Tag Archives: KS3

Commando Joe’s Programme Starts ‘In Ernest’

Commando Joe’s Character Education programme has come to Raleigh Learning Trust and has been embedded into the Friday afternoon slot at Westbury Academy.  After the first week’s successful launch, with Mr Morgan and Mr Wragg working with pupils to cross a river of rapids, pupils will now work closely with their class and key stage staff.

In key stage 2, Mr Hines has encouraged the pupils to learn more about the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.  In one of their recent missions 2 teams competed against each other in freezing temperatures of Westbury’s playground to gather as much food and water for their expedition as they possibly could.  The staff and pupil’s enthusiasm was amazing! They learnt all about team work and supporting each other.  They also discussed what foods and luxury items from home they’d miss most (Henry said he’d hate to miss out on his In key stage 3, year 7 have been learning about Leif Ericsson, the Viking and have recently been working to build long boats. Whilst year 8 have been exploring deep space and looking into life on board a spacecraft, like their character Tim Peake.  Year 9 have utilised their bravery, agility and strength skills by channelling their inner Spartacus.  In fact, they even got Mr Morgan to have a go at the bravery challenge!

Finally, in key stage 4 Mr Thurlow’s volunteer group have been looking at ways of supporting the school by creating a more pleasing common room space for its key stage 4 pupils. This is leading into a larger framework of coaching and how they can assist in a wider way and combines character education with their Duke of Edinburgh award.  We may even see them assisting in key stage 2 or 3 at some point soon!

We Are Writers

Huge congratulations to all the pupils at Westbury who are now published authors!

As part of our Westbury Book Festival back in the Spring term, all our pupils submitted stories, poems and other pieces of writing to be published in our very own book.

Box of books

Mrs Ramage ran a whole-school assembly to introduce the book and Key Stage Leaders read out their favourite stories before giving out the books.Every pupil should now have received a copy of the book to keep.

We gave parents and carers the opportunity to purchase extra copies of the book and we have a few copies left, so if you are interested in having another one, having seen what it looks like, please contact the school office.

Well done to everyone involved.

Star Poet!

In English lessons, Gabriel in Year 8 had to turn a piece of prose from the WWII story ‘Rose Blanche’ by Roberto Innocenti into a poem.

He used the ending of the story to be the format of his poem. Gabriel has used his own thoughts and cleverly turned this piece of prose into a poem.

Spring

Robins sung as the cold retreated.

Grass of lush green advanced with a gentle note of cinnamon in the air.

Roses bloomed and cherry blossom flowers, swayed back and forth.

The colour of life splattered across the crimson field.

Trees burst into colour and animals filled the world with life.

Birds in their nests tweeted a tune and their message was heard.

Spring had triumphed!