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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 74 -15th february 2019

From the Headmaster:

In theory, the first half of the Spring Term is the quietest of all six. It seems that this theory doesn't apply here at Park Hill. The last six weeks have flown by in a blur of activities and events and enjoyment.

As you can see in this edition, we have had a most enjoyable week that started with the regional cross country event which also featured our very first cross country team. Do please read about my pride in the sense of unity and celebration that I witnessed on Monday morning; no egos just simple enjoyment at enjoying being physically active and seeing all of that hard work pay dividends on the day. I would like to extend my thanks to the hardy supporters who cheered us on.

The last two days have been what I hope is a taster for the start of spring. Glorious sunshine flooding into classrooms has been most welcome. We start the first of our Adventure School expeditions in the first two weeks of next half term. All children from Year 2 to Year 5 will be enjoying a variety of hikes either into 'unexplored' parts of Richmond Park or slightly further afield into the Surrey Hills. Information has or will be going out over the coming two weeks with further information. The delivery of minibuses is already paying dividends!

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.

Finally, I have managed to get out and about these last two days and get some of the lovely blue sky into this edition.

I hope you all have a super half term and that the purchase of walking boots goes well for those of you who need to go shopping!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

PS - A date for the calendar: please note that there will be no swimming curriculum lessons on Friday 1st March as we will be holding a STEAM day!

PPS - Thank you to all parent who supported our ECO sale of handpicked organic Park Hill bay leaves. We aim to purchase bird food and feeders for our school grounds to encourage even more of the wildlife.

Social Media

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

Cross Country

I know that I am unashamedly biased when it comes to Park Hill, but I was utterly impressed by our cross country team on Monday.

I have spent, and spend, more than my fair share of time in and around teams and have more than a passing interest in team dynamics etc but what struck me as unique with our own athletes was their sense of unity and genuine desire to celebrate and encourage their collective efforts and teammates.

As I said to the children at the completion of the event, I was frankly 'blown away' by their efforts and sense of unity. Such a pleasure to be able to join them for the event.

Yet another 'first' for Park Hill, our first cross country team under the leadership from Miss Adamidou more than did themselves proud in perfect conditions for running. As you can see from the images below, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and should look forward to further success.

Just a selection of images from the day. We are collating all of the images that we have and will provide the link in the first week back after half term.

The Battle of Hastings - Part Deux...

The Godfather Part 2, Terminator 2 and The Empire Strikes Back (each contentious and I fear I may perhaps cause upset/annoyance, however, I stand resolutely by my upcoming statement) but each one is unique in actually being a better film sequel to its original. (I am just glad it is half term next week.)

Well, now we can add our own version/adaptation to the, um, Bayeux Tapestry. Sit back, relax, tuck into the popcorn and enjoy the film premiere of The Battle of Hastings - Part Deux...

Creative Staff Too...

Creativity doesn't just end with our children. I feel I must share these rather stunning images taken by our very own Mrs Watts.

Good Work!

It seems that a new section is being created in the Deerstalker! Even more visits to me this week. Well done to everyone who came to show me their work. Such a variety and such creativity in different media.

Science - Year 3

With much excitement, our Year 3 children enjoyed 'doing' bunsen burners this afternoon. As you can see from the images, they were rather pleased with the outcome of their experiment.

Welcome!

Dare I say it? Patience and a great deal of perseverance does pay off...

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Miss Edina Vari who joined our school this week in our full time nursery and 1st Steps.

Miss Whelan has been patiently (resolutely, some may say doggedly) searching for the right person to join her and we are delighted that Edina has already made a significant and positive impact across our school.

We do have quite an exceptional team.

Everyone shares the same philosophy and approach, something that Edina, who joins us from Asquith Nurseries, recognised and appealed to her when accepting our offer. She is not only highly experienced and qualified but is also very musical and enjoys sport; I think she will fit in quite well! Do please welcome her to Park Hill.

News from Year 5 and Year 4

Love was in the air this week. Was it Valentine’s Day, or possibly because the half term break began on Friday. The week began with the Inter-School’s Cross-Country race in Hampshire for eight members of the class. They braved a chilly 7:30am start on Monday morning to compete: returning early afternoon with competitive gasps and big smiles. Well done to those who competed and superbly represented the School and Year 4/5.

In the classroom, love was definitely in full flow when faced with assessments this week: When their eyes filled with dread, and rolled up in their head, ‘That’s Amore!’

Luckily, for Year 4 and 5, we have plenty of opportunities for a change of scenery and with Adventure School on Monday we ventured to Richmond Park. Pupils spent time searching the surrounding area for items of interest. A few sticks, mossy bark and a few stones were found. Nerf bullets, bones and socks too! Could they relate to each other? For some they did, as we invented stories using these objects that delved in to the wild and surreal world of 8 to 11 year olds.

