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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 66 - 23rd novemBer 2018

From the Headmaster:

Well, I think we have a bumper edition this week. Do accept my apologies for the recent absence of the Deerstalker, I hope that this 'jam-packed' edition will make up for the hiatus.

We don't like saying farewell, particularly to a family who have been with us for so long, so I think I will use the expression 'bon voyage' as it somehow seems less abrupt or final.

As I said last Friday, we will miss Natalie, Jason, Joshua and Zara a great deal, not just for the guaranteed bone crushing handshake that I received from Joshua each morning but also for the tremendous and guaranteed support from Natalie and Jason 'behind the scenes.' I am sure you join me in wishing them every success, health and happiness with their return and adventures in South Africa; I think we need a sporting/cultural/arts tour to Cape Town. Bon Voyage and a bientot!

Do please read on to learn more about a combined Christmas Lunch, visit from a certain Father Christmas and a wonderful opportunity to join us for mulled wine, festive food and a chance to dust off the vocal chords for a carol evening before the end of term. I do hope that you will be able to join us.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

There are also some wonderful images from our Little Adventurers available through their own instagram page -

Please note: the school council expressed (very clearly!) that they found the school water bottles to be unsuitable (leaking over homework and desktops) and that they prefer to be allowed to bring in their own bottles.

Please note: If your children arrive late to school, please ensure you visit the school office to sign them in. This is for safeguarding purposes and is a requirement for schools.

Inter House Shout

Well. Each year it gets more and more worthy of a West End show in its own right! Four Houses. Four songs. Four dances and only one that can be crowned as champions!

With expert judging from Gemma McLean and our new vicar Adam Rylett, the four houses were particularly impressive this year, as you can see for yourselves. The winning house? St Davids!

Alpkit Foundation Award

In recognition of our 'learning outside of the classroom' with Woodlands School and Adventure School, I am delighted to inform you that we have received the bike packing bags and equipment from the outdoor clothing company Alpkit.

We can now enable our children to experience the wonderful experience of bikepacking, essentially backpacking but on a bike. You carry your equipment, tents, stove, clothes and sleeping bag on bags attached to the saddle, frame and handlebar. Being somewhat of a enthusiastic bikepacker myself, it is an exciting addition to the adventure school curriculum.

Remembrance Assembly

It is an assembly that is perhaps the most moving of the academic year. It is a responsibility that we bestow on each generation to 'tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow we gave our today.'

I would hope that this responsibility is in good hands following our own remembrance assembly. It was an assembly that will linger long in my memory.

Christmas at Park Hill

With the end of term rapidly approaching I would like to confirm a number of dates. I am delighted to confirm that Father Christmas will be taking a slight break from his preparations and visiting us on Thursday 6th December.

Monday 26th November - Last week of after school clubs

Tuesday 27th November - Mrs Blower and Mrs Watts attending MIS training

Thursday 29th November - Inter House General Knowledge

Friday 30th November - Wind in the Willows (Year 1 - Year 5)

Thursday 6th December - Christmas Jumper Day (all children and staff and parents are welcome to sport their favourite festive jumpers) £1 donation for Save The Children

Thursday 6th December - Christmas Lunch 11.45am (Nursery)

Thursday 6th December - Christmas Lunch 12.30pm (Year 1 and above)

Thursday 6th December - Class Christmas Parties

Thursday 6th December - Father Christmas visit 2pm - 3.30pm. Nursery children not normally in attendance are welcome to join us for the afternoon. Gifts for each child will be provided, photographs of their visit will be made available.

Friday 7th December - Choir singing carols at John Lewis (Kingston) (11am) and The Apple Store (Bentalls) (10.30am)

Friday 7th December - Story Storks visit (First and Second Steps) 9am.

Friday 7th December - Hour of Code (Year 2 - Year 5)

Friday 7th December - Carols and mulled wine at Park Hill 4pm-6pm. Join us and all of the children to celebrate the festive season over a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas Pud!

Saturday 8th December - School Choir singing carols at Waterloo Station.

Wednesday 12th December - Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure (Reception)

Wednesday 12th December - Choir singing at Galsworthy House 1.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 13th December - 11am - 12midday Panto Pandemonium at St Pauls Church (all children involved) parents, grandparents and extended family very welcome to join us for our end of term production.

Thursday 13th December - 12.30pm School and Nursery closed for INSET.

Friday 14th December - School and Nursery closed for INSET.

