A wish for all…

Yesterday we said good bye to both students and staff, and rested and refreshed will return in September.

Thank you to all those who are leaving – you are all stars! You have all truly put your shoulders to the wheel, and together we are moving Westfield to where we all want it to be, an outstanding school and environment.

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A wish for all:

Comfort on difficult days

Rainbows to follow the clouds

Smiles when sadness intrudes

Laughter to kiss your lips

Sunsets to warm your heart

Hugs when spirits sag

Friendships to to brighten your being

Beauty for your eye to see

Faith so that you can believe

Confidence for when you doubt

Patience to accept the truth

Courage to know yourself

Love to complete your life.

Teach Meet: Open the door

Our hearts bring us in to this profession, to do some good, and hopefully change lives. This is the WHY we teach. Our TeachMeet this week aimed to highlight strategies that can equip us for the HOW.

Westfield staff, and our neighbours, took up the challenge of raising achievement and promoting progress with a fantastic range of strategies, underpinned by beliefs and values that still stand – to open the door for all students:

  • Brad Allen from Westfield SEN introduced our Read Write software, to support all learners across the school.
  • Jodie Vincent highlighted how organising classroom displays can engage and raise achievement, and needn’t exhaust us.
  • Dan Borg and Roland Bennett from presented on Chessbrook’s literacy and numeracy initiatives.
  • Chloe Sefton and Chris Black took us through their walking Talking Mock initiative for exam underachievers.
  • The prodigal Olivia Lucas returned to tell us of Wembley Ark’s back-to-basics Daily Prep, that provided a supportive place to study.
  • Jen Hunt informed on the Humanities writing frames and templates that support structure and organisation.
  • Priya Kara from St loan of Arc explained how a competitive learning environment with ability seating challenged and engaged her students in Geography.
  • Dan Finill, our Inclusion Lead, spoke of the value of mentoring, and how it and building good relationships are the foundations of achievement.
  • Nicola Fury from Laurence Haines introduced their Nurturing School award strategies, and its’ impact on both students and staff.
  • Sam Cole and Jayna Patel from Creative arts showed us the power of the environment in involving and inspiring their students.

Imagine a school where all of these strategies were in place!

I was lucky enough to see La Boheme in London on Saturday. It’s an absolute tear-jerker, full of flawed characters with real lives. musetta - CopyOne of them, Marcello, is tormented by his love for Musetta, and cannot resist her, singing of his love for her.

‘If you knocked at my door, my heart would say come in’

 

 

To all of these TeachMeet strategies, let’s open the door!

Teach Meet Tonight

Very soon, after a make-over…

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Very excited!

Time Speaker Topic
4.30pm Emma Keys Introduction & Welcome
4.50-5pm Brad Allen SEN Read Write software to increase achievement across the school
5-5.05pm Jodie Stott Classroom displays to engage and raise achievement in Ks3
5.05-5.10pm Ryan Murphy & Kayleigh Smith Using trends to stretch & challenge pupils in P.E
5.10-5.20pm Guest Speakers: Dan Borg, English coordinator and Roland Bennett, Maths coordinator ChessBrook Joint presentation on recent  literacy and numeracy initiatives
5.20-5.25pm Chloe Sefton & Chris Black Talking mocks for underperformers in GCSE English
5.25-5.30pm Jen Hunt, Chris Gilder & Kelly O’Connor Creating writing frames and templates to raise achievement in History
Break- Raffle draw 1
5.40-5.45pm Guest: Olivia Lucas Wembley Ark Academy  Daily Prep: Raising achievement at Ark Academy Wembley
5.45-6pm Guest Speaker:

Priya Kara Joan of Arc Catholic School

Raising achievement in Geography at Joan of Arc School.
6-6.10pm Dan Finill The power of mentoring for underachievers
6.10-6.20pm Guest: Nicola Fury

Laurence Haines Primary School

 

Achieving the National Nurturing school award and the impact that has had on raising achievement and on staff wellbeing.
6.20-6.30pm Creative Arts Department Inspiring & achieving in creative arts
End- Raffle draw 2
Closing Tim Body Closing Speech

Phew..all done.

Thank you to all guests, presenters and staff. More to come…

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Don’t miss out! Westfield’s Teach Meet, Wednesday 27th June

We are all prepared for our 2nd TeachMeet next week.

  • Challenge set and bar raised: Raising Achievement for all
  • Speakers booked & resources prepared
  • Refreshments ordered
  • Hall sparkling
  • Microphones behaving
  • Excited to meet fellow practitioners
  • Prizes wrapped
  • World Cup sorted – England not playing

There are a few spaces for both presenters and guests, so get in touch with Emma Keys: teachmeet@westfield.academy

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Be like Harry and don’t miss out!

 

 

 

RE vacancies

We have 2 vacancies for September to teach RE from Years 7 to 13, including Head of RE with TLR.

If you interested in finding out more, email Recruitment@westfield.academy for further details.

 

MFL motivators

Engagement in MFL

Have you had your five a day? What could this mean for a language learner?

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These were the questions that we posed in this week’s Butterfly staff briefing.

In the same way as our body need a varied diet, successful language learning requires lessons that have a mixed diet of activities and skills being practised on a regular basis. This not only facilitates a more well-rounded learner, but additionally pupils are more versed at practising the skills required for the new linear exams which in addition to the traditional 4 skills of listening; reading; writing and speaking; pupils now need to be able to translate from English to the target language and the other way also.

In exploring how we might vary pupils learning whilst enhancing their skills we looked at a variety of activities to ensure that learning is engaging and fun. Since pupils need to know how to conjugate verbs why not try your hand at battleships as a mini-review? This activity, allows pupils to practise pre-learned knowledge whilst speaking out the French, Spanish etc as they try to seek out the ships on their opponents map.

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It’s important in our busy work lives not to forget treasures that are already out there. In this morning’s Butterfly, staff were challenged to a game of noughts and crosses using Spanish vocabulary previously unlearnt, but using pictures to decipher meaning and get a place on the game. To do this we use Linguascope Website, which has proved invaluable to use as min-plenaries in class when reviewing vocabulary on a topic.

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For our more competitive students a spelling bee to practise vocabulary on a unit as a starter activity, could easily give way to whole year group challenge. Why not go the whole hog and compete against another local school?

Whilst we are thinking of bees, a further fun activity is a pupil bee writing activity. Teachers print texts and place them around the room or in the corridor and pupils in small teams have to collect the words (pollen) from the texts and bring it back to their team (the hive) for their team to write down the target language phrases. This could be adapted to a translation activity also, but may require a bit more time.  Here is an example of our Teacher bee this morning.

Finally for those who struggle with listening skills, an alternative take on the traditional listening is pre-planned version of Chinese whispers. This could take the form of phrases in different tenses that have to be successfully passed down and spoken out. Winning teams are the fastest and most accurate in retaining the target language sentences.

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Finding new ways for pupils to use their ‘five a day’ is crucial for future exam success, and we continue to look for new and innovative ways to review, practise and enhance these as we strive for greater exam success in the future.