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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 98 - 29th November 2019

From the Headmaster:

So much to reflect upon in the last five days.

A rather wonderful start to Monday saw us gain gold status in the Woodlands Trust Green Tree Schools Awards. The award, designed to encourage outdoor learning, is achieved through evidencing practical projects while helping the environment and improving our grounds. This is very much down to the hard work and diligence of our eco team and Miss Gardner. I have heard that she is rather pleased...

As we head into the final two weeks of term, the rehearsals for both the whole school performance (Nursery through to Year 6) on 10th December and our additional Early Years Nativity (5th December) are gathering momentum. I await these performances with much anticipation!

Christmas lunch, parties and jumper day also take place next week so do make sure consideration is given to outfits this weekend. 🎅🏼

Would it be fair to say that next week might have a festive feel to it?

Alistair

The Little Princess Trust - Miss Finch

The expression ’worthy cause’ is well used and I am conscious that as a result of this it can devalue the act of giving. However, cutting your own hair to then donate to a charity that provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss and funding research into childhood cancers is, I would suggest, highly worthy of our support.

Bravo and thank you to Miss Finch for her ‘physical’ donation as well as to all of your donations. Miss Finch may well now need a scarf...

Donations and contributions can be made through this link -

“I would like to thank everyone who has been so generous with their donations to the Little Princess Trust. The current total is over £300 and there are more donations coming in so thank you so much. This is going to make a huge difference to the charity.”

Miss Finch

♻️ 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.

Inter House Spelling Competition & Assembly

Such a competitive school! Such good spellers too as we all enjoyed the annual inter house competition. A very close competition with the closest of margins -

1st = St. George’s

2nd = St. David’s

3rd = St. Patrick’s & St. Andrew’s

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.

BBC Children in Need

I would like to thank you for all of your generosity in supporting our Early Years children with their fundraising, bake sale and picture quiz for Children in Need.

A rather exceptional £285.50 was raised, thank you!

Well done to Jess in Year 4 for guessing all 11 baby photos!

Class News

Year 6 and Year 5

In year 5 and 6 this week the children have been leaving their creative writing comfort zones and going through the initial planning stages for a fictional story based on the topic of loneliness. In addition to creating the timeline of the main plot story, the children have been exploring how they can build up a series of emotionally provocative and meaningful subplots within their story.

In mathematics the children have been spending some time looking at calculating fractions of different amounts and working with a range of fractions that each have a different denominator.

The game designing in computing lessons are coming together well with the children nearing to the point where they have a playable game, the next step is to find a willing target group of children to play our games and offer constructive feedback. Having looked at the quality of the games I am sure we will not be short of offers.

Year 4

It has been a fairy tale week here in Year 4.

Children: (sweetly) Oh Grammar, what big eyes you’ve got?

Teacher: (low gravelly voice) All the better to see you with.

Children: But Grammar, what big ears you’ve got?

Teacher: Now that’s not true, but all the better to hear you with.

Children: (inquisitively) But Grammar, what big teeth you’ve got?

Teacher: Ha ha! All the better to teach you with. Now stop getting confused with the spelling of grammar and an older relative.

Teacher walks away returning to his desk whilst pupils continue their play script.

A great week of work in Year 4 as we honed our skills in producing play scripts inspired by the encounter between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf dressed as her grandmother. Whilst perfecting our skills in laying out a play script harnessing our grammar (not to be confused with Grandma) skills with adverbs to describe the action taking place. We produced excellent examples at the end of the week that will be essential for our work next week.

In Maths, fractions has been the main focus as we remind ourselves on numerators and denominators, and the role of fractions in life. We are now analysing equivalent fractions which we will continue with next week.

Maths has also been embedded in to other work as pupils used their knowledge of weighing, ratio and division to solve how much flour and salt to add to their mixture with a 2:1 ratio, which was then split between the three groups of three.

The results of our salt dough creations are fantastic Christmas wreaths, which we will paint next week.

More Maths and Art has been completed on our Egyptian landscapes filled with pyramids of all shapes and sizes. Mod roc is always fun... and messy! However, the results have been fantastic and beyond my expectations. We did not manage to paint them, but I feel some longer focussed sessions on our pyramid landscapes and salt dough creations next week.

Whilst we endeavour with our studies, we also continue with our progress in rehearsing for the school production. Lines are now learnt and songs perfected. More polishing to our performance next week will ensure a great experience in a fortnight which we all look forward to. Excellent effort again Year Four, and more next week.

Year 3

Christmas is coming to Park Hill. Rehearsals for our production and various choir performances are well underway in between our lessons. In Mathematics we have been looking into the properties of 2D and 3D shapes exploring their various properties using Venn diagrams.

In our English lessons we have been looking at the features of a playscript. This has been especially apt with our production on the way. We looked at our playscript to help model our own.

In Art we completed our art topic on hands and gestures. During this half term we have painted, drawn, photographed and filmed our hands expressing our emotions. We will look to exhibit them shortly.

Year 2

This week, we have now completed our work on information books. They have created some really excellent books containing contents pages, lots of information, and even an ‘about the author’ section at the end. We have then begun to write some letters to important people in our lives.

