Information from Year Groups
First Steps -
This week in First Steps we went to Chessington World of Adventures! We were such good boys and girls and our teachers were very proud. We had a huge picnic for lunch under an enormous tree which we very much enjoyed. Also this week, as it has been oh so hot, we have had lots of water play activities going on and we even dipped our feet in whilst having snack. It was very exciting and cooling.
Second Steps -
Despite the hot weather, Second Steps have enjoyed a busy, varied week; coping well by keeping in the shade and drinking lots of water!
On Monday we were pleased to welcome Dr Rao, Samika's mum into our classroom where she told the children all about keeping safe in the sun. The children listened and participated well and learnt lots of important facts. This was obviously, perfect timing considering the hot weather we have had this week. On Tuesday we had a lovely day at Chessington. We managed to see an amazing variety of animals from skunks to tigers. It was also great to be able to end our topic of Under the Sea by visiting the Sea Life section. The children were a credit to the school and we had lots of positive comments from Chessington's staff as well as members of the public about the good behaviour of our children. We have also been preparing for Sports Day and our end of term production.
Wow what a heat wave! This week we have been writing about Year 1 and the things we are excited to do in the new year. In Maths we have been continuing sharing and have even started to dip into division which is fantastic to see.
For our boat trip on Wednesday 28th those who have not ordered food from our kitchen please make sure your child has a packed lunch and please can parents bring food for yourself. We will be eating on the grass area in Hampton Court so if you wish to bring a blanket please do. If parents could arrive at school for 9:30am for leaving school at 9:50am.
Year 1 -
Year 1 have been actively exploring plants this term learning all about seeds and how plants transform and grow into adult plants. The hot weather has really helped our plants to germinate quickly and to grow at an incredible speed. As Zachary noted 'they are getting lots of energy for the sun, and making lots of food’. We have learnt how to care for plants as well as experimenting to see what might happen to a plant without light or water or a plant with water but no light!
Fox class are very proud of their bean and pea plants and looking forward to bringing them home to harvest their own vegetables during the summer.
Linking to our science topic we have been looking at the traditional tale the Princess and the Pea. We decided that for a modern princess the ending was not wholly appropriate and so Fox class changed the character or the ending. In our imaginations the princess rejects the prince and goes to find someone who will treat her more kindly or it is a prince who turns up seeking shelter.
Year 1 are extremely intrigued about our transition lessons where the children get to meet their Year 2 teacher! So this week we wrote messages to let them know what we are most looking forward to. The children came up with so many interesting sentences … some are looking forward to increased responsibility as House Captains, others are excited about their outdoor learning opportunities whilst others are keen for more maths challenges. What a fantastic class they are.
Year 2 and Year 3 -
Year 2 and 3 are working hard on writing their first chapter book. Each chapter we introduce as we go along, and they write, draw or make something. The children are not sure how the book will end at the moment as we reveal the story chapter by chapter. This makes the story very exciting! So far they have written about meeting a magician, looking in his most unusual house, looking for clues, travelling to Treasure Island to try and track down the dragon’s egg. The question is where will it be?
Well, you will have to ask the children to see their stories at the end of term. This project is a superb way for children to write extensively and have the time to enjoy the process of writing a book.
Calling all cyclists....
It does seem that we have a few cyclists (however, we definitely do not have any MAMILs or MAWILs) amongst our staff and parent body. Being one myself (cyclist, that is) I am delighted to provide you with details of two opportunities to pull on the lycra and shout 'chapeau' at the top of your voice...
The first is an invite to join the fledgling Park Hill Parents Cycling Club who meet immediately after drop-off on a Friday to then complete a pleasant lap of Richmond Park (along with photo stops and a drinks break). If you would like to join Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Field please bring your bike next Friday and join the peloton.
The second opportunity is also cycling related.
Mr. Clarke has kindly provided us with information regarding this charity bike ride. Please follow the link indicated in the image to gain more details but If you would like to join a number of us to complete a lap of Richmond Park or, if you are feeling energetic two or three laps, a rendezvous has been planned for Kingston Gate car park at 9am on 25th June.
I am pleased to confirm the details of our Summer Camp, organised by Premier Sports.
We have received very complimentary and positive feedback following all three of the holiday camps we have hosted thus far. The range of activities provided and the quality of their staff have ensured that the camps are increasingly popular.
In addition to the time they spend with us, Premier Sport deliver curriculum PE lessons at an increasing number of state schools in the area. With their staff involved with this provision until these schools finish, the dates of the camp are as follows -
Monday 17th July - Friday 21st July
Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July
Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August
Monday 21st August - Friday 25th August
Tuesday 29th August - Friday 1st September
The link to book your place on the camp can be found below -
The times will be as per previous camps, 9am - 5pm and 9am-1pm or 1pm to 5pm for children aged 3. I regret that the insurance policy used by Premier Sport does not permit them to offer full day sessions for children aged 3. I can confirm that the option of booking half days for children aged 4 years and above is available. Similarly, I can also confirm that we are able to accept siblings and children who do not attend Park Hill to also join the camp.
Due to our positive relationship with Dan, Lewis, Max et al, I am pleased to offer you the special offer of enjoying one free day for every five days that your child attends the camp. This will be calculated at the time of booking and reflected in the price charged.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information.
In order to ensure we can obtain accurate numbers for Breakfast Club each day we have adapted the form currently used to book a place for the after school club. If you wish to apply for a place for breakfast club for the next day or coming week, these requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements. These bookings will need to be made each week and will be 'online' from 3pm each Friday afternoon for the consecutive week.
Please be aware that the amended uniform list is now available on the school website, with the stock of new tracksuit and games wear due to be in stock at Lester Bowden towards the end of July.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named.
Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can request, post, sell and even donate spare items of uniform. Please follow this link to access the page -https://www.facebook.com/groups/159726614471426/