Collaborating with Kandy!

This week we (Miss Hearn and Miss White) have been given an incredible opportunity by the British Council to go to Sri Lanka and collaborate with one of the schools there. So far, we have been educating them on the importance of recycling in order to reduce waste and achieve one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We have created a very positive partnership with the school, which we will maintain when we return to England so that Brooklands Farm can do some collaborative learning with schools around the world to reduce waste!

In the evenings, the teachers have been kind enough to taken us on a tour of the city to understand their culture. We have tried lots of Sri Lankan food and have seen lots of different animals, including monkeys, lizards and elephants!

We will have to tell you all about it when we are back!

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Welcome to Brooklands Farm Primary School

Welcome to Brooklands Farm Primary School.
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It is with great pleasure that we welcome you at our new and expanding school. The first building on the block of the Brooklands community development serving Broughton Gate and Brooklands.
Our school building is predominantly glass emphasising our ambition to be connected to the world around us.  We believe in transparency and accountability and again the ability to look inside our school from every direction emphasises our leadership ambition for excellence.  Our school believes in ‘anytime’, ‘anywhere’ ‘everyone’ learning, we have created spaces to learn in our school that recognises learning in groups, as an individual or within a whole class setting.
As we begin our learning journey we have no idea who will come to learn with us!!  This is extremely exciting and we will leave space to accommodate and weave in all talents and skills.  For this reason our vision statement is – Weaving a Learning Journey.
We believe we will achieve excellence during that learning journey if we –
OPEN – hearts, minds, eyes, ears and dialogue.
GROW – talents, mindsets, skills, knowledge, relationships.
BELIEVE – I can…., we can ………….. and you can…………..
We are all leaders of learning on this journey and please come and join us to share your learning as we will only have a great school if we all run in the same direction.
Maxine Low – Head Teacher
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See some of our latest learning below

Year 5&6 Football Tournament

On Friday the Year 5 & 6 football team took part in a tournament at the MK Dons Dome with several other schools involved.
The team played well in their first 4 games managing 2 wins, 1 draw and a loss. As the group was so fiercely contested we knew we needed a big win in our last game.  In order to qualify out of the group in 2nd place and reach the finals held in January, we would need a big win in our last game.
The game started at a fast pace and within a minute Brooklands Farm were ahead thanks to a long range shot. We continued to dominate and towards the end of the game we found ourselves 4-0 up. We had given ourselves a chance but we still believed we needed more goals. As we were pushing forward we were caught on the break and the opposition were awarded a penalty. The opposition’s player missed the target. The referee then blew his whistle. Brooklands Farm had won 4-0, but was it enough?
All the teams sat down and awaited the results.
We were then informed by the organisers how close it was. Emerson Valley and ourselves were joint on points and goal difference but the deciding factor was goals scored. Amazingly by winning 4-0 we had finished 2nd and gone through, by just a single goal!
If we had conceded that last minute penalty we would have been eliminated and finished 3rd.
This was a great achievement from the team and we look forward to the finals in January!

Big Win at Stantonbury Basketball Competition

On Thursday 29th November a mixed team of Year 5 and 6 children travelled to Stantonbury to take part in an inter school basketball competition. They played a total of 6 games, all lasting 7 minutes.  Of these 6 games, they won 5 in succession only narrowly losing the last game by 1 point. As a result, their team finished top and they were declared winners of the competition!

All of the children who took part showed an outstanding display of teamwork and individual talent in what was a fantastic evening of team sports. In addition, Brooklands Farm received extra praise from all the referees helping out in the event, saying how well they all played together. A massive congratulations to all of these children who took part.

Houses of Parliament

Yesterday we went on an amazing trip to the Houses of Parliament. We really enjoyed looking inside the House of Commons and asked lots of questions! Afterwards, we had a session on campaigns and how laws are created. We had such a brilliant day! Thank you to the parent helpers – we really enjoyed having you with us!

Pudsey Visits Brooklands Farm!

We had a special visitor to our whole school assembly today. We shared our book ‘For Every Child’ and Pudsey shared his mission to support all children in need.
Just a reminder we are having a non school uniform day on Friday to raise money for this national charity.

Young Mathematicians Award

On Wednesday, we had a great trip to Explore Learning, Kingston. Whilst we were there, we had to use our problem solving and reasoning to tackle different problems. We were also competing against other schools.

A massive well done to everyone that took part! Your resilience and determination was amazing to see and you should be really proud of yourselves!

 

It has been amazing to see so much enthusiasm from all of 5A this week! They have been really inspired by their learning and have learnt so much! This afternoon was a chance for us to open our doors to the community and be proud of all the learning we have achieved this week. Every child has taken part in history, art and writing activities that they have made individual to them. They all loved sharing their learning and knowledge with others, particularly family members so thank you all for your participation! Well done for all your hard work 5A!

Cross Country

On Saturday, 22 year 4, 5 and 6 children competed in the Milton Keynes Cross Country festival. Children showed great teamwork, resilience and determination. The children raced against around 130 other children from 26 different schools. In our category of ‘Ultra Large’ School overall we finished 8 out of 16 schools! They all gave their absolute best and made us all very proud of them!!

 

Year 5 Residential Update

Residential update – please find more pictures on your child’s tapestry.

The final full day has been and gone, and what a day it has been. The routine of 8am breakfast followed by a 9am activity had obviously sunk in this morning as it ran like a well oiled machine.

To kick start the days adventures, groups 2 and 3 headed to the climbing hill to have their first taster of abseiling, which Kayda described as ‘nerve racking but exciting!’. The children were incredibly brave, with the majority biting the bullet and completing the entire wall.
Group 1 however were busy sword fighting in their fencing lesson – the competition in the group was ridiculous, but some great sportsmanship was shown… The winner of their mini fencing tournament was Sir Archie!
Walk the plank then followed for some groups, with teambuilding and communication being the key to success – unlike other teams which chose to hilariously betray each other to ensure friends and teachers fell in the bog, Mia and many others showed some amazing friendship skills by volunteering to jump into the bog to guide their friends round much easier… What absolute hero’s!

Lunch today pleased many as it was a classic pasta and bolognese or carbonara, with Macy describing this as her meal of the trip.

With full stomachs Group 3 moved straight onto Kayaking! If you happen to have checked the weather forecast for the day, you will know that the wind has not been too kind to us, but the group persevered and all made it back to jump in if they wanted too after, Mrs Morrison included!
It was Group 1’s turn on the King Swing today, and incredibly…. EVERY SINGLE PERSON made it all the way to the top to face the death defying drop! What an achievement.
Others faced the High ropes today, and something must have been in the air, because in group 2 everybody had a go at the leap of faith too! The bravery levels of the cohort have definitely been building over the week, but we reached an all time high today!

Dinner today was a choice between meatballs or Chicken curry, which went down a treat!

After dinner, we had a Mr Crawford vs Miss Bliss rounders game, which was as tense as you could imagine! The score was tied at 14-14 with Helena making a last ditch rounder to save my own team… the competition will be continued and hopefully finished tomorrow with a sudden death sport… still to be decided.
To end our final night in the amazing frontier centre, we have booked the cinema room for the night and as I type this, 43 children lay sprawled across bean bags with their eyes fixated on a projector showing the movie ‘SING!’. (If you were wondering why a child was not making another guest post tonight, it’s because I couldn’t drag any of them away from their snacks and movie to help…which I can completely understand!)

I can assure all of you however, that every child here is very much looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow, and it has been an absolute pleasure to have them this week.
We shall see you all tomorrow!