It’s Great To Be Back
This week’s newsletter focuses on the delight and excitement that is the first week of term but, of course, this particular week has ended with the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty the King, The Queen Consort, the entire Royal Family. There is a national online book of condolence on the Royal Family website for anyone who would like to leave a tribute.
Exciting Times In Nursery As Newcomers Settle In
This year promises to be a very exciting one for Brookham Nursery. With our new extension really taking shape, we are looking forward to offering a fabulous new and additional space for the youngest members of the Brookham community. We know the extension will enable us to provide even more opportunities for exploration and learning in a beautiful, purpose-built environment. In the meantime, we have had a fantastic start to the new academic year and have welcomed many new children to the Nursery this week. They have already started their learning journey; taking on new challenges, building new relationships, and developing independence. Throughout the year, through a mixture of carefully planned teacher-led activities and their own child-initiated learning, they will be developing crucial skills and characteristics such as independence, confidence and an ability to problem solve and keep trying when they find something tricky. Most of all, however, we hope that their time in Nursery will be joyful and instil in them a love of learning that will set them up for the rest of their educational journey.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Reception Children Ready To Take Their Next Big Step
A new pair of school shoes represents so much for the children in Reception. It ushers in the start of a new chapter in their lives and an opportunity to make new friends while dirtying their polished shoes during new adventures. For this current cohort, new and exciting experiences will be plentiful, with many opportunities for their newly-polished shoes to become covered in dust and mud, demonstrating unequivocally the fun experiences they will have. During the year, the Reception children will develop increased levels of independence, challenging themselves to try new things, while also collaborating with their friends and classmates to reach their end goals. There is sure to be fun, laughter and plenty of tales to tell in the coming year as the children learn new skills while reinforcing existing ones right across the curriculum. Whatever happens in and out of the classroom, one thing is for sure….. the children’s shoes won’t stay clean for long!
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
New Children Make A Splash In Year 1
What a whirlwind start to the new school year it’s been. Wet, stormy weather has been a key feature every day this week and provided much excitement, entertainment and hilarity for the children at break times. In and out of the rain, it’s been lovely to meet our new classes this week. Without exception, all of the Year 1 children have returned in fine form; happy and raring to go to start learning alongside their friends. As for our new children, who were enthusiastically welcomed on the return to school on Tuesday, it hasn’t taken them long to settle into a lovely routine and they have already been busy making friends. As luck would have it, splashing in puddles and playing with the water is a perfect focal point for social interactions. One of the most exciting aspects of school this week for our Year 1 children has been lunch. Choosing their own main course and dessert, collecting it on a tray, and carrying it to their table has been one of the highlights of the week. With no dropped trays to date, they have all done very well with this exciting new step. Mr Grech, Miss Lane, Mrs Wilkes and Mrs Langrish are really looking forward to a great year of learning with this engaged, curious and cheerful little group of people.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Energetic Year 2 Start As They Mean To Go On
It has been an energetic start to the year for the children in Year 2. Lots of new faces (and the friendship possibilities they bring) have joined our amazing cohort. The children have already hit the ground running and begun to explore their new topic, Famous Forests. They are now looking forward to a trip to a wildlife park next week. In the meantime, Year 2 had the opportunity to absorb fully the sights and sounds of their very own famous woods which can be found within our wonderful school grounds. This school year will feature fascinating visitors, enriching educational trips and character-building experiences. Over the next 10 months, the children will grow, not just physically but also in terms of confidence as they develop further their inquisitive streaks and start to take more risks with their learning. This foundation will set the children up perfectly for Year 3 and beyond. We will, of course, share our exciting experiences with you every step of the way, but we can see already that Year 2 have so much to offer and will be an integral part of our amazing environment.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Collaborative Year 3 Rise To The Challenge
Being tied up in knots is usually a sign of being anxious or worried. However, the new Year 3 children were far from this when they were set the task of tying a knot around a tree while they all maintained a hold on the rope. This was one of the many team-building activities the children took part in this week, requiring them to focus on valuing each other’s contributions and communicating clearly. Despite the rain, the children impressed their teachers with their understanding of how to collaborate effectively, where the importance of listening was highlighted while also ensuring everyone had a role in their group. Returning to school taller and with a greater sense of maturity, the Year 3 children have relished being back in their learning environment, rekindling friendships and making new ones. The first week of term also marks the election of the new house captains, where the children have the opportunity to fulfil responsibilities and contribute positively to the lives of others. It was wonderful to see the confidence exuding from those who stood up and gave presentations, asserting how they will help others and be an excellent role model to their peers. After a close contest, it is clear that this year’s cohort has many future house captains in the making.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3