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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 129 - 29thjanuary 2021

From the Headmaster:

Alistair

Photo credit - Mr Sims

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I am once again grateful for the positive feedback we have received from across the school for both our communication leading up to the start of term and for the most complimentary comments regarding our provision so far.

I am aware that whilst many of our children are now well experienced in their use of Showbie and Zoom there may well be times when things do not necessarily work as you want them to. Therefore, please use Showbie as your route to resolving or clarifying any queries. By the far the biggest feedback we received back in April/May was the 'explosion' on WhatsApp when there was a technical issue or confusion. We want to avoid this happening as this negatively impacts on your own working day. Both I and my colleagues are able to respond quickly to any queries.

Photo credit - Mr Sims

Assembly

Yes, I know it is only supposed to be 30minutes long, yes I got told off by the teachers for disrupting their morning lessons, but I hope you will agree that it was very much worth it.

What a privilege it is to focus on the most minute of reactions and emotional responses that, despite their size, shout at volume; the delight at receiving and the genuine pleasure from the whole school at a collective success.

The message was a mix of celebration of each and every individual across the school and their creativity and innovation and, most important of all, the indefatigable purpose and determination to tackle not just then teaching and learning but also the challenges laid before. Please use whatever expressions you see as appropriate; bravo, chapeaux, mabrook or congratulations, another week of effort and fun and challenges accepted and enjoyed.

Let’s ’ave it! (solution below)

Perseverance, Resilience and Kipling Award

Many thanks again to Sir Chef Leon, who kindly agreed (after being very unanimously nominated) to present the awards this week.

Many, many congratulation to George (Resilience), Jessica (Perseverance) and Artimus, Sinoe and mum and dad (Kipling) who are well deserving recipients of the award this week.

Perseverance -

steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Resilience -

the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, major life changes

Kipling Award -

Images of the week

Images from the week

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.

Photo credit - Mr Sims
You really needed to have been in the Y3 and Y4 French lesson to really understand quite what was going on...

Year 6

This week has been all about prequels. Year 6 have been challenged to create a prequel to the book ‘Skellig’, ensuring that it follows the rules we came up with. It can’t contradict the original, it has to contain at least one character from the original, and it needs to add new details to the established world. Year 6 planned using Showbie, voice notes, pictures, and vocabulary, before having 2 days to write their stories. Within this, the children attempted to proof read work, highlight mistakes and points for improvement.

In maths, we plotted, translated, and reflected our way to a good understanding of coordinates and graphs. Year 6 had the challenge of first translating, then reflecting their translated shape. At the end of the week, we shifted to pie charts, analysing them and creating our own.

Carl Linnaeus was the focus of science, and the children worked out how different animals are classified, from their Kingdom to their Species. As year 6 discovered, some animals have both the same genus and species leading to such classifications as Gorilla Gorilla and Panther Panther.

Computing involved the creation of their own iPad using the necessary hardware parts. They created one and then compared to others, debating the merits of a larger battery vs more cameras/bigger processor.

Year 5

In Year 5 we have continued to follow Tom through his adventure to adapting to life with his auntie and uncle in their flat. He has has his first experience of the clock striking 13 and noticed that not all is as it seems with what is at the end of the corridor by the grandfather clock. We have been taking a breath at the end of each chapter to take inspiration to our own creative writing about portals that may exist in our own homes.

Across the curriculum we have been exploring different dance techniques from different decades and have just moved on to our new topic in Humanities where we will be looking at the life of Nelson Mandela.

Year 4

In a fast paced week Year 4 have made great progress on all fronts of the curriculum. Sharing and dividing have been key themes as children have been encouraged to use inverse methods and chunking of numbers to enable them to solve division problems involving three of more digits. In our English we have made giant strides towards finishing our Victorian Children Report whilst engaging with our class reader ‘The Adventures of the New Cut Gang’.

Famous Victorians took pupils on an exploration to discover the biggest names in in the 19th Century. Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin, Mary Seacole, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the circus entertainer Pablo Fanque.

Our creative endeavours have been the highlight of my week. It was fantastic to to see the selection of chairs drawn in Art and DT where their use of perspective and vanishing points was employed with great results. In conclusion to our week and our final creative hoorah! Salt dough making was a great hit and much kneaded activity, as children mastered the the technique of mixing and rolling out their dough and then producing some stunning master pieces ready to baked Friday evening.

Year 3

Year 3 have had another very productive week from learning the grid multiplication method to improve their mental multiplications and conceptual understanding. The children were thrilled to be able to multiply 2x1 digit numbers in their head!

Year 2

This week in English Year 2 have been working hard on their persuasive writing. They wrote to their parents to persuade them to cook them their favourite meal and even wrote to the MP of Kingston to make the traffic lights on Queens road a zebra crossing to make it safer for the community.

In Maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes and the children even created their own using some 3D shape nets, it was great fun problem solving.

This week in Science we tested our clay houses against some natural elements such as snow, wind and rain. The tests went well and showed that some were made incredibly well and others (such as mine) had some design flaws.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 1

Another fantastic week of remote learning. Year 1 never fail to impress me with their concentration, attention to detail and determination to learn.

We continue to study The Storm Whale in literacy but this week have used the text as a base to create our own stories. Over the week we have created visual story maps, newspaper reports and concluded by writing our own versions.

