Monday morning started with a brain workout for parents with children in Foundation Stage 1 through to Year 2. They were talked through the phases of Letters and Sounds and how Jolly Phonics is used to enhance the teaching of phonics at BNIS. The importance of reading aloud to children was stressed as well as the need for ‘pure’ sounds when helping children with phonics.
Friday night, was movie night at BNIS and our heads were “filled with the brightest colours” as a “million dreams kept us awake” after watching The Greatest Showman. We were blessed with a beautiful evening with a clear sky full of stars. Thank you all for coming, we hope you had a good time!
What an insightful Open Morning in Early Years! The parents got a chance to know what happens in their children's year groups as well as get a feel of their children's learning environment first hand by engaging in various activities.
Hog Charge is a mountain Bike event aimed at school children to get them actively involved in Conservation fund raising and in so doing, they would learn about the efforts to conserve the forests of Kenya, how to inter-react with sponsors, learn team work and also give them a challenge when they took part in the event. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to take part.
In this year, we had some of our children taking part in the event and did us really proud in winning in their categories. These included:
Under 12 girls team that included Edith Hobbs, Elsa Dyer, Lois Dekker and Olivia Horwood.
Robin Bebbington and Noah Dekker’s team won the Under 14 boys event as well at the Under 14 boys gauntlet!
A big well done to the boys’and girls’ team
Year 7 and 8 pupils thoroughly enjoyed spending a few days at Tambuzi Farm, using the environment to inspire sketching. Observational skills were progressively developed through extended opportunities to draw from real life. Gathering of items from the natural environment and setting up a still life allowed pupils to feel an affinity with their drawings. Sketching became even more challenging when attempting to draw moving animals. It is interesting that the brain takes over when we stop looking at the image we are drawing and so constant reminders were needed to keep looking at our images so that drawings became more life-like.
Printing blocks were created using natural materials like leaves and bark and then used to print onto cloth bags. The pupils talked about using these bags for shopping as an alternative to the recently banned plastic bags.
Our final activity was to create a flower bouquet considering colours, shapes and scents. Something to take home to parents.
An additional benefit of being on a farm was the opportunity for the pupils to milk Rose the cow. A first time opportunity!