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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 63 - 28th september 2018

From the Headmaster:

I do hope that you enjoyed Friday evening at the movies as much as I did.

Our children continue to surprise and impress me with their ability and confidence in all areas. I do wonder what happens to us as adults, the unbridled joy on their faces when releasing their voice without fear was an absolute pleasure to witness.

I have included the videos from the evening below, I do hope you enjoy the repeat performance.

Perseverance

You won't need me to tell you, but we are absolutely delighted to confirm that Derek Redmond will be coming to our school on Monday morning. I think that when I announced it on Thursday the children (and adults?) were not quite sure if I was being serious. Thankfully, the response on Friday left me in no doubt that everyone is as excited as I am at the prospect of meeting the man behind our emphasis on the value of perseverance. You are all most welcome to join us at 10.30am for the assembly that will take place at school and then to ask him questions etc.

Looking ahead to next week, we are hosting our Autumn Term social event from 4.30pm to 7pm. The BBQ will be in full flow and I hope will be as enjoyable as the summer event that I know was a great success. I do hope that you all will be able to join us and that the weather stays good!

I would like to congratulate Mr Fielding-Smith for successfully completing the arduous London to Brighton Off Road event in aid of the British Heart Foundation. In less than pleasant conditions he made it in one slightly damp piece to the end; do please follow the link below to donate to his Just Giving page.

I am attending the regional ISA Heads conference on Tuesday and also hoping that we will be gaining a few awards at the regional art competition taking place at the same time.

I look forward to seeing you either on Monday morning or at the BBQ next Saturday.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

PS - Very best of luck to our triathlon team who are in action on Friday at the Junior ISA Championships! Ms Adamidou and I will be there to encourage and support the team.

A Night at the Movies

What a super evening....

School Leaders

We invited the children to apply for leadership roles across the school. Whether it was a speech on paper or KeyNote presentation what struck those of us fortunate to witness the children was that we have many future leaders here at Park Hill. So, many congratulations to all of you who were recognised at the assembly on Thursday.

School Councillors; House and Vice Captains; Librarians & Digital Leaders.

News from Year 5 and Year 4

Another fantastic week as pupils have brought in their impressive homework’s with dialogues between animals plus images and recreations of Aztec foods. One notable design being a restaurant offering the home experience with ‘Az tec-away’.

In preparation for a ISA school art competition year 4 and 5 spent Friday morning creating casts of hands, other objects and intimate spaces from around the school. Their aim: to investigate the space around them and to analyse what is important to them. We look forward to unveiling our casts on Monday and decorating them before being sent to the judges.

Other than art, pupils have been busy in the classroom and on the sports fields. In English we have been creating instructions for drawing pictures and have began embarking on instructions to create our Aztec masks. To continue combining English and Humanities, we will focus on Aztec food and drink with the aim of analysing and creating recipes for Aztec inspired meals. Unfortunately pupils will not be able to cook salamanders or insects on site, but we shall endeavour to find alternatives.

In Maths we going to delve deeper into mental methods for addition and subtraction, whilst harnessing our skills of locating larger numbers on a number line which will assist us with our map reading skills.

Using our brains will be the primary focus in science as we look at functions of the brains, and develop our own investigations to analyse how our brains function.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - Derek Redmond on Monday; School BBQ on Saturday

News from Year 3

This week Year 3 have learnt that multiplication is repeated addition and have all achieved their first rosette in their Olympics Times Tables challenge.

In English we have started to look at stories from other cultures, reading the delightful tale of ‘The Pearl Diver’ finding out how children lived in The Emirates many years ago, which brought out interesting conversations about how a pearl is made, let alone the challenges the pearl divers had harvesting pearls.

In Art we have been busy making Mud Roc flowers in preparation for an ISA Art Exhibition next week in Maidenhead. We are looking forward to seeing our work displayed for all ISA Headmasters and Headmistresses to enjoy.

In Science we are learning about Rocks and Soils.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - Derek Redmond on Monday; School BBQ on Saturday

News from Year 2

This week, the children have been working on adjectives and alliteration, coming up with interesting sentences using the same letter (e.g. Mighty Mr Munches on Magical Mince pies). They have created stories using fantastic descriptions of settings and characters, and travelling to Richmond park and meeting their friends. In Mathematics, Year 2 have been working on finding the difference between two larger numbers and have used Kahoot to test their understanding of this. We finished this week by adding and finding the difference with money. In RE, Year 2 have been looking at Signs and symbols of different religions. At the start of this week, the children learnt all about first aid making slings, learning about the recovery position, and what to do if you get hurt.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - Derek Redmond on Monday; School BBQ on Saturday

News from Year 1

Some wonderful learning this week in Year 1.

