Prospect Post
Well done, Nursery - What a Wonderful First Full Week in School!

The children in the Nursery have settled into life at Prospect House amazingly well. They have immersed themselves in all aspects of school life, experiencing not only activities in the classroom and outdoor classroom, but also the enhanced curriculum offered by the specialist PE, music and French teachers. A very busy week has been had by all: playing games focusing on turn-taking and early pattern recognition; ‘Feely Phonics’ – sorting objects beginning with the focus phonic of the week; undertaking imaginary play activities in the pizzeria; introducing and exploring the Montessori activities that focus on ordering by size; investigating The Hollow to find ingredients to add to dishes prepared in the mud kitchen; and being introduced to ‘Meddy Teddy’, who performed various yoga poses related to the sound of the week that the children copied. The Nursery staff have been extremely impressed with the children’s participation in all activities and the independence they have shown. Congratulations, Nursery, on such a positive start to school.

Hunting in the Hollow

Reception children have had great fun hunting for leaves in The Hollow. Having collected and studied the different shapes and colours of the leaves, they have created two ‘necklaces’ for the trees. Great job, Reception!

Year 5 Reading Challenge

Year 5 children were set a challenge for their first English homework: to read to someone – or something – else. They did a terrific job sharing their love of reading with their siblings, parents and even pets!

Spatial Reasoning

This week, Year 5 have used a variety of resources to aid their visualisation of rotations, flips, reflections and aerial views. These skills are extremely useful in many strands of NVR and mathematical problem solving.

The Journey of a Firework - A Descriptive Piece of Writing from a Year 4 Pupil
I was the final firework of the night. A thousand gloomy eyes watched me and expected me to do something but I did not know what. I did not know what I was destined for. A man approached me with a match in his hand. He lit it and then kept moving towards me. I thought he was mad! He leant down and lit my rear but then it kept moving towards my body. I started to fizz. Was this what I was destined for? I watched as my friends went into the sky and then I went up. I felt bit by bit gravity failing me but then I jumped and flew into the sky.
 
I felt a weird sensation. My body emptied and then I knew this is what I’m meant for. This is my destiny. Just then I started to shiver and BANG! I exploded with shiny flashes of gold, red and blue. Giving birth to young that exploded around me and I had a second and bigger explosion which gave out a golden glittery spray. Below me I heard wows! and gasps, as I slowly faded away. That is why when I was so confused and worried but I turned out to be amazing!
 
Thomas Year 4
Year 3 trip to the British Museum

On Friday 20 September, Year 3 will be visiting the British Museum. The children will be travelling by coach, departing school at 9:00am and returning by 3:15pm. Please provide a snack in a disposable container. A packed lunch will be provided. The cost of this trip is £16 per child, which will be charged on the invoice for next term’s fees.

Year 6 Drama Workshop

On Tuesday 17 September, Year 6 will be attending a ‘Developing Comprehension through Drama ‘ workshop in school. The cost of this workshop is £4.55 per child, which will be charged on the invoice for next term’s fees.

Back to School ... for the Parents

We would love you to come into school to get to know the teachers and learn more about your child’s day. Come and join your child’s class on the following dates:

Year group Activity Date 1 – Class 1 Date 2 – Class 2
Nursery Picnic in the Hollow Friday 4 October 11:45 – 12:15 (Nursery L) Friday 11 October 11:45 – 12:15 (Nursery V)
Reception Bring a relative to school (reading) Monday 7 Oct 14.30 – 15.00 (RH) Monday 14 Oct 14.30 – 15.00 (RW)
Year 1 Art in the hall Friday 27 Sept 14.00 – 15.00 (1R) Wed 2 Oct 14.00 – 15.00 (1M)
Year 2 Board games Tuesday 1 Oct 14.20 – 15.00 (2F) Wed 16 Oct 14.20 – 15.00 (2W)
Year 3 Bingo Thursday 3 October 14:15 – 15:15 (3H) Friday 4 October 14:15 – 15:15 (3C)
Year 4 Lunch in school Thursday 26 September 12:45 – 13:30 Thursday 26 September 12:45 – 13:30
Year 5 Cardboard creations Thursday 10 October 14:15 – 15:30 (5S) Thursday 17 October 14:15 – 15:30 (5O)
Year 6 Strategic board games Friday 20 September 14:00 – 15:15 (6C) Friday 20 September 14:00 – 15:15 (6G)
Music Ensembles and Chamber Choir

A number of ensembles will start next week: brass ensemble (Thursday 12:15pm), string ensemble (Friday 12:15pm) and guitar ensemble (Friday 12:45pm). Further ensembles (including orchestra) will be timetabled in due course. Mr Baker is still in the process of finalising the ensembles and contacting parents of new participants. All those involved in ensembles next week will be informed in advance of their first rehearsal.

Mr Baker has yet to finish chamber choir auditions. He aims to do this on Monday. The first rehearsal will therefore be Friday 20 September.

Save the Date - Open Morning Volunteers Needed

Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 5 October.  Please make a note of the date, as a request for guides from Years 4 to 6, will be sent out very soon.

Upper School Recognition
Future Dates

Tuesday 17 September

Year 6 Drama Workshop

Friday 20 September

Year 3 trip to the British Museum

Thursday 26 September

Year 5 trip to Kew Gardens

Tuesday 1 October

Year 1 trip to Legoland

All current circulars and messages can be seen in the secure section of the school’s website. Please always report any difficulty in logging in to the secure area to the school office, or to the email address shown on the website: catalina.basualdo@houseschools.com

M K Hodge 30 January 2019