Welcome to Children's Mental Health Week
Friday 22nd May
Be super, mega, proud of who you are!
Join in and sing along with one of our favourites...
Thursday 21st May
MAKE SOMEONE EVERY TWO HOURS
1 FROM 1 PERSON, EVERY DAY = 7 BILLION EACH DAY
FIND YOUR KIND...
As well as smiling through today, you could:
AND, ONE MORE THING...
Wait until you see all those amazing smiles at the end.
Don't forget your challenge - make someone smile every couple of hours today!
Today, it's all about learning a new skill or trying a new activity.
There's lots of things that you could choose! Think about something that you've always wanted to be able to do and then, have a go! (No bungee jumping though!)
Learning new skills can help you to connect with others and it can boost your self confidence and help you to feel really 'good about yourself'.
I've learnt some new skills and took part in activities that I hadn't tried before.
Baking with my mum was really fun! I wasn't allowed to lick the spoon though!
Look what I can do now! I can give my my paw to anyone who asks me!
You have to practice skills but if you keep going - you can do it!
Other suggested skills or activities you could try out:
Learning to hoopla; knitting; using a new language; coding; playing a musical instrument; writing poetry; film making; arts and crafts; animations; drawing; fashion designing; sign language; keepy-uppies; sewing; gardening; chores around the house; baking; first aid; newspaper reporting; dancing; photography.
There's a whole lot more as well!
GO ON, FIND YOUR BRAVE AND LEARN A NEW SKILL OR ACTIVITY!
We shared a lovely poem yesterday - Stars in the Night.
Here's a link to the poem being performed and the actions to go with it.
Why not try following along, reading the poem and doing the actions?
There's lots of things that might make us feel a little bit uncomfortable, but inside, we would really like to be able to do. Westie has given you some ideas but you might want to think about something you'd like to achieve but you're a little bit unsure.
You could write your 'brave' goal down, or draw a picture and send it to Westie or your teacher.
MY BRAVE GOAL
When I go back to school, I'm going to try to 'woof' louder in Celebration Assemblies because I get all jiggly inside when Mr Quinn holds me up and asks, "What would Westie say?" I know you'll all help me with this by joining in!
I'm going to... 'FIND MY BRAVE'
Westie's yoga teacher, Fred in the 'downward dog' pose.
Yoga and meditation exercises for KS1
Let's start with a virtual assembly...
I 'found my brave' and wrote a postcard for my neighbour, Beryl to let her know that I'm thinking of her. It made me feel good when I posted it through her letterbox.
There is a link attached to downloadable postcards if you'd like to connect with someone this way.
Maybe you could draw a picture of you being brave and send it to Westie? He'd love that!
It's all about FINDING YOUR BRAVE!
Suggested resources for parents/carers:
SUGGESTED READS FOR INFANTS:
What was I scared of? - Dr Seuss
Be Brave Little Penguin - Giles Andreae
The Lion Inside - Rachel Bright
SUGGESTED READS FOR JUNIORS:
The Rollercoaster series - Paula Nagel (explores transition to high school)
The Huge Bag of Worries - Virginia Ironside
Mind Your Head - Juno Dawson
Wonder - R J Palacio (Upper KS2)
AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WESTIE...
At Westbrook Old Hall Primary School, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re following guidance from Public Health England on the steps we, as a school, should be taking. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will provide further details as and when they become available.
From this page you can navigate to projects, tasks and learning activities for your child to complete at home, in the event of a school closure. We want to provide access to online resources for continuity of learning. We have also provided a 'generic' list of educational sites that may be useful during any closure. All children should have their usernames and passwords on a sticker in their reading record.
For ease of navigation, these resources have been organised by year group. You may, however, find your child needs to access resources on the page for the year group below theirs. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher via email.
Thursday 14th May
There was a heightened excitement in my house today!
Do you know what I did? I went out to the park and I sat on a bench! Mr Johnson said I could, so I did!
It was very peaceful, although I probably didn't choose the best bench as my paws kept getting stuck in the gaps! I really enjoyed watching my fellow furry friends running around on the field. What a great experience (although not as great as finding a long clump of grass and sniffing it)!
After my 'bench sit', off we went and explored the woods. My mum got this great photo of me. Can you spot where I am? I love the way the sun's rays are shining through the trees.
This photograph inspired me to try to take a few snaps myself. Maybe this could be my new hobby? What do think of my snaps?
When I was a Pup
How did you get on yesterday? Did you manage to work out who our wellington wearer was? Of course you did! It was...
I've come up with a new challenge for the next couple of weeks. Each day, I'll post a picture of me at a famous landmark. Then it's over to you, super detectives, to work out where I am.
Are you ready? Here's our first one...
Wednesday 13th May
High five Westie wags!
Today, I received some great news! My groomer is going to start back at work and I'm on the waiting list for a 'makeover'. I'm so excited about this - it means that I'll be a lot cooler once all this extra fur is removed and my mum won't have to cut my long bits with the gardening scissors!
It's been quite hard not seeing all my friends over the last few weeks but I've been very lucky to have my family and my toys around me to help cheer me up.
