Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the 2015-16 blog for our Mitchell, Spencer, and Churchill class children.
There has been a lot of excitement at school over the last 24 hours and visitors to Churchill Class have reached record numbers!
The reason? There is something wonderful happening!
12 brown eggs were sitting in an incubator on Tuesday afternoon and within 24 hours we said ‘Hello’ to a small grey/brown friend who has since become a fluffy yellow chick! There are now 7 chicks occupying the incubator and lots and lots of cheeping!
The children have been inspired and have painted pictures of our visitors, are writing information texts about how to take care of them and are talking about where they have come from and where they are going next. Churchill Class have managed to continue with their letters and sounds lessons and have had to ‘be like dog’ and manage this brilliant distraction. Well done them!
Come back to the blog next week and we will update you on what has been happening.
Maths and Learning Heroes Week has officially begun!
This morning every child spent time working with children from a different year group. The children were learning how to be like our Learning Heroes – working together on tricky tasks, listening and sharing ideas and remembering to keep on going.
Take a look…
Y1 and FS2 working together to build 2D shapes using pasta and marshmallows.
FS2 and Year 2 working together to build a strong, stable bridge.
FS2 and Year 2 giving directions – “Forwards 3 steps, turn around…”
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!
On a very sunny Wednesday last half term, we created an Outdoor Learning Day as lots of classes spent some time on the field with myself, Miss Freeman and Mrs Williams. We started by talking in assembly about how we would need to focus on our team work skills; sharing ideas and listening to each other. We looked at a big pile of sticks, logs and branches and thought about how these could help us with our learning outside. The children came up with lots of ideas for den building and were very keen to get started!
Here are just some of the ways the children worked together:
The creations included campsites, a spitfire, dens, a zip-wire and a double bed big enough for a sleepover in a tent! What a fantastic day of Outdoor 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.