What a splendid morning. Perfect weather, in fact cricket weather but never mind, and a chance to stretch the legs and get the blood pumping. Great stuff!
The football season is due to kick off this weekend.While attending matches or watching games on the big screen at the Norbiton can prove to be less that simple at the moment, please help get your footie fix by coming to join in the Friends of Park Hill Fantasy Football League. Just click the link below to join up.
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This week has seen the end of Oranges in No man’s land. The book is now finished and the children in Year 6 have been writing summaries and attempting to keep it under 2 pages long. They picked their vocabulary and phrases carefully to show their understanding and cover as much as possible. Year 6 also answered what is known as my favourite question - why! They hypothesised as to why the the author chose to end the book the way she did.
We then took it way with maths, challenging ourselves to solve 6-7 stage problems involving decimals, and then subtract large numbers and find missing numbers.
Circuits continue to flow in class, with this weeks focus on voltage, current, and resistance.
Our Roman shield were stunning and Year 6 performed the ‘testudo formation’ to defend themselves.
Quite a week!
It was wonderful to be able to take the Year 5 children back at Ditton Fields for PE this week. The children were working together to create the rules of different games to play which resulted in an action packed game of skill and teamwork being invented. Many great football skills were also on display, overall it was a fantastic sports session topped off with beautiful sunshine.
One of the many benefits of a technology savvy school is the ability to create targeted and bespoke quizzes and tests and present them to the children in a manner that they find utterly engaging. The children have been relentless with their requests to take more and more maths tests, the ever increasing scores of the children have been fantastic to watch. The children are working together to earn rewards that the whole class benefit from.
World War 2 continues to engage the children in Humanities. As we work through the different key events of the war, this week we learnt about the life of Anne Frank.
Another busy week in Year Four. We marched through Richmond Park on Monday facing up to creatures that could sting, bite or stab. An encounter with a large stag caused us to work harder than expected when trying to avoid its path, but our walk was more enriched as we took a detour across to the large flat grass area near ‘King Clump’
This ability to adapt and work harder to achieve our goals has been evident this week as we sprinted sprinted through Maths work on Addition and Subtraction where we were able to fill in missing values to cement our knowledge of column method. Additionally, we worked on word problems too, that tested our ability to recognise vocabulary that would enable us to decide whether to add or subtract.
In English, we learnt about the camel who got his hump from his work shy attitude, and continuously saying, “humpf!” Using the inspiration of the Just So Stories, we set about designing our own stories about how animals gained their unique features: How the Giraffe got its Long Neck; How the Tiger Got its Stripes; How the Bearded Dragon Gained its Beard, and so on.
We aim to write up our stories next week, utilising our honed punctuation skills for direct speech.
In other subjects, Humanities brought us some sunshine, then some rain, followed by more rain and then sunshine. We have begun designing a weather forecast for the Amazon rainforest in Brazil where high temperatures and high volumes of rain are frequent all year round.
Whilst in the sunshine we played out several games of football during our PE session at Dutton Fields. Embedding maths in to our play, we created triangles to pass to each other and move the bell swiftly from one end of he pitch to another. It was terrific to see how Year 4 play together and work hard to participate irrespective of their ability.
For Art we perfected the art of finding the right photograph of the school where further exploration of the school grounds yielded highly impressive results again. A painting of our photographs shall develop over the coming weeks.
Religious Studies and our focus on the Sikh faith gave us an encounter with the eleven gurus, which included the Guru Granth Sahib. We researched the values and beliefs brought by ten gurus and the lesson brought on many interesting debates on charitable actions, feeding others without discrimination, which are some of the key traits of Sikhism.
A great week of hard work and exploration across all areas. More next week too. Excellent work Year 4
Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed there return to KGS Ditton Field for games this week and enjoyed their first football session with a good runaround in the sunshine. During English this week, we have enjoyed delving into some character descriptions and are learning how to use a Descriptosaurus to help enhance our writing.
In Mathematics we have spent a considerable time counting on in tens, hundreds and thousands and looking at the formal method of addition.
