It didn’t quite coincide with our normal rotation of games, our hockey term being in the Spring, but we snapped up the opportunity to participate in a hockey festival at Holme Grange in Wokingham. Designed to be a first introduction to hockey tournaments, our children equipped themselves well, competing with aplomb against teams from schools of 1000+ pupils. I wouldn’t expect anything less! Certainly no calls to take me home as the children revelled in the idyllic conditions.
GB hockey player Ellie Rayer was incredibly kind and happy to answer questions from the children and sign various items and sticks. She was also kind enough to answer further questions from messrs Bond, Bond and Papps regarding her profession. A superb role model for the children who took time to encourage and support the players. She now has a keen following in South West London.
This week in Year 5 and Year 6 children have being investigating how World War II has touched their own families, in class the children have been sharing stories and artefacts that they have obtained from their grandparents and wider circle of family and friends. In science, the children have been designing their own experiments to explore the impact that different materials have in causing friction against moving objects.
On the sports field and supported in their Sports Science lessons, the children have been honing their football skills. The focus for this week was to make a particular effort to communicate on the pitch to enable their team to move the ball more quickly and accurately up the pitch to create more frequent scoring opportunities.
Back in the classroom, the children have been digging deep into the Warhorse novel. While working through the story at a slower that usual pace, the children have been scrutinising character decisions and motivations along with exploring the language and phrases that comes from reading a book set during the outbreak of World War 1.
A fantastic week in Year Four that ended on Friday with Mr Bond having to radio ahead for our homecoming arrival late in the afternoon, as we travelled through the bends of the country roads (and M3 traffic). Mr Papps was thankful to Mr Bond who played his favourite album on the way home whilst Year Four were quietly observing the landscape or creatively challenging themselves making comics. We were the tourists in East Berkshire for the regional ISA Hockey festival on the fake plastic grass in Wokingham that proved a great success for our team work skills; leaving us fitter, happier and more productive for the weekend.
We came up against tough opposition; especially the Ballard school who gave a crash course on dribbling and offensive play, where Year Four needed a high rise in defensive organisation.
No surprises for staff, who were certainly not let down as Year 4 responded incredibly well to coaching and encouragement, “sticks down!”. Despite not winning we showed a great spirit and enjoyed the special occasion of playing Hockey under a blue sky and warm sun. Ellie Rayer said to Park Hill, “they’re incredibly lucky to have this exposure so young and should enjoy it.” And we did.
On Thursday there was much electioneering as several members of Year Four put forward their presentations for House Captain. We await all the results, but congratulate them and the rest of the class for their fantastic efforts applying for responsibilities across the school, whilst supporting each other and leaving no one high and dry.
The theme of working as a team and supporting each other was reinforced in PSHCE lessons as we focussed on essential skills for including people, with a calmer police method of listening and applying respect for each other. Our lesson had Mr Papps climbing up the wall, but only to place photos of their key points on team work and group poses upon the classroom displays.
English lessons have again been inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s exceedingly good stories. We have read though several stories ‘Just so’ we can respond to them in our writing next week. We have learnt how the Camel Got its Hump, and also learnt about the Elephant’s Child gaining its long trunk; courtesy of the crocodile who most certainly was a creep. In our writing next week we shall continue to exercise our confident grasp of direct speech rules, using a range of reporting clauses as we plan our own stories on how animals gained their unique features.
Using place value in addition problems has been consolidated in lessons as we use our skills to identify missing numbers. Subtraction next week and also to look at using our times tables with multiplication of tens and hundreds.
Mr Stevenson has progressed children’s understanding of the respiratory system, explaining how our airbag lungs inhale and exhale air. For their science lessons pupils have produced animated images showing the flow of air in and out of the respiratory organs.
A mention should also be made for last weeks’ music lesson at the end of Friday. Miss Menon had an inspiring lesson using the GarageBand app where pupils created their own tunes using the layering process of different beats and instruments. Some tunes were incredibly atmospheric and could be used on exit music for a film. We hope you get a chance to listen to them soon.
Finally, again using the Apple iOS devices, (opposed to something that would make Mr Bond paranoid: Android devices) pupils have been producing and designing e-safety comics using book creator. Year Four have really enjoyed this topic in Mr Sims much more than OK Computer lessons.
We look forward to more spirited efforts next week. Great work Year Four.
From learning about how the digestive system works with a practical investigation to voting in areas of responsibility and finishing off the week with a Hockey festival, Year 3 have certainly had an action packed week.
Year 3 also managed to further develop their place value skills, build on our descriptive writing, alongside their other lessons timetabled into the week. We also help test the new Kaligo handwriting app with a visit from one of the developers to further fine tune the app. This app is particularly exciting as we have worked with the developers over the last several months using our particular form of continuous cursive handwriting.
A particular highlight of the week was that the children met and chatted with Ellie Rayer GB hockey player at the festival.
What will next week bring?
Combining last weeks work on expanded noun phrases, with some work on adjectives, nouns, descriptive writing, and handwriting, Year 2 have begun to create some stores about their boring routine. There were some excellent examples of handwriting, some fantastic adjectives, and lots of hard work. This then carried over into our work on animals and offspring where we are exploring the differences between them and what changes over time. Some great recordings, writing, and ideas were shared.
