At West Ham Church School we aim to provide a broad and balanced education. We have a curriculum that combines the formal academic studies with a wide range of extracurricular activities. These extracurricular provisions help our children to grow in confidence and to contribute to the school and the wider community. Here are some of our highlights.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
A brand new choir has taken the place of the Boys’ Choral Ensemble who recently left for Secondary School. After having been together for only a few weeks, they sang a wonderful version of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ during our Christmas Service. We don’t know about anyone else but we can’t help but think competitions might be somewhere in their future.
Senior Citizens’ Tea
A number of children visited the sheltered accommodation on Vicar’s Close to sing carols and spend time with the residents. A number of the residents then attended our annual Senior Citizens’ Tea the next day to sing carols, watch the dress rehearsal of the Early Years’ Nativity and hear the choir sing.
Happy 292nd Birthday!
November was our month to find out all about the school’s 292 years of history.
Some very special guests from the past came to celebrate with us including the former Headteacher of the school in the late ‘70s through to ‘90s, Miss English. We were also joined by the daughter and son-in-law of Mr Candler, who was the Headteacher for many years before Miss English and a student at WHCS in the 1920s. Children, staff, guests and parents came to see the result of the whole school project and take a historical tour of the school. Many of our photographs, old records, logbooks and artefacts were used to create a wonderful gallery.
Everyone was fascinated to meet the archaeologist from the British Museum who brought with her the artefacts discovered during a dig of the school field during the summer holiday which included 18th and 19th century pottery, stonework and blue china from France. There’s even a bit of a connection to a very famous Tudor ship but more on this is to follow...
On a Bear Hunt
Did you catch London Tonight on Monday 19th October? If you did you would have seen our Year 2 children talking about the wonderful time they had ‘On a Bear Hunt’ at the Discover Centre with Michael Rosen, the author of the famous children’s book. They found chocolate cake, smelly old socks and finally a bear on their hunt and spent time in a recreation of Michael Rosen’s old classroom and living room.
One of our most popular (dare we say the most popular?) visitors of the year was a Lurcher called Fudge who came along with her owner, Amy, to show us protective positions, what it’s like to be a dog owner and led workshops so children could work out how much it costs to be one. Now, if only we could get Fudge to stay for good. Sigh.
Disney Land - West Ham
When we received letters from two Reception children saying that they really, really wanted to go to Disneyland, there was only one thing we could do…
World Book Day
Pirates, princesses, Dr Seuss’ cat, more pirates, superheroes, elves, even more pirates, Robin Hood, Little Bo Peep’s lost sheep, the Fantastic Mr Fox, the big bad wolf, Humpty Dumpty and more. Just what you’d expect on World Book Day.
London Zoo meets William Blake
What do William Blake and London Zoo have in common? London Zoo is where the Year 6 children went to get the inspiration they needed to write their own works of poetry along the lines of Blake’s ‘The Tyger.’ And what great works of poetry it did inspire. Here’s one from their Animal Anthology:
Between 70 and 80 children and staff from our French link school, Ecole Condorcet, spent a wonderful morning with us in May 2015. They watched an assembly presentation then spent the rest of their time playing games on the field with us, charging up and down and practising their English on us while we practised our French on them.
175 children bought smoothies from the Healthy Team during their last smoothie sale and 175 now demand that smoothies be sold at least once a week.
Um, we’re waiting...
Don’t look down
If you’re at all afraid of heights, it might be better if you don’t look down. But the children who visited the Mile End Climbing Wall in July were made of sterner stuff than that and made it all the way to the top and back.
Wow, that helmet is a lot heavier than it looks!
Children of Enterprise
The small businesses set up by Year 6 as a part of their Enterprise Project raised a remarkable £256.97 in just one afternoon of sales. The children designed, made, costed, advertised and finally sold their products to their parents, other children and staff.
Eruptions of a Volcanic Kind
Coca Cola + Mentos = Blast off + oh so much fun!
By the Sea
Of course a tiny bit of rain didn’t dent the Year 6s enjoyment of their time at Walton-on-the-Naze. What do you take us for?
Year 6 Leavers’ Service
Saying goodbye is never easy but having a lovely send-off makes it ever so slightly easier.