Together We Learn, Together We Grow
Nursery Gymnasts Come On Leaps And Bounds
Even the youngest children in Nursery are encouraged to think about how they learn and what they can do for themselves to help with their learning. This week, as part of this term’s PSHE focus, there has been lots of interesting discussion about how to achieve goals through persevering even when faced with something that might be a little challenging, daunting or tricky. The children have amazed us with how well they are putting this into practice and their approach to some of the activities they have taken part in has shown they are really thinking about their own learning. Their teachers were particularly thrilled to see how obvious this was in their PE lessons this week, when they were learning to climb, balance and jump off equipment safely as part of a new gymnastics unit of learning. They have wholeheartedly thrown themselves into trying gymnastics this term and it has been fantastic to see some children, who initially were very wary when using the large equipment for the first time, persevering, gaining confidence and making huge progress, even within the course of one lesson. Children who, at the beginning of the lesson, had to be encouraged or have their hand held by their teacher even to climb onto the equipment were enthusiastically launching themselves off various pieces of equipment independently by the end of the session, faces beaming with pride. Not only are they developing their gross motor skills and coordination during their PE lessons, which is so important at this age, they are also learning that if you keep on trying it is incredible what you can achieve!
Sam Forster, Head of Nursery
Reception Parents Discover The Magic Of Forest School
The children at Brookham are so proud of their school and its wonderful grounds that they enjoy during play and learning time. So it was with great excitement that the eager Reception children put pen to paper and invited members of their family to an exciting session up at their beloved Forest School. Resourcefulness was at the forefront of the young minds when thinking of what words they needed for the invitations. Then, with invitations written, the children worked collaboratively when deciding what activities should be included when the mums and dads came to visit, and democracy was seen to be alive and well as the children voted for their preferred choice. With wellies and hats firmly in place on a cold morning, and having carefully crossed the road, the enthusiastic group led the adults to the grandfather tree. Once in the woods, after a quick recap of the all-important Forest School rules, the excitement was palpable and there was a real hive of activity and industry; marshmallows were roasted, hot chocolate was drunk, bug hotels were built, and the children collaborated with their parents to create new species of never-before-seen dinosaurs. The end result? The proud parents were left in absolutely no doubt as to why their children look forward to Forest School sessions so much!
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Golden Year 1 Learning Is Really Taking Shape
Year 1 have been busy investigating shapes and patterns this week. The curious and resourceful mathematicians have been spotting shapes and patterns all around school and they even set themselves the challenge of finding shapes and patterns in Forest School. Carefully considering the resources around them, and drawing on their classroom learning, they used shapes to create patterns on logs and even observed that the shelter they created was a triangular prism. The children set themselves a target of learning to tell the story Toby and the Great Fire of London. It proved fairly difficult at first, but carefully choosing actions and pictures to help, they worked productively in pairs to re-tell the story with great success, and they were really keen to support each other and ensure that everyone was able to succeed. Quick to praise and support their peers, the Year 1 children are really showing that they fully understand our three golden rules – be kind, be courageous, and be the best you can be.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Teacher
Year 2 On A Mission To See The Man On The Moon
Having launched their ‘Space’ topic with a visit to the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, the Year 2 children are now hoping for a chance to journey into space themselves. They particularly want to stay with Bob, the Man on the Moon, as they have recently read that he feels a little lonely from time to time. Understanding the gravity of such an endeavour, the budding astronauts have been researching suitable materials to build asteroid-proof, waterproof space shelters, and they have even investigated the absorbency of a variety of loo paper as there are no shops in space to buy more when you run out! And in case anyone feels a little homesick on the moon, the children have been busy designing and making alien soft toys to keep them company on their cosmic adventure. But how will they get to space? Well, they have already built and launched some snazzy prototype rockets – now they just need to work on their landings!
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Teacher
Whirlwind Week As Year 3 Delve Deep With Their Learning
It’s been a very busy week in Year 3. From computing and science to creative time and PSHE, the children have been exploring, discovering and innovating. Our Fairtrade topic has gone down wonderfully with the children who have been asking some excellent and thoughtful questions about trade around the world and the ethical debates that surround it. In literacy, the children have been learning the new class text from Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. The Year 3 teachers have been amazed by the fantastic character descriptions the children have written, jam-packed with alliteration, similes and exciting vocabulary. In maths, the children have been learning long division, which parents will probably remember requires stretching every learning muscle, not to mention resourcefulness and resilience. Perhaps best of all, though, is the time every Friday that we spend with our school houses, playing outside with our friends from all year groups, and meeting our recently-elected Oak, Ash and Willow house captains.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Teacher