In maths we moved into measuring and looked closely at measuring length. We learnt how to compare and which mathematical words are the most appropriate as well as developing our skills with a ruler.

Our Topic this term is houses and homes. For Woodland school we created nests for a hibernating dormouse that had to be camouflaged and which would insulate the dormouse from cold and noise.

On Friday we applied our knowledge of house features to build our own houses from cardboard.

Well done Year 1.

Reception

This week we have begun to explore plant life cycles and set up our beans in a jar experiment so that we can see what is happening to them and talk about what plants need to grow. We spoke about the function of the roots. By Friday some of the children noticed that a few of the beans have “started to split”. We were able to order the stages that a bean grows beginning with the bean. The children wrote labels and sentences to describe the events.

In maths we have been talking about our day and sequencing events that happen in the morning, afternoon and we introduced the concept of o’clock.

Finally on Friday we explored change by making chia seed slime, it was “super sticky slime”. Great alliteration reception. We also took our ice discs out of the freezer and hung them in the tree and we kept checking on them all afternoon to see what happened to them. We discussed which ones lasted the longest and why.

Well done, Reception, great work this week

Second Steps

Another busy week finished. Second Steps have continued to discover a lot more about Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have been planting their own beans to grow their own beanstalks. We have been talking about measuring, tall, tallest, big, small, long and short. Using the rulers to draw short and long lines, looking at the numbers and their order. Then using the rulers to measure different items around the school.

In Woodland school we were making clay critters, mice and hedgehogs, birds and snails.

The children have continued to do well with their letters and sounds phonics work. We have been looking at the letter ‘C’ and we had a game of ‘I spy’ to match a letter sound to an object, recapping the letters we have been learning.

As you all know it’s Miss Vari’s last week with us before she goes on her maternity leave. Thank you for the lovely cards and gifts.

Miss Wood will be joining Second Steps as of Monday. She has already been spending time with the children in Second Steps and will be with the children as part of the full time nursery team.

First Steps

What a lovely week we have had in First Steps. The snow gave us chance to explore the winter around us and of course we didn’t miss the opportunity to do snowball fight. It was a good way to see children’s hand eye coordination ❄️❄️

Also, we made some snowflakes sticking stripes together with lots of glitter and cotton wools. They are on our tree now and remind us our lovely day in snow.

‘That’s Not Funny’ was our focus book this week and we discussed about how to treat our friends if they get hurt. We practised asking questions like “are you OK?, do you need help?”

In Phonics session, we listened and sang “Walking in the Jungle” and children recognised different animal sounds. Then we discussed what other animals we could see in the jungle and pretended their sounds.

The children love the “what’s in the box” game which was a great fun. The children covered their eyes with a scarf and picked a number from the box. They touched the numbers, used their descriptive language to describe the number and tried their best to guess it. End of the week, the children were able to play this game with their peers without teacher help. Well done you all!

We continued the discover the numbers in Woodland School and hid the numbers in the mud. The children used their senses to explore the numbers and of course they got messy!

Hopefully we are going to have more snow at the weekend, please feel free to add your snow adventures onto Tapestry. The children love sharing the joy with their friends.

Mrs Guniz Mrs Mousi

Please note: given the current regulations, please help us by ensuring that children do not bring in toys from home, thank you!

Music

Reception :

Have really enjoyed the animal theme, we began to wake up our muscles with a fun and upbeat song where we had to be different wild animals. After our warm up shake up, we went on an adventure to the Zoo! Here we saw many different animals and tapped different beats, tempo and rhythm to each animal. We even become the animals we saw and started Jumping like a kangaroo, stomping like an Elephant, tip toeing like a Tiger and roaring like a Cheetah!

Year 1:

This week we explored our feelings and how a piece of music could make us feel, we expressed how we felt by drawing. Once we did that we chose a piece of music we liked and expressed ourselves through dance. We also explored music lab, where we created our own piece of music. We had to touch the boxes to create a piece, then we were able to change the instruments and tempo.

Year 2:

We explored different musical instruments such as the Pan Flute, Drums, Piano, Bass Guitar and Xylophone. Here we created our very own pieces of music and screen recorded our work. We spoke about how different they sound even if you played the same note. After each task we shared our work to our classmates.

Year 3:

In Humanities we have been learning about Vikings this week, so we learnt a Viking Saga song! We took on the character of a Viking who had been on a long boat for days due to going to another country to explore and raid! As the Vikings were feeling a little low we sang a saga to Thor, the God of thunder.

Year 4:

This week we learnt the story Treasure Island written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Here we had the opportunity to become pirates for the lesson! we learnt a pirate song and acted as well as sang out how a pirate would be. We had amazing performances from year 4!

Year 5:

This week we become our mythical creature and expressed how they would move to the music we have been creating on GarageBand. We moved to the tempo, rhythm and beat of our music. Our next lesson we will be putting together a stop motion picture of our mythical creature, using our piece of music in the background and narrating our short story of our mythical creature.

Year 6:

We are working on a Shakespeare play called “Shakespeare on trial”, today we listened to the different songs, picked which one best suited us and started to learn the song. We learnt the importance of becoming a character in the era. Over the next coming weeks we will be putting it together and learning lines to the play.

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Alistair Bond