Love Of Learning
Enlightening Week As Nursery Learn All About Diwali
The Nursery children have been extremely busy this week following their return to school after the half-term break. They began the week by learning all about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, and very much enjoyed learning all about this special time through the eyes a child of a similar age to them. They listened to the story of Rama and Sita and used their creative skills to make their own Rangoli patterns out of coloured rice. There was also lots of excitement on the build up to tomorrow’s school bonfire and fireworks. As well as learning all about how to stay safe on bonfire night, the children had lots of fun collaborating to create a fireworks scene on a huge black canvas, applying a variety of art techniques. They printed, splattered paint (in the style of Jackson Pollock!), and used collage materials to produce their work of art and were delighted with the end result!
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Forest School A Family Affair For Reception Children
There was a great deal of anticipation surrounding this week’s Reception children’s Fathers’ Forest School event, which is always a highlight in our school calendar. Many discussions took place around which activities their grown ups would enjoy the most and after a vote it was decided that a campfire was definitely the favourite option. On the way from the classroom to the woods, the children were so proud to share their knowledge of safely crossing roads with their grown ups, issuing the instructions with real enthusiasm. Once in the woods and settled around the fire pit, the ever-important Forest School rules were shared by the children to ensure that their adults knew what they needed to do in order to keep themselves and everyone else safe. Eager to get started with the challenge of making an animal out of clay and items from our wonderful natural environment, the creative children made an array of different creatures, from dinosaurs to hedgehogs. Then it was on to the undoubted highlight of the day – the fire! After so much wet weather, perseverance was needed to get the fire started, but before long the telltale sign of wafting smoke drew people back to the firepit, where the children worked with their parents to whittle sticks ready to toast marshmallows. Having safely roasted them over the embers, given them 10 good blows to cool them down and gently touched them to check they weren’t too hot, the sticky treat was quickly devoured while being washed down with a cup of hot chocolate.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Everything Starts To Add Up For Resourceful Year 1
Firstly, a huge welcome back after half term. The children have come back with a real spring in their step and ready to learn. As if to reinforce the point, this week the children have got stuck into revisiting odd and even numbers in maths and continuing with their addition. As part of the process, the resourceful children discovered a systematic way of finding number bonds all the way up to 10. And they have been superstars at making, drawing and also writing number sentences to go alongside this using the addition symbol. Year 1 have also begun looking at their exciting new text in literacy, which is all about real-life superheroes! The children were incredibly animated thinking about all the people who help us in the community and could be called superheroes in real life. The text this term is non-fiction, so the children have been looking at the features of non-fiction work and what makes it different to fiction.
Rachael Berry, Year 1 Class Teacher
Shocked Year 2 Embark Upon Palm Oil Crusade
Picture an ingredient that makes soaps frothier and crisps crunchier. What is this mystic secret ingredient, you ask? Well, Year 2 have discovered that it is palm oil. The children have been learning about how it is used, how it is harvested, and the impact it is having on our planet and its inhabitants. Oil palm trees are native to Africa but Year 2 discovered that in the early 20th Century oil palm trees were introduced to Indonesia and Malaysia. Today, these countries produce more than 85% of the global supply of palm oil! The children were shocked to learn that oil palm trees have to be grown on a plantation and that to make way for such plantations, huge areas of rainforest are being destroyed. In fact, palm oil production is one of the biggest reasons for deforestation around the world. As forests are torn down, the endangered species that live there – such as orangutans, elephants and gorillas – suffer badly. As a result, if nothing changes, many of these species may soon become extinct! The children in Year 2 have begun to inspect the packaging of many different products to see if they contain palm oil. In addition, they have also been set the challenge of looking for palm oil-free products or products containing sustainable palm oil next time they shop. Not only that, in response to such a devastating discovery, Year 2 have started developing their writing techniques to pen persuasive letters to convince companies and loggers to find alternatives to palm oil to avoid endangering wildlife and cutting down rainforests. Furthermore, the children have started to create model rainforests, full of life and energy, that provide us all with a visual reminder of the importance of our world’s forests. Clean air, magical medicines, delicious foods and a multitude of living things are just a few of the aspects rainforests give us in addition to being our natural defence against climate change. Well done, Year 2. Keep up the good work and you will become little Brookham botanists in no time!
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 In Step To Discover Ceilidh Charm
What fun starting back to school at Hallowe’en! With the half-term holiday a distant memory, the children came back with their batteries fully recharged and raring to go. As November arrived with a bluster, the wind also provided the backdrop to some excellent imaginary games involving flight; fortunately so, as it turns out that a yeti has been leaving a trail in the classrooms upstairs as part of our literacy hook! Autumn is very much with us now and the children are using the beautifully coloured, freshly fallen leaves in their play. In the classroom, the children are learning about the various festivals and traditions from All Hallows and Guy Fawkes Night to – and can it be possible? – Advent and Christmas. In Year 3, there is a lot of emphasis on keeping healthy and the children have sport and exercise timetabled every day, from games to cross-country and swimming to PE. In PE in particular, the children are having a wonderful time as they start their unit on dance. It was absolutely lovely to see the children embracing ceilidh dances this week, as they begin to learn the steps and timing. And collaboration was definitely the name of the game as Year 3 children practised netball technique and strategy in a mixed training session with their near neighbours at Churcher’s Junior School. All in all, it has been a very happy, healthy week indeed.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher