It is hard to believe that we are already one-sixth of the way through the school year. With different Maths, English and Humanities projects coming to an end over the last week, it has been extremely rewarding to see just how far the children have come in such a short amount of time. The culmination of multiple mathematics lessons on estimating, predicting and accurately measuring angles came with a mini-golf competition between the members of the class, including the teachers. A group writing task bought an end to the English lessons that focussed on figurative language. It was particularly impressive to see the teamwork skills that we have been working on over the term showing through in their class work. From using the autumnal debris found around Richmond Park through to cranking up the competitive element in the football lessons, the children have earned a few days rest over the half term break.
On Friday morning our little Divas where on show. This was of course the Diwali celebrations which brought a welcome moment of calm and contemplation on what has been a testing week.
For our English lessons we have written stories about ‘How the Toucan Gained Its Colourful Beak’ whilst writing persuasively to convince people to save the Daintree Rainforest and to stop further deforestation globally.
Our persuasive texts have encouraged pupils to consider the language they use to encourage people to conform to their point of view. Using powerful statements, rhetorical questions and emotive language, pupils have employed a range of techniques along with key facts to highlight the effects of deforestation.
In our Maths lessons we have consolidated our learning of multiplication and division of tens and hundreds, observing closely how many place values digits move and in which direction upon the place value chart. These skills will be essential for their progression in maths as we intend to employ them with our work on fractions and decimals after the half term break.
In other subjects we have explored more about the respiratory system with Mr Stevenson’s Science lessons, and our artistic skills have been employed as pupils completed their art work for their dust jackets, plus they found time too to decorate their Clay Diva bowls for the Diwali celebrations.
Another fantastic effort from Form Four. I look forward to continued progress after the half term break.
A busy build up to half term, Year 3 have been finishing off their work on The Pearl Diver and imagining what life must be like as a young Emirati in the olden days, looking at the different opportunities children had living in the Middle East.
We particularly studied the traits of the young character in the story leading to great discussion and deliberation about his personality and morals.
Our handwriting is looking much better and the children are really starting to mature in their outlook.
In PSCHE We had a great discussion about what makes a great friend and the things we need to take in consideration to be even better. We added in all our thoughts into a Padlet page. This ment we could reflect on our thoughts agreeing that we can all be better friends at times and that no one is perfect! Loyalty and respect really came through strong which was Impressive for the age group.
We enjoyed celebrating Diwali with the other classes this morning and enjoyed making a little diva.
This week, the year 2s have been working hard on their assessments. Reading, spelling, maths, and writing have all been completed and they have really done themselves proud.
In addition, we have carried out some work on money, adding coins, using coins, and paying for things. In English, the children have been finishing off their work on poetry through the story of 'oi dog', and 'rumble in the jungle'. Rhythm and rhyme make a poem and the children certainly proved that when tapping or banging their chest in time with our poems.
This week has also been our first full week inside our new classroom and the excitement was clear. We had space to move, a reading corner, a green screen, a new desk layout, and even a new computer. A bit more sprucing up to be had, but we were far too excited!
Park Hill Readers - a Year 1 story ...
Clever Fox and Red Hen
One rainy day in October ...
Red hen lived in a house in a tree, the tree was near the woods.
Clever fox lived in the woods. A clever fox is sly and he was very curious.
“I’m a sly fox” he said. He picked up a book and began to read.
“I want to find out more about red hens ... “ he said.
Clever fox made a phone call and waited ...
Suddenly little hen appeared ... clucking and pecking her way into clever foxes house.
“I’m the hen , I’m the hen and I’m really shy. You’re the Fox , you’re the fox , your really sly. You can ask me what you want but guess what I can’t fly!”said Red Hen.
The fox thought and thought - all foxes think a lot.
“Do hens have teeth?”
“Do all chickens lay eggs?”
“What do hens like to eat?”
