News from Brook House 2016/17

Summer Concert - 'Mystery at Magpie Manor'


Sports Day

Our annual sports day was a fantastic success with children doing a range of fun activities in which to score points for their house team.

The weather was kind to us and we had great support from all our parents. We even had time for a mums race and teacher race which was extremely competitive!

Well done to Chatsworth who were the overall winning team.


Mathletics Challenge - 26 June 2017

Congratulations to these pupils who received a Gold Certificate for their Mathletics challenge.


Year 3 Flood Day

As part of the Topic 'Weather and Disasters', The History Van arrived at school to provide a unique, interactive experience for our Year 3 children.

The children acted out stories from the Flood that occurred in Sheffield in 1864 and they took part in several activities during the day.


Creatures visit school

'Meet a creature' visited school as part of the Year 6 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 for both pupils and staff.


Bowled Over

We took 4 teams to represent our school in the Y5 Family of Schools Festival of cricket at Eckington CC.

Made up with a mixture of Y4 and 5 children, the boys and girls were fantastic and quickly picked up the rules of our games.

Our 'A' Team made the finals narrowly losing out to Emmanuel School by 6 runs.


If you go down to the woods today ...

Our year 6 pupils enjoyed a day out at Ecclesall Woods.

Activities included: shelter building, woodland challenges, fire-lighting and games around a communal fire.

The day was a roaring success despite the weather.


Parent's 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 either a Maths or Literacy lesson.

It was great to see lots of parents take up this opportunity.


Y6 post-SATs treat

As a special treat, for all the hard work and commitment that the year 6 children showed in preparation for their SAT's, they enjoyed lunch at MacDonalds.


Champions of Sheffield!

Well done to our Year 6 boys who are now champions of the whole of Sheffield!

Having won our locals school's league the boys qualified for the whole of Sheffield finals which took place at Springs Academy. The boys qualified through their group and went on to beat Ecclesall Juniors in the Semi Final before beating Greenhill Primary in a tense penalty shootout after the two teams were still drawing 0 - 0 after extra time.

Special praise for our goalkeeper, Oliver Ward, who saved 5 penalties! This is the first time we have been Sheffield champions since 2002!


Y4 Parents Open Morning

Thank you to all our Year 4 Parents who came in to take part in our first Parents Open Morning. They took part in our children's literacy lessons and were great.

The teachers found it so useful having so much parent support! We look forward to our Y3 parents coming in on Tuesday 23rd May and our Y5 parents on Tuesday 20th June!


Family of Schools - Special Award Ceremony

Our magnificent children who won awards at our Family of Schools Celebration Evening.

The award winners were Freya for attitude to learning, Louie for friendship, Essy for progress, Nadine for talent and Tilly (not in picture) for school choice.


4DS take part in Points Network Games

4DS enjoyed a trip out to the EISS to take part in the Points Network Games (a series of multi sports activities). The children had a fantastic time.

Well done to Isobelle who was selected to read out the athletes 'oath' over the loudspeakers.


On the way home

Our Year 5 children have had a fantastic few days at Robin Wood Activity Centre in Cumbria.

They have done lots of exciting things and the weather has been amazing.

Staff at the centre commented on what a credit the children were to our school. A truly brilliant few days!


Red Nose Day

Our pupils helped raise money for this year's Red Nose Day. Our theme was to come to school in anything red.

We sold cakes and buns at break which were kindly donated by children and parents.

Huge thanks to everyone who donated to this fantastic cause.


Music at Brook House

The Y5 children have been working this term on their tuned percussion, and this is going lead to all Year 5s going to the City Hall to watch the Hallé Orchestra play a special school's concert on 31st March 2017.

Parents also got the chance to come into school and watch the children perform.


Y5 Greek Day

As part of their creative curriculum topic, Ancient Greece, our Year 5 children enjoyed a visit from Historical Interpretations.

During this topic, they have studied Greek Life, Gods and Goddesses and during the days visit enjoyed workshops and dressing in Greek Togas to add to the experience.


