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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 46 - 2nd february 2018

From the Headmaster:

The House Shout lived up to every expectation earlier this week as the four houses battled in a hotly contested event.

It was a most enjoyable wine/food pairing evening on Friday as Chef Leon went to extraordinary lengths to tickle our taste buds along with a rather enjoyable range of wine. We are planning an event for summer term, the date of which can be found on the website.

Mrs Blower and I have added the full range of dates onto the calendar which can be downloaded onto your mobile devices and outlook calendars.

I would very much like to thank you all for kindly supporting our School Council with the Bake Sale on Friday. Whilst I am unsure of the final figure, judging by the quality of cakes I enjoyed I think we have many very talented bakers in our midst!

We are looking forward to welcoming those of you with children in Years 1-4 for our interactive animation workshop next Friday afternoon, what better way to start the half term break?

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Adventure School

Imagine yourself, lost, confused and in unfamiliar territory. How do you gain your bearings? What clues are available to you to help find your way to civilisation and help?

I would hope that your starting point would be to make sure you have one of our skilled and knowledgeable Year 2, 3 or 4 children nearby. At Adventure School this week, the children were tasked with applying their map reading skills using an OS (Ordnance Survey) map and Google Map in addition to using clues from the environment to help pinpoint exactly there whereabouts.

The children also looked at the direction of TV aerials on buildings to help indicate which direction they are walking in. For your information the majority of aerials in SW London point east to the beacon at Crystal Palace. Other clues? Well, the runway at Heathrow runs East-West and with the prevailing wind affecting the UK is South-Westerly. Therefore the aircraft on their approach to Heathrow tend to begin their descent from the east, again helping us to judge the points on the compass.

The children did extremely well in being able to pinpoint their location as they led their groups through the park.

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

This week started off welcoming Miss Friel, from St Mary’s University coming to work with us over the next few weeks. Then, the children planned Micro Adventure in Richmond Park with the children, in groups leading the teachers around a planned route. They learnt how to use an OS map and all the features on the map, to help them orientate themselves. Using the TV aerials and other clues such as moss on the tree we could work out our bearings.

In English they are thoroughly enjoying their work on Myths and Legends, using some superb descriptive writing to write about their encounters with their mythical beasts!

As a follow on in Science the children learnt the importance of washing and drying their hands properly after finding out their results from their science investigation!

The children have really enjoyed their Geography this term looking at Natural Disasters and have enjoyed learning how these events come about.

Year 2 -

This week, the children in Year 2 have been working on expanding sentences from a single noun. They built their sentences up using nouns, adjectives, verbs, and connectives. They were absolutely fantastic, and very imaginative. In Mathematics, the children sorted 2D shapes according to properties, and then created their own using descriptions.

Science was a lot of fun as the children designed houses, and tested materials to see if they were insulators or conductors of heat and electricity. They did this using ice cream - if they could keep it from melting, they could eat it. Unfortunately, we learnt that it’s difficult to keep something cold in a warm room.

Year 1 -

Year 1 have been continuing to learn about Growth mindset and have been reframing the words we use about our learning. Instead of saying “it’s too hard” or “ I can’t do it”now we will say “I will keep trying” or I have not got it YET”.

As Bemi stated so eloquently. “I’m not sure, I have not got it yet but I will keep persevering.”

Fox class were particularly impressive this week not only in maths, literacy but also topic lessons. They created wonderful posters about houses around the world using their iPads which are now on display. Please do come in and see them. In addition we investigated how the Native American plains dwellers Teepes were constructed.

“A tepee is a cone shaped tent made from animal hide or cloth on wood poles.” Gaby.

We have learnt about world time zones and how to read both analog and digital clocks.

Reception -

Reception have had a very Arty week. They have looked at Andy Warhol and made their own Pop Art pictures using different media and resources. You are welcome to come and see them in our classrooms.

This week in Maths the children have been learning about symmetry. Abbie said: “symmetry is when two sides are the same.” The children produced some fantastic symmetrical pictures using key note app on the iPad. This learning followed into Woodland school where children found natural objects and made some beautiful natural symmetry works or Art. Within their choosing time, some children decided to paint their own pictures linking to the symmetry theme: vibrant butterflies and spotty ladybirds.

This week, we have focused on the value of respect. Reception enjoyed a puppet show narrated by Mrs Patel and Miss Dixon. The children learnt that you should respect others and their resources in school and treat people how you want to be treated.

Second Steps -

What an eventful week Second Steps have had. We enjoyed going to Woodland School and looking for nature that was growing in Richmond Park. During Georgies Gym we learnt different colours and shapes. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions Mrs Patel gave us and then carried them out. In our Early Years Assembly we had a puppet show and learnt about respect. On Wednesday we celebrated Ava-Mary’s birthday and she brought in some yummy Birthday Cake. We have been using the App Geoboard on the iPad, we created different shapes using the rubber bands on the page. For storytelling this week, Miss Menon has been telling stories without any pictures, we had to use our imagination as well as give ideas on what was happening on the story as well as explain why we thought that. Mrs Walsh came into talk about the growth of babies when inside the womb as well as how babies grow once they are born! It was really interesting to see how babies grow. We have been learning some simple yoga moves as well as learning to be mindful. This week we cooked some yummy cinnamon sticks during our cooking class.

First Steps -

What a great week we have had.

We have had fun having a hunt for toys beginning with the letter sound ‘e’ for egg, elbow and elephant.

Mrs Patel and Mss. Dickson did a puppet show assembly about showing respect for our friends and family, this has led to many more puppet shows led by the children, taking turns with the puppets.

The children have been reading lots of stories in the book corner. The Tiger Who Came To Tea has still been a favourite. We had fun potato printing tiger footprints & making tiger masks.

We have been exploring floating & sinking in the water tray. The children have been choosing lots of different toys to see what happens when they are put in water. Arthur said ‘oh no the helicopter has sunk’. Other favourite things to try were the play food, cars, stones and leaves from the garden. James said ‘ all the stones are at the bottom, come and see’.

The children have been keen to play with the cars and garage, this play has led to making roads with the large wooden blocks around the room and a train track from masking tape on the floor weaving around the furniture, using the tables as tunnels.

A reminder to parents that we send activity packs home on Thursdays, could you please return your child’s folder by Wednesday.

Inter House Shout

I was not exaggerating when I explained to the assembly on Thursday that the teachers take the inter house competition really rather seriously.

This was evident in the 'attitude' shown by the children during their performances; I am simply glad that I chose to remove myself from the judging panel this year...

We started off with a very strong or even "Roar-ing" performance from St. Davids which was then followed by equally strong showings from St. Andrews "I've got a feeling.." and St. Georges "Gold" before St. Patricks and their rendition of "Tubthumping" concluded the competition. What stood out was the choreography that accompanied the impressive vocals.

The judges were forensic with their scoring and I think found it rather difficult to find fault.

Ultimately, the results were as follows -

3= St. Patricks & St. Georges

1= St. Davids & St. Andrews

Tweets from the week

For those of you who have Twitter accounts, we have increased our use of the platform so that you can obtain a daily glimpse into many of the activities and events that take place here at Park Hill. Please follow the links below to view a selection of the tweets from the week.

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.

Second Hand Uniform

For your information, we are no longer hosting sales. If you wish to request some second hand uniform please complete the Google Form:

Website

We are in the process of developing a new website. We are hoping to reveal our new site in January 2018.

The grid calendar is back up and running, although we are still trying to publish 2018-2019 term dates and remove the 2016-2017, however they are in the grid calendar.

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.

Spring Term club choices-

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