STEM Day July 2017
Following the success of previous STEM days for Year 4 this year, we organised another STEM day at the end of the Summer term for local Year 3 pupils. This time the theme was 'Movement' and we again welcomed pupils from across Westlands, Chawson and Cutnall Green. Once more, Westacre teachers Mr Barber and Miss Steenson were joined by Mrs Fisher and Mrs Park from the Prince Henry's High School in Evesham in organising different workshops for the children. In the Science Lab, the children carried out some Science and Engineering investigations, while they also had the opportunity to use of iPads to create their own slow-motion videos while looking at Technology and Mathematics. Well done to all of the pupils for their enthusiasm and skill throughout this STEM day!
Well done also to the Year 7 prefects who helped with the organisation of the day and supported the children who joined us for the day.
Again, we were also able to offer some of our Year 5 pupils the opportunity to take part in the STEM sessions during the day. These pupils worked really well independently and particularly impressed the staff from Prince Henry's with their scientific and problem-solving skills!
Gifted & Talented Maths Workshop
On Tuesday 20th, we were delighted to welcome Year 3 pupils from Ombersley and Wychbold first schools to Westacre for the morning. The children joined us for an event organised by Mr Barber and Miss Steenson that was aimed at youngsters who are excelling in their Maths lessons. They were also joined by a number of Year 5 Westacre pupils who helped them with the challenges they faced. The first part of the workshop involved the children locating QR codes around our school site, which then linked to a range of challenging mathematical puzzles to be solved. After much resilience and reasoning, the Year 3 pupils really impressed in solving the problems they were given. After a well-earned break, our visitors then worked with Miss Steenson and Mr Barber to use other Maths skills to solve a Murder Mystery problem. Have a look below at some photos from the morning, including the children receiving their certificates for a successful morning at Westacre:
Chawson Coding Day
Once more, we were thrilled to be able to welcome pupils from Chawson First School to Westacre. This time, they used our ICT facilities to help support their learning in Computer Science (the part of the new Computing curriculum that develops children's ability to code and create algorithms). We introduced the children to activities on our iPads and PCs that gave them the opportunity to program robots and characters from Minecraft, Star Wars, Moana and Frozen! The children thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and were a real credit to themselves and their school with their super behaviour, teamwork and computing skills. Well done also to the following Westacre pupils who helped show our visitors around school and with the challenges they were completing:
Emily, Beatrice, Mya, Grace and Billy (Year 5)
Emily, Frankie, Daniel and Lucy (Year 6)
Lily-Mai and Chloe (Year 7)
Cutnall Green Animation Films
We welcomed yet another enthusiastic, hard-working group of students from Cutnall Green Primary School to Westacre. The Year 3 children used our upgraded version of the Stop Motion app to create their own animation film around the theme of friendship. They planned their own stories, found and printed backgrounds and then used the iPad to photograph each step of their film. Here are some examples of the films they created:
Digital Leaders Unite
As part of a range of events during the week of Safer Internet Day, our Cyber Council members visited Chawson First School. Here, they met with the E-Safety Council from Chawson and the Cyber Crew from Westlands First School. Our pupils shared with their counterparts a range of e-safety ideas and helped them to use our school's iPads to create their own e-safety films. The day fitted in perfectly with this year's Safer Internet Day theme 'unite for a better internet'.
Virtual Reality Day
Hundreds of children from across Droitwich visited lWestacre to take part in a range of Virtual Reality expeditions. This time, Year 2 and 3 children from Wychbold, Chawson, Hindlip, Tibberton, Westlands, Ombersley and St Joseph's schools in the town, spent time using Virtual Reality headsets. In total, over 300 Droitwich youngsters were involved in this special day. The different groups of pupils visited a range of places around the world based on what they are learning in their own classrooms. Trips ranged from Coral Reef and Ocean Safari, Egypt and Madagascar, to rather interesting voyages through the human body and Roald Dahl's bedroom and classroom. Children and staff from the schools were taken on the voyages of wonder by Mr Barber and Mrs Underhill. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the day, saying that they had learnt lots and want to go another VR trip very soon!
