Busy Days Amid The Autumnal Splendour

Busy Days Amid The Autumnal Splendour
Highfield & Brookham Newsletter

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Rhythmic Nursery Busy Making Music

Every object in the Den this week has become a musical instrument. The children have been using cups to clip clop like a horse and a metal bowl has been expertly upturned and beaten like a drum. They have shown great interest in all the sounds they have heard, tuning in and talking about them with great excitement. Many children decided to experiment with the musical instruments and take turns to play and listen to the noises they created and, of course, they couldn’t resist a little singalong too. While out at Forest School, the children discovered some natural treasures in the world around them: the crunch of the fallen leaves, the crack of a stick beneath their feet and the wind blowing through the leaves in the trees, all playing in harmony for the children’s senses. Collected sticks also became instruments as the children gathered for a warm drink and a snack. Tapping sticks and finding a rhythm, they joined together to sing the nursery rhyme of the week.

Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher

Pattern Develops As Reception Dig Deeper

The Reception children have this week been busy exploring patterns in Maths, which is a topic that they have enjoyed extending outside of the Maths sessions and classroom in Music, Forest School and circle time to name but a few. They have discovered that patterns can be seen and created anywhere if they put their minds to it and help each other. Patterns can help children understand change and see an order in the chaotic world which many have found comforting and incredibly satisfying. The repetition and methodical approach can be accessed by anyone and subtly provides many an opportunity to explore mathematical language and relationships in between objects, including man and the world; be that shape, number, position or orientation. Forest School, and outside play, have allowed the perfect opportunity to collaborate and create together with friends. Vibrant and wonderful autumn colours and materials have helped create some eye-catching patterns, by manoeuvring debris lying on the forest floor to create both art and a pattern as inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. The children had such fun! Furthermore, during child-initiated learning the children have managed to get messy and make patterns with paint and playdough while also refining their fine motor skills. They even spotted the pattern in their current literacy book - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. It's safe to say that another jam-packed and exciting week has been had by all in Reception.

Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher

Year 1 Delight In So Many New-Found Skills

Whether in the classroom, online or in the woods. Year 1 have been absorbed in learning. They have delighted us with how flexible and resilient they have become, such as persevering and collaborating when faced with new technology and new tools in the woods. Listening intently, showing empathy and working together, they have eagerly embraced these new skills - and none have proved more rewarding than whittling their own sticks to toast giant marshmallows! Year 1 have also been stretching their relating muscles, learning that this week was multi-faith week. It begins every Remembrance Sunday and encourages people to remember the service of people from different faiths and to think about peace. The children were quick to make links and noted that although people of different faiths might look very different and believe in different gods, they all still want to be 'real' superheroes and help others. 

Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Teacher

Working Together Is A Natural Choice For Year 2

At Forest School this week, the Year 2 children were encouraged to work in groups and create pictures of woodland creatures using the natural resources around them. It was wonderful to see them making use of colourful autumn leaves, sticks, berries and even chestnuts as they collaborated in their endeavours. First there had to be consensus and compromise as they decided on their focus creature, then they needed to source the materials they would be using, scouring the area for the perfect leaf or chestnut. Then came the need for strong communication as they worked in teams to create, adjust and improve their designs. The pride each group took in their combined efforts was a delight to witness and we have no doubt that these team-working life skills will continue to develop throughout their education and working lives.

Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Teacher

Fossil Fever Strikes Budding Year 3 Palaeontologists

Year 3 have been learning about palaeontology as part of their Rocks and Fossils topic in Science. And linking to their topic of Ice Worlds and Adventurers, the children unearthed some mysterious-looking species and traces of undiscovered remains of ancient life that had been preserved by natural processes, hidden below the snow and ice. The children were challenged to create their own fossils, drawing on what they had previously learnt from handling and scrutinising real fossils from the Haslemere Museum. With the help of identification charts, the children worked in teams to identify ammonites, sharks' teeth, belemnites and fossilised wood. Mary Anning was also a point of reference for the children as her fossil expertise and discoveries were largely overlooked by the scientific community during her lifetime because of her gender. This also led to some thought-provoking conversations about fairness and how to treat other people. As a result of all this knowledge, the young cohort of palaeontologists discovered their own unique curiosities, with the help of a little clay and plaster of Paris. Teamwork was essential as they frantically stirred the stiff plaster mixture and poured it into each mould before it set solid. The end results were fantastic.

Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 3

Wartime Cityscape Captures Year 4's Artistic Imagination

Artistic Year 4, whose ceramic poppies proved a beautiful and fitting tribute during last week's Remembrance Day ceremony, continued their wartime theme by producing a series of dramatic cityscapes, cleverly using charcoal and rubbers to add a certain moodiness to their work. Having drawn and cut out a silhouette of the London skyline and stuck it on a plain white background, the children created mottled skies using a clever rubbing technique after applying the charcoal. They then created diagonal lines with their rubbers which portrayed the searchlights that scanned the skies above the city frantically seeking out German bombers during the Blitz. The result of the children's work was truly amazing and it was delightful to see them so diligently adding details.

Olga Houghton, Head of Art

Year 5 Wowed By Marvellous Matilda In Theatreland

Year 5 this week set sail on their second trip of the term with a visit to Covent Garden's Cambridge Theatre to see their acclaimed production of Matilda. In order to further inspire the awe and wonder of our Year 5 learners, enveloping them in the world of Roald Dahl, we felt that a trip to see this magical story of friendship, adventure and perseverance brought to life on stage was a must. With the torturous Trunchbull, the magnificent Matilda and spade loads of revolting children woven into the stunning melodies composed by Tim Minchin, the children were truly blown away. Louise Gao, Sophie Barraclough and Mia Bicknell particularly enjoyed the hilarious yet terrifying punishments The Trunchbull inflicted upon her pupils, including the pony-tail hammer throw and the futuristic 'laser chokey'! All in all, the Highfield children were far from revolting, impressing everyone with their wonderful behaviour. Well done to all!

Flora Aubrey-Thomas, Head of Year 5

School And Education Is Year 6 French Focus

This term, Year 6 has learned all about school and education, making the learning of French current and intriguing. They have discovered how children are taught all over the world and appreciated the differences and challenges. From learning the subjects to making a timetable, describing their daily routine and imagining the ideal school, Year 6 has simply conquered the linguistic challenges and thoroughly enjoyed the scholastic world,  taking in their stride the unusual grammar of the reflexive verbs. This year group is creative and their imagination and energy boundless. They are ready for the next challenge, which will be about hobbies at home, at school, anywhere.

Helene Pidebois, Year 6 French Teacher

Year 7 Show Great Promise In Season-Opening Tournament

Following a promising series of training sessions, the boys’ U12A rugby team were ready to take on the challenge of tournament rivals Royal Grammar School (RGS), St Edmund’s, Hall Grove and Aldro in the season opener. Kicking off the tournament against RGS A, Highfield started strongly and gave the opposition a run for their money, with Daniel and Ryder regularly running hard and deep into RGS territory, but it was the visitors who scored the only try of the match after a well-timed chip beyond the Highfield defence. Highfield’s second game was against clearly the strongest team in the competition, Hall Grove, who were direct in attack, strong in the breakdown and effective with ball in hand and ran out comfortable winners. Highfield got back in track with a dominant performance against St Edmund’s, scoring six tries, courtesy of Ptolemy, Ryder, Harry, George, Oscar and Monty, with none in reply. Highfield were then edged out by a direct and aggressive Aldro side before wrapping up their afternoon’s work with a hard-fought win over RGS B, with Ptolemy and Ryder crossing the try line. Tully and Ryder were named Highfield’s players of the tournament. Well done, everyone!

Ollie Hamilton, U12A Rugby Coach

Musical Year 8 Feel Fine With A Look At Beatlemania

Year 8 have this week been studying the phenomena that is Beatlemania. They were amazed to see pictures of incredible outpourings of emotion and hysteria as the mania gripped Britain, and indeed the world, during the mid-60s, and they learned of the colossal influence their music, fashion and pioneering recording techniques had on the music industry. The children were fascinated to learn of the fortunes of the band members - Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison - learning about the tragedy, the riches and why they deserve their place as the greatest band of all time. 

John Mühlemann, Head of Music


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