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Year 4 Transition into Year 5

Welcome to this page designed for those children joining us in Year 5 in September 2023.

We would just like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to West Moors Middle School. We are delighted that you will be joining Year 5 in September 2023, ready to start a new exciting adventure. We are all very much looking forward in sharing this stage of your learning journey. 

Please keep your eye on this page as we will be adding letters and videos with further helpful information over the next few weeks. 

Open Events for Admissions in September 2022

Open Evening for school admissions Tuesday 27th September 2022 

This is such a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to ask our children about their learning experiences on a day-to-day basis along with their opportunities to engage in enrichment activities.

In addition, the Headteacher will also provide small, socially distanced, guided tours, which will start at 09.00-10.15 and will include an information session with the opportunity for you to ask any questionsThese morning tours will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 4th October 2022
  • Thursday 6th October 2022
  • Tuesday 11th October 2022

Such events will provide parents/ carers with an opportunity for them to visit and not only meet us in person but also feel the care, positivity and purposeful learning environment that West Moors Middle School provides to enable all children to thrive and reach their potential.

For further information or booking please contact the school office on 01202 872474 or office@westmoorsmid.dorset.sch.uk.

Virtual Tour of West Moors Middle School

Our virtual tour of the school is divided into two parts where you will be able to access more information. You can also join our Twitter (@west_moors) and Facebook pages ( https://www.facebook.com/WestMoorsMiddleSchool/). 

Part 1

Part 2

Academic Support

At West Moors Middle School we believe that every child has the right to access the curriculum through effective differentiation, ensuring that all children are the best that they can be. We are also aware that, for some children, this may mean that they have in class support or specialist equipment. When assessing individual needs we believe that it is essential to liaise with the parents/ carers, children and the teachers to ensure that we are supporting them to work as independently as possible and thereby build on their sense of achievement and self-esteem.

Our teaching team will use a range of strategies and monitor the progress of students carefully to identify any further provision or support that may be required. This will be reviewed and discussed with parents at regular intervals throughout the Academic Year. Our staff have been in regular contact with staff from our feeder schools to be as informed as possible regarding the needs of our new students. Mrs Tai, the SENCo, will be contacting all parents over the next few weeks to introduce herself and to discuss any concerns relating to transition that students and parents may have.

We understand that changing schools, especially in the current situation, will be quite distressing for some children who may be feeling very nervous and anxious. This is why we have created a booklet with the key information for our new pupils and their families. The booklet will allow children to familiarise themselves with the school if they have not already visited and to know who the key staff are that they can come and speak to if they would like to talk to someone.

Transition Booklet

Pond Area Development

Excitedly, we have recently regenerated our pond area, clearing extensive brambles to enable our children to have access to nature and pond life. On our newly fitted, decking platform our children have already spotted tadpoles and pond skaters! It’s amazing to be able to offer a hands on approach when studying key curriculum areas such as Science and Topic, enabling them all to have an opportunity to observe nature as it unfolds each season. 

Gardening and Polytunnel Development


We are very excited to announce that during May 2021 our polytunnel and a series of raised flower beds were officially opened. This incredible gardening project was only possible due to the kindness and generosity of The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) and The Ferndown and Parley Rotary Club. Our children are now growing a range of fruit and vegetables which they will be able to enjoy at snack time. They will also be able to use produce grown to develop their own exciting recipes to make in Cookery lessons! This project underpins our wellbeing philosophy, enabling children to get pleasure and fulfilment outdoors to support their mental health and wellbeing. 

Forest School Development


Forest Schools is an evidence-based, child-centred, inspirational learning opportunity. At West Moors Middle School, it plays an integral part of our children’s learning across all year groups as develop their independence, self esteem and a positive attitude, exploring and experiencing the natural world for themselves. Our external Forest Schools trained teacher delivers weekly sessions in a dedicated forest area on our school’s grounds and our children’s faces light up as they thrive during this outdoor learning opportunity!

Storm- our very special school dog

We strive to enhance health and wellbeing here in our school community. We would therefore like to introduce you to Storm, our very own school therapy dog. Research has down that pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness. Caring for Storm, we therefore help children at West Moors Middle School to grow up feeling secure and active. In this photo, Storm is wearing his very special school uniform made by Cassidy fits him like a treat!

Keeping up to date with all developments

At West Moors Middle School we believe that every child has the right to access the curriculum through effective differentiation, ensuring that all children are the best that they can be. We are also aware that, for some children, this may mean that they have in class support or specialist equipment. When assessing individual needs we believe that it is essential to liaise with the parents/ carers, children and the teachers to ensure that we are supporting them to work as independently as possible and thereby build on their sense of achievement and self-esteem.

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Dates For Your Diary

 

 Our normal transition process includes key events that we would like to bring to your attention. Provisionally, if the Government’s road map out of Covid-19 remains on track, we would like to provide the following:


Year 5 Transfer Day: Friday 1st July 2022 (09.00-15.00)

New Year 5 Induction Evening– giving parents and carers an opportunity to meet key members of staff and our Year 5 Lead Teachers and learn more about topics being covered along with enrichment opportunities and home learning support at our school.

When:      Thursday 30th June 2022          Time: 17.30-18.30

For any parents/ carers who are unable to attend, a recording of this session will be filmed and uploaded onto the Transition page of our school’s website.

Year 5 Welcome Morning for Parents/ Carers: Tuesday 13th September 2022 09.00-10.00

First Day of Autumn Term – Monday 5th September 2022