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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 109 - 13th march 2020

From the Headmaster:

A very busy and enjoyable week of activities and colour. As you can see from the images in this edition, our children are enjoying the improving weather and brighter skies.

Do accept my apologies for the somewhat later distribution than usual, hopefully the good news from our classes and images of the adventures from the last seven days will prove to be a lift for our collective spirits.

Alistair

IMPORTANT NOTES AND DATES

As part of the ‘Go Cycle Scheme’ we have received notification that Queens Road will be closed at the intersection with Kingston Hill. Works are due to commence on 16th March through to late April. You have been warned!

Clubs

Reminder: next week is the last week of Teacher Led Clubs and squads with the exception of those clubs that were affected by the Parent Teacher Consultation Meetings. These will be made up during the last week of term (w/c 23rd March) and include:

Coding Club

Constuction Club

Art and Design Club

Debate Club

Music and ballet lessons will run until the end of term.

SUMMER TERM 2020 CLUB APPLICATION

Club choices for the Summer Term are now live. Please click on the below link for further information on the clubs on offer and to book your child’s place. Please note that there are some changes from the Spring Term.

♻️ Empties Please!

Park Hill are working towards achieving the Green ECO schools award. We currently hold the silver award.

Our ECO committee autumn recycling scheme is collecting empty printer cartridges. Please collect your bag from school and bring back when full to add to our brown collection box.

We are paid for each cartridge received. Alongside raising funds for our chosen charity we also earn green points which can be redeemed for ‘green goodies’ such as bulbs, hedgehog houses, toad hides and gardening tools, even sponsoring an endangered species of out choice and rain forest conservation projects.

Punctuality

The start of the school day is crucial.

It sets the tone for the day and teachers view the start of the lesson as critical in ensuring learning objectives are achieved and realised. Arriving late to school is incredibly disruptive for all. I appreciate that buses and trains and traffic all play their part but we do need your help in ensuring the children gain the most from their school day and that they arrive by 8.30am. Late children must be signed in through the school office.

Lost Property

Molly - Red fleece named

Illness & Medical

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea and temperature) 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.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Please be assured that in advance of any new families joining our school, we obtain clear evidence of their recent travel and whereabouts to ensure that the above advice is strictly adhered to.

Uniform

The full uniform list can be found here.

ISA Drama Competition

A great deal of hard work proved ultimately worthwhile as our talented drama group competed in the ISA Drama Competiton on Friday. As you can see from the images, our ‘performers’ certainly excelled in the circus ring! We expect to hear the results in due course. Welll done to all who took part and to the creative support of Miss Georgina and Miss Menon.

Assembly

A mini poetry celebration was enjoyed by all, with some performances of well known and favourite poems in addition to some created by some of our own poets.

Please visit our YouTube channel for more videos from our splendid assembly.

Year 5 and Year 6

Thinking back on the school week, it is remarkable to think that in only the past 5 school days the children have been invited to attend a 5 hour expedition at Leith Hill, play in the ILG Football Tournament and to finish off the week many of the children attended the ISC Drama Competition hosted at Luckley House School.

In class the children have been learning about America and American culture in Humanities. Being a competitive bunch, the children showed their usual enthusiasm and grasped the challenge to name as many of the 50 American states as they can. Impressively as a class they were able to recall 47 without too many hints. However unfortunately for them scoring 47 left them in second place behind Mr Stephenson who was able to recall 48. Maybe the class can earn a rematch next week to aim to surpass the seemingly illusive 48 mark.

Biography writing is coming to an end in English. It is nice to see the children digging through their emotions and exploring what makes them most appreciative of the people in their lives. In asking ‘what have different people done for you in your life?’ And following this up with ‘and what impact will this have on you as you grow older’, it is fascinating to see their opinions and thoughts become more coherent in their writing lesson on lesson. We endeavour to start recording these as audiobooks next week and will publish them through Park Hill Radio.

It is often said that a great way to develop a skill is to teach it. This is certainly proving to be true as the children have been expanding their maths and DT skills by leading the Year 1 children through their woodwork and technology lessons. With the Year 1 children designing mazes for their Sphero devices, the Year 5 and 6 children have helped the younger ones make these sketches come to life in wooden models by helping with measuring, cutting and joining the balsa wood. They are impeccable role models for the young children.

Year 4

In a superstitious finale to our week it was great to see so many pupils early on Friday morning preparing for their dramatic performance at the ISA Drama Competition. I heard great things about their performance and we hope for a good result after the judges have deliberated.

In our academic progress this week we have been learning about synonyms and antonyms as we look to expand our vocabulary in order to find imaginative and exciting descriptions for our nonsense poetry. For our poetic stories, we have also been exploring ways to create characters for our poem, whilst developing a narrative. We are mid way through our creations and look to complete them next week.

