News from Brook House 2017/18

Sparkle Night Walk

On Saturday 7th July, two pupils from Y6 took part in the Sparkle Night Walk around Chesterfield.

Megan Crooks and Lily Robinson both from 6KL began the walk at 10pm and finished at 1.30am. They took a well-deserved break afterwards in McDonalds.

They both walked to raise money for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield and managed to raise £60.00.

Both girls said that they really enjoyed it and will definitely be entering again next year.


Cake Sale

Mrs Maddock held a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society.

We had a cake sale and games during break in which we raised just over £270.

Many thanks to everyone who donated cakes to this worthwhile cause.


If you go down to the Woods today!

Year 6 children enjoyed a day in the woods recently.

They took part in variety of fun-packed activities including shelter building, challenges and games, fire-lighting and campfire treats around a communal fire.

The weather was perfect too.


Year 6 Annual Residential

Some of our Y6 children went on our annual activity residential to Caythorpe Court.

They eagerly took part in lots of challenging activities ranging from climbing walls, abseiling and survival skills amongst many other fun things. Many children really pushed and achieved things they didn't believe themselves to be capable of!

The weather and children were extremely well behaved and an amazing time was had by all.


Westfield Celebration Evening

One of our favourite annual events is the celebration evening. It's a chance to celebrate children's achievements together with the Family of Schools.

Our most recent evening saw Barney Rawson (4AB) win the friendship award, Caitlin Dolby (6MG) won the positive contribution award, Alice Calow (3LA) received the school choice award, Isaac Day (5DS) won the most improved, Libby Mills (5LA) was chosen as our best talent and finally Owen Mossman won the attitude to learning award. We also enjoyed a fantastic singing performance by Charlie Bell and Megan Crookes.

It was fantastic to see these children being recognised for their efforts and contributions, whether it be towards school life or other hobbies outside of school.


Congratulations!

Huge congratulations to Megan Crooks who has recently been awarded a distinction in her singing - Stage 4.

Well done, Megan!


HOWZAT!

Well done to all our amazing Y5 children who played cricket for school at Eckington CC.

We took 40 children and had a brilliant time...the children were a real credit to us.

To top off a perfect day, we also won the competition.


Eiffel Tower Creations

Our Year 5 classes held their parent open morning where the children made structures based on the Eiffel tower and then tested them in different categories.

It was great to see so many parents attend and help with this activity.


Sports Day

Sports day as usual was a brilliant success!

Our children took part in a range of sporting events and we even had time for a Staff and a Parent race too. The rain held off and it was great to see so many parents come along to enjoy the afternoon.

Many thanks to Mr Spacey and Westfield Sports Leaders for their organisation of this event.


Year 6 - Crucial Crew

Our Y6 pupils took part in Crucial Crew which is run by South Yorkshire Police.

The children took part in a variety of staged incidents relating to travel advice, internet safety, fire and emergency procedures, first aid and several other situations. They are taught how to react responsibly to these circumstances.

As always, this is a fantastic day, which our pupils thoroughly enjoy.


Football News

Well done to all our boys who represented school in our Y5 football tournament at Birley School.

The boys were exceptional and played with a terrific spirit and fair play.

 


Sport Relief 2018

We celebrated Sport Relief this year, with lots of activities taking place over the week.

Children did 10 minutes exercise as part of the Tom 'Daley' challenge. At the end of the week pupils and staff came to school dressed as their favourite sports star or sporting activity and completed the 'sports mile' by running 5 laps of the school playground.

Thank you to all for your donations.


Egyptian Museum

Our Year 3 children have been really busy this term learning about Ancient Egypt.

Our school hall was transformed in to a museum which was full of Ancient Egyptian artefacts the children had made during their Art lessons. These included Egyptian masks which they thoroughly enjoyed making.

Parents were invited along to see what their child had made and to visit the museum.


Ancient Greeks

Our Year 5 pupils enjoyed a day of Greek activities. They took part in an Olympic themed PE session, watched clips about Ancient Greece, did a mosaic challenge and even did Greek food tasting.

Children and staff also dressed up in Greek style clothing which added to the atmosphere and made the whole day fun for all.


World Book Day

Despite being delayed by the snow, World Book Day finally took place and as always was a HUGE success.

Lots of activities took place during the day including, a book swap where the older children read with the younger children, dressing up as book characters and 'drop and read', where children and staff stopped what they were doing and sat down to read for 5 minutes when a bell rang (they even did this when the bell went during assembly).

Some of the pupils said that "this was the best book day ever".


Fire! Fire!

Our Year 3 children had a visit from the Fire Service. They were given information on fire drills, escape plans and also learnt how to stop, drop and roll.

The kids talked about the difference between good fires and bad fires. They also watched a DVD and took part in a quiz.

They were taught how to stay safe both at home and at school.


Year 3 Open Morning

Some of our classes have been lucky enough to have parents visit for the morning. This was a fantastic experience where parents had first-hand insight into how their children are taught, witnessing a Maths lesson.

It was great to see lots of parents take up this opportunity and the children enjoyed showing their parents how they work.


Online Safety Week

Within school this week our children have been learning about how to stay safe on the internet. Each year group focused on a different aspect of online safety and presented their work in our Wicked Work assembly.

