News from the Classes
First steps would like to welcome Klaus and Artin, who are settling in well with lots of encouragement from their teachers and peers.
First steps have had a fun week leaning about Harvest, especially different fruits and what they taste like, incorporating colour and texture into their language.
Our music lesson with Mrs Baillie in the music room was very loud and full of lots of dancing & singing. The children especially enjoyed taking turns on the piano.
Next week is fitness week. We will be having lots of sporty energetic fun. If you would like to bring a ball into school on Tuesday so we can play lots of different games ball games you are very welcome to do so.
Second Steps have been learning about Harvest and how not only where we go to get our food but also the process of how the food gets to the shops. The children absolutely loved going into the Music Room this week and had such a great time exploring how different musical instruments are played. We have used the interactive board to learn numeracy and quantity as well as learning shapes. Second Steps continues to learn about their senses and the importance to why we use them. We have been exploring the sense of smelling this week and with the lovely aroma coming from the kitchen we enjoyed using our sense of smell.
Well this week has been full of cooking and getting messy. Reception made a glittery blue jelly at the beginning of the week, where we spoke about the changes for each stage and then ate it for a special treat as our afternoon snack!
We also made a fridge cake for the bake sale on Thursday and we were lucky enough to go to Asda to buy our ingredients. We looked at the prices of our ingredients and the money we used to pay. Within Literacy we have focussed on our topic The Human body, we did a great activity where the children worked in teams to draw around one of the children and then placed the bones in the correct place. We then labelled the bones and these are now on display in our classrooms for you to have a look at.
On Wednesday the 20th of September Year 1 were delighted to virtually welcome author Jonathan Emmett for a Skype visit. Year 1 were joined by the Nursery children (from First and Second steps) who listened and behaved beautifully.
Mr Emmett read 'Monsters: An owners guide' - an imaginative information book about owning and caring for a monstermatic toy. The reading prompted a wonderful discussion about toys from the future and what it would be like to own a monster toy. It was a good introduction for Year 1 to information texts.
The children have been tasked to design their own robotic monster toy for homework and I am very much looking forward to seeing the results on Monday.
In class we have been learning about prepositions of place words such as in, on, under, over and through.
In addition, we have been recognising and counting coins and working on our knowledge of time (days and hours).
This week in computing we will be using the iPads to practise our logging on skills and then using software such as iBooks and notes to draw and label pictures of monster characters based on Mark Oliver’s fabulous illustrations.
Story writing has been a big focus of year 2 this week. We have been working hard on our work based on the story of ‘Dogger’. After designing characters, the children have written short stories about their characters losing one of their favourite toys. A lot of effort has gone in to thinking about how the characters feel, as well as how they look.
Mathematics this week has been all about number bonds. The children expertly completed our work on number bonds to 10, before moving to 20. We then worked on spotting number bonds in 3 and 4 digit sums. The children were surprised how easy it became when they knew their number bonds.
Science this week involved carnivores and herbivores. We looked at the features of both and created a list of things to look out for when figuring out the diet of animals.
Guided reading has been a fun feature of this week, with the children enjoying sharing stories with each other.
Well done Ela Akoglu and Zac Warner who are our new school councillors.
Year 3 & Year 4
It has been another exciting week of new experiences for Year 3 & 4 this week.
In Adventure School the children learnt first hand the importance of communication when working as a team to succeed. They worked on a few different challenges, working there way through the spider web of rope.
In Science we continued our work on the respiratory system. The highlight of the lesson was being able to see a real (animal) respiratory system for those who wanted a real look! It was optional, but they all really enjoyed looking closely and now have a far greater understanding thanks to Mr Stevenson's hard work and organisation. It certainly was a fantastic opportunity for our children.
In Art we have been looking at Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and working with real papyrus, with our cartouche name plates. The challenge has been set to find out how we cracked the code to understand what the hieroglyphics actually meant!
Prep School Science
I have carefully selected the images from the science lesson that our Year 3 and Year 4 children enjoyed yesterday. As you can see they are currently studying the respiratory system and it seems that we have a number of aspiring medics. Having explored the respiratory system through virtual reality (Google Expeditions App) on the iPads, they then discussed and viewed a 3-D model of the lungs and diaphragm. They then calmly and with natural curiosity explored a 'real' system.
I cannot underline enough just what an extraordinary scientific opportunity the children enjoyed and will continue to enjoy thanks to these lessons. I am in no doubt that many of you have heard from your children all about the lesson.
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.
Parent Social - 30th September
As a reminder, I would like to remind you that we have a social event on 30th September. I very much hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. BBQ, quiz, good company and refreshments all guaranteed and provided....
Health and Activity Week
I am delighted to provide you with further details regarding our first Health and Activity Week. Each day, the children will be exploring various aspects of health through their lessons in addition to enjoying a emphasis on enjoying being physically active.
On Monday and Tuesday, we shall be joined by our friends from Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym who will be providing our children with a fun circuit training session to get the pulse rate raised. They will be joining us again on Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday and Thursday afternoon we will enjoy a whole school aerobic/dance class led by Miss Georgina and some able assistants here at Park Hill.
Friday (having had time to recover myself) I would very much like to encourage you to leave work early, bring your bikes to Richmond Park for a 4pm Great Park Hill Bike Ride! We shall provide logistical details nearer the time but I very much hope that you will all be able to join us whether you ride skinny tyred bikes through to those of us who enjoy fat bikes!
The highlight of the week will be on Thursday morning where we will be joined by Great Britain athlete Ezekiel Ewulo. A long jumper, who holds a number of indoor national records, he will not only join us for our normal assembly but he will also deliver athletics clinics with the children following the assembly.