Corsham Market trip, Autumn activities & Diwali celebration

It has been a very busy first half of term in the nursery. We started the term by focusing on the topic of "ourselves" and learning about our new classmates and how important it is to be kind to others and consider their feelings. The children enjoyed creating self-portraits using different mediums and materials.

We then moved onto learning about farming and harvest. This included a very enjoyable trip into Corsham to visit the market and fruit and vegetable shop where we purchased fruit to bring back to nursery with us in order for the children to make fruit salad for lunch.

With the season of Autumn now upon us our learning has focused on the changes that take place in our environment at this time of year and related activities including collecting leaves in the school grounds for leaf printing activities to form part of our classroom displays.

This half term ended with a firm favourite in the nursery calendar, our Diwali celebration morning when Mrs Ghuman came in and taught the children about how this festival is traditional celebrated.


Reception First Day at School

Featured in the Gazette and Herald, Wiltshire

Published Thursday, 12th October 2017

Forest School and Daily Phonics Lesson.

It is amazing how fast this first term at school has gone and how wonderfully the children have settled in. It has been a joy to see their confidence and enthusiasm for learning grow. Our theme of Percy The Park Keeper has inspired the children to stop and look at the world around them. This has been very evident during our trips to Forest School where the children have been busy making apple stew, building dens and toasting marshmallows. This always goes down a treat!

Our daily phonics lessons have brought reading to life for the children and huge smiles as they 'robot talk' their way through an ever-increasing number of words. The children can often be heard singing our phonic songs throughout the day. We have also been busy mastering the pre-cursive handwriting style. Nothing gets the children more enthused than writing their names on the light boards.

Throughout the term the children have grown in independence; we are excited to see their confidence continue to grow throughout next term.


Year 2 - Visit to Corsham Fire Station
Year 1 Trip to Berkeley Castle, Great Fire of London, Corsham Fire Station visit and Knight School with 'Sir James Waylander'

The children have been extremely busy and working hard in Years 1 and 2 this half term as the pupils settled back into life at Heywood after the summer break, learning within our topics, ‘Fire’ and ‘Castles’.

'Sir James Waylander of Trowbridge' paid Year 1 a visit to initiate our training with an exciting itinerary of jousting techniques, medieval dancing and outlined the journey from page to knight. Following on from this we have crafted our coats of arms combining our family names and our chivalrous traits. As our training progressed, Sir James extended us an invitation to visit a real castle and undertake some challenges.

Fire! Fire! Year 2 called the engines at Corsham fire station where they learnt from the firefighters all about the equipment and hoses used to fight fires. We talked about the materials used for the uniforms which keep the firefighters safe. We have travelled back in time to learn about the Great Fire of London by examining Samuel Pepys’ diary entries. The competition was on in our STEM sessions building structures, testing for strength and durability.

We’ve got a lot to look forward to following the half-term break as we continue to spark imagination and catapult towards the finales of our learning.


Year 4 trip to REME - Robotics and Machinery
Year 3 trip to Salisbury Museum

Year 3 have had a busy first half term in the Prep Department. The children have particularly enjoyed taking part in sporting fixtures with other schools for the first time. In Humanities, we have been finding out all about the Stone Age. Our trip to Salisbury Museum learning how to survive the Stone Age was really interesting and we won’t easily forget being able to touch a real mammoth’s tooth – it was huge! We all had the opportunity to handle and draw some artefacts like flint arrowheads and axe heads which were thousands of years old. We have also considered just how Stonehenge could have been built without today’s heavy machinery to move the enormous stones. To link in with our Stone Age topic in Humanities, it has been a case of Geology Rocks! in Science as we have been finding out all about different types of rocks and how they are formed. Everyone has also really enjoyed the story of Stig of the Dump, our focus in our English lessons– the chapter involving a real leopard at a children’s party was particularly exciting! A favourite Maths homework with everyone (especially Miss Evans and Miss Colbridge!) involved measuring and baking, as we all got to taste the results!

