Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

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St Paul's Walden

Primary School

Monday afternoon story time in the Rowans. We enjoy having others read to us and share books they enjoy.

News and Photos from The Rowans

Children's Mental Health Week
Rowan class talked about being brave and times when they had been brave. It might have been by asking for help when they couldn't do something or starting something new like swimming lessons or standing on a skate board for the first time. 
We watched a film about a wolf called Wolfgang, who can't wait for it to get cold enough for him to wear his brand new colourful coat. However, when the time finally arrives, some nasty creatures make fun of it. Wolfgang feels upset and is afraid that they will hurt him again, so he hides away in his tree house. He is encouraged to tell someone he trusts about how he is feeling. Sometimes we get hurt by others and we have to be brave enough to continue to be ourselves, talk about our feelings and to do the right thing. 
Here is the story that you can watch again at home.


In computing this week the Rowans were exploring using our brand new Chromebooks!

OPERATION NINJA! "Show me subtraction! Show me multiply! Times! Total! Minus! Divide! Altogether!" An active game to develop pupils vocabulary knowledge of the four operations.

We have been setting The Rowans challenges over the past couple of weeks and they have not disappointed! Whether they have been fact finding in class for research or demonstrating how they apply their number knowledge in Maths, they have really impressed us with their growing independence in learning. 

During Antibullying week 11th - 15th November, we discussed what bullying was and what we could do to 'Stamp it out'. Bullying is when someone hurts you emotionally or physically over and over again. Pupils came up with fantastic ideas on how we can help and support each other. All pupils created a footprint pledge titled 'Change Starts With' of what they would do to ensure our school is a happy and safe environment. 

An excellent example of letter formation - Well done!
An excellent example of letter formation - Well done!

This week we have been concluding our Self Portraits topic in Art by looking at some portraits by Picasso. We looked at some of his paintings which he painted in his "blue period" and then we had a go at colouring in our self portraits using only blue, white and black paint. Here are some of the results for you to see. 

This week we started our new History topic on WW1. Pupils recorded what they already knew and what they would like to find out during our learning journey. We have created a display on our working wall so we can see how our learning develops over the unit. Please feel free to discuss this with your children at home.

Just look at how hard The Rowans were concentrating today, as they wrote their fantasy story...



We are the Rowan class and we are in Year 1 and 2. Our teachers are Mrs Smith on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and Mrs Dollman on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wasmuth and Mrs Pearce.

We take great pride in our learning and we are trying to be good role models in the school. We are aiming to become more independent in our learning. Our PSHCE topic this half term is Self Reliance and we are thinking of ways in which we can help ourselves to be good learners.

In the Rowans we learn in different ways and we are using a lot of drama and talking to help us with our ideas for writing. We have been reading books for ideas too, such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Whatever Next! In Maths, we are learning to use different practical resources like bead strings, tens frames and counters, and hundred squares to help us with our number work. We are learning to recognise quantities from looking at the patterns they make without counting (which is called subitising) and the Year 1s have been playing dominoes to help them with this. We will be working on our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables this year. We are practising letter formation and will be learning to develop a cursive style of handwriting. In Science we are learning about our bodies this term and in groups we have been drawing around children in our class and labelling parts of them. You can see these 5 children on our ceiling!


Home learning will be sent out on a Wednesday once a fortnight, and is due back the following Tuesday. Please read with your child every day and talk with them about their book. Please write what they have read with you in their reading record book.

Your child is in a reading group and their books will be changed at least once a week.

We will start to send home 5 High Frequency Words for your child to learn how to spell. They will be tested on them when they are heard read at school and the words they get correct will be changed. The words will be written in their Reading record book.

Please speak to Mrs Smith or Mrs Dollman if you have any concerns about your child’s learning or what we are doing. We have some exciting topics this term and we look forward to sharing our learning with you.




This week, we were very proud of the hard work we did, practising phonics in our best handwriting.