Issue 7 – Brighstone Buzz – 16th October 2020

Karen News, The Buzz

Dear parents and carers,

Well, here we are at the end of our first half term, and what a busy few weeks it has been! The children and staff have all been working
really hard in class—I have enjoyed popping in to see what they have been up to.

In Y5 (Macarthur class) they have been learning about Survivors, and have written some really interesting pieces about ‘How to survive a
bear attack’, which will hopefully not be needed when next you are taking a stroll through Brighstone forest…

Y6 Clover class have been learning about WWI and how it started, which, being as complicated as it was, is not easy to learn and remember,
so well done to you!

After a wonderful trip around the Island, Robertson Class put their tourist information heads together to plan and design an information
leaflet for visitors to the Isle of Wight. They started to think about what made a good information sheet and the sort of activities that might
attract visitors. After that, they designed their own map of the Isle of Wight which complimented their learning in the Geography part of our
topic. The final task was to write paragraphs to support the images and then put the whole lot together. The children rose to the task and
the finished results are hot off the press. It is hoped that more of these examples will be published on a tourist information website for the
Island.

As I stood on the gate this morning, I was greeted by Elsa, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, Little Boy Blue, the wolf, Cinderella, Mary, Incy Wincy
spider and many more fairy tale, nursery rhyme and traditional tale characters, as Ainslie and Lambert classes enjoy a Fairy Tale Day as the
culmination of their topic. As I type, I can hear the fun and laughter coming from the hall as they enjoy an afternoon tea, along with the
delicious scent of homemade gingerbread men drifting up the corridor (and I’m hoping that there will be some left over for me to sample…)

We have a wonderful team here at Brighstone, but sometimes we have to say a sad goodbye to someone. Our fantastic caretaker, Mr John
Stansbie, is retiring on 6th November after being a part of the team for six years. We will miss his dedication and support, and while we are
extremely sorry to see him go, we wish him a very enjoyable, restful and well-earned retirement. Thank you, John! We would like to give a
very warm Brighstone welcome to Mr Keith Williams, who will be taking over from John as our caretaker.

We wish you all a very happy and fun two-week half term break, and hope you all manage to keep safe and well. See you back in school on
Monday 2nd November!

With very best wishes, Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone Team

Buzz 16th October