Celebrating World Book Day

All the children and staff at West Tytherley celebrated World Book Day today by arriving at school dressed as either their favourite book character or a villain from a familiar story.

World Book Day is a great opportunity for our children to get excited about books, share books and celebrate their love of reading. Many primary schools join in with this National event and whilst it is usual to see a Grinch at the bus stop or the Gruffalo filling up at the petrol station – it is a really enjoyable day – full of fun and focused learning upon reading.

I would like to thank the children and parents for the tremendous effort that everyone put in to dressing up. It was amazing to see our very own… Draco Mayfoy; Where’s Wally; Horrid Henry; Queen of Hearts; the Grinch; Miss Trunchball; Maleficent; the Snow Queen; Dennis the Menace; and Cruella de Ville. Many thanks to all the staff who joined in with the excitement too.

Please have a look at our Photo Gallery.

ZUMBA!

Wednesday was a busy day learning new moves and dance routines. The children had Holly Hull in during the day, a Zumba Kids instructor. She worked with each class twice, teaching them different dance styles; hip hop, bhangra, soca, salsa and samba were a few. The children then all came together at the end of the day to perform a few routines that they had learnt during the day. The children were full of energy and had a lot of fun.

Charlie, Year R, said, “My best one was knees and toes.”

Mollie, Year R, said, “I had such a lovely day.”

Annabel, Year 1, said, “I enjoyed running around like a horse.”

Florrie and Jessie, Year 1, said, “Our favourite bit was baby shark.”

Erin, Year 3, said, “I love everything about it.”

Lukas, Year 2, said, “My favourite dance style was bhangra.”

Olivia, Year 4, said, “It was really, really, really good. It was amazing. My favourite dance was head, shoulders, knees and toes (soca).”

Farm Food Chains

On Tuesday 15th January, Willow Class visited Queenswood Farm, our local farm. Within Science, the children have been learning about food chains and sources of food and this visit gave them the opportunity to see the steps of a food chain in action. The children were able to collect a wheat plant from the field and then see it dried as a grain. In addition, we were able to see how the grain can go on to feed the animals. We traveled by tractor and trailer, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

The children are looking forward to their next visit, during the Summer term.

 

Fun at the Farm for Oak Class

On Tuesday 11th December, our class visited Queenwood Farm on the Lockerley Estate.  This is part of a new programme of visits to the farm that has been funded by the school and the Sainsbury Group, to help us develop our knowledge and understanding of farming life within our rural community. 

In addition, we have been learning about World War 2 and were interested in finding out what farming was like in the past and comparing this with the present day.

Let us tell you about our thoughts…

“I liked the way that Matt & Alastair described all the machinery.  They were very easy to understand and they made some tricky things sound simple. ”  by Jacob

“I loved the way they showed us the seeds instead of just talking about them.  I enjoyed the trailer ride around the farm and when we visited different fields.”   by Georgie

“I am very grateful that the Sainsbury Group were willing to invest money in our learning.  I learnt about how the ‘weighing bridge’ is used to measure the amount of crops that go out from the farm and also found out about the cover crops.  I was amazed about how the combine harvester was automatically navigated by Russian and American satellites.”  by Sid

We are looking forward our next trip in March.

by Sid, Jacob and Georgie. (Year 5)

Buy Presents – use ‘Just Giving’

J u s t   a s   a   r e m i n d e r . . .

If you are doing any online Christmas shopping, the school is registered with The Giving Machine as a means of raising additional funds for the school.

Loads of stores, including Amazon, Argos, Next, M&S, are part of the Giving Machine fundraising scheme.

Just click on the link below and do all you shopping via the site – it doesn’t cost you a penny more and the school gets money for each purchase made. Money for the nothing!

Thank you.

https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/west-tytherley-primary-school/

After School Provision

As you know, we recently established an After-School Provision for our children, with the intention of supporting families who require a little more after-school care.

Mrs Rose has been running this club over the past few weeks and I am pleased to say that it has been very successful.  We have had a good number of children attending the club – some regularly Monday to Thursday; some booking in on specific days; and others who have used this facility on ‘ad-hoc’ days – as and when required.

We had initially set this up as a ‘trial’, so that we could ensure that the club was sustainable.  We are really pleased to announce that it is going very well and we will be continuing after Christmas – until further notice.

Our children are enjoying it too!  Here are some of their comments…..

Ted says . . .

“I like the wide range of things that we can do.  I can choose to do things with someone else or do things on my own.”

Mason says . . .

“It is good because I can make cards for people.”

Maya says . . .

“I like it because it’s like being at home. I play games with Mrs Rose too. It is enjoyable.”

Barney says . . .

“I like school but it is different because you can play until your mum and dad come.  I play with lego, catching rugby balls and have time to go on the computer.  I think that it is very good.”

Ethan says . . .

“It’s like my home where I can play, have drinks and relax with my friends.”

Billy says . . .

“I like it because it is quiet and my friends go there.”

Sid says . . .

“Mrs Rose is fun and lets us do our own things to an extent, whilst also keeping us safe.”

We Will Remember . . .

Picture1This week commemorates the Centenary of WW1 and many people all over the nation are marking this special occasion.  Here at West Tytherley Primary, our pupils have also joined in with the celebrations and taking time to think about all those who have given so much for our freedom and peace.

Every child has made a poppy and these were displayed on the window as you enter the school reception.  In Oak class, the children created some special poems after reflecting upon WW1 and all soldiers who gave their lives.

On Thursday 8th Nov, we held our Picture3school ‘Remembrance Service’. Parents joined us in our worship and we gathered around the West Tytherley War Memorial Statue. We found out about two ‘Fredericks’.

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Frederick Luke (who lived locally in Lockerley) who took part in WW1 and WW2 – and was one of the few soldiers who was awarded the Victoria Cross medal for his outstanding bravery. Oak class children researched and shared more about his life and what he did to receive the prestigious award.

 

Picture2We also found our about Frederick Read, who lived in West Tytherley and attended our school many years ago.  He was a driver in the First World War but sadly, in 1919,  he was killed in action in Russia.  He was only 19 years of age.  Hearing of his death, shocked his family and the community as a whole.

It was very special to stop in our busy school day to take a moment together to remember – sing songs, share prayers and hold a minutes silence.  

We will remember them …  

Thanks to all the children, staff, parents and friends, who joined with us.