In Humanities lessons, we have been focusing on the history of toys. The children have impressed me during topic related show and tell sessions with the wide range of toys from the recent past brought from home. A particular favourite was ‘Major Morgan’ from Playskool in the 1970’s. A pocket sized electronic musical instrument that sounds like an organ played with skill by Abbie.

I have been particularly impressed with their ability to present to a group and explain about the toys materials and personal history.

I look forward to seeing what will be brought in to show next!

This week we have been learning about puppets and how this art form has evolved. Did you know the first puppet show was performed over 3000 years ago!

In art and design lessons we have been designing our own moving puppets and even brought our understanding to woodland school where the girls created stick puppets using natural materials.

Everyone is very excited to be extending their knowledge, next week, on our trip to Pollocks Toy museum in London.

Our focus in maths is money and time. Practical experience handling and using money would really support Year 1’s learning in class.

Don't forget - Swimming kit on Wednesday; Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - Derek Redmond on Monday; School BBQ on Saturday

News from Reception

Phonics and Big Write have been one of Reception’s main learning focus this week. We have concentrated on securing the letter sounds to support our independent writing. The children have had fun identifying different letters and objects that begin with their initial sound within our classroom and school environment.

Incorporating the letter ‘p’ the children had great fun whisking up magical unicorn ‘potions’ using glitter, sparkles, ‘purple and pink paint.’ They used their senses to listen, see and touch the bubbling potion. They worked extremely hard to independently write some of their ingredients demonstrating excellent letter recognition and formation.

In Maths the children have worked on matching numerals to quantities and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond. Well done Reception.

Gentle reminder to all parents: Please can you bring your child into school wearing their Sports kit and full waterproofs/wellies every Wednesday morning ready for Woodland School. Thank you.

Don't forget - Games kit on Tuesday; Don't forget - Derek Redmond on Monday; School BBQ on Saturday

News from Second Steps

Second Steps loved their Imaginative play being super heroes that were going on a hunt for bears and dinosaurs in our outside area. The children also created their own obstacle course jumping off the creates and the balancing across the snake beam.

In our sports sessions we had to throw a bean bag into a hoop and a basket to help us practise our hand eye coordination and gross motor skills.

In Woodlands School we looked at leaves and different trees, exploring the different signs of autumn in our playground.

As a reminder ‘Show and Tell’ sessions are on Friday. This is when your child can bring in a toy or picture to show the rest of the class. For the rest of the week please can we encourage children not to bring toys from home as we have had a few gone missing. Please ensure all belongs including ‘Show and Tell’ items are clearly labelled as this makes it far easier to find missing items.

Don't forget - E-Safety for Parents on Monday; Reading with your child workshop - Friday.

News from First Steps

A lot of fun was had in First Steps this week. The children have loved listening to the story ‘Owl Babies’. When outside some have been looking up to the trees to see if they can see any Owl houses hidden up there. They are particularly fond of the character baby Bill in this story and were thinking of places she went to when away from her owl babies. In Woodland School the children gathered sticks and practiced tying two sticks together using pipe cleaners. During Music lesson with Mrs Bailie they all tried to play a different musical instrument and listened to the various sounds they all made. I seen super listening skills during Expressive Art lesson with Ms Georgina. All of the children were so excited to meet her friend Terry the teddy, he came to sing a song with them. During science and sensory this week the children loved watching the effect water and salt had on the frozen ice hands. They tried many tools around the classroom to save the objects stuck inside.

Tapestry - we have added so many lovely learning observations of your child while in nursery. Please make sure to login as we add them weekly. Thank you!

Key Dates for the first few weeks:

Monday 1st October - Derek Redmond visit 10.30am

Tuesday 2nd October - ISA Regional Art Competition & Heads Conference

Friday 5th October - ISA Junior Triathlon

Friday 5th October - Scooter training Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3

Saturday 6th October - Family Welcome BBQ

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Alistair Bond

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