Live And Learn
Nursery Get Their Teeth Into All Things Dental
The Nursery children have this week been thinking about their teeth, dental hygiene and ways in which they can keep their teeth healthy. While thinking about this during circle time, the children discussed how different foods play a part in the dental process and how a healthy diet and foods rich in calcium help to keep their teeth strong. To take advantage of their new-found knowledge, the children decided to make a healthy snack by tirelessly mashing bananas into a smooth consistency and mixing them with milk to create a delicious treat. After a few hours in the freezer, the children enjoyed eating their banana milk lollies while sitting in the sunshine – and it’s fair to say that they were a real hit! All the children knew that it was important to brush their teeth in the morning and at night before going to bed. They talked about who helps them to look after their teeth and top of the list were mummies and daddies, sometimes big brothers and sisters too. Of course, they also knew of the need of a regular trip to the dentist. The ever-resourceful children enjoyed experimenting by brushing the teeth of the animals, dinosaurs and babies in the Den – as well as practising brushing on a model set of dentures. Basically, everything has been cleaned with the help of their trusty toothbrushes! Much fun was also had at Forest School with the children mixing bicarbonate of soda with water to create their very own toothpaste, which helped the children to explore further our cleaning topic while brushing the trees and logs. And much to their delight, the children met Freya the dentist who came to Nursery to talk to them about the importance of keeping teeth clean and healthy, and what to expect when visiting the dentist. A fantastic week has been had by all, and it’s safe to say that the children certainly had something to smile about.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Children Revel In A World Of Discovery
A school trip for any child is always exciting, even more so for the excitable Reception children who have never been on such an adventure with their peers before. Part of the excitement is planning and talking about what they will put in their packed lunch box, leading to discussions about healthy choices and environmentally friendly packaging. The lively bunch were quick to settle on the coach and after an hour we arrived at The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire. Building on this term’s topic of ‘Magical Mayhem’, the science exhibition enabled the children to explore different areas of the curriculum through an exciting, hands-on approach. Resilient learning muscles were stretched when working collaboratively to build a dam in the indoor stream while creativity was encouraged in the Light and Colour zone, with children dancing in the coloured beams and drawing light pictures on the shadow box. The insect enclosure captivated the young minds of the children who were surprised by the efficiency of the working ants while also being amazed by the size of the African land snails, leading to discussions about the ability to camouflage themselves from their predators. A trip up the high tower is always a highlight of the trip, having faced any fears of heights to get a spectacular view once reaching the top. After a speedy lunch stop, body and brains were challenged by testing reaction speeds on Batak, jigsaws of the human body were explored before lots of laughter was heard when passing the giant mirrors. The group of exhausted and delighted children were reluctant to depart after their busy visit, but it wasn’t long before many of them had a short nap before arriving back at Brookham.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Learn Valuable Lessons During Monastery Visit
Year 1 have been busy learning about Buddhism this week. And their learning activities culminated in a fascinating trip to Chithurst Monastery on Wednesday. It was a beautiful sunny day to visit such a tranquil and beautiful setting. After participating in a meditation session in which the children sat cross-legged while breathing calmly, the children took the opportunity to ask the monks questions about how they live their lives. They watched with fascination as the monks chanted, learning that the words focused on being peaceful, caring for all living things, and engendering kindness. As Year 1 followed monk Teter around the beautiful grounds, they got to explore hidden meditation huts and marvel at models of Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path and The Wheel of Life. On leaving, the children were presented with intricate sketches drawn by one of the monks that they could take home and colour in. Pupils and teachers alike all came away from the monastery having learnt that monks are truly generous with what they have and extremely thankful for everything that they receive. We decided these were important principles for us to live by too.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Class Teacher
Bowled Over By Year 2’s Cricketing Prowess
There has been no rest for the ‘wicket’ for Year 2! Over the last few weeks the children have been playing cricket; developing their ball-handling and striking skills, as well as honing their fielding techniques. So what better way to put their skills to the test than to set up some ‘quick cricket’ matches against our friendly rivals from Churcher’s College Junior School? Facing tricky under-arm bowling from their teachers, the children put their new-found skills and confidence to the test to score as many runs as possible, even hitting some balls over the boundary for six! While fielding, the children watched and waited intently, hands at the ready for a catch, while their opposition came to the crease with bats in hand. It was an afternoon of great weather, great cricket and great fun – and we have been well and truly bowled over by the success of Year 2’s cricketing prowess.
Jess Oecken, Head of Brookham Sport
Independence Shines Through With Engaged Year 3
Wow! Year 3 are back in the classroom and what a difference a few weeks and a truly brilliant residential trip can make. All of the Year 3 teachers have been amazed at the increased maturity of the children that have come back from Mill on the Brue and how noticeably improved their collaboration and resilience skills are – not to mention their independence! One of my favourite topics is Save Our Seas because the children are so wonderfully engaged in it. They loved hearing about Jacques Cousteau who, sickly as a boy, grew up to be pivotal in changing people’s perceptions of the world through his inventions and discoveries. They were fascinated to hear the stories of some remarkable people from Rosa Parks to David Attenborough and then, unsurprising, were super excited to be given the opportunity to research and write a biography of their own. There is a lovely buzz around Year 3 at the moment because, in addition to the enthusiasm the children have for their topic and literacy work, they are throwing themselves energetically into their singing and performance. Every spare minute is spent practising for their end-of-year production, Oliver, and for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. And with the sun in the sky to match the mood, what a brilliant term this is turning out to be.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher