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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 138 - 7th May 2021

From the Headmaster:

Biased? Well I am not sure but I will gladly argue that a school residential or trip away is worth its weight in gold. I know I go on about perseverance and resilience but these two traits or qualities are simply things that everyone needs.

The last 48 hours or so have enabled our children in Year 3 and Year 4 to learn about themselves, each other and develop and flourish in a rather beautiful part of the world. The conversations on the big walk today, tidying up after themselves as well as looking after their belongings.

I have seen quite literally hundreds of children during my career develop self esteem overnight and an appreciation of just what they can achieve.

I am so glad to be able to be able to get on the road again and see every single child grow and stand taller all for being with their friends on a school residential; with thoughtful and generous teachers who also know and recognise the impact such trips have on young lives, now and for the rest of their lives; ours too.

Enjoy the images. Enjoy your weekend.

Alistair

Year 3 and Year 4 Southwold Residential

Yomping, navigating, dodging showers (and hail), building sandcastles and having a great deal of fun, all perfect ingredients for an experience our children will never forget.

I will let the images do the talking.

Thank you to messrs Kilb, Papps and Bond (Mrs) for giving up their home comforts to provide our children with such memories. Thank you too to our friends at St Felix School for their generosity and for allowing us to descend and use their incredible facilities for our residential trips. See you next week!

Assembly

A huge thank you goes out to the Year 5 children this week who co-hosted assembly this week alongside Mr Sims. While some people shy away when a camera is pointed at them, we are blessed with confident and articulate children in Year 5 who thrived in the spotlight while presenting the awards to their peers.

Our weekly Perseverance, Resilience and Kipling Awards this week were awarding to Henry B, Yash S and Amaya with each winner showing a fantastic attitude and effort towards school life. Well done!

Year 6

This week, the pupils have started their new topic of persuasive writing. After a lockdown topic of argument and debate, we have now moved to writing a persuasive essay. The children have been working out how they can make their writing sound more passionate and persuasive, whilst avoiding lying or personal remarks.

Our topic was agreed (though debate) to be the worst possible food item. No two children have chosen the same food so I look forward to seeing if they can convince me, and others, that they have chosen the correct one.

Maths has been about algebra. We have been revising our work on finding the rule and the nth term, and substitution. A lot has been remembered but we have worked hard to make sure that we can find that nth term in any sequence of numbers.

In Science, we have learn about fertilisation and the growth of a baby. We looked at home babies grow over time and attempted to order each key moment. Hugely surprising for all pupils.

Even without a Monday, the Year 6s deserve to be tired this weekend. Well done.

Year 5

Year 5 Deerstalker

On Tuesday in their PE lessons, the Year 5 children have been honing their athletics skills along with recording their qualifying times to become part of the team to represent Park Hill in the Indoor Athletics championships. These will be held on the 28th of May. The final team of participants will be announced very soon.

We have a real buzz around the class at the moment as we have started our next writing project. We will be exploring the lives of our heroes with a view to writing a biography and then converting our work into an audiobook. The first stages are to consider what information is needed, followed by creating engaging open-ended questions to help draw out the wonderful stories and anecdotes from their hero to make their biographies exciting and informative.

Year 4

Sea Fever - Year 4

We must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky. We enjoyed two separate halves of our schooling week gone by.

We wrote letters so formal with ink dipped quills, and found fractions of amounts that gave such thrills.

Our second half; we saw the sea with mixed skies above Southwold,

Made shapes in the sand, played by the shore and slept so sound in the cold.

We must go down the seas again for the call of the running tide.

As we followed the streams, and heard the gulls, the river opened wide.

On our golden retreat we we basked in the heat and relaxed to the rhythms of the sea shore. Then off on the bus with seldom fuss, and slept sweetly to the calming engine’s snore.

Mr Papps (and J Masefield)

Year 3

Year 3

Year 3 had an exciting start of the week with the anticipation of the residential ahead of us. We started the week reflecting on our camp out experience and how we can learn from that to help us be independent on the residential. I am pleased to say, writing this as we sit on the beach about to have a picnic lunch the children have impressed us with their thoughtfulness, caring and kind attitudes to each other and St Felix staff. In fact the catering staff were very quick to praise our children for their beautiful behaviour and how well organised they were! Well done Park Hill!

