Dear Parents

This week at Hilltop, pupils have been worked collaboratively, solved problems and achieved various goals at the outdoor centre in North Norfolk.  They have thoroughly enjoyed a range of activities that have tested them both mentally, physically and spiritually in taking their responsibilities and independence to new heights. Every evening they took time to reflect on the day’s achievements and encouraged one another in pursuing new successes.  Year 5 behaved impeccably and there were numerous comments from all of the staff on how well mannered, polite and courteous they were.  The activities included the exhilarating and thrilling Air Jump, Super Swing and Terrific Treetop Trail.  On land, the children went mountain biking over an assault course and tackled and found solutions to a variety of problems.  Linked to their Humanities topic, the children also looked at the effects of coastal erosion and visited Sheringham beach, where they recreated the effects of erosion.  They were also treated to a seal trip which they thoroughly enjoyed.  The children are to be congratulated on their superb positive attitudes, ambitious expectations and self evaluations.

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Nursery

Nursery have had many adventures this week exploring their environment and finding as many 2D and 3D shapes as they could. The children had great fun comparing the sizes of their shapes.

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Reception

The children observed that lots of changes were taking place in the forest now that the weather is getting warmer. They found different plants were growing and that the leaves on the trees have started to grow.  The children made an exciting discovery in forest schools this week; they found a plant that stuck to their clothes! They quickly found lots of potential uses for it. New accessories and ‘hats for the races’!

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Year 1

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at adding 1 or 10 to numbers up to 100.  They enjoyed playing the ‘adding 10 target game’ on the board and seeing whether they could beat their friends’ time!  In relation to our topic of healthy eating, we made fruit salad they enjoyed chopping up the different fruits including banana, grape, strawberry, pear, peach and pineapple.  They took their job very seriously and the looks on their faces were of extreme concentration. They all tried it and the majority really enjoyed it!  They followed this up in Literacy by writing out the instructions.

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Year 2

Year 2 have been enjoying using practical resources in Numeracy to show place value. The Place Value cards were particularly popular and ensured that the whole class grasped partitioning of Hundreds, Tens and Ones!

Year 3

This week Year 3’s poetry has included a couple of days studying and writing kennings. Each line of a kenning poem is just two words long, both nouns, or an adjective and a noun. The children thought of words for an animal, turned any verbs into nouns and arranged these words into pairs. Kennings are often riddles, so they then sorted the lines to put the more obscure clues first and the more obvious clues at the end.
They took their riddles to Year 2 to see if they could work out which animals the kennings were describing. Now finished, the kennings have been added to their animal anthologies.

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Year 4

Year 4 have continued with their Science topic of ‘Sound’ this week by investigating how sound can change. They had fantastic fun creating a set of panpipes and exploring how the length of the column affects the pitch of the sound.

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Year 6

In Classical Greek this week, Year 6 have been using The University Of Chicago’s interactive Woodhouse Classical Greek Dictionary to find nouns and the accurate definite article. They employed their excellent Computing skills and showed impressive awareness of E-safety, as they used the website. Once they had looked up the word, they had to find the correct form of the Greek nouns in a word-search.

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Sports Matches

U9 Rounders v Moreton Hall

On Wednesday, the U9 girls had their first rounders match against Moreton Hall.  It was a very close first innings, with some strong batting.   Moreton Hall excelled in the second innings and we lost 17-8.  Player of the Match, chosen by Moreton Hall, was Abisha for her consistent bowling and brilliant catching.

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The next match will be U11 Athletics at Dame Bradbury’s School on Monday 8th May at 3.45pm – 4.30pm. Please do come along and support the children!

Parents v Pupils Matches – Wednesday 10th May

U11 Pupils v Parents Matches

Both the Rounders and Cricket matches will take place at our Sports Grounds at St Felix at 2pm on Wednesday 10th May.

Thanks to all of the parents who have volunteered to play.  We still have a few spaces for the Rounders but we have not had many volunteers for Cricket.  If we do not have enough volunteers by Tuesday then we will play a mixed Rounders match.

Absence from School

If your child is poorly and off school, please may I remind you to contact the Office by 9.30am at the latest.  It is my statutory duty to let Social Services know by 10am if we have not heard the reason for a child’s absence.

Internet Safety

I am sure that I am not alone in being anxious as to how rate the use of the internet and social media can adversely affect our children.  Please click here for the latest advice from IAPS to parents and teachers, ensuring the online safety of our children.  I strongly recommend that you take some time to read this.

Kindness Cup

We congratulate Junior in Year 4 and Emily in Reception for being this week’s winners of the Kindness Cup.

Birthdays

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This week, we wish a happy birthday to Molly in Year 3 and Ryan in Year 5.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton