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DCPS Matters
​Issue 22
​29th September 2017

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Headmaster's News

Another Successful Open Morning!

I must thank everyone involved with our Open Week and Activities Morning last week.  We had a very pleasing number of visitors, the school looked fantastic and, as ever, our children were superb ambassadors.  I really am very grateful to all of the children who came on Saturday morning.  The activity session that we run is entirely optional and yet more than two thirds of the children attended.  We also had six children performing solos in chapel and every single one of them gave outstanding performances.  Open Mornings are really important for us and I was really heartened by the way that our community supported such an important aspect of our marketing programme.  The variety of activities available on Saturday morning was extensive and this is something that we have strived for over recent years, to give every child the opportunity to experience things that they may not have tried before, or if they have, approaching it in a slightly different way.

U9 Football Success

Many congratulations to our U9 football team who won our six-a-side tournament on Friday afternoon.  This is the first time we have held the tournament this term, having had it rained off for the past two years when we held it in the Lent term.  It was a very enjoyable afternoon’s sport and winning the tournament is a fantastic achievement.  Equally importantly, everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves and it was wonderful to see our Year 3 children taking part in their first ever school fixtures, just three weeks into the term.  This means that every single boy has now represented the school at sport already this term, with the exception of a few boys who do not yet feel ready to take part in competitive rugby matches yet, and they are enjoying the training sessions!  The girls are not far behind and it really is wonderful that we are able to give every child the opportunity to represent their school in sports fixtures.

School Video

I hope that you have all had the chance now to have seen our new school video.  It lasts for about 2 ½ minutes and can be seen by clicking on the “Day in the Life…” photo on our website.  This has been put together by pupils from Denstone College - indeed they have already done one for the College before they came down and put something together for us.  The end result is something that we are very pleased with and we hope to add more video footage and indeed.

Congratulations to Isabella!

You may recall me mentioning last term that Isabella F had reached the last twenty in the nationwide Royal Mail Christmas Stamp competition.  The two winners eventually came from the older children’s section, but Isabella was awarded £500 for being the West Midlands area winner and the school received the same amount!    So very well done indeed, Isabella and thank you!

Art Lecture

Many thanks to everyone who came to last Monday’s art lecture and exhibition.  I hope that you found it both interesting and enjoyable.  The next event for parents is the presentation on internet safety up at Denstone College on 29th January 2018.

The Values this month are Peace and Confidence. Please discuss them with your children at home. Thank you.

Forthcoming Dates for October

Monday 2nd October – Dads Supper at the Dog & Partridge, 1930 for 2000.  Pre-booking is essential to order your meal & hear a soldier reminisce of his experiences in the theatre of war.  We can normally accommodate a few latecomers on Monday morning!

Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 5th October - Parents Evening for Years 3-5 ONLY. 
Yr 6 will take place after their exams on Monday, 4 December between 4.15-6.30pm.

Tuesday 10th October - Pre-Prep & Pre-School Harvest Festival

Wednesday 11th October - Pre-Prep's PTFA Disco

Thursday 12th October - Main Prep's PTFA Disco

Enjoy the next fortnight!

Best wishes

Jerry Gear

 
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Pupils of the Week 18.9.17

Year 3 - Sammy E
Year 4 - Max A, Holly C, Lydia
Year 5 - Daisy & George
Year 6 - Joe B & Oscar M, George Bean

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Pupils of the Week 25.9.17

Year 3 - Evie N
Year 4 - Emmerson G
Year 5 - Stan D & Matthew M
Year 6 - Hannah W & Tom C

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Pre-School News

Squirrels Room The Squirrels are learning about Autumn. We have done vegetable printing using Autumn colours and have been on a lovely Autumn walk to collect conkers, leaves and acorns.​

Owls Room

The children in the Owls room have been looking at the changes that Autumn brings. We have been collecting items at Forest School and found hundreds of conkers and acorns.

We have also examined the colour changes in leaves and brought them back to pre-school to examine on our Autumn table. We even found some spotty leaves that the children said looked like Dalmations.