Year 4 at The REME Museum

Year 4 have been busy considering robotics and machinery, exploring the world of Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. The children had an incredible trip to the REME museum, building their own recovery vehicles using motors, gears and pulleys to rescue a toy truck. Turning a motor's power into the right movement to rotate wheels was incredibly tricky, but they persevered and succeeded! They used their discoveries to create non-fiction texts on a range of recovery vehicles too. All of this was supported in science lessons by learning about electricity; learning about the behaviours of electrons when building a charge through friction and considering simple and complex circuits in their own models and in real life. Year 4E also presented a very interesting and entertaining assembly on superstitions on Friday 13th October and we all learnt why this date is thought to be so unlucky.


Exploring exhibits at 'We the Curious'

It has certainly been an action- packed first half term back and Years 5 and 6 have been true role models for our younger children. Seeing how many Star of the Week certificates are awarded for kindness and consideration towards others certainly confirms this! It has also been pleasing to see members of Years 5 and 6 being awarded ‘kindness leaves’ for our ‘Kindness Tree’ for such acts.

Year 6 have carried out their roles and responsibilities maturely and enthusiastically and were a credit to the school during our ‘Heroes and Villains’ Open Day, where they led visitors confidently around the school. They have also gained valuable interview experience after being interviewed by Mr Easterbrook and are well prepared for the challenges of secondary school entrance examinations.

Year 5 have also been working extremely hard and highlights include: presenting independent research about Europe during Humanites; making volcanoes explode in Science and creating dragons in English. 5S also entertained the school with some well-performed and humorous poetry during their ‘performance poetry’ based assembly and their rendition of Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ will certainly remain in our memories for a long time.

We look forward to next half term, which is sure to be just as fun and rewarding.


Music at Heywood
School Band

The children have been busy so far this term with our new School Band and Heywood Harmonies groups in place for the new academic year, both of which have made a fantastic start with their rehearsals.

We kick-started the term with a fantastic drumming assembly by our talented drumming teacher, Tim Harding. Tim introduced children to the full drum kit and shared a number of rhythmic drumming patterns from rock and pop to military style drum rolls!

Heywood Harmonies gave a fantastic first performance at our Open Day just four weeks into the start of the term. The children sang a lovely acapella version of Heroes complete with djembe percussion; they impressed with their focus and commitment to be performance- ready so early in the term!

All the children performed beautifully at our Harvest Service this year. It was wonderful to see every child involved from Reception to Year 6! Years 3 and 4 really brought the story of The Enormous Turnip to life, reminding us of the importance of team work. Well done to Heywood Harmonies for a lovely rendition of Let's Harvest and Year 5 and 6 for their beautiful song Across the Fields which featured two very brave soloists Josh and Cassius. We were very proud of all your confidence and this was a super Harvest Celebration to finish the term.

Some musical highlights this term have been seeing the speed at which Year 4 have been picking up the ukulele. Year 4 will be jamming to a range of songs very soon! Year 6 have also really impressed with their scat bands. It takes a lot of patience, resilience and teamwork to work well in a band and each class have demonstrated in abundance and they are playing together extremely well. We will without doubt, share some numbers at Music and Drama Evening in the New Year!

Very well done to all our talented musicians and performers for a fantastic start to this academic year. We are very much looking forward now to all our upcoming Christmas performance opportunities.

Heywood Humbugs

Heywood Humbugs have had a fantastic start to the term. They have been introduced to some diverse instruments of the week including ukulele, flute, recorder, djembe and we even had a wonderful performance from our Head Girl Charlotte who played her clarinet to the group beautifully. The children have enjoyed lots of Autumn songs and were thrilled to sing and play percussion instruments in our spooky Halloween Humbugs extravaganza, in costume of course!


