Foundation Stage 2 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Heartwood, Clarence, and Verulam 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‘
Back in the summer term each class planted a sunflower seed and nurtured it in their classrooms before planting it out in our new Wild Garden. I have just been down to the garden and was surprised by what I saw…
Heartwood Class Sunflower
Alban Class Sunflower
There is quite a big difference in size. I wonder if the sunflowers will keep growing over the last couple of weeks of the holidays, will the Heartwood sunflower grow any petals? We will have to wait and see.
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)
It was Maths Week in school and the children learnt all about shops, coins, buying and selling.
A visit to Londis for Verulam class helped them with their market research. What types of ice lollies do they sell? How much do they cost? What should we put into our ice lollies? The grown-ups were invited in to buy their lollies and visit their class shop.
Heartwood Class worked in teams to create their own biscuit designs ready to sell to their customers, whilst Clarence Class were busy designing, making and selling jewellery! What a successful week jam packed with learning. Thank you for your donations; altogether Maths Week raised over £130 to spend on maths resources.
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.
Today we had a special visitor at school; Ranger Paul and his collection of insects, arachnids and snakes. Ranger Paul set up camp in Morpurgo class and our Year 1 and Year 2 classes came to visit him throughout the day.
Children learnt lots of interesting facts about his rainforest creatures including; how they are adapted to their environment, how they avoid predators, and how they catch their prey.
One particular favourite was the Orchid Mantis which disguises itself as a flower and then pounces on bees when they arrive looking for nectar.
At the end of the day Ranger Paul hosted an assembly for the Foundation Stage children so they could enjoy meeting some of his friends.