Today, I thought I'd introduce you to those special toys that have kept me playing and who I've snuggled with when I needed some calm, reflective time. I want to say a great big 'thank you' to them.
A group picture to start with.
Let me introduce you firstly to Hog. He's a hedgehog and he's very special to me because he has been with me since I was a pup (I'm 7 now). When I was adopted by my lovely family, Hog was right by my side. In fact, he's so special that I can't go to sleep without him.
I love him very much and the best thing is that his spikes are soft and not prickly!
Raffi is up next. As you've probably guessed, he's a giraffe. I really like giraffes. I think they're amazing creatures! I'd love to have a long neck like a giraffe - I'd be able to get to those pesky squirrels when they dart up trees.
Anyway, Raffi is a great toy to have around because he's got a rubber ring that he holds on to. Oh, I can't tell you the fun I have with my humans, having a 'tug of war' with this!
I bet you all have a special toy that helps to comfort you when you're feeling a bit sad or to cheer you up when you need a cuddle? Even my mum, who's quite old, has a special toy that she keeps on her bed that makes her feel happy!
When I was a Pup
Did you manage to guess our lovely pup yesterday? Well, just in case you didn't it was...
Today's pup looks amazing in her bright yellow wellingtons!
This should get you thinking...
She's always been the 'outdoors' type from a young age.
She loves the forest and learning outside!
Morning children! I'm just enjoying a bit of peace and quiet in the sun. It's hectic in my household as I've got a Westie brother called Bubba and a Westie sister called Dolly. They're both younger than me so I have to keep them entertained.
Hi, I'm Molly. I thought I'd share my best photograph with you.
This was me dressed as Rudolph at Christmas! All I needed was a red nose!
Tuesday 12th May
Happy, yappy 200th birthday Florence Nightingale!
I learnt all about her today. She is the reason we have such amazing nurses all around the world. Thank you Florence and thank you to all the nurses who look after us.
Sometimes, I have to go to vet for a 'check-up' and the nurses there are lovely. They give me treats, strokes and lots of fuss!
I'd love to be a nurse but I don't think dogs are allowed in hospital.
I am allowed to go and visit my Nan in her care home though, so perhaps I could be a nurse there?
My Nan has lots of nurses that look after her and the other residents.
I'd help people who felt 'woof' to get better!
I've got to say that the day did not end the way I'd choose it to (treats, cuddles and couch snoozing). Oh no, these humans decided that I needed another B-A-T-H!
Well, I have to agree that I might have been a bit smelly (I wish they would invent some of that spray stuff that my humans use).
Also, I suppose I do feel better afterwards but it's not the best way to spend my time!
When I was a Pup
Yesterday's clue has to be my favourite one yet - she's never naughty - that's because she's...
Today's offering is another cute young lady pup...
You'll find her zooming between four classrooms in KS2!
Monday 11th May
Throw your paws in the air like you just don't care!
Today was all about reflection. In particular, what it was like before my mum turned herself into a dog groomer (not!!!) I'm sure she nearly cut my tail off the other day!
Here's a couple of pictures of me back in the day when my lovely groomer performed her magic with proper scissors - not kitchen scissors!
It has to be the 'home haircut' at the moment so that we can keep everyone safe!
When I was a Pup
How did your thinking caps go yesterday? Did you guess that the young pup was...
Today's young pup is full of fun and happiness, enjoying a special day out at the beach.
Want a little hint?
This was a picture of her in her 'early years'. I don't think she was every naughty!
VE DAY WEEKEND
Woofs and wags!
How was your weekend? I had a great one - celebrating with my household and honouring all those who helped to make VE day possible 75 years ago.
My mum and I did some research and it was amazing to learn that it wasn't just the amazing humans that helped us to be free today. It was animals as well that played a part. Look at these brave dogs (I'm sure I must be related to one of them because I think I'm super brave as well, especially when I have to venture into the deep undergrowth looking for squirrels to chase!)
I found out that some of my four-legged friends parachuted over enemy lines to carry out search and rescue missions and 18 dogs received the PDSA Dickin Medal - the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross!
My woofy friends who received medals include Beauty, a Wire Haired Terrier, who found and saved 63 animals during air raids, and Judy, an English Pointer, who relayed hundreds of messages across enemy lines.
I'm so proud to be a dog and honour my fellow canines!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
How cute was our last little pup? Well, I can now tell you that the featured pup was...
Get your thinking caps on with today's pup! I think this is another easy one though!
A clue to help you:
She can be found in KS2 and she loved taking part in all the activities at Robinwood this year!
WESTIE'S VE DAY MESSAGE
75 years ago today, the nation celebrated as peace returned to Europe. I'm sure you'll all be remembering all the brave people and animals who helped to bring peace and normality back to our lives.
Here's a little message from me...
Thursday 7th May
High paws my friends!
So, as part of my home schooling, I have been learning all about electricity and especially how it is produced and - my mum says - ways in which we can produce it so it doesn't harm our environment.
Well guess what - we went on a home school trip!
