Foundation Stage 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Heath class children.
At Bernards Heath we value talking about feelings and listen to what children say. Children are invited to write about their feelings and post them into the ‘Feelings Box’ (kept in the hall) this is regularly monitored by an adult so we can have a conversation with a child if, for instance, something is making them feel worried or sad. We also enjoy celebrating positive feelings. At school we acknowledge all feelings, no matter how they make us feel and understand that all feelings are valid and part of being a human. Our PSHE and wider school ethos teaches children what to do when they feel certain things so they can grow into happy and successful members of our community.
Some of the things we have found in the Feelings Box include the following:
‘I am happy because I made a new friend’
‘I am feeling proud because I am good at running now’
I am happy because I ate a strawberry and I am sad because my sister feels poorly’
‘I like doing maths because I like counting’
‘I like playing with my friends’
‘My tummy was hurting but Mrs Banahan’s food made it better’
‘Today I am feeling tired’
‘I am feeling excited because it is nearly my birthday’
‘I feel happy because I like school and I love the lunches’
‘I love my school because my teacher is very imaginational‘
What a blast from the past! Everyone impressed us during our 110th birthday week with their fantastic costumes; we saw flat caps, aprons, long skirts, frills and waistcoats. Children got a real taste for what the school might have been like 11o years ago, learning about what the classroom looked like, the activities children might have engaged in and the different toys and resources they would have played with. During the morning Mrs Rimmer visited each class and carried out a hand inspection and being quite strict! Teachers stayed in character all day, giving the children a real taste of Edwardian school life. A big thank you to everyone for organising the costumes, it was a great way to help us in our 110th birthday celebrations.
Healthy Living Week – 27 June to 1 July 2016
Wow, what a fantastic range of activities we had the opportunity to engage in! We learnt how to stay safe and to keep healthy, helped by a wide range of visitors. Year 2 children learned safe scooter skills – how to stop safely and how to negotiate obstacles. Year 1 and Foundation Stage practised their road safety skills. Mr Desborough donned his School Crossing Patrol uniform to help us, and one class discussed how to improve the safety of the roads and paths on the approach to school. Year 1 inspected the safety features of a car on the playground and learnt how to be safe around dogs. Foundation Stage 2 welcomed a visit from a Guide Dog Arthur and puppy in training Earl. A parent kindly offered her time to teach us meditation skills. Children rounded off the week by making their own healthy snack.
Sports Day 2016
Foundation Stage children took turns to cheer each other on and run their races. The sun was shining, the bunting was flapping and we had lots of enthusiastic spectators. All children tried really hard, we were very proud of their efforts and the way they supported each other.
We were very excited about trying out the new KS1 sports day format for 2016. Following feedback from our Pupil Voice questionnaire, we included a blindfolded obstacle course. This enabled the children to demonstrate the key skills of collaboration, cooperation, trust, safe practice and communication. Tennis on the playground with Mr Denyer was great fun, with the children showing real concentration and determination. Finally, in our races on the field the children demonstrated great teamwork in their relay races. We would like to thank parents for their very supportive feedback on this new format.
Festival of Sport
The Festival of Sport showcased a wide variety of sports, including dance, football, cricket and athletics, with reference to the Olympics in Rio. We managed to dodge the rain and the children all loved showing their skills to an audience. They went on and off stage through a balloon tunnel and were very well supported by an excellent audience.
Since September the children at Bernards Heath have been learning about LIV village which houses over 130 orphaned children in Durban, South Africa. Miss Passey and the Learning Heroes visited South Africa in the Easter holidays and last Friday the LIV youth choir came to our school!
The children were captivated as the choir sang a Zulu song in assembly and performed a Gumboot dance! The children joined in with the actions and were very excited to meet the choir and play football with them at lunchtime.
After School the choir sang and danced in a longer performance explaining more about Africa, their faith and their new families on the village. The choir loved their day saying the children of Bernards Heath were “very fun” and “so friendly”. Thank you to the parents and children who came to the performance and helped to support LIV through kind donations and buying toys, wristbands and African shirts. The LIV ambassadors and children from the choir felt very welcomed and are so excited about our School partnership developing further!
For more information about supporting LIV Village please visit the website www.liv–village.com or speak to Miss Passey.
Verulamium park was such an exciting place to be on Sunday 12th June as lots of us got ready for the St Albans Fun Run! We were overwhelmed by the crowd of red t-shirts from Bernards Heath Infant and Junior School families. We met by our school flag and even duck came along to help us remember to keep going and not give up! After we had finished the Fun Run we got some exciting news that our school had won the Primary School Challenge for the largest number of runners!
In assembly Councillor Annie Brewster came to present us with our trophy and congratulate those who ran this year and ask who would like to run next year. We feel so proud of children and adults who tried their best and ran in the fun run, it’s great to be part of such a big team!
Thank you so much for all your amazing outdoor learning pictures, thoughts and suggestions. We gathered lots of lovely ideas for our garden; wind chimes, fruits and vegetable planting, wildflowers, bluebells, snowdrops, hedgehog houses and wormeries. There were even suggestions of a wildflower train and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sound bridge! We also loved the class sunflower challenge which is already underway. I am sure we will be able to add some of these things to our garden to create a better wilderness. We also had some fabulous names for our garden which, with your help, we have finally decided to call The Wild Garden.
We have now been busy planting, digging, laying turf and watering; and this is still just the beginning!
Take a look at these photos from a few of our planting days.
We look forward to continuing our work together,
Jane and Josie (Emily’s mummy and Joe’s mummy)
Heath Class have been very busy creating a class shop. They know all about customers and shop keepers; they know how to use their till and are learning all about coins and money.
The shop was full of customers as children sold their biscuits to their grown-ups. Thank you for your donations; Maths Week raised over £130 to spend on resources to support our learning.
Last Friday Oliver Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, visited us. In our Proud Assembly he explained what an MP does and how he became an MP. He gave the children pointers as to the important things they had to learn if they wanted to be an MP too.
We need to remember to:
- speak clearly and loudly
- listen to people’s ideas and problems
- think of what we need to do to make our community an even better place.
Mr Dowden then led a School Council Meeting all about parking safely outside our school. The Councillors discussed the problems and suggested solutions which we voted on. The School Council will now meet with Mrs Rimmer to decide what to do next.
Thank you to Mr Dowden for a very interesting visit.
On Saturday morning children from across the school became tour guides!
They arrived at school with mums, dads, grandmas and grandads and proudly took them on a tour of our school. It was a really special event that was very well attended. Children enjoyed sharing their learning with adults and showing them all the places they like to learn. Thank you very much to the teachers for setting up their classrooms and coming to school on a Saturday.
What a busy week! Here’s just a few of the things children have been investigating and talking about. Heath Class have been waiting and watching as their dinosaur egg begins to hatch. This morning the children noticed a very big crack appearing and had to think about how big the dinosaur might be. Will it be a real dinosaur or a pretend one?
They have also been learning about planting and growing, Amber said “I did some planting. I had to dig a hole and put something inside it. I think it was a daffodil bulb”.
In Heartwood Class Dylan said “Planting was exciting because I had to take all the weeds out first”.
Raphael told me he enjoyed making bird feeders. “We had bread and had to break it into bits and put bird seed in”. Eloise explained how they poured the food into a cup and added string, “we had to tie it so it doesn’t fall off” she said.
Clarence Class have been making their own potions! Isabelle explained how she was a real scientist and made her own slime.
Verulam Class were very proud of the instruments they made – shaking, strumming and banging. The children sang as they played their instruments, forming their own band.
Such an exciting week full of lots and lots of learning.
Thank you to Miss Kearns for organising Science Week.