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.  

Eat it Pink!

In support of the charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’, all the children and staff came into school wearing Pink !

Oak class children baked pink cakes to raise money for the charity and sold these at morning break. Well done and thanks to everyone.

We managed to raise a total of £125 for Brest Cancer Research.

Visits to our Local Farm

As part of our school improvement plan, we want our children to experience a broad, balanced curriculum that provides enjoyable and memorable opportunities for everyone.  Our school vision emphasises the importance of  ‘learning in different environments’ and how children can continue to ‘take an active part in their community’. 

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As a school, not only are we very fortunate to be blessed by beautiful grounds, but we are also surrounded by an amazing rural countryside.  To make the most of this fantastic environment and to enable our pupils to engage actively with our community, we have established strong links with a local farm on the Lockerley Estate.

Craig Livingstone, who is one of our parents, is the manager at the farm – and he is really excited about opening up the farm to our children.  The Lockerley Estate Farm now grows winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, winter oats, spring beans and spring barley – not to mention the forest management and access to livestock.

We are now in the process of organising a programme of dates for every child to visit the farm throughout the year.  It is intended that each class will make at least two visits a year – exploring where our food comes from; how it is grown; where it is distributed to.  The benefits are endless and with their recently installed classroom facilities, I am sure that the children will enjoy working on the farm and learning so much about their rural community in the process.

I am sure that you will agree that this is an amazing opportunity for our children at West Tytherley.  We are extremely grateful to Craig and his team for the effort and commitment that they have already shown in getting this brilliant project off the ground.  We will keep in touch with you all and let you know how this is going.

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Advertising our Open Days

WTS Open Day LEAFLET Sep 18

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Tuesday 9th October

Wednesday 31st October

Tuesday 6th November

9.30 – 12.00am

  • Guided tour of the school & learning garden

  • Meet the children, Headteacher and Governors

  • Children of all ages very welcome

  • Refreshments provided

  • No appointment necessary

Our Vision is for all our children to believe in themselves, enjoy learning, grow personally and academically ‘branch by branch’ and to have the skills to succeed in life.

Our Music Mark Award 2018

I am very pleased to inform you that West music markTytherley CE Primary has been nominated by Hampshire Music Service to receive a National Music Award.

They recognised the special value that we place upon music education in our school and have requested that we become a ‘Music Mark School Member’.

music makingOur staff, Mrs Beaton and Mr Sheffield work very hard to ensure that all pupils are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. This award celebrates our dedicated approach to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

I would particularly like to thank all our pupils, who enjoy and actively engage in music sessions, whether it be group ‘Listen 2 Me’ sessions or individual instrumental teaching.

Today, we have received a certificate to mark this achievement – of which we are very proud.

Our New Interactive Smart boards

Bringing ‘Learning to Life’ is very much a part of our whole school vision at West Tytherley CE Primary.  It involves creating a curriculum that is meaningful, memorable, challenging and responsive to the learner’s needs.  It is important for children to embrace technology as a tool for learning – developing important skills that will support them in their education and into their adult lives.

However, for small schools, keeping up with changes in technology is a feat in itself.  This year, we wanted to focus our fundraising efforts on developing our IT provision – and more specifically, purchasing new interactive digital Smartboards for each classroom. We needed to raise £9000 to purchase and install three ‘state-of-the-art’ Smartboards in the school.

Well, I’m really pleased to let you know that we have done it!!  Fabulous news!

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Along with our initial capital fund of £4000, we were very grateful for the support that we received from our PTA, local organisations and businesses.

We  would especially like to say a special ‘thank you’ to several members of our School community who helped us fundraise :

  • In July,  a group of six members from our Parent Teacher Association, were sponsored for undertaking ‘The Fan Dance – an intensive and gruelling 24KM SAS Selection Challenge’.
  • Two local businesses, Holbury Consultancy Services and East Brothers, both supported the project and made substantial donations that enabled us to purchase and install our final interactive whiteboard in Beech class.
  • The West Tytherley & Frenchmoor Village Fete fund, together with the Parish Council of West Dean, also made a contribution towards the project – for which we are very grateful.

Our children are enjoying their new interactive boards in the classroom.

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Our children say:

“We love the interactive whiteboard because you can use a pen and finger to write and draw with.”

“The boards are better than the projectors because if you stand in front of it, it doesn’t block out the light. ”

“The image is really clear and bright.”

If you want to find out about how SMART boards are used in the classroom – then please follow this link:

http://www.teachhub.com/technology-classroom-benefits-smart-boards