In this section of the gallery, you will see the work we do to prepare our amazing children to become confident, caring adults. We can't wait to show you what we have been up to!!
You can find out more about what we will be looking by clicking on the link below!
At Westerhope, we love learning about British values! Today we were visited by the Lord Mayor and Catherine McKinnell MP. Our School Council welcom d the dignitaries and asked them lots of questions about their roles. We then held an assembly with KS2 where our pupils asked more questions of our politicians. We learned the difference between local and national government. We then held a debate about the use of mobile phones in schools. Catherine McKinnell MP gave us tips about debating and showed us how MPs function in Parliament. We loved discovering about democracy! Amazing work everyone!
The school council have been doing an amazing job of running our travel tracker in school. They have been promoting active travel and encouraging everyone to walk, bike and scoot to school.
Wow! Year 4 were superstars today completing their level one bikeability awards. They discovered how to check their bikes, how to ride safely on our rides and what to wear to keep themselves protected. Well done everyone!!
We learnt lots about friendship and relationships with the School Nurse today. We discussed the importance of keeping some, but some we should share with trusted adults. Fantastic learning everyone!
The School Nurse visited today to teach the Year 2 children the PANTS rule. If you would like to find out more here’s a video all about it!
We have had a very busy time learning about Road Safety. Our lovely road safety lady, Jo has visited Reception and Year 1 and Year 3 have undertaken Smart Scoot training. Fantastic work everyone!
St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and he is celebrated on 30 November. This is called St Andrew's Day. He is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over things. If you would like to find out more, just click on the links below!
Westerhope wants to send huge congratulations to Prince Harry and Megan Markle on their engagement. You can find out more on the Newsround link below!
Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Secret Buddies Week and Children in Need. It was amazing to see such enthusiasm from the children, staff and parents. We raised £342! Well done everyone xxxxx
Here are just a few amazing things which have been happening as part of Secret Buddy week. THe children have impressed us so much with their kindness and enthusiasm. Westerhope says no to bullying!
Wow! There has been so much kindness shown in school already! From compliments being given, to kindness messages and even cards being made- we are so proud of you all! We've even had parents visiting to read friendship books and complete friendship activities. Well done everyone!
This week Westerhope says no to bullying! And instead we are promoting friendship and kindness. The children are each being given another child in their class to do something kind for- from a smile, to a compliment and playing together on the playground. The staff have even been given secret buddies too! We can't wait to tell you what we have been up to! Links to support parents with bullying can be found using the parent section links below. Well done Westerhope!
This week, our school is taking part in activities to commemorate Armistice Day. We want to show respect for all the brave people who serve and protect our country. You can find out more about why we celebrate this event, using the videos below. Our final celebration and 1 minute silence will take place on Friday. Well done everyone!
This half term every class will be finding out about some aspect of money - from understanding where money comes from to budgeting and saving and even understanding tax. We believe learning about money is an important part of preparing the children for life in modern Britain. We will then use this knowledge to help us create the most profit with our enterprise projects at the Christmas Fair. Who's going to win?? Good luck everyone!
Our School nurse has been talking to Reception about how to wash their hands properly. And she has also been working with Year 1 to talk to them about the importance of looking after your teeth. fantastic learning everyone!
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our Bling your Bike event! We had over 140 bikes in school which is amazing! As part of our Healthy School Plus award, we want to encourage the children to come actively to school. At this event, we reminded the children of the importance of staying safe by being seen. Have a look and see their amazing creations!
Bonfire night is one of our favourite nights of the year. This week we have found out about the Firework Code to make sure we are able to enjoy Fireworks safely. Well done Westerhope!
The Year 4 children have been using this amazing poem as a stimulus in their English lessons. We are very impressed by their thoughtful questions and understanding of the events of the First World War. Soon we will all be taking part in Remembrance Day celebrations to remember all the brave men who gave their lives for us.
Over the last two days, Year 6 have been learning how to stay healthy and safe using their bikes. This year we are trying to encourage as many children as possible to come to school actively- by walking, biking or scooting. We know Year 6 will be fantastic role models for this. Well done everyone!
This half term, everyone in school
is focusing on feelings in their life skills sessions. Understanding their own feelings, others' feelings, how they can cope with difficult feelings and how their feelings can be affected by the media. We feel emotional health is very important to the development of everyone of our wonderful pupils. Here are some videos used to support their understanding and links to give advice to parents about developing emotional health.
