Early Years Foundation Stage Week 2 Updates


This week, we found out that The McDonalds (the school ducks) had laid some eggs. What an exciting way to begin our theme – ‘Birds!’ As we wait for the eggs to hatch into ducklings, here are some of the interesting fun facts we learnt about birds:

  • Birds have bones that are hollow on the inside (think of a straw). This makes their bones extremely light and helps them to fly.
  • All birds have feathers and wings.
  • They are warm-blooded, which means that their body is always the same temperature, and they lay eggs.
  • The penguin and the ostrich are birds that do not fly.
  • Chicken is the most common bird found all over the world.

The children used different props to role play different bird characters such as chicks hatching from eggs, tweeting & flying like birds, and building a nest. Some of the vocabulary used was big, fly, tweet, feathers, nest, eggs and lay.

Next week we shall find out about what birds feed on and make lots of bird feeders, construct bird houses, listen to bird stories and play some group games like ‘bluebird bluebird’ and the parachute game.


The children have easily settled back in to the daily routine after the Easter break. We are very excited about our new theme ‘Nursery Rhymes,’ which we shall cover during the first half of the term.

This week, we visited the sick bay and the school kitchen. The children were buzzing with questions on how to use some of the doctor’s tools and kitchen equipment. We further went on to use some of these and took turns to listen to our friend’s heart beats using the stethoscope.

At the school kitchen, the children engaged with our head chef, who took us around and showed us various kitchen equipment.  It was exciting to watch the chef mixing dough for the bread rolls which he later put in the oven to bake. At the end of our visit the chef gave us some yummy treats.

This visits helped us build and work in our role play corners creatively.

Our rhyme for the week was, ‘I’m a little tea pot,’ and ‘5 little ducks.’  The children sang along to the rhymes and carried out various activities such as a tea party at the water play area, treasure hunt at the big sand pit and creating our own duck ponds at the small world area.

We also used the ducks in our Math area to count and learn vocabulary such as five, over, far away, more, how many and no more.

Next week we shall focus on new rhymes – Hickory hickory dock, Humpty Dumpty and Incy Wincy Spider.’


We have started off the term by having fruitful discussions about Dr Seuss. This is what some of the children had to say:

Cyrus: I thought Dr Seuss was a cat, but the cat is just a character in the books.

Maya: The characters in the books are not real, they are very funny characters

Gerald: Dr Seuss is an author who has written many books.

This week, we explored the book – The Cat in the Hat.’ The children were able to identify rhyming words while listening to the story and also made lists of these words as they added their own. They can now name the main characters and understand that stories have a beginning and an end. Kindly encourage your child to make some rhyming words at home through fun-filled activities.

This story provided us with opportunities to describe features of cats and fishes. This enabled the children to understand some differences and similarities between the two. They described these animals using a good range of vocabulary such as: furry, carnivore, gills, paws, scales, claws among many others.

The children are continuing to remind themselves and their peers about the golden rules. Kindly support us by enhancing the same at home (refer to the school planner page 96).

Next week we shall focus on another one of Dr Seuss’ books – ‘I can read with my eyes shut.’



Braeside High Week 2 Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are coming to the end of week two. It has definitely been a busy week for the students. I am now confident that the students have settled in well and adjusted to the daily routine.

Year 9 Start of Key Stage 4

This week marked the start of Key Stage 4 for our Year 9 students. We held a transition and options meeting last week on Thursday evening. They are excited to start their IGCSE options and are settling down well to the new expectations. Congratulations to all our Year 9 students for successfully completing KS3 and welcome to KS4.

Year 11’s Study Leave, Examinations and Sixth Form Application

Year 11 students commenced their study leave on Wednesday, as they await to sit for their final IGCSE. The written papers begin on Tuesday 1st May with O Level Swahili. Please join me in wishing them success in their examinations. Sixth Form is for 16–18 year olds. Staying on at Braeside for sixth form confers many advantages including the stability you gain from staying in the same environment, the support system Braeside High offers, the familiarity you will have with the school and the insight staff have into individuals’ needs. Braeside’s Sixth Form also offers a good selection of subject choices and good class sizes. Current Year 11s who have not submitted applications for next year but who wish to do so can obtain an application from the office.

A/AS Study Leave Examinations

On Monday, 30th April, we will have a meeting with A/AS Level candidates and parents for examination briefing at 3:45 pm in the School Theatre. They will commence their study leave on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. I would like to wish all of our students well in their forthcoming exams.

Term’s Focus

This term we are laying great emphasis on Academic progress for each  student and our focus will be on reviewing targets that were set at the start of the Year thus determining the level of progress made in the course of the three terms. This will lay the basis for discussions during Parents meetings after the half-term break. We shall also look at recognizing and rewarding students not only in Academics but in other facets of their school life at the end of the academic year. 

Wishing you a good weekend ahead.


Mr. Joel Ndungu

Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)


Welcome to Term 3

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Braeside School

Welcome Back

It is good to have invigorated Braestars and teachers back for the last leg of the year. The term planner is full of exicting learning and co-curricular acitvities. A warm welcome to new families and Braestars that have joined us this term. Karibuni Sana!

Annual Target

I commend Braestars for upholding a Growth Mindset in line with our Annual Target. A review of the same during the whole school assembly confirmed that they are living up to it even at home. Below are a few cliparts that you might find helpful as you sustain the discussion at home.

“The SMARTEST people are the ones who never stopTRYING”

“Don’t stop till you are PROUD”

“My brain is like a muscle. When I exercise it, it gets STRONGER”

School Photos

We have scheduled portrait, class, team and whole school photography in Week 3. Specificic days will be communicated to you in the coming week.

Kind regards,

Gladys Wahinya

Head Teacher Braeside Primary