We were delighted that so many of you were able to attend the workshop this morning. In addition to observing three groups, many of you were also able to visit the Reception class to see how the children progress with their phonics and to gain a greater understanding on how to support your children at home. What is clear is that we can make further use of Tapestry, post videos and documents in order to provide you with practical ideas on how to support learning at home.
I would like to thank Miss Menon, Miss Dixon and Mrs Burn for kindly organising the workshop as well as Miss Renfrew and Mrs Hanif for hosting the Reception visit. We will organise further workshops in the coming weeks.
News From First Steps
This week in First Steps we have been focusing on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have enjoyed exploring their life cycle and various activities have taken place in class. This included welcoming our little live caterpillars into our room. They have grown so big already and we are awaiting the moment they build their cocoons.
On Wednesday, the children enjoyed their trip to the Crafty Cafe where they loved expressing themselves through using various paints and exploring colour mixtures.
News from Second Steps
Second Steps have had a very busy and enjoyable week. Continuing with our Fairytale topic, the children were introduced to The Billy Goats Gruff story. They were extremely excited at the prospect of meeting the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk last week and now would like to meet the Trolls! The children really enjoyed the Crafty Cafe trip where they painted a tile creating marks and exploring colour mixing.
In Phonics, the children have been working extremely hard to build and write simple CVC beginning with the letter 'b'. It was lovely to see so many of you at our Phonics workshop this morning. We do hope it was helpful. If you have any questions or enquiries please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
During the Church Assembly on Thursday 16th March, Second Steps will be performing a song they have been learning as part of their topic of Fairy Tales. All the Second Steps children who attend school on the Thursday will be taking part. It would be lovely to see as many Second Steps parents there as possible.
News from Reception
Well, Reception have been extremely busy this week with two trips! On Tuesday we had a fantastic experience at Pizza Express. The children got to make their own margharita pizzas. Each child had an apron and chef hat which made them look so professional, Bemi stated “I look like a real master chef!”
They had to use three fingers to squash the dough and then we learnt an amazing tomato spreading technique where they had to tap and bash all around the plate to make the sauce move! Once our pizzas were cooked we able to eat them and wow! they were delicious. On Wednesday morning we had another trip out, this time to Crafty Cafe, where we have made a special Mothers Day surprise!
News from Year 1
Our focus this week in Maths has been measure and how to make sure we measure accurately with centimetres and rulers. We took an active and investigative approach comparing estimates and actual measurements and then questioning why there may have been a difference. I was thrilled to see Year 1 applying their knowledge of fractions to their measuring. Well done!
Our topic lesson also took a maths approach and we learnt how to sort dinosaurs according to their characteristics in a Carroll diagram.
In Literacy, we have been looking at singular and plural and how to change words by adding an -s or -es suffix.
We have also been writing poems but these will have to remain a mystery until a forthcoming assembly. We do hope that you will enjoy it.
News from Year 2 and Year 3
This week, Year 2 and Year 3 been creating diaries, in preparation for our work next week. They have covered an A6 book and decorated it in a multitude of amazing ways.
In Maths, Year 2 and Year 3 have focused on column subtraction, particularly learning to take to solve trickier sums - they are getting better everyday. They throughly enjoyed their Woodlands School this week, drawing beautiful pictures of some of the natural features. In addition, Year 2 and Year 3 took part in our cross country race with a difference. They ran very well and worked well together as a team - with our captains organising the younger children so they could collect the most points. Danny worked particularly hard and his team (St Andrews) was ultimately victorious.
I am delighted that so many more children are now benefitting from a more flexible approach to the delivery of instrumental lessons. We now have double the number of children attending lessons during the school day, with Mr. Tim Patrick and Mrs. Baillie offering Piano, Voice and Guitar lessons throughout the week.
Audrey demonstrated just what excellent progress she is making during her lessons by playing in front of the assembly on Thursday; Such confidence to play in front of so many people is impressive.
Please contact Miss. Georgina if you would like your child to experience a taster session or to book lessons.
Easter Camp - Premier Sport
I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting an Easter Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for nine days in total. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. Further information will be released early next week. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -
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.
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.
Don't forget, this weekend…
Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - Collection box by the side gate.
Parent Workshop - ICT @ Park Hill, Wednesday, 8.30am
Parent-Teacher Meetings - Wednesday & Thursday evening.