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Pre- Prep News

Reception have been learning about Autumn.  In Forest School, they enjoyed making spiders using conkers.  They finished the session by singing 'Incy, Wincy Spider'. 

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Pre-Prep 1

Pre Prep 1 have had an amazing art lesson using our wonderful outdoor space.  We have been looking at leaves and using leaves in our artwork. We have drawn and sketched leaves and have also done watercolour work which can be seen in PP1's classroom.  Last week we ventured into the Cedars to create an autumnal scene using natural materials on a black canvas.  The enthusiasm and excitement for using the outdoor space and natural materials can be seen in the children's amazing artwork.​

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Pre-Prep 2 - Musical Nature

PP2 had a great time making musical instruments at Forest School last Friday.  The children had to look carefully and collect natural objects that could make interesting sounds.  The children then formed a band and performed their musical piece for others to enjoy!  Well done PP2, Great team work.

Main Prep News

Years 3

During the past few weeks Year 3 have been working hard at making sure that they understand the place value of numbers. The children have learnt how to set their work out neatly in their brand new books, including that all important date and WILF (which incidentally means ‘What I’m Looking For’). One of their favourite games was ‘Find Someone Who…’. The children love this game because they don’t have to know the answer themselves but they have to find someone else who does! By the end of the game the children had all correctly answered some very tricky questions and were able to tell me why their answers were right! Well done Form 3!

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Year 4 - Test Insulators

Year 4 were given a challenge to see if they could find out which insulating material would keep Mrs McMahon's soup warm.  They were provided with three cups each made of different materials (cardboard, plastic and polystyrene) and were asked to predict which material would keep the soup warm for longer and therefore provide better insulation.  They devised an experiment to test their prediction and carried out their experiment during the lesson (instead of soup the children had to use tea but felt that this would give them the same results).  There were lots of discussions about the fairness of the experiment and the variables involved in their experiment.  The amount of tea in each cup, the location of the cups, time that the temperature of the tea is taken and the type of thermometer being the constant variables, and the independent variable being the type of insulator (card, plastic or polystyrene).  Following their experiment and recordings, the children provided a summary of their findings along with their conclusions.  Hopefully now they will be able to send their results to Mrs McMahon so that she can give out soup in the cups that provide insulators and will therefore keep the soup hotter for longer in the winter months!

Year 5

Year 5 have been studying digestion. We looked at an animation of how food travels through the gut and discussed in detail what organs are in the digestive tract. We then learnt what each organ does and where the food ends up. We had lots of discussion about the more messy side of science, e.g. what happens when you are sick? What is poo and where does it come from? Why do we burp? All of which were answered by understanding how the gut works. The children then drew and labelled their own life size digestive system.

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Year 6

6B Maths had a lesson in the outdoor classroom. We were investigating measures and used the canopy and wicker fences as our inspiration. We worked out the perimeter of the classroom with only a small tape measure as equipment. We noticed that the canopy can be split into eleven sections and that each section is a triangle. By working out the area of a triangle we were able to work out the surface area of the canopy. If Mr Gear agrees with Mr Bettaney and the whole of Year 6 that the canopy would indeed look much more stylish in red and white stripes then he already has the measurements to hand!​

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Sport's News

NB Year 5 girl's will be having hockey training up at Denstone College on Monday 4th October from 2-4pm. They will be leaving Denstone at 4.10pm and returning to school. If you would like to collect them from Denstone please let Miss Bennett know.

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Please don't forget to show your children this newsletter, so that they can see the photos and news too.

LOST PROPERTY

Please can we ask parents to make sure that all items are clearly labelled with a proper label? Using pen to cross out names is not very helpful if you are trying to find something. Thank you.

Oscar M has lost his blue hooded tracksuit top. It is named. 

Theo J has lost his named rugby top.

Please could you check your children's kit bags each weekend.

Don't forget for all you Fitness Fanatics, Gareth’s Bootcamp is every Monday at 8.30-9.30am on the Sports Field.All levels of fitness welcome £7.50/session.

Future Dates

 
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