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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 116 - 18th september 2020

From the Headmaster:

The spring in my step wasn't exclusively down to my change in footwear on Tuesday. As you can see from the images throughout this edition my appetite for clear skies and physical activity was more than satisfied as we enjoyed a superb games session this week at the green and pleasant setting of Kingston Grammar School playing fields. It is very much testament to the relationship that we enjoy with KGS that we worked through the layers of protocols and logistics to ensure that we are able to resume our games lessons after a short hiatus in the summer term.

Our love, appreciation and renewed focus on being outdoors for both physical and mental health of our children was reinforced each day this week as we made the most of our site. In one part of the grounds children were creating a video in French, another class were enthralled with a Mr Papps art lesson, First Steps were following in the footsteps of Fiennes and Outen as they climbed and explored the terrain searching for adventure. The Year 3 children were in deep discussion with Mrs Bond in the shade of the old oak tree at which point I realised that the whole school were out in the fresh air with the sparkle of laughter and chatter of curious exchanges between children and teachers filling the air.

So many highlights this week. Climbing and abseiling with the Year 6 was memorable, yes, we all enjoyed the physical challenge but what impressed me most was the encouragement and support that naturally came forth from the children as they all challenged themselves. Seeing previously trepidatious nursery children now spring energetically into school at the start of the day is simply a treat, similarly, indeed it might be one of my favourite images from what is a very picture-rich edition of the Deerstalker is the one below of our talented artists in First Steps. If I could bottle and harness the energy from our First and Second Steps classes I suspect we could find the elixir to solve most world problems and bring the healthy dose and 'grounding' that we all sometimes need. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Name the film for a house point - answer at the bottom of this edition.)

Spectacular images abound in this edition. We value and promote creativity here at Park Hill. This applies to messrs Finch, Papps and Sims who are clearly quite handy with the camera too.

Enjoy your weekend. Stay safe and don't forget to spread a little happiness.

Alistair

After School Activities and Clubs

I am pleased to confirm that in addition to the previously advertised teacher led after School Activities that started last week, the Sports Squad on Tuesday, the Performing Arts Group on Wednesday and Art and D&T Group on Thursdays will resume this coming week. All three groups are invitation only. If your child attended Sports Squad last academic year then they are automatically invited again this year. Other children will be invited to attend following the games lessons in the coming weeks. Miss Georgina and Miss Menon would like to invite all those children who attended the Performing Arts Group to attend again this year and will assess other children in the coming weeks during their curriculum lessons. Mrs Bond will invite children to join her Thursday session as she also assesses the ability of children in the coming weeks.

We are also reviewing gate return of rowing club and are reviewing the British Rowing Roadmap document to determine our ability to remain compliant with their COVID-19 regulations.

Drumming

I am thoroughly delighted to confirm that our talented drum teacher Joe Reece is returning to Park Hill. I am aware that many of you have already made contact with Miss Menon to arrange lessons. Please contact her directly if you are interested.

From the School Office - Michelle Gambi

'We're getting there! Much like the children, a routine is being established and the various administrative systems and processes are, not unlike the French speaking I was overhearing this week, more fluent! Please do not ever hesitate to speak with me or contact me if I can ever help in any way.'

School Individual Photographs

School individual photographs are taking place on Wednesday 23rd September, with the first classes starting the process promptly at 8.30am. Our photographers, Pret-a-Portrait, will be setting up from 7am, and will be strictly observing social distancing protocols and thorough clean of the equipment throughout.

Children from Reception through to Year 6 will be expected to wear their blazers and uniform. Children in our Nursery will need to wear their white polo shirt and are welcome to wear jogging trousers or shorts. We will aim to take their photographs before heading to the bark areas!

Suited and booted for Wednesday please!

Flu Vaccination

Thank you for returning the flu forms to me this week. The information is now with the nursing team.

Fees

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can offer any help with regards engagement with our accounts team who are based in the Stanmore office. We are aware that the accounts team have migrated to a new accounting system which may have resulted in delays with the invoices being distributed.

School Money

With the various clubs and activities now in full swing and a number of trips being planned, you will start to receive the normal messages through our online payment system SchoolMoney from next week. A reminder and explanation on how the system works will be published to you all early next week.

15 Hours Funding Form

I would like to thank all of you who have kindly returned the funding forms. The deadline for return is Tuesday 22nd September in order for me to add the information to the relevant portal.

Alexandra Road is a designated "school street" and as such is restricted during certain hours - details can be found through this link -

Lost Property

Emily - missing sports jacket - the jacket was lost on Tuesday (no name in the tag)

Barney - water bottle (make Mango, turquoise)

Evdokia - missing school jumper name's in the tag!!

House Captains

The first round of responsibilities and leadership roles were awarded during the assembly on Thursday. First up? The House Captains and Vice Captains.

Climbing

Our Year 6 children enjoyed a super afternoon at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development at High Ashurst on Monday afternoon. As you can see, it wasn't just the children who tested themselves...

Games - Kingston Grammar School Ditton Field

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!

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.

With all of our children throughout the school having made a terrific start to the school year, the gate will now close promptly at 8.30am.

Illness & Medical

We continue to abide with the DfE Regulations.

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.

We ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.

These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea) 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.

Fantasy Football

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.

If you already have an account then you can use the code M2V6PV to find the Friends of PH league.

Year 5 & 6 Art

A little bit of Mr Papps magic. Green screen and movement with a little creativity and these highly striking moving images were captured.

Year 3 & 4 Art

Further perspective work with the purpose of exploring different angles and viewpoints.

Uniform

The full uniform list can be found here.

Assembly

Keys were the key to the assembly this week. We went on a tour around the school exploring the various doors and perhaps other things we can unlock - keys to success? Keys to happiness? What other keys can we use to ‘open’ doors?

There are all sorts of keys to open lots of doors.

Keys that fit boxes, keys to open drawers.

Keys to lock up valuables or secure the door at night.

Keys to lock up bicycles or keep things out of sight.

Keys to lock up prisoners and those who go astray,

And keys to let them out of jail on their freedom day.

Keys are always being used in lots of different ways.

Keys to keep things running or keys to make things start.

Keys to unlock happiness, success or someone’s heart.

Some are big and some are small.

Some don’t look like keys at all!

All through our lives, we look for keys to help us as we grow.

Unlocking information and the things we need to know.

Year 6

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!

Mr Stevenson

Year 5

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.

Mr Sims

Year 4

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

Mr Papps

Year 3

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.

Mr Bond

Year 2

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.

Mrs Kilb

Year 1

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!

Miss Gardner

Reception

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!

Mrs Gibbons

Second Steps

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

First Steps

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!

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