Nursery Children Studying Life Cycle Of Butterflies
This week in The Den the children have been learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly. They were absolutely delighted to meet the tiny caterpillars that have arrived at Nursery and over the coming weeks they will watch them transform and develop from tiny caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. Ever keen to be friendly and welcome the wriggly little fellows, the children decided it would only be right to give them names – so a big Brookham welcome to Broccoli, White, Tomato, Mummy and Daddy. For the next few weeks at least, the morning welcome song in Nursery will have a few extra names on the list! Learning all about the caterpillars and their metamorphosis into butterflies has made the children think about their own journeys at Brookham. Soon it will be time for them to take their next steps as they progress and move up in Nursery. They spent a lovely sunny morning on Monday exploring in Woodlands and the fantastic garden. They enjoyed meeting new friends and, of course, took it all in their stride as they relished exploring the new environment. Much like butterflies, the children are almost ready to spread their wings and take flight to pastures new. Until then, we will continue to learn and grow together in the summer sunshine.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Revel In Forest School Fitness And Fun
The children have this week thoroughly enjoyed exploring how to use the woods to develop their fitness and gross motor skills. Up at Forest School, children have been particularly enthusiastic when using the rope tied between trees to improve their upper body strength. With huge smiles while suspended upside down from the rope, they worked together to incorporate a somersault, supporting each other as required, collaborating and encouraging with kind words and a positive attitude. Fallen trees were also used as balance beams, which offered the perfect opportunity to improve both their balance and agility. It also provided an opportunity to discuss how we can all improve our balance. Focusing on the position of their feet, looking forwards and spreading their arms helped all the children complete the ‘beam’. Beady eyes also spotted some trees which were great for climbing. These encouraged children to persevere, work together and build their gross motor strength as they safely tackled the branches. Finally, the beautifully mown lines across the golf courses provided the opportunity for running races in ‘lanes’. The fresh air and fitness will undoubtedly do wonders for the children’s mental health while helping develop and refine various skills. Yet again, these children, who will soon be heading into Year 1, demonstrated just how far they have come this year; working together and being kind and motivated while aiming to be the very best they can at any opportunity.
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
Growing Excitement As Year 1 Ponder Change
Year 1 began the week with a fantastic ‘Moving Up Day’ where they spent quality time with the teachers in Year 2. The children were a little quiet and nervous as they initially walked into what will be their new classroom from September, but after many curious questions about life in Year 2 were answered, and having spent time undertaking typical Year 2 tasks, the children came back to Year 1 excited about the changes ahead. Appropriately, the children have been learning all about change in their personal, social, health and economic lessons this term – and it was wonderful to hear the children reassure their friends that ‘changes are okay, you know, Year 2 is going to be even better than Year 1!’ While the children have been pondering the change from Year 1 to Year 2, in science they have been observing the changes that take place during germination. The classroom windows are currently adorned with plastic bags, each filled with a bean and damp tissue. We all hope that the constant sun and devotion to watering the beans will mean they blossom as beautifully as the children have done.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Fascinating Look At Life In Roman Britain For Year 2
In high spirits, Year 2 had the opportunity to visit Fishbourne Roman Palace, the largest in Britain of its kind, in weather more akin to southern Italy. The exciting day began with a fascinating workshop at the villa near Chichester where the children got the chance to handle real Roman artefacts. And they certainly put them to good use by making mosaics, writing their names using a stylus and ink, playing Roman games and experiencing working in a Roman kitchen – all while dressed as slaves. With curiosity suitably piqued, Year 2 collaborated on a quiz where their observational and pattern-spotting skills were put to the test, such as noticing detail on the well-kept and intricate mosaic floors. Wandering around the recreated Roman gardens, the children used their resourceful learning power to step back in time and imagine what life must have been like almost 2,000 years ago. After discovering that the Romans had central heating and hot water, the children discussed similarities and differences between life now and then, while also stimulating a multitude of questions. The children and adults returned to school buzzing from the trip, which was undoubtedly a highlight of the year!
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Class Teacher
Star Quality Abounds As Year 3 Take To The Stage
Wow, what a truly magical performance, what star quality! The Year 3 production of A Twist on Oliver was a magnificent triumph and a wonderful example of children’s theatre at its best. From the music and set to the acting and wardrobe, the audience was treated to an afternoon of sheer joy. The cast was amazing, with super acting, emotional character arcs and limitless energy from absolutely everyone. Perhaps the really standout part of the performance was the heart-warmingly beautiful singing of such favourites as Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Pick a Pocket or Two, all of which I will be humming for many days to come. Mrs Hall must be credited for raising the children to such heights; but the thing that I will remember, above all else from Oliver, is the way in which the children clearly loved every single moment of taking part.
Stephanie Turner, Y3 Class Teacher