“How do you sleep”
“I sleep standing up on a perch by locking my legs, my favourite food is worms and bugs. Only hens lay eggs and I don’t have teeth so I have two stomachs. One called a gizzard to grind my food.” Said the red hen.
The sly fox listened and learnt and discovered that hens have feelings and can show happiness.
“I’m the fox, I’m the fox. I’m really sly. I want to thank you and now goodbye!”
The Halloween theme has continued this week. We were lucky enough to bring back a classroom pumpkin from Garsons farm and have used them creatively for the children to explore their senses, scooping the inside of the pumpkin, for smelling, tasting, and describing it’s “gooey inside.” Christopher said: “The seeds feel like little pyramids, they are shaped like a triangle. It’s so sloppy!”
“It feels cold like ice” Rasim. “It feels quite nice, it feels like the noodles my mummy makes at home.” Benjamin. “It feels like chicken sauce, ewww yucky!” Harry.
The children took part in a pumpkin design competition whereby they voted for each other’s design and the winning pumpkin was the one we decided to carve together. Aiden’s pumpkin design was voted by the class, well done! As a class we took it in turns to carve a face. The children applied their shape knowledge describing its 2D shape characteristics. They also enjoyed taking park in a STEM exercise where they worked in partners to build a bridge over a pretend river. We discussed what qualities make up a strong team, such as listening, turn taking, sharing ideas and learning from each other. This was a brilliant opportunity for everyone to talk about their structures and evaluate their learning through peer to peer observation. I hope you have a great half term. 🎃🕸👻
Following on from our trip last week when Second Steps children visited Garson Farm and collected lots of pumpkins for us to play with, we have had an enjoyable and informative week as these lovely pumpkins have provided endless learning opportunities for our little ones. One of their favourite activities was the “Measure the pumpkin!” game. We used different measuring equipment and tools such as scales, rulers and tapes. Children loved comparing sizes, observing and counting pumpkin seeds.
Diwali, celebrated on Sunday 27 October this year, is one of the biggest events in the Hindu calendar. Second Steps children have created Divas and Rangoli patterns using clay, glitter, chalk and coloured rice. We enjoyed celebrating and exploring Diwali traditions. The children had so much fun dancing and singing together during the week as well as at the wonderful assembly on Friday.
Second Steps children have also been busy getting ready for Halloween. We have learnt a lot using different art materials and made several different Halloween decorations for our room.
This week has been another very busy week in First steps.
We started off with learning about Halloween and playing with the big spiders naming them Spooky and Sneezy and singing ‘incy wincy spider’.
We all helped to make black play dough them rolled the dough into balls to create spiders using straws for the legs then adding googly eyes.
The Italian restaurant in our home corner has been a huge success. We have been using china plates, still unbroken after 3 weeks, and proper cutlery. The children have been cooking and serving their friends pizza, spaghetti and ice cream, making sure we are getting plenty of vegetables.
We started hollowing out the pumpkins we picked at Garsons Farm last week. A few of the children helped but didn’t like the texture of the insides of the pumpkin but enjoyed playing with the seeds.
We used air drying clay to make Diva lamps and decorated them with paint and jewels then putting candles in them ready for our Diwali assembly on Friday.
During our Diwali assembly we learnt about Rama and Sita then got to dance to Indian music.
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.
Government Gareway Vouchers
We do apologise for the confusion regarding these vouchers. To confirm, we do accept the vouchers but we are only permitted to accept them as payment for out of hours childcare e.g. after school care, breakfast club, teacher led clubs. Vouchers can be used, however, for Nursery (First Steps and Second Steps) fee payments.
The following items are currently missing:
Ralph (Year 2) - Grey Jumper (unnamed)
Tania (Year 5) - black rain coat (named)
Gabriel (Year 5) - boot bag (named)
William (Second Steps) - black rain coat (unnamed)
Hashem (Year 1) - blazer (named)
Gabriel (Year 5) - boot bag (named)
Timothy (Year 1) - black rain coat (named)