Today, unfortunately, London was threatened by terrorists again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who has been affected. If you are worried in anyway by the news, you can find advice and support on the following link. And always remember that everyone at Westerhope is always here to talk to - staff, pupils and parents.
The children were inspired by Roald Dahl today. Here are some of his best words of wisdom...
This week, each class has been asked to vote for its representatives on the school Council. The children had to write their own manifesto about why they should be elected. They then voted for the best candidate. You can find out more about democracy by clicking on the link below. Fantastic work Westerhope!
We are all very excited for the new school year and all the amazing learning we have to look forward to. As well as being excited however, we know there can be a lot of anxiety about what is to come. We will be using lots of books to discuss feelings around change this week. Here is one example, we hope you find it useful.
The children were very excited to meet their new teachers this week. As this is a period of change, we always take the time to talk to the children about any worries or concerns they might have. If you would like to talk to your children about their worries, this book is a fantastic starting point. We hope you find it useful.
We have just found out that Westerhope Primary School has recieved the Healthy School Plus Award for everyone's hard work to improve our children's emotional health and wellbeing. To achieve this award we had to make a measurable change to pupils' views on their self esteem and getting their voices heard. We feel that this award represents our whole-school vision that children need to have a good mental health status if they are going to live up to their full potential and truly live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them. Fantastic work Westerhope!!
Today, Year 4 discussed what a savings account is, what interest is and why it is important to save money. Fantastic learning everyone!
Today, in KS2 assembly, we talked about why we hold a minutes silence. We discussed the Grenfell Tower disaster and the children made us so proud with their thoughtful and insightful contributions. Well done Westerhope!
Today it was time for Reception's Sports Day. What a fantastic celebration of sport and healthy lifestyles it's been. We are so proud of everyone! Well done Westerhope!
We are really looking forward to the Westerhope Athletic Championships which will be held in the near future. Will Miss Holisz win again?
Our hearts go out to all the families and friends of everyone involved in the Grenfell Tower disaster. The emergency services did an incredible job and made the whole country proud. If you would like to find out more please click on the Newsround link below.
Today we focused on physical activity. Reception spent the morning being active with Mr Devlin. It was Sports Day for Years 1 & 2 and the whole school enjoyed a HIIT session with Mr McDonald and Joe Wicks. Furthermore, Year 6 had a visitor explain to them the effects drugs and alcohol have on their bodies and the importance of making good choices. Well done everyone, let's be healthy for life!
Wow! It's been another amazing day of learning about being healthy. Children from across the school have been being active, learning about healthy eating and discovering how to be snackwise. The children in Nursery were joined by their teddy bears and enjoyed a picnic with their parents. Well done everyone, we are so proud of you!
Today, there has been incredible learning happening at Westerhope. in Year 1, they have been finding out how their body changes whilst exercising, Year 2 have been partaking in HIIT sessions, Year 3 loved playing dodgeball, Year 4 attempted to beat world records and Year 5 and 6 had their sports afternoons. As well as this, the children had assemblies about the importance of drinking water, getting lots of sleep and being active. Fantastic learning everyone!
Sports Week is finally here! This week the children will be learning about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. As well as trying new sports, taking part in Sports Days and being physically active, they will have the chance to learn about healthy eating, the importance of drinking water and why we need lots of sleep. Keep checking back to see lots of photos of what has been going on!
As well as being our Sports Week, this week is the BNF Healthy Eating Week. The BNF are setting 5 challenges- can you complete them?
The five challenges are:
Good luck everyone!
A little extra information about the results of yesterday's general election.
The children have all been discovering about Parliament and the importance of democracy today. Find out even more by watching below!
This half term all the children will be learning about money. Personal finance education aims to provide children with the ability to make sound decisions in their everyday lives, and to grow into adults who know how to keep track of their finances, plan ahead, spend wisely and confidently negotiate the world of finance. Today in Year 4, for example, they discovered that individuals and families may need or choose to spend their money in different ways. Fantastic learning everyone!
Our thoughts and prayers go out this week to anyone who has been affected by the events in London. The children will have time during circle time to discuss any thoughts, worries or concerns they have about the events which occurred on Saturday. They will have the opportunity to pay their respects with a minutes silence and think about ways we can help to make the world a better place for all. The links below are helpful if you would like to support your children with anything to do with these events. Our children always amaze us with their thoughtful responses and we couldn't be more proud of their attitude in these difficult times.