Sports Festival

We recently took 16 fantastic pupils to Westfield to take part in a Change for Life Festival, a programme that aims to foster a lifelong love of sport for young people.

All children received at least a Bronze Award!


Manchester United Visit

42 lucky children joined us on a trip to Old Trafford where they watched Manchester United beat FC Rostov of Russia 1-0.

It was a fantastic evening.


Y4 Cross Country Team

Well done to our Y4 Cross Country Team who took part in the Cross Country relays at Hillsborough Park.

They showed great determination to run their hardest for each other. Well done!


5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!

The Year 4 children blasted their way to the National Space Centre as part of their topic on Space.

The museum had a diverse range of workshops, programmes and trails that the children took part in. A particular highlight was the visit to the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, and some children enjoyed controlling the Micro-6-manoeuvre chair.


Y3 visit to Weston Park

As part of their Ancient Egyptian topic, our Year 3 children visited Weston Park Museum where they learnt how to embalm and make a mummy just like to Ancient Egyptians.

The children also spent some time becoming history detectives and examining artefacts. A fun day was had by both children and adults.


Colouring Competition Winner

The Year 3 children took part in a colouring competition organised by the 'Nottinghamshire Building Society'.

The lucky winner was Summer Redman. She won a money box and a £10 gift voucher for Crystal Peaks. Well done, Summer!


World Book Day

World Book Day at Brook House was a HUGE success.

Lots of activities took place during the day including, a book swap, the older children reading 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 for break!).

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


Disability Awareness Day

We had a visit from John McCorkell, who has Cerebral Palsy, his work provides a great opportunity for all participants to experience first-hand the real meaning of disability.

An assembly was held during the morning, this was then followed by each year group working with John on 4 different activities representing different disabilities.

This was a fantastic experience for the children.


Trampoline Star!

Mia (pictured) attends trampolining competitions and has won two gold medals! She had to independently complete a set routine (Level 2).

She is hoping to qualify for the Nationals, but needs to gain first or second place in her next competition at the end of March.

Good luck Mia.


Laughter throughout Brook House

We had a visit recently from the 'That Poetry Bloke', Craig Bradley.

Craig worked with all year groups throughout the day and we had a special assembly at the end of the day for whole school.

Raucous laughter was heard throughout the school from both the children and staff. If you get chance look for him on YouTube, it's well worth a look.


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.


Mathletics Challenge - 06 February 2017

Congratulations to these pupils who received a Gold Certificate for their Mathletics challenge.


Key Steps Gymnastics

We took 30 incredible children to Westfield to participate in the annual Key Steps Gymnastics competition. Each performed with skills and control in front of many parents and their peers.

Our highest ranked team finished in 4th place.


Hotshots basketball

Well done to our Y4 Basketball team who recently took part in the city-wide 'Hotshots' competition at All Saints School.

The children did really well winning their pool and finishing third overall.


Mathletics Challenge - 30 January 2017

Congratulations to these pupils who received a Gold Certificate for their Mathletics challenge.


Chinese New Year

Our school celebrated the Chinese New Year with lots of activities taking place during the week.

These included making lanterns and learning about the culture and traditions of the Chinese people.

Jasmine in Year 3 came in Chinese traditional costume.


Super Cars at Brook House!

Tilly in Year 6 has been very poorly with leukemia over the past year so it was a wonderful treat for her birthday today that a fleet of 'super cars' rolled up to our school to take Tilly, selected friends and family for a spin.

Tilly is looking very happy sitting in the Audi R8! Our thanks go out to all the super car owners who responded to requests on social media to make this event possible.


FOBBINS Presentation

Our school charity FOBBINS presented Mr Hinchliff with a cheque for £1,000.00.

This money was raised over the last term through activities held by FOBBINS.

Thank you for all your support.


S20 Food Bank

The Vicar from one of our local churches held an assembly about the S20 food bank. This supports families who are struggling in our community. Our parents and children contributed food and toiletries for this project.

As ever, a huge response was made. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.


Christmas Fayre

Last week FOBBINS hosted their annual Christmas Fayre, which helps to raise money for our school funds.

