From the Headmaster:

I am not entirely sure how she did it but to give you an idea of just how hard our photographer worked on Wednesday, in a ‘normal’ day of taking photographs for a school prospectus she averages 1,500 clicks of the camera. For Park Hill? At 5pm, having started at 8am that morning, Pennie had taken over 2,600 photographs.

The reason that I felt compelled to start the Deesrtalker with this statement is simply because, as Pennie was at pains to point out, everyone was smiling!

I am hoping to have a selection of around 400 photographs to then select for our new prospectus and to use for the website, Deerstalker etc etc.

The target is to have the new prospectus complete by the start of the summer term with the first copies being given to all of you once in our possession.

Neighbours and your help!

If I may ask for your help with a small number of things I would be most grateful.

We do enjoy good relationships with our neighbours but a significant frustration expressed to us is the parking in the neighbouring driveways and across exit points. Please help us by not parking either in the drive of Dean Court or in the parking spaces of Belvedere Court directly opposite the school.

We have addressed various elements of our after school provision to make collection as straight forward as possible but would be grateful if you might note the following -

Collection of children attending after school activities should be from the side gate at 5pm

Collection of nursery (full time) children should be from the main entrance

Serving the evening meal is quite an involved process, as I am sure you can appreciate! In order to provide a detailed 'hand over' about the day and adventures enjoyed as well as supervising the evening meal, we would be most grateful if you could avoid collection 5pm-5.10pm, if at all possible!


Finally, and I know it is one of the many things that you already know, but please don't feel that I only stand at the gate to 'simply' welcome you and your children into school each day.

I am also there to speak with.

It may be the weather, the weekend rugby score or even to double check dates or events with, but I also hope that you feel able to speak with me about any aspect of school life.

We, as a staff, are simply here to give our children the best.

If you are unsure about anything please speak with me; it will only ever be taken in the spirit of making Park Hill even better.

Yet another busy week where children and staff enjoyed a series of team building challenges at Richmond Park, a rather damp but rewarding visit to Hobbledown Farm, a very wet games lesson, competitive maths competition and concluding with Red Nose Day.

Do please check your emails for details regarding our Spring Fayre that is taking place next Friday. In addition to next week we are hosting the ILG football tournament next Thursday and inter house cross country on Monday afternoon. I shall not be at the gate on Wednesday as I shall be in north London meeting with my seven counterparts from our sister schools.

We do have the rather exciting prospect of being able to use the Rose Theatre on 29th March for our own celebration of performing arts. Originally intended for an ILG festival, we decided it too good an opportunity to miss for our own children to experience performing on stage. I am finalising details on Monday with The Rose and Miss Georgina, but I expect all of our children to be able to enjoy standing on the Rose Theatre stage (in the footsteps of such luminaries as Simon Callow, Mark Steel, Benjamin Zephaniah and even Jasper Carrot....) and performing music, song and drama.

Yours sincerely,



I am hoping that those of you who have already had the need to contact AlleyCatz have been very happy with the service received.

I am delighted to confirm that after a long search girls in Year 3 and above, will have a new pink and white summer blouse available to them. I am aware has been long awaited after we consulted with the school council over one year ago. AlleyCatz expect to have the new stock in for the start of the summer term.

Naming Uniform

We do our very best to return lost property but we do come up against the challenge of nameless items. We would be grateful if you could please ensure that every piece of clothing (including shoes) are clearly labelled, ideally with a sewn in name tag. If possible, please ensure these labels are attached in the neckline of tops/ coats and in the back waistband of bottoms to help with easy identification.

Collection Arrangements - Safeguarding

We would be most grateful if any messages regarding collection are passed at the gate with Mrs Watts or Mrs Blower, emailed or called through to the office and not left with the teacher.

Similarly, we would also be grateful if any last minute changes to collection (from 2.30pm) are called through to the School Office and not emailed to ensure the message has been received.

Inter-House Maths

As competitive as ever, it proved to be a close fought contest as St David’s (is it a sign of things to come in the rugby this weekend?) came away victorious.

Red Nose Day

Such colour in evidence around the school today! Thank you for your generosity in supporting this cause. A grand total of £112.67 has been raised at the time of typing!


As well as enjoying the inter-house maths, we were also treated to two very impressive solo performances. Well done to both Ela and Raven!

Social Media

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

Spring Fayre

The children and staff have been working very hard in preparing a variety of stalls and stands we very much hope that you will enjoy as much as your children. The intention is that there will be a variety of activities and games that can be enjoyed by all ages and certainly plenty to occupy the two hours.

When and where...

The fayre will run from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 22nd March, with children and staff running and managing the stalls. The weather forecast looks promising!

