Time To Draw Breath…
Nursery Children Have A Right Royal Celebration
The Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebration has provided a wealth of exciting opportunities for learning for the children in Nursery. Having talked about the Queen and discussed how long she has served as our monarch, the children have enthusiastically prepared for their own unique celebration. They started the week by making red white and blue paper chain decorations and bunting, and they worked collaboratively to make a Union flag from scrunched up tissue paper. They also baked crown-shaped biscuits and decorated them with edible ‘jewels’. Having watched a video of the majestic Trooping the Colour ceremony, the children used their creative flair to make models of the guardsmen, complete with red tunics and bearskins on their heads. All these activities not only provided an opportunity for the children to develop fine motor skills, but also encouraged discussion, new vocabulary and creative expression. Later in the week, they practised marching in time to music with Mr Moo and then enjoyed a celebratory picnic in the garden in honour of the Queen. To complete the celebrations, the Nursery children were joined by family members for a special jubilee walk and tea at the café.
Sam Forster, Head of Nursery
‘X’ Marks The Spot For Intrigued Reception Children
On the way to Forest School this week, the Reception children stumbled across a curious letter addressed to both Sun Bears and Polar Bears. With their interest suitably piqued, the intrigued children were left to wonder who had left the letter and how had it got there? In the dark on both counts, it was decided that the letter must be opened right away. Working collaboratively, the children discovered that the letter was left by the friendly witch, Sue, who congratulated them on their wonderful written recounts of lovely children’s book Room on the Broom. She was so impressed by the effort that every child in Reception had put into their story books that she decided to give them a treat. But in order to discover what this treat could be they were challenged to follow a map through the school grounds. So the excited children set off in small groups in anticipation of discovering Sue’s treat. Confidently voicing their interpretations of the map, listening to each other and agreeing on the best route, the children successfully identified where ‘x’ marked the spot. And after all their hard work, the young detectives enjoyed their new-found treat – hot chocolate and marshmallows around the fire. Well done, Reception!
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Are Bright And Breezy Weather Watchers
Year 1 have been learning all about ‘Wonderful Weather’ this term, so the past week of varied weather has been perfect for the children to observe and put their new-found knowledge to the test. The children have been busy learning about the impact of wind direction on the weather and were interested to learn that wind direction is important in determining, tracking and predicting the weather. Always keen to know if waterproofs, wellies and coats are needed at playtime, the children agreed that knowing the wind direction in the playground would be really useful and so at the start of this week the children made colourful wind socks which sway gently in the breeze. The children discussed what materials would be best to use before planning and creating their very own wind socks. Aside from the colour that the wind socks have brought to a very grey week, they have enabled the children to observe when the wind has picked up and to then discuss with their friends what they think the weather might do next. The children have also been busy preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; making flags and bunting, colourful Union Flag handprints, and singing during an uplifting whole-school jubilee concert.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Respectful Year 2 Learn About Judaism
A trip to Portsmouth and Southsea Synagogue provided an heuristic opportunity for Year 2 to learn about the religion of Judaism and the type of buildings that Jewish people like to worship in. One of the oldest synagogues in Britain, which was established in 1780, the children found out about the different customs and beliefs associated with Judaism. Building on their learning earlier in the week, when Year 2 found out about the centre piece of Jewish life, Shabbat, the children recognised many of the key objects and symbols on their fascinating tour of the building. Having discussed a few of the different aspects that constitute Judaism, the children were very excited at the prospect of seeing a ‘real’ Torah scroll which they discovered can be as long as a football pitch when unrolled. Donning caps, which are known as Kippahs, the boys followed the Jewish custom of covering their heads, thereby showing respect for God. Year 2 returned to school with a knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths while also taking time to be reflective about their own thoughts on life.
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Make A Splash In Annual Swimming Gala
An energetic cohort of Year 3 pupils made a real splash at this year’s annual swimming gala. Each year, Oak, Ash and Willow go head to head to get their hands on the Brookham Swimming Gala Cup. Some were novices to the world of competitive swimming, but they certainly rose to the occasion! With their proud parents cheering on poolside, the atmosphere before racing was filled with a mixture of excitement and tension as the children sat nervously chatting together before they focused on the challenge that lay ahead. First up was the front crawl, followed swiftly by the backstroke, where the children demonstrated that they had perfected the technique during their regular swimming lessons. Everyone who participated held their own and in many races only a stretched arm at the finish decided the winners. The final race was the ever-popular House Fun Race and it certainly lived up to its name. There were many extremely courageous efforts throughout the gala but there can only be one winner – and this year the honours went to Ash! Congratulations to all the fabulous swimmers and special thanks to the spirited parents who supported all the children throughout the afternoon. Head of Brookham Sport, Mrs Oecken said: “Many thanks to all the children who took part this year. Even though Ash managed to take the trophy, it was definitely a great effort by all the houses which made for an exciting gala for both children and parents alike.”
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 3