Have you ever seen the wind turbine when you've been on the motorway or visiting Gemini Retail Park? My mum took me there!
It was absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe how big it was! I stood right underneath it!
I watched this great clip on YouTube before I went so I could understand exactly how the wind turbine worked!
I hope I'm going to get a Westie sticker for all my hard work! I only need another three and then I'll get a Celebration Certificate!
When I was a Pup
Did you have to scratch your head a bit to guess Tuesday's pup? Now for the big reveal. It was...
Check out our pup for today! Creative as ever, even at such a young age!
Time for a helpful hint:
You'll find her in KS2, always looking amazing with her matching headbands and outfits! She had a keen sense of style even from such a young age.
Morning Westbrook Old Hall. My name is Angus and I live in Wakefield. I've been keeping myself busy at home, playing hide and seek with my family. Can you guess where my hiding spot was?
Greetings from Scotland! Now, I've got a very unusual name. It's Pollaidh. I'm named after a mountain the the West Highlands of Scotland (where my ancestors orignated!)
This is a picture of me on holiday last year in South Uist. It's the second largest island on the Outer Hebrides. See if you can find it o a map of the UK.
Wednesday 6th May
Well, waggle my Westie tail! I'm a bit late posting because I've been busy preparing a little surprise for you all for VE Day celebrations on Friday. Honestly, I don't know how these pop stars and actors do it! I'm on about take 53 and still going.
Anyway, Wednesday was all about picnics. I love a good picnic, especially when it involves some of my favourite treats!
I brought all my special toys out to enjoy the sunshine on the picnic rug as well. I did forget to share my ice-cream though! I'd woofed it all down before I had time to think!
I'm really missing my friends today and my Nan. I normally go and visit her in the Care Home and say hello to all the other residents but we're not allowed to go in at the moment. I know this is to make sure that we can keep her and all the other residents safe.
Because I was feeling a bit sad, my mum read me this great book all about the virus. It helped me to understand a bit more.
Why don't you have a read...
Tuesday 5th May
What would Westie say? Woof Woof!!
I decided to get up early today and really get 'stuck in' to my learning. My sister was helping me today and I learnt a little bit of history about my breed. I originated from Scotland (in the West Highlands) and my ancestors chased after rats and other vermin. Interestingly, I also have a double coat - one soft inner layer and another more coarse outer layer! No wonder I'm hot when the sun comes out!
Now, here's my favourite bit - research shows that I am intelligent and quick to learn. Well, I have to agree with that!
Hope you're enjoying your 'WALKIES'. Remember though, stay safe and don't sniff trees or bushes!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you have to 'ponder, ponder' as to who yesterday's pup was?
Well, it was...
Our young pup today has the most fabulous, bright, blue eyes and lovely smile!
A helpful hint for you...
Find her in KS1, always helping everyone.
I wonder who can actually spell her surname correctly?
Morning little woofers! My name is Cooper and I'm from Falkirk, Scotland. I love having a bath, can you tell?
Remember to keep washing your paws and stay safe!
Monday 4th May
Tail wags and high paws my friends!
Another sunny day yesterday so it was off exploring in the local woods for my 'once a day' sniffy walk.
We've discovered so many places around my local area that we didn't know were there! It's really exciting - a bit like finding a bone in the garden that I'd buried and forgotten about!
I love finding a good stream but I'm not brave enough to test out the water. I'll leave that to my other friends who love a good paddle - I'm more the spectating kind of dog!
After my tea, my brother gave me one of my favourite treats - ice-cream! It's so yummy.
Did you know it's a special ice-cream and apparently it's got good things in it that help my tummy?
All I know is that it's scrumdiddlyumptious!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Well, I can reveal that yesterday's lovely, young pup was...
Today's young pup is another cute offering. I don't think you'll need much help with this one! I don't think she's changed a bit!
I'll still give you a clue though!
She's got the longest hair in KS1!
Hi there children! I just wanted to say how proud all us Westies are of you for being super good and patient, staying at home to make sure everyone stays safe.
My name is Charlie and I'm 4 years old. I live in Manchester which isn't that far away from Warrington.
Bore da! That's good morning in Welsh!
How are you all doing children? We just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for doing all your online work and being so brave during this time.
We're Jess and Mick and we live in Newport, South Wales!
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd May
High paws everyone!
I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and you're fresh and raring to go with your online learning this week.
My mum said I'm going to be doing a little bit of research as to my origins - a bit like a family tree. I'll keep you updated.
My weekend was all about exercise, cuddles and cleaning! Unfortunately, the cleaning was based on me. I had to have another bath and have my paws washed!
On Saturday, my sister took me to the big field and we had a mini game of football (just me and her!)
She said I need to brush up on my skills as I kept getting distracted by birds! I'll have to get some extra lessons off Mr Mac!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you have to ponder a while to work out who our pup was on Thursday? Well, I can reveal it was...
Today's pup is a happy, young lady! Look at that smile!
A little clue, just for you: She's brilliant with a laptop and a computer!
