Daneshill Diary 17/06/16

Headmaster’s Notes

I am delighted to report that all of our Year 8 pupils have been successful at Common Entrance and have secured places at their first choice of secondary school. Once again the pupils have excelled themselves and should be very proud of their achievements. As has now become customary they were told their results on the top of Mount Snowdon, which I am sure is a moment that they will treasure for a lifetime. Well done to you all!

With 108 pupils away on residential trips the younger pupils have had the school to themselves. The pupils in Year 3 have walked to the Church at Hartley Wespall, enjoyed an excursion to the Roman Wall at Silchester and visited Reading Museum. The Year 4 inter-house swimming gala and a mixed inter-house rounders tournament were both won by blue house.

Further afield the pupils in Year 5 to 8 have been busy and making the most of the many opportunities available to them. Everyone returns this afternoon when no doubt there will be many tales to tell. Undoubtedly there will be some very tired teachers and pupils too!

Mr Spencer

News from the Pre-Prep

This week in Reception we have enjoyed making vehicles as part of our wood work project. First of all, we decided what type of vehicle we wanted to make and drew a design for it. We then sanded and decorated our pieces of wood. We cut the dowels the right length and added cotton reel wheels. We can’t wait to show our moving transport vehicles on sports day. Please do come down to Reception to see all of our work on show!

The Year 1 children ventured over to the ‘Main House’ for their weekly ICT lesson where they have been creating their very own fact files on an animal of their choice. During this time they have become more familiar with the position of letters on a keyboard and are beginning to use the Enter and space bar keys. The children were fascinated when observing how to insert a picture into a document and were proud to be able to do this themselves. Through the use of the internet and non-fiction texts, all pupils deepened their knowledge and were keen to share the facts that they had found out. We have also been very busy in the classroom making many new and exciting things ready to share with our families on Sports Day next Friday. Fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day!

Year 2 is filled with budding authors as they planned and wrote a novel consisting of 3 chapters. Their stories will take you on an adventure around the world. Thought was also put into front cover designs before illustrating their books. The children are very excited to put these finished publications on display. All will be revealed next week…

On Wednesday great cheers were heard as a sea of blue, yellow, green and red t-shirts were seen pouring onto the sports field this week as Year 2 joined their senior peers to compete for points for their houses in an inter-house rounders competition. Well done everybody, it was fantastic to see you wear your house colours with such pride. We all really excited and looking forward to showing you our classrooms on Sports Day, one week to go!

Pre-Prep Teachers

Nursery Corner

Our underwater theme continues and the children have been busy with lots of art and craft this week in preparation for our displays on Sports Day.  Cutting, sticking, painting and clay modelling to name just a few of the activities they have been involved with and we are never too far from glitter and sparkles which everyone enjoys!

Our role play has changed to a Travel Agent which has got us all thinking where we would like to disappear off to over the summer holidays.  The children have been busy booking trips and writing up confirmation slips, which include the name of their ‘client’ and the number of days they are on holiday for.  It is really providing them with some excellent opportunities for sound and numeracy written work and they love it!

Have a relaxing weekend.

Mrs Beeching

Sports

Year 4 Inter-House Swimming

1st        Blue                             116

2nd        Green                          114

3rd        Red & Yellow              108

Inter-House Rounders

1st        Blue

2nd        Red

3rd        Green

4th        Yellow