From the Headmaster:
I found myself looking back at the first Deerstalker of this academic year, how quickly the warmth of the summer has been forgotten. I am shaking gloved hands more regularly as the temperature is starting to drop. I also noted, looking back through the issues, that the state of the weather is a recurring theme....
Those of us fortunate to attend the Remembrance Day assembly will certainly not forget the moving performance from the Year 2 and Year 3 children. "Make me a channel of your peace" was well chosen by Miss Georgina and was sung by each child most beautifully. We felt it only appropriate that we record them in their classroom so that more of you can enjoy their performance.
Information from First Steps
It has been a busy and exciting first week back in First Steps! First of all we welcomed our new children who have settled well and have made lots of new friends. This week also consisted of painting firework pictures, creating our own poppies for Remembrance Day and helping our teachers decorate our huge new tree for our ‘In the night garden’ themed conservatory area. Our teachers are very happy with how helpful we have been.
Information from Second Steps
It was lovely to see everyone, refreshed and raring to go, after the Half Term holiday. Monday afternoon was fun at Woodland School where the children collected bunches of leaves then labelled their bunch. We have been busy this week, working on letter M for phonics with letter recognition and writing. In Maths we have been concentrating on ordering numbers up to ten and practising number formation. We introduced our new topic of 'Celebrations' and talked about ways that the children have celebrated during the holiday. In Art sessions the children enjoyed printing firework patterns and making poppy paintings.
Mrs Patel gave a lovely talk about Diwali to all EarlyYears on Wednesday for our assembly. This incorporated storytelling and dancing.
The children particularly enjoyed our cooking session on Friday as we made breadstick 'sparklers' with melted chocolate and sprinkles.
Information from Reception
It has been a lovely first week back. We hope you all had a wonderful half term. This week the children have been getting back into the routine of school life. In phonics, we are still working on our independent writing and learning our new sounds everyday. Next week we will be starting to learn our tricky words to improve our fluency when reading.
In Maths, we have started using the number lines when doing addition and subtraction sums. The children have loved them and have even started to use the 100 square! We have celebrated Remembrance Day and produced some amazing writing.
Information from Year 1
It has been a very busy week in Year 1. We enjoyed success with adding to 10 and in using coins to help us with our addition. I was very impressed with their knowledge and discussion about Remembrance Day and what we can do to ensure the world is a more peaceful place.
We will publish photographs next week of our wonderful hedgehog houses - some rather impressive designs!
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
This week in Owl Class we have been focusing on Remembrance Day. This has enabled us to create some wonderful acrostic poems. We also looked at the story of Rose Blanche and created some of our very own war letters. In Art, we created Poppy wreaths for display around the school. On Friday, we had a wonderful Art workshop which some of our parents attended. We looked at Gustav Klimt and created some wonderful paintings using oil and watercolours.
During our SPaG lesson we have learnt how to use the Prefix ‘un’, next week we will be looking at suffixes. In Mathematics, we have been looking at fractions and fraction addition. The children really enjoyed their new Science topic of Living things and their habitat. We have been exploring the differences between things which are living, dead and never alive.
Second Hand Uniform
Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can request, post, sell and even donate spare items of uniform. Please follow this link to access the page -https://www.facebook.com/groups/159726614471426/
Coffee Morning (Evening)
As I explained in the first Deerstalker, I am conscious that many of you are unable to attend the recent coffee mornings due to work commitments. In order to ensure that as many of you as possible are able to join me for what I hope are interesting conversations he next coffee morning is in actual fact a coffee evening - 16th November. The focus will be on the above mentioned School Improvement Plan and just what is involved in preparing for an ISI Compliance Inspection. I do hope that you will be able to join me.
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.
You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session to be paid on the day.
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.
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.
Don't forget, this weekend…
Pupil Individual Photographs - please return the photograph if you would not like to order one, or the payment if requested.
After School Activities
The link to apply for a place on the various activities can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/KKIVxldDMvPPCTti2
If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next 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.Places for after school club are restricted to children attending Second Steps through to Year 3. https://goo.gl/forms/2KxdpmMIGgE6fICV2
Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.
Alex Lin - Excellent scissor skills
Krisha Karavekar - Accurate counting and number writing
Felix Warner - Participating fully in music
Jago Jones - enthusiasm in group time
Max Verdult - demonstrating kindness and initiative in assisting another pupil
William Pawsey-Persaud - excellent listening and singing skills
Oscar West - Fabulous homework, a perfect hedgehog house
Avery Barikor - Fabulous homework, an excellent photo journal
Joshua Field - Exceptional manners
Bianca Shube - Fabulous fraction work
Kerem Okoglu - Having a super first week at Park Hill
Jason Vu - Trying really hard when writing his name
Rosie Walsh - Fantastic Remembrance Day writing
Adrius Parchment - Amazing addition work
Constance Li - Excellent counting, number recognition and number writing
Stella Pirola - Excellent number formation
I was delighted to spend time in Reception this week and enjoying hearing all about the remarkable progress they are making with their Maths. I felt it appropriate that their work should be shared for you all to enjoy -