Success Of Soft Skills

Success Of Soft Skills
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Head's Thoughts

For those of you that do not know, my oldest son is currently in Year 6 at Highfield.  That means I have recently received a raft of information surrounding the use of iPads at the school.  The reason for this is, during the second half of the Summer Term, Year 6 pupils start using their own iPads across the curriculum.  This allows them the opportunity to develop the skills needed to use these devices effectively and safely in preparation for life at Senior School. Read on...

Sophie Baber, Headteacher at Brookham School

Nursery Circle Time

During their circle times, Bear Cubs explore a PSHE theme to help them learn about and understand the world. This week, as part of the school-wide theme of challenge and goals, the nursery children were thinking about what they might like to be when they grow up. There were lot of different ideas from the children, including chefs, artists, farmers, soldiers and even a dog trainer. The children also learnt about people in the community who do jobs to help them, such as firefighters, police, doctors and nurses. As well as developing their knowledge of the world around them, daily circle times give the children a perfect opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills, expand their vocabulary and learn to take turns by raising their hand when they have something to say. They always prove to be a very lively and interesting part of the day!

Mrs Samantha Forster, Head of Nursery

Reception Make A Discovery

Forest School is a child-led activity that allows children to discover their own learning opportunities. This week the children were excited to discover snowdrops and crocuses peeping out of the ground. This led to discussions about the seasons and thought provoking explanations of why different things in nature occur at different times of the year. The children then discovered a letter hidden under a pile of leaves. Full of excitement, the children carefully opened it and inside was a note from the baby diplodocus telling us how grateful he was to receive the children’s great descriptions with amazing verbs and adjectives, which helped him to find his mummy. The children’s faces lit up with delight!

Mrs Jessie Milsom, Reception Class Teacher

Year 1 Reflect And Critique

Being able to reflect on your own work and being constructively critical of other people's work are both important skills to help us improve and develop. This week, Year 1 have been doing just that. In their Art lesson they used their new knowledge of the Great Fire of London to create their very own replica houses from that era. The children used polystyrene tiles and rollers to press print patterns for the windows and scissors to create collages to represent the different materials. Finally, the children needed to create a roof for their building.  They chose to use pencil sharpenings, wood shavings, paint or a combination of several of these. As their masterpieces were drying, the children had time to consider what they liked about their own finished houses and their classmates' work.  Finally, they considered what they would do to improve their buildings, were they to make them again.

Mrs Georgie Hunter, Head of Year 1

Year 2 Collaborate

The ability to collaborate is an important skill that will help children succeed throughout their lives. After all, all good thinkers collaborate and communicate. This week Year 2 have been learning when to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise. Some of these skills they found easier than others! While working productively with their classmates, they designed and decorated tropical birds that represent their dreams and goals in PSHE. They solved tricky division problems in Maths by valuing their partner's different points of view and being willing to change their mind when they were presented with a convincing argument. They also learnt that two heads can be better than one when they constructed 3D planets in art, using each others skills effectively.

Mrs Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 2

Year 3 Annual Swimming Gala

We aim to give all children the opportunity to compete.  This week Year 3 rose to that challenge in the pool, at the Year 3 Annual Swimming Gala. Even those who were novices to the world of competitive swimming swam with determination, matching kick to kick.  This resulted in only a stretched arm to determine the finishing order in each race. At times, the races were so close that digital cameras were needed to establish the placings!  The final race was the inter-house relay. Every year Oak, Ash and Willow go head-to-head to get their hands on the Brookham Swimming Gala Cup. With noisy encouragement from the parents, carers and grandparents, who cheered every swimmer with gusto, all of the children were able to compete with determination and courage. However, there has to be a winner.  The champions this year were... Oak. Second and third place were only centimetres behind, proving that everyone made a fantastic, collective competitive effort.

Mr Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 3

Year 4 Meet Scar

Education is about more than learning, it is about providing children with experiences that they will take with them into their adult lives. Year 4 took their Africa topic out of the classroom and all the way to London this week as they embarked on a trip to The Lyceum Theatre to see The Lion King. All children watched in awe and wonder at the incredible performances, sang aloud to the well known songs and gawped at the fabulous props and costumes. If that wasn't enough excitement for one day they were treated to a special surprise - a question and answer session from George Asprey, the actor who plays Scar. We were so impressed with the wonderful probing questions they asked and the children learnt all about his costume, how the scenery works and what the actors do in between performances.

