Daneshill Diary 27/01/17

Bird Watch

This weekend the RSPB are encouraging children across the country to help observe and count wildlife in your garden. We would love to see any photos that you take over the course of the weekend. Please hand them into the science department where house points and prizes are up for grabs. Please see the school website for full details of the event where you can find a weblink as well as checklist sheets to identify the birds in your garden. Good luck!

Mrs Blomfield

Pre-Prep News

What a privilege it was to share a morning in Reception with the parents! Chinese New Year is a wonderful topic as we look at similarities and differences in celebrations. The children always like ‘a party’ and having fun while you are learning is what it is all about at Daneshill. In addition we performed a dragon dance outside in the playground with the pupils in the Nursery and will continue with our topic next week.

Our budding scientists in Year 1 were exploring forces and looking at the different motions that are created when we move things.  The children found it fascinating to see just how many forces we use on a daily basis in school, although, try as they might, we have yet to allow them to attempt the ultimate 1K vs 1B tug of war….maybe in the summer! For many of the pupils the highlight of the week was making our Gruffalo Crumble – sorting the ingredients, checking we had all the equipment, chopping and crushing as we cobbled together our crumble.  We left the tasty puddings out for the Gruffalo to munch on. We could not believe that they were gone when we came in to school on Friday morning! The children were delighted to read their ‘thank you’ note from our very own resident Gruffalo.

Year 2 had an ‘out of this world’ experience this week as they were transported into outer space at Winchester Science Centre.  Little eyes were widened at the vastness of space as the children reclined in their seats at the planetarium.  Gasps of awe and wonder could be heard as giant planets and stories of constellations were projected across the dome ceiling.  The rest of the day was spent exploring what the world of Science had to offer; from the science behind sport, to mirrors that changed our body shape completely (which caused great giggles).  Back at school, the children were brought back to Earth but wrote fantastic accounts of their day out, holding memories that will last for years to come.  A great week for Year 2!

The Pre-Prep Teachers


Wednesday 25th January


All matches were cancelled due to frozen pitches.


U.10 A vs. Yateley Manor T’ment      4th

U.10 B vs. Yateley Manor T’ment       2nd


With the freezing weather conditions continuing into another week, sadly a few of our fixtures were cancelled on Wednesday due to icy courts and freezing fog. Fortunately though the U.10’s Netball Tournament at Yateley Manor went ahead so some of our girls at least managed to play.

With only 8 minute matches, the girls knew they had to go out hard and fast at the first whistle and they couldn’t lose any of their centre passes. The A team had Abbey for their first match and with every Abbey player standing head and shoulders above the Daneshill girls, they knew that they would have to work very hard to move around their opposition to find space. After a shaky start the girls pulled the game back to a 3-3 draw after initially going 3-1 down in the first few minutes so we were pleased with the result. After a frustrating loss to St Piran’s in the following game, the girls managed to win the rest of the matches in the afternoon and finished 4th overall.

The B team had a very successful afternoon of netball. They had a very versatile squad which meant all the girls were able to change positions which enabled us to try new combinations. There were some tough games ahead but the team were full of energy and determined to try their hardest. There was some excellent defending by Daneshill and strong marking by our centre court players meant we had more chances at goal. As the afternoon progressed our passing became slicker and the team began to gel really well. After five hard fought games, Daneshill took the runners up title after winning all but one of their matches. Well done to all the girls, a fantastic result!

 Mrs Cowd