Greetings from Blairgowrie, Scotland (see if you can find it on a map!)
My name's Clova and I love to show off my singing skills in my garden. I think I might enter Britain's Got Talent! Hope you're all staying safe. Take care children!
Thursday 30th April
I was very excited today about our very first online school assembly and Golden Apple Awards!
Well done to all the children who were nominated - it made me feel very proud reading how you are all rising to these challenging times, keeping positive and learning new skills!
Another 'splashing in the puddles' walk for me and then home for a little science exploration.
I've always been interested in anything scientific and I love exploring and reading about famous scientists such as Charles Barkwin - I think that's his name?
I really tried my best not to react. It was so hard, I just couldn't resist. It just something about a squeak that grabs me!!
I tried it several times and each time, despite me focussing really hard, I just had to turn my head to the squeak!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
What did you think about yesterday's pup? Did you manage to work out who it was? Well, if you didn't I can now reveal it was...
On to today's pup...
A little something to get you thinking : This little lady still uses the same hand gesture in class and she's definitely an 'I can' learner.
KS2 is a very flamboyant place and she loves to help us all with our writing!
Hello Westbrook Old Hall Primary! My name is Wallace and I'm 12 years old. I live in Lancashire with my Mum and Dad and my little brother Percy who's a Border Terrier. He's okay... if you've got little brother's you'll know what I mean!
I'm usually a very well behaved boys except when I decide to dig and get really dirty, as you can see from my picture.
Stay safe children!
Hello children! I'm Freddie and I want to say thank you for being so positive and staying at home.
I live in Chester and I just love to spend all my time in my garden. It's got great areas to sniff and dig in!
Wednesday 29th April
High paws guys and gals!
Firstly, how did you get on with the film quiz? I know a couple of teachers had a go. I wonder if they got them correct?
1. Lion King
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Peppa Pig
4. Lady and the Tramp
7. Finding Nemo
8. Trolls World Tour
I hope you enjoyed it. Watch out next week for another Westie quiz.
Rain didn't stop play for me yesterday. I've been doing 'Dog Bed to 5k' with my mum for a while now. We decided to run yesterday morning before the rain came. Well, when I say run, it's more of a run, sniff, wee, walk for me!
Anyway, we ran a Westie route! Look at the outline of our run. It looks just like me!
When we got back home, we did our stretches and then my mum gave me some peanut butter to replace my lost energy.
I now want to go running instead of walking every day if it means I get this yummy treat afterwards!
So, after all the exercise, chewing and peanut butter munching, I decided an early night was needed.
I don't think my mum was impressed that I decided to fall asleep on her bed with my head on her pillow!
Sweet dreams everyone!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you manage to uncover the identity of out pup yesterday? It was...
A throwback to the black and white era today but what a 'dapper' young pup we have for you!
Get your thinking caps on with a tasty morsel to get you thinking:
What would Westie say about this young learner?
Tail wags to you all! I'm Islay and I live in Lincoln. It's a good job I have my own computer to keep in touch with all my friends.
Thank you for staying at home to help our carers and NHS.
Tuesday 28th April
Woofs and wags Westie friends!
The weather definitely turned today. My mum said we needed rain for the plants and the crops. I need rain so I can splash in puddles on my daily walk! I had so much fun! My fur was all soggy and my mum said I smelt of 'wet dog'. Well, that's probably because I was a wet dog!
In the evening, we decided to have a bit of relaxation time. Do you have a favourite cushion on your couch? I do! It's black and sparkly. I used my relaxation time to hug my special cushion. It's so big and comfy!
Have fun guessing! I'll give you the answers tomorrow.
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you work out who the pup was yesterday? It was...
On to today's pup - what a happy young lady!
Want a helpful hint?
Think KS1 but she also took on the might of crating and canoeing at Robinwood this year!
Hello everyone! I'm Merlin and I live in Surrey. I'm a real life wizard - just like my name. I can make my food disappear right before your eyes!
Thank you for staying at home to help everyone. Stay safe!
Greetings from Glasgow! Dougal here! My family call me Dougal the Destroyer! I don't understand why? You have to get those squeaks out of the toys don't you?
Hope you are all staying safe.
Monday 27th April
High paws all you Westie waggers!
I hope you have all had a chance to look at the team photograph and video that my lovely work friends have put together (with help from the IT expert Miss Gavin!) I think it's great and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
How did you get on with my quiz yesterday? Did you manage to answer them all?
1. Germany - capital city Berlin.
2. Spain - capital city Madrid.
3. France - capital city Paris.
4. England - capital city London.
5. Australia - capital city Canberra.
Well done! I'm busy getting another quiz ready for you soon so watch this space!
My mum and I had a great time on our 'once a day' walk. We played a little game. We had to find or do things on our walk that spelt WESTIE. Here goes...
W = Woods
E = Edge of canal
S = Stream
T = Tree trunks
I = In a bush
E = End of walk
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you guess the 'young pup' yesterday? I think the Lego clue should have helped. It was...
On to today, here's a very handsome young pup for you...
