The plight of the Swifts

Hastings and Rother Swifts Conservation Group have teamed up with Battle Library to raise awareness about the plight of the Swifts which are now RED on the UK Conservation list. Details below!

Information on the recent addition of swift nesting bricks into the clock tower can be found via the following link,…/battle-s-special-project/

Tree planting with One Planet Matters

One Planet Matters will be visiting Westfield at the start of January with trees for us to plant a mini orchard. 

Through this community project, the school will create better biodiversity on site and grow our own fresh fruit for us to enjoy! One Planet Matters is a charity community project that relies on donations to keep running.

They have a specific fundraising page for our orchard project, which we would be very grateful of any donations to:

If you’d like more information on what One Planet matters aims to achieve you can visit: Growing Communities Network

*If you would be interested in helping with the planting of our mini orchard, please get in contact with the school office. Miss Adams has a list of names of those that showed interest in the project last year and will be in touch closer to January with details of our planting project.

Illnesses- How long do I keep my child off school?

There are a variety of childhood illnesses that, for the majority of the time, cannot be avoided when children are attending school in close proximity to each other. Below is a helpful poster from the Public Health Agency. It shows how long children need to be off school if they have any of these common illnesses.

For further information, please see our school attendance policy.

Christmas 2020 at Westfield

Whilst, this Christmas, things have been a little different to usual, we have still managed to do some Christmas activities with the children which we can share with you.

Reception have done a nativity which they have recorded for Reception parents. Hopefully, we’ll be able to share some snapshots once the full video has been edited.

Deck the halls

All classes have made Christmas decorations which have been hung on festive hoops in the corridors. Wandering through the school has truly felt like walking through a Christmas Wonderland.

Reception Hoop
Year 2 Hoop
Year 3 Hoop
Year 4 Hoop
Year 5 Hoop
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The PTA arranged for all classes to watch an online Panto of Cinderella which children and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed.

The Reindeer Boogie

Year 2 have made a video of their reindeer drawings to share with everyone. Click the photo below to watch!

Christmas time is coming!

As Year 5 & 6 couldn’t perform their traditional carol concert to parents this year, we have taken their performance online! Thanks to Miss Mitchell for all her hard work in putting this wonderful concert together.

The leaning tree of Westfield

A huge thank you to Littledown Christmas Tree Farm for their kind donation of a Christmas Tree for our playground.


You will all be aware of the new reading program we started, Accelerated Reader. In KS1, children get a raffle ticket for reading 5 times a week. In KS2 children get a raffle ticket every time they pass a quiz after reading a book.

Raffle tickets have been collected over the term and today the draw was made!

10 children in total won prizes, 5 in KS1 and 5 in KS2.

A huge congratulations to Jessalyn in Year 5 and Charlie in Year 2 for winning an Amazon Kindle each!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time around! There will be another chance to win an Amazon Kindle at Easter!

Thrive Christmas Activities

Thrive have shared some Christmas activities you can do with children at home to get into the festive spirit. Download the file below to access a Christmas Treasure hunt, design your own selfie prop and templates to make your own Christmas decorations!

Christmas Gifs

YoungMinds #Take20

Taken from YoungMinds

Starting a conversation can be difficult, especially if you’re worried
that your child is having a hard time. It doesn’t matter what topic the
conversation starts with – it’s about the opportunity it gives you both
to talk about feelings and to provide comfort.

Here’s some conversation ideas to start things off…

You’re the leading expert when it comes to your child. You can tell
when they aren’t in the mood to talk, or when they aren’t responding
to your attempts.
Reassure them that if they don’t want to talk now, they can talk to you
at any time. You can also follow up conversations with encouragers:

If you are concerned about anything that has come up in a conversation, try your best to tell them how you see things, and be clear about any actions you are going to take. Try to provide comfort and reassurance.

If you need help or support, please contact YoungMinds parents helpline on 0808 802 5544. Mon – Fri 9:30am-4pm