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Philosophers

We have created a range of videos to help you support your child at home! They all show the different methods we use to teach Maths calculations and Phonics at Westhouses Primary School. Use the link below to access them.

Coal art

The children had some special visitors in on Wednesday to run a coal art workshop - check out the rest of the photos in the Gallery! https://www.westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk/gallery/

The children have been making Spiced oat cakes today as part of their Anglo-Saxon Topic this term.

Today the children made 'Frobscottle' - a tasty treat from the BFG!

Stone Age Workshop

 

For our Topic this term we have been learning all about The Stone Age, the children had so much fun at our workshop. Check out the photos to see what they got up to. 

Philosophers class teacher 2018 - 2019 Mrs Ramsdale  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2018- Philosopher's trip to Twycross Zoo!

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July 2018- Philosopher class went to Twycross Zoo to discover more about some of the animals that live in the world's rainforests. Highlights included the free-flying butterfly and Lorikeet houses where one of the birds snatched the pot of bird food away! We all loved seeing the monkeys swinging and it helped us to imagine them swinging through the jungle canopy. We took part in a workshop on rainforests during which we met Dilys the tortoise and Amy a hissing cockroach. It was a scorching hot day - the children coped very well with the walking in such hot temperatures!

Term 4 - Scrumdidlyumptious topic (class letter).

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            January 2018                                                            Welcome back! We hope everyone has had a lovely break. 

We have an exciting topic for this term which is ‘I am Warrior!’ This is a history topic in which we will learn about the Roman invasion of Britain.  We will have a ‘Roman theme day’ later on this term & the children can dress up as a Roman citizen or a Roman Soldier – more details to follow soon!

I am Warrior!

'I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on...
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.'

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Autumn Term 2 2017 Philosopher class letter

Autumn 2 Term - Gods and Mortals Topic:

 

'Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.'

 

In this exciting history based topic, we will be learning all about Ancient Greece. We will look at important events and what life was like in the cities of Athens and Sparta. We will find out about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece.

 

We will be reading some well known Greek Myths in English - Pandora's Box, Icarus, Theseus & The Minotaur.

We will also learn about the story of the Trojan horse and the children's Design & Technology project this term will be to construct their own decoy vessel!

 

 

Welcome back after the summer!

We are all excited about the new term in Philosopher Class and all of the children have made an enthusiastic start! Our Science based topic this term is 'Burps, Bile and Bones'. We will be beginning by looking at teeth and working our way down through the digestive system. We will also learn about our skeletons and good nutrition.

Here is our class letter for more information about this term.

Class letter September 2017

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Carnival Preparations

Summer Term 2 2017:

Our topic for this final term is called 'Flow':

'From humble beginnings the river flows down the mountain and into the sea.

Pull on your wellies and wade right in...How deep does it go and how fast does it travel? Which animals make their homes there? Let's go down to the riverbank and find out!

Now hop on an imaginary boat and travel some of the world's most majestic rivers- the Ganges, the Thames, the Amazon, the Nile- and keep a journal as you follow their course.

Time to investigate! As part of the local news team, it;s your task to track down the source of some mystery pollution.Where did it come from and who is to blame?

Let's meander through the world of rivers, taking a dip in their watery world.'

In this geography topic we will be writing reports, journals and poems inspired by rivers. We will begin the topic by looking at the book 'Float' by Daniel Miyares.                   

 

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Summer 1:

Welcome back after the Easter break. Our topic for this short term is 'Mighty Metals'. In this topic we will be exploring the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials:

'Which force is at play when we slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? If you were a metal which would you be? Gold, A shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you're iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust! Maybe you're not a metal at all, but a force to be reckoned with!'

 

Our linked Literacy text for the term will be the fantastic  'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes!

Class 2 Sleepover & 'Outdoor Genius' workshop

Many thanks to the family members who came and supported the children with their sewing for our 'Enterprise Week'. It made such a difference, their finished bags were really great!

Enterprise Week -sewing Viking bags:

Spring Term 2- Traders and Raiders Topic:

Welcome back. Many thanks to all of the families who helped with the fantastic 'Tremors' Topic Traveller projects. Some photographs are on our class page of some of the children's work.

 

Our topic for this term is 'Traders & Raiders' in which we will learn all about the Anglo-Saxons & Vikings. 'Big & strong, powerful & brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes & brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain's shores.

Sail back to the dark ages, where battles were rife fear reigned. Fine out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived & where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia-never before had such a terror swept the land.

Are you ready to shine a light on the deadly & dangerous Dark Ages.'

 

We will have a Design & Technology' week in which the children will make Anglo-Saxon & Viking artefacts to sell as an enterprise projects. More details to follow soon.

There is more general information on our Class letter attached below. 

 

February 2017 Class 2 letter

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Spring Term 1 2017:

Welcome back. We are excited about our Class topic for this first term which is ‘Tremors’.

 

In this topic we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes, we will find out about the dangerous world of these natural disasters. In Science, we will learn about different rock types and classify them.

In literacy we will focus on a book called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ for the next few weeks, it tells the story of how the ancient city was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. We will then move onto Newspaper Reports.

