We have started our new topic learning about the Titanic and we took part in a ‘jigsaw’ to learn some facts about the ship. Groups were given different passages about the Titanic and we picked out the most important information. Finally, we met up with members of the other groups to share what we had learned making our ‘jigsaw’ complete!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories. They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party. Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward. Our trip to Vikingar was excellent and consolidated all the learning from our Viking topic.
After a very busy term 1 and term 2, we are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable third term. Over this period, we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through our main topic of the Titanic, with a focus on its historical impact. We will be investigating materials in relation to floating and sinking plus organising a P5 trip to the Tall Ship in Glasgow. We have a special Scottish assembly and for this we will learn more about Robert Burns and perform something with a Scottish feel to it.
The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.
We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week. This year we will try to link this to World Book Day. We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs. I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job. We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.
Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a Parent’s Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that. We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.
The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website. I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about. This information is also on the website. Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this. The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour. We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues. Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.
Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this.
The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000. A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity…. he certainly showed us a few moves that day! I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money. The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.
Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance. They are Educational, Inclusive,Supportive, Friendly and Caring. We hope the school encompasses these aims.
Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime. At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play. There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days. There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games. We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo. P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.
The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.
As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time. If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.
A word from the pupil council
We have been asking our classmates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on. We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond. She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.
We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which make the class library more inviting. We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.
We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved. We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website. We returned to class to share this information with everyone.
A plea from HT
Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.
Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.
Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!
Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.
Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.
Make sure we have your current phone number.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Mrs.Ormond and P5 staff
Dates for your diary
11th January 12-3 pm Infant registration
12th January 12-3 pm Infant registration
16th January 6.30 pm Friends of the West Meeting
25th January 7.00-8.00pm P2/3 Reading Information Evening
27th January 12.45 pm P7 Burns Supper
1st February 7.00pm Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents
10th February School Holiday ( In-Service for teachers)
13th and 14th February School Holiday
20th -24th February World of Work Week
1st March Rag Bag Day
6th March 6.30 pm Friends of the West Meeting
7th March Photographer for P7 Yearbook
13th-17th March P7 trip to Lockerbie
20th March Book of Success home to parents
23rd and 24th March Tempest Photography P1-7
24th March Comic Relief Talent Show
29th March Termly House Reward
29th March 6.30-8.30 Parent’s Evening
30th March 3.30-5.30 Parent’s Evening
Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm
3rd April-17th April Easter Holiday
Tuesday 18th April School reopens
Primary 5 had a great time at their Christmas Party. Have a look at our pictures below…
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Fayre. It was great to see the hall bustling with pupils, parents and friends. The stalls did a roaring trade and Santa was kept busy speaking to lots of boys and girls about their Christmas presents!
P5 had a great time visiting Vikingar in Largs. The visit helped to reinforce our understanding about Vikings which we have been learning about recently. We learned so much on our trip it would be too much to type! Have a look at our pictures below…
Primaries 3 and 5 had a great afternoon opening their Read, Write and Count bags. They read ‘Gigantosauras’ together, designed their own dinosaurs and had lots of fun playing games of snap and adding.
“This is great fun!” Christian and Matthew
“Creating the dinosaur was fun!” Rebecca and Taylor
“It was fun being a buddy” Caleb
“I really enjoyed playing games with the Primary 5s” Logan
We asked you to complete this questionnaire in June. Here are your thoughts and feelings about school. Most of the results were positive. The largest percentage of ‘No’s’ regarded bullying within school and how teachers dealt with this.
As a result of this concern I will discuss this further with the pupil council and we will focus on these issues during Health and Wellbeing topics and school assemblies. I have shown your teachers the results and they are keen that you are confident that bullying will be dealt with and taken very seriously.
We hope that you know how well you are doing by the comments on your jotter and with chatting to your teacher. Your parents have also had a chat with your teacher recently and it’s good to share this information at home.
We do take an interest in your life in and out of school. Don’t forget to let me know about any outside achievements that we can celebrate together at assembly.
Almost all of you were positive about school and that’s great. We want West Primary School to be a place that you feel safe and happy. We also want you to be interested in learning and to experience support and challenge when needed.
Don’t forget our aims and values:
Educational Supportive Caring Friendly Inclusive
|All About Me||Yes||Sometimes||No|
|I am happy at school.||60%||36%||4%|
|I enjoy learning at school.||69%||30%||1%|
|The work I do in class is just right for me.||63%||32%||5%|
|I feel safe and cared for in school.||68%||25%||6%|
|I think West is a good school.||72%||24%||4%|
|My class is a fun and exciting place to learn.||67%||27%||5%|
|The adults in the school take an interest in the things I do.||63%||29%||8%|
|I am spoken to nicely by the adults in school.||77%||19%||4%|
|Staff let me know how well I am doing.||62%||29%||9%|
|Staff encourage me to do the best I can.||74%||18%||8%|
|Staff make sure that pupils behave well.||68%||27%||5%|
|Staff are good at dealing with bullying behaviour.||61%||28%||14%|