From the Headmaster:
I was a little trepidatious in advance of the assembly as to what I might be handed following the rock assembly last week. Fortunately I was able to enjoy seeing various images of animals as we celebrated the wonderful world of animals. It seems that the children have enjoyed watching the news about the escaped gorilla at London Zoo. It would be a concern if Reverend Coupland had captured a photograph of a gorilla in his back garden....
We are holding our Parent Consultation Meetings next week, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October, 5.45pm-8pm. I would like to remind you that if you have not done so already, there are times available which can be booked through this link -
In a small change to the normal procedure, you will be provided with a copy of the topics and content covered during the meetings by the class teacher. As the meetings start from 5.30pm I would like to request that children are collected from After School Club by this time.
Information from First Steps
It has been an enjoyable and busy week in First Steps. The children have had great fun cooking and baking rock cakes that Mary Berry would be proud of! They are continuing make good strides towards independence, particularly when tidying up after each activity and also showing increasing control when mark making. Mrs Martinez passed on her considerable experience on how to make play-doh, stirring the mixture and adding the colour before then manipulating and shaping it into various objects and creatures to further develop finger strength.
Information from Second Steps
This week Second Steps have concentrated on learning the letter name and sound ‘i’. They have tried hard to think of things that begin with the letter and recognised who has the letter ‘i’ in their name. The children learnt that the letter ‘y’ can represent the ‘i’ sound too, such as ‘fly’ and ‘eye.’
Supporting our letter ‘i’ focus, Second Steps made ‘insects’ such as spiders and ladybirds. We incorporated our mathematical skills to count the legs and spots.
On Monday, within Woodland School, the children had a great time making crowns - one of their favourite activities! They went on a hunt to look for natural objects such as feathers, stones and leaves to stick on their crowns. We had some beautiful prince and princesses. Some children made a wonderful wand too by winding colourful wool around a stick.
During topic work, focusing on the sense of hearing, the children played a game of whispers which they found hilarious. Whispers is a great game to test for good listeners! A busy and great working week.
Information from Reception
This week, Reception have been really busy. We have been talking all about the different seasons and how our outside environment is changing. We had a very enjoyable big talk discussion about autumn and the different things we see. In Woodlands School, we enjoyed using the leaves that have fallen from the tress to make different leaf rubbings, we also experimented with bark rubbings! In Literacy this week, we have been focusing on what makes a good friend and we even wrote about why our friends are special to us.
Information from Year 1
On Tuesday, Year 1 became adventurers travelling back in time to learn about the history of Kingston. We had a wonderful visit to the Kingston museum, followed a Saxon trail through the town to the Coronation stone and went to All Saints Church.
“We were learning about the king and his crown was made from gold. The first king of England was Athelstan.” Elena
“I learnt there were seven kings in Kingston.” Barney
“My favourite moment was how Saxons were fighting with swords and one new thing I learnt was mammoths lived in Kingston …” Avery.
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
This week in Owl class, as part of our 'Big Write' Miss Kilpin received a golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Unfortunately, the rest of Owl Class were not fortunate enough not receive one. As part of the discussion leading up to the write, the children developed the story line whereby they wanted to visit the factory so much that they broke in and stumbled across a locked door. The children created some lovely ideas using lots of descriptive language and their senses to create and describe a new room for the chocolate factory. We will continue with this theme for our Big Write next week. In Mathematics, we have been learning about measure. We have been estimating and comparing lengths of different objects and testing our accuracy. In SPaG we have been learning to use connectives to extend our sentences. During Woodland School, we created some wonderful tree faces using clay. We explored how to create 3D textures, using natural found resources to create features and enjoyed telling stories about our faces.
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/
The third coffee morning proved to be as informative and helpful as the preceding two. As we approach the half term holiday, we discussed what has been successful and what we can do to further improve. I was pleased to be able to unveil the planned games kit and talked about a potential new system for being able to pay for trips/visits/fees through a parent portal; one that even allows you to pay for a trip through a unique barcode whilst completing your weekly shopping. The benefits are numerous and would greatly improve the accounting process here at Park Hill. The next coffee morning is in actual fact a coffee evening - 16th November. 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…
Parent Consultation meetings - Wednesday 19th and Thursday 21st November
Last day for children is Thursday 20th. School returns on Monday 7th November.
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.
Kevin Dong - Great effort with his writing
Zara Field - Excellent independent name writing
Oscar Young - Writing his name beautifully
Adrius Parchment - Excellent 3-D shape work
Amelie Blower - Amazing writing in Literacy
Zoe Han - Fantastic autumn writing
Henry Blackburn - Being so positive and partaking in all activities
Audrey Tse - Excellent 2-D and 3-D shape work
Zahraa Alyacoby - A great improvement in her comprehension in class
As promised, I will confess it was supposed to feature in our previous Deerstalker, I would like to share with you a rather wonderful piece of writing from Tristan in Year 2. I think you will be rather impressed -
A wonderful time was had by all at Woodland School on Thursday. Following the theme of 'Animals' the children discussed the texture and appearance of the trees and, using clay, designed their own 'tree faces' using the clay and their own animals incorporating acorns and bark found in the bark. As you can see from the images below, the results were quite outstanding.