'Branch by branch, we reach for the sky'. At West Tytherley, our vision is for all children to believe in themselves, enjoy learning, grow personally and academically ‘branch by branch’, and to have skills to succeed in life.
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
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…..
This 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 school ‘Remembrance Service’. Parents joined us in our worship and we gathered around the West Tytherley War Memorial Statue. We found out about two ‘Fredericks’.
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.
We 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.
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’.
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.
Last week, our Oak class pupils dressed up as Evacuees and travelled by steam train on the Watercress Line. They experienced a little of what it would have been like to be evacuated during World War II. They all had an enjoyable time and learnt a lot. Here are some of the photos of our day.