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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 51 - 16th march 2018

From the Headmaster:

Even though we are enjoying a particularly busy end of term I was delighted to receive a visit from Jessica in Year 2 this week to share with me her rather impressive poem (and handwriting) about ‘The Creature’. As you can see, whilst the beast is clearly potentially dangerous it cannot be too vicious if it eats doughnuts!

I do hope that you will be able to join us for the assembly on Thursday, 11am. In addition to Reverend Coupland leading the assembly, the children are busy preparing various Easter songs for our enjoyment.

I recently wrote an article for the ISA Journal which I think you might find to be of interest. The article can be accessed via the following link, page 33 -

I hope you enjoy what is a very busy and colourful edition of the Deerstalker; the children have certainly been busy!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Robot Wars

The long anticipated Robot Wars against our sister school The Study took place on Wednesday. Using a mini Sphero as a motor, the children designed and then constructed their armour to compete and challenge not just the oppositions robot but also the house robot.

A series of closely fought battles and some ‘discussions’ between judges ultimately awarded the inaugural competition to the visiting team. We shall be heading to The Study in the summer term to bring the trophy back...

This was followed by a superb afternoon at Canbury School that saw both schools complete a rather interesting experiment where they had to work out how to separate sugar from a solution containing marbles, seeds and sand. How would you do it?

I would like to thank Mr. Stevenson who organised the two days and ensured that the children continue to enjoy opportunities to develop a love of Science that very few other Y3 and Y4 children enjoy to such an extent.

Triathlon Team - National Triathlon Championship

Our team of six triathletes had a series of training sessions this week. Monday afternoon saw them in the pool refining technique and ensuring that they can cover the distance in the specified time. For team members aged 8 and under they must swim 50m in less than two minutes, bike 1.2km and then run 800m. For those aged 9-10 years they must swim 150m within five minutes, bike 2.4km and then run 1.2km.

The team then made their way on Wednesday afternoon to Richmond Park to prepare for the potential ‘jelly legs’ when transitioning between the bike and run. I am pleased to report that the team managed the distances very comfortably and have every reason to look forward to the event taking place on May 2nd at Lucton School in Herefordshire.

Inter House Hockey

The rather magnificent Kingston Grammar School hockey pitches were the stage for the hotly contested inter house event on Tuesday.

It is very important to note just what high standards of skill were on show from the children.

After some very close matches and with it going down to the last round of matches, the ultimate winners were St. George’s in Y2, 3 & 4 and St. Patrick’s (rather appropriately) in Reception/Y1.

In the style of David Hockney

Easter Bonnet Parade

Although you wouldn’t necessarily think it with snow dropping once again, but Easter is just around the corner and we celebrated under warming sun shine earlier this week. A most colourful range of bonnets were on display among the Early Years children.

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

It has certainly been an exciting week in Years 3 & 4. We started off in Adventure school making a shelter, with a tarpaulin and rope. Team work was incredibly important and taking turns to listen and help each other. The results were impressive and we evaluated our work discussing what worked well and what we need to improve on.

We had two very exciting STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths)days this week where we invited The Study school to join us. The first session was Robot Wars. Using a mini Sphero the children worked in groups to make a robot using small cereal cartons as the frame. They had to think about the design, weight, balance and how to make it work. The teams thoroughly enjoyed building their robot and after a fabulous roast beef dinner the serious competition began. The scoring system for the battles were: control, aggression, style and damage. After some very exciting matches the final scores were 73-71 to The Study! We shall look forward to the rematch at some point.

The STEM Science lesson was another superb experience for the children. We headed over to Canbury to work out how to separate a mixture and solution. The lesson generated a great deal of discussion and ended with their first experiences of using a Bunsen burner.

Year 2 -

This week, Year 2 have enjoyed creating something lovely for someone special in their life - much effort and planning was used by the children and the results were lovely. In Mathematics, the children have begun tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. They were excellent at this and have designed clocks to help them write this in digital time. Year 2 have also started to describe time in different ways (to, past, in digital). In English this week, poems have been created using rhyming pairs, and then repeating sentences, to create a pattern.