Adventures are coming and we have been creating books about the 5 W’s - water, wind, wood, warm, and watch out. We created our own W’s out of the objects they represented (water was particularly interesting).
Mathematics has been finishing of place value and doing toward number bonds. By my count, we have 2 in our school.
Computing is always a favourite and it proved so again when we moved on to keeping our personal information safe. It turns out, despite what one pupil thought, teachers are trust worthy enough to share personal information with. Children have been taught to look at that often overlooked document when signing up to something: the terms and conditions.
Year 1 have dazzled with their creativity this week in so many different ways.
For instance, we began to study old bears looking closely at their similarities and differences writing as many descriptive words as we could collaboratively. Then learnt how to draw using sketching techniques such as light outline, accent lines, hatching and stippling.
Mid week we created our own Mog stories based on Mog the forgetful cat including voice notes for character voices, video narration and edited images. The resulting stories in Book Creator were breathtaking.
During our mindfulness mediation we roamed through a meadow towards some distant mountains and learnt that all of our meadows were different.
“There was a tiny house in my meadow ... an ant house ...” Theo
“There were fairies and lovely flowers in my meadow, it felt lovely and relaxing.” Allegra
“Mine smells of marshmallows” George
“I climbed up the mountain and there were mountain goats” Timothy
“I went right to the top of my mountain and there were fairies and a treasure box at the top ...” Holly
This helped the children realise that sometimes the same object or concept can be viewed in very different ways but that there is not right or wrong answer. Differences make the world so much more interesting and exciting.
An complex artistic conclusion to the week which needed patience and nimble fingers for cutting and assembling. Using our paper puppet prototypes we designed and constructed felt finger puppets adapting our designs and storytelling with the new felt friends.
We continue to develop our counting skills and strategies, working in classroom spaces which help us concentrate and using different resources to support our thinking. It is wonderful to see Year 1 working independently or collaboratively, sharing ideas and supporting one another ... “ we need to listen carefully to learn and not get distracted” Timothy.
Reception have had a wonderful week full of outdoor learning and independent creative activities. As part of our ‘All About Me’ topic we have been looking at X-ray pictures. The children were then inspired to create their own X-ray pictures using cotton buds as our bones. You can come and see our wonderful skeletons on our display board, you might even notice some pretty amazing labels that some of the children have written.
In Maths we have been busy using the Numicon to create a superhero number city. We did a printing activity to make some marvellous buildings and super numbers to help us with our number recognition. Next week we are looking forward to becoming intrepid explorers going on a woodlands walk, using our senses to see and hear all the different animals that might live in Richmond Park.
Second Steps children recently enjoyed a walk around Richmond Park and spent time looking at the different coloured leaves and collecting acorns. This lead to a conversation about different types of trees such as oak tree, lemon tree. Children were surprised to hear that lemons grow on trees. After reading a short story about Maisy Mouse makes lemonade, children decided to make lemonade. They enjoyed exploring lemons, squeezing them with different tools and even with their hands. This was a great way to develop their skills in Expressive Arts and Design, Communication and Language and also in Physical development using fine motor skills to manipulate lemons.
They also used lemons to paint/print and made lemon scented playdough.
We have had so much fun in First Steps this week.
We have looked at children’s family photos on our family tree. They loved talking about their mummies, daddies and siblings. While looking at the photos, we talked about different feelings such as “happy”, “sad”, “cross” and “grumpy” then children tried to show their expressions on their faces. Using these expressions, we have created our emotion cards. First Steps children loved looking at their emotion cards and talked about themselves
We also have started to learn saying ‘hello’ in different languages and celebrating having friends in First Steps from all around world. We are practising them in our daily life at the school.
The children adapting our daily routines at school well such as helping their teacher to tidying up the classroom or lining up nicely by the door. Well done First Steps.
This week also we welcomed a new friend Gina. She has settled super fast and has started have so much fun already!
In music lesson, children wanted to show their singing skills to Miss Menon and sang beautiful solo songs. I think Miss Menon has been impressed well and going to ask for more solo singing lessons.
Our Dinosaur-land at outdoor area and castle small world with rice crisps were so popular and children used their imagination to create their own stories around these areas.
We are sure that our dollies are shining; children washed them again and again all week. Of course they have been fed and nappies have been changed too.
We are ready to have more adventures next week.
Images from the week
I was very impressed with just how smart our children looked this morning, in addition to their broad smiles as they entered school. I would like to remind you that girls in Prep School should now be wearing the pink and white striped blouse and that the white blouse is no longer part of our uniform.
Games lessons for children in Reception to Year 6 will start next week at KGS Ditton Field, although the forecast looks to be good, will need maroon football socks and football boots for the term. The full uniform list can be found here.
We do also recognise that the black games shorts can be a little large for children in Reception who are joining us for our regular games lessons at the impressive Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Should you find this to be the case, they are very welcome to wear a plain black pair of shorts until such time they are able to fit the school shorts.