Monday 17th - Friday 21st - Nursery open, reopening on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Monday 7th January 2019 - Spring Term begins

I am delighted to confirm a date for our Spring Fayre, Friday 22nd March, 4pm-6.30pm. We very much hope that by moving our fayre from December to March we will not only enjoy warmer weather but that we will enjoy more stalls and stands with far fewer demands on time during March. We can also ensure that all of our children can enjoy the fayre and will be able to contribute themselves by organising and manning many of the stands.

ISA Regional Swimming Gala

Not a bad start to your swimming career. A 50 metre Olympic standard swimming pool with Omega Timing touch pads and electronic score board. As introductions go, it is not a bad experience! The hard work and endeavours of our swimmers and Miss Adamidou are clearly paying off as the team experienced their first swimming gala on Monday. If you have ever stared down the length of a 50m pool then you will appreciate just how intimidating it can be, let alone at the age of 8 or 9 years old. I was fortunate to join them and witness just how well they all did. Here's to the next gala!

News from Year 5 and Year 4

This week two fifths of the class have been twisted, four tenths have been vile and the remaining four twentieths have been evil and conniving. Learning about Richard the Third and equivalent fractions has kept us busy in lesson time. Pupils now show great strength with addition and subtracting of fractions, whilst also the ability to write scripts and understand the ruthlessness and dastardly ways of King Richard the Third.

Aside from the classroom, pupils have battled through cold conditions this week showing strength and determination on a cold run across Ditton Field. They demonstrated excellent learning skills on Tuesday too as they learnt about the effects of caffeine on Mr Stevenson and Miss Mayle who thankfully have come down after their initial high. On a similar lively note, pupils have been practicing their performances for the Christmas production where performances are being fine tuned for the big show.

For next week, we leave behind poor Richard the Third and seek adventures away from Bosworth to the sunny climate of Cape Town where we explore the city as part of travel writing for English. We will focus on: using colons; semi-colons; research techniques; and writing from particular perspectives.

In maths we transfer our skills in fractions to decimals. We have begun to look at tenths and hundredths, but further our knowledge with their use in the four maths operations.

In the Science lab pupils will continue to study drugs. This week, nicotine in cigarettes. A practical experiment will see them observe the effects of smoking and health issues related to tobacco smoke.

A final mention in this weeks Yr 4 5 deerstalker must go to the swim squad, who excelled themselves early...very early on Monday morning. Their behaviour and competitive spirit was exemplary as they competed in a 50m pool in Aldershot for the ISA Swimming Gala. They were very proud of themselves when they returned and spoke of their enjoyment on the challenge of swimming in an Olympic size swimming pool. Well done!

News from Year 3

Year 3 have had a busy week. We have been learning about money, doubling and halving. In English we have been learning about instructions and testing out other peoples instructions, looking at how effective they are. We have dicussed what instructions are used for and are building up a success criteria. As we build up our knowledge and vocabulary we are aiming to write our own instructions.

In Humanities the children have been learning about the geography of Great Britain and how the Romans were ahead of there time building roads and making travelling around the county.

In DT we are building Roman chariots with a twist. Instead of horsepower, we are harnessing the power of a Sphero! After looking at various Roman chariots online we designed our own prototypes in LEGO to work out the way to support the Sphero.

News from Year 2

This week, year 2 have enjoyed learning about letters and have written some lovely letters about Christmas to sent home. We very much hope they arrive. In maths, the children have been learning all about missing number sums. In the beginning, our cheeky owl hide numbers from us - now the children are creating their own and they tested each other, marking them and providing feedback.

Science has been all about the wonderful world of electricity. The children learnt how to create circuits and how to increase the brightness of bulbs. We created series circuits and made sure that they followed a circular path from and to our battery. In computing, the children have begun to explore internet connected devices around school and home, starting with voice assistants.

News from Year 1

In Literacy, we have been re-reading the story of The owl who is afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson to gain a greater understanding of the story structure and characters.

In our big write we practiced story writing skills and worked hard to retell the story using speech and character description.

In Maths, we have been learning about fractions of a shape and number. “A whole has to be cut down the middle into two pieces of equal size.” Abbie.

We have discovered that only even numbers can be halved and learnt new strategies to sort whole numbers into groups such as drawing diagrams, using cubes and sharing using tens and ones.

In Art we have painted our clay owl paying close attention to the colours and patterns of the barn owl and mixing our paints to find the right shade and tone.

In phonics we have been recapping phase 3 vowel digraphs and trigraphs to ensure that they are secure as well as working on phase 5. We looked at the alternative spelling of ie, (i-e and y).

Great progress made in all areas Year 1 well done!

