Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the 2015-16 blog for our Mitchell, Spencer, and Churchill class children.


The Sun is Shining!

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:

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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.

Miss Woolfson

A visit from a Member of Parliament

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.

Gill Fenner




Maths Week – Bernards Heath Business School!

Money, Money, Money!

It was Maths Week and we became business experts.

Did you hear about the visit to Dragon’s Den?

 Year 1 and 2 children needed to come up with their big idea, conduct market research, draft a product plan, listen to feedback and work to a budget.  They needed to present and explain their ideas in order to be given a loan and then work out what profit they could make.  They worked hard all week to use and understand new vocabulary; loan, budget, profit, save, business, entrepreneur, invest, pitch.

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By the end of the week Y1 and Y2 had sold their products to one another; Maths Week made a total profit of over £130!  Our next step is to work with the children to spend this money on maths resources for school.

Miss Woolfson

Ranger Paul visits Bernards Heath

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.


What a busy afternoon for Year 1…

Children had a very ‘constructive’ afternoon in the Year 1 garden. They worked like Bear, listening and sharing their ideas and like Duck they persisted with the tricky jobs of attaching the boxes and finding the end of the sellotape. Together with friends from the other Year 1 classes they built their favourite Learning Hero.

All the boxes that you so kindly sent in were put to good use. Boxes of all shapes and sizes were transformed, with a bit of imagination, into beaks, wings, tails, ears and paws!

Make sure you visit our life size Learning Heroes in the Year 1 garden on Monday!

Be a Learning Hero!

This week is a special ‘Learning Hero’ themed week at school. There was much excitement about this on the first day back after the holiday.

Ryder and Alban Class were making musical accompaniments to the story of Dog. Dog is an expert at managing distractions and concentrating on the task at hand. Morpurgo Class were being more like Duck; they were building the tallest towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Despite this being a very tricky challenge all children worked as a team and didn’t give up no matter how many times the spaghetti snapped and the structures fell down!

The children in Mitchell Class were also thinking about our Learning Heroes in their computing lesson. Children worked together like Bear; sharing their ideas and explaining their thinking as they used Purple Mash, a program on the laptops, to create posters about Dog. Churchill Class were out on the playground with Miss Poole and Mr Denyer learning some good playground games using the coloured dots by Heath Class. They will teach other children the games they have learnt at playtime and lunchtime. They will need to be like Bear and share the rules clearly, answer questions and listen to others.

There is rather a large collection of cardboard boxes in the Year 1 classrooms, It is exciting to think about what these might be used for, watch this space!

If you would like to find out more about our Learning Heroes and share the stories at home look at our Teaching and Learning Policy on the website.

Bring your parent to school…

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.


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Rugby World Cup Fever!

Last week, Years 1 and 2 entered into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup! We were very fortunate that Mrs Gomez came to help lead some rugby skills sessions on the field. The children were very excited about what was, for many of them, a new experience. They thoroughly enjoyed the team games they played and they learnt some fantastic new skills! We would like to say a very big Thank You to Mrs Gomez for sharing her time and expertise. The sessions were such a success that we are hoping to learn some more rugby skills from Mrs Gomez in the future!


Welly Walk!

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This morning was a beautiful day for a walk… with a difference!

Under the bright blue sky Year 1 pulled on their wellies and explored a map of Africa. The children crossed the River Nile, saw the pyramids and played with the African elephants. The total number of steps walked was 23,614. Quite an accomplishment!

Staff would like to say a big thank you  to you for supporting Farm Africa – To find out more about where the money goes click on the link:

Look at the newsletter next week to see the total money raised.

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

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.

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Thanks again to all those who supported us! We are looking forward to next year already!


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