Information from First Steps
This week in First Steps we have been very busy and showed a great deal of interest when learning about Chinese New Year. Some of the activities we took part in included creating dragons and Chinese fans which we all enjoyed.
Also this week, we have continued our topic of opposites and have taken part in activities for learning about big/little, long/short and happy/sad. Furthermore, we enjoyed ballet with Miss Georgina followed by a cooking session where we decorated biscuits. Yummy!
Information from Second Steps
Seconds Steps have had an exciting and varied week at school. Our main theme for the week was 'Chinese New Year'. The children made colourful Chinese dragons, which we have put up on our display board in the small room for all to see! Kevin's and Alex's mums kindly offered to come in on Wednesday afternoon to tell us all about Chinese New Year. We learnt many things, such as, red is a lucky colour and 2017 is the year of the rooster. The children were delighted that they were also given some tasty snacks to try and money in special red envelopes!
Another highlight of the week was looking at the technology homework. The children brought in their favourite toys with buttons and levers, using their communication and language skills to explain to the class how they worked. There was such a variety of different items, from cameras to remote controlled trains! Thank you everyone!
In Performing Arts on Thursday, the children enjoyed acting out their favourite songs with Miss Georgina and Mrs Baillie. In Phonics we have looked at the ck sound and in maths have ordered items by length. Next week we are looking forward to our new story focus of the Ugly Duckling story while our sound of the week will be the letter U.
Information from Reception
What a very exciting week Reception have had. We have made some edible frog spawn using some green jelly and raisins. We managed to eat some of it and the rest we used in our messy tray to feel and experiment with. We also had an extremely exciting art session where we got to paint Receptions book corner into a ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk’ theme. In Literacy, we have been writing about what we would have at the top of our beanstalks and what we would do when we climbed to the top. In Maths, we have been looking at symmetry, making symmetrical shapes and even symmetrical butterflies in our art area.
Information from Year 1
This week in Year 1, we have continued to develop our knowledge of traditional tales, concentrating on Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. We had lots of fun in our BIG WRITE lesson writing our own traditional tale with wicked characters and brave heroes and heroines.
At Woodland School, we focused on Science looking at the world around us to identify signs of seasonal change and winter. We used the iPad to take photographs and discovered what a drey is… Do you know what they are?
"A drey is a football sized squirrel nest made from sticks which looks messy” - Zara.
The children have also made amazing progress in Maths, learning about partitioning and place value. So good are Year 1 that we have been taking on Year 2 level work and looking at 3 and 4 digit numbers, WOW!
Information from Year 2
In Year 2, the children have enjoyed planning an investigation. This week, we looked at waterproof materials, performing an experiment to find out which materials were waterproof - with some surprising results!
In Maths, we have been doing a lot of work on 2D shapes, naming and discussing the features of them. In addition, Year 2 began to look at right angles and which shapes contained them.
Both Year 2 and Year 3 enjoyed their trip to Richmond Park, where we took rubbings of various trees, leaves and sticks, in preparation for some fabulous art works - Thanks to Bernadette for accompanying us this week.
Information from Year 3
Year 3 have been carrying out many investigations over the last few weeks in Science linked with light and shadows. This week, we have been learning about transparent, translucent and opaque materials and their effect on shadows.
In Literacy, we have been learning about rhyming poetry and making up our own poems. We have been heavily influenced by Spike Milligan and thoroughly enjoyed making up our own versions of in the ‘Land of the Bumbley Boo.'
Friends of Park Hill (FoPH)
I think it is very fair to say that all of our children benefit from a very close relationship between home and school. The various methods of communication we employ and the desire to continuously improve how we articulate the progress being made by the children is very much at the heart of strengthening this relationship. A perfect example of this was the Christmas Fayre which I am delighted to confirm raised £1,476. It is only right and proper that the very people who raised this significant amount of money, i.e. parents, staff and children meet to decide how to best utilise these funds. This will very much be the first item on the agenda of the Friends of Park Hill committee.
I am very conscious that the very word 'committee' can act as a deterrent when volunteering your valuable time! I would like to reassure you that the role of the FoPH is primarily a social one and exists to provide support to new families when they join us and to arrange social events to benefit the whole school community.
I would anticipate no more than two meetings each term, taking place at times convenient to suit busy diaries.
If the word 'committee' hasn't deterred you from forming the first FoPH I would be grateful if you might contact Mrs. Blower expressing your interest or to speak with me for further information.
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.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school 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.
Sign up to the Wine Pairing Social Event