This week, the children will be finding out about how the British value of democracy works and why it is so important to our society. In their class assemblies, they will have the opportunity to find out about the general election, why we vote and what it means for everyone. If you would like to find out more, please use the Newsround link below. Fantastic learning everyone!
Today, the Year 4 children made
sandwiches for the Year 2 children. They had to prepare the food safely and hygienically. You can find out more by clicking on the link below.
This morning, all the children took part in assemblies about how to stay safe online. They understood the importance of making good choices and telling adults if they are unsure about anything. Fantastic learning everyone!
Today, the KS2 children impressed us so much with their insightful thoughts and respectful attitudes to the events in Manchester. The children had the opportunity to discuss what had happened in circle times and KS2 assembly and they thought about how we could help to make the world a better place. We are so proud of you all!
The children in Nursery and Year 1 have done a fantastic job of looking after their amazing caterpillars and chicks. They have learnt how living things have needs and that they have a responsibility to look after the world around them. Well done everyone!
The amazing children in Year 3 have been learning all about Rule of Law and how our country is run. If you would like to find out more, click on the link below....
Today, as part of their Juniour Masterchef topic, Year 4 have been finding out all about the Eatwell Plate. If you would like to find out more, visit the Food A Fact of Life web page. It has lots of fascinating facts and interesting games to play! Enjoy!
Here are some examples of your incredible learning - well done everyone!
In Year 4, they have been discovering the rights that every child has. They are using 'Dreams of Freedom' and 'We are all born free' to discover more. Use the links below to find out more!
Today is St George's Day. We will find out more about it, why he is the patron saint of England and how he is celebrated in this week's assemblies. If you would like to find out more, click on the links below:
Today, Mr Bell undertook an incredible challenge, by spending the day running around school. He ran 28 miles and was supported by the children and amazing toddlers all the way! The support for these two incredible girls was overwhelming and we know this means the world to Mrs Hay and all her family. You can find out more about the work being done by clicking on the link below. Thank you to everyone in our whole school community- we think you are amazing!
WE RAISED AN UNBELIEVABLE £780.34 (so far!!)
This week, in our assemblies we have been finding out about Easter. Here are some pictures of celebrations from around the world. Find out where by clicking on the link below. Good luck!
This week it is Autism awareness week. The children had the opportunity to find out more during our KS2 assembly. They realise that Autism makes people special and unique. Find out more by watching the special Newsround Report. Enjoy!
Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Comic Relief Day. From our amazing pupils, sensational staff and very creative parents, everyone played a key role. The children had a fantastic time dressing up, running in our fun run and taking Mr Outterside on in our Joke Off. The children also learnt why we support others and to challenge stereotypes that they might see in the media. The biggest thank you has to go to our amazing School Council who were very efficient organisers. Check out your children's class and school Council page to see what they've been up to. Wonderful work Westerhope!
The School Council has been very busy with their preparations for Comic Relief on Friday. We will spend a bit of the day talking about why we need to support charities like Comic Relief and challenging some of the stereotypes which might be portrayed in the media. And the rest of the day sharing lots of laughter.....
In Year 4, the children have been learning about different families. They discovered that every family is different and we need to respect and learn from everyone's experiences. They then discussed getting married and forming partnerships.They decided that the most important thing is to find someone who you love and supports you. They knew that it was important to respect all types of relationships. Fantastic learning Year 4 - we were really proud of your kind and thoughtful insights.
Today, Year 4 were visited by the North East Sikh Service. They had lots of interesting questions to find out about this different culture. They have been finding out about different religions in their community. Fantastic learning everyone!
Today is St Patrick's day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Find out more by clicking on the links below....
Vicky, from GROW LOCAL, in Ovington came in to visit Year 1. She told us all about the crops that they grow at the food co-operation where she works and brought in fruit and vegetables for the pupils to see. Great learning everyone!
As part of World Book Day, Year 6, read this wonderful book and created their own fish. Find out more by clicking on the link! Well done everyone!
This week in our assembly we found out all about the welsh language and customs and why St David's Day is celebrated. If you would like to find out more, check out the website below.
This Year Newcastle has been challenged to lose 100,000 pounds in a year. They have a fantastic website full of support and guidance. We would love to hear if you have been inspired to join the movement. Good luck everyone!
In our KS2 assembly this week, we found out about the colour of home. We discussed why people might become refugees and how it would feel to live in a whole new place. We thought about how we respect the needs of others. We are so proud of our amazing learners.
