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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 99 - 6th December 2019

From the Headmaster:

So many stand out moments from the last five days. The Nativity was utterly charming not just for the performers but also for the proud smiles of parents and grandparents, how privileged I was to stand at the back and take in the scene.

I was just as privileged to travel with the Year 4, 5 and 6 children as they cheered the spirits of shoppers with carols at John Lewis.

Who can not have enjoyed our Christmas Lunch on Thursday - how does he do it?

Rounding off the week with our own carols here at school with plenty of mulled wine to warm us into the weekend.

I must not end this edition without drawing your attention to a certain Deerstalker milestone. Next week, rather appropriately too, will be our 100th edition. In true style it will be a selection of stories from the previous 99 selected by members of staff, children and yourselves. If you have a favourite story or edition do please let me know as I would be delighted to include it in our 100th.

I hope you have a really good weekend.

Alistair

Key Dates -

Whole School Production - Tuesday 10th December, 1.45pm St. Paul’s Church.

End of Term arrangements - children will be dismissed at 12.30pm (before lunch is served) on Friday 13th December. Both school and nursery are closed for INSET from 12.30pm.

New event added to the calendar - Mr Stevenson will be holding an ‘Understanding Assessment’ workshop for all parents with children in Years 1 - 6 on Monday 27th January at 8.40pm.

Early Years Nativity

Such an enjoyable morning on Thursday morning as we held our Nativity. From my vantage point, the smiles on stage were matched by the proud grins from parents and grandparents. Well done to all of our performers and to all members of staff who worked so hard to ensure everything went to plan, just about!

Choir Singing at John Lewis

Wednesday morning saw the Year 4, 5 and 6 children generate some festive spirit for the Christmas shoppers at John Lewis by singing carols and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on the bus, on the walk through Kingston and on the return...

♻️ EMPTIES PLEASE

Park Hill are working towards achieving the Green ECO schools award. We currently hold the silver award.

Our ECO committee autumn recycling scheme is collecting empty printer cartridges. Please collect your bag from school and bring back when full to add to our brown collection box.

We are paid for each cartridge received. Alongside raising funds for our chosen charity we also earn green points which can be redeemed for ‘green goodies’ such as bulbs, hedgehog houses, toad hides and gardening tools, even sponsoring an endangered species of out choice and rain forest conservation projects.

Christmas Lunch!

Anyone fancy preparing a Christmas Lunch for 130+ food critics? Well, none of us quite knows how he did it and stay so calm, but Chef Leon is certainly gifted when it comes to turkey, beef and ham...yes, three meats!

Punctuality

The start of the school day is crucial.

It sets the tone for the day and teachers view the start of the lesson as critical in ensuring learning objectives are achieved and realised. Arriving late to school is incredibly disruptive for all. I appreciate that buses and trains and traffic all play their part but we do need your help in ensuring the children gain the most from their school day and that they arrive by 8.30am.

Class News

Year 6 and Year 5

With the Christmas production rehearsal schedule in full flow and the Park Hill children taking centre stage over the atrium at the John Lewis store in Kingston, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the top of the school.

Watching the pure joy on the children’s faces as they sang Christmas songs the entire journey from school, including on the bus, and then all the way through the centre of Kingston was one of those experiences that will last with both the staff and children forever. From gratefully receiving the applause from the public on the bus through to watching the smiling faces of the busy shoppers outside the shops, the children kicked off Christmas for a lot of people.

In maths the children have been developing their understanding of fractions and developing the understanding on how to compare and order a range fractions with different denominators. English lessons have been a continuation of their creative writing projects and the children are engrossed in the design process for their stories on loneliness. It is fascinating to have an insight in to the children’s thoughts on such an emotive subject.

Year 4

An incredibly busy week for Year Four has left us tired but very content with our output as we completed the penultimate week of Autumn term. There have been a few rehearsals getting us ready for the big performance next week. One more rehearsal to fine tune the show, but lots of progress gained and we look forward to entertaining everyone on Tuesday.

We began our week with equivalent fractions which six ninths of the class enjoyed... or two thirds. The remaining third really really enjoyed them, naturally. Our endeavours in Maths have led us to exploring fractions further, whilst also consolidating our skills in triangles and our times tables through the quiz app Socrative. Using the program Year Four competed against in each other in numerous races represented by Space ships, bees, reindeer and unicorns.

For our English we focussed on our use of instructions and imperative verbs to formulate instructions with appropriate sequencing for a method to create salt dough.

Speaking of the salt dough sculptures and other artistic pursuits, we managed to paint both our Pyramid landscapes and our Christmas salt dough creations. A few nervous moments for the teacher on Friday afternoon as the acrylic paints came out, but thankfully all school uniforms survived and we look forward to showing off our craftiness next week.

Have a restful weekend recharging for performances on stage and in the classroom. A fabulous effort Year Four.

Year 3

Year 3 are gearing up to Christmas in DT with a bit of sewing this week. With theIr own designs, Year 3 have been busy making a tree stocking out of felt. It will certainly be one of those lovely items to look at in twenty years and smile...Continuing with Christmas cheer, we have been learning hymns in Latin as well as Performing Arts. In Art we have been making collage Christmas cards looking at the design process to create an effective design.

