If I am allowed to then add another favourite line from Blake?
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings
Such adventures are part of a broader and more important picture. Learning about yourself in unfamiliar territory, finding and developing the ability to think for yourself, to take responsibility for yourself. The decisions you make, the confidence to be yourself. Such adventures grow wings.
Enough of Blake. Just enjoy the smiling faces in these images and look closely, you can see the children all soaring.
Well, the kites soared (sorry) over Richmond Park on Friday afternoon. Only the grumpiest and most cynical could fail to allow the broadest of grins to spread across ones face at the sight of parents, children and staff running with kites down the slope with an extraordinary variety of kites, homemade, homespun or off the shelf following them.
Oh, I cannot resist it.
The cage was well and truly open, Blake would have approved. (P3)
Key Dates & Notices
Saturday 29th June - Speech and Sports Day St Mary’s University. 9.30am to 1pm.
Thursday 4th July - Summer Performance
Friday 5th July - Last Day of Term. School and Nursery closed from 12.30pm
Athletics vs Clarence House
We have a very good relationship with our friends at Clarence House and it was a pleasure to be invited to a relatively relaxed athletics meet on Monday with our Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils. It was sunny!
An action packed week concluded in Richmond Park where our kites soared and swooped, and looped the loop. Well, most did, but we enjoyed all the fun of trying out our amazing inventive kite creations in the annual Kite Festival. It was also lovely to see the Year 4 and 5 pupils, despite being tired, helping the children in younger years with their kites to enable them the excitement of flight.
Our academic week took off on Monday where we began writing up our newspaper reports on flying frogs on lily pads, ensuring that our layout included paragraphs appropriate to the conventions of good journalism. In the first paragraph, a good introduction with answers to the Who? What? When? And Why?. The middle paragraphs with further details of the story and where we use our new skills in reported speech alongside direct speech, and our concluding paragraph that brings closure to our story and possible future events. Who knows? Pigs might fly?
We look forward to writing our final report next week on the history of Park Hill and interview some former pupils. Watch out Mrs Hanif and Mrs Blower.
Our mathematical challenges this week have seen us use simple formulas for solving fraction of amounts problems. Dividing by the bottom (denominator) and then multiplying by the top (numerator) ensured pupils used their conceptual understanding of fractions but also skills in their multiplication tables and application to division problems. The next stage of learning will be applying our understanding of fractions to worded problems which will test our problem solving skills and deducing which operations are required to find the correct answer.
In other adventures we spent a warm and sunny afternoon in heated races against Clarence House school somewhere in Sunbury. In a slick operation, pupils were quickly involved in 60 and 200 metre sprints, and had many hurdles too in their quest to be victorious against their red, white and blue opponents. We competed with great sportsmanship and determination showing off Park Hill’s great competitive spirit.
Of course, our main adventure of the week began on Thursday midday in our quest to Laleham Campsite. Six cyclists set off around midday, while the rest of the class took the comfort of the school minibus to the tranquil (apart from the Airbus A380s) setting next to the Thames.
The cycle ride encountered meandering paths upstream passing parks, bridges, locks, many boats, one school and the occasional dream houses. The leisurely pace was great for taking in the changing nature of the river. Some great memories where made as the many geese had a gander at our passing peloton, whilst river boat crews saw us barge our way westward.
Pupils (and staff) persevered and showed great resilience to complete the journey to a warm welcome at the campsite.
An evening spent cooking our own meals, setting up our tents and playing many games in the nearby fields and on the campsite proved for an enjoyable evening capped off with a stunning burning flame red sunset.
At bed time pupils retired to their tents along with teddies. A few torches lingered into the encroaching darkness, but we all settled quickly for a peaceful night.
A great day and evening to cap off an adventurous year.
In our penultimate week we continue our practice for rehearsals and prepare for Sports Day, though we will enjoy our final expedition to the Science museum this Monday.
Another super action packed week Year 4 and 5. Let’s keep up our energy levels to succeed in our final challenges. We can do it!
