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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

Children in Year 6 have been learning about keeping fit and healthy during their project time. They have completed health walks in the local area and also used outdoor fitness equipment to learn about the importance of regular physical activity. Did you know that you should take part in some form of physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day? Here are some photographs and comments from children: "It was great. I liked using the fitness equipment!" "Running up the hill (Cusworth Hall hill) was hard. I felt good when I did it!" "I enjoyed keeping fit and being outside."

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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.

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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 1/2

Lower School Craft Morning. On Tuesday 30th January Lower School welcomed parents and carers to attend a craft morning. Parents and carers were invited into class to join in craft activities with their child. This included painting, making models and cards and other crafting fun. Afterwards parents and carers joined for a coffee and a biscuit and a good catch up with each other. Parents and carers gave brilliant feedback and the event was a success. Lower School are planning Breakfast with a Book for their next parents and carers event. Lower School Movement Groups. Targeted children within Lower School take part in a Smart Moves Motor Skills Programme once each week. The children take part in fun activities which will help them to develop their gross motor skills. The children really enjoy the activities and enjoy working together.

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Science

We are having an exciting year in science, including National Science week. All year groups have been or are going on science trips or are involved in talks at our school. Trips have included Doncaster Museum, Bradford Museum and Austerfield. We had some talks for years 10 and 11 about the NHS and the important work that they do. We also invited Katie Hurst from “ecoshools” to talk about recycling with Lower school, including some “upcycling” activities, (finding uses for aluminium cans). We use the laboratory at school for high quality practical work, encouraging team work and problem solving. The pupils particularly enjoy using the Bunsen burners and are brilliant at following the safety rules. We pride ourselves in offering an engaging and challenging curriculum, as you can see in the pictures.

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Music

A4 brass Quartet from Live Music Now visited our school and gave an interactive performance for the whole school to enjoy. They played a range of pieces and also explained and demonstrated their brass instruments. Upper school and lower school choirs performed as part of Don Valley Festival alongside other schools in the area. All pupils enjoyed performing their fantastic songs and they also got to watch and listen to other schools' performances.

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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

School Council Election Day took place on the 29th September 2017. The election was planned and organised by School Councillors from the previous year. It was a very successful and organised event, well done to the School Councillors for their valuable input. Newly appointed School Councillors were elected to represent their class and are looking forward to being involved in this year’s School Council and making a difference to the school. Last year’s School Council were actively involved in many achievements. A few to mention were; Christmas disco, helping to achieve Eco School Silver Award, outdoor classroom and stage and many more. The School Councillors have met once since Election Day to allocate additional jobs of responsibility. During this meeting Chairperson, Vice Chair, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer were all appointed. We are now looking forward to the next meeting after half-term where this year’s elected School Councillors will begin to make a valuable contribution to our school. Forthcoming Event Parents Support Group Tuesday 14th November 2017 Time: 10.00-12.00 Venue: Stone Hill School On-line Safety All welcome. Please see synopsis of parent feedback from this session delivered last year on the school website. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Miss Exelby.

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Key Stage 4

It’s that time of year again when we start to prepare for the second round of work placements for our Y11 pupils. The first round took place in October. We had pupils working in: charity shops, pet shops, supermarkets, school kitchens, offices, libraries, Primary school classrooms, working for DMBC, up cycling furniture... the list goes on! We are always proud of our pupils and the feedback from employers is always glowing. The second set of work experience placements will take place between June11th and 22nd of June. It’s a lot of work securing places for all 22 of our Year 11s but it is well worth the effort when we see the boost it gives to their confidence and self esteem!

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Key Stage 2

Class 4 visited Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield as part of our topic, 'Spring Chickens'. In the morning we explored the farm and met the animals. It was very cold and we got caught in a snow storm! In the afternoon we read 'Little Red Hen' and went through the process of making bread. We picked the grains, planted them, harvested the wheat, ground them in to flour and then made bread. Class 4 also visited Tickhill Library to take part in Sensory Storytime. We read 'Going on a Bear Hunt' and the story came to life with water, mud and a deep, dark bear's cave! Year 5 recently went to Magna Science Centre in Rotherham. The day involved having a hands-on experience packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. We explored the wonders of Science and Technology in the four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire & Water, We had a fantastic time! Year 6 Football Tournament Class 6 and Mr Ryde organised a football tournament. All those involved enjoyed taking part.

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World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018 - 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

Rugby - Year 7 and 8 pupils participated in a TAG rugby festival at The Willows School. Pupils were able to put into practice the skills and knowledge they had learned from their PE lessons. Canoeing and Cycling - Year 10 and 11 pupils chose to participate in leisure activities at Rother Valley Country Park. This takes place on Wednesday afternoon's over 8 weeks. Pupils can chose to cycle, canoe and orienteer.

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