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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 128 - 22ndjanuary 2021

From the Headmaster:

As a (very) rare exception, and testament to the quality of work our children are producing, I will delay my normal video introduction and share with you this rather splendid movie from Artimus in Year 4. A future movie producer? (And yes, you read that correctly, he is in Year 4)

Alistair

Maria and all the Grannies (Nonnas) of the world: A story of kindness during the coronavirus crisis

The video inspiration for the art work on Thursday morning is most definitely worth eight minutes of your family time this weekend. Artwork from the morning will be shared with you all next week.

Latest Information

I am once again grateful for the positive feedback we have received from across the school for both our communication leading up to the start of term and for the most complimentary comments regarding our provision so far.

I am aware that whilst many of our children are now well experienced in their use of Showbie and Zoom there may well be times when things do not necessarily work as you want them to. Therefore, please use Showbie as your route to resolving or clarifying any queries. By the far the biggest feedback we received back in April/May was the 'explosion' on WhatsApp when there was a technical issue or confusion. We want to avoid this happening as this negatively impacts on your own working day. Both I and my colleagues are able to respond quickly to any queries.

Big (somewhat) Friendly Giant

It seems that our Second Steppers were visited this week by a giant with a penchant for colourful socks. Fortunately, the children took control of the situation and (in between stepping on his fingers and dropping water bottles on his head) made friends with him...

Perseverance, Resilience and Kipling Award

Many thanks again to Mrs Bagri, who kindly agreed (after being very unanimously nominated) to present the awards this week.

Many, many congratulation to Bella (Resilience), Thiyara (Perseverance) and Emma (Kipling) who are well deserving recipients of the award this week.

Perseverance -

steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Resilience -

the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, major life changes

Kipling Award -

Images from the week

Illness & Medical

We continue to abide with the DfE Regulations.

We ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.

These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea) 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.

Year 6

Year 6 have spent their week focusing on the book Skellig. As we approach the end of this book, we have begun to consider the many different perspectives that the characters have on Skellig, as well as the changing friendships and relationship dynamics. The children were challenged to come up with point of view for the lesser known characters of Leakey and Coot, which provided some excellent ideas and demonstrated a good understanding of their ability to deduce their personality’s from the book.

Maths saw us attempt to solve decimal problems and come up with our own negative number probes using green screen and a weather report. We also used Zoom and Showbie to play mathematical board games, which provided much fun to finish our week.

Science saw the introduction of the ‘classes’ of mammals, birds etc and the children had to use these and then create classification keys to sort all their animals, with some good results. Computing was all about the inside of a computer and the children researched what processors, hard drives, and graphics cards are and why they are important in computers.

Year 5

In Year 5 we have been exploring the opening paragraphs of Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce and then taking inspiration from this to construct our own stories about discovering a portal in our own homes. We have been using our 5 senses to explain and describe the area around the portal as we approach it. In Humanities we have been learning about different decades in the UK since the end of World War 2, this week we have been focussing on the 1980s and exploring different dance moves associated with the era.

Year 4

e have been busy on every front this week. For our English writing we have begun to write our reports on Victorian Children. We are summarising our research on child labour, education, entertainment for kids and how laws were applied to protect and care for children courtesy of Lord Shaftesbury’s philanthropy and political actions.

In Maths I have been really impressed with children’s ability to solve multiplication tasks where they are multiplying 3/4 digits with 1 or 2 digits. Our final task of the week, creating multiplication word problems, really exemplified their confidence in the subject.

New inventions of the Victorian era was our theme in Humanities where we argued for our favourite invention. So far the light bulb has been a the most popular choice along with the camera, but there will be a full audit of the vote next week; the result is pending.

It has been wonderful to see such creativity this week too. The Thursday challenge produced some wonderful stories of people helping as well as city scapes and unique solar systems. Year 4 also managed to squeeze in some delightful drawings of their work spaces too, as they reflect on their learning environment from the past few weeks.

Year 3

Year 3 have had a busy week both writing in their books and digitally. In Mathematics we have been looking at adding and subtracting money, converting pounds and pence including using a decimal point. The class have also planned an budgeted for a small party, learning how to total up the goods and work out the change.

In Art we have worked on the topic ‘Take a seat’ . We have drawn chairs with people in them and made chairs for our teddy bears. Athena even managed to make a life size chair she could sit on!

In STEAM we have got stuck into a two week animation project. Using Stop Motion the children made a story up with their own toys. We then imported it into iMovie to edit it thoroughly, adding credits, sound effects, music and voice. I think we will need a Park Hill red carpet premier soon!

Year 2

Year 2 have been working very hard both at home and school, It has been wonderful to see the children smiling and loving working together over zoom. We have been very busy this week creating some wonderful clay houses to test next week in our Science lesson. In maths we have been focusing on worded addition and subtraction problems and the children created some of their own to ask their friends.

English has been full of instructional writing and using book creator to create a instruction manual for building and testing a clay house. Next week we are looking forward to persuasive writing.

Well done children, you have continued to stay motivated and have worked hard in all your lessons. You should be very proud of yourselves.

Enjoy your weekend.

Year 1

Year 1 have been exceptional this week both in school and at home. The focus and attention during Zoom lessons is commendable and the children are showing such enthusiasm for their learning.