Year 3 have have enjoyed working using co-ordinates in maths to find treasure and paths, remembering to ‘go along the corridor and up the stairs’ when reading the co-ordinates. In French they recapped counting and looked at naming classroom objects. The rehearsals have been building for our end of term productions and the children are getting into character. The week was complete with a lovely Kite festival in Richmond Park, where we all enjoyed racing around getting our home made kites flying. Year 3 buddied up with some of the younger children to help them fly their kites first, before trying their own. It was a delight to see the children working together and having fun.
English this week as been a a combination of stories and persuasion. We started with completing our letters to Mr Bond to persuade him to take us somewhere special for our next trip. A good revision of letters, as well as an excellent start to learning to persuade and convince. I do not take any responsibility for anything they may convince you of.
We also have completed stories based in real life using pictures and a single sentence to start us off. Really good work.
Addition and subtraction were this weeks work and the children revised addition using borrowing, and subtraction using grouping.
More performance practice is going on and I’m am assured that it is going to be amazing.
In French we learnt about le visage (parts of the face) and Year 1 practiced conversational French and how to label using French words. We rehearsed the key vocabulary using the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.
We continue to inspire the children with learning outside the classroom - the kite festival was a huge success and we are already evaluating our designs and planning next years creations.
At Woodland school we investigated animal life among the woods floor “litter”. Year 1 were amazed at the diversity of life under the leaves, tiny creatures that we examined with magnifying glasses.
We have been designing snail habitats and looking at the food that they eat or where they like to rest.
This week our literacy has focused on SPAG skills and we have learnt how to use the -ed suffix for past tense and to describe how some one may feel using -ed and what may be making them feel this way using -ing.
‘The girls was worried. The rusty red dragon coming over the hill was worrying.’ Matilda
After last week’s adventure meeting Sophie the seven year old T-Rex, 🦖 Reception have learnt so many new facts about the herbivore and carnivore creatures. Thank you for brining in all of your books into school and learning new facts. In phonics we have been focusing on consonant blends beginning with the /bl/ sounds. The children were really good at thinking of words and applying it into a sentence. In French they made clay caterpillars recapping the colours in French. Finally to end our terrific week, the children had great fun flying their kites in Richmond Park. It was great to see how they helped each other and showed each other how to fly their kite, working collaboratively as a team. Well done!
Second Steps have had another great week full of creative activities. We continued our preparations for their new Reception class and I hear that Mr Bond has placed them into their new Houses all ready for the start of competitions next year.
We also enjoyed spending time with Mrs Hanif on our phonics and sounds.
Still so much to look forward to in the last two weeks of term and a rather special performance at the end of term production.
So many wonderful kites also made their way into school with just enough wind to ensure most, if not all kites making it into the sky. Thank you to all of our parents who helped with this rather special homework, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
What a lovely week we have had in First Steps! The children were amazed with the Dinosaur Workshop from last Friday and we kept focusing on dinosaurs this week. Dinosaur foot prints, making fossils using play dough and seashells and searching for fossils in the sand tray were some of children’s favourite activities.
The children helped Ms Finch to make play dough and they wanted to have purple play dough. Then we ended up picking lavender up from our front garden to added our play-dough creations.
At Woodland School we have mixed soil and water and created mud then we let the dinosaurs jump into the mud. Then they came out the mud and we followed their muddy foot steps. It was so much fun!
The children enjoyed retelling the stories about tigers at our outdoor tuff tray. They used different props to create new stories and to enrich their imaginations.
In the PE lesson, we practised throwing tennis balls up and forward. The children followed the instructions very well. It has been a great pleasure to see how much they have grown over the academic year and ready to join Second Steps very soon!
Kite Festival was star of our week. The children was proud of their kites and tried their best to fly them at the play ground and at Richmond Park. Well done Everyone.
Sadly we said bye to Ayaah who is relocating in new city. We wish all the best to her and her family. It was a pleasure to having you in First Steps, Ayaah!