A Thirst For Knowledge
Curious Nursery Children Discover Help Is At Hand
This week, the inquisitive Nursery children have been curious about people who help us. From doctors and nurses helping to heal cuts and grazes to mechanics fixing squeaky bikes they have shown great interest, using their imaginations to role play and problem solve. A bumped knee after falling off a bike fuelled the fire and begged the question how it could be made better. Who could help make it better? What would we need to fix the broken bike? The ever-resourceful children collaborated with each other with great success, finding tools and recalling their own experiences. Through their rich imaginations the children are learning so many new skills to enrich their play and language is being developed through the use of new vocabulary, developing communication and even negotiation skills. They express their emotions and feelings when taking turns and sharing with their peers. The children make independent choices and decisions while developing their curiosity about the world around them.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Children Have All The Ingredients For Learning
A simple activity can sometimes lead to a plethora of learning opportunities, this week it was the based around playdough. On discovering hardened playdough, the enthusiastic Reception children were keen to research the recipe in order to make a fresh batch. Once a suitable recipe was found, the group discussed who was going to measure out which ingredients, which required collaboration when using the measuring tools, while relating learning muscles were stretched when listening to each other and considering ideas. Furthermore, democracy, one of the key British values, was tested when the children voted on whether to include peppermint or caramel flavouring. With the delicious aroma of caramel swaying the vote, other members of Reception were drawn toward the sumptuous smells, but they had to wait their turn for a space at the table. Little fingers rolled, squeezed and flattened the red dough, creating wriggling worms, slithering snails and gingerbread men, which led to further discussions about whether their creatures were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. Investigations about which shapes weighed more began and the balancing scales were explored by eager mathematicians, who proved they are resourceful learners by linking their learning to what they already know about weight. It seems that the activities involved in using playdough are endless and giving the children opportunities to explore and discover takes them on their own learning journey.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Dig Deep In Fact-Finding Minibeast Quest
As part of their Science topic on minibeasts, Year 1 spent time researching a variety of creatures and looking at their amazing habitats. The young scientists began by thinking about simple classification by discussing vertebrates and invertebrates, working together to bounce thoughts and suggestions off each other as they sorted the creepy crawlies into different groups. The eager children also displayed great levels of patience and understanding as they allowed all of their peers to have their say and get fully involved in such an enthralling discussion. Back in the classroom, Year 1 learned how to make simple scientific drawings with relevant detail. These activities prompted lots of interesting questions and analysis from the children and we are now looking forward to continuing their minibeast exploration in our outdoor environment next week.
Jessie Millsom, Year 1 Teacher
Year 2’s Planetary Focus Is Out Of This World
With appetites suitably whetted from previously basing their learning around their Space fiction text, Year 2 bounced back from half term full of energy and enthusiasm to engage in the non-fiction aspect of their topic. The children were undeterred by the wind in their pursuits to recreate the solar system by daubing graffiti on the outside area using soluble chalk paint. Collaboratively, they learned how to draw a circle effectively by tying some string to a piece of chalk, thereby creating the radius of a circle. Working with their learning partners, it took resilience and reassurance from each other to ensure the string was taut the whole way round in order to draw the outline of their planets. Using a range of materials such as sponges, brushes, rollers, painting sticks and chalk, the children explored colour mixing and created suitable shades for their particular planets. Once completed, delighted Year 2 stood back to admire their work, reflecting on how it looked, what went well and what they would do differently next time. Their cosmic artwork was truly sublime and we are all now hoping for some balmy weather to prolong its presence in the outside area.
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Teacher
Day Of Healthy Activities Fits The Bill For Year 3
Year 3 began another busy week with a Healthy Fitness Day packed full of exciting activities, starting with an energetic cross-country run accompanied by parents and four-legged friends. Returning to Brookham, the children were met with a demonstration on how to make a delicious fruit and vegetable smoothie. What a wonderful way to enjoy spinach at 9 o’clock in the morning! Refreshed, the children headed off to meet the Highfield sports staff for a few rounds of circuit training in the Sports Hall, testing their speed, balance and agility. Everyone loved every second of the circuits, particularly the angled springboards. Having been put through their paces, the children tucked into some healthy Fairtrade fruit skewers brimful of vitamins and goodness. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a healthy mind is just as important. So with this is mind, the children took part in some mindfulness techniques and strategies to ensure they were fully focused and calm. After lunch came the timed Illinois agility test, which looks at speed and athletic agility running around a series of traffic cones as fast as possible. The Year 3 children were fantastic and improved their scores on every attempt. In fact, the majority of our seven and eight-year-old children had the same agility levels as many semi-professional adult sports players which delighted Mrs Oecken, Brookham’s Head of Sport. Hungry once more after such an agile performance, the young athletes refuelled with homemade smoothies, to which they added spirulina, a Mongolian pondweed which gave the smoothies a garish green colour. Throwing assessments and jump tests followed, which allowed the children to develop and hone techniques in order to reach greater distances and increase power. All of these activities really did squeeze every drop of energy out of the children, but they still weren’t quite finished as Heidi Wells, of Wells Healthy and Fitness Ltd, gave the children the chance to unwind with some yoga and Pilates, joined on the final session of the day by some mums and dads. Well done to everybody who helped make it such an amazing day. A long and well-earned rest awaits this weekend.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 3