We have a number of stalls being entirely run by our young entrepreneurs in Year 4 and Year 5 who, as part of the curriculum, have been building their own businesses courtesy of the Virgin Money ‘Make £5 Grow’ scheme -

They have each been provided with £5 to either collaborate with their peers or on their own to then run what I am sure will be a highly successful business at the fayre. Skills such as accounting, marketing and customer service are very much part of the learning process.

I would ask that you read the Deerstalker to learn more about their businesses.

The Stands...

So, to whet your appetite we shall be enjoying the following stands and stalls next Friday -

Bike Wash (get out on your bikes this weekend safe in the knowledge that it will receive a thorough wash next Friday)

Fun Bun Bakery

Sparkle and Shine Jewellery (Mother’s Day is fast approaching)

Fabulous Faces - Face Painting

Lucky Dip

Splat the Rat

Name the Teddy

Sweeties in the Jar

Tombola - for the children

Tombola - for the parents...

Hook the Duck

Selfies Photos (wit the selfie expert Miss Renfrew)

Spend your dough on Play Dough!

Beat the Goalie

Who is the next Bradley Wiggins? (best distance on an exercise bike in 1 minute? Age categories apply, including vets!)

Netball shoot (how many goals in 30 seconds?)

Hot Dogs and Falafel Wraps

Drinks and Refreshments


Wet sponge at the teacher! - a whole host of your favourite teachers will be in the stocks ready to be splatted!

Upon entry to the fayre you can purchase plastic tokens, each with with the value of £1 which can then be used at each stand. For each purchase of tokens you will be provided with raffle tickets for the raffle prizes which will be drawn at 5.30pm. Prizes currently include numerous meal vouchers from local hotels and restaurants, bike servicing and a family photo shoot very generously donated by Mrs Panattoni.

We would be grateful for three things...

We would be most grateful if you might be willing to help us in three ways (other than making sure you have been for a very muddy bike ride this weekend, to also generate an appetite for cakes, face painting and jewellery amongst many other things….)

1. We would be most grateful if you could donate a small bag or jar of sweets for the tombola and prizes

2. We would be similarly grateful if you could provide us with a non-alcoholic or alcoholic bottle for the tombola (for the parents..)

3. Finally, we would be delighted if you can join us for what promises to be a perfect start to the weekend.

The school council are very keen to raise funds for a tree house in the playground that I am sure you will agree is an entirely worthy cause as it will benefit each child in the whole school. With teachers heavily involved, I would ask that parents supervise their children during the fayre.

We are most grateful for your support with this and very much hope that you will enjoy it as much as we will!

Fun Bun Bakery - Please come to our stall you will not regret it! 22nd of March the Fun Bun Bakery is coming to you!!! [don’t forget!] We are making it extra special, fair and absolutely perfect for you.

Fabulous Faces - We are running a business called fabulous faces, a face painting business. We are going to paint faces for £2 and wrist painting for £1. All ages are welcome and we will do a variety of face painting styles. We have a few staff members and will take extra care, time and delight in meeting our customers. We will hope to see you at our stall.

Sparkle and Shine - Sparkle and shine has the greatest jewellery you will ever feast your eyes on. As a special member, we are dedicated to bring you love and wonder in your beauty. Children are welcome to buy our dazzling accessories. For £1 you can get 2 sparkly bracelets. We love you and we know you will love us.

Bike Washes’ - Bike Washes’ is a superb way of cleaning your bike (I know right, nobody wants to clean their mucky bike after your long trek in the muddy mountains, so we will). We take joy in what we do, and we call ourselves junior professionals ‘as it were’. We take much care in our work and don’t leave a speck of dirt on your bikes anywhere. For only £5.00 we will make your bike look brand new again.

Notices and Reminders

Interhouse Cross Country (18th March)

ILG Football Tournament (21st March)

Spring Fayre (22nd March)

Park Hill Performing Arts Festival (29th March)

Interhouse Hockey (2nd April)


Christopher Tse maroon sweatshirt - named ‘Audrey Tse’.

News from Year 5 and Year 4

Our week has filled been with poetic prose and intrigue as the Wind howled in from the west ‘while chasing clouds away’; beating upon the terrain of our easterly view. Fire raged in their Science lessons with Mr Stevenson, whilst the down to Earth nature of Michael Rosen was exposed. ‘Every man has a place, in his heart there's a space, and the world can't erase his fantasies’. This may apply to Mr Rosen who we spent much of our time researching as we prepare to write our reports about his writing and biography of his life. In preparation, Year 4 and 5 have been learning about his upbringing and how he began his career and acted out our own impersonations of him with hot seating and reading transcripts from interviews. We have been impressed with how pupils have observed and adopted his performance mannerisms (and accent too) in order to gain a further insight into his character. To express elements of his life, which centres around his family, we consolidated our learning of relative clauses that all begin with relative pronouns (Who, whose, which, where and that).