 

PE:The children will have swimming on Wednesdays and Basketball on Friday afternoons. 

ICT: looking at presenting information.

Art: Sculpture & photography (rock sculptures- Andy Goldsworthy)

PSHE: 'Getting on and falling out'.

 

Some ideas for Tremor topic traveller projects are on our class letter below.

Class letter January 2017

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Term 1 Topic Travellers:

 

Thank you once again for your support with the children's Topic Traveller projects. We were fascinated to see the creative results of their hard work. Here are a few pictures:

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Stone Age Workshop

We had a fantastic morning taking part in The Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. The photographs show the children enjoying the excavation in the sand trays! We learnt all about how hard life was in The Stone Age -it took us a lot of hard work turning the Quern Stone to make a cupful of flour!

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Autumn 1 2016- Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely summer break. Our topic for this term is 'Tribal Tales' in which we will learn about the Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age.

Here is some more information about the topic:

Take a moment to step outside & stand quietly & still. Turn off all of your technology & try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago. What would you have seen?                                                            

Head back to prehistoric times (it’s a long time ago) to gather berries & hunt down dinner. Unearth ancient objects & visit astonishing mythical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time.                                   Learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion.  Work as a tribe to build a seasonal monument to celebrate the coming of spring. Sit & reflect, waiting for the sunrise. What Tribal Tales will you have to tell?’

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Summer Term 2- The Blue Abyss Topic:

 

For the final term of this year, Class 2's topic is 'The Blue Abyss'.  We will find out about the underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. We will find out about divers and begin with linked Literacy work on 'The Pearl Diver' by Julia Johnson. We will be heading to 'The Deep' Aquarium  to see some of the fish, plants and animals for ourselves- this should provide some real inspiration for the children.

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Summer Term 1- Predator Topic:

When class term return after the holiday our topic for the term is 'Predator'. This is  a science based topic in which we will find about about all types of predators from mammals such as big cats, to  predators in the air such as birds of prey. We will also find out about some unusual predators in the oceans and predatory plants too! 

We will link the topic work with Literacy work on writing explanations for our own 'Deadly 60 creatures!' 

 

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Spring Term 2: Class 2's new topic ' Road Trip USA!'

 

'Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it's time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple! Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to ask the question: Do you wish you were here?'

 

As part of this exciting new Geography topic, the children will  have experience of using Human & Physical maps of the USA. They will be finding out about Native Americans and their 'Dream Catchers' in Art & Design & Totem Poles in Design & Technology. 

February 2016: Bottoms, Burps and Bile Topic:

We have all enjoyed learning about the Human Digestive System this term. The children have asked some interesting questions and carried out their own research to find the answers.

They have made these fantastic t-shirts which illustrate the parts which make up the Digestive System really well, here are some of the children modelling their group's work.

 

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January 2016

Welcome back to a new term and a new year. Out topic for this term is titles 'Bottoms, burps and bile' and has already captured the children's attention! This is a Science based topic in which we will learn about digestive systems. We will start by looking at teeth and will hopefully have a visit from a hygienist who will help us to learn how to look after our teeth. We will then learn about the journey that food takes through the human body.

The children have a letter with more information on this topic and some imaginative suggestions for Topic Travellers.

 

 

Class 2 topic letter- January 2016

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November 2015

Welcome back after our half term break. We are all excited in class 2 about our topic for this term 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!' We will be learning about the different food groups and how to have a healthy diet. In Design & Technology we will be following recipes and evaluating the results.

To tie in with our topic, we will be reading Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in Literacy lessons.

Hopefully the children will have fun with this topic when completing their Topic Travellers!
 

 

Our new topic letter- November 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

Welcome back everyone!  We hope you had a great summer break, and that everyone is feeling full of energy and ready to go!

 

This term our topic will be Gods and Heroes - focussing on the Ancient Greeks.  There is lots of scope for fun and interesting activities and a link with reading and writing Greek myths in literacy.  

 

As you know, our maths targets for this term are all about times tables.  Hopefully after last year's boost on these, everyone will be storming ahead, and building on last year's work!  There will be homework each week connected with these, as well as spelling homework including writing sentences.  

 

There's lots more information on our class letter, which you should have received, but if not, a copy is attached here for you.  

As you know, Mrs Parker got married over the summer and became Mrs Newton.  Thank you to everyone for all your kind wishes and gifts.  We're hoping to see some wedding photos up here very soon!

 

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April 2015: Volcano projects.

We all enjoyed looking at the amazing Topic Traveller projects that the children produced for our topic on Volcanoes. The afternoon of sharing included four working models! Thanks to the helpers at home who supported and encouraged the children with this once again.

 

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February 2015:

We all enjoyed our recent topic on 'The Romans', one of the highlights was mosaic making. The results are on display in class 2 and the children are looking forward to bringing their own mosaic tile home!

We are looking forward to this term 's topic- 'Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Tsunamis' and 'Rocks' in Science. The children's Topic Travellers have been sent home with more details and ideas for their homework projects.

Topic Traveller letter, class 2 Feb 2015

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