Year 3 and Year 4
Another action packed week at Park Hill. Years 3 & 4 have been expanding their knowledge on fractions and learning how to add fractions with the same denominator and converting improper to proper fractions if needed. We then moved on to simplifying fractions at the end of the week.
In Science we have been continuing our work on circuits, in DT the children have thoroughly enjoyed making their chocolate bars which followed on from their persuasive writing in English.
The end of the week led into the kite festival, with some rather fabulous kites being made from household materials for homework being flown on a sunny afternoon in Richmond Park.
This week, the children have worked on their fractions of amounts using cubes pictures. They learnt what each digit meant and how to find out a fraction of any amount up to 50. Poetry work has continued and we have created some excellent poems using rhyming couplets about people and items (including and avocado). The children enjoyed the kite festival and brought in a spectacular array of different sized and decorated kites. They also moved up to meet their new teachers this week, completing tasks in preparation for next year.
What an incredible week in Year 1 ending with a fantastic event in the brilliant sunshine - our Kite festival.
Year 1 this week have been focusing on a mini topic about health, hygiene and safety. We have learnt the difference between safe and unsafe places and what to do if we feel unsafe on line or in real life. We have discovered all about healthy foods, how they affect our fitness and energy and how to design a healthy lunch box in order to promote healthier eating habits. I was so proud of their imaginative and delicious designs.
We carried our food surveys to see what children around the school preferred to eat and have discovered that a healthy meal should include “whole grains, fruit, vegetables and dairy.”
The children were taught about the four S’s for fitness - Speed, stamina, suppleness, and strength. In our Outdoor learning sessions we experimented to see who was the fittest and strongest in Year 1. I was astonished and impressed by their determination and perseverance with sporting tasks especially Rosie who would not give up!
This week Reception have been busy making lava lamps. We mixed alka-seltzer with food colouring, water and baby oil and watched as the chemical reaction came alive. We then independently wrote about our experiment and some amazing vocabulary came from the children. “Fizzing” “bubbling” “foaming” “sparkling” “popping”. The week was rounded off with a beautiful kite festival. Thank you so much for working so hard on your kites, the children loved running around Richmond park attempting to get them to fly. It was great to see them persevering when their kites broke and problem solving with their friends to find the best spot to start running.
We have enjoyed the fine weather this week with lots of outdoor learning such as Investigating with the water tray for pouring and measuring quantity. On Monday we focussed on technology, finding out how to operate different toys and objects. We found out that we could, press, push, lift and squeeze various objects to make a sound or movement. This was to consolidate our recent Technology homework. On Tuesday we said goodbye to our long term weekly student, Margot with a lovely tea party in the lower playground. It was so exciting to see so many kites coming into our classroom for the Kite Festival. This was such an amazing end to our week and any children who did not come to school on the Friday demonstrated their kites to us on Thursday.
Ice Cream Treat
One of the many traditions that are being made that we all look forward to is the end of year ice cream treat provided by Kingstonian Ice Cream. For those of you with children in First and Second Steps and whose children do not normally attend on a Monday afternoon, you are welcome to join us for the ice cream treat. The ice cream van will be with us at 1.30pm, with the nursery children lining up first (with ice creams being consumed very shortly afterwards!)
Our children regularly receive comments on their appearance and manners from the wider community. We do enjoy a rather smart uniform and encourage the children to take pride with all they do. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that all items of uniform are labeled so that we can help in the return of lost items and also in ensuring that our children continue to take pride with their appearance.