Musical and Sporting Prowess
With the fever around the fast approaching election, you may have missed the recent articles in the media relating to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education director, highlighted that the UK has made "positive" progress in international school rankings, based on tests taken by 15-year-olds in 79 countries and regions. Read on...
Sophie Baber, Headteacher at Brookham School
Early Years Nativity
Nursery and Reception children treated their families to a spectacular performance of their traditional Nativity 'A Miracle in Town!' The children certainly made their audience laugh and smile as they performed with such gusto and sang their hearts out to songs including ‘We'd like to tell you a story’, ‘Little Grey Donkey’, ‘Down in the Stable’, ‘There's a Razzle and Dazzle’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. There are definitely some actors, actresses, singers and dancers in the making. Many of the children went from timidly murmuring their lines in the first few practices, to impressing the audience with such assured and loud voices, showing some incredible growth in confidence. All their hard work paid off and the show was fantastic. Thank you to all those who came to watch. I am sure you are all as proud of your children as we are. They have definitely sprinkled some Christmas magic upon us all. Let the festive celebrations begin!
Olivia Shepherd, Reception Teacher and Samantha Forster, Head of Nursery
Year 1 Combine Skills
In their Computing lessons, this half term, the children have been experimenting with a range of devices which create and record sounds and musical phrases. They used their musical knowledge of pulse and rhythm and worked in small groups to create patterns by clapping, tapping, banging and clicking using only their hands, feet and mouths. Using a computer programme, the children worked together and focused on their fine motor skills to move the cursor to sequence a range of different instruments. They enjoyed the challenge of changing the tempo of their sequence, finally bringing it all together to create a class piece.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Year 1
Year 2 Debut Musical Performances
The main hall at Brookham was filled with the sound of Christmas songs and carols this week in our second informal concert of the term. The choir, comprised of Year 2s along with a handful of Year 1s, framed the varied programme with 'Away in a Manger' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' and some of our talented musicians from Year 2 took part. The children have had the opportunity to trial instruments this term and some of them have subsequently taken up these instruments. This concert provided the perfect platform for the children to showcase their musical talent, some for the very first time. There were two confident debut performances on guitar and piano and everyone played with composure and enthusiasm. There were also guest appearances from the Highfield recorder group and the flute choir. A big well done to everyone for a very memorable concert.
Mary Hall, Music Teacher
Year 3 Journalists Investigate Mysteries
A group of journalists have been writing about a series of highly irregular events which have taken place recently. According to a member of staff, these reporters have uncovered a selection of unusual photographs from around the world. Using their expert skills, witnesses have been interviewed, incidents researched and stories cross-checked against reliable global sources. The whole affair began shortly after half term, when a yeti is believed to have invaded Brookham and caused chaos in the Year 3 classrooms. Since then, the intrepid explorers have been on high alert, scanning global media for unusual events such as flying cows, tree-climbing goats and sock-guzzling ogres. The reporting team is now on high alert and request that any unusual incidents or occurrences be reported to them immediately. To find out more, visit the Year 3 classrooms to read the Brookham Bulletin newspaper articles.
Sophie Delacombe, Year 3 Teacher
Year 4 Welcome Year 3
Year 4 hosted an educational sports afternoon for their peers in Year 3. During the afternoon they used Netball and Football to develop their communication and teamwork skills. The Year 4s were very keen to show their younger peers the ropes - where the positions are, team organisation and top tips for defence and attack. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to make new friends outside of their year group and for the Year 3s it was a chance to excitedly learn all about life in Year 4. We look forward to our next joint event in the Spring Term.
Susannah de la Haye, Year 4 Teacher
Year 5 U10 Rugby Teams’ Clean Sweep
It was fantastic conditions for Rugby this week and our U10A boys came out firing, scoring two tries in two minutes with some superb aggressive running. Edgeborough came back and it was a tight first half, ending 6-5 to Highfield. Due to injuries, it was 5-a-side in the second half but the boys learnt to use this extra space to their advantage and finished 10-7 winners. The U10As have worked hard in training and it is starting to pay off on the pitch as they put their knowledge and skills in to practice. They fronted up well to an aggressive Edgeborough and can be very proud of their efforts. The U10Bs were also up against a strong Edgeborough side who rucked well and had pace on the wings; but our boys were fierce in their attack making deadly breaks forward creating holes in the opposition’s defence. They passed the ball well, tackled well and were quick to get into our defensive line. The boys can be proud of their determination and focus to make it to the final whistle, always keeping Edgeborough a few tries behind. The U10Cs also won their matches making it a clean sweep for the U10s!
Oli Backhouse, U10A Coach and Fraser Murphy, U10B Coach
Year 6 U11B Rugby Team Victorious
We had already beaten Edgeborough at the start of the season but that did not guarantee victory again. The boys were reminded that Edgeborough would be keen to avenge their previous loss so we would need to play to the best of our abilities right from the start. With the ball in hand we ran with determination and when tackled worked hard to get to ground and present the ball to ruck over. We didn't always move the ball on to the next man ahead of being tackled but our rucking and support play was up to the task of protecting the ball in the contact zone. When the opposition had possession we were well organised and, for the most part, prepared to make our tackles. When we did make those tackles the support play was sharp and we were able to win a considerable amount of turnover ball. The game remained competitive throughout the 40 minutes and everyone left the field knowing that they had played well, wining 40-25.
Peter Hesselmann, U11B Rugby Coach
Year 7 Chemistry Techniques
Set 2a have been investigating the topic of Separating Mixtures. Building on the work completed in Years 5 and 6, the children reviewed the techniques of dissolving, filtering, evaporating and distilling before finding out about fractional distillation and using chromatography to identify the chemicals in a mixture. To help them review the old techniques they were challenged to retrieve a sample of pure salt from rock salt. They drew scientific diagrams of the apparatus used for the separate processes involved (grinding, dissolving, filtering and evaporating) and discussed why each of these processes was necessary and how they worked in order to secure the scientific terminology associated with separation techniques. The children were further challenged to recognise the difference between the everyday use of words as opposed to the scientific use. I am sure all of us enjoy breathing pure air and drinking pure spring water but, sorry to say, you can’t; both of these things are impossible! If you want to know why ask a member of 7.2a or look elsewhere in this Newsletter for the answer...
Peter Hesselmann, Science Teacher
Year 8 Explore Identity
In their Art lessons this half term, Year 8 have been exploring and considering what identity means and how they can visually illustrate this in different ways. They were challenged to use their creativity to show their individual identity through a mixed media project involving digital media, canvas, paint and pencil. The children learnt how to transfer a digital media image from their iPads on to canvas, and how to work with several different types of media. They found they had to experiment to find the best medium to use to produce different desired effects, and were further challenged to produce every image by hand and with different media!
Olga Houghton, Head of Art
Brookham House Points
Ash 299 • Oak 344 • Willow 361
Highfield House Points
Freya Rickards 94 • Dee Dee Sinclair 73 • Harry Medcalf 72 • Charlotte King 48 • Matilda Hogg 36 • Martha Sherlock 34
Lex Neads 158 • Coco Bendon 157 • Tallulah Bateman 156 • Charlotte King 122 • Polly Dove 106 • Millie Alli 95
Answer to Year 7 Chemistry Conundrum:
In Science “pure” means that a substance contains only one chemical. Both air and spring water are mixtures. Air is made up from a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, trace gases and water vapour whilst spring water contains water with a wide variety of minerals dissolved in it (see the label and look for calcium, potassium, magnesium etc.). In this context pure is being used to mean clean and unpolluted no one would want to drink muddy water or breathe smog filled air!
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.