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Christmas Card Designers Swell Charity Coffers
8th December 2023
Our creative pupils have designed their own Christmas cards – and raised money for charity along the way. The annual Christmas card design competition at Highfield and Brookham is always a festive f…
Christmas Performance Is Nursery’s Crowning Glory
The Nursery children’s happy festive planning came to fruition with a moving Christmas performance in the theatre on Thursday in front of proud parents and grandparents. Wearing golden crowns lovingly crafted on the days leading up to their seasonal show, the excited children carefully placed lit candles on golden stars to form a beautiful circle of glowing greenery which encircled a poignant baby’s crib. And they ended their heart-warming performance with a flourish, the children working together to sing several festive favourites. It truly was a joyous celebration of a fantastic term spent together.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Get A Wriggle On To Deliver Christmas Cracker
The fabulous Reception performance of ‘The Wriggly Nativity’ was a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations. The children definitely reached for the stars as they projected their voices to follow their cues and deliver their lines while dancing and singing. The children worked amazingly well together to put on a wonderful show for their families and we are all so proud of them!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Stick At It As Learning Takes Shape
Year 1 have this week been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes at forest school. The children were asked to each collect two sticks then challenged to work as a team to create squares, putting their problem-solving skills to the test by finding other children with similar length sticks to complete the task. The children also had the chance to gather together to discuss how best to produce their shapes. And keen to share their knowledge of shape, Year 1 then found more sticks to create triangles, hexagons and pentagons.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Class Teacher
Bridging The Gap Adds Up For Year 2
The addition of two-digit numbers using a range of methods took the attention of the young mathematicians in Year 2 this week. One key technique was bridging across the ones and into the tens, which the children proved very adept at, so much so that they used their impressive problem-solving skills to tackle thee-digit sums. The children really embraced the challenge and it was wonderful to see teamwork come to the fore as they helped each other with some of the trickier sums.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Delight As Stone Age Huts Take Shape
The objective of this week’s Year 3 DT lesson was to continue making their Stone Age huts. The children are at different stages of the process but the huts are really starting to take shape beautifully. Listening carefully to instructions at every stage has been key in order to piece together the various elements of the hut and this week the children looked at the technique of dabbing different shades of paint to produce a piece of land outside the hut and adding clumps of ‘grass’ courtesy of discarded pencil sharpenings. The result was delight on the children’s faces as they saw their work of art coming together before their very eyes.
Kim Martin, Year 3 DT Teacher