Our year threes built a firewall to keep them safe online! Each child created their own brick containing advice on how to use the internet safely and respectfully.

News just in - but is it real? Year four have been learning about fake news and why it's important not to trust everything you read online! Each group created a fake news story along with two real ones and had their peers guessing which was which!

Pupils in year five rehearsed and performed a drama piece about the importance of your 'digital footprint'. The children staged an interview process in which the candidate was unsuccessful due to mean comments he had posted online, which really got our children thinking during assembly.

During the online safety afternoon, year sixes reflected on different aspects of online safety. They each created a wristband and wrote an online deed that they were going to fulfil.


Year 5 Residential

The Year 5 pupils enjoyed an overnight stay in York. This was our first visit to York as a residential and was packed with interesting and fun filled activities, such as finding treasures in a Dig and seeing ancient York being brought to life in Jorvic.

All activities undertaken brought the learning in the classroom well and truly to life, and enriched their education. The children were a credit to the school with their behaviour on this trip. We look forward to repeating it next year.


Creature Invasion

Our Year 6 pupils enjoyed a morning meeting creatures as part of their topic on Brazil.

The visit reinforced the knowledge and understanding of creatures and their habitats. In addition, children were able to hold different animals such as snakes, lizards and spiders.

The visit was a huge success with both teachers and pupils enjoying the experience.


Thank you, Asda!

A HUGE thank you to all the parents, grandparents and carers who shopped at Asda Drakehouse in the lead up to Christmas to support the green token campaign to 'Shop for FOBBINS' - we actually won the first prize of £500!

Nanette, the community fundraiser at Asda, does a super job supporting the community and has been really helpful and supportive. FOBBINS will divide this between the Infant and Junior schools, so hopefully it will help in some way. Thanks again for all the support.


Y3 visit Weston Park

Our Year 3 children took a tram ride to Weston Park Museum as part of their Egyptian topic.

Here they learnt how to embalm and make a mummy just like the Ancient Egyptians.

The children also spent some time becoming history detectives and examining artefacts and making a Shabti, a pocket-sized servant. They have enjoyed continuing the theme during class and are making items for an exhibition in school.


Young Voices

Our school secured a place for a school choir at the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena in January. This was an amazing opportunity for our children to perform to a full arena audience of thousands and take part in a children's choir containing approximately 6000.

The children were fantastic, turning up for rehearsals during their lunchtime and were extremely well behaved during the day. They were a credit to the school. Thank you to all parents and staff who attended the Arena to support our children.


Murder at Brook House

The Young Shakespeare Company arrived in school to stage a performance of Macbeth, which is currently being studied as part of the Year 6 literacy topic.

The actors were fully-dressed and brought the story to life, engaging and interacting with the children throughout.


Pudsey Mania

Children in Need, as always at Brook House, was a HUGE success.

This years' theme was 'Dress to Impress' and the children certainly did that with both the boys and girls looking smart in their best outfits.

Thank you to all parents who donated buns/cakes which were sold during the day and we raised over £440!


We love to read!

Children throughout Sheffield were asked to read three books and vote for their favourite.

They had to volunteer to do this in their own time and give a report on their opinion.

As a reward for taking part they each received a certificate and the days outing to the Crucible Theatre where they got to meet the Authors and Illustrators of each book.


School Council Conference

Miss Bielby took 8 of our school councillors to Westfield School recently for the Family of Schools event.

The children took part in mental team building games during the morning and picked litter during the afternoon. Our school came first collecting the most litter and we were presented with a certificate and prize.

The event was enjoyed by both children and teachers from all schools.


Brook House Champs

Well done to the Y6 boys who were crowned Year 6 Futsal Champions at the Westfield Family of School Competition.

It was a tight final with the boys beating Emmanuel 1-0.


Brook House Girls Football

Well done to our Y5/6 girls who have been taking part in Football League and Cup matches this term.


Exciting Playground Plans!

This picture shows the exciting plans we have for our outside area in the coming year.

We are committed to making our outside area an amazing play space for our children so playtimes can be as fun and enjoyable as possible. All our fund raising is now focused on this project.

We hope you can support us in the coming year to make our dream possible!


Dressed up Sponsored Walk

On Tuesday 4th October we had our annual sponsored walk which helps to raise money for our school fund.

It was wonderful to see lots of our children dressed up in fancy dress and again with magnificent support from our parents

We were very lucky with the weather too!


Spears at the Ready!

As part of their creative curriculum Topic 'Invaders, Raiders, Settlers and Traders', our Year 5 children visited the Yorkshire Museum and Danelaw Centre in York.

The children had an amazing time learning about the way the Vikings lived. They made clay oil lamps, ground flour to make bread and practised their battle skills!

It was great fun and the children had a brilliant day.


Year 3 Stone Age Day

Our Year 3 children had a visit from The History Van. This was a unique, interactive experience where the year 3 children and staff dressed and acted as prehistoric cavemen re-enacting important events from this period.

The children made weapons and clothes and designed their own jewellery.

The whole day was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff.


Roman Fun Day

Our Y4's had a 'Roman Day' to bring their Roman topic to life.

It was a wonderful day with the children and teachers dressing up as Romans and having the opportunity to handle artefacts and meet a Roman expert alongside doing a range of fun activities to reinforce their learning.