It was wonderful to open the doors of our school to more pupils this week. Mrs Biscardi, the Early Years team, Mrs Bohannon and all the staff in Year 6 have worked incredibly hard to create a safe learning environment for the children that have returned, while continuing to provide excellent remote learning for those pupils still at home. Work, Love, Prayer continues to be at the heart of everything we do at St Bernard's Prep, and in these ever-changing times I am so proud of the children and staff at St Bernard's Prep who are adapting all the time, and always with a smile.
Year 1 Wordsmiths
Year 1 have produced some beautiful written work this week on the topic of Rainforests. Inspired by the book The Kapok Tree, the children have painted some vivid pictures with their words, drawing on their senses, which they learned about in Science earlier this year. Mrs Bohannon is looking forward to the Year 1s using these new skills independently next week.
Miss Grogan and Miss Mehta have taken the children on a tour of the Roman Empire this week. In English, the children have been reading ‘Escape From Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. They’ve been learning about noun phrases, prepositions and beginning to develop their knowledge about newspaper reports. In Geography, the children have been learning about Volcanoes and focused on Mount Vesuvius. They looked at the timeline of the famous eruption that took place in AD 79, identified the type of eruption and watched an animation of Mount Vesuvius effusively erupting. It was a fully immersive learning experience with everyone, including the teachers, dressing the part in Roman robes.
Allan Ahlberg, Alien Street and Art
Tudors and their bloody history have inspired Year 4 to produce some great portraits of Kings and Queens this week, and in English they have been exploring poems by Allan Ahlberg. The children really enjoyed these and are recording videos of themselves performing their favourite poems which we look forward to seeing next week.
We are also now getting close to the end of ‘Alien Street’ and have been thinking about the importance of making story endings interesting and exciting. They have been considering the possible endings for the story and produced some fantastic pieces that can be read in the Home Learning Hub.
The Hungry Caterpillar
Children's classic, The Hungry Caterpillar, has captured the imagination of Early Years 2 (Reception) this week. They have made their own caterpillars on the computer programme Purple Mash, labelled foods and have rewritten the story using sentences. We have also just taken delivery of our very own live caterpillars in school, which we look forward to watching complete a life cycle. Follow their progress on our social media accounts.
The children in Year 5 have just finished reading Once by Morris Gleitzman. Set during WW2 the children have been following the story of Felix. They have learnt how the author has used language to portray fear and uncertainty. They have been so captivated by this story that they have pleaded to read the sequel to the story as our next class reader!
Whilst we await the arrival of our books the children have demonstrated their collaborative and leadership skills on Microsoft Teams. The story tells of how many books were burned during this dark period and in response the children have produced the most amazing posters highlighting the power of books.
This week's Headmaster's Awards go to Mahaayana in Year 3, nominated by Madame Creech for some impressive French written work. Well done Mahaayana.
Mrs Hupalo would like Anika Vaid and Haris Baig to receive the Headmaster's Awards for their enthusiasm and contributions to the English sessions on Once by Morris Gleitzman. They have approached their remote learning with a great attitude, well done.
With the weather forecast promising sunshine over the next couple of days, I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I leave you withsome beautiful art work from Year 6, inspired by Impressionist painter, Claude Monet.