A little clue to help you: He was wearing jazzy tops even at that age! FLOWER POWER!
Big woofs go out to you all! My name is Sadie and I'm 16 years old - that's 112 in human years!
I live in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
I love to help my mummy in the garden but I love watching next door's cat sat on the fence even more! Stay safe!
Greetings from sunny Surrey! My name is Archie and I'm 10 years old. I am very lucky because I live right by the beach and I love to run on the sand (only once a day at the moment though).
Thank you for staying home to keep everyone safe!
THURSDAY 23RD - SUNDAY 26TH APRIL
It's been a quiet couple of days on the Westie front. My family and I have spent our days laughing, learning, working and enjoying the sunshine.
So, the weather is changing and it's cooler and we might see some rain. I'm quite glad really because I haven't been able to have my fur cut and it's really warm with my extra, extra layer!
Although I'm able to have my one walk a day, I'm still doing this...
It seems that everyone is going quiz cray at the moment. We've had that many quizzes at home that I think we'd all beat the Chaser!
Anyway, it was my turn on Saturday to prepare a quiz for my family. I thought you might like to have a go. It's a geography quiz and your challenge is to name the country and capital city. Are you ready? Let's go...
Have fun and I'll give you the answers tomorrow!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you guess our cute baby picture on Wednesday? That's right it was...
Another cute overload today. Look at that smile! Can you guess who this young pup is?
Wednesday 22nd April
Woofs and wags! Well, I think I have managed to get a grasp of algebra at last! I can't believe the only thing I thought 'b' could represent was bone!
So, after really focusing hard and trying my best, I decided it was time to give my brain a little bit of a chill and I did some colouring. I had to use my sister's colouring book which was all colouring pictures featuring mermaids. I wish they did a colouring book of bones, squirrels and squeaky toys.
After my walk, I decided to get my creative juices flowing and dip my paw into poetry. Can you see how hard I'm concentrating on making my words rhyme?
To all my lovely Westie friends,
I'd like to proudly say,
A big 'THANK YOU' to all you dudes,
For staying at home today,
Completing all your online work,
Or just trying your very best,
Being patient, kind and caring,
Supporting our carers and NHS,
You're actually making history and
I'm grateful to you all,
For staying at home and making sure,
Our world will soon walk tall,
And in the near future,
When we get to play once more,
I'll give you all a Westie wag
and 'high five' you with my paw!
Lots of love - Westie xxx
WHEN I WAS A PUP
I though yesterday's was really easy because this lovely teacher hasn't changed one bit! It was...
Today's is a little more tricky because this pup is really young on this photograph!
Here's a helpful hint :
Her golden, flowing locks hadn't grown yet on this picture but the running legs were developing already!
WESTIE SHOUT OUT TIME...
TUESDAY 21ST APRIL
Today, my mum had to deliver some shopping to my nan so we decided to walk down Sankey Valley. Wow! It was such a lovely day and because it was very quiet, my mum let me off my lead. Well, that just meant that I could practice honing my skills of sniffing! There were some amazing bushes, plants, trees and clumps of grass to nuzzle my nostrils into!
When I got home, my mum washed her hands and I washed my paws in the sink!
Then it was time for a long nap on my mum's notebook that she's using to do her school work! She's hoping Mr Quinn understands why she couldn't do it - how could you disturb my doggy doze!
WHEN I WAS A PUP
Did you guess which teacher it was yesterday? Anyone pick up on the 'Wellington' clue? Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand! That means it could be no other but....
Onto the next pup for today...
Monday 20th April
High paws dudes and dudettes!
It was a weird kind of day today. I don't know if it's all the activity at home (I normally sleep while my humans are at work), but I was sooooo hungry all the time. My mum said I'm not really hungry, I'm just bored and I need to occupy myself or have a drink of water.
I have to disagree. I'm always hungry. I could eat every single minute of every single day!
So, I decided to have a little nap with my teddy and dream about all the yummy stuff I want to eat instead!
WESTIE'S 'GET YOUR WAG ON' PLAYLIST...
1. Who Let the Dog's Out? - Baha Men
2. I Can't Fight this 'Feline' Anymore - REO Speedwagon
3. Don't Stop Retrievin'- Journey
4. Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
5. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
6. Puppy Love - Donny Osmond
7. MacArthur Bark - Donna Summer
8. Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas
9. BONEhemian RhapsDOGGY - Queen
10. Hanging on the TeleBONE - Blondie
WHEN I WAS A PUP...
I bet you were all really good at guessing yesterday's pup! Yes, it was...
Here's today's offering...
Friday 17th-Sunday 19th April
How are you all doing? I'm really missing you all but I'm so proud of you. A big Westie 'THANK YOU' for staying at home to help keep others safe.
I thought I'd share with you some of the things the children in school have been doing. Look at these! I think that are just amazing!
The children have named them Westie Wigwams of Peace.
Thanks children at school - that really made me feel happy - you're very creative!
I found another lovely 'gift' left on a tree during my walk on Saturday. It's little things like that that help us to realise that although we can't be together, we're all thinking about each other.
