March 2022 Newsletter
Our Year 6 children went to visit Michelham Priory in Hailsham to try and experience what it might have been like for children who were evacuated during World War 2. We all dressed up in authentic wartime costumes, tried out writing home with pen and ink and practised our sewing skills to help us 'Make do and mend'! It was a great day.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you so much for your generous donations in the clothes bank at the front of the school. All of the donations are going to support humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian people. Also, thank you for the donations of unwanted gifts. Sofia and Ruby have been diligently checking each day. This initiative will finish at the end of this term so if you have anything to give then please drop items into the green box in the main entrance.
We had a wonderful Prayer Week, earlier in the month. Please see below for all of the details.
We have had a number of trips and visitors this term. Our Year 1 children had a fabulous trip to Amberley museum last week. They couldn't believe that they had been on a bus and a train in the same day!
We are really looking forward to our Easter service, lead by Year 5, at St Mary's Church. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers.
Finally, please see below F@B's urgent plea for parental support.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place so far this term
Year One had a letter from Motor Miles. He is a character from one of the books we have been reading. He said that he would like to go driving in his car again, but it was going to rain. He didn't want to get wet so what material would he need for his soft top roof to keep him dry?
We investigated different materials to see if they were waterproof and we are going to send him the results from our experiment.
Here are some photographs of us testing the materials.
Year 2 have had a brilliant time completing their DT project making Tudor style houses. The children measured and cut their wood before building a frame and decorating it.
This week, Year 3 have had an exciting workshop with Albion in the Community! They taught Year 3 about coding and the children learnt about the benefits of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). They had a really fun morning.
Year 4 have had a great time creating rainforest houses. They thought carefully about the structure of their houses, ensuring that they were raised off the ground to protect against flooding or wild animals. The children used a variety of tools, including saws and hot glue guns, to create their finished products. Well done all!
Year 5 have been learning all about space! In science, the children jumped and placed post-it notes on the wall. Then, using a mathematical equation, they calculated how high they could jump on different planets (which have different levels of gravity) and presented this information in a graph.
SPORTS and CLUBS
March 10th - Year 1 Ball Skills
The children had an amazing time trying out lots of different ball skills games invented by the Durrington Junior Sports Leaders. The Broadwater team worked well together, listened carefully and supported each other as they tried so many new skills. Well done Team Broadwater!
March 15th - Year 5 Netball Tournament – 5th
After several cancellations for the weather, our year 5 netballers finally got to play in their tournament! They played very well throughout and had some extremely close, competitive games. Every game they played was separated by just a single goal and they recorded an impressive victory against the Orchards.
March 16th - Year 5&6 Indoor Athletics – 3rd
28 of our athletes went to St Andrews to compete against 4 other schools in a huge range of running, jumping and throwing events. There were 44 events in total, with our team finishing 1st or 2nd in 21 of those(!), and the children were superb as they cheered and encouraged each other from start to finish. It was an extremely enjoyable afternoon and the children were proud of their performance.
March 22nd - Year 1 Multi skills
This time there was more of an all-round multi skills theme to the year 1 festival and we had another wonderful group of children going to West Park to take part. They tried their hand at a wide range of activities and had a great time in the sunshine!
On Tuesday 15th March a team from the Christian charity ‘Off the Fence’ came and helped staff to turn the studio into an amazing prayer space.
Seven activities were set up which all the children in school were able to visit with their classes from the 16th-18th March. Each activity had a specific focus and all the children had a chance to give feedback about their experience in the prayer space.
“The prayer space is a time to communicate with God so I think it is a good idea. You can tell him what you need, what you feel, saying you’re sorry and it is just a place to count on God. It is peaceful, quiet, calm area for you to pray to God.” Year 6
Jump for Joy - focusing on children thinking of things that make them happy
“The jump for joy made me think what I am grateful for.” Year 5
Saying Sorry - encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their action and seek forgiveness. The children really enjoyed writing what they were sorry for on a piece of paper and shredding it.
