we shall be learning about the properties of light, but we started off our unit this week by exploring different light sources.We found out that some objects give out light, they are luminous, whereas others just reflect light from other sources.
We loved going in to a dark space to test whether an object was luminous, noting that ‘bright’ objects, like a hi-vis jacket or a tennis ball do not actually give out their own light. We had fun using the ‘dark room’ to explore how we rely on light to be able to complete many tasks, and how other senses can be used to compensate when we are unable to see.The children were very perceptive to notice that many light sources, such as candles, light bulbs and televisions, while luminous, can be turned on or off.
Friendly Football Match vs Milton Court
On Monday 13th January, we took a squad of Year 5&6 pupils to Milton Court Primary Academy for a friendly football match.
The whole team played fantastically well and had a brilliant time!
Westlands started the match strongly, scoring a flurry of early goals. Even though Milton Court began to find their rhythm, managing to the net on more than one occasion, Westlands continued to attack, in the end outscoring Milton Court 11-6. Our players linked up really well, with some excellent passing in the opposition half. Our defenders were committed and alert, making it very hard for Milton Court to get near the Westlands goal.
As always, every child from Westlands showed exemplary sportsmanship and were friendly and polite to the players and adults from Milton Court.
Parent Governor Vacancy
Westlands Primary School is looking to recruit a new Parent Governor to join the Local Governing Body.
There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute.
Being a governor will give you the chance to make a difference to young people and give something back to your local community. Anyone aged 18 or over can be a governor (but there are some exceptions) and to apply for this role you will need to be a parent of a pupil currently registered at Westlands Primary School.
If you are interested in putting your name forward as a Parent Governor, please write to Mrs Pettett, Head of School, with your expression of interest. For further information about the role of a governor on a Local Governing Body in Swale Academies Trust, please click here.
The closing date for expressing interest is Friday 7th February 2020.
We look forward to welcoming a new member of our parent/carer community to the Board.
Year 5 WW2 Day
Wednesday 11th December was World War 2 day in Year 5!
The children and adults came in dressed in the most fantastic costumes. We had a mix of soldiers, evacuees, land girls, pilots and mechanics to name but a few.
Throughout the day, the children took part in three diverse workshops.
In one workshop, the children worked together to create a piece of drama set during WW2. The children acted in silence to a soundtrack of World War Two songs. Well done to the children for producing some excellent performances!
Another workshop was based on the Battle of Britain, when the UK used their secret weapon, radar, to see the location of attacking German planes. Germany lost so many planes that Hitler had to cancel his plan to invade Britain.
The children learned about the principle of radar by locating objects using the concept of reflection.
They thought about shapes in construction to make their own radar towers.
Experimenting with aerodynamics enabled the pupils to make some effective paper fighter planes.
We also had an opportunity to try our hands at wartime cooking in our other workshop. Using only the simple ingredients available to families under rationing, we made the most delicious Scottish shortbread.
The Great Fire of Westlands!
Today, Year 2 burnt the houses they had designed and built during our topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’. We made sure to pick a windy day to recreate the conditions of when the actual fire took place!
The children paid attention to the sounds, smells and everything they could see before going back to class and writing some amazing descriptive pieces of writing.
For any children who missed the flu sniff today due to illness, you can arrange to attend one of the NHS clinics in December.
Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 0300 123 5205
Year 6 American History
This week in Year 6, we have been focussing on our topic ‘American History’. We have paid particular attention to slavery, with a focus on why and how this occurred in America. Our children showed a great deal of interest within this topic, which lead to lengthy discussions.
Following on from this, we studied Martin Luther King and his key role within the Civil Rights Movement. Children then created their own front cover of a newspaper, based on Martin Luther King and the changes which he created.
Year 5 Dover Castle
On Thursday 21st November Year 5 went on a trip to Dover Castle. Dover Castle was the Headquarters for Operation Dynamo, otherwise known as the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk.
We learned all about the early events of WW2 and Operation Dynamo from our guide who led us through the immersive multimedia retelling. The children had an absolutely fantastic time! We also had opportunities in the day to explore the older areas of the castle, like the keep and the medieval tunnels. The slightly chilly weather was more than made up for by the fact that we had the huge site virtually to ourselves!
On our way to the ‘Great Tower’. Dressing up in medieval clothing.
Sending morse code. On the steps of the ‘Great Tower’.
Anti-Bullying Week 2019
Please see the below powerpoint presented to the students today.
Top Of The Rocks Regis Land
Year 2 Science
This week in Science, Year 2 have been testing materials to see whether they are absorbent or not. The children were armed ready with cups of water to test the materials.
First they tested Miss Kierans and Mrs Judge’s wellie boots to see if they let the water in. Then they threw the water at tin foil followed by cotton wool. The children were impressed that so far all their predictions were correct.
Then came the final test of absorbency – teacher’s clothes! Every child was given a cup of water and by the end we established that the clothes absorb ALL the water that is thrown at them!!
Times Tables Rockstars
Regis Manor Fireworks display
It's not too late to purchase your tickets for the Regis Manor Fireworks display on Friday 8th November.
Tickets bought in advance as sold at a reduced rate - £5 per child ticket, and £6 per adult ticket.
The theme of the display is 007 Skyfall, and live music will be provided by Marylebone Jelly. There will also be a BBQ, bonfire, fair rides, fire dance, hog roast, game stalls, hot & cold drinks and much, much more
Year 5 Skyline Silhouettes
As part of our World War 2 topic, Year 5 looked at artwork based on the Blitz, when German planes dropped huge numbers of bombs on London. At this time, the night sky in London was often lit up by the explosions of bombs or the flames from burning buildings. The children’s artwork really effectively shows the contrast between the blacked-out buildings at night and the sky, which looks like it is on fire.
First, we used pastels or coloured pencils to create the effect of the ‘burning sky’, with some of us using smudging to give our backgrounds a smoky look.
After that, we cut black paper in the shape of the London skyline, along with German bombers and their bombs. Look at our fantastic finished artwork!