Yesterday, my mum and brother decided to take me to the field near my house. It's a very big field and because we went early in the morning, there was no-one on it - just us three!
I've got to say, they keep doing random things on fields. So, the ball comes out and they throw it and then they're looking at me and pointing, shouting 'fetch'. Well, first of all, I have no idea what that word means and secondly, if you choose to throw a ball across a field, I have no idea why you think I'm going to get it for you!
They did look very frustrated when I just carried on sniffing and digging. I had to have my face washed when I got home!
So, did you manage to work out who the little pup was on Thursday?
Drum roll please...
HERE IS TODAY'S 'WHEN I WAS A PUP'
I wonder who this could be?
THURSDAY 16TH APRIL
It was tidy up time in our house today! My mum said we all had to be responsible for tidying and cleaning our own areas. I did mine right away because I knew I'd get a special treat! However, my brother decided to spread his tidying up across the whole of the day!
I don't know why, but my mum kept saying that she deserves a medal for staying at home with all us lot!
I think I deserve a medal as well for being really well behaved and being the loudest barker around!
We had a good reminisce in the evening about some of our favourite times spent together. Here's a picture of me in Beddgelert last year, posing by the river. I went with my sister and my mum and we stayed in a dog hotel. I had my own bed and there was a special doggy menu!
The day after this picture was taken, I climbed Snowdon! It took us six hours - up the mountain and then back down again.
Yawny yawns from Cambridge! My name is Shakespeare and I just love long, lazy mornings on my mum's bed! My favourite quote from my namesake is 'Bone-eo, Bone-eo, where for art thou, Bone-eo! '
Stay safe guys!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
I've said 'Hi' to all my teachers' pets now. So, I'm going to move on to the teachers. Each day, I'll post a picture of one of the teachers when they were young with a clue. Your challenge is to guess which teacher it is!
I will post the answer the following day.
So, here we go with our first 'When I was a Young Pup' picture...
WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
Throw your paws in the air and shout 'WAYO!!!'
We've been very fortunate with the weather lately. That's really good for me because I love to laze in the sun and dog nap.
We had a lovely surprise yesterday. There was a knock on the door and one of my neighbours (a lovely young man who happens to be part of our Westbrook Old Hall Family), had drawn a picture for my sister to put in the window of her police car to cheer everyone up!
I'm sure you'll agree, you can't help smile at this!
After tea, my mum decided that we'd watch a Harry Potter film. Now, I've never really taken that much interest in Harry Potter. My mum said that the author, I think her name is J.K. Growling (great name!), has inspired lots of children to be creative with their writing and to use their imagination.
Me - well I'd rather watch 'Dogs Behaving Badly' - there's some great tips on there for us dogs to get more treats. Unfortunately, my mum has banned me from watching this and removed the series link that I put on. Probably for the best as I have to be a positive role model.
Anyway, I have to say I quite enjoyed the film. I even took a picture of myself as Hairy Potter!!!
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day!
Moving on, it's time to catch up with some more 'Teachers' Pets'...
And now for my latest trick... balancing a tennis ball on my nose!
My name is Kesha and I live with Mrs Johnson and her family. I love to amaze them with my doggy skills!
So what's been happening?
Woofs and wags! Well, it's been a few days since I last posted so I've got lots to share with you!
First of all, I hope you have all been staying safe and enjoying the wonderful weather. I've been doing lots of chilling in the garden and (of course) enjoying my one walk a day.
My mum went to school on Thursday and she said she had the most amazing day with the children and the teachers. I think all of you are doing an absolutely amazing job - staying at home or coming to school to help our amazing key workers!
So, just to show my appreciation - I let my sister do a 'filter photo' of me to celebrate how wonderful you all are!
So, my Easter weekend was spent chilling but I've also been doing my bit and helping my mum by doing some cleaning.
Did you get some yummy Easter eggs? I'm not allowed to eat chocolate but I did have a delicious tub of blueberry ice-cream!
The best thing of all though was finding two things on my daily walk.
The first was this fantastic game that some children had drawn on the pavement for others to join in - so I did...
Tuesday 6th April
Well, it was a bit more of a chill day yesterday. We all spent a lot of time in the garden and I found a lovely, tasty bone that I'd buried about a month ago! I love surprises like that! It's the simple things in life that make me happy!
My sister took her cakes into her Police Station and they really enjoyed them! I'd love to be a police dog. Unfortunately, my sister said that I wouldn't be able to sniff lamp posts or say 'Hi!' to other dogs so I think I'll stick with being Head-dog-teacher at school.
When it was dark, we went outside and gazed up at the moon. We all made a wish (but I had to change mine because my brother said I was not being humble wishing for an endless supply of bones every day). I'd love to be astronaut. Did you know that Laika was the first dog to travel in space in 1957? Unfortunately, my brother said I wouldn't be able to take my toys with me or my comfy blanket. That's okay because I'm very happy helping Mr Quinn and being part of our 'Family of Learners'!
Monday 5th April
Virtual wags to all my little dudes and dudettes out there!
