Fun Run Winners!

  We were so Proud to be announced as Primary School Champions in the St Albans Fun Run for the third year in a row. On Sunday 12th June we laced up our trainers, put on our red t-shirts and gathered by the Bernards Heath flags in the runner’s village in the park. At 10.15am we ran, jogged, raced, meandered and piggy backed our way along the 1.5 mile course. It was great to work in a team with our Junior School and to see children from Nursery to Year 6 running  together and sharing words of encouragement. It was a hot day and some little legs got very tired; it didn’t stop us though and we remembered our Learning Hero Duck who never ever gives up in the face of tricky challenges! Thank you to children, parents and staff for supporting this exciting event… see you there next...

Reading Workshops

Reading Workshops in FS2 and Year 1 We would like to thank all parents who attended the series of Reading Workshops with their children last half term.  This was the first time we have organised workshops in this way and are very proud to report that they were a great success! Here is some of the feedback from parents: ‘It has been really lovely to learn together.  The shared experience and my son teaching me has been invaluable.  It also helped him to be focused about doing reading at home…Fabulous! Would love to do more!’ ‘The workshops have been really useful in helping my own understanding of phonics…Reading at home has now become really positive for both of us as I can confidently answer my son’s questions…’ ‘Fantastic opportunity for parents and children.  Great learning and better understanding of what to do at home – so valuable! Thank you’ ‘Very useful games to assist in learning…she has enjoyed the ‘egg hunt’ game and wants to do this at home all the time.’ ‘Really enjoyed the workshop.  It has helped a lot with reading at home and given us some great ideas to try.  It has also helped me with making the right sounds for each letter.’ ‘The workshops have highlighted the strategies the children use – these are helpful reminders when we read together as I feel better equipped to help prompt…It is a treat to spend time with my little one at school.  Thank you for supporting us in this way!’ We are looking forward to planning our next series of workshops in the...

Over £2,000 for Help Refugees!

We did it! With everyone’s support we have so far raised over £2,000 for an incredible charity. A HUGE thank you for joining us on the walk, donating your money, donating food for our sleep out, collecting cardboard, reading our Y2’s Newsletter and most importantly, for supporting the children to understand how they can make a difference to the lives of others.  We are incredibly proud of the children and will continue to work with them to increase their understanding and find other ways to support people just like them. Visit www.helprefugees.org.uk to find out more and it’s not too late to donate here: Help Refugees. On your marks, get set…GO! Ready to spread our message! We’re on our way… Our 4 loudest supporters! Collecting Donations Over £100 from our local community. We did it! Food supplies! Mrs Griffin keeping us warm. Making a bed – team work! Goodnight everyone!...

Help Refugees

Today is the day of our walk and sleep out!  A huge thank you to all those who have donated so far, and to those supporting the cause; joining us on our walk or delivering food to those preparing for a night on the field! Help Refugees – Click the link to read the Year 2 Help Refugee Committee’s first published newsletter. Donate here – Click here to see the fundraising total and to add a donation of your own – so far we have beaten our target of £500!  Will we make it to £1,000? Meet on the playground at 5pm today – Friday 31st March to join us on our 4 mile walk and raise awareness in our local community, See you...

Learning Together

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...

The Feelings Box

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...

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