Foundation Stage 2 Blog
Welcome to the 2015-16 blog for our Heartwood, Clarence, and Verulam class children.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The grown ups at school are feeling so proud of Clarence Class after their first Class Assembly earlier this morning!
The children told the audience about their days at school describing some of their favourite activities and explaining their learning. Clarence Class gave their first public performance of ‘Good to be Me’ – a song which the children helped to write. They felt very proud of their acting as they re-told the story of the Ugly Duckling – and we were delighted that the audience was so enthusiastic and encouraging.
Well Done Clarence Class!