School’s Out For Summer
Immense Pride As Nursery Children Grow Together
And just like that, the Summer Term draws to a close. What a wonderful year we have enjoyed together in The Den. It is with an emotional lump in the throat that we say goodbye, well for a few weeks anyway! With masses of resilience and perseverance, the littlest members of Brookham have absolutely blossomed over the past year; Facing challenges head on and achieving their goals step by step and hand in hand supporting friends along the way. With exciting and wonderful journeys ahead of them, they have begun their educational adventures together. Who knows where they might end up; the possibilities are boundless and I wish them all the luck in the world. I am very proud of each and every one of them. Wishing you all a fun-filled summer holiday.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reflecting On A Wonderful Year In Reception
The end of an academic year is always one of reflection, excitement, hope and sadness as our days as a class come to an end, saying goodbye to children who we have come to know well and become fond of. This year holds many memories for us all, the resilience and positive attitudes of the Reception children shining through the year with smiles, laughter and some craziness. The term ‘perseverance’ is a well-used word in the Reception classrooms while also being displayed during learning times, whether when building obstacle courses, reading a new reading book or learning to put a coat on. So now, with the summer holidays upon us, I can only hope that this wonderful group of children, who it has been a privilege to teach and learn from, will take time to rest, relax and, most importantly, continue to grow into individuals that I, along with many others, am so proud of.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Prove To Be Resourceful, Resilient And Reflective
What resourceful, resilient, and reflective little learners we have had in Year 1 this year. This independent group of children have not stopped amazing us with their creativity, curiosity and imagination. Our three immersive topics – Superheroes, The Great Fire of London and Minibeasts – have captivated the children’s imaginations and through writing, drama, history, science and art they have been able to demonstrate the important early reading, writing and mathematical skills that set the foundations for later learning. Whether in the classroom or up at Forest School, the children have been stretching their relating learning muscle and have worked hard to learn how to work well in a team, how to listen to others, how to show empathy and collaborate. Laughter often fills the classroom and a love of learning is clearly evident in Year 1. The children are now ready to face the challenges of Year 2 with perseverance and good humour.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Class Teacher
Party Fun Erupts As Year 2 Sign Off In Style
It’s the end of a busy year for the Hedgehogs and Foxes in Year 2, and September already seems like a lifetime ago. There was a great deal of seismic activity at Forest School on Monday as a cluster of previously undiscovered volcanoes erupted almost simultaneously. Young volcanologists in Year 2 flocked to the area and, to our great surprise, appeared to be acting as catalysts for the eruptions and studying the devastating effects with interest. Later in the week, to celebrate the children’s hard work and resilience this year, and to say goodbye to one of their classmates, the children voted to hold a water party. Paddling pools, sprinklers and water pistols added to a gleeful afternoon, followed by a refreshing ice lolly in the sunshine before home time. At the end of Friday, these wonderful children will officially become Year 3 children and the Year 2 team wish them every success in their future studies after a relaxing and adventurous summer holiday.
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 In The Mood For Parties, Posh Puddings And Performances!
What a brilliant idea the joint Year 7 and Year 3 lunch was. The children in Year 3 were super hungry by the time they got into the dining room at the slightly later time, and they were full of anticipation for the world-renowned Highfield puddings! The Highfield and Brookham children mingled together on the tables, sharing a lunchtime chat. Year 3 were very keen to hear about life at Highfield just as the Year 7 children were keen to reminisce about their happy times at Brookham. We all agreed that this should be an annual event! Year 3 were also treated to a jaw-dropping performance of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Year 8, which included a number of their siblings, and has inspired them to become future actors and performers themselves. After being thoroughly entertained, Year 3 had an energising lunch before their final swimming lesson, where they enjoyed free play with their classmates. Finally, in our afternoon lesson, the children reflected on their time at the pre-prep school and created personalised ‘Brookham Memory Shields’. They remembered their best achievements, which included playing the recorder, qualifying and being placed in the 600m finals, taking part in the Healthy Breakfast Challenge, holding positions of responsibility, and conquering a fear of heights on the climbing wall and at Mill on the Brue. Year 3 then considered what they are most looking forward to at Highfield, such as seeing their siblings and having the freedom to walk around the school grounds unescorted. But one of the most popular responses was the scrumptious, glorious, luxurious Highfield puddings! Year 3 were also in party mode this week to mark the end of the school year – and there was no wind, rain or lockdown to spoil the party this time around. The children celebrated their time at Brookham with an incredible party that cemented further the relationships between the children, parents and teachers. With the sun shining and the music pumping, the Year 3 children had the opportunity to reminisce about their time and their final year at Brookham. Laughs were shared and burgers devoured in between goes on an inflatable obstacle course, a very slippery slip-n-slide and the obligatory annual shirt signing. The parent-helpers and teachers dressed to impress in their woodland onesies as the children smiled all afternoon with scrumptious ice-creams in hand. As the party began to wind down, the children were handed their treasured year books, which were crammed full of memories and their own slice of Brookham to take away with them on their next adventures. Year 3 have been an incredible year group and all the Year 3 team wish them all the best for next year and hope they have a fantastic summer. Special thanks must go to the Friends of Brookham parents, who organised a lot of the afternoon fun. Thank you.
Charlie Millsom, Shirley Jervis & Steph Turner, Year 3 Teachers