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.
STEM Day January 2017
Following the success of our first pyramid STEM day back in September and the positive feedback from all of the schools who came along to Westacre for the day, we organised another STEM day at the start of the Spring term. This time the theme was 'Explosions' and we again welcomed pupils from across Droitwich. In total six schools brought some or all of their Year 4 pupils along with them, including a couple of schools who couldn't make the day earlier in the year. Once more, Westacre teachers Mr Barber and Mrs Dixon 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 investigated bunsen burners and the effect different chemicals have on the colour of a burning flame. The children then used the iMovie app on our iPads to create movie trailers about what they found out. In the Gym, children used both scientific and mathematical skills to develop and test rocket-propelled cars. Well done to the Year 4 pupils from Cutnall Green, St Peter's, Chawson, Tibberton, Ombersley and Wychbold first schools 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!
Here are some quotes from the schools who visited us for the STEM day:
"Our pupils enjoyed the session and covered things we wouldn't and couldn't do at school."
"The links between the STEM subjects were explained and shown well!"
"The activities were very practical so everyone could take part!"
"Our children enjoyed learning new techniques and investigating."
"The children had an amazing morning and can't wait to go back to school to tell their peers!"
"We would love to bring even more children next time!"
"Thank you! We loved it again!"
Meet the SLEs
Prince Henry's Teaching School Alliance are hosting a session for any teacher within local schools to meet their Specialist Leaders of Education. It will be an informal opportunity to discuss ways of schools working together. Mr Barber will be in attendance and will be happy to discuss ways of supporting and collaborating with schools in Droitwich.
We organised a day of STEM activities for all local first schools here at Westacre. The day was organised by our SLE Mr Barber and the Science SLE at Prince Henry's Mrs Fisher. They were joined by Westacre Gifted & Talented Lead Mrs Dixon and Prince Henry's Miss Park to offer Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities around the theme of 'movement'.
Click the links below to see what the first schools said about the day:
We received the following message from Mrs Bryan (Headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School):
I wanted to pass on my thanks and congratulations for such a successful day on Tuesday. Our Year 4 children came back to school buzzing with excitement!
Please pass on my thanks to all the staff involved!
Westacre has a Specialist Leader of Education!
We are very pleased to announce that a member of the Westacre teaching staff has been appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). Following a rigorous interview process, our Deputy Head Mr Barber was appointed as SLE with Primary Maths specialism by the Prince Henry's Teaching School in Evesham. This role will enable Mr Barber to offer support to other schools for their Maths provision (as well as other areas of Teaching & Learning and Computing as he has done over the last couple of years. Any outreach work and training as part of this role will also benefit Westacre pupils with the most current and respected educational thinking being shared in school regularly.