The week has also been filled with Year 4 and 5 entrepreneurial spirit in Computing lessons. Pupil’s are in the process of developing their websites to promote their businesses, leaving only the stalls to be designed (after half term), before they can launch their money making endeavours.

We have really enjoyed our lessons where key elements of the curriculum (English, Maths) are combined with their creative skills and computing.

Their creative skills were also used in their Science lesson too, as we created a paper (origami) wind farm to represent the renewable source of energy.

Our final week before the break has also allowed pupils to finish of any loose ends of their work. We have completed our Bayeux Tapestry film and we hope you enjoy their historical interpretation (and accent too!) of events from 1066. Their PSHCE work on growing up and thinking about future jobs has also been most entertaining and informative. This week we have completed our videos using green screen technology to show images of our dream jobs and the people who perform them. Pupils in form 4 and 5 dream big as we look to become Actresses, Vets, Doctors, Footballers, Artists, Car Designer, Teachers of Art and Sport, plus one pupil wishing to manoeuvre themselves in to a career as a Contortionist.

Our dreams are important to us, and we are realising how we can become what we set out to be. Hard work, focus, perseverance (Mr Bond, please note.), and of course enjoyment and taking pride in what we do.

It has been a good progression this first half of Spring Term. The half term holiday represents the mid way point of the school year and we should now re-classify ourselves as Year 4.5 and 5.5. In the next half of Spring Term we continue our studies of Medieval History and look at important events that shaped British and World History; The Magna Carta and The Crusades to name a few. Our English will be focused on Poetry and performance, and for Maths we will investigate area and perimeter of 2D (some 3D) shapes.

We look forward to seeing year 4.6 and 5.6 back for the second half of spring term. Have a look at the homework projects set but more importantly, enjoy the holiday.

News from Year 3

As always, another action packed week at Park Hill. This week started of with a literacy adventure to Richmond Park, as we made our way to and through the park we can up with a mountain of vocabulary to describe what we felt and saw, using our senses to get more detailed descriptions. In the Park, we each had to find something interesting to discuss deciding where it could have come from. Building onto this, we then split into small groups to make up a story with each item in it! Some very entertaining stories were told, including a lump of bark which became an ogre’s toenail...

In Science this week the excitement of heating water over a bunsen burner was a sight to behold. The children learnt about safety when using scientific equipment and measuring temperature and learning about the boiling point of water.

News from Year 2

Our final week has been a busy one.

Year 2 has spent this week working on performance poetry. They have performed poems that they practised over the last weekend and used expression and actions to add dramatic flare. In mathematics, the children have carried out some work on challenging fraction problems and have learnt how to find thirds using pictures.

In Science, our buildings are really coming together, with some of them complete and ready to go. We have finished coding with the children using different inputs to control their sprites, robots, and Spheros. Even Rosie’s face was used as an input to control our Spheros.

This week has been assessment week and we have been hard at work with writing, reading, and mathematics.

News from Year 1

We are already looking forward to the second half of the Spring Term when we return for a well deserved rest for new learning challenges in all curriculum areas.

Year 1 continue to inspire and excel in their learning. Our knowledge of phase 5 phonics has increased through creative approaches and games. I am especially impressed with the improvements in fluency and comprehension as a result of intense one to one reading and focused iPad activities.

In Maths, we applied our strategies to solve addition and subtraction word problems in a practical context.

At Woodland school we honed our observation skills with a scavenger hunt for odd and unusual items like something huge, something tiny and something purple... amazingly Year 1 found every item. Even insects in winter!

News from Reception

“🎶Love is in the air🎵...Reception has certainly enjoyed sharing and feeling the love! An all round week celebrating valentines! “Love is shown everywhere” Chloe says. “It is when you help your friends or teachers,” Timothy. Or even “tidying your clothes away and clearing up after yourselves,” Allor. “You can be nice to your sister “ Beth, “Or Brother,” Max. The theme around love included painting clay hearts, making heart bouquets, writing valentines cards and creating a multicoloured skittle love heart! A cross curricular lesson with links to science, Literacy, Maths and Technology was super fun, which put the children’s critical thinking skills to test. They all took photographs of the different stages of their colour mixing science experiment. “Wow, look at the colours mixing it reminds me of a rainbow fairy,” Holly exclaims. “Orange and brown like muddy water,” Theo. Afterwards, some of the children created an ePub book using book creator app, which included a step by step process of the experiment. Videos, text, images, voice notes and photographs were all implemented impressing not only myself, but also Mr Bond! Amazing work, your competency using the iPad is extraordinary.