In Art we have been perfecting our photography skills, refining images, looking at where to focus the image and how to frame our photos more effectively. Year 3 have certainly been creative with their viewpoints, as you can see from some of their images.
This week in Adventure School the children went to Richmond Park for the very first time. It was a very exciting expedition to find different animals and plants that can bite or sting you. We even spoke about what would be a severe bite or sting that would need medical attention and a bite or sting that would not require any medical assistance. We saw some beautiful stags that afternoon and lots of does resting in the shade.
In Maths we have been looking at adding different values of money together, and even finding the difference between two values to find out how much change we would receive. On Friday we actually made a year 2 shop where the children had to use the money given to them to purchase their own snack from our snack bar.
In English this week we have been building up to writing our own stories. We started with detailed character and setting descriptions and then let our imaginations run wild as we created our short stories, it was wonderful to see the children really thinking about the story structure and what adventures their characters would go on.
In Year 1, this week, we have been developing our counting and calculation skills. Learning how to count forwards and backwards accurately using a number line, partitioning and counting on from a larger number.
We have been developing our knowledge of letter sounds and shapes by playing games like phonics bingo. As a result our writing and reading is improving.
We wrote many different things - comparisons of old and new toys, factual plant sentences and designed book covers with alliterative titles based on The Tiger who came to Tea.
It was great fun! We all chose different animals ...
James - The polar bear who came for a picnic
Arthur - The chameleon who came for a cream tea
Elin - The pig who came for a picnic
Rasim - The bunny who came for breakfast.
Now we can’t wait to write the stories next week!
Reception have continued to explore and find out about our body this week. We used non-fiction books to research facts, learning that bones give our body structure and lets us move in many ways, they also protect our organs. Did you you know that we are composed of around 270 bones at birth, but this then decreases to approximately 206 bones by adulthood after some bones diffuse together. Some children thought that was “disgusting” others thought it was “awesome!” In line with this, the children made skeleton pictures using cotton buds, they were all great in their own way. When sticking each bone down we were able to name them too! Well done.
In Literacy this week, the children have been recalling and sequencing ‘The Three Little Pigs Story’ and using materials in the classroom building houses for the pigs. In phonics, we have been developing our oral blending skills to read simple words and sentences. I am so pleased with the progress they are making. Keep it up! Please do continue to support your child’s reading at home.
In Maths this week, we have focused on missing numbers on a number line. We will continue working on quantities next week.
Woodland school was the highlight of the week! We used our creative imagination and strong muscles to carve, saw, screw and hammer items together to construct and build with purpose. They paid excellent attention to the safety rules of woodwork and demonstrated this when working, looking out for peers too. Well done, have a great weekend!
Second Steps have had a busy week! We have been learning our class rules and the importance of being kind and having good manners. Throughout the week we have learnt how to be independent.
Children enjoyed their phonics sessions and explored the sounds different animals make. We used our magic box to hide them and then we pretended to be animals. We read Mr Brown Can Moo! Can you? and explored different mouth movements such as blowing, sucking, tongue stretching and wiggling.
We have also enjoyed Performing Arts, singing and learning new songs and each other’s names using Makaton sign language.
Great work this week Second Steps!
Miss Finch & Miss Vari
The FS children settled in very fast this week and had fun with varieties of activities.
In Art they made their own shape printing using wooden blocks and improved their shape knowledge via art.
Foam was very popular and gave chance children to experiment uses their senses while forming numbers.
In Science, the children took turn to help Mrs Mousi to see how a lemon, lime and orange can be erupted with some soda!
Miss A was so impressed how First Steps children participated in PE lesson and demonstrated to children the best way of hopping, jumping, crawling and stamping at the playground.
In the outdoor area, the children loved the pirate world play and used their imagination to make up lovely stories.
Looking forward to have more adventures next week
With children now settled into a routine, all parents in First Steps will receive details of their key teachers and curriculum provision early next week, we really look forward to giving you the important and colorful glimpse into their busy lives.
Have a nice weekend!
Second Steps Young Adventurers
Our youngest adventurers were busy exploring our grounds this week, climbing and smiling!