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Welcome to the Headteacher's blog. It is used to share information and showcase the variety of learning that takes place here at Brunel.  Along with Facebook, Twitter and our newsletters, this blog will also be used for posting information on events happening in school.  I hope that you find it useful and will check back regularly.

Suzanne Cooper - Headteacher



Ancient Egyptian Treasures

This afternoon, I was very honoured to be invited to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Year3/4 Ancient Egyptian pop-up museum. 

All the exhibits were designed and produced by the children as part of a homework task  and we have been very impressed by the quality and variety of the work presented.

On display are such treasures as Tutankhamun's death masks, sets of canopic jars, replica pyramids, a life size sarcophagus and many more beautiful artifacts and buildings constructed  from all kinds of materials.  

Please visit the class blogs for further information and photos.



Please see below our Brunel Achievers since the beginning of term . Well done to everyone chosen; it certainly is something to be proud of and a reason for congratulations from the whole family. 

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Royal Institution Visit 

We were delighted to welcome Nerys and  the Royal Institution's Science roadshow to Brunel this week. The 'Explosive Food' show created great excitement amongst the children as well as loud bangs and flashes. Please ask your child about their favourite moments. In the afternoon parents, carers and the wider community were invited to join Nerys to learn how to become rocket scientists. The hall roof took quite a beating from exploding rockets and if you were there you'll know I'm much better suited to being a headteacher than a lab assistant!
The purpose of the roadshow is to raise the profile of science, ignite interest and motivate pupils and parents to try experiments for themselves. If you're interested, the Royal Institution have a dedicated You Tube channel demonstrating all the fun experiments you can easily do at home using everyday objects and substances. For example: magically putting out candles with carbon dioxide made from water and fizzy tablets; using fairy liquid to break the surface tension of water; drink bottle rockets and how to become a 'Memory Master'. Search Ri Experimental and do let us know if you try any. 


It's time to think about next September! 



Year 4 enjoyed lunch in the shade after an enjoyable morning of sports.  It's hard to choose, but I think my favourite event was the  'Tectonic Plate Race'. I won't spoil the surprise by explaining it to you, and I'm not sure that I could!  Look out for the Year 4 blogs next week - you're in for a treat.

As the government moves to lift many of the Covid -19 restrictions on Monday, the DfE has been sending updates to schools explaining what we are and are not expected to continue in September. The new guidance allows us to end the current bubble system, but we are expected to maintain the enhanced levels of hygiene and ventilation. 

As we are so close to the end of term, the routines for the children will remain the same until the start of the Autumn term. However, one of the restrictions we will remove from Monday is the requirement for adults to wear a face mask when outside and socially distanced. I look forward to seeing some of your faces in their entirety for the first time in several months!

Below are this week's Achievers. We will celebrate their excellent work and attitudes during assembly on Monday. Please visit the class blogs for the rest of the week's news..


Woodwind Quintet 

This week Year 5 and Year 6 pupils took part in a music session led by a Woodwind Quintet . The children enjoyed activities based on extending understanding regarding tone, rhythm and pitch as well as listening to a mini concert performed by the five very talented musicians. Throughout this term the children have also been taking part in whole class violin lessons and we all agree that the resulting renditions, performed by each class, are surprisingly musical! Well done. 

Please see below for this week's class Achievers. Congratulations to everyone chosen, we will celebrate their successes in Monday's assembly.

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Thank you! 

One of our talented year 5 pupils entered and won a competition held by a local Saltash estate agent, to design a dream home.  

Here she is seen collecting her prize from Paul Sanders of Wainwrights -  a tablet for herself and one for the school.

Well done and thank you!


Please see below the class Achievers for the week ending 2nd July 2021

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Y5/6 swimming lessons

During the past three weeks year 5 and year 6 children have attended swimming lessons of an hour a day in weekly blocks of 5 days. Some evidence suggests that children, particularly those that are less confident in the water, can learn to swim more successfully if attending lessons in an intensive block. 
In swimming activities and water safety lessons pupils will be taught to

  • Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed distance and personal survival.
  • Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over  a distance of 25 metres.
  • Use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back.
  • Use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival techniques. 
When other schools arrive following a lengthy coach journey we feel very grateful that, for Brunel pupils, such a useful facility is only a two minute walk away!


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