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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 48 - 23rd february 2018

From the Headmaster:

You will not have failed to notice that we are in for what appears to be a significant cold snap, just as I was admiring the first signs of Spring...

Someone rather famously stated that ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing..’ Whilst this sound advice is largely followed here at Park Hill, I will confess that we will be watching the weather (and thermometer) very carefully and adjusting our plans accordingly. It seems that Thursday could see the most snow. Should we need to distribute information at short notice, we will be using SMS, email and Twitter (@parkhillschool1) to inform you of any urgent matters.

E-Safety Workshop

A most invaluable and informative workshop was led by Mr. Peter Cowley regarding safeguarding our children specifically their online and e-safety. Peter is the ICT and Online Safety Adviser for Achieving for Children and I think I speak on behalf of all of us present, it was excellent.

I have provided you with a link below to access the numerous documents and elements of his talk. If I can draw your particular attention to the pdf document entitled Park Hill Parents. This is the pdf version of his keynote presentation and contains links to NSPCC videos and advice and suggestions for your and your children.

Please follow this link -

A busy week ahead, trips to Holly Lodge, Houses of Parliament, Recitation Competition on Thursday and Book Character Day on Friday! Lots to look forward to, as well as snow?

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

Another busy week in Year 3. From enjoying our walk to heading to the Natural History Museum to wrap up our humanities topic on Natural Disasters. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip around the Earthquake and Volcano exhibition as well as seeing what our earth is made up of. The children also thoroughly enjoyed a themed show learning how a seismologist measures earthquakes and we even got to stamp our feet to create a result! It was highly interactive. We met volcanologist Barbie who helped show us how volcanoes erupt and are looking forward to completing our own eruptions shortly.

The children were real ambassadors for the school and were a pleasure to escort around London!

Year 2 -

This week, Year 2 have been working very hard. In English, the children have begun to learn how to recount experiences. They have written about particular parts of their half term that were important or interesting to them. In Science this week, we discovered the names of some of the bones in the human body. We sang our own version of head, shoulders, knees, and toes (it became cranium, scapula, patella, phalanges). They enjoyed French Day and began creating a French version of the hungry caterpillar.

Year 1 -

This week we went on an incredible trip to Ham House.The children arrived with a host of questions to find the answers which included:

Who is the statue on the grass?

How did you stop fire?

How old is this building?

We discovered that Ham House is 408 years old and was given to William Murray by King Charles the first.

Year 1 were invited to take on the role of important people wearing grand and beautiful clothes as well as to learn about life below stairs on the kitchen and grounds.

We learnt many interesting facts such as there are hidden passage ways and corridors for the servants.

“They would have had candles to see.. but it is so dark.” Gaby

Adrius considered how difficult it would be to carry food and a candle ...”it might drop and burn and turn back dark. Then they would have had to get watEr from the river.”

Did you know that 400 years ago tea and sugar were precious and only for the very wealthy. Tea was grown in China and would take 6 months to be delivered by ships blown by the wind and carts pulled by horses.

It was so precious that the leaves would be used again and again and again.

Year 1 were shocked to learn that people did not bathe because they thought it was bad for them. They wore Washable shifts next to their skin. “Looks like my nannies nightgown” Gaby.

Reception -

This week Reception have been introduced to our new topic ‘Change.’ We have begun to discuss the different life changes and processes, including plants, flowers and insects. Reception have been exploring their role play areas: Flower Shop and Science Lab with high levels of curiosity and enthusiasm.

In Woodland School, the children were lucky enough to create a worm world. They searched for dark, moist spaces and found some different size worms comparing its length.

As part of Chinese New Year, we have been forming numbers in Mandarin, looking at traditional Chinese attire and music which continued into a wonderful assembly about the celebration. The children were amazed by the generosity of gifts. Thank you.

Second Steps -

This week we have been ever so busy. We opened our Chinese restaurant on Monday, Mrs Burn had to stay behind to do the dishes as the bill was far to high for her to pay (according to the restaurant manager Arlo, it was in the thousands). On Tuesday we had an amazing Early Years Assembly, Mrs Yang, Mrs Liu and Mrs Fu came in to talk about Chinese New Year. The whole school attended and they all listened attentively. Mrs Yang, Mrs Liu and Mrs Fu were extremely generous and gave each child a red packet with two gold coins, two mandarins, a fortune cookie, dumplings, spring rolls and prawn crackers. A huge thank you for such an amazing presentation and for your generosity. We have been learning about spring and learnt about what spring means. On Thursday we enjoyed making treasure maps and spying on the pirates and looking for their hidden treasure. On Friday we had a French day, we opened up a French restaurant alongside our Chinese restaurant and made some delicious food. We also listened to some French music and made quiche!

First Steps -

This weeks Deer Stalker.

First steps have had a fantastic week.

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year with lots of arts and crafts.

We started the week with a Chinese New Year assembly hosted by with lots of lovely treats for the children.

We have decorated the class with lots of dragons, lanterns and fans. The children have been learning to count up to 10 in Chinese and writing the numbers with great success.

The children have had lots of fun in our Chinese restaurant preparing pretend noodles, taking turns to cook and serve their friends. Also building on our fine motor skills using chopsticks.

We have been looking at how our environment is changing now spring is on the way. Discovering spring time flowers such as blossom and daffodils and spring time animals, lambs and chicks.

Jack, James, Benjamin an Gisele have been very creative with the large wooden blocks, using them to build a boat.

Jack- “quick James save Gisele, she’s fallen in the water and the sharks are coming”.

We have enhanced their play by using the interactive screen to play underwater scenes.

School Money - Update

School Money has been updated. We hope these step by step instructions will help.

Login in to schoolmoney.co.uk > Sign In (blue button) > schoolmoney parent login

You will then be presented with the login information page requesting your mobile, email, password and child’s first name.

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 February 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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Alistair Bond

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