We are so lucky at West Hill to have lots of space. We have four playgrounds, three halls and even a static double decker bus! Both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two have their own gardens whilst Nursery and Reception have a playground just for them and they also enjoy their own outside classroom.There is a mud kitchen, garden and bug hotel and we also have provision for forest school.
Our ground floor hall is our Creative Hub which classes use all year round to practise singing, recorder and create amazing artwork which can then be displayed in this specially designed space. Our Creative Hub also has special booths for small groups to work in and giant beanbags for relaxed reading or viewing.
Our middle hall is used for lunches,school productions and concerts and assemblies as well as indoor PE lessons or intrasport competitions.
Our top hall is also used for PE lessons and assemblies and also hosts visitors such as Big Foot Arts Education for workshops and performances. These spaces are very flexible for us and enable us to create a wealth of experiences for our pupils.
We are very lucky to have a lot of classroom space too which has enabled us to create a wonderful library on our top floor as well as a specialised Computing Suite on our first floor. This is in addition to sixty iPads and virtual reality kits which are used throughout the school grounds.
For computing lessons we have additional resources to help our pupils learn to code. Robots known as Spheros are used by the older children and Bee-Bots by the younger children.
Music has a high profile in West Hill and as such we provide children with their own trumpets when they are taught how to play in Year 4. We also have recorders for our Year 3 pupils and djembe drums for a variety of classes to use.
We use our double decker ‘Brain Bus’ for lessons for whole classes as well as small groups and also at lunchtimes for creative activities. The downstairs has tables and chairs whilst the upper deck is an open space with soft seating and a TV screen which gives us a little more flexibility in how we use the space depending on the lesson.