Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the 2015-16 blog for our Mitchell, Spencer, and Churchill class children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.