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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 47 - 9th february 2018

From the Headmaster:

The first half term seems to have vanished, clearly a sign that we are all very busy, time flies....

Although it has been a bit on the chilly side of late, it has been getting lighter each morning that I have opened the early gate and last night at the squad training session we were not forced inside due to poor light. The second half of the Spring Term promises to be a busy one especially now that the weather is improving (I hope I haven't spoken too soon...) Do please visit the soon to be updated website to download the dates to your mobile device.

You may be aware that we have recently been joined by the sixth prep school to the Inspired Learning Group (ILG) family. Westbury House School (New Malden) joined us earlier this term and on Wednesday all six Heads met to work through various key points and initiatives to further develop links and to benefit from sharing best practice.

In addition to developing links to enhance the quality of teaching and learning we have also agreed a number of dates for various festivals and events. For example, we shall be hosting the first ILG Schools Athletics Meet on 11th May at the Sir Mo Farah Track at St. Mary's University. There are also plans for Westbury House to host a music festival. This will be in addition to our own Performing Arts Festival that we are hoping to hold at the Rose Theatre.

It is also very exciting that we now have two other schools in this part of London to work closely with. A perfect example took place earlier this week when we hosted all of the Early Years teachers from The Study and Westbury House to moderate work and judgements from across the three schools. I am delighted that we are playing such a leading role with such initiatives, especially as they will benefit all of our children and our staff. I would like to thank Miss Dixon in particular for organising the moderation meeting this week.

As well as group wide events, we are also organising fixtures on an individual basis. I am particularly looking forward to the inaugural Robot Wars event against The Study School in March. Don't worry, flame throwers won't be permitted...(well, we will use them but don't tell The Study School...)

I would like to draw your attention to a particular workshop we are holding on Friday 23rd February, 8.30am-9.30am. The workshop is open to all parents across the school and is being run by Mr Peter Cowley who is the Kingston Council/Achieving for Children ICT and Online Safety Adviser.

Whilst we spend considerable time with the children exploring e-safety as part of our computing curriculum, this session is very much designed for us adults and parents to help us understand how to keep our children safe online in this rapidly changing world of social media and technological advancements. I do hope that you will be able to join us.

I hope you all enjoy a good half term break and I look forward to an equally busy second half of the Spring Term.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

School Choir

We were most entertained by a rather impressive performance on Thursday from our School Choir. As you can see below, it was very energetic!

Adventure School

Imagine yourself, lost, confused and in unfamiliar territory. How do you gain your bearings? What clues are available to you to help find your way to civilisation and help?

We took the children once again to the wilds of Richmond Park to develop their navigation skills. This week it involved the children learning and understanding how to take a compass bearing from an Ordnance Survey map, to ensure that they are on the correct path. I will admit, having taught much older children how to use a compass and how to navigate using an OS map I did think it might take two lessons for the children to fully understand the technique. I am pleased to confess that I was very much mistaken and that they all understand impressively quickly.

The plan is now to take them slightly further afield to truly test their map reading skills....

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

Year 3 & 4 started the week with a brisk walk around Park making sure we were wearing the correct kit and carrying a back pack with a first-aid kit, water and any other necessary kit. The groups lead the walk and using their OS maps and learnt how to use a orienteering compass to work out where they needed to go. We were very impressed with how quickly they picked up the challenging skill. We are looking forward to finding our new found skills in an unfamiliar setting.

In DT we have enjoyed making three types of papier-mâché volcanoes. Year 3&4 are certainly looking forward to making them erupt!

In Science the children concluded their investigation to test the effectiveness of anti-bacterial gel using agar-agar gel in petri-dishes. They concluded that the gel certainly worked to kill the bacteria around us and that it is a useful tool to clean your hands without water. A big thank you to James’ mum for setting up a sour dough culture for us to feed for the week and then coming in and working with us to make the dough. It was very tasty and linked in well with our Mathematics work on measuring mass in class.

