Pupils Reap Rewards Of Busy Half Term

Pupils Reap Rewards Of Busy Half Term
Highfield & Brookham Newsletter

Save The Date

  • Saturday 6th November - Bonfire Night
  • Friday 12th November - Luxury Christmas Shopping Evening
  • Saturday 18th June 2022 - Highfield and Brookham Charity Ball
  • Thursday 8th September 2022 - Highfield Association Golf Society (HAGS) Event

Nursery Feast A Natural End To A Perfect Week

This week in Nursery the excitement of our harvest theme continued at full pace. The children sang their special harvest song ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ beautifully, enthusiastically adding fun actions to accompany the lyrics ahead of a delightful whole-school service at the end of the week. And all their impressive efforts really paid off as they performed their rendition of the jolly tune brilliantly in the perfect surrounds of the school chapel. Away from their seasonal performance, the children were a positive bundle of excitement as they discovered a wealth of autumnal changes on a trip to Forest School, notably subtle colour changes within the environment which sparked a fun and insightful discussion as how such changes occur. The eager children learnt how to hunt for natural objects before deciding which shade they most closely matched on a colour chart. While outdoors, the children also explored first-hand how to harvest their lovely carrot crops from the Nursery garden. They then eagerly set about chopping and preparing the vegetables for a hearty autumn soup. And what better accompaniment to warming soup is there than fresh bread? So the children set about kneading the dough for their homemade bread which proved perfect for their harvest feast under the rays of the early autumn sunshine.

Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher

Reception Sow The Seeds Of A Wonderful Harvest 

Harvest time is a time to reflect, explore and be thankful for what we have and this is something that the Reception children have been busy focusing on this week. An enticing and interesting array of fruits and vegetables were discovered, sparking discussions about where they might have grown and whether the children had tasted them before. Fingers prodded and squeezed while noses smelt some unusual scents, providing opportunities to develop vocabulary and share experiences. Comparisons were made between the different vegetables, such as which was the heaviest, lightest, smallest and largest and lively investigations were carried out about which piece of fruit or veg rolled the best. Then came the coup de grace as, amid great anticipation and excitement, the juicy vegetables were cut open and dissected, creating a 'mound of muck' which was used for painting and mark making. It seems the insides of pumpkins are a particularly good alternative for orange paint! As a grand finale to the week, there was a visit to the school chapel where the children performed an exuberant performance of 'Thank You For Almost Everything', a song which reminded the audience that we must be grateful for everything, including things we don't particularly like, such as Brussels sprouts!

Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception

Year 1 Poets Put On Quite A Performance

Year 1 have enjoyed the whole school focus on performance poetry this week. The children created a picture map of their harvest-themed poem to ensure that everyone could read it. As well as reciting the poem with feeling and expression, the children were encouraged to use their body in order to convey the meaning of the poem, learning how body language serves to visually communicate to an audience what might be happening in a poem. The children were incredibly excited to recite their poem to the rest of the school while gathered in the chapel as part of our harvest celebration. They delivered their poem with enthusiasm and a fantastically-animated style of speaking which proved successful in keeping the attention of their audience.

Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Teacher

Football Fun In The Sun For Happy Year 2

Excitement levels have been at an all-time high in Year 2 for the past couple of weeks, as the children did their own research of the school calendar and discovered that they were to have their very first sporting fixture this week. All of the Year 2 children made the short trip to Churcher's College Junior School on Monday for a carousel of football fun. Basking in the warm autumn sunshine, the excited children enjoyed almost two hours of five-a-side football matches, penalty shootouts and their long-awaited first experience of a match tea! On the pitches, spectating parents were treated to an array of fantastic footwork, super shooting, tremendous teamwork and brilliant ball skills, and the supportive cheers from both sets of parents were wonderful to hear after such a long time with empty sidelines. After a successful end to their football sessions, Year 2 will be moving onto hockey after half term and they are already looking forward to demonstrating their skills on the school's amazing all-weather pitch in November.

Jess Oecken, Head of Brookham Sport

Fact-Finding Year 3 Research Spanish-Speaking Countries 

Building on last week's language learning, Year 3 continued researching Spanish-speaking countries and were amazed by their findings, such as the architecture of the F&F Tower and the Biomuseo (Panama), Rainbow Mountain (Chile) and a dolphin research centre (Honduras) to name but a few. Out of 21 countries that have Spanish as their official language, the nine countries the children investigated have opened their eyes to different cultures, food and places of interest, all safe in the knowledge that they share the same language. Perhaps the children's love of all things Spanish may take them to one of these countries in the future and they can sample the delights on offer for themselves!