News from Reception

Reception have been greatly surprised with some very different characters entering our classroom this week. It began with evidence of red and green jingle boots stuck inside Reception windows. I wonder who they belong to? Then, tiny red glittered footprints were scattered across the classroom floor. “Somebody had been trespassing in Reception,” Timothy exclaimed. The children were in complete ore and astounded me with their language and imagination. As a class they applied their phonic knowledge to read the letter from the elf. The little elf was sent from the North Pole to watch over the children. It’s been a fantastic stimulus for children to practice their independent writing - posting letters to Santa via our post office role play.

In Science the children created their own snow storm looking at liquid density and change. They described it as “fizzing, bubbling, volcanos.” “Layers of oil bubbles.” Everyone has worked super hard in phonics and Maths too. Practical subtraction activities have increased their learning of using a number line, forming and recognising numerals to 20. Superb work, well done Reception.

Gentle reminder to all parents: Please can you bring your child into school wearing their Sports kit and full waterproofs/wellies every Wednesday morning ready for Woodland School. Thank you.

News from Second Steps

This week we have had such a great surprise! Each day Father Christmas has been calling us on the television to talk about how close Christmas is and to talk about how busy the elves are preparing for Christmas. They got to see the elves workshop and even had a chance to hear them sing! On elf lost a very important devise which Father Christmas needed, so the elf had to look everywhere for it and we gave him ideas to where it could be! We have also been learning about the story of Christmas. Within our role-play area we created an elf workshop and the children have been elves! Helping to wrap up many presents. They have also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree with many lovely decorations. We have also started our Christmas activities and we cannot wait until our classroom is decorated with all our lovely work!

We have been exploring our science area, looking at the magnets and seeing what objects stick to them. They have also explored the changes in textures and colours when manipulated or mixed. Using their senses, Second Steps have also been exploring the different sensory trays as well as using magnifying glasses to look up close at the different textures and items on the trays.

During this week Miss Georgina has been teaching the children the song “Noah’s Ark”, Mrs Burn asked the children what they had enjoyed about the lesson and they were keen to know more about Noah’s Ark, which later on this week Mrs Burn created an area about Noah’s Ark. the children had great fun listening to the story and placing the animals onto the Ark.

Second Steps have had many lovely stories read to them this week and they have asked questions, answered questions as well as think of how they story/stories might end. We have also acted out some stories for example “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” and ”The Three Little Pigs.”

During our French class we learnt how to say different transportation in French, the children were focused and enjoyed carrying the activities Mrs Hibbert had given them. We have also celebrated three Birthdays this week, Victoria, Elizabeth and Benjamin Happy Birthday!

What a busy and exciting week we have had and I am sure the highlight of the week is Father Christmas video calling us! Have a lovely weekend.

News from First Steps

Christmas is on its way in First Steps...The Christmas tree has been decorated, Christmas music is on, even Rudolf came to First Steps! The children love riding the sleigh with the presents. Can we ask our parents to donate any empty small sizes boxes, kitchen roll tubes in First Steps please! (Our elf’s waiting to wrap their presents)

In Woodland School, children explored different leaves and talked about the textures, sizes and colours of the leaves. We created caterpillars in different ways such as: sticking circles, apple printing and they were still hungry! During phonics sessions, we had a very noisy neighbour and we tried to find it out what kind of noises she was making.

Zeus the Zebra

Whilst we all missed our normal visitor, Debra (I am told this is the accurate spelling) due to a 'hurt hoof' her replacement Zeus was more than an able substitute. Whilst his body popping and hip hop moves were splendid, there was a serious reason for his presence. As the nights start to close in a little, we like to remind our children of the need for road safety and care on the pavements around school and home.

As well as enjoying the video of Zeus, do please share the additional film made by a local school that supports our promotion of road safety.

Picture Gallery

You will all have now met Chef Lee, a more than able substitute for Chef Leon whilst he is sunning himself in Jamaica (jealous?). He was keen to meet with the School Council to gain feedback on his hardwork and to get some ideas of what the children would like more of.

You will also see that Foxy the Fox from Year 1 enjoyed a thorough medical examination recently. You will be pleased to know that he is in rude health!

Inspired Learning Group Technology Conference

We welcomed colleagues from our six sister schools last week to share best practice and to showcase (show off) just some of the creative opportunities our children enjoy. We are also looking forward to welcoming colleagues from a number of schools in Kent who are keen to learn more about our use of technology to promote creative learners and thinkers.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to-

Yiran; Rosie; Benjamin; Elizabeth; Victoria; Yash; Jennifer; James & Arthur (and Miss Menon).

Certificates

Eco Council Members

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