Yesterday was all about being creative! So, after a brilliant barking session with the dog next door, my mum and I decided to make cakes. Unfortunately, they weren't 'dog friendly' cakes so I couldn't have one. My mum said they will make my tummy go funny and the results could get messy!
We packaged them up and they're all ready for my sister to take to work tomorrow. She's a police officer and is very busy keeping people safe, along with all the other officers she works with. I hope they enjoy them!
PS - I just need to let everyone know that I washed my paws and tied my fur back before demonstrating my fabulous baking skills!
Good-day UK! I'm Clyde and I live in Ontario, Canada. I'm named after the River Clyde in Glasgow because that's where I lived when I was a pup!
I can only have one walk a day just like you guys! Just goes to show that we're united by staying at home, all across the globe!
Furday, Saturday, Sunday 3rd-5th April
High paws my non-furry friends! It's been couple of days filled with learning and treats!
I was getting a little bit fed up of using my one talent of sitting for a treat. So, I decided to learn a new one! It took a bit of time and practise, but after a while, I mastered it! I'm very proud to announce that I can now give my paw to anyone who asks for it - but only if they give me a treat! It's great fun to try to learn something new. I did try to learn how to speak Mandarin once, but the same bark kept coming out!
Right, let's get on to my favourite subject - treats! My mum is our 'designated shopper'. I'm not quite sure what 'designated' means but I think it must be something to do with treats because she bought me some dog ice-cream. Can you believe that they actually make ic- cream just for dogs (I bet they don't do it for cats - sorry, unkind thought just slipped out there!)
Anyway, it was absolutely delicious! My mum had to hold it for me. I had to stretch my tongue as far as possible to get every last bit from the bottom of the tub!
Moving on to 'Teachers' Pets', today is featuring my two favourite ladies and my walking partners. I miss them lots but I'm keeping in touch through Skype! They're not my girlfriends though. Mum said I'm too young to have one girlfriend, let alone two!
Well, even if I say so myself, what a handsome young man I am!
I'm Chester and I'm Mrs Myers' grand-dog! I can't see my nan at the moment and I miss my aunties, Mollie and Maisie but my mum and dad are keeping me amused at home. I am very skilled in the art of paper ripping. In fact, there's a kind person who pushes paper through the letterbox every day, just for me to rip! Stay safe!
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
Woofs and wags mes petits amis! Yes, French is also on my list of many talents. It's not my best talent though. That's refusing to go out for a wee! My mum thinks it's great!
Anyway, because my brother's home, he decided to join in our workout time. He didn't leave much space for me though, so I ended up doing it on the couch. Wow! He put some effort in! He was bouncing round like a kangaroo! He was also panting like I do all the way through it! (I wonder why he doesn't stick his tongue out?) At some points he looked very silly!
After tea, which was my best tea ever - carrot crush, I played this new game with my family. My sister said it was a 'Who done it?' game and to win you have to guess who did it, where, and with what.
It was really easy because I knew the answers even before we started playing - it's always the cat with the catnip in the cattery. I always blame it on the cat! Unfortunately, I didn't guess right and my sister said that's because I was being mean to cats. Sorry cats!
I'm PAWSing over the weekend and going to spend some time chilling in the garden, but I'll be back on Monday with a PUPdate!
Before I sign off, say 'HI' to some more of our fishy teachers' pets...
Wednesday 1st April
High paws to all!
Guess what? My brother got to stay home all day yesterday! My mum said that he'll be at home with us for a while because his job means he's not a key worker. My mum was doing something really weird with her eyes when she was telling me and she sort of looked like she was going to cry! Must be because she's so happy!
I love my brother because he gives me the best tummy rubs and he plays with me.
We decided to draw first. I decided to do a self-portrait. What do you think?
Yo, yo!!! Big shout out to all you super cool dudes out there! We are Fonzie and Basil and we have the coolest cage ever, with lots of places for us to play and (more importantly), eat out 'Five a Day'. We're part of Mrs Amos's family!
Remember to keep eating your fruit and vegetables - stay healthy!
"Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me!" No, I'm not washing my paws, it's actually my birthday today and I am 4!! My name is Loki and I live in Cornwall.
I'm hoping, because it's my birthday, my dad will share his sausage butty with me?
Tuesday 31st March
Hola mis amigos y amigas! (bet you didn't know I could speak a bit of Spanish?)
Today consisted of chills and thrills.
Firstly, I decided to enjoy some quiet time reading my favourite book. I like to think I'm quite a 'cultured' young man so today's choice was Shakespeare's 'Gnomeo and Juliet'. I really enjoy escaping into a good book. It takes you off into another world.
In fact, it inspires me to write my own stories (although I have to say, it's not easy trying to hold a pen with a paw!)
Greetings from the tank of Miss Gavin and her family. We're Anna and Luke and we love to chase each other around our watery play area. I'm not sure who that lady is, but she doesn't say much.
Monday 30th March
Tail wags guys!!
How are you all doing? I'm sure you're all trying hard to play your part by keeping up with your learning and staying positive.
In fact, yesterday, it was all about staying positive for me and my family.