Leana Staring, Brookham Head of Spanish

Tuneful Year 4 Musicians Really Know The Score

Year 4 have been turning their hands to composing in their music lessons this term. Inspired by Second World War soundscapes, they have been creating 'Rat-a-tat' graphic scores using sounds of their choice...with some very imaginative results! They have discovered that the skill of the composer lies in the combination and manipulation of all the elements of music, thus creating the desired emotional effect on the listener. The children have been focusing on pitch, dynamic and silence to create drama and tension. When it came to performing their works, composer became conductor and the children showed great communication skills and leadership as they directed their ensembles.

Mary Hall, Year 4 Music Teacher

Year 5 Tackle Times Tables Ahead Of House Test

Year 5 have been making great progress with their Maths this term, building confidence and fluency with basic number work and arithmetic. One main focus has been times tables, where good understanding not only helps with logic and reasoning but quick recall helps with so many aspects of the subject, from fractions, algebra and spotting factors to sequences and problem solving. Pupils have been doing regular timed 50 or 100-question times tables tests and scores have risen dramatically. In fact, one set's average soared from 32.9 to 85.9 for a four minute test. This will prove really useful as the House Mental Maths Competition takes place shortly after the half-term holiday and challenges pupils to tackle one hundred questions in just three minutes. Usually, around 25 pupils across the school achieve 100/100, many of whom are from Year 5, but every point counts for the house, so increasing one's score from 20 to 25 is just as important as going up from 95 to 100. With that in mind, I'm sure some children will be doing some sneaky practice over half term to ensure the best house wins!

Patrick Davies, Head of Maths

Calming Meditation A Real Draw For Year 6

In Art, pupils have learned a great deal about the rules of facial proportion and have had a turn at drawing a self-portrait. Crucially, they remembered the golden rules that the eyes are located in the middle of the head, the face is 'five eyes wide' in that middle eye-line area and that the ears are as long as the nose. Do ask your child about their learning, I feel incredibly confident that you will be impressed with their new-found skills and that you will learn a lot about skills in drawing portraits from your child. Perhaps you can try drawing each other over the half term as a fun family activity. Year 6 pupils are currently learning about Buddhism in TPR and as a next step they will apply what they have learned about facial proportion to draw a beautiful, larger portrait of Buddha which will be completed using chalk pastel and with colour theory in mind. To introduce this topic, our Art lessons this past week began with guided meditation. Everyone enjoyed this and it prepared the children so perfectly for the lesson ahead.

Olga Houghton, Head of Art

Year 7 Bring Romans And Their Language Back To Life

Year 7 have been widening their knowledge of Latin this term, looking not just at the complex grammar of the language - the “hard bits” as one child called them - but also at how it's woven into English. In each lesson they have been looking at derivations and there have been a range of activities aimed at bringing the Romans and their language to life. Among these were the 'build your own Latin curse' activity (watch out, teachers…) and listening to the story of Perseus and his slaying of the Gorgon Medusa (technically a Greek myth but as we have seen the Romans stole all the best Greek ideas anyway). Key to remembering the all-important endings of words is the practice of chanting and this week Year 7 could be heard reciting the verb 'to be' in the style of a mouse, a Viking, an ogre and (aptly) an exhausted person. Whether or not they remember content over style remains to be seen, but at least they’ve had some fun and realised that Latin is far from a dead language.

Alex Walker, Head of Classics

Year 8 Impress At Charterhouse Despite Knockout Heartache

Fresh from their masterclass with gold medal-winning Olympian Crista Cullen, the U13A girls headed to Charterhouse for the prestigious IAPS tournament, a highlight of the school hockey season. Driven by the mantra of hard work and tenacious defence, Highfield faced Twyford, Windlesham House and St Neots in the group stages. Highfield dominated their opening game against St Neots, easing to a 3-0 win courtesy of two goals from Poppy and a third from Tilly. A tougher, more physical, test followed in the shape of Windlesham House, but Highfield were buoyed by a couple of early goals as Poppy and Tilly found their scoring boots again. With confidence high, Highfield's passing and movement was sharp, but they were still thankful for three stunning saves from goalkeeper Charlie late on as they held on for a 2-0 win. In their final group game, Highfield scored the only goal of the game on a breakaway as Poppy scored her fourth goal of the tournament. Destiny and Flora marshaled the midfield to good effect and the impressive defence of Izzy, Kitty, Imogen and Angela never gave Twyford a sniff as Highfield topped the group with three wins out of three to set up a quarter-final tie with Lambrook. Highfield raced out of the blocks against their rivals from Berkshire, with Emily firing just wide after drawing the goalkeeper. Several more chances came and went for Highfield before Lambrook scored the only goal of the game via an agonising breakaway. While disappointed, the effort, teamwork and commitment of the Highfield girls simply couldn't be faulted and they were truly outstanding on the day. Reflecting on their tournament successes at Charterhouse, the girls are encouraged to build on their achievements for the remainder of the season. 

Rob Dilworth, U13 Girls' Hockey coach

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