In Maths we looked at number bonds 1-10 and 1-20 ‘Valentines theme.’ We will continue to work on this next half term. Please have a look at the homework for updates on next term’s topic. Thank you.

I hope you all have an enjoyable half term!

News from Second Steps

Yet another busy week Second Steps have had! We started by celebrating Zachary’s 4th Birthday! He brought in a very yummy number four chocolate cake to celebrate with all his friends. This week the children have been making lots of gifts for their parents on Valentines Day. Using their fine motor skills they created a lovely hanging heart ornament using clay. They have also been creating love hearts, cookies as well as cards. We asked the children what does love mean to them, here are some of their responses.

“Love means you love someone and love is in your heart”- Mary

“Love is when your heart loves somebody” - Kassius

“When you touch someone who loves you it feels warm.”- James

Our story of the week has been “How much I love you”. The children learnt about how much you can love and how it can not be measured. They were asked how loving someone and being loved by someone made them feel. The children also enjoyed listening to the story “Lady and the Tramp.” For role-play we opened up a cafe called the “Lovebug Cafe”, here they children enjoyed creating their own menus for Valentines Day as well as acted out scenes from a cafe.

“Maybe we can make some meatball pasta”- Rameez

“ Oh, I think we need to bake a cake shaped as a heart and it needs to be really big.”- Kit

The children have enjoyed sharing about what makes them feel loved and how they can show love to one another. They have enjoyed exploring the coloured theme rice in the messy tray and have had a great time pretending it was different kinds of food. The children poured and transferred the rice into different size plates, bowls and cups and placed them on the special table to serve as some rather yummy food.

“ I think we should make each other different food, look we can pretend the rice is pasta or maybe some yummy desert.”- Jack

“I would like to have a nice meal with my friend Rameez ”- Benjamin

For maths and phonics this week, the children have ben learning how to blend simple CVC words as well as continuing to practice their letters and sounds. They did many different activities to engage their learning and interest. The children had to search for the different sounds/letters hiding in the coloured rice. The children also enjoyed learning about measurements. Using the jelly, children learnt how to weigh the jelly as well measure the jelly in a jug. We have also been learning numeracy and quantity 0-20 using the cards and fetching the correct amount given. The children preserved throughout all their activities this and showed a “can do” attitude. Amazing work Second Steppers! They even wanted to do this activity again a few days later and some children got involved to teach the others.

“ I enjoyed having to look for the sounds in the colourful rice”- Aiden

“ I did well in learning to read the words.”- Bea

In outside area the children had great time exploring their environment, they used different tools to dig in the bark are while looking for insects. They have been working really hard on their gross motor skills and have been practicing our hand and eye coordination. They did this by learning to throw, catch and kicking using balloons. Progressively the children will be using small balls and going onto tennis balls. It was great to see how well the children are developing in their gross motor skills. Well done, Second Steppers!

“ I catch the balloon”- Christian

“ I jumped up high to try and catch the ballon”- James

The children had a great time during Woodland School, they learnt to use good looking to find different coloured objects within their surrounding. The children also had a great time climbing on some very large trees that had fallen down. They pretended it was their pirate ship and that they were trying to get to the other side of the world for the hidden treasure.

“ I like to sail a pirate ship....Arrr Arrrrr...”- Kit

“ Oh no help me, I falling down!”- Harry

Second Steps have had an amazing week with lots of fun activities. They have had many learning experiences as well as opportunities. Well done Second Steps! Have a lovely half term.

News from First Steps

We have been learning all about Valentine’s Day this week. We talked about how can we make our friends happy and who is special to us. The children made Valentine’s Day cards for their loved ones. We thought it is not enough to show our love so used pink wool to wrap around heart shapes. Also Mrs Mousi taught us how to say “I love you’ in different languages.

In our Science session we made a heart shape with red skittles and watched it fizz and explode with a lemon juice and bicarbonate soda mixture.

At Woodland School, we collected different shaped leaves and created our heart shape collage. The children really loved the idea finding hidden animals in our playground.

We were so surprised to find a baby elephant on our play house roof.

The messy tray was very messy as usual. We watched jelly cubes turn soft and start to dissolve with warm water. Then tried to find as many jewels we could. After jelly play we put red rose petals and glitter in the messy tray and children tried to water them with pipets.

We squashed chocolate chips in small pieces and gave it to chef to melt them. When it had melted we used spoons to transfer the melted chocolate into ice cubes tray. Lastly we placed them in the freezer and ate them at snack time on Valentine’s Day. What a treat!

Birthdays!

Certificates

Headmaster's Certificate - Chloe
Headmaster's Certificate - Gisele

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