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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 40 - 17th NOVEMBER 2017

From the Headmaster:

Quite an extraordinary week. It is an enjoyable part of my week as I sit, generally after everyone has left for the day, on a Friday afternoon, reflecting on the highlights of life at Park Hill from the previous five days.

I did enjoy the coffee morning this week, the subject of how we promote lateral and creative thinking in every lesson. De Bono and his thinking hats is quite a good starting point. The conference we held, on Thursday was a resounding success - it was a pleasure to sit back and observe Miss Renfrew and Mr Stevenson lead sessions with such confidence and enthusiasm.

The school looks particularly bright and attractive at the moment, fascinating interactive displays using aurasma and QR codes in addition to engaging displays. I would like to pass on my thanks to all of my colleagues who have worked so hard in a particular busy week.

Looking ahead, a slightly quieter week, although still lots of activities planned. For your information, I am out on Thursday for our termly Head’s meeting in Stanmore and then on Friday I am due to attend a conference of Apple leaders and trainers.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

PS - Do please take particular note of the Christmas Fayre information included in this edition. Many of you are working incredibly hard to ensure the day will be a great success, on behalf of all of the school I would like to thank you in advance!

Computing Conference

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.

GENERATING HOLOGRAMS

The Year 3 and Year 4 children, with the assistance of Mr Stevenson developed their own holograms this week. Using plastic which was very carefully cut to precise dimensions, the children all made a hologram that was most effective.

Christmas Fayre

Please make sure you have the Park Hill Christmas Fayre firmly in your diary.

There will be delicious food and mulled wine, craft stalls, face painting, a nail bar, a Pie-Face challenge, karaoke, a VR experience, scrumptious home-made cakes and of course Santa in his Grotto.

The School Council gets to choose how the money we raise is spent and they always have interesting and innovative ideas. In the past, they’ve bought robots to programme, toys for the playground and lego. We would love to raise as much money for them as possible.

It’s not too late to volunteer to help run a stall. It can be great fun and a good way to get to know other parents. It’s amazing how much class team spirit can be generated raising money for our children. (There’s no official competition between classes, but….!)

Please do sign up for at least half an hour. We still need volunteers to set up the stalls on Friday 1st December between 4-6pm, and to help clear up afterwards.

We would love some more tombola prizes, raffle prizes, and Christmas decorations, so please donate something if you can. And please let your class rep know if you can make cakes for the cake stall.

This year we have a first! - The Pamper Room for all those hard-working Mothers.

Please sign up for a Head and Shoulder Massage -

Or, to have your nails polished by one of our expert volunteers, with a free glass of Prosecco-

Invite your neighbours, friends and family to Park Hill for what promises to be a wonderful start to your Christmas celebrations.

Let’s make this year’s Park Hill Christmas Fair the best one ever!

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...

LATERAL THINKING AT PARK HILL

News from the Classes

First Steps

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

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

?* 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.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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.

Drop off and Collection Arrangements

The side gate is open each day from 8.00am - 8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am - 8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.

If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast Club

In order to ensure we can obtain accurate numbers for Breakfast Club each day we have adapted the form currently used to book a place for the after school club. If you wish to apply for a place for breakfast club for the next day or coming week, these requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements. These bookings will need to be made each week and will be 'online' from 3pm each Friday afternoon for the consecutive week.

Coding Workshop

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

Parking

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.

Woodland School

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.

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips) will be charged through schoolmoney.

Please follow this link to access the booking forms for after school club and for teacher led activities.

Happy Birthday!

Jennifer Kemp, Benjamin Francis, Yash Shoor and Molly Sutterby who missed her chance to stand on stage last week!

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Certificate Winners -

CERTIFICATE WINNERS

Credits:

Alistair Bond

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