Issue 36 Brighstone Buzz – 10th July 2020

Karen News, The Buzz

Dear parents and carers,

We have come to the end of another week and it is not long now until the end of term. Transition activities are
planned, and the children are looking forward to spending half a day with their new class teacher and LSA on
Tuesday 21st July. Thank you to those who have already replied about this—if you haven’t already done so, please
reply with your preferred time by Monday.

We have also had some replies about telephone parental consultations. If you wish to speak to your child’s current
teacher, please let the office know.

If school closures hadn’t happened, our whole school topic this summer would have been about the Olympics. Even
though the main Olympics can’t go ahead this year, we will be holding our very own Brighstolympics next week,
organised by Mr Goldsmith. As mentioned elsewhere in the Buzz, the bubbles will be taking part in events, and
points will be awarded to those who demonstrate the Olympic values: Excellence, Respect, Friendship,
Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. Children at home can also take part in the events to win points for
your Hives—Mr Goldsmith will put information about these on the Home Learning pages.

In school, the children have been working hard across all the subjects. In Y5 they have been reading Treasure Island,
and producing some excellent written work that encompasses the excitement and drama of the story. In Y6 they
have been working in the school garden as part of their work about The Secret Garden. In Reception they have
started to create a stone snake, made up of lots of painted stones. This is on the path in the school field, and
everyone is invited to paint their own stones and add to it. Let’s see how long we can make our school stone snake!
In Year 1 they have been busy making hobby horse dinosaurs to be used as part of their Brighstolympics events—
they look amazing! In the Key Worker bubble, they explored the history of the Olympics, including what the flag
rings represent. They also explored the motto in Latin, what it meant and why it had been chosen.

They watched the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London and were fascinated by the way we showed off our culture
through the years. They made lots of links to their experiences, history and books, such as celebrating the NHS
scene and linking it to the Midnight Gang by David Walliams, as well as traditional sports such as cricket and
maypole dancing that still take place nowadays. They were very cross to see how the landscape changed during the
industrial revolution. The children enjoyed finding out that the flame of the Olympics never goes out and seeing it
lighting up the beacon at the start of the Olympic games. They were so inspired that they did some free writing on
this, including fact files, posters and diary entries as if they were there!

We look forward to seeing what all the children at home do as part of the Brighstolympics!
Send in your pictures—we love to see them!

I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Take care,
Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone Team

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