This week for Literacy we have been focusing on a wonderful picture book by Benji Davies. This book by author illustrator Davies has an exceptional emotional force. Year 1 have been closely examining the beautiful illustrations which make the character Noi’s loneliness literal. We have examined the escalation of emotions, described a raging sea storm, written instructions for seaside games and how to care for a beached whale.

In maths we continue to focus on place value to 50 and beyond. We have been ordering and comparing 2 digit numbers using inequality signs as well as developing our problem solving and mathematical thinking.

In humanities we are learning about houses and homes and applied this knowledge during our Woodland School session to design and build animal homes. Year 1 were able to create incredible cup shaped nests using a range of natural materials and cosy homes for mammals using recycled materials. On Friday we focus on the types of houses we live in and their features. Year 1 took photographs which were then annotated and sketched the house in detail to be come very familiar with shapes, unique features and colours.

At the start of the week we explored moving pictures and designed images using sliders and levers. Mid week we drew our special person for the Bella Nonna Challenge and the art work produced was stunning.

Reception

This week we have continued our exploration through change by finding out about frogs. We have learnt facts about frogs and managed to create our own fact sheets about them. The children were very busy drawing their own representations of frogs and writing sentences about the frogs using their phonic knowledge and fabulous descriptive language. They have also learnt all about a frog’s lifecycle and added labels and captions to explain each stage. The children in school used Gellibaff to create a pond whilst exploring what happens to the powder when we added water to it.

In phonics we are explored the sound “or” and been able to differentiate between words that contain this sound. We have used our robot arms to help us segment and blend the sounds in each word and are experts using this technique now.

In maths we have shown our understanding of what symmetrical patterns are by using Keynote on our IPads to create a symmetrical butterfly using 2D shapes, they produced excellent results.

Finally in woodland school we explored the great outdoors to find sticks and leaves to enable us to experiment with the marks we can make in mud, the children had great fun creating lots of splat marks -we have some budding Jackson Pollocks in Reception!

Second Steps

Wow! What a week we have had in Second Steps.

The children picked Jack and the Beanstalk as their favourite story and their imagination is amazing, they have taken the story into so many different areas of their play. They have been cooking the Giants food in the home corner, building Jacks house with the large wooden blocks and making beanstalks and magic beans with the play dough.

We even made our own Jack and Giant.

We have continued to discover lots of different things about winter. We talked about what the weather is like. It is cold so we have to wear coats, hats and gloves to stay warm and sometimes it snows. Then we made our own snowflakes by folding paper and cutting shapes. The children noticed that the leaves have all fallen off the trees, so in woodland school we made decorations from sticks, ribbon, feathers and beads to decorate the trees till their leaves grow again.

First Steps

The FS children had a lovely and educational week.

We focused on David’s McKee book “Elmer’s Weather”. Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, Elmer finds the way to have fun.

We also talked about our favourite weather and we discussed what do we do if we are scared of thunder or if we get wet in the rain.

Whilst reading the story, the children informed us what the weather was by the initial picture. We discussed the weather, we talked about what we should wear to keep ourselves warm in winter.

Using Makaton language and interaction, we sang the song “what’s the weather like today?” and we had a lot of fun.

In the seasons tuff tray the children explored a variety of materials and resources and developed the communication skills and vocabulary for the weather, for example rainy, frosty, foggy, windy, snowy and sunny. Animals were stuck in ice cubes and children tried different ways to rescue them.

In art activities we created a window art with Elmer the elephant and in Science activity we enjoyed the raincloud experiment a lot. Finally, in Woodland school we talked about the “ New Year of the Trees” according to the Jewish tradition. We went outside to find as many trees as we could and said “we love trees, thank you producing oxygen for us”.

We focused on feeling relaxed with a beautiful session of yoga, we all took our shoes off and begin our deep breathes and stretching, it was very calm and a wonderful way to end our day of excitement.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Guniz Mrs Mousi

Performing Arts and Music

Performing Arts

Years 1 - 6 are all covering work from the New Era Drama Academy Syllabus with the aim that we will be able to offer each pupil the opportunity to take an exam in their chosen category

From the recital of poems to Interview Techniques and Musical Theatre performances the choice is varied and offers each pupil the opportunity to learn and develop at their own pace !

Music

Reception have enjoyed creating rain sounds using their musical instruments as well as expressing themselves through song and dance (musical statues). Using their play dough they were able to listen to the classical music and created some lovely 3D structures.

Year 1 enjoyed creating their very own musical instruments as well as creating their very own songs to go with their musical instruments.

Year 2 enjoyed music with a musician called Yolanda, here they took the time to listen to silence and then a song titled “something about that noise”. Once they listened they created their own dance moves and video themselves dancing to the music (expressing themselves through dance), they then created a poster on how that piece of music made them feel.

Year 3 and 4 continued extending their piece of music on GarageBand and then expressed themselves through their piece of music.

Year 5 and 6- over the last few weeks we have creating our own mythical creature, describing it, creating a short story, their own piece of music for their creature as well as start to create a Stop Motion video. This is where they will incorporate all tasks into tho video and narrate their short story.

Overall this week we have focussed on our feelings during music and how to express the way you feel through dance (expressive arts). Park Hill children have worked tremendously hard this week, amazing work everyone!

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Alistair Bond