Foundation Stage 1 Blog
Welcome to the 2015-16 blog for our Heath class children.
Wow! What a feeling…
The atmosphere in the park on Sunday was electric, it was so lovely to see so many families and staff supporting the Bernards Heath team in the Fun Run. We won the Primary School Challenge for the most number of entrants linked to a Primary School. It was very close and came down to just a few percent (it is worked out on a ratio to ensure bigger schools don’t have an advantage). On reflection perhaps the fact they played Heather Small’s Proud – Our Friday anthem was a good sign??
The 1.5 mile course was tough on little legs, a large majority of children laughed and smiled their way along, with a few complaints of stitch! An extra well done to those who found it a really tough challenge but were like duck, didn’t give up and crossed the finishing line to collect their ice lolly and medal.
Thanks again to all those who supported us! We are looking forward to next year already!
On behalf of the Governing Body I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Mrs Hannah Rimmer as our new Head teacher from 1 September 2015.
We came to this decision after following a rigorous process, having shortlisted 3 candidates for interview. The selection process was a full day, involving a panel of three governors and our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner.
Hannah has been the Deputy Head teacher at Bernards Heath for the last 5 years and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Hannah on her appointment.
Nicola Lloyd Chair of Governors
Despite the wind and the rain, Heath Class made it over to the Heath for a teddy bear’s picnic yesterday! The children had great fun making sandwiches with honey, jam and cheese – learning how to cut and spread using their own knives.
We put our wellies on and prepared to eat our sandwiches; we did see the sunshine and lots of us hoped to see a rainbow. Thank you to all our volunteers who braved the weather and helped us to make the picnic possible.
Miss Woolfson Heath Class Teacher
As we come to the end of Maths Week, we want to remind you that all children in Heath, Heartwood, Clarence, Spencer, Churchill, Alban, Morpurgo and Ryder classes have brought new number lines home in their book bags to use and keep at home – Mitchell and Verulam will have theirs after the holidays. Our Y1 and Y2 children have also been given 100 squares to support their learning.
Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 20 April!
In assemblies this week we have introduced the children to ‘Duck’s Story’. Duck is one of our Learning Heroes and the children have talked about how important it is to keep trying and trying – even when its really tricky
Just before the half term holiday, we met ‘Dog’ and learned about ‘Dog’s Story’ – Dog always concentrates and completes a task even though at times it is tempting to do something else! Your child should be able to tell you about Dog’s Story, why not ask him or her to tell you the story before bedtime tonight?
Children in Heath Class have been using their new toys from Father Christmas. In the role play area children were creating lots of delicious meals made using the new equipment.
Children have also been finding their names using the intial sound instead of their photo. Each day when they have snack children post their name into the basket and used to use their photo as a reference. Now they look for the picture showing something beginning with their initial sound and find their name from the list. Please remember to find time to look at our Learning Preview and find out more about how you can support early reading skills at home.
Thank you to Ella from Alban Class and Dylan and Eva from Spencer Class who have helped me to write this blog….
At this week’s School Council meeting we talked about the problems of some adults parking their cars either fully or half on/half off pavements. The children talked about how hard this is for other adults who have prams or buggies to get by and how dangerous it can be for children who ride their scooters or bikes to school. The School Council want to tell all adults:
‘Try not to park on the pavement when you bring your children to school’
‘Don’t park too near the school gates’
and ‘Keep all the children safe – park away from our school.’
At the end of our meeting the children, after much discussion, decided to launch a competition. Everyone at school is invited to design a poster with pictures and a sentence or rhyme to remind everyone to park safely. On Friday, every child will be given a piece of white A4 paper for their design. Please use felt pens to colour your picture and write your sentence/rhyme (maybe an adult could help you with the spelling).
The School Council have decided to award 8 prizes for the best entries and there will also be a prize for the class with the most entries.
Please make sure your name and class are written on the reverse of your entry – we will be making the winning entries into waterproof posters. If you need some inspiration then take a look at the posters which are currently on our gates and fences. Closing date: Friday 28 November.
Home learning is a really important way to support your child and help them develop good habits for life as well as pre learn or consolidate knowledge and skills from across the curriculum. We have recently reviewed our Home Learning Policy and looked back on the feedback we received from parents in our most recent questionnaire. In that 94% of parents felt that the amount of home learning their child receives is just right.
We have attached a table from the policy to give you a clear understanding of the expectations we have as a school. Click here to open the table. If you have any questions about home learning please ask your child’s class teacher and they will support you.
Mrs Rimmer – Deputy Head teacher
If you have been in one of our Foundation Stage Classes this week you might have a very good idea! Children in Heath, Clarence, Heartwood and Verulam Classes have been talking about texture, colour and consistency whilst cooking up some alien breakfasts. Reportedly one was ‘sparkly, gloopy, thick, smooth and lumpy’. The aliens obviously enjoyed the tasty breakfast because they left an empty bucket and a thank you note outside Heath Class!
Mr Pumpkin Head has two circles for his eyes and a flickering light inside? Mr Scarecrow is waiting in the corn field for the pecking birds? Autumn Leaves are red, gold, yellow and brown? Or that squirrels are collecting acorns?
You definitely will know these things if you were at our Foundation Stage Harvest Assembly this morning. Our youngest children sang with confidence and smiling faces to a hall full of their parents and grandparents. Jenny and Jane-Anne also came to assembly and told us all about the St Albans Food Bank and how they help families who may not have enough money to provide food for every meal of the week. They thanked our parents for the kind donations and had to make several trips to their car because we had so many items!
I am very proud of how quickly the Foundation Stage children have settled into school life at Bernards Heath and how many song words, with actions, they have learnt. Some children had also taught their parents the actions to ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’! Mrs Rimmer – Deputy Head