In Mathematics we have been learning about money and adding up notes and change as well as revising our measuring accurately making 3D snowflakes. A busy week

In Art we completed our art topic on hands and gestures. During this half term we have painted, drawn, photographed and filmed our hands expressing our emotions. We will look to exhibit them shortly.

Year 2

This week, the children have been working hard on their letters in preparation for sending them back home. Thank you to everyone who sent their letters back to me this week - it seems Year 2 have got some very creative ideas about what they would want for a party. I believe a chocolate fountain was mentioned, contrasted against healthy snacks and dips.

To go in our letters, the children have been writing repeating poems which were very very very good… They have focused on the theme of Christmas and what things they love about it but, most importantly, who they want to spend it with.

Maths started with addition, with a review of number bonds, place value, and doubling. We then searched the class to find division sums to solve, dividing by 2,3,5 and even 7. We have discovered that its really easy with objects, but hard without.

Performance has been a big part of this week, and we are so close. Practice makes perfect and the Year 2’s have been working hard for next Tuesday.

Year 1

A very busy penultimate week of term in Year 1. We certainly enjoyed our delicious Christmas lunch thanks to Chef Leon!

We wrote stories in Book Creator ranging from imaginative elf stories to simple but beautiful stories about trees.

In Maths we have been consolidating our knowledge of number and place value, completing missing number problems and sequencing in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In DT we have continued building our knowledge of moving mechanisms from pop up books and created a slider mechanism to tell the story of the gingerbread man.

A busy week as always. Well done Year 1.

Reception

Reception had a very exciting start to the week this week, we had a very special visitor who seems to be moving around our classroom each night! On Monday he was inside our curiosity box, on Tuesday he was found hanging upside down from our ceiling, and on Wednesday he was eating our biscuits in the snack area! Thats right, Reception have been visited by a mischievous little elf. He even left a note explaining how he is watching to see which children are being kind and caring!

We also had a wonderful visit to the theatre to see ‘Dick Whittington’, the children loved the production and were talking about it for the rest of the a day. The cats seemed to be a favourite part for many children.

We have done some beautiful festive Christmas tree maths, matching the number on the pot to the correct amount of baubles.

Thursday was not only our Christmas jumper day but our Early Years nativity. Wow what an amazing performance it was. All the children sang their hearts out and it made for a very entertaining and wonderful performance.

Second Steps

Deerstalker Second Steps

We have had an extremely busy week in Second Steps, celebrating and preparing for Christmas. On Tuesday we had a wonderful time at the theatre where we enjoyed finding out about the story of Dick Whittington. It was such fun; joining in with the singing and actions. Thursday was so exciting too, as our little angels and shooting stars performed the Early Years Nativity for our families. We think you’ll agree that they are all superstars!

As Christmas is fast approaching we have been making cards and Christmas angels to decorate our tree.

During our maths activities this week we have made a big mural with lots of numbers showing how many days until Christmas!

We read the story Christmas Selfie about an elf who loved taking selfies. Afterwards, the children could choose from Christmas hats and reindeer ears and had fun taking their own selfies!

In the messy tray the children loved putting the ears on and measuring out reindeer food.

We managed to fit in painting a large red postbox so next week we will be writing lots of letters to Santa.

We had a slight change of routine with our phonics and library session as all of the children changed their books on Wednesday. Our letter was p and next week it will be n.

First Steps

First Steps elves have been working really hard this week. Our Christmas stations have been very popular making cards and Christmas tree decorations.

On Tuesday we went to the theatre to watch a lovely play called ‘Dick Whittington’. All the children had an amazing time singing nursery rhymes, dancing and even hiding under the seats! We saw a flying cat and cats on wheels. All the children behaved very well and enjoyed the play very much.

Later on we had our Christmas performance at the Church. The children tried their best and sang “Twinkle twinkle little star’ doing the actions as well.

We love gingerbread men and decided to make one. We gathered all the ingredients and the children had a go to pour them in our mixing bowl. We made one big gingerbread man and decorated with raisins.

Messy play tray gave children a chance to think about snow and they counted the snowballs(cotton wools) in the tray.

We liked the “Baby Jesus” story and talked about his journey to Bethlehem.

Social Media

#confidentcurioushappy

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

Uniform

The full uniform list can be found here.

We do also recognise that the black games shorts can be a little large for children in Reception who are joining us for our regular games lessons at the impressive Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Should you find this to be the case, they are very welcome to wear a plain black pair of shorts until such time they are able to fit the school shorts.

Lost Property

The following items are currently missing:

Ralph (Year 2) - Grey Jumper (unnamed)

Aiden (Reception) - named grey jumper

Harry (Reception) - named scarf and hat

Sophia - Named fleece

Dates and Reminders

ILLNESS

Following on from the text message sent by the office this week, can we please remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea and temperature) they must be clear for at least 48 hours prior to returning to school. You must inform the school office directly on 020 8546 5496 if your child will be absent that day.

TEACHER LED CLUBS

Teacher led clubs for the Autumn Term are now finished (unless you have been informed otherwise). Club bookings for the Spring Term closes on Monday 25th November. Pleas ensure you sign your child up here as they will not automatically role over from the Autumn Term (with the exception of Musical Instruments).

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Alistair Bond