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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 108 - 6th march 2020

From the Headmaster:

Who can fail but smile at the sight of wizards, princesses, super heroes and a whole host of other characters making their way into school? As amusing is the tolerance shown by the various people I have had meetings or conversations with today who have kindly ignored the fact that I was sitting on my tail or even gently overheating due to my mane.

Quite a colourful and bright edition this week. A super walk up the non-lethal Leith Hill. Curious creativity courtesy of a Swiss artist as well as a thought provoking assembly and the always enjoyable Book Character Day.

Do take the time to read through this edition and I trust everyone has a most enjoyable weekend. Personally, this will largely depend on a certain 80minutes on Saturday. At least I will have some chocolate cake to enjoy...

Alistair

IMPORTANT NOTES AND DATES

As part of the ‘Go Cycle Scheme’ we have received notification that Queens Road will be closed at the intersection with Kingston Hill. Works are due to commence on 16th March through to late April. You have been warned!

Monday 9th March - Year 3 and 4 swimming cancelled

Monday 9th March - Year 5 & 6 Expedition

Tuesday 10th March - ILG Football Tournament

Thursday 5th March - St David’s Day Assembly - Poetry Competition

Thursday 5th March - Year 4 trip to The National Archives Kew

Friday 13th March - ISA Drama Competition

♻️ Empties Please!

Park Hill are working towards achieving the Green ECO schools award. We currently hold the silver award.

Our ECO committee autumn recycling scheme is collecting empty printer cartridges. Please collect your bag from school and bring back when full to add to our brown collection box.

We are paid for each cartridge received. Alongside raising funds for our chosen charity we also earn green points which can be redeemed for ‘green goodies’ such as bulbs, hedgehog houses, toad hides and gardening tools, even sponsoring an endangered species of out choice and rain forest conservation projects.

Punctuality

The start of the school day is crucial.

It sets the tone for the day and teachers view the start of the lesson as critical in ensuring learning objectives are achieved and realised. Arriving late to school is incredibly disruptive for all. I appreciate that buses and trains and traffic all play their part but we do need your help in ensuring the children gain the most from their school day and that they arrive by 8.30am. Late children must be signed in through the school office.

Lost Property

Molly - Red fleece named

Illness & Medical

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea and temperature) they must be clear for at least 48 hours prior to returning to school. You must inform the school office directly on 020 8546 5496 if your child will be absent that day.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Please be assured that in advance of any new families joining our school, we obtain clear evidence of their recent travel and whereabouts to ensure that the above advice is strictly adhered to.

Uniform

The full uniform list can be found here.

Year 4 Expedition - Leith Hill

Such a splendid way to test and challenge skills acquired in our Adventure School. Navigation, leadership, communication and critical thinking all required to ensure a safe and successful summit of Leith Hill.

Assembly

Some food for thought on Thursday courtesy of the most beautiful book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.’ Written by Charlie Mackesy, it is about the intriguing relationship between the four characters and is quite frankly both moving and delightful. Required reading, I would dare to suggest. At the very least, certainly worthy of a few conversations this weekend.

Year 5 and Year 6

At the top of the school this week the children have been researching different children’s books and deconstructing the plot and characters while looking for hidden meanings within each text. Next week the children look forward to applying the findings from their research and will start to create a sequel to their chosen story whilst keeping true to the style of the original story.

In Maths, the children have developed their understanding of ratio. Activities have included both calculating the ratios of different amounts and volumes and simplifying them using the highest common multiple.

Throughout the week the children have been planning their costumes for World Book Day. Naturally the children looked great and took full advantage of the opportunity to wear funky hair styles and makeup, it was fantastic to see and hear the passion in their voices for reading and learning about their chosen character.

A little side story to this week has been the buzz that the Shakespeare Monologue competition has bought to the class. It is clear that the auditions and performances mean so much to the children who have volunteered to enter. The highlight of the week was hearing the supportive cheers and positive comments between the children regardless of whether they reached the finals or not.

Year 4

We began our week navigating our way through the Surrey Hills as we found our way to the top of Leith Hill. The mud did not deter our young and well prepared ramblers as they made informed decisions on the paths and fields they should cross using their observations of the terrain and their map reading skills. We made excellent progress as we stopped at our base camp next to the Plough Inn. Here, pupils set about preparing their trangia stoves on to which they cooked their pasta and (for some) their sauce.

After our tasty repast, we set about tackling the treacherous south east face of Leith Hill. On paths strewn with puddles, tree roots and neighbouring rocket fields, we ventured up and down the contours to reach the summit where we were treated to glorious views of the South Downs and a clear view of London - including a very visible Wembley Stadium.

It was fantastic to see the pupils employ Mr Bond’s favourite term, perseverance, as they kept their spirits up and tackled to six kilometre walk. Excellent preparations for our post Easter adventures in Lulworth Cove.

On our return to school, from Tuesday we engaged with the surreal poetry of Edward Lear’s Pobble’s Nose and Lewis Carroll’s Jaberwocky where fantasy creatures engage in fantasy adventures. This was great preparation for pupils as they started to prepare their own stories and characters to theme their own nonsense poetry. I must admit, I look forward to seeing how the ‘Pappstrocity’ monster will fare in one child’s poem.

In Maths, the class went over methods to divide 2 or more digits using the bus stop method which was a fantastic opportunity to further test their multiplication and subtraction skills in order to identify the correct answer. Pupils were less enamoured with their teacher’s attempt to embed fractions in the lesson, but it was only about one third of the class who made passionate objections.