My mum explained to me about the importance of being kind to your mind and keeping it healthy.
Mrs Johnson's husband (I still can't believe it!) told us that exercise is a great way of doing this - that's why he's said we can use some of our time for one chosen exercise outdoors each day. My mum loves walking. She said it helps her to get all her thoughts together and feel positive. I don't really get that because when I go out, all my head says is 'SQUIRREL'. Talking about SQUIRRELS, It's such a hard job trying to catch them. They're really sneaky because they let you get about two meters away and then zoom off. They've been doing social distancing for ever!
I always get extremely excited when my mum tells me I'm going for a walk. I just can't help it. I try really hard to stay calm but it just doesn't happen, which normally ends with me leaving a little 'present' on the floor!
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March
High paws everyone!
My weekend started out great. Normal once a day walk, lying in the sun in the garden and I even got an extra treat for being so good! I wish it were treats like my mum has. They look much more tasty than mine!
So, then we got to Sunday. This has got to be the worst day ever yet!!
I normally go to my hair salon and my hairdresser Leanne pampers me. But not now because she has to stay home as well.
I think you might have guessed what I'm about to tell you...
My mum decided that she was going to bath and cut me (but not with proper Westie sharp, snippy scissors like Leanne has - the scissors she uses to cut tags off my toys!
I have to say, I was not at all impressed. Can you tell?
Meowwww... I'm Dexter. As you can see, I love to pose for the camera. I am the proud owner of Mrs Murray and her family. How gorgeous am I?
Hi! I'm Buddy! I'm 18 months old and I live with Oliver who is six and Joshua who is eight. They are not at school at the moment just like some of you.
I miss my long walks with them but I do get to run around the garden as quick as I can.
I can be a little naught and have tried to escape from the garden but my boys have managed to stop me.
My best game ever is to watch for the postman and run to the door to get the letter before my humans get to it. Then, I go and hide it!
Friday 27th March
How are you all doing little tail waggers?
Yesterday, after my mum said that it's important to exercise at home, I decided to have a go at the Joe Wicks workout again.
I couldn't see the TV properly so my mum put me up on a chair. Is she crazy? How does she expect me to do lunges sat on a chair?! I'll fall off!
I'm so excited about events that unFURled later on though.
I decided to write a letter and send it by email to my westie friends all around the country and ask them for a 'shout out' to you.
Well, you wouldn't believe the response. There were so many, I'm going to have to put them on each day!
Even the teachers' pets joined in!
Thursday 26th March
So, another day being like a little piggy and staying at home.
It all started so well, going for my one walk with my mum and then attempting that Joe Wicks home workout with my sister (Wow! My tail is aching now!)
I must admit, I got a little bit bored in the afternoon while my mum was doing her jobs so I decided to see how much stuffing I could get out of my new duck toy. Needless to say, my mum wasn't impressed. The stuffing was everywhere!
I gave her a big tail wag to say sorry. I know sometimes it can be boring at home but my mum still has to do her jobs to look after us all - just like people at home with you. Be kind and patient. It's our way of helping others.
In the afternoon, Mr Moore FaceTimed me and asked if I would do a virtual 'still life' so he could draw me for a very special and important Stay Safe Westie poster. It took quite a while and I had to stay very still with my paw in the air! I was that tired from just standing still, I had to have a long nap to recharge my batteries.
Check it out though - how fantastic is it? My mum and a few of the teachers printed it out and put it in their window, by their rainbows.
Wednesday 25th March
How lovely was the weather yesterday! I made the most of it and sat outside in the glorious sunshine.
I was really missing my friends last night. I love going for walks with them and chasing squirrels together. I know we're all helping everyone to stay safe and well and that's why we can't meet up.
However, our mums gave us permission to FaceTime each other. It was lovely to have a good old woof with them!
Enjoy the sunshine today! I'll check in with you tomorrow!
Woofs and wags - Westie xx
Morning Westie Westbrookers!
Well, what an interesting day I had yesterday!
I sort of knew that I wouldn't learn how to tidy my toys away that well. There are just far too many distractions and it's much more fun having a barking competition through the fence with the dog next door!
Anyway, my mum took me on my one walk and I got the chance to do my favourite thing ever - sniff grass and run like crazy on a field!
It was very quiet out there and my mum said this is a good thing because it means everyone is listening to Mr Johnson. I didn't realise that Mrs Johnson's husband was the Prime Minister?!?
I just wanted to say how proud I am of all my Westie Westbrookers. You are all doing a great job with your online learning!
Big paws up from me!
Hi! Westie Here! Thought I would keep in touch and keep you updated as to what I'm doing at home with my family.
Yesterday, my mummy (who is a key worker), went to work to look after some of you, so I went to Doggy Day Care. Today, my mum is at home so, I've done some of my online learning. I can now actually bring a ball back when my mum throws it!
This afternoon, mum said we're going to learn how to tidy up my toys when I've finished playing with them. I don't think that I'll quite get the hang of that!
Anyway, enjoy your learning today. I'll be back soon with regular updates.