Life’s Rich Tapestry
Happy Huggers In Nursery Show Their Caring Side
In Nursery, we are well aware of the benefit of children finding enjoyment in everything that they do, which then supports their learning and positive wellbeing. This week was Mental Health Awareness Week and we used this as a stimulus to discuss with the children the things that make them happy. The inventive and thoughtful children came up with some wonderful ideas; hugging one another, breathing deeply, and playing with their friends. The children also enjoyed a well-being yoga session where the story of ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ was used to encourage movement and learn some basic yoga poses, which the children whole heartily threw themselves into! After all, what three and four year olds don’t love hanging upside down! One of the children’s favourite activities is Forest School and learning outdoors, and the children took full advantage of the warmer days to explore the beautiful grounds hunting for minibeasts, looking for birds and cooking marshmallows over an open fire. Joyful smiles, lots of laughter and happiness really shone through the Nursery this week!
Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher
Intrepid Reception Take Flight On Swallow Voyage
In Reception, the children have been appreciating the epic journey that the swallows undertake each year. Now that most of the swallows have arrived in the UK, the children have been given the challenge of trying to spot these impressive birds before they leave again in September. Starting in the classroom, the children studied the globe, discussing the length of the daunting journey facing the birds. Using the size of the UK as a guide, the Reception children grasped the concept of the enormity of the distance that the birds must cover on their journey to South Africa. The journey of the swallows link to some of our key learning powers – namely teamwork, resilience and perseverance. When looking at their route in greater detail, Reception discussed the range of weathers and temperatures that the swallows would experience on their journey to South Africa, including crossing France, Spain, the Saharan desert and the UK. To experience the great migration, the children got creative and made their own swallows from clay, sticks and card. This provided an opportunity to refine cutting skills and fine motor skills while shaping and then attaching the clay to the card. Once all the swallows were ready the children set off on their migration. En route around the school grounds as a flight (group), the children stopped off to ‘sleep’ overnight, caught flying insects, swooped down to drink water while still in flight and circled back to make sure they stayed together as one. Some children chose to extend their swallow appreciation by drawing the swallows, in flight, on telegraph wires or with their young, and by making a swallow information poster. These impressive birds have proven to be a source of real inspiration for the children.
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
No Sting In The ‘Tale’ For Busy Bees In Year 1
Year 1 have been busy reading ‘The Very Greedy Bee’ and so were incredibly excited at the prospect of a visit from ‘The Bee Lady’ this week. It was a great opportunity for the children to flex their relating and reflective learning muscles and they were captivated from the start. With a desire to learn all they could about bees, the children used their relating muscles as they listened intently. The class was told that honey bees are the only bees that don’t hibernate and learnt how honey bees work together to collect an enormous amount of nectar to feed the queen bee and her babies. The children were quick to comment on how hardworking and busy bees must be and reflected that this might be where the term ‘busy bee’ comes from. The children also considered that maybe this was why ‘The Very Greedy Bee’ behaved as he did. ‘He was only doing his job’ one child commented. Keen to extend their learning, the children took it in turns and asked lots of interesting questions and learnt lots of new and interesting things about bees. And Phoebe summed it up perfectly when she marvelled: “They really are amazing!” Once everyone had the opportunity to put on the beekeeper’s protective suit and were shown how to use the smoker, the ‘Bee Lady’ had one more treat in store. Using beeswax, the children carefully rolled their own candles; a wonderful memento of a very special morning in Year 1.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Demonstrate Bags Of Patience, Precision And Perseverance
It’s been a week of patience, precision and perseverance in Year 2. Patience doesn’t always come easily to a child when waiting; for a Roman clay pot to dry, for a hydroponic bean seed to germinate, or for a cress head to grow its hair. However, showing that they will most certainly be ready for Year 3 in September, the children have demonstrated their maturity by waiting and observing the daily changes that are occurring in their projects. When it comes to precision, how many of us have ever managed to draw a perfect circle? Working with a partner at Forest School, the children used some string and two sticks to first draw a circle and then divide it into segments, as an introduction to fractions. Again, their communication and collaboration shone through as they achieved this challenging objective. When asked to talk about an occasion this week where they have shown true perseverance, the examples the children gave ranged across the curriculum: solving worded multiplication and division problems; sprinting that bit faster to achieve a personal best; selecting the perfect word to describe a setting (and looking up how to spell it in the dictionary); carefully coiling clay to create a perfect pot; mastering a cartwheel in the playground. Without exception, each child was able to explain how perseverance had made a difference to their achievement. It’s clear that they are making the most of every moment they have left in Year 2 and are surging from strength to strength.
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Class Teacher
Author’s Book Inspires Year 3 To Design Super Sandcastles
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week has come at a strategic time for Year 3 as they returned from their residential trip to Mill on the Brue in Somerset totally exhausted after an exhilarating experience. Consequently, some quiet relaxation, reflection and creative activities were most welcome on Monday morning. One such activity was the wonderful visit of Clare Milford Haven, who is an established author and former social editor of Tatler magazine and who received a warm Brookham welcome from Year 3 pupils as she kindly popped in to share her recently published children’s book, The Magic Sandcastle. After their active break time, the children found it calming to listen to the author narrate the story based on her own experiences. Year 3 really appreciated the glorious illustrations while allowing their imaginations to drift toward the North Atlantic coastline. Beautifully illustrated by David William Press, the delightful story is set on the idyllic American island of Nantucket in Massachusetts where the five young Fairchild children spend long, lingering, lazy summer days at their granny’s summer house. In common with Brookham pupils, the children in the story are resourceful and successfully collaborate to build an impressive sandcastle, complete with turrets, a moat and soldiers, in an effort to win a competition. And when things go wrong, they dig deep and flex their resilience learning muscles to overcome unexpected obstacles. Inspired by the story, Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed designing their own unique sandcastle creations, by using natural beach materials.
Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Class Teacher