It was unfamiliar to all how this week we hadn’t anywhere to visit outside of school, other than our usual sporting / adventure escapes. We made an excursion to Richmond Park for Adventure School and worked on team building and communication with a series of images that ‘took a ride in the sky, on a ship fantasy’. Rearranging a series of images that continuously revealed more of a complete picture proved testing, but exemplified resilience and perseverance towards problem solving. Prior to this, pupils had been collaborating in smaller groups and Mr Bond spoke highly of their efforts as they attempted to move ‘helium’ sticks over a series of different obstacles. Pupils were in their element as they used only a straightened index finger to pick up sticks together.

Following our investigations into perimeter and area pupils worked on their volume in Maths. Not the amount of noise they make unfortunately, but still pupils made great progress with understanding how volume is a measurement of three-dimensional space by the amount of cubic units. Understanding the formula for calculating perimeter, area and volume was then put to the test on Friday as they began investigations into objects within the classroom. The results of these investigation will enable pupils to work out the volume capacity of inside their desks, and understand how much stuff they can shove and compact inside them.

We will continue to consolidate our knowledge of perimeter, area and volume whilst revisiting methods for multiplication of 2 digits.

To continue my weather analogies, there was a wind of change in other lessons. A protest! An uprising! A REVOLT!! Pupils learnt how if you abuse people’s freedom, they will revolt and turn against you. Unfortunately for those who revolted; their lives where lost, and freedoms they asked for not granted. However, those in charge did learn that perhaps they needed to treat their employees with more respect. Mr Stevenson’s Computing lessons teaching them entrepreneurial endeavours can excite and fire them up somewhat, especially as their businesses plans will be put to the ultimate test next week.

As for our Humanities lessons, we returned to Medieval History and the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. Similar to their exploits in Computing, only a little less gruesome.

That concludes our week, a wonderland that was: down to Earth; with lots of blustery Wind and a Fire to succeed .

A great week, Year 4 and Year 5.

News from Year 3

Year 3 have enjoyed another busy week. During Adventure School we enjoyed various team building activities to redevelop our skills working together. The challenges ensured much discussion and fun!

In English we have continued to work on our Non- Chronological leaflets on Park Hill. It was particularly interesting to see what the professional photographers focused on for their prospectus.

In Mathematics we have continued our work on grid multiplication and are now moving on to the eternal challenge of word problems!

In Humanitites we are learning about countries around the world. In DT we are studying how bread is made and are going to be booking in a session with Chef Leon to make some bread! Year 3 are beginning to get excited about the Spring Fayre next week planning and preparing their stalls.

News from Year 2

Well what a week it’s been!

This week started with a bang and a lot of stop motion animation. We joined Year 1 to teach them to use stop motion, green screen, clips, and iMovie. Year 2 structured stories around a particular setting and theme, and then creating animations to tell the story. We then ‘app smashed’, combining iMovie, clips, and green screen with our animations. A truly exciting activity.

Maths has taken some time this week, with the children learning to read time, calculate the difference between times, writing time in different ways, and solving time problems. Many ticks were given.

The skeleton was explored in science this week, and it proved to be quite humorous.

The children draw around each other and labelled the bones in our body. We even danced like Elvis to reinforce our knowledge of bones, up on our phalanges, and even on our patella’s.

News from Year 1

Year 1 have become active space explorers this week. We delved deep into our solar system looking at each planet and how they are unique. Our classroom walls are covered with enquiry questions, facts and posters. Did you know it would take 1.3 million Earths to fill the sun?

We have begun to create 3D models of each planet and are fascinated that Earth is the only planet in our Solar system to sustain life.

Did you know on August 24, 2016, astronomers announced the discovery of a rocky planet in the zone of Proxima Centauri, which made be the closest habitable planet to Earth?

At Woodland School this week the class were tasked with discovering tiny life on Earth ... could they find bug life in March. We explored mini beasts living in water, under dead wood and which may be living in trees which fall when shaken gently. Interestingly, we have learnt about the hibernation habits and locations of worms, shield bugs, woodlice, snails and bees.

In Maths, we explored repeated addition and strategies for mental maths. I am very impressed with the fluency that Year 1 are showing in class and in work from home.

News from Reception

Reception certainly embraced the rainy weather for our trip to Hobble Down farm, jumping into puddles and singing in the rain! We learnt the names for cow and sheep in French, singing Old MacDonald in French too! The children enjoyed petting the small animals like the guinea pig and rabbits and were lucky enough to feed the goats carrots and bamboo. We persevered in the rain as much as we could and were lucky to see some meerkats, Otters and Lamas. Unfortunately, the rest of the animals were shying away from the rain.

