I am afraid that I have lost count of the times I have sat through a training session or course willing the content to be more engaging or involving. Inviting busy colleagues from various corners of London and beyond for our first computing conference with the promise that they would go back excited and enthused was no small challenge - I am pleased to report that they all, including our visitors from Apple, were highly complimentary about the ideas and ‘hands on’ content of the day.
Messrs Renfrew, Stevenson and Bond (R) led the delivery of the conference and were utterly impressive in engaging our colleagues and giving them practical tips and tricks to take back to their respective schools.
In terms of our application, we now wait with baited breath to see if we are to go through to the next stage of the process. What I am delighted about is that the feedback from Apple stated just how impressed they were with our considered approach to using the devices to enhance learning throughout the school. They are there to enhance learning, to bring the learning alive.
Headmaster’s Coffee Morning
It was a pleasure to be joined by so many of you on Wednesday as we spoke about how we are encouraging creative and lateral thinkers here at Park Hill. Edward De Bono’s six thinking hats theory formed the basis of the morning. Alarmingly, as adults we have approximately 5% of the ability of a three year old to think laterally. We apparently lose the natural curiosity and inquisitiveness that is so infectious with children. The content is provided below, along with some lateral thinking questions to attempt, try them with your children...
News from the Classes
This week First Steps have been keeping themselves very busy.
We have been exploring out new outside area, we have been digging in the dirt in the messy play tray for dinosaurs, building roads with the large wooden blocks to balance on and as tracks for the diggers.
The children chose to read 'Superworm' at carpet time and this has led into lots of fun activities. We have been string painting to create worms, wriggling around the floor like a worm, being super strong like 'Superworm' and dressing up as Superheroes as in the children's words 'they is big and strong too'.
We have been eagerly exploring the ipads and having lots of fun creating patterns and pictures and attempting to take photos of our friends but have ended up with more pictures of the carpet and ceiling. We will keep practicing.
Second Steps have had a busy and productive week with lots of fun activities. On Monday we had a visitor from the RSPB who told us about hedgehogs and animal habitats. We followed up his visit by making hedgehog pictures with leaves while we were at Richmond Park for Woodland School. We also painted some amazing Autumn coloured leaves complete with sparkles. In Maths we have worked hard on sequencing and number recognition. We Listened to “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?” And made beautiful lanterns to go with the story. Finger Gym was fun on Friday with the children practising their fine motor skills with different activities such as putting paper clips onto card and threading pipe cleaners through straws.
?* Reception have had a busy but exciting week taking part in various activities. On Monday Reception enjoyed exploring the school grounds for habitats and learnt a few facts from the RSPB leader (see Tapestry). In Maths we have focused on ‘one more and one less’ by working on the iPad. The children used the notes app to show their workings out by jumping up or down the number line. They all did an amazing job - well done Reception. On Tuesday it was National Kindness Day and the children have been demonstrating many acts of kindness each and every day. This was particularly shown by helping to fasten their peers coats, helping to keep the classroom tidy and saying kind words to each other and their teachers. Thank you. The children had fun at Woodland School using natural resources to create and continue a 2 and 3 step pattern. Please come and see our display to have a look.
A wonderful visit on Monday from Anthony Russell from the RSPB. We learnt lots about the types of animals that live in the UK and what they need to find the right home for them.
“A habitat needs three things food, water and shelter” Gaby
“Miss Gardner taught us that animals adapt to where the live.” Mario
We explored the school grounds to see which habitats our school contained and we were happy to learn that our lovely school has many opportunities for wildlife to thrive.
We scored 70 points on the home for nature score card and year 1 are now thinking about ways that we can further improve our grounds for wildlife.
To demonstrate our knowledge we photographed each habitat and uploaded our photos into Book Creator then saved to Showbie.
In Science, we have been looking at sources of light and learning which materials allow light through or block it.
“ if a little bit of light comes through it is translucent” Adrius.
“No light does through ... it is opaque” Rhea
An incredibly busy week in Year 2. Our DT structures for our cars are finished and we are in the process of covering our chassis before the interior is completed. In Mathematics, we have been working on fractions of shapes and numbers, and are developing a good understanding of this. Continuing our work on connectives, the children have searched for them in sentences, and used themselves to make new sentences, and improve previous work. A lot of paint and pastels have been used to complete their Georgia O’Keefe inspired art works - they have been learning about the life and works of O’Keefe and have recreated some of her masterpieces.
Year 3 & Year 4
It has been another super week in Years 3 and 4. We have completed our instructional writing in English and then further enhanced our studies converting our writing into an iMovie, looking at placing photos and videos in chronological order as well as using text and voice overs with imperative verbs, along with other special effects to enhance their work. We have now peer assessed our work and looking at what we did well and further targets for the next piece we do.
In DT, we have made holograms using plastic and a you tube app. These were highly effective needing precise measuring and cutting skills.
In Mathematics, we have been continuing our work on money and in Art we have been looking at oil/wax resist designing our own sarcophagus.
I am pleased to provide you with the notes that accompanied our recent coding workshop -
Full Time Nursery
With the end of the Autumn Term fast approaching we have started looking at nursery provision (run by Miss Avalon Rabey) over the Christmas holiday break. In order for us to be able to put the correct provision in place we need to have confirmed numbers as soon as possible.
The below google form has been created. If you are interested in childcare over the break please can you complete the form as soon as possible, ideally by Monday 20th November.
For those with older siblings, I’m afraid that holiday camp for the older years will not be running. Care is on
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers, Wellington boots and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.