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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

This term in Food Technology pupils are preparing for the Christmas period and will be creating many festive dishes. KS1&2 are focusing on: Y3 & 4 - Recognising equipment Y5 - Exercise Y6 - Germs & Bacteria KS3 is focusing on: Y7 - Fresh v Fast Food Y8 - Allergens & First Aid Y9 - Fairtrade KS4 is focusing on: Years 10/11 - BTEC Qualification Level 1/ Careers in catering

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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! Upper school choir were lucky enough to perform at Hill House School alongside their pupils as part of Robin Hood Festival. They enjoyed performing some of their favourite songs. Stone Hill performed 'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey and 'Count On Me' by Bruno Mars. They also sang 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman and 'You've got a Friend in Me' from Toy Story. All pupils showed outstanding behaviour and it was a pleasure to see the two schools performing together. A few pupils also got the opportunity to take part in a musical theatre workshop. This was run by Mrs Scott who taught them the song 'It's a Hard Knock Life' from Annie and they added some dance moves as well.

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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 11th October 2019. The election was planned and organised by School Councillors from the previous year. It was a very successful 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, Outdoor stage, and many more. This year’s School Councillors will continue to work towards achieving the Green Flag Award for Eco School, the most prestigious eco Award a school can achieve. The whole of Upper School has been involved in the 'Make your Mark Campaign' (voting for Youth Parliament). The School Councillors have met and allocated additional jobs of responsibility. During this meeting Chairperson, Vice Chair, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer were appointed. We have had further meetings and been instrumental in making a positive contribution to the school. Some of the School Councillors have also been involved in interviewing for a teaching post. Those that took part did an excellent job. They were very confident and a credit to the school. They gave positive feedback to the interview panel about their preferred choice and reason for this decision. Their view was of similar view to the interview panel. I am sure this year’s School Council is going to be very successful in making a difference again. We will update you in the New Year.

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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.

Key Stage 1& 2

Class 3 has settled into Stone Hill School really well. The children have enjoyed exploring their classroom, finding out what toys they have and they are learning to share and take turns. The children have been working really hard during maths lessons where they have been using numbers up to 20. They have been counting and matching numbers, as well as learning addition and subtraction. Class 4 This term’s focus in Class 4 is 'Winter Wonderland'. Pupils will be creating Christmas crafts in Art and writing poems in Literacy. In Numeracy, pupils are looking at shapes and patterns and in Science, pupils are looking at materials. Class 6 Last half term Year 6's topic was 'Super Me'. We learnt about the different things that make us super. The children read lots of stories about Superheroes and then wrote their own which was then used to create a comic strip. Our superhero strength was tested when we visited our school allotment! We had to work as a team to carry a super heavy pumpkin back to the bus which was then used as part of our Harvest Festival. This half term, we are learning about poetry as part of our new topic, 'As Cold As A...'. Children have written poetry about Autumn and Remembrance Day. We will present our poems at the Year 6 assembly.

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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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