Within our classroom environment, the children interacted collaboratively, engaging in role play. They set up a garden centre, with Timothy (our ‘fish professional’) hosting a ‘fish talk’ and chose to write invitations for others to join us. Some children produced their own posters which they did all by themselves!

In Maths, we focused on sharing and halving with chocolate stars. They all worked hard to share an equal amount of sweets between everyone. Well done everyone!

News from Second Steps

This week has been another fun packed week, filled with many activities and exciting experiences. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their learning throughout the week. We asked the children what they enjoyed the most about their week.

“I jumpiing in those really muddy puddles ”- Benjamin

“I liked going on the farm and seeing the animals ” - Aiden

“I so excited to go to the farm and see the animals but what I really liked was how fun it was playing in the rain .”- Jack

We are continuing to read “Jack and the Beanstalk” as part of our topic. The children enjoyed acting out the story and pretending to be the giant. The children asked many questions to why Jack stole the items from the giant and used their critical thinking skills to come up with some good reasons to why Jack did this. The children used an app called Stop Motion to create a story. They used props to take photos of each scene. They then recorded their voices on each photo that needed speech. Once this was done we watched our mini movie and discussed what was good,what they enjoyed about it and how we could improve the short clip.

“Well I liked the fact that we used the iPad to create the story that’s a different way of acting it out”- Rameez

“ I liked doing the voice of the scary giant, maybe next time I can sing a song when the giant comes home.”- kit

The visit to Hobble down Farm was such great fun, the children absolutely loved it. The children were on their best behaviour throughout the day and were great ambassadors of the school. The children engaged in all the activities on the farm and had such fun feeding the animals. The Children had a whale of a time in the rain, running up the hills, splashing in the rather muddy puddles and exploring the farm. They did such great walking throughout the day that they fell asleep on the bus!

“ I liked jumping like a Wallaby ” - James

“The animals seemed to be getting very wet, so were we but I think we enjoyed being out in the rain ”- Benjamin

“ Did you know Lamas help protect the sheep.”- Rameez

For phonics this week, the children have been learning how to blend simple words and read them. They are also learning to read tricky words in order to prepare them to read simple sentences. The children have also been practicing and learning letters and sounds as well. The children had to go in search of the missing letters and sounds, which were taken by the dinosaurs. Once they found the sound/letters the children needed to say what started with that sound. Amazing work by all the children, well done!

“ I am so happy I am learning to read, it makes me proud ”- Aiden

“ Look I found an....s for snake, Miss Menon.”- Christian

For Maths, we have been working on simple additions us jig the numicons, the children read the sum, got the correct numicon and then had to find out the total. Some children were able to write the answer next to the equal sign without any help. We also had Spider-Man coke and spin a web and made all the number magnets get stuck, so the children had to find them and pull them out using tweezers. Once they did this, they were asked to find the correct quantity. Again wonderful work from all the children!

“ ok so this means five...ok I will count five big stones” - kit

“ Ok so I need to look for six sticks.”- Christopher

“If there is three here and four over there....together I will have....seven”- Rameez

In outside area the children had great time exploring their environment, they used different tools measure different amount of water. They had great fun in the shaving foam, building a rather large castle that was high up in the clouds. The children created many different structures using soft blocks as well as small wooden blocks.

“ Look what a made, its a really big tower.”- Arthur

“ I pour the water into different pots carefully ”- Gisele

Second Steps have had an amazing week back at school with lots of fun activities. They have had many learning experiences as well as opportunities. Well done, Second Steps!

News from First Steps

First Steps children and teachers and Sophia’s dad (we hope) had so much fun at Hobbledown Farm this week. The children had a chance to hold and stroke a rabbit and guinea pig. Some of the children didn’t want to touch the animals first then when they observed other children having so much fun with animals they decided to have a go. And they didn’t want to stop stroking them. We visited all the other animals in the farm and saw a turkey, goats, otters, meerkats (they were hiding but managed to see a tail), parrots and Shetland ponies.

We heard that the goats were so hungry and were waiting for us to feed them we couldn’t wait longer and ran to the barn. We held bamboo sticks and goats came really close by and ate all the leaves.

Of course we didn’t miss the opportunity to jump into muddy puddles. We jumped and splashed water all over us. And we had so much fun!

We spend our last hour in the soft play area and children climbed over mountains, rolled over on the floor, walked through magical mazes.

All children behaved extremely well, well done First Steps! We are looking forward to planning our next trip!

In the class, children have improved their shape and colour knowledge doing wooden blocks printing.

Messy play tray was full of with flour and children enjoyed making imaginary pancakes from Pancake Day from last week.

Car printing was another favourite activity of the week. The children focused on different texture prints on the paper and discussed traffic rules.

On Friday children wore their red clothes for Red Nose Day and talked about the meaning of the donations. Thank you all our parents who generously donated today.

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