“I enjoyed writing down things that I have done wrong then shredding them. I now feel that I can re-start my life and I don’t have to worry. This experience helped me calm myself and get rid of my worries.” Year 6
“I liked the shredder because it felt like I could just let go of the things I did wrong.” Year 4
Think Good Thoughts - an area where children wrote down things they liked about themselves and posted it in a smiley box.
“I liked the table where you write things you like about yourself because it made me feel happy and proud of who I am. I loved this place because I felt unique. I loved it because I felt calm and joyful.” Year 3
The World – this activity involved children shining a torch into a box to reveal a country, finding it on the map and writing a prayer for that country or any country on their mind
“The prayer space made me think of other countries and not just my own. I now know I don’t have to pray silently. I can do it in many ways. It made me think and feel that I am close to God always.” Year 6
Finger breathing – A quiet activity which encouraged them to stop for a moment and let go of the things that worry them.
“I felt happy because I thought about my worries.” Year 1
“I especially liked the finger exercise because I felt that when I sat down and told teachers about my worries, I could really trust them. It also made me calm down.” Yr 5
Heavens Above - was a very popular station because there was a beautiful tent with twinkly lights, a bubble machine and stars on the roof. Whilst children sat or lay in there, they discussed what amazes them most about the universe and what amazes them most about God.
“I liked the tent because it was a good time to sit down in silence and talk to God.” Year 6
Big Questions- this was a very popular activity. If you could ask God one Big question, what would it be? There were hundreds of amazing questions. Here are just a few:
What part of creation do you like the most?
If God created Adam and Eve after the creatures, how were dinosaurs alive for millions of years without humans?
What is it like being God?
How can you be with everyone when there’s only one of you?
How can you hear our prayers?
Why can’t we see you?
“I learnt about lots of different activities and ways I can pray. I liked realising that I am far from the only person who thinks big thoughts. The jump for joy seemed to bring my class together and we learnt about each other there.” Year 6
Davison High School kindly supported the prayer week by bringing a group of students to the first session each day which enriched the children’s experience. We are also very grateful to the clergy and their team from both St Mary’s and Offington Methodist Church for supporting the week and to governors and parents who gave up their time to volunteer. Our final thanks go to Rich, Lizzie and Suzanne from the Off the Fence Team who were at Broadwater daily and helped facilitate this amazing opportunity.
BROADWATER COMMUNITY AWARD
Well done to Tilly and Emily for their amazing volunteering. They volunteered to organize donations for Ukraine and they have been featured in the local newspaper with some pictures!
This year, instead of our Celebration of Music and Dance, some of the children who learn instruments with peripatetic staff are going to have an opportunity to perform in a presentation to their parents. This will take place this week. Invitations to parents of children taking part have already been sent out.
F@B NEWS- Urgent parent support needed
F@B urgently need your support in order to run as a group. Without a strong committee, events and activities for the children can not take place. Please contact us on the email below.
Changes to Covid Guidance Published 24 February 2022: people with COVID-19 and their contacts.
Please see the latest school risk assessment and the link below. Next review will be on the 1st April 2022.
Please can I remind you not to park on the zig-zags outside the school or across residents' driveways.
Please see the parent calendar on the school website for a full list of events and dates.
TERM DATES for 2021-2022
Thursday 2nd September 2021 (Note: INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd Sept) – Friday 17th Dec 2021
(Half term holiday: 25th - 29th October 2021)
Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Note: INSET DAY 4th Jan) – Friday 8th April 2022
(Half term holiday: 21st – 25th February 2022)
Monday 25th April – Friday 22nd July 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th and 21st July and Bank Holiday payback day (school closed) on 22nd July)
(Half term holiday: 30th May – 3rd June 2022)
TERM DATES for 2022-2023
Thursday 1st September 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 1st Sept and 21st Nov) – Friday 16th Dec 2022
(Half term holiday: 24th - 28th October 2022)
Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (Note: INSET DAY 3rd Jan)– Friday 31st March 2023
(Half term holiday: 13th - 17th February 2023)
Monday 17th April – Friday 21st July 2023 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th & 21st July)
(Half term holiday: 29th May – 2nd June 2023)
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