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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 62 - 21st september 2018

From the Headmaster:

I do look back at previous editions of the Deerstalker and, having recently done just that, I will accept the accusations that I have a tendency to write about the weather and how we are trying to fit in six days of school life into five....

I will therefore studiously avoid any such references in this Deerstalker, albeit to add that I think Autumn has indeed started and, oh my goodness me where did the last five days go?

The brief glance at the images on the camera from the individual portraits that were taken on Monday look most impressive. I do hope that you will like the end result. I believe that the samples will be distributed in approximately two weeks. We were delighted that many of you were able to join the phonics workshop on Monday. The quality of these phonics sessions never fails to impress me.

Looking ahead to next week, I would like to draw your attention to the 'Night at the Movies' next Friday, 6.30pm. All children from Year 1 to Year 5 will be involved. The music being performed will be familiar to film buffs and music lovers alike, having heard one or two songs this week, it will be an evening to remember; wine and nibbles from 6pm, performance will start at 6.30pm and the curtain drawing at 7.10pm with a further opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine/beer at the after show party!

If I might also strongly suggest that you join the E-Safety Workshop with Peter Cowley from Kingston/AfC. He visited last year and those of us fortunate to attend had our eyes well and truly opened with his advice and thoughts on how to keep our children e-safe and alert to the dangers that our children may/will experience in the coming years - I strongly recommend you attend; I will be wearing both of my hats on Monday morning.

I would like to wish Mr Fielding-Smith the very best of British with his quest to cycle from London to Brighton off road this weekend. I have gone out of my way to prepare him psychologically for the event; lots of good advice! This is a very worthwhile cause and I would like to encourage you to support him accordingly -

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, very best of luck, Mark.

The weather looks lovely for next week!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Stop Press: I am delighted to inform you that Messrs Bond, Bond and Stevenson have been awarded 'Showbie Champion' status - 'passionate edtech users around the world who are pioneering the use of Showbie in ways that push the boundaries of what it means to have 1:1 devices in their classrooms.' We join just 96 other such champions around the world. Many, many congratulations!

School Leaders

We invited the children to apply for leadership roles across the school. Whether it was a speech on paper or KeyNote presentation what struck those of us fortunate to witness the children was that we have many future leaders here at Park Hill.

The badges will be presented at the assembly on Thursday but I would like to congratulate all of the children who put themselves forward.

Digital Leaders 2018-2019

News from Year 5 and Year 4

A very busy week for Year 4 and 5 as our week began with the revealing of successful candidates for school roles in year 4 and 5. We congratulate: school councillors Sarah and Gabriel; our new librarian Tatiana; digital leaders Yash, Isabel, Sarah, James, Rachel and Alexa. There were also house captain roles for: Rachel - St Davids; Yash - St George; Kerem - St Patrick and St Andrews - .

Pupils in year 4 and 5 demonstrated their excellent behaviour on school open day and were very welcoming to visitors whilst they completed their Aztec masks. We give an extra thank you to those pupils from 4 and 5 who gave up their time to assist tours of the school.

In Games, pupils were privileged to receive Hockey coaching from Lewis Prosser (Wales Hockey Captain) who gave pupils a master class in close ball control. We look forward to more expertise training from Lewis next week.

Next week in English we shall be finishing off our stories on ‘How the Tiger Got Its Stripes’ and we shall move on to our next topic: Writing instructions and explanations for creating artworks using imagery, clear written instructions with a range of effective time connectives.

For Maths we shall continue with Place Value and focus on multiplying and dividing numbers by multiples of 10s 100s and 1000s which will aid our written and mental multiplication and division methods.

Using our finest culinary skills and ingredients used by the Aztecs we shall be following recipes to create food and drinks that citizens from Tenochtitlan may have consumed. Our topic of humanities will stretch over in to art and design where pupils will begin designs on small objects of interest to be sold in the British Museum.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Night at the movies - Friday and Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from Year 3

Another busy week in Year 3. In History, the children have enjoyed learning about the Romans, in art we looked into how the Romans made mosaics, designing and making our own out of paper.

In Mathematics, we have revised addition and investigated magic squares. In English we have been developing our superhero alter ego, using Stop-Motion to develop our story plan, moving onto descriptive vocabulary to narrate the story.

In Science we are learning about Rocks and Soils.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Night at the movies - Friday and Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from Year 2

Quite a week in Year 2. We have enjoyed using our number bonds and adding extra numbers to test the grey matter!

I have been very pleased with their confidence in managing their own workflow with Showbie.

In English, they are continuing to develop their story around the character they developed earlier this term. I am now keen for them to use increasingly descriptive and creative language. A really good week!

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Night at the movies - Friday and Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from Year 1

In Year 1 this week we have become historians, scientists and artists.

We began our topic on old toys by studying bears and the history of the teddy bear. The children created some excellent sketches using art pencils and keynote as well as describing their historical bears in detail with superb describing words.

In Science we continue to look at animals and this week studied the metamorphosis of the frog from egg to adult.

The children applied new scientific vocabulary and were curious, asking good questions to further their understanding.

In Maths we have been looking at addition, concentrating on number signs and more and less.

Don’t forget Pollock Toy museum trip on 4th October.

Wellingtons and waterproof trousers for Woodland school on Wednesday.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Night at the movies - Friday and Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from Reception

This week it has been lovely to see Reception settle fully into the class routine. They have been full of excitement and enthusiasm learning about being healthy and how to stay fit. The children have participated in varied active sessions including the introduction of hockey in sport. Holly said; “water keeps us hydrated,” Chloe; “you can eat fruit and that will make our skin glow.” This linked nicely to the celebration of Harvest. The children enjoyed active Maths, looking at 2D shapes. The children went on a shape hunt and found many shapes within the environment. This learning continued into a ‘shape challenge’ applying their knowledge, understanding the vocabulary to build a shape dinosaur. I must say, there were some fantastic looking shape Stegosaure’s and Triceratops.

In PSCHE, the children discussed ‘the qualities of a friendship.’ As a class we read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and made our own fish. We discussed the value of kindness and suggested some of our own character traits. Well done.

Gentle reminder to all parents: Please can you bring your child into school wearing their Sports kit and full waterproofs/wellies every Wednesday morning ready for Woodland School. Thank you.

Don't forget - Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from Second Steps

What a busy week Second Steps have had. It has been full of messy and sensory play focussing on building our descriptive language. We started our big talk topic this week, the children looked at a picture from the book ‘Elmer’. We were looking at what we could see if the picture and how they thought Elmer was feeling. It has been great to see the children becoming more of idependent in their environment and choosing resources and activities for themselves.

Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from First Steps

This week in First Steps the children continued exploring the great outdoors during their weekly Woodland School session. They gathered sticks, explored the different sizes and then created their body using the sticks they gathered. We had lots of fun measuring our ingredients for our pancakes earlier in the week. The children showed very good sharing and listening skills when mixing the pancake batter together. We even saw a terrific flip of the pancakes by Ms. Finch! During circle time we talked about Harvest festival and the children shared with their friends their favourite fruit/vegetable and added their comments onto our very hungry caterpillar display. Please take a look the next time you’re visiting our First Steps classroom.

Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

Key Dates for the first few weeks:

Monday 24th September - E-Safety Workshop for parents

Friday 28th September - Reading with your child; Workshop for parents

Friday 28th September - A night at the movies; performance Year 1 - Year 5

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