Mrs Charlie Pearless, Year 4 Teacher

Year 5 Create Crystals

Mr Holland has briefly returned and completed his third week helping cover for Mr Backhouse's Science lessons while he is away on placement. The chance to carry out practical work is always the most enjoyable activity children do in Science. Form 5OS have been studying solubility and solutions and to round off their learning they made crystals of Alum. It is not a toxic chemical and therefore one that can be taken home, but it's solubility in water only increases for temperatures higher than 50 degrees Centigrade. This makes the outcome a little unpredictable, ranging from the seed crystals dissolving into the solution (worst case scenario) to ending up with a very pleasing crystal several times larger than before. The children are firmly hoping for the latter!

Mr Adrian Holland, Science Teacher (cover)

Year 6 Developing Me

This year gives children the chance to develop personal life skills such as relationships, self-management and empathy. To help develop these skills a group of children took advantage of our beautiful woods during their Keys session. They enjoyed learning how to make fires in their Bushcraft session with wire wool and batteries. This is always a very firm favourite with all of the children and we are lucky to have Mr Hall lead the Bushcraft team. Meanwhile in the Theatre, the other Y6 children are preparing for their Drama production this term. This will be a series of scenes with different themes woven throughout. The first will use Trestle Masks to tell the story of starting at a new school and the excitement, but also struggles, that this can bring.

Miss Vivienne Liddell, Head of Year 5

Year 7 Last Day Of Rugby Season

Matches were scheduled against Aldro for the last day of the rugby season - the team that many of our U12s met during the Dorset Rugby Tour back in October. The U12As had a tough time then and we now had a great opportunity to see just how far the team had progressed over the season. The start was strong and it was clear that the game was going to be a great contest, with two hard working teams beavering away to find space and get on the front foot. Aldro scored first but Highfield retaliated with a fine finish from Ali Maynard, following some excellent ruck work by Eli Atkins and Charlie Goldsmith. In the second half, Aldro came out firing, running direct lines and increasing the physicality at the breakdown. Despite conceding a couple more tries, the team's desire and effort to fight back never wavered and they were rewarded with another try from Maynard. In the end, Aldro came out the winners but it was clear for all to see just how far the boys have come over the course of the season.

The U12B match started with intensity. The boys played with spirit and moved the ball well in the initial stages of the game. Quick recycling of the ball lead to fast distribution and some cracking attacking rugby followed. However, on too many occasion our strike runners were isolated and Aldro counter-rucked and won easy ball. With fast hands and skill they jinked and jostled their way through our defences and scored a number of impressive, well worked tries. With that being said our chaps did not lose heart and remained competitive throughout. They tackled hard, rucked well and scored a couple of stunning tries. It has been a pleasure taking this bunch of young men over the course of the term and I have been thrilled to see the progress that each of them have made.

Mr Bertie Campbell-Baldwin and Mr James Figgis, U12 Rugby Coaches

Year 8 Confirm Their Faith

Our school has a Christian ethos and the annual Confirmation Service is a longstanding Highfield tradition. This week 17 Year 8 pupils started their confirmation journey. In their first class the story of Zacchaeus was discussed to illustrate to the children that even though you may have done wrong in your life, God is with you to help guide you in the right direction. The importance of prayer was also discussed and that prayer is simply having a conversation with God. But how do the children know God is there and how do they know he is listening? These are the questions they have been posed to consider themselves before their class next week.

Mr Simon Mason, Head of Year 8

Highfield House Points

Good Marks (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Minty Delliere 13 • Queena Gu 10 • Rafe Jenkins 9 • Ptolemy Graves 8 • Maximus Fiennes 7 • Dougie Hogg 7 • Albie Black 7  

Agincourt 6.1 • Trafalgar 4.8 • Waterloo 4.5

Plus Marks (Year 4, 5 & 6)

Imogen Knight 34 • Cristo Porter 31 • Maximus Fiennes 28 • Angela Guo 23 • Tallulah Bateman 22 • Edward Scott 21

Agincourt 20.5 • Waterloo 17.8 • Trafalgar 16.5

Merit Marks (Years 7 and 8)

Hattie Glaister 17 • Bronson Chen 17 • Fabian Mayes 17

Trafalgar 4.0 • Agincourt 3.6 • Waterloo 2.9

Brookham House Points

Ash 243 • Oak 276 • Willow 306


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