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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 96 - 15th november 2019

From the Headmaster:

A particularly sporting (and frankly cold) week here on Queens Road. I will confess that, as you well know, my inner PE teacher is never far below the surface and it has been certainly indulged these last five days. I was fortunate to support all of the football matches at Old Deer Park (usually more synonymous with the oval ball game) against Broomfield House and to share in a really rather special opportunity for our indoor rowing team, more of which later.

In addition to these sporting endeavours, we were also successful in the swimming pool. Two of our hard working and talented swimmers, Jessica and Elena took part in the regional ISA swimming gala at the impressive 50m pool at Aldershot Barracks, having successfully qualified from the local gala held at ACS Cobham.

Many congratulations to both girls, with thanks to Mrs Bellos for her logistical support and to Miss Adamidou for providing them with such an opportunity to compete today.

We have also enjoyed a number of visits in the last few weeks from schools from around the UK keen to understand more about our innovative use of technology. This sharing of best practice benefits us all as we develop links and an opportunity to celebrate all that our children and staff do. Perhaps as fascinating is the interest from local independent secondary schools keen to learn more about our 'journey' to Apple Distinguished School status (I assume that you are aware of our status?)

Just this weekend I spoke with the Headmistress of Putney High School who have recently 'gone 1:1' with their iPad provision and are keen to learn more from us, Epsom College are 1:1 from Year 7 to Year 9 and a certain high school in Surbiton were awarded distinguished status just last week. Whilst still very much an exclusive club, I am intrigued that these 'heavyweights' are becoming alert to the role technology must play in schools and are deploying iPad devices across their schools.

In addition to all of the physical and technological challenges this week, there has been a distinctive scientific flavour across the school. Do read about just what scientific research has been taking place in the class reports below. Did I tell you that we are the proud owners of a Science Quality Mark as well as Apple Distinguished..?

Well, it seems I have completed the clean sweep of Deerstalker introductions: weather, sport, science, Apple devices and continued success and happiness across the school. What better way to start the weekend?

Alistair

PS - Do not forget ODD SOCKS DAY on Monday!

♻️ 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.

Rowing Master Class - KGS

What a treat! How envious I was of our indoor rowing team, under the experienced hand of Mrs Gibbons, who travelled to the boat house at Kingston Grammar School and received a rowing master class from Mr Ed Green, Director of Rowing at KGS and two U18 Great Britain Rowers, Lily and Fran who also attend the Sixth Form at KGS.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their session, even if it was quite a challenging time on the ergo!

Some of our children who achieved the very challenging qualifying time/distance for the Welsh Indoor Rowing Competition will be travelling to Cardiff next week for the event, I am sure you will join me in wishing them the very best of luck in their first experience of such an event.

Class News

Year 6 and Year 5

It is hard to know where to start with while writing a review of this week, while I look back through my notes it is difficult to believe that all the things we have done actually fit in to just 5 days.

Poetry work in English came to a conclusion this week, if we get dry weather on Monday then we will be presenting our work by decorating the pathway up through the school with our poems for the school to see. The children in Year 5 and 6 have been watching out of the classroom window to see who uses the path and then writing their poems with these particular people in mind. Working with SOAP (Sense of Audience and Purpose) draws the children in to new areas of thinking and to consider their work from the perspective of the audience.

We have had some crazy maths lessons this week, none more so than graffitiing each other’s desks to set and respond to challenges based on estimation. After the session I had a few worried moments but am pleased to say that all the pen marks came off in the end.

The rest of my notes remind me to share stories about football in Richmond Park, a rowing masterclass at KGS, the children learning their parts for the forthcoming school play and football matches against Broomfield School. However, the highlight of the week came on Friday as the children asked to trade in their hard earned reward time for an opportunity go and read stories to the younger children. Seeing the joy on the faces of the faces of the Year 5 and 6 children and how quickly they gained the trust and friendship of the younger children was beautiful to watch. It is kindness week at Park Hill next week and typical of the Year 5 and 6 children, they are are embracing this and leading by example

Year 4

It has been a week of perspective, poetry, productions and proportions...oh!... and of course perseverance (please note Mr Bond).

We began our ninth week of Autumn term with the Remembrance service and a first reading of the school production where we have al been issued with roles for our play that is a moral tale on the Christmas festivities, but no more information than that.

In our English lessons pupils have spent time developing ideas for a poem inspired by the theme: ‘If All the World Were...’. We have been imaginative in our ideas, proposing what life would be like if all the world were: Pink, Blue, Red, Sweets, a Monster, a Monster or a Wolf. Using these themes as a metaphor for the world, pupils have been designing poetic lines employing a range of similes, personification as well as descriptive devices using adverbs, prepositions and powerful verbs.

