Skills For Life

Skills For Life
Highfield & Brookham Newsletter

Head’s Thoughts

There is a symbiotic relationship between creating a successful school and investment in its landscape and environment. This relationship was certainly understood by the founding Head, Canon William Mills, who wished to create a landscape in which children could play and flourish and what we see in the grounds today owes much to his powerful vision. Last October, to the dismay of us all, Beech Avenue, a magnificent avenue of mature trees that provided one of the most beautiful natural features of the grounds, had to be felled as many of the trees had become unsafe. However, Beech Avenue is to be replanted later this term with fifty fine new Beech trees. This replanting is both a reaffirmation of the Canon’s vision and powerful confirmation of our continued commitment to the stewardship of our glorious environment. Not only is this planting in step with our environmental ambition, it is also to be a celebration of our commitment to broadening access to the school through the Centenary Bursary Fund. Read on…

Phillip Evitt, Headmaster, Highfield School

Nursery Get Expressive

We all love a good excuse to get a bit messy and Nursery had a fantastic time making hand prints as part of their development in expressive art and design. They explored what happens when they mix primary colours and tried to predict which ones they would need to make different colours. This also provided a fantastic opportunity to extend the children’s language as they tried to find the words to describe the texture and feel of the paint on their hands. Squishy! Smooth! Slimy! The children also used their numeracy skills to count and add up the number of fingers on their hand print designs. But, best of all, they so enjoyed getting covered in paint, as they experimented and created some very individual works of art.

Samantha Forster, Head of Nursery

Reception Learn Spanish

We are all born natural linguists and young children communicate and learn through playful activities. Learning an additional language has shown to increase creativity, develop listening and observation and improve critical thinking skills. In their Spanish lessons, Reception children created their very own sock puppets to whom they proceeded to ‘teach Spanish’. The children taught their new friends key phrases such as “!Hola! Me llamo...” (Hello, my name is….). 

Leana Staring, Head of MFL, Brookham


Year 1 Science Superheroes

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That’s funny…'"  Isaac Asimov

Tying in with their Superhero topic, Year 1 children were challenged in science to investigate which fabric would make the best superhero cape. After much discussion about which physical properties a cape should have, the children worked in groups to plan and perform scientific tests on the different materials. They gathered and recorded the data and used their observations to conclude which fabric had the most suitable properties.  

Henrietta Platt, Year 1 Teacher

Year 2 Get Musical

In their Music lessons, Year 2 embarked on a musical journey through the rainforest.  Inspired by this term's topic, they played the song ‘Walking Through The Jungle’ and were challenged to create the sounds of snakes, birds, tree frogs, gorillas, and lions, as well as rain and thunder. They used a range of interesting instruments and learnt lots of new exciting words including cabasa, oscarina, guiro, djembe (pictured), rainsticks and cymbals.  The music room was turned into a wild rumpus as the jungle came to life!

Mary Hall, Music Teacher

Year 3 Are Paleontologists

Having previously learned that fossils are mainly found in sedimentary rocks, Year 3 children were given fossils to handle, examine and sketch. The Haslemere Museum school fossil collection contained examples of fossilised plants, shellfish, sea urchins and even shark's teeth! The children used reference materials to identify each fossil and attempted to pronounce some very complicated Latin names, before using their observational skills to make scientific drawings of their chosen fossils. They also learned about the life of Mary Anning and shared personal stories of their own fossil-hunting adventures.

Sophie Delacombe, Year 3 Teacher

Year 4 Write Home

Year 4 have been honing their letter writing skills; learning how to structure an informal letter as well as using exciting language to engage the reader. After travelling on the Watercress Line and learning all about evacuation, they were inspired to write letters as evacuees. The children created their own characters; imagined what they might have packed, where they would have gone to and how they might have felt. They showed their creative side as they wrote about learning how to make bread for the first time, having to hide in an Anderson Shelter and the new friendships made at school. It was amazing to see the emotion portrayed by the children. They all really challenged themselves to feel what an evacuee would have felt being away from home.

Rosie Statham, Year 4 Teacher

Year 5 Buzz About Books

The Travelling Book Fair was back for their annual visit to the library. The whole school, including Year 5 were given the opportunity to explore the fair during their English lessons. The book fair was carefully curated to show the very best books to engage every type of reader. It was packed with hundreds of the best children’s books for all ages, from award-winners and the newest titles, to pocket-money pick-ups and treasured classics. The book fair’s visit was a great opportunity to create a school-wide reading focus, build a buzz about books for the children, and most importantly to encourage a love, enjoyment and passion for reading. The children were challenged to select suitable books for themselves and total up the cost. Some books that proved popular with the children included ‘Alex Rider’, ‘Happy Girl Lucky’ and ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’.

Lucy Hendry, Head of English

Year 6 Are Reflective

During Art, Year 6 children have developed their observational skills while being taught how to draw a self-portrait in preparation for tackling their larger Buddha portraits later on in the term. They learnt about facial proportion and how to position features by looking at themselves in mirrors. They were fascinated to discover that their eyes are half way down their head and their face measure five eyes across in the eye area! The children found the lesson challenging, especially remembering how to space features out properly and to depict their unique features. Despite the challenge, many achieved a very good likeness!

Olga Houghton, Head of Art


Year 7 Gilbert White Field Studies Centre

Year 7 embarked on a Geography field trip to study two streams, with the support and guidance of the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre in Selborne. The purpose of this trip was to enhance the children’s understanding of this term’s river’s topic and to gain further valuable experience of primary data collection. This will be advantageous in preparation for the Common Entrance Fieldwork Project that Year 7 will complete later this year. The children learned how to break down practical tasks within small groups, how physical processes directly affect a river channel and how to collect reliable and accurate primary data. They then used this data to answer questions and hypothesise - both key skills for Geography. The children enjoyed transferring their knowledge from the classroom into a practical setting - bringing their learning to life.

James Figgis, Head of Geography

Year 8 Versus Westbourne

A return to 11-a-side football allowed the 1st team to focus their efforts and show the quality of football they are capable of producing. They played some excellent possession football from the start against a talented Westbourne House. The boys moved the ball brilliantly and when possession was lost, they worked tirelessly to ensure they won the ball back. The desire to out-work the opposition was clear to see from all. This positivity and high tempo created a number of opportunities, with Highfield taking the lead. Unfortunately, Westbourne responded just before Half Term, with a long ball over the top and a good finish to make it 1-1. The second half was more fractious and Westbourne managed to take the lead after a couple of small errors. More chances were created but the Westbourne 'keeper and defence held strong and Highfield couldn't quite make up the difference. Credit must go to the boys for adapting their play throughout the game and putting in a performance that we can certainly build on.

James Figgis, 1sts Football Coach


Brookham House Points

Ash 404  • Oak 466 • Willow 392

Highfield House Points

Good Marks

Dee Dee Sinclair 34 • Zak Jenkins 28 • Lottie Alexander 28 • Eleanor Fisher 25 • Swithun Prescot 20 • Charlotte King 19 

Trafalgar 6.9 • Agincourt 6.7 •Waterloo 6.3

Plus Marks

Zac Jenkins 49 • Olivia Perry 47 • Poppy Ouvaroff 42 • Edward Scott 33 • Charlotte King 30 • Polly Dove 29 •

Trafalgar 9.8 • Agincourt 8.9 • Waterloo 7.8

These are just a few of the exciting things the children have been involved in this week. Even more exciting news and photos will be shared on social media, so please don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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