Picking Up Where We Left Off...

Picking Up Where We Left Off...
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's Tasty Chapatis Light Up A Great Week

The first week back in Nursery after half term has been so busy. A definite highlight was learning about the Hindu Festival of Light, Diwali, which provided a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about how other people in the world celebrate special festivals. The Nursery youngsters developed their hand muscle strength as they enthusiastically worked clay to make symbolic diva lamps, decorating them creatively with buttons and beads. They learned about rangoli decorations - an artform which originates from the Indian subcontinent - and experimented with coloured rice and chalks when making their own beautiful designs. No celebration, such as Diwali, would be complete without special food, so the children tried their hands at making traditional flatbreads. Mixing, rolling out and then cooking their chapatis in a frying pan, before enjoying them as a tasty afternoon snack, was certainly one of the most popular activities of the week!

Sam Forster, Head of Nursery

Open-Minded Reception Children Fully Embrace Diwali 

Reception children have also been learning about Diwali, extending their cultural knowledge as they discussed and explored this Hindu festival. The curious youngsters started by studying the globe and finding the Indus River valley where Hinduism originated before learning about the preparations for the celebrations of traditional feasts, with beautiful fireworks, inspiring colours and excited faces. Everyone was in agreement that with the clocks changing and days drawing in, there was no better way to brighten the days than with the festival of light. It gave the children the chance to explore and share new beginnings that they are excited about, along with things in their lives that they are grateful for, from yummy food to friends and family. The children made their own version of divas, painting them in their own favourite colours recognising how Diwali celebrates light over darkness. The adventurous youngsters considered another important staple of Diwali - food. After learning about traditional Indian cuisine, the children worked together to source and mix key ingredients to make their own naan breads. Once the dough was mixed, the naan breads were cooked over an open fire at Forest School. Young eyes lit up and enthusiasm rose another notch or two as delicious smells wafted through the woods. The children loved the full process of mixing, rolling, patting, cooking and tasting the naan breads, not least the sampling part as many children had seconds! It has been wonderful being back together after the half-term break and friendships are continuing to blossom. Everyone has embraced learning about other cultures and beliefs and found the lights, colours and food truly inspiring.

Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher

Is It Time To Take A Leaf Out Of Year 1's Book?

Year 1 returned from the half-term break with the enthusiasm and determination that we have come to expect from our Ladybirds and Honeybees, and since they've been back they've have been learning all about the COP26 climate conference. The children were keen to share what they already knew about climate change and were eager to understand more about renewable energy and sustainable farming. The children reflected on the challenges the world faces and were keen to collaborate and share their ambitious solutions and promises to the world for a brighter future. Great care was taken to write their promises on leaves of all different shapes and sizes and the children were so proud to see their finished work take pride of place on the Princess Anne oak tree in the grounds of Highfield alongside mobiles from all year groups across both schools. Away from COP26, there has been much anticipation and excitement about bonfire night, especially when their walk to collect leaves and sticks for the mobile took them past the emerging bonfire in the school grounds. We have learned all about Guy Fawkes and staying safe on bonfire night, as well as working hard to learn the Remember Remember the 5th of November poem. We hope that they all have a fun and safe bonfire night in celebration of the fact that we still have our Houses of Parliament.

Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Teacher

Year 2 Consider School's Carbon Footprint

Year 2 have also centred their learning on climate change this week by thinking about our environmental footprint and the impact we have on nature, both at home and at school. Using their relating learning muscle, they discussed the ways in which our school uses resources, both good and bad. Collaboratively, the children produced a poster identifying which things have the biggest impact on the school’s footprint before discussing changes that could be made or actions that could be taken to reduce the impact. The consensus was that we produce a light carbon footprint because our energy comes from the woodchip biomass, along with the school grounds which support many different habitats for wildlife. However, food and waste were at the forefront of ways in which to reduce our impact. Consequently, the children came up with their promises to the planet, such as to eat less meat or to eat all the food on their plate. When it came to the promise they hope the world leaders make to combat climate change, some of the children enjoyed sharing their knowledge of the daily COP26 developments which they had discussed at home. As our learning is based around rainforests, the children unanimously hope that the world leaders keep to their promise of ending deforestation.

Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Teacher

Intrepid Year 3 Ponder Scott's Antarctic Quest

In the context of the COP26 climate conference, where our children have all made personal promises to the planet and expressed their hopes that world leaders would pledge to protect it, Year 3 had the ideal opportunity to reflect upon ‘Our climate, Our future’ and further their knowledge of Antarctica in the picturesque setting of rural Selborne. On a stunning autumnal morning with clear blue skies, mild temperatures and beautiful sunshine, there was a buzz of excited chatter on the short journey to Gilbert White’s House. Fuelling the children’s enthusiasm even further for our fantastic topic of ‘Ice Worlds and Adventurers’, this trip surpassed all expectations. The children were treated to imaginatively creative, interactive and fun learning experiences. They traced the 1912 passage of ‘The Terra Nova’ on a giant inflatable globe from New Zealand to Antarctica and learnt how the 33 intrepid explorers of the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Captain Scott, set out on their mission to become the first recorded people to reach the South Pole. Handling and comparing modern-day, nutritious, high-calorie Army rations to those provided to the Antarctic explorers provided clear evidence of the hardships these men endured. Differences were further demonstrated by comparing equipment and expedition clothing on display in the museum to modern-day, specialist, expedition clothing which the children were thrilled to model. One of the many highlights, creating huge excitement, was successfully pulling the Year 3 teachers downhill in a sledge, demonstrating their immense determination and great teamwork.

Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Teacher

Imaginative Year 4 Recount Wartime Days Of Dunkirk

As part of their Second World War topic, Year 4 learned about Dunkirk this week and tied it in with wonderful picture book Little Ships, which tells the story of a young girl and her fisherman father who set off from Deal in Kent to rescue soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. The children spent time retelling the story through acting and freeze frames. Then, with a focus on using prepositional phrases, they recounted the key events of the story in their own words.

Rosie Dachtler, Year 4 English Teacher

Circuit Work Ties In With BFG Studies For Year 5

Year 5 are exploring 'circuits' in DT this term, which sits nicely alongside their curriculum novel, The BFG. They focused on designing and creating an LED pocket torch with a food theme linked to The BFG. One particular aspect was getting to grips with the decoration method called image transfer while also giving their first pieces of wood a painted colour wash. Then came a different technical aspect of the project as the children researched images online before editing their chosen picture on the screen, printing it out and transferring it onto the surface of the wood. The wood itself was precision cut using a coping saw (by hand) and an electronic scroll saw and the children proved to be incredibly adept with the tools and really focused on the job in hand, producing some fine work along the way.

Jamie Dew, Head of DT

Year 6 Delve Into The World Of Japanese Rituals

Year 6 have been busy exploring the Japanese Dance/Drama theatre style of Kabuki. This form of theatre is performed in mime and the focus is on storytelling through exaggeration, clear body language and animated facial expressions. The Year 6 pupils have encountered three main characters in their scenes so far: Ukyo (the sly, flirtatious husband who enjoys playing pranks on others and who is traditionally performed with his toes turned in), Taminoyi (Ukyo’s wife, who is traditionally performed with her feet apart and is rich, bossy and has a fiery temper) and The Servant (who is Ukyo’s companion, rat like and is performed with stooped shoulders). This week, we have explored the idea of ‘ritual’ through the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a highly revered occasion in Japanese culture which brings families and friends together. The children then took this concept and pondered how Ukyo, Taminoyi and The Servant might conduct a tea ceremony, creating their own inventive scenes based around this ritual (with some characters enjoying the ceremony slightly more than the others!). In next week’s lesson, they will be learning the art of stage combat and linking this into their Kabuki drama, as Taminoyi prepares to get her own back on Ukyo and The Servant’s devious ways. The Year 6 children have certainly had fun while learning about this unique style of theatre and they always give 100% to their Drama…which is fantastic as their production of A Christmas Carol is only a few weeks away!

Sarah Baird, Head of Drama

Impressive Year 7 Edged Out By Rivals Lambrook 

Our U12A hockey team had a terrific tussle with their visitors from Lambrook on Wednesday. Despite rain and poor light, Highfield began the match with great enthusiasm and played some incredible hockey. The match was end to end with everyone giving it their all and both goalkeepers forced to make a series of fine saves to keep the game goalless. But just as the teams looked to go in at the break all square, Lambrook snatched the lead with a well-worked team goal. The setback failed to dampen the Highfield girls' spirits and they came out in the second - under the welcome glare of the floodlights - with even more drive and determination to win the game. The quality of hockey continued at a high level in the second half and chances were created at both ends, but it was Lambrook who made the game safe with a breakaway second goal late on to leave Highfield with precious little time left to drag themselves back into the game. Yet the girls showed a never-say-die attitude and fought hard until the final whistle. It was an amazing team performance and all of the girls should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

Elliott Hall, U21A Hockey Coach

Invaluable Assistants Help Determined Year 8 Linguists

It has been such a blessing to have a number of fabulous language assistants over the years at Highfield and the pupils benefit so much from the time they get to spend with them working on their speaking skills and developing confidence. This week, my Year 8 class had a ‘carousel’ lesson in which they benefitted from time practising focused questions with Señora Ochoa Fagan; a quick quiz to see how many professions they could recognise on a long list and the '30-second challenge' with me. There were giggles aplenty throughout the challenges, from assuming ‘bombero’ meant terrorist (a shame for the poor firefighters of Spain to whom this title actually belongs) to enjoying the language that was coming up as they tried to fill 30 seconds speaking Spanish on a particular topic. But the best part of this lesson for me was how much every child tried. Effort is everything and they all had a go. It’s a real testament to the Highfield students that they have the confidence to speak in a foreign language to the extent that they do and this, in time, will help them develop an appreciation and understanding for other cultures.

Jo Longshaw, Head of Spanish 

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