Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday September 30th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

Phew! What a busy few weeks since my last blog … an ISI compliance inspection; a Year 7 residential trip to France; the annual iaps Headmaster’s Conference; a governors’ presentation on the quality of pupils’ achievement and a visit from the new headmaster of Bede’s. Not to mention the usual round of trips, sports fixtures, lessons, activities and enrichment along with a brief pause for a headmaster’s birthday - the term is certainly well underway!


Focus of the Fortnight

    … simply has to be on the joy of maths. I challenge you all to tell me which aspect of life does not involve mathematics in some form!

Mark Hammond
  Year 7 practise their French in the Market place   'Sing' at Eastbourne College  


For the first stage of their Silver Challenge Award, the whole of Year 7 gathered their waterproofs and their French phrase books and last Friday morning left Skippers at 6am on an expedition to France.  With the sun shining and barely enough breeze to lift the flags on the seafront, we had to swap our planned sand yachting for beach games and an exploration of the town, ending with local crepes and gaufres.  

Click here to see the photos


The eagerly anticipated trip for Years 6 and 7 pupils to Eastbourne College arrived with the promise of the Sunshine Coast living up to its reputation.  Such is the popularity of the annual ‘Sing’ event that I had to check if Alice and Libby had carried out their threat to stowaway in the back of the mini bus!


  What is Numeracy Ninjas?   Video: Reception Create Shapes  



Numeracy Ninjas is a numeracy intervention that we are currently using within Year 6, 7 & 8 Maths lessons to practise twice a week pupils’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency.

This week, Reception have been learning about shapes.

After talking about different shapes, in the classroom, Reception went outside to collect some natural materials to create their own shapes on the playground.

Click below to watch our short video.

  Football season kicks off to a great start   Democratically elected  House Captains   


The afternoon of the 22nd September saw Skippers Hill U8 and U9 take on Bede's U9 in a hard fought football fixture. Mr Gurran had carefully put together two sides and had managed to include all of the boys in Year Three and Four, a logistical challenge that only he could manage!


As part of our SKULL programme at Skippers we cover the teaching of British Values and this includes an understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for others.
Last week we brought these values to the fore, by holding House Captain elections.

  Year 2 look at seeds under a microscope at Wakehurst Place   'FUNdamentals' Pre-School and Toddler Gymnastic classes  


As part of our Plants topic in Science, Year 2 have visited Wakehurst Place.  A lovely teacher called Sue taught us songs about how plants grow and let us examine seeds using different types of microscopes.  Some seeds are ENORMOUS (way too big for the microscope) and some are so tiny that they look like dust!  

Click here to see the photos 

Join us for our new Pre-School and Toddler classes, following the British Gymnastics FUNdamentals programme on Tuesday Mornings 10.15 - 11am.
Children can enjoy a range of stimulating activities involving movement and music, helping them to develop their physical, social and emotional skills.

Click here to see photos from the class

    On Wednesday  21st September Skippers Hill had an amazing riding lesson at Mayfield  school. We arrived and  had a lovely welcome from Jill Barker head of riding.We then went to warm up in one of the two sand schools. We had 3 really great instructors, Emily Baldwin, Harriet Coldrick and Charlotte. Once we had warmed up we went into the amazing Olympic sized sand school. We jumped over a great 2 phase course jumping half show jumps and  then half cross country. We had a fantastic  afternoon with some brilliant  instruction. We finished with delicious cakes and squash.
Lydia and Twiggy, Ruby and Red, Martha and Whiskers, Martha and Poppy, Evelyn and Bacardi and Jack and Plum all had a brilliant time, thank you Mayfield, please can we come again?!

By Ruby Hall
Star of the week

Celebration Assembly 20th September

Rec  Zuriel Adelaja for very good listening and helping in Reception
Ramona Harvey for super sound work and blending in Reception
Year 1 Archie Pahl for making a huge effort to label his picture in Science on his own
Betsy Abell for trying really hard to write more sentences
Year 2  Alfie Duncan for remaining cheerful despite having a cast on his foot
Matilda Stock for always being helpful in the classroom and kind to others
Year 3  Zoey Wood and Willoughby Gerada for excellent History work on Skara Brae
Year 4  Freddie Lee for his effort and enthusiasm in class
Molly Jones for her excellent effort in English and producing very neat handwriting 
Annabelle Groves-Gidney for her super effort in class and with homework
Year 5 Suzie Dixon for excellent English work throughout the week
Sam Williams for excellent work in English
Year 6 Florence Aherne for writing excellent dialogue in her English story
Year 8 Matthew Bennett for producing an excellent piece of extra work in Science



French Speakers of the Week

Toby Clarke and Lizzie Sturgess (Y7) for making an effort to speak French in France

Sports Person of the Week        

Zoey Wood (Y4) for an excellent performance during hockey in Games and matches

Mathematician of the Week         

Molly Jones (Y4) for excellent work explaining her calculations
Sarah Davies (Y4) for brilliant explanations in Maths and great understanding of place value

Other Celebrations  
Pippa (Y3) and Henry Nunn (Y1) for winning Blue Peter badges. They both made a collage of the Blue Peter ship   
Rosa Brown (Y2) for winning 5 rosettes at Pony Camp

Freddie Lee (Y4) for competing in a Triathlon for 8-11 year olds. Freddie finished 66th out of 500 competitors

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Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School
Five Ashes, Mayfield,
East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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