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Classrooms and Outside Areas

Staff and pupils take great pride in our school and its surroundings.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Planning has begun for this year’s Healthy Lifestyles Week (9th to the 13th July) in line with the launch of Doncaster’s Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives initiative which replaces the Healthy School’s Award. The pupils are looking forward to a fun packed week of activities which will include using our climbing wall. All pupils have engaged in a number of activities throughout the week learning about healthy lifestyles.

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Breakfast

Breakfast is available every morning offering a range of healthy cereals, toast and fruit juice or milk. All pupils are encouraged to attend as part of the PSHCE curriculum.

Climbing

At Stone Hill School we have an exciting outdoor education curriculum. This starts with introducing our pupils to climbing on our indoor wall. Here the pupils learn about teamwork, safety, assessment of risk, leadership and climbing movement. The wall is accessed by all our pupils at some point during the school year. We are an Awarding Centre for the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) Levels 1 & 2.

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Food Technology

Food Technology at Stone Hill is about encouraging pupils to foster positive and healthy attitudes about food and nutrition, whilst introducing a range of food cultures and skills. It promotes independence, confidence and the essential skills pupils need to prepare simple, nutritious and affordable meals, whilst developing an understanding of Food Safety and Hygiene.

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Key Stage 1

This half term, the children in Class 3 are learning about shape. They have gone on shape hunts around school to see what shapes they could find. As well as this they have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes, especially when building and drawing. All children have had the opportunity to use our outdoor classroom where there are lots of shape based activities for them to enjoy.

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Science

Science at Stone Hill continues to engage and challenge our pupils. We had a trip before Christmas to Doncaster Minster with our year 8 pupils to look at “the moon”. We learnt a lot of moon facts and also did some cross curricular English and Art work. We have invited Katie Hurst from “eco-schools” back for National Science Week to work with Lower School Pupils over two days. We also have a brand new event planned involving 3D glasses and a journey through space for the whole school on the 13th March. Many of the pupils enjoy science lessons using the laboratory and taking part in practical work as part of a team. All have the opportunity to have fun and learn new skills using microscopes, Bunsen burners and electrical circuits.

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Music

Class 3 visited ‘The Point’ to take part in an interactive music performance for part of a project called ‘We Speak Music’. They got to listen to and play a variety of musical instruments. They really enjoyed dancing to the music and even composed a piece of summer themed music!

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Enterprise

Year 8 Enterprise –Dragons Den – Inventors and Entrepreneurs. All year 8 children took part in an entrepreneurial activity in which they had to work in small teams to develop a new video game. Each team planned a story board of the game, wrote up the rules for their game and produced a games case for display in a shop. They also designed a logo for their game and then had to ‘pitch’ their ideas in front of the ‘Dragons’. The children showed confidence and creativity, excellent team work and communication skills and delivered some fantastic presentations. Well done Year 8!

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School Council Elections

The annual School Council Elections took place on 28th September. The Election Day was planned and organised by School Councillors from last year’s School Council. IT was an excellent day and all classes now have newly appointed School Councillors. The school was honoured the Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Council Majid Khan attended the event. The pupils were very welcoming and please that he had been able to give his time to attend. Council Khan was very impressed with the School Councillors organisation and the realistic approach to voting which he commented on his twitter account “gave our pupils real life skills” We are looking forward to the new School Coucnillors continuing to make a difference to the school and being proactive in ensuring pupils voice is heard and instrumental in effecting positive change for the school.

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Key Stage 4

KS4 pupils from years 10 and 11 have been attending a Dance studio during their community and leisure time on a Wednesday afternoon. The pupils have been able to put their dance skills to practice. They have been working really hard on practicing and performing a new routine to the song 'Come Alive' from the Greatest Showman.

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Key Stage 2

Class 4's topic for this half term is 'A Toy's Story'. We have looked at old and new toys, read stories such as 'Dogger', used non-fiction books to find information, made sock puppets with material and painted pictures of our favourite toys. Harrison's favourite teddy is called Boop, Max's is called Beastie and Finton's is Pikachu. We also learnt a poem called ‘I Made a Robot’ by using Talk for Writing actions. Here are some pictures of us practising. At Christmas Class 5 and Class 6 celebrated by going on a fun trip to Stockeld Park. Both classes watched a pantomime then had the chance to play on a variety of adventure playgrounds within the park, we had a great time! Class 5 have been very busy this year in all curriculum subjects. In math’s we have been looking at place value, numbers and shape. We have also been working hard in the outdoor classroom, practicing our times tables and counting, as well as using Numicon to help us when counting and multiplying numbers. In English we have been writing about ourselves and interests as well learning about animals. We have listened to lots of different stories, such as ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘The Tiger who came for Tea’. We practice our handwriting and spellings during our morning routine as well as weekly phonics sessions. We also went to see the Grinch at the cinema and completed a review about the story. In Art we have been using clay to sculpt different animals as well as paper Mache and paint to create different textures and tones. Next term we are learning about space and will make our very own rockets and planets! In Science we have been looking at robots as well as the environment. We made our own robots using recycled materials! In Food Technology we have been practicing our mixing and weighing skills and each week make something delicious! A big focus in Food Technology is how to keep safe and hygienic in the kitchen. In PE we have been taking part in team games as well as learning about our balance and exercise. Class 6 went to Pizza Express at the start of the school year. Each child made a delicious pizza!

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World Book Day 2019

World Book Day 2019 - The pupils and staff worked hard to decorate the doors to their classrooms in the style of their favourite book. Here is a selection of photos taken.

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Physical Education

Year 9 pupils from Stone Hill and Coppice school have been working towards their sports leaders level 1 qualification and young leaders award. The pupils have been working hard on understanding the role of sports leader. They have become role models for other pupils by presenting the key leadership skills and behaviours. The pupils have enhanced their social and communicational skills by meeting pupils from a different school.

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Weekly Mile

Lower School children and staff have recently begun the 'Weekly Mile'! The Weekly Mile is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. We spend 15 minutes walking or running around our school field and enjoy a celebration at the end with music. For more information visit: https://thedailymile.co.uk/

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Key Stage 3

We are into the Summer Term and residential visit season. Y8 have just got back from a few nights away on the canal boat, Adam’s Ark and judging by all reports back they had a fabulous time. Y7 are busy preparing for their first camping experience at Austerfield Field Study Centre. Everyone enjoyed their first experiences. Y9 are well underway with preparing for their DofE Bronze Expeditions. Camping at Austerfield for the practice and Walesby for the assessed expeditions. Year 9 worked extremely hard and completed their Bronze Expeditions. Well done Year 9! The pupils have been busy throughout the year accessing curriculum enhancing visits such as Crucial Crew, Leeds Armoury and The Deep to name a few. They also engaged in fun science activities during Science Week.

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Gardening Club

KS3/KS4 pupils have the opportunity to take part in the school lunch-time gardening club. Learning how plant and produce flowers and fruit.

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