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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 49 - 2nd march 2018

From the Headmaster:

It is always an enjoyable day.

Hearing about favourite authors and seeing the variety of costumes. The Deerstalker is awash with images from our Book Character Day this week and I have included a video below, which might just leave you unsure as to whether we arrange the day for the benefit of the children or staff...

Children in Year 2, 3 and 4 used a combination of iMovie, Clips and Green Screen (Doink) to create a movie about their particular character. Two rather impressive movies can be found below to give you a flavour.

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.

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 -

I think the children all looked splendid today and I am grateful to you for kindly ensuring that they were all in character and enjoying the day. The excitement and 'buzz' around school has been wonderful to observe.

A busy week ahead, trips to Pizza Express, Mother's Day assembly and our talented performers taking part in the Independent Schools Association Drama Competition - much to look forward to!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Houses of Parliament

The rather cold weather didn't interfere with a long anticipated visit to the Houses of Parliament. It was understandably quiet in London on Thursday and we had a relatively straightforward journey into London, through the inspiring Skyfall-esque/Bond style set of Westminster Underground Station, past the statue of Winston Churchill and then on to the Parliament Education Centre.

Having had the opportunity to join many trips over the years I think both Mr Stevenson and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip as much as the children and will long remember this particular adventure. Having the opportunity to observe a debate in the House of Lords and then House of Commons was quite special.

A very memorable trip to see democracy in action.

Inter House Recitation Competition

I think it is fair to say that all of us present at the assembly on Thursday witnessed some rather impressive performances. As I stated, it takes great confidence and courage to stand up and perform either with others or own your own and as you can see from the youtube links below, they should be very proud of themselves.

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

It has been quite some week. Adventure School saw the children plan a meal that was then cooked on our set of Trangia stoves (in the snow..) A rather tasty meal of pasta and tomato sauce cooked al fresco. Why does food always taste so much better when outdoors?

The children as part of Book Day, used a combination of applications to create their own movie about their particular character. The children have uploaded their movies to their showbie folders.

A busy week ahead. a Mothers Day assembly to prepare for and a drama festival to compete in - not holding the Year 3 and 4 children back!

Year 2 -

This week, year 2 have enjoyed writing exciting stories about a fire demons. The level of the vocabulary was excellent with words like diabolical, epic, and disaster being used. The children have begun their work on division and have been learning to divide by 10 and 100. They are also learning the relationship between multiplication and division which has proved very interesting.

Many bones have been discussed and we have discovered this week the function that many of our bones have - the role they play in helping us, whether it is for support, protection, or movement.

On top of all of this, the children have enjoyed our reading week and have read to Second Steps. They were excellent and managed to keep the younger children entertained and engaged.

Year 1 -

Year 1 have had an interesting week in the snow.

We focussed on our Maths skills, finding fractions, and working out halves. World Book Day was wonderful with the unusual sight of Iron Man working with BookCreator to write a character profile.

I was very impressed with the vocabulary and language used to describe their character and which books they enjoy reading.

Reception -

Well what a cold and exciting week Reception have had. We started the week looking at our baby pictures and talking about how we have changed over time. “I have got taller and my hair has grown” - Elena

We then compared baby pictures with each other and spoke about how we all look different.

We had a very exciting trip to Holly Lodge to learn all about the Victorians. We got to play with some of the old toys and all decided that we prefer the toys we had now! When tried out the black board s and using the flint to write and draw on them. We ended our trip in the Victorian pharmacy where we got to use old pill making machines to create our own pills with play dough. All the children had an amazing time and it was beautiful to see Richmond Park covered in snow.

World Book Day was brilliant, it was fabulous to see all the children dressed up as book characters. We created our own books and did some amazing writing. Well done, Reception!

Second Steps -

What an eventful week we have had! We started off by creating our own characters for World Book Week. Some children followed on from there and created their own story books. On Tuesday we began by doing Georgies Yoga, where we learnt different Yoga positions and learnt mindfulness. In the afternoon we used the bananas to make banana loaf, which we had for snack on Wednesday. It was very yummy!

We had lots of fun playing with the snow, making snowballs and snowmen. We also went around the school taking photos of the lovely snow. On Thursday we had Finger Gym, we went from table to table doing different exercises to develop our fine motor skills. In the afternoon we had social stories, where we learnt about kindness and helping each other. On Friday we celebrated World Book Week by coming to school dressed in our favourite book character. We had a World Book Day parade where we paraded down the the walk, displaying our characters. This week we have enjoyed different teachers reading their favourite stories to us on a daily basis! What an extraordinary week we have had!

First Steps -

This week we have had a lot of fun in the snow attempting to build a snow man but the children were more interested in making snow balls.

We have also been learning about the letter sound ‘b’. To enhance our learning we have been making bumble bees, adding their stripes and painting butterflies with great success and the children have produced lots of amazing pieces of art work.

We have been reading & acting out the story Jack and The Bean Stalk, climbing up to the top and hiding from the giant.

Christopher said ‘we can hide under the table he won’t see us under there’.

We have been drawing our own bean stalks and making leaves so we can climb to the top so we can get the giants gold.

As part of world book day First Steps we’re visited by the older children from yrs 2, 3 and 4 to read to us. We enjoyed it very much & welcome them back anytime.

On Friday the children all looked amazing in their World book day costumes. A lot of thought and care went into getting them dressed up.

As the weather has been very cold and hopefully warming up next week we would like the children to be provided with named hats and gloves.

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.

Certificates

Congratulations to all of our certificate winners -

Happy Birthday!

Arlo Mumford; Joshua Field; Kit Young; Mr Field; Mrs Frost; Mr Fielding-Smith and Mr Bond....(1973 was a fine vintage)

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Credits:

Alistair Bond

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