As usual, it was a pleasure to welcome so many enthusiastic young people from across the town to Westacre for the day. Seeing so many children excited by what they were seeing and learning is what these days are all about. We look forward to hearing how the children use today's learning back in their own schools and hope to welcome them back to Westacre for other sessions like this during the upcoming months.
The Year 3 and 4 children from Wychbold First School came along to Westacre to spend a whole morning using our ICT facilities. They used our IPads to create their own animation films based around the topics they are learning about. The children showed some amazing Computing skills and teamwork to create some very professional looking movies
Cutnall Green Animation Films
We welcomed yet another enthusiastic, hard-working group of students from Cutnall Green First School to Westacre. The Year 4 children used our upgraded version of the Stop Motion app to create their own animation film around the theme of friendship. They planned their own stories, found and printed backgrounds and then used the iPad to photograph each step of their film. Here are some examples of the films they created:
Click the link below for more information about our STEM Day that was attended by hundreds of Year 4 pupils from eight local schools:
Chawson Animation FIlms
For our very first First School visit of the year, we welcomed all three Year 4 classes from Chawson First School over to Westacre. After using our iPads to create photo collages last year when they were in Year 3, the children will given the opportunity to develop their Computing skills on tablets further by creating their own Stop Motion animations. The children worked incredibly hard and created some wonderful movies. Our own Cyber Council have been asked to judge the films, with the winning entries being shown as part of a Film Evening over at Chawson. Well done to all children who took part and the following Westacre pupils who helped out during the day (the Chawson staff commented on how helpful and polite they were!):
Hannah and Billy (Year 5)
Jacob, Kaden, Archie, Frankie, Hannah and Katie (Year 6)
Liliy-Mai, Jasmine, Chloe, Charley and George (Year 7)
Here are some photos from the day:
Chawson Photo Editing
We welcomed all of the Year 3 pupils from Chawson First School to Westacre to help develop their Computing skills. The children were very excited to each have their own iPad to use and were challenged to use the camera function of the iPads to become master photographers around our school. Once the photos were taken, our visitors were shown by Mr Barber how to edit them. This included enhancing the photographs, cropping and rotating them, as well as changing the colour and brightness settings. The children were then given the opportunity to show their creativity using the Pic Collage app on the iPads to create their own posters about their visit to us. All of the classes who visited worked really hard and were a credit to themselves and their school! Here are a couple of examples of the posters created on the day:
Chawson Animation Films
We were delighted to welcome back the Year 4 pupils from Chawson First School for the third time this year. This year, the children worked together with a partner on our iPads to create their own animation films. Once more, they were supported by many of our Cyber Council members, as well as other pupils from our Year 5 classes. Here is one of the videos the children created, as chosen by our digital leaders.
Wychbold Computing Day
For the first time, we welcomed a group of first school children to Westacre to spend an entire day using our ICT facilities. The children involved were the Year 3 and 4 children from Wychbold First and Nursery School. They spent the morning using our iPads to create their own animation films, and showed wonderful teamwork, creativity and talent in making some great films. Here is one example:
We would like to congratulate all of the children who joined us for the day- they were real stars throughout the day and were a credit to themselves, their families and their school!
We would also like to thank Emily, Morgan, Poppy, Mazie, Jacob, Bailey, Jordan and Ciaran from Year 5, and Luke from Year 6 (former Wychbold pupils), as well as Katie P in Year 6 (our Cyber Council rep for the day) for the help they gave to our visitors.
Cutnall Green Animation Films
We welcomed the Year 4 pupils from Cutnall Green to Westacre to give them the opportunity to develop their Computing skills using our iPads. The children showed great creativity and teamwork as they created their own animations on the StopMotion app based on their topics in class.
They were joined and helped by Tom, Daniel and Tessa from Year 5, as well as Harry and Kelsey from Year 6 (former pupils of Cutnall Green). Our pupils did a wonderful job developing the skills of the Year 4 pupils, which you can see below in some of the films the children created.