The human body is coming together in Science, as the children have now discovered how the arms works and that muscles only pull, not push. They designed a model of this in their books, in preparation for a 3D model next week.

In geography, the children are beginning to learn how a city is formed and the physical features cities have.

Year 1 -

We have been making fantastic progress with our understanding of fractions. Not only fractions of a shape but also fractions of an amount. This is a tricky concept but the children have enjoyed learning about fractions so much that often they have had to be persuaded to stop!

We have been developing our knowledge of poetry, looking at techniques like rhyming couplets and using ambitious words to create our own unique poems. The results have been truly wonderful.

Inter House Cross Country Relay

As you can from the images, the weather was good for us as the children took part in the cross country relay on Friday.

The children covered a distance of their choosing and gained points depending on the distance chosen.

A very closely fought event, with everyone working hard for their house. The utimate winners, enjoying a good week, were St. George’s.

Information from the Year Groups

Reception -

Reception have been looking at time this week. We started off by looking at different times of the day and the activities we do at set times. The children created their own sentences to tell people what they do in the morning and at night, it was fantastic to see them linking Literacy with Maths. We went on to make our own clocks to tell the O’Clock time, Amazing Maths work Reception.

In Games, Reception took part in our inter house hockey tournament with year 1. It was amazing to see everyone getting stuck into the games and playing as a team. They showed great sportsmanship and cheered each other on. What amazing teamwork Reception!

Friday we had our Easter bonnet parade, well done to the winners in each class. It was obvious that lots of effort had gone into making the hats so well done Reception, you all looked amazing.

Second Steps -

My what a busy and eventful week Second Steps have had. We have been ever so busy creating and sharing stories during our circle time. We have been learning about the importance of keeping fit and doing exercise throughout the week. During Georgies Gym we learnt how to under, over, through and across certain objects. Mrs Patel created a really tricky obstacle course for us to do during our Gym time. Yoga was great fun too, we learnt a few new poses this week. On Thursday we had such a lovely opportunity to watch the Drama Festival competition preformed by the older children. The children sat so beautifully and watched the whole performance! We learn about St. Patrick’s Day, Molly and Annabelle came dressed in their festive costumes and put on a wonderful River Dance. We then had such great fun learning how to do a River Dance! On Friday we had our cooking session and we made some very yummy Easter Egg Nests.

First Steps -

Another busy week in First Steps.

We have had lots of fun learning about growth and new life. Learning the names of baby animals such as kitten, calf, lamb and puppy. To help the children we incorporated the animals names into Old McDonald had a farm.

As usual play dough has been a class favourite. This week we made baby lotion play dough, it smelt amazing and is so soft.

The children have been busy in our home corner flower shop. Klaus sold Mrs Guniz some grass for £4. Elin sold Mrs Guniz a banana from the flower shop, when she asked how much it cost Elin said ‘banana, £100’.

We have been focusing on the letter sound ‘g’ with Mrs Leech leading small group work to discover different ‘g’ sounding objects, practicing writing the letter in the air and on the white boards.

To continue our letter recognition we used the ‘paper application’ on the iPads, taking the children’s picture and encouraging the children to write the first letter of their name.

We had an exciting Friday with our Easter bonnet parade and celebrating St Patrick’s day.

The children are practicing their Easter song this week and will be performing it in church next Thursday and look forward to seeing you all their next week.

ISA Drama Festival

As you will know, we are members of the Independent Schools Association and as such have access to both regional and national competitions. With over 450 members around the country we are enjoying the opportunities to compete in various events. The first event was the ISA Drama Festival held at Tring School for Performing Arts. Seven children performed in front of a sizeable audience in their impressive auditorium as part of the competition. As you will no doubt hear, they did extremely well. We are aware that all of our children enjoy a confidence the belies their age, this was more than exemplified when those of us in attendance had our collective breath taken away. We await the outcome of the competition with baited breath.

The children were most impressive. As well as praising them for their performance, I would also like to thank Miss Georgina, Mrs Baillie and Miss Menon for their hard work and time to give the children such a wonderful opportunity.

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 -

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