From the Headmaster:
As you can see from the images contained within this edition of the Deerstalker, we made our first visit of the year to Ditton Field and the most impressive playing fields and all weather pitch that we enjoy a unique access to. As well as enjoying the clear sky and sunshine, the appearance of the children matched their impressive ability. In addition to receiving very positive feedback about the quality of the uniform I am delighted with the 'upgrade' and how much smarter everyone looks.
News from the Classes
We have had a great first full week in First Steps.
Everyone is settling in well into their new classroom.
This week we have been looking at and learning our colours using a rainbow song. Along side the song we have been introducing the BSL (British sign language) signs for the colours.
There has been a lot of texture experiments with shaving foam, rice, coloured & fragranced water play, painting hands & talking about how it feels. The children have also been colour mixing in zip bags so they can see the how the colours change as they are combined.
Outside the children have been exploring the bark areas. Using the toy diggers, spades & sieves to create bark & sand castles.
This week, Second Steps have been exploring their senses. We went to Richmond Park during our Woodland School and used our sense of hearing, sight and touch. We explored the grounds and the trees and went in search for some nature items. We talked about what we had found and described them while looking for more ojects. We have been learning how to be independent and self served ourselves at snack time and even washed up our own bowl and cup. Second Steps have been working on their fine motor skills (finger gym) and completing activities set out. Amazing work and determination from Second Steps this week! Well done.
Reception has had a very fun filled week doing various activities. The human body topic was introduced and children have enjoyed exploring our role play areas: X-Ray department and Baby Clinic. Linked to this, the children made their own X-Ray’s, by drawing around their hands and glueing ear buds to represent the bones. The children counted their bones and found out there are more bones in their hand then realised. In fact, the human hand consists of 27 bones. Maths work included: identifying and matching shapes to the interactive board, then going on a shape hunt with their buddy. The children have been learning a ‘body song’ in Performing Arts and even practised the Harvest song for next weeks assembly. Despite the changeable weather the children have participated in some fun outdoor sessions including Rainbow Road and Woodland School, exploring for acorns and conkers.
Gentle reminder, toys are only to be brought in for ‘Show and Tell’ Friday afternoon. Thank you.
This week in Year 1 the children have begun to investigate toys focusing first on bears.
The children have learnt new vocabulary such as battered, threadbare and vintage and also the differences between old and new bears.
We began to prepare our toy museum and describe the exhibits.
“His head is jointed. He is tiny. He is the size of our hands. His nose is sewed on and is made from cotton. His paws are velvety and wrinkly.” - Mario
“This is a hugged bear. It has a smooth tummy. It is a happy bear.” - Bemi
At Woodland school we were investigating Seasonal change and looking for signs of autumn, although the blackberries were not ripe we decided that it is autumn. Apples have ripened, crops are being harvested and we found lots of plants which producing seeds. In addition we saw squirrels collecting food and storing it for the winter
This week, year two have been very busy. In mathematics, the children have been learning all about place value using cubes, and then dice to create their own sums. In English, we have started our work on stories, working on our description and structure. Science provided many interesting discussions as the children discovered what was necessary for growth (apparently chocolate is not), which created quite the debate in our class over whether exercise was necessary or not. DT provided our first creation this term in the form of a moving picture. More exciting things to come!
The children have been working hard on their presentation now that they are in year 2 - spacing work out, and keeping sums neat. With handwriting every morning, I look forward to seeing their writing improve over the coming term.
This week involved our first swimming lesson of the year, and children were excited to travel back down to kingfishers and splash around in the pool.
Year 3 & Year 4
Years 3 & 4 have had an exciting week, their first Adventure School consisted of making a waterproof shelter for Burt the Camel out of anything the children could find in the park around them. This was tested by pouring water over the shelter and seeing if Burt got wet! We learnt about the five Ws of shelter building wood(a source to build with), water(for survival), weather(looking at conditions and how they effect your build), worries(any insect nests etc. nearby) and watch (out for any dangers above like falling branches).
Alongside all of our other subjects, Science was particularly exciting as we had our first orientation lesson around the fully equipped Science lab in Canbury School. We were given a very warm welcome by the Headmistress, staff and children. The children were shown how the lab was set up, aided by two Canbury School prefects. We looked at how a bunsen burner works, where the gas taps are, how a fume cupboard works and where all equipment and kit is stored. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first visit and look forward to heading back soon.
Congratulations to Alexa, Kerem as the Year 4 Student Council members and to James and Sarah who were voted in to represent Year 3. It was an extremely close vote and we look forward to an array of new initiatives throughout the year.
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.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
Parent Social - 30th September
As a reminder, I would like to remind you that we have a social event on 30th September. I very much hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. BBQ, quiz, good company and refreshments all guaranteed and provided....