Hindlip Computing Afternoon
We were very pleased to be able to welcome Year 4 pupils from Hindlip First School to Westacre. The children had the opportunity to use our ICT suite, and learnt about how to create their own webpages. To begin with, the children practised some touch typing skills before learning how to use J2E for the first time. They used word processing and typing skills to create pages about Ancient Egypt, which will be published here once they are completed. Well done to all of the Year 4 pupils from Hindlip for their wonderful effort and computing skills! Well done also to Molly and Courtney from Year 7, as well as Toby (Year 6) and Ellie (Year 5), who are ex-pupils of Hindlip, for working with and helping the Year 4 children. They were also joined by Will and Emma (Year 5) from our Cyber Council.
Cutnall Green E-Safety Posters
Like so many of our local first schools, Cutnall Green took part in our E-Safety poster competition. We are thrilled to hear that all of the pupils there took part and would like to share some really good examples of the posters created. Well done to all at Cutnall Green!
Cyber Council visit Westlands and Wychbold
As part of our efforts with E-Safety in school and our wider community, members of our Cyber Council visited two of our local first schools. First of all, they made the short journey to Westlands First School to meet some staff and pupils. They received some of Westlands' entries into the county-wide poster competition that we are organising and met some of the children who have taken part. Our digital leaders then returned to the school minibus to travel on to Wychbold First and Nursery School. Here, they met with members of Wychbold's E-Safety Committee and spent an hour working together with them looking at and judging all of the poster entries from Wychbold, designing a shared E-Safety poster, handing out prizes and discussing future collaborations between our two schools. All of the Westacre pupils involved (Will in Year 5, Daria, Katie and Freya in Year 6, as well as Leah and Olivia in Year 7) were wonderful ambassadors for our school and we are very proud of them!
Chawson Coding Day
Once more, we were thrilled to be able to welcome pupils from Chawson First School to Westacre. This time, they used our ICT facilities to help support their learning in Computer Science (the part of the new Computing curriculum that develops children's ability to code and create algorithms). We introduced the children to activities on our iPads and PCs that gave them the opportunity to program robots and characters from Minecraft and Frozen! The children thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and were a real credit to themselves and their school with their super behaviour, teamwork and computing skills. Well done also to the following Westacre pupils who helped show our visitors around school and with the challenges they were completing:
Laoni, Rebecca, Sophie, Lily, Eva and Kaden from Year 5 (ex-Chawson pupils)
Annie, Phoebe, Emma (Year 5), Oliver, Harry (Year 6) and Angus (Year 7) from our Cyber Council
Chawson E-Safety Assembly
Members of our Cyber Council visited Chawson First School today to lead their own assembly! Will in Year 5, Freya and Katie in Year 6, as well as Olivia, Leah and Angus in Year 7 prepared and gave a very informative assembly in front of 170 Year 3 and 4 pupils and their teachers. They explained the role they play at Westacre, encouraged the children at Chawson to join their own e-safety group and discussed some ways of staying safe online (in particular about not sharing personal details online). They did an incredible job and should be thoroughly proud of themselves!
Year 4 Pupils Continue to Create Webpages
We are incredibly impressed and proud that the Year 4 pupils from Chawson First School, who came into Westacre last term to learn about creating their own online content on J2E have continued to use the software we shared with them to make more webpages! Our Cyber Council have had many pages from the children at Chawson shared with them to publish. Here is one example from Chloe, who has used the skills she learnt with us while clearly enjoying the festive spirit of Christmas!
Gifted and Talented Maths Workshop
During the Autumn term, we invited the local First Schools to take part in a morning of practical, problem-solving!
The Year 4 children worked with our own Year 7 pupils to plan, design and build a structure using a range of materials.
They were challenged to work within a time limit and, more importantly, a budget! The pupils had £10 to buy their required materials and had to calculate exact costs before purchasing.
Strong team-work, excellent mathematical vocabulary and real life problem solving were some of the skills they demonstrated that day.
