Newsletter November 2017
30 Nov 2017


In school we are continuing our focus on increasing the vocabulary all children have.  So what do we mean by Vocabulary?
Vocabulary refers to all of the words that we know.  There are four different types of vocabulary:

  1. Listening Vocabulary: Words you understand if you hear someone else say them.
  2. Speaking Vocabulary: Words you are able to use during conversational speech.
  3. Reading Vocabulary: Words that you understand if you read them in a text.
  4. Writing Vocabulary: Words that you are able to use in writing to tell about something or elaborate on a point.

According to studies children should have around the following numbers of words at the different ages in their expressive vocabularies. 

Child’s Age  ~  vocabulary known; 3 years  ~  1,000 words, 5 years  ~  2,200-2,500 words, 12 years ~ 50,000 words (Wow!)

How can you help your child?

  • Talk to your child about new vocabulary they have learnt at school recently.
  • Look for words in their reading books and ask them to explain their meanings.
  • Listen out for new words and practice using them.
  • Think about all the words we can use to say you’re happy!

Anti-Bullying Week - 13th – 17th November

The theme of Anti-bullying week this year was ‘All Different/All Equal’.  During the week all classes took this theme to work at:

  • Empowering the children to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique.
  • Understanding how important it is that everybody feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.

The week ended by all the classes coming together and sharing some of their work in an assembly.

At Petts Hill we expect all children to behave well and be engaged in their learning. They are rewarded for this with 5 minutes a day Golden Time which they receive on a Friday afternoon. Children with all 25 minutes left get to go outside. Children with 24 minutes and less get to spend their time completing an activity of their choice inside.

As I observe around the school and in lessons, children’s behaviour is often exemplary. I see children enjoying their learning and working well with their peers. The area that some children find more difficult is when there is less structure during play and lunchtimes. We continue to provide support for children during these times by teaching them games, providing playground equipment and zoning areas for KS2, having a sports coach at lunchtimes.  Children are recognised for good lunch hall behaviour by being invited to sit on the Golden Table on Fridays. Here they may bring a friend and are served their lunch. It is a real treat for the children.


Thank you all for your support with our fundraising event this term. Our Wear it Pink Day on 21st October raised a total of £197. We saw some fantastic pink outfits worn on the day.

Christmas Fair

This year we are going to run a Christmas Fair on Friday 8th December from 3.30pm until 5.00pm in the school hall, the entrance will be via the nursery playground. Each class is being asked to run a stall. If you can help on the stall for your child’s class please let the class teacher or the school office know. We need help to set up before hand and clear away afterwards. On the day we would like contributions of homemade cakes for the cake stall.


Applying for Reception in 2018: If your child is due to start school (Reception class) in September 2018 you need to apply by Monday 15th January 2018. Applications need to be made online via the central admissions service at . The Primary School Admissions Brochure for 2018 is available via

Petts Hill celebrates success in local hockey competition.

“Petts Hill had two teams representing the school on Thursday 23rd November at the Willow Tree School Partnership afternoon hockey competition. Both of our teams displayed plenty of skill and determination to secure 1st and 2nd place in the emerging schools league. There wasn't a standout player on either team, instead every player contributed to an all-round team performance over the course of the afternoon. Great job everyone!"  Mr Redford

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 6th December – Ealing Schools  Carol Concert

Petts Hill School Choir: The concert takes place on Wednesday 6th  December at 7pm at St Barnabas Church in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing.  All parents and children are very welcome to join us at this event. There is a small charge of £2 per adult towards the costs of hiring the venue and running this wonderful event.

Friday 8th December – Christmas Fair: From 3.30 till 5.00pm we will be running our Christmas fair in the school hall and two classrooms. We will be asking parents to sign up to help on the afternoon or before with some preparations. If you can help in any way please let the class teacher know.

Thursday 14th December: 

Christmas Pantomime: The children will be treated to watching an adapted version of Hansel and Gretel, a classic German fairy-story written in 1812 by The Brothers Grim.

Senior Citizens Community Tea: Senior Citizens Christmas Celebration. Year 6 are organising and hosting this celebration for senior citizens in the community at 2pm in the school hall. If you are a senior citizen, or know any that would like to attend, please let the office know.

Friday 15th December:

Christmas Jumper Day: Wear a Christmas Jumper and pay a £1 towards Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish and Save the Children Fund.

Christmas Lunch: 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.

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 15th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

Tuesday 19th Dec - Class Parties: The classes will all be having a fun afternoon on Tuesday. 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.

Wednesday 20th Dec - LAST DAY OF TERM

Wednesday 3rd January – FIRST DAY BACK in 2018

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