There were several stalls including, tombola, craft and cakes, a raffle and Santa's Grotto. There was even an Elf hunt!

Lucy in 4DS won first prize in the raffle draw, winning a bike.


Dylan's Special Tree

Mrs Maddock took Dylan to buy a tree in memory of his mum who sadly passed away recently.

Dylan chose an Acer tree and has planted this on the school premises.


Year 3 Day Out Exploring

Our Year 3s had a great day out visiting Creswell Crags as part of their creative curriculum topic.

During the visit the children did a selection of activities based on the Stone Age and Prehistoric Britain, including reassembling a skeleton and spotting 27 caves, one of which they toured.

This cave had particularly large spiders and mummified rats, which the children found extremely interesting.


Cross Country

Well done to all the children who have run in the cross country races so far at Concord Park, Bradfield, Bolehills and Parkwood Springs.

We have had some fantastic finishing positions and lots of runners.

Thanks to all parents for supporting your children at the events.


Children in Need

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

The children and adults came in fancy dress, either wearing pyjamas or 'spots'. Our Year 4 children were dressed as Romans as it was their Roman Day activity.

Thank you to all parent who donated buns/cakes which were sold during the day and we raised an amazing £500.


Year 4 Pupils Go Back in Time

Our Year 4 children enjoyed going back to Roman times when the History Van arrived in school.

The day consisted of interactive workshops, dressing up as Romans and re-enacting important events from this period.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day, asking lots of questions and showing huge amounts of interest as they participated.

 


Brook House Football News

The boy's football team have won the Y6 league, winning all of their matches. The girl's football team came 3rd in Sheffield for the Y6 football league.

Both teams are a credit to the school, showing great sportsmanship in all their matches.


Kickboxing Champion

One of our Year 6 pupils, Freya Holmes, took part in the World Championship Kickboxing tournament in Dublin back in September, where she won a gold medal in the age 10-12 category.

She has now just competed in the World Judgement Day Competition in Bucharest, Romania where she won Triple Gold!

Huge congratulations Freya, this is a fantastic achievement.


Mrs Bayliss Retires

A huge thank you to Mrs Bayliss for all the wonderful work she has done as a Lunchtime Supervisor over the last 19 years. The children will miss her sense of humour, her care and compassion at lunchtime.

Mrs Bayliss has retired from this role but continues to be a valued member of staff at Brook House as a Clerical Officer.


Y4 at St Mary's

As part of their Literacy Topic, Year 4 children are comparing two religions, Christianity and Hinduism.

They visited our local Church, St Mary's, where they learnt about the features within the Church and did some sketching of them.

They were greeted warmly and the children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.


A visit from The Education Group

As part of our R.E. Topic, we arranged a visit from The Education Group. They worked with classes in Year 4 and 5 during the school day, teaching them dance and looking at Hindu and Indian Culture.

The children in 4SJ had great fun learning new dance moves.


Harvest Assembly

Our pupils enjoyed a visit by the local Vicar for a special Harvest Assembly.

As ever, the food donations made by parents and children were extremely generous, this helps us to support the Archer Project, which helps homeless people.

A huge thank you to all who donated.

Year 5 trip to Yorkshire Museum and Danelaw Centre

As part of their Viking Topic, our Year 5 children visited the Yorkshire Museum and Danelaw Centre in York.

Despite the cold weather, the children had a fantastic 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.


Y3 Stone Age Day

Our Year 3 children had a visit from The History Van this week. This was a unique, interactive experience where all the children dressed and acted as prehistoric cavemen.

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.


Sponsored Walk

On Friday 23rd September we had our annual sponsored walk to raise money for our school funds. The sun shone and we had a brilliant afternoon.

Lots of our children dressed up in fancy dress and it was wonderful to see all the magnificent support from our parents!

We raised £2245.50, which is the largest amount of money we have ever raised! Thank you so much for your generosity and support.


Kickboxing World Champion

One of our Year 6 pupils, Freya Holmes, took part in the World Championship Kickboxing tournament in Dublin, where she won a gold medal in the age 10-12 category.

Huge congratulations Freya, this is a fantastic achievement.