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Wellness The Watchword As Beehive Thrives
19th January 2024
Children at Highfield and Brookham School are continuing to reap the rewards of their dedicated wellbeing hub. The Beehive was opened officially last September as a place for pupils of all ages to “…
Nursery Children Reap The Fruit Of Their Labours
The Nursery children have this week been busy in the kitchen making a fruit salad. They displayed great dexterity and developed strength in their hands by using different implements, such as child-safe knives, to chop up the fruit. And none of the children could resist a little taste of the bananas, oranges and pears as they set to work on their fruity project. Chopping up and eating the lovely fresh produce gave the children the opportunity to explore both textures and flavours, while trying something new and laying the foundations for healthy eating are a great way to build self-confidence.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Driven By Desire To Add To Spanish Vocabulary
Young Spanish linguists in Reception were tasked with learning the words for various vehicles, and they proved up to the task. The children paid careful attention to learn, sound out and spell the Spanish words for different modes of transport such as aeroplane and lorry before being working together to colour in pictures of the different vehicles and add unique designs. The children were proud to add new words to their Spanish vocabulary and showed great imagination during the picture design process.
Sergio Heredia Rodriguez, Reception Spanish Teacher
Sound Knowledge Helps Year 1 In Phonics
Year 1 worked in teams to choose the correct grapheme to use when writing the ‘ow’ sound in phonics. In a fun game, they had to problem solve and listen to their team members in order to choose the correct grapheme to use and to then secure a space for their team on a noughts and crosses board. As the game progressed, the children noticed that the ‘ou’ grapheme was mainly found at the start or middle of words and the ‘ow’ grapheme was at the end.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Make Material Gains In Scientific Knowledge
In science, Year 2 had to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. As part of the lesson, the children were challenged to think about objects made of alternative materials and how suitable these would be in real life. For example, what are the pros and cons of a metal umbrella, a glass fence and a cardboard lampshade? As a result, Year 2 were able to extend their vocabulary by learning and using words such as transparent, opaque, absorbent and brittle as well as joining in in some great discussions.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 2 Class Teacher
Intrepid Year 3 Embark On A Mayan Adventure
To bring their Mayan topic to life, Year 3 went on time travel adventure with archaeologist Sally Sharp, of The Drama Hut. Creatively dressed in homemade Mayan headdresses and costumes, Year 3 worked in teams to create Mayan pyramids, discover the powers of Mayan gods, and devour the importance of chocolate to the civilisation. Year 3 really relished the opportunity to bring their understanding of Mayan civilisation to life through drama.
Rosie Statham, Head of Year 3