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School Announces NACE Membership
2nd February 2024
Highfield and Brookham School, known for its nurturing and academically rigorous environment, today announced its membership in the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE). This par…
Tiny Triumphs in Nursery Gymnastics
Physical development is one of the prime areas of the curriculum in the EYFS, and in this week’s PE lesson the Nursery children were learning to mount and jump off gymnastic equipment including climbing frames, blocks and beams. For some children there was a sense of trepidation when faced with a new challenge but with support and encouragement from their teachers they soon overcame their fears and persevered in order to achieve their goal. Needless to say, they had a fantastic time and enjoyed a huge sense of satisfaction when they managed to achieve something new.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Reception Children Unleash Creativity
Child initiated learning allows the children the opportunity to have full control over the direction and outcome of their learning and is vital in boosting their confidence, creativity and innovation. This week some of our Reception children decided to explore colour mixing. They used a range of techniques such as drip, spray and hand painting and experimented creatively with different artistic effects. There is nothing more exciting for these young learners than getting a bit messy! The learning progressed to a fantastic and exciting conversation about different artists, which included Kandinsky and Pollock. Some of the children directed their artistic talents in other ways, such as colouring or exploring the endless learning opportunities offered from a cardboard box.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Children Write Creative Storybooks Together
Our Year 1 learners have been writing a five-part story that follows a logical sequence. The children enthusiastically linked their work to their favourite animal and followed the structure of the current Talk For Writing text. Talk For Writing supports children with the language structures needed to write by ‘talking their story’ first. Creating a story book to take home to share with their families, the children worked with care and attention to detail on their stories, making sure their spelling was correct and using lots of interesting adjectives to keep their readers interested. The children showed their creativity as they painted their illustrations to complete their stories. Despite this being a challenging task as they tackled writing a whole story, the children stayed positive and helped each other with ideas.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Master Money Challenges
In Maths, Year 2 were learning the importance of recognising the value of money. Problem-solving was at the heart of our lesson and understanding that £1 is equivalent to 100p. The children were challenged to demonstrate a variety of ways to make 100p, using different denominations of coin as well as Dienes (blocks that are used to represent numbers). Working together with a partner, our young mathematicians identified the problem to come up with several different ways to solve it. The children used fantastic speaking skills to explain their solutions to the class ensuring they were using the correct mathematical vocabulary in their explanations. The children particularly enjoyed the practical element of the lesson and the opportunity to handle money. Using trial and improvement as they sought out different solutions saw the determined children trying again if they didn’t quite get it right. Some children extended the task further by creating their own addition and subtraction number sentences.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Design Dream Gardens
Within their PSHE Dreams and Goals topic, Year 3 were set the task of collaboratively designing a garden which would be good for people who faced a particular challenge. This two-week project required them to think carefully about the essential skill of teamwork. Within their groups, the children allocated roles amongst themselves as landscapers, budgeters, team leaders and event planners with the focus on working well with others by taking responsibility for completing their assigned task. A superb effort was made which the Grand Designs team would have been proud of!
Henrietta Platt, Year 3 Class Teacher