Year 2

Year 2

This week has been full of art, we have been focusing on Vann Gough and his beautiful sunflower paintings.

We got messy at the beginning of the week with some terracotta clay, creating our own clay sunflowers and painted these on Friday. The children are very excited to have these on display for the art exhibition.

We have also started to create some 3D sunflowers and vases to use along side our canvas art work.

In English the children have been creating monsters and playing around with rhyming words ready for next week when we create our own original monster poems.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 1

Year 1

Our week has been full of planning and preparation for the forthcoming art exhibition. We have been exploring watercolour wet on wet techniques and enhancing our paintings with line art.

We explored clay on Tuesday creating incredible and delicate coral sculptures. It was fascinating to see how Year 1 reacted when they learnt that coral is not a plant but a marine invertebrate.

As well as reusing plastic, turning it into art, to prevent it becoming plastic pollution in our beautiful and endangered oceans.

We continue to explore partitioning building our understanding through part whole models, equations and place value grids. Year 1 are really beginning to become masters of tens and ones!

In literacy we have begun a new area of study - books written by the same author Marie Hedderwick. We excelled this week in guided reading when analysing the text answering both literal and inference questions.

Then furthered our study by looking closely at the characters - what we can see from the illustrations and then what we can learn about each character from the text.

Reception

Reception

This week Reception have been continuing to explore the book “Somebody Swallowed Stanley” during our Literacy lessons. We have been recapping our understanding of the characters, story setting and the structure of the story events. The children worked in small groups to share their ideas of what they remembered in the story and they then worked together to create some great visual story maps of the story. The level of teamwork and discussion in the classroom was lovely to see and brought a vibrant energy to the lesson.

During Maths we have been developing our critical thinking skills as we explored capacity. We predicted how many small cups it would take to fill the largest cup and tried to estimate how many we thought it would take. As we tested our guesses we then saw how full the cup was and made more guesses to predict how many more cups it needed. The children then took part in challenge stations to apply their understanding of the terms “full/nearly full/half full/nearly empty and empty”. They were able to arrange bottles of water from empty to full and they showed great excitement in exploring the Gelli Baff to full cups of different sizes to match the quantities that they had learnt.

During Art and Music we have been busy preparing for our art exhibition. We listened to Vivaldi’s Spring music and thought carefully how it made us feel and what we thought of as we listened to the music (I didn’t tell the children the title of the music to encourage them to give me their ideas). We then danced to the music to develop our emotional responses to the music, there were some amazing responses by the children as they created lots of shapes, twists and turns. We also drew to the music. The general consensus was that the music made the children feel “calm and relaxed”. The children then used their I-Pads to record themselves interviewing their partners about their responses to the music. We look forward to developing this more next week.

Finally the children were full of excitement when they found what they thought we butterfly eggs on leaves in the sink in the playground. We then worked together in Woodland school to make a caterpillar habitat. The children shared their ideas about what might be in the eggs.

What a fabulous busy and engaging week we have had in Reception!!!!!

Second Steps

Second Steps Deer Stalker.

This week we have been discovering more about our bodies and what they can do and our five senses. As part of national deaf awareness week we have been learning about hearing and how to use our voices, being loud and quiet, playing whispering games to pass on messages. A friend of Miss Finch is British Sign Language trained and used to teach in deaf schools and has recorded some of our favourite songs and has signed them as well, so we have been singing them and joining in with the signing. The children have really enjoyed these songs and videos.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to go to Richmond park this week but we had fun in school watering our wild flowers, discovering all the different plants and flowers the rest of the school have been growing, looking for different shapes in nature and made stone patterns and chalk drawings.

In sport we were listening extra carefully to instructions. Looking for the target hoop and the throwing the balls in them. Listening for the next activity, to where we needed to run, how fast could we run and remembering the effect ha on our bodies. The children said they could feel their heart, they got hot and their breathing was fast.