Heywood have loved taking music into the community with our Ukulele Tuesday's group at the Pound Arts Centre. Children have the lovely opportunity to play alongside a wide range of age groups from Year 4 up to 64! We have been working hard to prepare material for our performance at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch on at the beginning of December. Do come and join us for a jam – all ages and abilities welcome. The club runs on Tuesdays 4 - 4:45pm at The Pound Arts Centre.


Fantasy Corinthian Columns
Weaving and Year 6 grotesques

We’ve had a creative and colourful start to the year in the Art Department. Years 3 and 4 have been improving their dexterity and fine motor skills by creating beautiful weaving circles. The main challenge in this project has been for every pupil to learn to tie a knot – a valuable life skill! Year 3 have based their circles on the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Year 4 on trees and you can now see these masterpieces hanging in the entrance to the main school. The art and architecture of the Greek Empire have absorbed the Year 5s over the last few weeks and each child has created their own fantasy Corinthian column that would rival the sculpture reliefs found on the Elgin Marbles! With Halloween approaching you will soon find Year 6's grotesques adorning the walls around the school. We had great fun experimenting with a new found art room material – celluclay. It has the properties of clay, but is made from ground up paper and glue. Once dried it is incredibly strong and can be sandpapered and even drilled into. Year 6 have created some incredibly imaginative sculptures – prepared to be scarred!

It has been a busy few weeks in our after-school art clubs. We started our first prop and scenery making club, the results of which you will see in the Harvest festival and later this term in the nativity plays. In November we look forward to the first of our weekend workshops with Mrs Martin. We have also been able to celebrate the creativity of Heywood pupils outside the school during the Peacock Trail. All pupils from current years 4 and 6 had work displayed in the Town Hall for the duration of the trail and three of our pupils won places in the age 7-10 category. Thomas (Year 4) First Prize, Elliott (Year 4) Second Prize and Alfie (Year 4) Third Prize.

Although it is still far away, pupils have been thinking about Christmas and the children have put a great deal of effort into designing their own Christmas card. These will be turned into professional cards, wrapping paper and other exciting Christmas items which parents can purchase, with the proceeds going to Friends of Heywood.


Heywood Prep vs Warminster School Fixture
Bath Community Rugby, Mid-Wilts Cross Country Event at Biddestone, matches v. Warminster

There have been many exciting new developments on the sports front at Heywood Prep this term. One of the highlights has been the wonderful opportunity of our after school rugby club link with Bath Community Rugby, where all of the children involved became flag bearers for the Bath RFC premiership match against Newcastle Falcons in September. This was an amazing experience and, despite Bath losing the game by one point, everyone had a great time.

There has been a greater emphasis this term on Inter-house sports, and Yr 3-6 competed at Biddestone and Corsham Court for their house cross country races. Congratulations to the Romans who won the combined Yr 5-6 event and Danes who won the Yr 3-4 event.

The top six in each of the combined year groups from the Inter-house event then went on to represent Heywood Prep in the first ever Mid Wilts Primary Schools event at Biddestone. Nine Primary Schools, including 152 runners, competed over the four races. The Heywood Prep runners were extremely successful with Alfie (Year 4) 1st, Matilda (Year 3) 2nd, Michelle (Year 4) 3rd and Tom (Year 4) 3rd and in the overall team event Heywood came a very close 2nd.

The school sports teams have enjoyed a successful start to the term in their matches. Every pupil has been able to represent the school in fixtures and we have also competed in a number of Bath Schools' Festival Events. The performances and results have been extremely encouraging and Heywood will be looking to build on this positive start to the term.

After half term we will be having team photos taken by David Wiltshire for each Year 3 - 6 boys rugby and girls hockey team, whilst they will also compete for their House in Inter-house rugby and hockey competitions.

We wish our pupils a happy and restful half term, and look forward to welcoming them back after the break to begin another action-packed half term of laughter and learning.


The Heywood Wall of Pumpkins

Looking at the pumpkins!

Nursery comes to visit the Heywood wall of pumpkins

What a show...even the resident peacock came to take a look!

Wishing you all a lovely half term holiday!

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