Learning about Chinese New Year

21st January 2020

The Year of the Rat is upon us and to celebrate Pre-Kindergarten have been enjoying a wide range of Chinese activities, from making dragons, window banners and colourful red envelopes.  We were delighted to welcome Mr Hu and Mrs Gao, who taught the class to make dumplings, rolling the dough, adding different fillings, folding them over and packing them up with the cooking instructions.  They taught us a Chinese New Year song and finished by telling both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten the traditional Chinese tale, The Great Race, about how the zodiac animals came to be chosen.  We tried some delicious noodles, learning how to be handy with chopsticks.  It was a lovely way to learn about Chinese culture ready for Chinese New Year this weekend.

Arrangements for learning from 23 March

It is with regret that Broomfield House School will be partially closing from 3.30pm on Friday 20th March.  We have been open and providing our customary high quality education in school until this point but, following Government advice, we will now be fully supporting the children’s learning at home.  We have developed robust plans for this, working with our website provider and IT systems support and will be delivering age-appropriate teaching to our children and families.  We will be supporting many different ways of learning which will include text-based work, online lessons, video content and, with parental support, will be marking the children’s work and giving feedback to parents about it.  In Early Years we will also use the Tapestry system.

Developing these new ways of working and learning are exciting and we are confident that the innovations we are introducing to deal with these strange times will offer long term benefits to pupils, parents and staff alike.

We will continue to support the children of key workers at school to allow their parents to provide these critical services during the current situation.

We have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our school community.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone well and hope you all stay safe and healthy.

With all good wishes

Mrs Susie Byers
Headteacher