Autumn 1 half-termly round-up

As always, it’s been a busy half-term at Brunel. One of the undoubted highlights was the opening of our new playground. Whilst we’ve been enjoying our fantastic new school building, it had been a bit of a squeeze in our small playground, waiting for the new one to be completed. The children are thoroughly enjoying the new facilities, with the outdoor table tennis tables provided by our founding partner, Michael Alen-Buckley, proving a big hit.

Science has had a big boost at Brunel with the introduction of the Empiribox scheme in KS2, which inspires children by its use of highly exciting experiments. Science club is popular and there was a great turnout by parents for the Science workshop in October.

Writing continues to be a major focus of our work and we have been working hard to improve our reading and writing. Handwriting is a particular area of focus and it has been great to see the efforts made by our pupils to improve their presentation. There are some lovely cursive styles evident throughout the school.

A range of after-school clubs are under way, including football, ‘Funky Fitness’ and guitar. Our Y6 boys’ football team is unbeaten in five games so far this year and are making us proud. Music is taking a high profile, with regular singing sessions being provided in Y3 and Y4, as well as visits from the Bach Choir. African drumming is hugely popular in Y3 and Y4 as are ukulele lessons in Y5 and Y6.

The MacMillan coffee morning was well supported and non-uniform days organised by our school council has raised money for Ebola charities and for Children In Need. Parents have been getting more involved in school life and we have been thrilled by the support and enthusiasm shown by parents in our programme of parent workshops and our open class morning, which proved hugely popular.