Today, the school nurse visited Year 2 to talk 'PANTS', a project created by the NSPCC. This teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. Fantastic learning Year 2!
'Let's spread a little kindness" is the theme of this year's Child Mental Health Week. Through our random acts of kindness week the children are aware how having a kind attitude promotes emotional wellbeing. This week the children will be reminded about how to be kind. Great learning Westerhope!
As their end celebration to their fire topic, Year 2 had a camp fire and Mr Brown taught them all about fire safety. Fantastic learning everyone!
Year 2 have been reading Elmer and discussing why they should respect everybody's differences because they make us special. They loved making their own Elmer too! Well done everyone!
Our school, along with many others, has agreed to participate in a very important Health Behaviour Survey of children and young people in the city. This survey supports the work of the school to improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils. It is being supported by Newcastle City Council, working with its partners in the NHS.
The questions that pupils will be asked concern a wide range of health behaviours, for example:
Home and family
Relationships, emotional health and well -being,
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs
Each questionnaire is anonymous and confidential, and no pupil will be identified when the data is returned to school.
We hope that parents/carers will agree with us that this is a valuable survey. We will assume that parents/carers do approve of their child’s participation in the survey unless we hear otherwise from you. For more information, have a look at the copy of our letter below.
Many thanks for all your support!
Today, the School Nurse team visited Year 4 to talk to them making safe choices, especially online. We want to make sure that every child has the skills needed to thrive in their adult life. Fantastic work everyone!
Wow! Reception had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year today! They all dressed in red and paraded as a dragon through school. Well done everyone!
Today in our KS2 assembly, we found out about the Holocaust Memorial Day. We found out a little bit about what happened and then discussed why it is important to respect and value each other' differences. We were very proud of the children's attitude to this difficult theme.
Year 4 really enjoyed learning about how to stay safe on their scooters. They really impressed the instructors and will receive certificates! Well done everyone!
Today everyone in School found out more about eating balanced meals with Chartwells. Everyone had such a fun time and we know they learnt lots. Fantastic effort Westerhope!
On Wednesday, KS2 are going to be visited by the Parliamentary Outreach team. They will be telling us lots about Life in Westminster before discussing manifestos with Year 5. To find out more about Parliament, watch the video below. Can you think of any questions you would like to be answered?
On Sunday, it was World Religion Day. This was created to promote mutual respect between different religions. In our KS2 assembly, we will discuss the similarities and differences between religions and the importance of respecting others' beliefs.
Today the School Nurses visited all our wonderful children in Reception to explain to them how to look after their teeth and why itnia so important. Fantastic learning Reception!
On Friday, it was time to wear our Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children. Thank you for all your support of this fantastic charity. The children even competed in a dance off against the staff! Merry Christmas Westerhope!
In our KS2 assembly this week we thought about how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. The children have a fantastic understanding of how differences make us special and understand the importance of showing respect to different cultures. If you would like to find out more, click on the links below.
Here are some examples of the fantastic work which the children have been completing this term. We are so proud of all of their achievements
On Friday, our Year 6 pupils had a very special visit from Catherine McKinnell. They asked challenging questions about her life as an MP and about important political issues such as Brexit. Fantastic understanding of democracy Year 6!
Today, we were very lucky because one of our amazing parents came in to chat to us about their charity which helps homeless people across Newcastle. She was very inspiring and made us think of the lives of others.
Well done to everyone at Westerhope for achieving Healthy School Status again! You are all healthy super stars!
This week the children have been challenged to make products to sell at the Christmas fair. Any profits they make will be spent on resources for their class. They are learning about the importance of money, where money comes from and an understanding of how to be enterprising. We wonder who will make the most money!
Here are some examples of the amazing work going on in Westerhope!
Today in our KS2 assembly, we discussed how the School Council represents us. We discussed how democracy means rule by the people and is an important British value. Well done everyone!
As a whole school, we worked together to raise an amazing £517 pounds for Children in Need! Thank you so much for all your support! The children looked amazing in their non-uniform and their cakes were incredible for the Bake Off! You are all amazing!
Wow! We have had an amazing week! The children have been incredible and it has been a joy hearing about their Random Acts of Kindness! From bringing in sweets for their friends, to helping other's on the playground to re-using our friendship spot, their kindness has been inspiring. We hope you have all been inspired to do something kind too!