Well done to all involved – we look forward to hosting more events in the future.
Here is some of the feedback from the first schools:
"The children thoroughly enjoyed their time at Westacre and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising a brilliant event."
"The children came back full of beans about the workshop and loved it, thank you! "
"Thanks for today-it was a really great morning, the children loved it and it was great to see them working so well with other children. "
Chawson E-Safety Day
We were very pleased to welcome all of the Year 4 classes from Chawson First School to Westacre today. As part of our drive to support the Computing curriculum and E-Safety in our wider community, the children spent the day working with Mr Barber and some of our pupils learning about ways to stay safe on the internet. They then showed incredible skills in learning how to create their own webpages using J2E for the first time. A massive well done and thank you to Leah, Olivia, Freya, Katie, Daria, Will, Emily, Phoebe and Emma (Westacre Cyber Council members) and Sophie, Rebecca, Laoni, Kaden, Annie and Eva (Year 5 pupils who used to attend Chawson) who did a brilliant job welcoming our guests, helping them with their tasks and even leading parts of the day on their own!
Click the links below to see some of the webpages that our friends at Chawson created:
Westacre Computing Community
We welcomed teachers, Computing subject leaders and headteachers from many of the first schools from Droitwich and the surrounding areas to Westacre this week. With the aim of sharing our good practise in ICT and Computing and to help enhance our strong links with staff and pupils with these schools, we have set up the Westacre Computing Community. In our first meeting, staff from Sytchampton, Hindlip, Tibberton, Ombersley, Chawson and St Peters joined Mr Barber (with staff from Westlands, Cutnall Green and Wychbold also keen to join the group!). We discussed a range of ways of working together as a group and how Westacre staff and pupils can help improve ICT provision across the town. There are many exciting times ahead with this group! Well done and thank you also to Katie, Freya and Daria from the Cyber Council who presented to the group so confidently and eloquently.
Chawson Computing Day
It was wonderful to have all of the Year 4 pupils from Chawson join us for the day! Almost 90 pupils made the short journey over to us to use our iPads to create their own animation films. The children were a credit to themselves and their school! Helping them were a group of Year 5 children from our school. Thank you and well done to Charlie, Louis, James, Rhys, Lily-Mai, Freya, Samantha, Alysha and Mia from Year 5 for all of your help during the day!
Reading at Sytchampton
A group of children from all year groups were chosen to visit some of our local first schools. They were selected as a reward for their efforts with Accelerated Reader quizes and went out to share their love of reading with younger pupils in these schools. Here are some of the Westacre pupils reading at Sytchampton First School, who have expressed their gratitude for the great job these pupils did.
Wychbold Computing Morning
Following on from the successful visit from our friends at Cutnall Green, we were pleased to welcome the Year 4 children from Wychbold First School this term. Again, the children had the opportunity to use our ICT equipment to create their own animated films about 'friendship'. Once more, all of our visitors impressed with their excellent effort and creativity. Thank you and well done also to Phoebe, Kimberly, Luke and Ewan from Year 5 (themselves previous Wychbold pupils) for showing our guests around school and helping them with this project. Take a look at one of the films the children from Wychbold created:
Cutnall Green Computing Morning
The Year 3 children from Cutnall Green First School spent the morning here at Westacre in our brand new ICT suite. They were challenged to use the Stop Motion app on our ipads to create their own short animated films about 'friendship'. All of them really impressed with their effort and new-found computing skills when working with Mr Barber and Harry, Jerrylee, Kelsey and Lucy from Year 5 (themselves former pupils at Cutnall Green). Take a look at some of the photos from the morning, as well as some of the children's final creations.
Westacre welcomes local first schools for an exciting Science morning!
This term, we welcomed Year 4 children from some of our local first schools to take part in some exciting Science activities in our lab. The children learnt about the properties of solids, liquids and gases and particularly enjoyed getting hands on and messy while making their own 'Bubbling Wizard's brew' and 'slime'!