Welcome to West Moors Middle School. Best middle school results in Dorset for Greater Depth: 33% (compared with an average of 21% across all schools in Dorset) of children attained Greater Depth in Writing. and 26% (compared with an average of 22% across all schools in Dorset) of children attained Greater Depth in Maths. Virtual Open Event- Thinking about your child joining us in September 2021? Please visit our Admissions page to view our virtual tours.

Year 4 Transition into Year 5

Welcome to this page designed for those children joining us in Year 5 in September 2021. 

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 2021, 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. Provisionally, if the Government’s road map out of Covid-19 remains on track, we would like to provide a Transfer Day for new Year 5s on the 2nd July 2021 (08.45-15.15). We can’t wait to meet you all then and we have lots of fun activities planned. If for any reason, you can’t attend the transfer day, then something will be organised for you virtually.  

In addition, we have set aside the evening of the 14th of July 2021 for a Parents’/ Carers' induction meeting where you will meet some of the staff and have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Parents/ Carers will be able to select from one of two slots:

17.00-18.00 Parents/ Carers of children in Group A

18.30-19.30 Parents/ Carers of children in Group B

We hope that you enjoy the virtual tour provided by our Head Teacher, Dr Craddock and the video introducing you to Mrs Burns and Miss Willis, our two, experienced Year 5 teachers.  

 

Virtual Tour of West Moors Middle School

 

Part 1    Part 2 

 

INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 5 TEACHERS

 

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 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 2nd July 2021 (08.45-15.15)


      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.

      Wednesday 14th July 2021-

      17.00-18.00 Parents/ Carers of children in Group A

      18.30-19.30 Parents/ Carers of children in Group B

      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 14th September 2021 09.00-10.00


      First Day of Autumn Term – Monday 6th September 2021