Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday November 11th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

I am sure that 2016 will prove to be a memorable year for all as world politics continues to produce big news and at Skippers the topics of ‘Brexit’ and the American Presidential election continue to provide plenty of discussion points. It is fantastic to see the children so engaged and knowledgeable about current affairs and as an erstwhile teacher - but lifelong fan - of history I always enjoy reflecting upon the lessons from the past.


Focus of the Fortnight


Do something kind for somebody and enjoy the happiness it brings.

Mark Hammond
  Year 5 go to Fishbourne Roman palace   Video: Year 3’s French Weather Forecasts  


We'd studied Roman villas with their colonnades and pools,
And the grandeur of the mansions where the ancient Romans ruled.
So Year Five went to see the Roman palace at Fishbourne.
“What is this trick?” the kids cried. “There's no palace there! It's gorn!”

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In their French lessons, Year 3 have been recapping their knowledge of the days of the week and learning short phrases to describe the weather. Using the words and phrases that they had learnt, Year 3 were soon giving weather forecasts to the rest of the class.
Click below to watch our short video:


  Reception Blog 
Autumnal Adventures
  Library Competition
Non-fiction November


We are lucky at Skippers to have such a rich and varied outdoor environment. It enables teachers to incorporate elements of different Early Years ideologies, giving the children wider opportunities for all round development. For example, Forest Schools, which originated in Scandinavia, encourage the development of physical skills, independence, problem solving and collaboration through outdoor experiences. 

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Non-fiction November is here!
Children can present their work however they like - written, powerpoint, audio file etc.
Ideas include: interview someone; research a hero; tell us about their hobby or any area of interest, including historical information.
Closing date is 30th November and the librarians will be helping with judging.
Work must be children's own but they can work in groups of up to 3.  



  Girls Sport continues to impress
  We will remember them  


The first half of term with its clement temperatures and beautiful blue skies meant the first few weeks were packed with long training sessions, fixtures and clubs with rain never once stopping play! The girls have worked hard to improve their Hockey skills and team tactics in what has been so far a predominantly Hockey-based season with some very good results under the enthusiastic guidance of our new coaches Matthew Minister and Anna Morgan. 

Year 2 have been learning about Remembrance Day and its significant place in our history.  We have listened to poetry inspired by the First World War.  We have learned that the reason we wear poppies to remember the soldiers who have died to keep us safe is that a poem called 'In Flanders Fields' was inspired by the poppies that grew on the battlefields after the fighting had ended.  

Click here to see poems and silhouette drawings

  Message from the Office
Are these yours?!!
  Kindness spreads throughout Skippers  


These items of lost property have been sitting on the mantlepiece in the Office for quite some time and we are running out of space!  If any of them belong to you please could you collect them otherwise they will shortly be given to charity or thrown away (the mouth guard!!).

With World Kindness Day coming up this Sunday, Year 8 led the school in Monday’s Kindness assembly.  We all watched a video about how important it is to be kind to everybody, whether or not they are your friend and even when they are totally different from you.  

Star of the week

Celebration Assembly  1st November 2016

Rec Ira Bilmes for being so enthusiastic about writing practice and asking for more
Florence Caldwell for good progress in phonics and keeping on trying    
Year 1 Minnie Warner for being kind and helpful in the playground with Rec and KG
Kiya Mehta for her lovely writing about Diwali
Year 3 Ariella Brooks for writing a fantastic explanation text   
Year 4 Nicholas Beech for participating well during our English lesson about tenses
Sophie Hare for her consistent hard work and great effort on Maths lessons
Year 5 Henry Stemp for his excellent poem about Autumn
Harriet Walker for her excellent poem about Autumn        
Year 6 Cole MacKenzie for being extremely kind and helpful to our visiting pupils   
Year 7 James Quittenton for completing an extra piece of work in History



Other Celebrations     
Daniel Pharoah (Y1) for achieving Level 7 in the British Gymnastics Trampoline proficiency Awards
Rosa Brown (Y1) received a medal at Premier Sport Camp for being such an enthusiastic team player - always with a smile.
Vincent Marten (Y3) received a medal for being part of the the Cranbrook RFC Development Squad.

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