Scale and measuring in a range of units became our focus in Maths as we tackled the proportions that Leonardo Da Vinci proposed about the human form in his ‘Vitruvian Man’. Measuring and converting between metres, centimetres and millimetres became a class mission as we consolidated our learning on tenths and hundredths in decimals.

The proportions of the Vitruvian Man insists that someone’s arm span is equal to their height. However, we discovered that the length of our heads, hands and forearms could also be indicators of our height if multiplied by certain numbers which became a tricky task especially if multiplying decimals.

Our focus on scale and proportions was continued by Mr Stevenson in is his exploration of the universe as he embedded maths in to his insightful lesson. We learnt that if the Earth’s diameter was 1cm, Saturn’s diameter would be 9cm, Jupiter 11cm, and the seventh planet in the solar system would be 4cm. Important facts to be knowledgable of.

Other adventures have taken us to Richmond playing fields near Deer Park as we played football against Broomfield House. We were swept away quite by the oppositions more experienced attack, but we enjoyed the moment and at half time a game of mixed teams from Park Hill and Broomfield played on in a friendly spirit.

Our week concluded with PSHCE debates on celebrating the differences between different people which led to interesting discussions on what we expect young, old and disabled people’s habits and hobbies might be. Our discussions led us to conclude that it is hard to judge someone and make assumptions on a character by how they look.

A long and fulfilling, and we look forward to more progress next week as we delve in to the world of Cleopatra’s Egypt and embedded Maths in creating pyramids from a range of different triangles.

Well done, Year Four.

Year 3

Year 3 had an action packed week learning about measures specifically length and then moving onto time which we will continue with next week. After swimming we exited the pool in time for the 2 minutes silence.

In Adventure School the Year 3s taught the Year 2s how to assemble a tent and make sure it was watertight. We learnt about working safely with a team, taking turns and listening to each other. The most challenging part was packing it away which I am sure we can all relate to! With a great deal of perseverance I’m pleased to say it was the best effort yet!

Our instructional text work was based around writing instructions on how to make a paper aeroplane, testing out our instructions on each other showed us the importance of specific details in our method, along with clear diagrams to help get the message across.

In art we continued our study on gestures and sketching and painting hands as well as discussing how hands can show feelings (abstract nouns) by colour and shape.

On Wednesday afternoon Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their match against Broomfield house. It was a joy to see some excellent sporting behaviour as we mixed the teams up and they supported each other. Bravo!

Year 2

This week, the children have continued to plan their stories and, on Wednesday, switched to writing them. Adjectives, speech marks, questions, and paragraphs were all attempted and the children should be very proud of the results.

In maths, doubling and halving became measuring. It started small using their fingers and then got bigger - cm only, before expanding to m and cm. Interestingly, the classroom is 7m 34cm and I am 1m 94cm...I thought I was bigger.

Science involved the construction of circuits, adding components like bulbs, batteries, wires, and switches. The children have learnt all about completing circuits, the shape they should take (for series), and providing enough power using their batteries. Coding is still continuing, with the children moving on to inputs of swipe and tilt, and programming a sprite to respond to these inputs.

Year 1

Can you see in the dark? Have you see the light.

Have you ever seen inside a bear cave ?

I can guarantee that Year 1 have ...

Our science topic this term is light and we are investigating whether you can see shapes and colours without a light source. This question proved to be quite intriguing to Year 1. Inspired by the story ‘Can’t you sleep little bear’ we looked inside a bear cave without any light and with a soft candle light and the. recorded our observations.

We discovered that light travels in a straight line and that we need light to reflect of an object to see.

We continued our investigation into light in literacy and art lessons designing shadow puppets and then performing a range of child led imaginative stories.

In RE we looked at how light is used as a religious symbol. Considering how it makes us feel and when and where light appears in religious stories.

Indeed we have experienced several lightbulb moments during other curriculum lessons. We plan to create a light box to draw in the style of Quentin Blake. Using a feint image to draw illustrations in ink and permanent waterproof pen then adding watercolour.

Reception

Reception has been in high spirits learning songs for our upcoming Christmas production. They have been fully engaged in music and performing arts sessions, enjoying new music and actions. Our week has continued in space shape and measure, focusing on many aspects of 3D shapes. We looked at which shapes roll or stack and been learning what faces and vertices mean. The Children worked in teams to follow through this activity. In literacy, we have been looking at different purposes for writing such as lists. We have discussed what ingredients to buy for our baking session next week. The teachers modelled this by using numbered bullet points and was supported by the children sounding out each word. We can’t wait to get baking next week! As shown on the ‘children in need’ poster there is a fancy dress day and various other activities to help fundraise for this special charity. Check it out!

