The Home Stretch
Pedal Power To The Fore As Nursery Get Into Gear
The penultimate week of term has been a hive of activity in our Nursery classes. All the children were invited to bring in their pedal bikes and were given a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill. So, helmets at the ready and excitement levels high, the children were encouraged to be resourceful and resilient as they explored riding their bikes, which for many was their first time. The teachers ran alongside their young pedallers, holding children up and offering words of encouragement. And a few small stumbles were never going to deter our little learners and they duly responded by challenging themselves to pedal faster or steer straighter to reach their goal, always supported by cheers from their friends. What a delight to see their proud faces once they achieved their goals.
Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Children Have The Measure Of Collaborative Learning
Earlier this term the children carefully followed a map from friendly witch Sue. Her intriguing map led them from the shared area all the way up to Forest School, via a few treats along the way. To challenge the children further, they were tasked with creating a map with a partner from another class. The purpose of this was to help the new Reception children find their way when they start in the Autumn Term. And they collaborated beautifully; discussing the positions of key reference points and sounding out the labels carefully while presenting their drawings with fantastic attention to detail. This really provided a wonderful opportunity for the children to refine their collaboration, reasoning and spatial awareness with somebody new, and there is no doubt that these maps will be of great value for the next cohort of Reception children. Back in the classroom, in Maths, the children have enjoyed exploring the concept of measuring; weighing out the ingredients to make a Victoria sponge cake, measuring their own feet, and looking at the capacity of different containers. Each of these areas have facilitated some interesting discussions about three-digit numbers and where on the scales these numbers fall, and predicting the capacity of various containers. There have been many opportunities to extend this newly-acquired knowledge during child-initiated learning time, which the children have done with an abundance of enthusiasm. It’s been another busy week for the soon-to-be Year 1 children who have yet again proved their readiness for the next challenges that their school journey holds.
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
Hotel Haven As Year 1 Get Bitten By The Designing Bug
Are you searching for a bug hotel that is dark and damp? Have you always wanted a moss trampoline? Then look no further, Brookham Forest School has it all! Collaboration and creativity have been in abundance during our Forest School sessions this week with the children challenged to make bug hotels. With little more than string and a few cardboard tubes at their disposal, our keen and industrious little Year 1 engineers quickly got to work. The result was a wonderful woodland village of bug hotels. We had hotels nestled in tree stumps, hotels hanging from branches, and even what can only be described as a veritable bug palace! The young designers and engineers were keen to explain how they had enhanced their hotels with climbing walls, moss trampolines, and even zip wires. As the children have been learning to write persuasively in literacy, they have now decided to write an advert in order to try to persuade the many minibeasts we have in our leafy locale that we really do have the perfect home they have been searching for.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Eager Year 2 Pupils Keen To Get A Pizza The Action
Unlike pizza, this week was a hard one to top. To round off our ‘Italy and the Romans’ topic, Year 2 were tasked with making their own pizzas, which sparked much excitement. Collaboratively, the children revelled in following instructions to make the dough which used clear, precise and bossy language. Several children showed off their obvious culinary experience, teaching others how to knead – which was quickly identified as an imperative verb. Furthermore, there was much debate as to what toppings should go on their pizza. This led to a discussion about fractions and whether the pizza needed to be divided into halves or thirds. The practical activity provided an exhilarating experience for the children to then go on and write their own set of instructions. With sumptuous smells wafting through the building, the children took great pleasure in eating their culinary delights, giving them a boost for the rest of their busy day.
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Den Builders ‘Knot’ Fazed By The Wind
Year 3 children have had the opportunity to acquire new skills to create some spectacular dens. They demonstrated wonderful perseverance, resilience and, most importantly, patience to learn to tie two half hitch, taut line hitch and prusik knots. Though extremely challenging and fiddly, every child also tried their upmost to make their dens gale-force wind proof, and the fabulous end result blew the teachers away. With the topic focus this term on saving our seas and being sensitive to the environmental movements around us, the children listened and carefully discussed the story of Follow the Moon Home. This is a story about empowering people and recognising their ability to change the world. Year 3 have been thinking carefully about the inventions they could design and construct to help make changes to their local environments. While at Forest School, the children used the basis of the book to create their own turtle nesting spots and come up with sensible rules to help recognise and educate their friends and family about the importance of ecosystems and habitats of the world’s ocean creatures.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 3