Happiness And Wellbeing Nurtured In The Nursery
In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Nursery children have revelled in a series of lovely activities aimed at fostering a sense of calm and cheerfulness. Embarking on a joyful journey toward happiness, the children organised a wonderful wellbeing walk and a picnic which definitely lifted the children’s spirits. During the activities, the children discovered that being kind was a sure-fire way to spread joy and nurture their own contentment. With the sun shining, the children also took to the field for a game of football, soaking up essential Vitamin D from the sun’s rays to boost their moods further. The children also found delight in digging and creating marvellous sand structures, while rolling and running down the hill on the golf course ensured smiles all round. Building strong friendships was also an important focus of the week as we pretended to be human Red Arrows on our way to the meadow, fostering teamwork and collaboration to create fun formations along the way. Cloud watching and mindfulness exercises allowed the children to take a break, encouraging everyone to appreciate the beauty of nature and learn the value of taking time out to relax. We rounded off a wonderful week by discussing the value of being kind and finding happiness in simple pleasures, both of which help nurture good mental health and wellbeing.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Revel In Their Voyage Of Discovery
The excitement of any school trip is not just visible on the day of the visit but is even evident in the planning stages, such as children discussing the healthy options and environmentally-friendly packaging when it came to their packed lunches. So, it was for Reception who took an exciting trip to the Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell as part of their Summer Term topic, Magical Mayhem. Visiting the interactive science centre enabled the children to explore different areas of the curriculum through an exciting hands-on approach. Creativity was encouraged in the ‘Light and Colour’ zone, with the children trying out different moves in the coloured beams and drawing light pictures on the shadow box, while resilient learning muscles were stretched when working collaboratively to build a dam in the indoor stream. Although the children ended up a little wet during their endeavours, shrieks of delight were heard when they achieved their goal of spinning the water wheel. In the insect enclosure, while some children were initially hesitant about coming face to face with spiders, bugs and numerous other creepy crawlies, the children were all impressed by the efficiency of the working ants and the size of an African land snail. For some a trip up the high tower tests their fear of heights, but persevering and being courageous was rewarded with a spectacular view from the top. The end result of all of this was that the group of eager young visitors were reluctant to leave after such a action-packed, intriguing and fun day.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Have A Tree-mendous Time In The Great Outdoors
Year 1 have fully embraced the beautiful warm sunshine that has finally arrived this week. As part of their outdoor learning, the children worked in pairs to identify different varieties of trees which can be found around our lovely school grounds. They collaborated beautifully to determine what the various trees were, which involved some careful inspection of their leaves, including colour, feel and shape. Year 1 also had to consider whether the trees were deciduous or evergreen – in other words whether or not they lost their leaves in winter – and what properties would be needed for an evergreen tree to withstand cold winters. After identifying a good many varieties of tree, the children decided that their favourite was the horse chestnut which could be found close to Forest School and had leaves which resembled big fingers on a human hand. While at Forest School, Year 1 had the opportunity to get creative as they made leaf tiles, carefully identifying and printing their favourite leave onto clay. What a great week for our inquisitive children!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Enthralled By Inspirational Art
This week, Year 2 attended a private viewing of the Highfield and Brookham Art Exhibition. The enthusiastic children were greeted with gleaming smiles from the parent community, who have been working tirelessly in the Theatre to set up the most astonishing gallery. The wonderful gathering of art objects, prints and paintings unlocked a dozen questions of ‘why?’, ‘how? and ‘what made them do this?’ The inquisitive pupils were exposed to a variety of works, involving a range of different themes, specific eras, defined media, and geographical regions. One of the many highlights was seeing amazing work that had been produced by former Highfield and Brookham pupils, while Year 2 were also in awe of work produced by current children at school. Another was the discovery that artist Hannah Watchorn had produced a wonderful print of the school grounds which would be sold via a sealed bid. In light of the wonderful exhibition preview, Year 2 eagerly discussed how they could become famous artists and follow in the footsteps of the producers of such amazing work. It led to an intriguing conversation about how the children could pool their pocket money to buy these wonderful pieces of artwork, taking it in turns to have the pieces in their bedrooms and playrooms.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Pool Their Resources In Brilliant Swimming Gala
The annual Year 3 swimming gala is always such an exciting event – and this year was no exception! It’s lovely to see the children sitting ready on their towels, wearing their house colours and raring to go. Then there’s the hush of anticipation from the parents as the first swimmers line up and take their marks. Before we know it the gala is under way and the children are darting through the water impossibly quickly, one row of children after the other. It seems the best is always kept to last and the parents’ favourite event, the house relay, is on centre stage. As the children get into their houses and prepare for the fastest lengths of their lives, the noise begins to build and then the whistle goes. The pool erupts with the noise of parents and children getting behind their teams and the children support one another to make it to the other end of the pool. Everyone took part, everyone finished, and everyone was brilliant. But only Ash could this year claim house bragging rights.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher