Here Comes Summer
Nursery Hit The Ground Running At Start Of New Term
On your marks, get set, grow! The Summer Term has started with a bang. The children have picked up where they left off before the Easter break and thrown themselves into their learning with incredible vigour. In The Den, the children are continually learning through play, with each and every child reaching for and successfully achieving individual goals – and we couldn’t be more proud of all their achievements throughout the year so far.
We regularly head outside to further develop our learning powers and this term sees the start of the long-awaited athletics season. Listening intently to Mrs Redgrave’s instructions, the children took to the neatly-marked lanes to hone their running and throwing skills. And for a first attempt, they really were incredible!
After their successful session on the field, the children enjoyed their first swim of the new term and splashed their way happily through the water. Using puppy paws to propel themselves to their desired destination the children collected ducks along the way. For some, this was their first swimming lesson at Brookham, but they didn’t let nerves get in their way as they challenged themselves physically and mentally by taking the plunge; doubtless inspired by their more experienced, courageous peers.
We couldn’t end the week without doing one of the things that we love the most – planting sunflower seeds at Forest School. The kind-hearted children will care for them, water them and monitor their growth over the coming weeks.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Caring Reception Revel In Nurturing Natural Habitat
Reception children returned to school full of enthusiasm and with a real bounce in their step. They have taken full advantage of our wonderful grounds, using the ample natural resources at their disposal in all areas of learning. The children enjoyed maths in the dappled sunlight under the shelter of the beloved grandfather tree, which guards Forest School. Given the responsibility of choosing their own resources, the inquisitive children worked with their learning partners to explore the halving of numbers, and the relationship this has in relation to doubling. Meanwhile, the current literacy topic kicked off with an incredibly rare sighting of a small creature in a pointy hat running through Forest School. Eager eyes feverishly searched the surrounding area but she had disappeared. Undeterred, it was decided that if we collaborated and wrote a special ‘Reception magic spell’, incorporating everyone’s rhyming words, something magical might just happen. And much to the delight of the children, their spell worked and a brilliant book arrived the very next day – Room On The Broom! It’s abundantly clear that the children don’t need any encouragement to appreciate and immerse themselves into the natural world around them, but in honour of Earth Day, and to further develop the children’s independence and responsibility, they eagerly planted their very own handmade ‘seed bombs’ and sunflower seeds that they will now look after. The Reception garden is really well loved and tended to and the levels of nurture and care the children have already shown augurs incredibly well for the life and growth of the new seeds and the subsequent wildlife they will attract.
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Have The Measure Of Mathematical Language
Year 1 have been using mathematical language to compare the length of a variety of different objects inside and outside the classroom. The children have made links across their learning and proudly used the words ‘longest’ and ‘shortest’ to describe the sticks that they collected in Forest School and the words ‘tallest’ and ‘shortest’ to describe the plants that they have been growing in the garden. Most usefully, there was much debate as to which teacher in Y1 was the tallest and which was the shortest; information that is key when one of the rules at Forest School is to climb no higher than the teachers’ shoulders! Keen to compare more accurately the lengths of their shoes and their respective heights, the children quickly moved on to use standard units of measurement. They wanted to ensure that comparisons were fair and quickly suggested that we first needed a common starting point and that any unit of measurement we used should be exactly the same. The children used paperclips, 20p coins, counters and pencil sharpeners to measure and compare the lengths of many different objects. But they are still keen to know exactly which teacher is the tallest, given that it’s tricky to measure people’s heights in paperclips or 20p coins. What a great incentive to master comparing length using a ruler to measure!
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Legions Of Year 2 Help Recreate Roman Britain
Year 2 travelled back in time this week to Roman times. Their familiar classrooms disappeared and they spent the entire day in Roman Britain, learning to lay a mosaic floor over a hypocaust, weave a protective fence, dress like a Roman soldier and build an arched bridge and a functioning aqueduct. The children even learned a little about gladiatorial combat, though we were most relieved that there were more thumbs up than down when the vanquished gladiator begged for mercy! Not only was this an excellent way to launch this term’s Romans topic, but the children have been so inspired that they have been greeting teachers in Latin, writing their dates in Roman numerals and making connections between Spanish and Latin number names. They have even taken a virtual trip to Pompeii and are currently scheming and plotting ways to persuade Mrs Baber to let them take a school trip to climb Mount Vesuvius! Bona sunt venire…
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Class Teacher
Ewe Will Be Amazed By Year 3 Artwork!
The children in Year 3 looked at various sculptures by the artist Henry Moore to give them some ideas for sketching. Moore’s study of sheep, that led to his inspiration for the sculpture of ‘a ewe and her lamb’, seemed particularly appropriate for this time of year. The children began with some simple sketches in pencil, trying hard to copy the artist’s unique style as they thought about shades and tones. Each of their drawings had its own character, and some definitely would not have looked out of place in a Wallace and Grommit movie! The sketches produced by the Year 3 children will ultimately help decorate the Highfield Hen, which the Year 8 art scholars are currently working on and which will form part of the Haslemere Hen community arts project.
Kim Martin, Year 3 Art & DT Teacher