Newsletter December 2014
11 Dec 2014

The Snow Queen

As part of our termly Everybody Writes project the children were fortunate to see a theatre production of The Snow Queen. As well as being an amazing opportunity for the children to see professional actors crafting a traditional story, it has led to some brilliant writing across the school.

Year 6 have worked enthusiastically on the story using the technique of flashback.

Year 5 have particularly focused on developing skills with the narrative and descriptive accounts of both the setting and characters.

Year 4 have worked hard to add their own additional chapter to the story with detailed descriptions of the Snow Queen

Year 3 have developed their skills with using adverbs by considering how the characters moved or spoke and by additionally adding dialogue have also further developed skills with speech punctuation.

Year 2 have worked on the correct use of the past tense as they write about the Snow Queen.

Year 1 have worked to sequence the events in their writing.

Reception has created a snow castle for their role play area.

All of the classes have contributed some writing from the project which is displayed in the corridor and many are continuing to work on the Snow Queen as part of a national competition.  Teachers are currently looking at the writing the children have produced this term and will be talking with them about the next steps in making their writing even better
Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone that helped with the Christmas fair by either helping with a stall, making a Jolly Jar, bringing something in to sell, helping to clear up at the end or coming and making it such a fun event. A special thank you to all the local shops that supported by donating raffle prizes. The fair made £459 in total.

Carols around the Tree

We would like to invite parents and children to join with staff and celebrate Christmas by singing some Christmas carols in the school hall on Friday 12th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

The carols will tell the story of Christmas for you to share with your child. There will be some readings between the songs explaining the sequence of events. We also hope that our school choir will all be able to attend and will perform two songs they have recently performed at St Barnabas Church as part of the Ealing Schools Christmas Carol Concerts.

There will be a small charge of 50p per adult towards refreshments that will be available at the end.  For health and safety purposes admittance will be by ticket available from the school office. Children will not be able to attend without an adult unless they are in the choir.
Holiday Projects

As we continue our year’s theme of looking at books we are asking the children to again find a story that is new to them, if they can, and think about the setting where the story takes place.

Once they have decided on where their story is set we would like them to create their project around that scene. They may recreate the scene in lego or a shoe box. They could draw, paint or collage the scene. A holiday flyer will be sent out next week with more details and ideas. They could after reading the story collate all the words that describe the scene sorting out all the words that paint a picture of the setting!

As with other projects it can be done in any way you want. We want to encourage the children to learn something new, share it with us and present their work while taking a pride in what they have achieved.

Number Day

To mark NSPCC number day the children were all challenged to carry out number investigations using dominoes to make dogs. They had to follow the rules of dominoes, only having matching dominoes touching, and only use one set. The day started with an assembly that set each class different challenges. Children worked with partners or in groups to answer questions and investigate further.

What is the value of this dog?
What is the lowest value dog that can be made?
How many ways can you make a domino dog =23?
If you were able to use the 4 rules can you make dogs with a value of 0 to 30?

If the dominoes represent tens and ones what is the highest number that can be made using addition?

The children all enjoyed a day involving lots of thinking and problem solving where they were challenged to think and explore numbers. We have donated £250 to this event. Thankyou for your support.

Sending Christmas Cards

Many children like to send Christmas cards at this time of year. On Tuesday 9th December we will start a school Christmas post where children can send cards to their friends. It is really important that they label all envelopes with the name and class i.e. Fred -Year 1 or Jane - Reception. If the children also know the family name that helps us ensure they are going to the right child.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 9th December – School Christmas postal delivery starts.

Friday 12th December – Carols around the tree

Tuesday 16th December – Our year 6 class are hosting a Senior Citizen tea party as part of their Citizenship work. If you know any senior citizens please let the office know so that they can be invited to this event..

Wednesday 17th December – Christmas Dinner: The children and staff will all have a traditional Christmas dinner together. Children who usually have a packed lunch have been invited to have a school dinner that day.

Thursday 18th December - Class Parties: The classes will all be having a fun afternoon on Thursday. Parents are asked to sign up and make a food contribution for these parties. Children will be allowed to bring party clothes to change into in the afternoon.

Friday 19th December - LAST DAY OF TERM: This is the last day of school and the school day will finish at 3.15pm. There are no after school activities. Children will be asked to take home their PE kits after school on Wednesday 17th Dec. We will expect children to continue to read over the holiday so reading books will not be taken in.

On behalf of all the staff at Petts Hill I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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