We have started talking about hygiene. How we look after ourselves, having a bath, washing and brushing our hair, brushing our teeth when we get up in the morning and before we go to bed. We will be discovering more about how we keep our teeth clean next week and what foods we need to stay healthy.

Miss Finch

Miss Wood

First Steps

This week in First Steps the children have really enjoyed the book of the week which is called The Very Busy Spider. From their love of this book we made our own spiders out of moulding clay which we will be painting next week. Our favourite song to sing this week was Incy Wincy Spider and the children enjoyed counting how many legs the spider had. We also painted our own bees and re-used our recycled boxes and painted them to use again as things like toy boxes or treasure chests. In woodland school this week the children enjoyed creating their own group natural boards. We went for a nature walk hearing the birds sounds, smelling the flowers and picking natural resources. We then came back and discussed what we heard, saw, picked and how the weather has been this week. The children discussed how it has been raining and very windy and they mentioned how the rain helps the flowers grow Well Done First Steps! In P.E the children had loads of fun combining learning with physical activity where they had to sort all the objects by their colour whilst jumping, running and hopping. The children also enjoyed counting Cheerios and matching the right amount with the number in the cupcake case as this helped them improve their numeracy skills.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Guniz Mrs Mousi Ms Bambi

French

This first half of the summer term, we have been learning about vocabulary related to our community. We have looked at the different jobs and facilities within our community using a variety of activities. Together, we have sang, we have played mime games, we have drilled our pronunciation and we have completed our work.

We are still practising the conjugation for the auxiliary“Être”-To be and “Avoir”- To have and memorising their spelling. Children are enjoying our memo- technique routine, playing conjugation interactive games and singing along the auxiliary“Être” and “Avoir” song.

We are, also, looking at the sound “é” and the different letters that make the sound “é” when put together as well as recognising the silent letters at the end of French words.

Finally, this week we have stated our part1 lesson on how to form “ Le féminin des noms”. We have looked at the definite and indefinite articles “Le/un” for masculin and “ la/une” for féminin, the general rule to form the féminin ( add -e at the end of the word) and the particular rules for words ending in -er / -ier / -eur/ -teur. The children were very inquisitive and engaged.

Well done class!

Key Events

Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th May - Year 5 and Year 6 Residential

Friday 21st May - Art Exhibition - Whole School Exhibition

Friday 11th June - Inter-House Crystal Maze

Wednesday 16th June - Pupil Reports published

Thursday 17th - Friday 18th - Year 5 and Year 6 Bikepacking Expedition (optional)

Friday 25th June - Kite Festival

Saturday 26th June - Prize Giving, Sports Day - All children to attend

Saturday 26th June - Parent Social 6pm

Thursday 1st July - Inter House Tough Mudder

Friday 2nd July - End of Term Production

Illness & Medical

We continue to abide with the DfE Regulations.

We ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.

These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea) 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.

Should your child develop symptoms or receive a positive result from a PCR test for Covid-19 you must immediately inform the school office - secretary@parkhillschool.com

This email is monitored during the school day and at set intervals during the weekend. If our line is busy, we have a backup answer service where an operator can take your message and we, as a school, are alerted accordingly.

We receive daily updates to the regulations every 24 hours and this information is reviewed and any alterations to the regulations immediately adopted. We abide by the PHE and DfE advice.

We must abide by the rules, rule of six, social distancing etc for the duration of each easing (hopefully) of the restrictions. However, having reviewed movement around the site and the layout of our buildings we would like to extend the invitation to those of you who drop off your children between 8am and 8.10am and would like to, you are welcome to take your children to the classroom door (Reception, Year 1, Year 2, First & Second Steps) and enjoy the gardens and chance to see far more of the school than we have been permitted to share with you for over a year! I would ask that masks are worn and that you enjoy the chance to walk through the school just like it was before! We will naturally review this each day and communication with you accordingly. We may need to limit the numbers on site during those ten minutes and ask for your patience if required.

Images from the week

Created By
Park Hill
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Credits:

Alistair Bond