I grew up in France (in a house with a very red gate) and have enjoyed good food all of my life. 2 years ago, I set up a micro-bakery to share my passion for good, natural bread. Clients receive a weekly menu during term time and I bake bread to order from my home kitchen Thursday and Friday. My true love is real sourdough but I enjoy baking a range of yeasted breads and cakes, too. If you would like to receive my menu, please contact me at redgatebakery@icloud.com or check my FB page, www.facebook.com/redgatebakery. To give you an example of what might be on offer, this week included Granola; Milk Loaf; Banana & Walnut Bread (which is really a cake); and Pain de Campagne. Have a lovely half term! Catherine Coyne

Year 2 -

A busy week with lots of exciting things learnt. Mathematics this week finished off our topic of fractions with the children learning to work out fractions of amounts, with some even finding fractions that had remainders. A very fun computing lesson was had with voice assistants making an appearance in the form of Amazon Alexa’s and Siri. The children learnt how to use these and the functionality they had, and that they needed to be careful when relying on their voice in a noisy room.

For an hour this week, the children became the teachers. Year 1 joined us to use our new stop motion app and the Year 2’s taught them how to use the app to great success. The children have be learning all about the Great fire of London, its start, how it spread, and who Samuel Pepys is. They have created a fantastic display in our class room, designing houses from history in art. I look forward to creating houses in DT next term - though you never know what could happen with wooden houses…

Year 1 -

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Reception -

Reception have had a very Arty week. They have looked at Andy Warhol and made their own Pop Art pictures using different media and resources. You are welcome to come and see them in our classrooms.

This week in Maths the children have been learning about symmetry. Abbie said: “symmetry is when two sides are the same.” The children produced some fantastic symmetrical pictures using key note app on the iPad. This learning followed into Woodland school where children found natural objects and made some beautiful natural symmetry works or Art. Within their choosing time, some children decided to paint their own pictures linking to the symmetry theme: vibrant butterflies and spotty ladybirds.

This week, we have focused on the value of respect. Reception enjoyed a puppet show narrated by Mrs Patel and Miss Dixon. The children learnt that you should respect others and their resources in school and treat people how you want to be treated.

Second Steps -

What a busy and eventful week we have had! We started by creating our own Pirate story called ”The Hidden Pirates Den”. This is where the Pirates use to hide and keep their stolen treasure. Unfortunately this time there was no treasure, however we had to hide from them as there were somewhere close by. On Tuesday we did Georgies Gym, we used the sounds which we have been learning to not only recognise them but to also develop team work and help one another. The sounds were in different colours and each team had to say the sound as well as the colour. The teachers then sounded out some CVC words (eg. Run) we had to try and recognise the word and the do the action to it! On Wednesday we had a fabulous time practicing our Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year! It was great fun dancing around the classroom, we even had the music to go with it! On Thursday we learnt some new yoga posses and ended the session with relaxing music and candles. On Friday we cooked some yummy dumplings! They were very tasty. We have had a week filled with lots of fun activities and lessons!

First Steps -

This week has been a busy week for 1st Steps we have been on a sound hunt to find the sound ‘k’ as well as practicing counting to 12 forwards and backwards. This week we have been discussing Valentines and who are special to us and this was reinforced in an assembly about love and this was led by Mrs. Guniz. In our classroom we have had lots of fun in our water tray, exploring real flower petals. We have had a Valentines tea with flowers and romantic music and have been busy creating Valentines cards and practicing writing our names and creating salt dough ornaments.

Story Telling - Animation Workshop

We had a most enjoyable afternoon with children and parents in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 as they worked together to make some rather splendid animated stories using our stop animation app on their iPads.

As you can see below, we have some budding animators who worked hard to ensure their story was well constructed and engaging.

Tweets from the week

For those of you who have Twitter accounts, we have increased our use of the platform so that you can obtain a daily glimpse into many of the activities and events that take place here at Park Hill. Please follow the links below to view a selection of the tweets from the week.

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.

Birthdays

Weekly Certificates & Handwriting Certificates

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips) will be charged through schoolmoney.

Spring Term club choices-

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Alistair Bond

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