Thank you to everyone who, despite the non-stop rain of the day, attended our annual bonfire event on Saturday 3rd November. The rain finally abated as the event opened – phew – and the crowds arrived!
This year we added an ‘activity and treat’ element to the celebrations to mark Halloween. Children came in fancy dress ranging from fairies to super heroes, robots to old ladies and witches to wizards. Thank you to almost everyone for sticking to the non-scary theme which helped the children stay relaxed when the sun went down. Activities included the very popular Tin Can Alley, Guess the Popcorn in the container, Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, Decorate a Cookie, the Doodle Zone, Tattoo parlour and Face-Painting. Mr Masafu’s obstacle course was busy throughout the evening and involved children weaving, climbing, balancing and leaping around the play equipment. The intrepid group of mums who face-painted were focussed and dedicated in their mission to adorn the faces of the huge queue of children. A big, big, BIG thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped on the evening, you made many, many children VERY happy!
The bonfire and disco were ignited at around 6.30pm as the darkness set in. Children and adults were seen to strike a pose on the dance floor to some aptly chosen songs and many tucked into a sausage in a bun and cone of JP’s infamous, delicious chips. At 7.30pm the crowd counted down to start the firework display. Each bang was followed by the usual ooooooing and aaahhhhhing from the crowds and the final explosion was received with a huge round of applause. The display was fantastic and left most people with huge smiles on their faces.
During November, children in Braeburn Nanyuki are being asked to demonstrate their love of reading through our Extreme Reading Challenge. Throughout the month children will be providing photographic evidence of reading in ‘strange’ places (eg up a tree, in the supermarket, under their bed, on the car bonnet etc) - the more extreme the better! We have reminded them about the need to ensure they are safe whilst taking part and for them to tell their parents where they are at all times. We are looking forward to spotting landmarks around Nanyuki in the photos as well as some weird and wonderful places they think of to read.
Here are some photos of the Year 3 children ‘extreme reading’ within school during their weekly outdoor reading session.
Our Year 5 children had the experience of becoming parents in the first half of this term. As part of their Amimal Life Cycle unit in Science, fifteen eggs moved into their classroom. They were housed in an incubator with a warming light and lots of comfort. After 21 days there was enormous excitement when the children arrived at school to find the first evidence of a hatcher!!!! Slowly, and clearly with lots of effort, the first little bedraggled chick emerged. There were tears in eyes and lots of ooooooing and ahhhhhhing!
Over the next three days another six chicks emerged. Mrs Lettsome even had to help one of the chicks out of their egg as, after over several hours and clear discomfort, she felt that the little fluff ball would probably not make it out! The class became parents to a total of six chicks who, when old enough, will be moving into our pet pen down in Early Years.
The children did a whole range of learning activities linked to this experience including daily studying of the development happening inside the egg, seeing live pictures of what the chicks looked like throughout the development, weekly journal entries on the process, and on hatch day actually watching the chicks come out of their eggs! The children also enjoyed opening up the eggs at the end of the week that didn’t hatch as they could see partial development and make scientific guesses as to when they had stopped their development. It was also an experience enjoyed by much of the rest of the school who visited, amid a lot of shhhhhhh-ing from the Year 5 children!
Each half term the children in FS1 and FS2 help choose the activities for their Friday afternoon clubs. This term they wanted a pottery club and what a hit it was! Each child used their own creativity to produce something out of our lovely, squidgy clay. The activity was not only fun, messy and creative but it was also an excellent opportunity to strengthen those little hands leading to improved fine motor skills and ultimately writing. Well done children, we wonder what exciting activity you will choose next!
As we reach the end of the first half term of the 2018-19 school year, we also mark the end of our first round of Wednesday clubs. For 5 weeks, children have attended one of our clubs to explore interests or try out new things to see if hobbies can be developed!
In Hockey club children were honing their skills and brushing up on their match fitness ready for the hockey season which begins in January. This popular club was largely attended by children who already knew how to play hockey. This club will continue for children in years 3-8 after half term alongside a ‘football for beginners’ club which will be open to anyone.
Mtumba clubs saw children in years 4 to 8 repurposing or modifying items of clothing they brought from home or retrieved from our own mtumba selection of items. They used lace, sequins, scissors and gathers to create their unique items. Thank you to Mrs Freeman for helping out with this club and allowing the children to use her own sewing machine. After the October break, this club will run again for the children in years 1 to 3.
Brain Gym presented a chance for the puzzle hungry children in the school to get their minds working out over sudokus, tangrams, lateral thinking, logical reasoning and a bit of chess for good measure! The club had an interesting mix of children from all year groups which resulted in some new friendships. Watch out for this club to reappear later in the year.
Outdoor sculpture was for the children in years 1-3. They worked together created an archway and other natural sculptures in the area behind the year 1 and 3 classrooms. Using twigs, branches, leaves and stones they built features which give an opportunity for reflection and appreciation. This club will continue after half term for the children in years 4-8 but we do have plans for some indoor/outdoor sculpturing activities if the rain stops them being outside.
Cookery club was definitely a popular one, with over 50 children attending! Children made yoghurty oats, guacamole, smoothies, flapjacks and a no-cook dessert. This is particularly great to hear as not many items created at school seemed to actually make it home!
Lego club will also be on offer after the October mid-term break. During this club children will be challenged each week to create something out of lego related to a theme.