In Maths, we have finished our work on measuring and have moved to adding 10s, adding 9s and adding 11s. Some have even added numbers up to 100 using the strategies they have been taught - very impressive.

We are now concluding our circuits work and have created series circuits, tested them, added new components, and have shared them with each other. French is all about pets and the children were challenged to share what pets they had in French.

Year 1

As ambassadors of the forest Year 1 continue to think about the lovely woodland surrounding us, the creatures that live there and were inspired to write ...

We wrote stories in Book Creator ranging from imaginative elf stories to simple but beautiful stories about trees. We hope that you enjoy Allegra’s story and the message it contains.

In maths we have been consolidating our knowledge of number and place value, completing missing number problems and sequencing in 2s, 5s and 10s. Our Christmas themed maths extended to pattern sequencing which some children were surprised to discover is actually maths!

In DT we have been building our knowledge of moving mechanism s from pop up books and created a slider mechanism to tell the story of the gingerbread man.

A busy week as always. Well done Year 1.

Reception

We have been in high spirits this week, perhaps because christmas is fast approaching! 🎄🎅🏼 The Christmas theme has already begun in Reception with the Christmas production rehearsals in full swing. We are very pleased with how wonderful the children have rehearsed their lines and how quickly they are learning their songs. We cannot wait for our show next Thursday and hope to see as many of you there.

This week we have witnessed a great deal of learning which you can see on Tapestry.

Our maths focus was using mathematical terminology to describe size. The children completed challenges to order objects by its length. They did tremendously well, demonstrating a positive attitude.

In science, we continued to learn about materials. We were able to name a range of objects and used our senses to describe the materials. We looked at different adjectives to describe them such as “sparkly”, “shiny”, “spiky”, “bumpy”, “soft”, “smooth”, “rough”, “hard”, and some children even using new words like “transparent” and “flexible”. The children used their phonic knowledge to write captions in the ‘mystery’ tray we made.

We are delighted to see the brilliant progress the children are making in phonics and reading. Thank you for your ongoing support.

We are now posting the children’s homework on tapestry, so please do check this to ensure your child can complete the necessary work.

Next week we are looking forward to our theatre trip to see Dick Whittington on Tuesday. We will not have sports this day, so please can we ask children to come dressed in school uniform. Our main focus for next week will be linked to ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ story which will be cross linked to many areas of learning. Have a great weekend!

Second Steps

Second Steps have had a busy week as usual with many different activities. We are looking forward to joining the rest of Early Years in our Nativity next week and have been working hard with practicing our songs for the occasion. Despite the dull weather this week we have managed to get out for our sports lessons. In one lesson we practiced how to dribble the ball towards a target and found that the children are becoming experts at this. For Woodland School we went into the school grounds to collect leaves of various kinds. With these we made some amazing Woodland Creatures. We painted the lovely hedgehogs that we made last week too.

We have also enjoyed creating lots of paintings and pictures in the art area.

Our letter sound this week was ‘i’ and next week it will be ‘p’.

First Steps

Christmas is definitely on its way. First Steps have gone Christmas crazy.

We all made our own letter to Father Christmas, saying that we have been very good this year and asking for the toys we would like. We then put our letters in envelopes and took them to the post box and posted our own letter and hope it's not too long before we get a reply.

We have converted our home corner into a wrapping and Christmas card making station. The children have been very creative creating snowmen from cotton wool, glittery stars and sticking sequins to make decorations.

Our outdoor play has been very messy. We created a snowy landscape with flour and natural resources and wooden trains. The children wanted to make it icy so they added water, this was lots of fun as it became very slimey.

In Woodland School we talked about the cold weather and that there isn’t much food for the birds to eat. We made our own bird feeders by threading Cheerios onto string and hanging them around the school grounds. We hope the birds enjoy them.

Social Media

#confidentcurioushappy

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

Uniform

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

Harry (Reception) - named scarf and hat

Birthdays

Certificates

Dates and Reminders

ILLNESS

Following on from the text message sent by the office this week, can we please remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea and temperature) 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.

TEACHER LED CLUBS

Teacher led clubs for the Autumn Term are now finished (unless you have been informed otherwise). Club bookings for the Spring Term closes on Monday 25th November. Pleas ensure you sign your child up here as they will not automatically role over from the Autumn Term (with the exception of Musical Instruments).

EVENTS

- Due to maintenance at the Kingfisher, there is no more swimming for Y1-Y6 or the Swim Squad for the rest of the term.

Tuesday 3rd December - 1st & 2nd Steps, Reception to Rose Theatre for Dick Whittington

Wednesday 4th December - Head’s Coffee Morning 8.30am

Wednesday 4th December - Year 4, 5 and 6 carol singing at John Lewis, 11am

Thursday 5th December - Christmas Lunch, Class Parties and Christmas Jumper Day (suggested £1 donation to Save the Children) 🎄

Thursday 5th December - Early Years Nativity 9am St. Paul’s Church

Friday 6th December - Carols at Park Hill, 4pm. Join us for mince pies and mulled wine, ‘It’s Christmas!!!!’

Useful Links -

Such sad news this week. An absolute gentleman.

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Alistair Bond