Kassius brought in a beautiful bright coloured leaf found on his walk back from school. We made an ‘autumnal’ curious box with an abundance of red and yellow leaves 🍁 found by the children in school.

In science, we focused on recycling. The children have amazed us with their depth of knowledge. We can certainly tell you all recycle at home. We talked about why we recycle and where you see the recycle symbol. ♻️ We took part in fun activities sorting items into their correct bin and whether it could be re-used again. The children learnt that batteries and clothes can also be recycled! They used this knowledge to create posters to promote recycling and how we can become more eco! ♻️🌿🍃💚

We look forward to raising money for BBC children in need next week. 🐻

NHS Request for Support

Please find below a letter from Dr Catherine Heffernan, Principal Advisor for Commissioning Immunisations and Vaccination Services at NHS England, encouraging parents to take up the NHS vaccination offer for their children.

'In Kingston, we are not yet meeting national targets for many childhood vaccinations and this is putting children at risk of serious illnesses. We would be most grateful if you could give support to the national effort to increase vaccination uptake by sharing the attached letter with all parents at your school.'

Second Steps

We started the week in Second Steps by thinking about others. We made poppy pictures for Remembrance Day and joined the whole school in a two minute silence.

Second Steps continued thinking about other people as we celebrated World kindness Day on Wednesday with a special circle time about sharing with their friends after listening to the story Sharing a Shell.

One of our main focuses this week has been thinking about animals that hibernate. We have been making homes for our class bears and hedgehogs and really enjoyed using our new role-play bear cave. You may have noticed two big but friendly looking bears nearby!

It was a lovely day on Thursday when we went to Woodland School where we were joined by Year One who worked with Second Steps children to build a home for each of our woodland creatures. Everyone collected lots of twigs, logs and leaves to build some wonderful homes.

The children have also made some little hedgehogs using salt dough. These cute creatures are looking forward to coming home in the near future.

Our letter of the week was Aa so we have been doing lots of activities such as a letter hunt and printing with apples. Next week our letter sound will be Tt.

Also next week, we are anticipating a fun filled week of raising money for Children in Need.

First Steps

Following children interests we focused on autumn this week. We have learnt a song called ‘Autumn leaves’ and we enjoyed doing the actions too. Mrs Mousi ,one more time, amazed our children with magic rain experiment. Some children volunteered to help Mrs Mousi to choose autumn colours for her experiment.

The children have taken their first book from our library and spent lots of time choosing their book. Please share these books with your children and don’t forget to return them by Tuesday!

We have created different sounds using our sticks and banging them on different surfaces such as metal, wood and plastic then we talked about the sounds for our phonics session.

Autumn themed tuff tray was very popular and the children practised their drawing skills on it.

Lastly, we have started our rehearsal for our nativity and we can proudly say that First Steps children behaved very well at the rehearsal, well done!

Football vs Broomfield House

A whole series of matches against our Richmond locals this week, with every child from Year 2 to Year 6 representing the school. The children should feel most proud of their efforts in what were very competitive matches.

Social Media

#confidentcurioushappy

There are also some wonderful images from our Little Adventurers available through their own instagram page -

Uniform

I was very impressed with just how smart our children looked this morning, in addition to their broad smiles as they entered school. I would like to remind you that girls in Prep School should now be wearing the pink and white striped blouse and that the white blouse is no longer part of our uniform.

Games lessons for children in Reception to Year 6 will start next week at KGS Ditton Field, although the forecast looks to be good, will need maroon football socks and football boots for the term. The full uniform list can be found here.

We do also recognise that the black games shorts can be a little large for children in Reception who are joining us for our regular games lessons at the impressive Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Should you find this to be the case, they are very welcome to wear a plain black pair of shorts until such time they are able to fit the school shorts.

Lost Property

The following items are currently missing:

Ralph (Year 2) - Grey Jumper (unnamed)

Aiden (Reception) - named grey jumper

Dates and Reminders

Monday 18th November: Odd Sock Day

Wednesday 20th November: Early Years only (First Steps, Second Steps and Reception) Fancy Dress and Bring your Bear to School Day

Thursday 21st November: Kindness Assembly

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November: Early Years Cake Sale

Friday 22nd November: Indoor Rowing Championships

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