To conclude our week, we really enjoyed all the World Book Day activities. I was very proud to see pupils reading with Year One as we performed a shared reading activity. We have also recorded descriptions of our characters to the camera which we hope you’ll be seeing too.

We look forward to another action packed week: playing football, rehearsing plays and visiting the National Archives. Don’t forget our poems and more division skills.

Excellent work again Year Four. Well done.

Year 3

Another busy week in Year 3. We have been continuing our work on decimals moving onto money. Nothing beats the real thing, actually spending money and going to the shops, which of course is included in this week’s homework.

In humanities we are continuing our work on the Romans which crossed over into our art work about Roman gods.

A real highlight of the week of course was Book Character Day, where we all enjoyed exploring our book characters and the escapades of the teachers as inspiration for our writing.

Year 2

This week the children have continued with arrays and have been learning to multiply and divide. They have used arrays to first work out their times tables and then work out the corresponding division sum.

In English, The children have been writing and improving their recounts. They have up-levelled them using description, similes, and speech.

In Science, we have continued with the bones of the human body and the children created their own version of ‘head shoulders knees and toes’, recording them on GarageBand or clips. We then danced to each child’s work. Phalanges proved to be a popular choice.

Year 1

What an eventful few days. Suspense had been building for days in Year 1 about world book day and many questions asked about book characters and stories until our school theme - the lion the witch and the wardrobe was revealed on Friday.

To celebrate our Narnia themed event we shared stories with year 4 . It was wonderful to see how far previous Year 1 pupils ave progressed as well as how confidently Year 1 read to older children. Then we thought about where magical doors and wardrobes could take us. Year 4 taught us about portals and may have inspired some future BIg Writes.

‘ I would go to Wonderland , to Alices’ wonderland.’ Beth

In science our investigation into materials continued and we delved deeper into floating and sinking. Why do some objects float? Do you know? Is it size, shape or material? If it is the material can you explain why?

We learnt about molecules and density using marbles to reinforce our understanding .

In maths we have been thinking about weight and mass which linked well with our scientific discoveries. Year 1 have learnt to read a gauge and curved scale and discovered how we measure weight in grams and kilograms.

Have you ever wondered how you would weigh an elephant or an aeroplane? We might have the answers.

In DT we begin an epic project to create a model of a house with all features included, this means a great deal of close observation of wires, window sills, bricks and pipes!

We are very much looking forward to sharing our creations with you in a future newsletter.

Reception

This week in Reception, the children have built up their excitement each day for World Book Day. They have been counting down the days proving excellent mental maths in subtraction! Highlighting the days of the week in sequence too! 🌟 The week began with discussing our favourite stories and characters, and within Literacy activities they have been writing up character profiles. Each child continues to amaze us with their independent writing including great super star sentences: capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. The children have been been super excited for dress up day - well done on all your wonderful costumes. We have been visited by upper years for shared reading sessions benefitting their comprehension and recall skills. In Maths this week, their doubling and halving skills are incredible. Using play-dough and real life objects, children have been exploring doubling and halving questions. Well done! Next week, we will be introducing time, comparing between day and night and then moving onto the o’clock.

Second Steps

Deerstalker 6/3/20 Second Steps

Second Steps have enjoyed a variety of activities this week.

The children participate in regular phonics sessions during the week and are able to recognise, make or copy their letters. They recognise that letters and words have meanings and are starting to assign meaning to them, with lots of letter recognition, writing and symbol-making going on in their play.

We used the wintery weather to our advantage on Thursday when we went for a nature walk in our garden and enjoyed jumping into muddy puddles. The children collected lots of mud and enjoyed examining the gritty and smooth aspects of it while dipping their paint brushes and fingers into it. They created some beautiful natural artwork.

There was great excitement on Friday when we all dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. The children came along in so many colourful outfits, as characters from their favourite stories. During the morning we were happy to welcome Year Two children into our class to read to us. Thank you Year Two!

We have been listening to lots of traditional fairy stories this week too and the children have been using our story-telling area to act out the tales using puppets. After listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, we painted pictures using ‘magic beans’ which rolled through the paint and made some amazing pictures.

First Steps

As always First Steps have another busy week.

We, as a class, have been focusing on measurement such as high & low, big and small, full and empty, more and less. This has been integrated into all areas of their learning and play. During snack the children have been asking for ‘more’, while building with the Lego the children have been comparing the height of their towers, “mine is tall”, “I’ve got a big rocket, it’s going to fly high”.

The children have been very creative by leaf printing in clay using different leaves we have found round the school grounds. Using the rolling pin to create the impressions on the leaves.

While we were looking at the different leaves, we took lots of cuttings and used these in our woodland school lesson. The children got mucky putting the soil into their pots till they were full to the top then chose from the different cuttings to fill their pots.

As it is World Book day this week Year 5 & 6 have been popping in to read to us. The little ones have really enjoyed their visits, hugging the older ones when they come in.

On Friday we had a great selection of costumes from the Hungry Caterpillar all the way through to The Tiger who Came to Tea but thankfully the Tiger (Muyao) didn’t eat all our food.

Art Club

We explored the work of Ursus Wehrli, the Swiss artist who likes to tidy up art, both his own and the work of Picasso, Kandinsky and a certain Van Gogh. The resulting artwork has certainly brought some happiness to those who like order...

Certificates

Birthdays

Happy Birthday! I think it important to say that Miss Frost does not look anywhere near as old as a Headmaster, even though they were both born on the same day, same month and same year...

Social Media

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Alistair Bond