The weight of expectation was on pupils for their capacity to understand the mass of objects and volume of liquids. We made excellent progress as we underpinned our knowledge of units of millilitres, litres, plus grams and kilograms as we explored the weight and volume of objects in our room. Additionally we solved measurement problems, in particular, how to detonate a bomb that required exactly 4 litres of water, when we would only be provided with unmarked 3 litre and 5 litre containers.

In our sporting endeavours most of the class enjoyed battling sticks in hockey, whilst some members took part in the annual ILG football tournament. Despite some frustrations with the referee, it was pleasing to hear how their vocabulary coped with the situation: ‘The referee’s a pedant’ and ‘we were vexed at their decision’. Despite the contentious decision to disallow a goal without VAR, pupils revelled at the opportunity to represent their school.

To conclude Year Four’s progress, our poetry recitals in assembly really raised a smile on Thursday morning. Our Limericks were appreciated by all as we entertained with tales about: forgetful ladies from Turkey; clumsy young ladies from France; sisters drinking dad’s beer; and the old man of Peru.

Another entertaining week from Year Four and we look forward to seeing you next week. Great effort Year Four.

Year 3

Year 3 have had a busy week, finishing off their games in Coding lessons, debugging errors and exploring each other’s creations.

In Maths we have been reading scales. Looking at linear and circular scales. Watch out parents... we can spot you speeding.

In Art we have been learning to draw coastal birds. Using basic shapes to form more complex elements to make up the body shape. We will look to develop these into models and paintings next.

Year 2

This week the children have been working on creating poems using different structures. Some chose AABB, while some chose ABAB. We even had an ABCBA. Some brilliant poems were completed and congratulations to Abbie and Stella for reading them out in assembly.

Maths has been about time and we have been solving problems by looking at common events and working out when they would most likely take place. This has all been while we are continuing with reading the clock to 5 minute intervals.

In science we created clay versions of our arm, including hinges for our joints.

Year 1

Year 1 have been reading poetry to develop spoken language, practice memorisation, try out performance skills and inspire powerful writing.

We read a range of humorous poems and learnt how to use capital letter for names and to start sentences. We explored how ‘and’ can be used.

Then we wrote a range of poems to express ideas creatively and develop our understanding of extended noun phrases.

In maths we explored capacity - learning practically and measuring using cups, then reading ml scales . We now understand the difference between the capacity of an object and the volume of the liquid it contains.

In DT our model houses are progressing well as we move on to the painting stage.

Reception

This week Reception started off the week by reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, we have been have been sharing out fruit and different foods between different amounts of children, looking and exploring are any pieces left, what can we do with these pieces? It has been great to see some beautiful problem solving.

We are moving onto time in the next few weeks, so have started off by looking at the order of the days of the week and the months of the year. It has lead on to discussions about seasons and this has transpired into some wonderful season art work.

Next week we are looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with our tea party.

We will be creating cards, decorations and maybe even some baking.

Second Steps

Second Steps have been developing their ICT skills this week in a variety of ways. In their lesson with Mrs Kilb they all had fun taking photos, using the i-pads, of things that were growing in the school grounds.

The children also learnt more about coding with Miss Whelan as they worked together as a team to get Blue Bot the robot to reach number twenty on the route they made. They used directional language such as forwards, backwards, left and right to program the robot along the route.

We continued our topic of Growth and the story of Jack and the Beanstalk by making beanstalks, leaves and flowers using play-dough.

The children painted lots of beautiful pictures of daffodils, taking care to look closely at the petals, leaves and stalks. We will put them on display next week for you all to see.

We noticed lots of daffodils at Richmond Park this week too, when we went to Woodland School. It was a beautiful afternoon in the park and the children had plenty of opportunity to practice their gross motor skills by balancing and climbing.

On Friday Mrs Hibbert came for our regular French session to teach the children how to say,”my name is...” Then they drew a lovely portrait and wrote their names on the sheet.

We have sent home large yellow books for all of the children to use for ‘Distance Learning’ if the need arises, due to the Coronavirus crisis.

First Steps

Ahoy, ahoy said First Steps children when they saw the treasure . Then started looking for hidden treasures around the class and we thought we might find more around the school. We decided to look at the bark area and found many numbers were hiding there. The children were able to name the numbers while returning them to buckets. Well done!

As you may aware Mother’s Day is approaching and First Steps children are working very hard to make this day very special to their lovely mothers! Please remember our Mother’s Day tea will be held on Friday 20th of March at 9.30am.

Science experiment was really colourful this week; children learnt that skittles can be used for experiment rather then eating! Do not surprise if your child keep talking about the colours and shapes of skittles before they eat them.

Making smoothies was so popular this week and children improved their peeling and chopping skills. We used a blender and every child had a chance to use it. Now we all know that blender is not that noisy!

We practised singing new version of ‘Twinkle twinkle” while washing our hands. Hopefully it will help children to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Please encourage children to wash their hands at home too

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Alistair Bond