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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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PSHE

Year 8 are learning about the three emergency services and recently had a visit from the police community team, lead by PC Dobbs. The visit focused on safety in the community and covered tips on how to stay safe during the dark winter nights. The group had the opportunity to try police helmets and coats as well as sit in a police van. The group thoroughly enjoyed the visit and enjoyed finding out the role of the police in more detail. As part of PSHE / Life Skills, the pupils also visited Doncaster Town Centre to carry out research into the different types of deodorant that are available. The learning focus is personal hygiene and being able to make an informed choice.

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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

At Stone Hill School food technology is interesting, creative, and exciting - the emphasis is placed on learning-by-doing. Classroom activities involve: • Learning about ingredients • Understanding the properties of foods – nutritional, sensory and functional • Investigating and tasting products • Practical activities using a range of skills, processes, equipment and materials

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Key Stage 1

Boston Park Farm - Class 3 enjoyed learning about how farm animals are cared for and they loved feeding the new-born lambs. As a special treat, we were able to take a ride on the farmer's tractor! Tropical Butterfly House - On our trip to the Tropical Butterfly House, the pupils were able to hold and closely examine a range of mini-beasts. They also saw a range of other animals, such as lemurs and otters. Making gingerbread men - This half term, we have begun preparations for our Hansel and Gretel performance. The pupils have taken part in a range of role play and craft activities linked to the story. We decorated gingerbread men and talked about what it would be like to visit a gingerbread house.

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PE - Hatfield Water Park

Students throughout the school are given the opportunity to follow a diverse enriched PE, Sport and Leisure curriculum with the funding of the Pupil Premium and PE Grant. All students in KS4 are able to develop and explore their independence, teamwork and social skills through the experience of water based activities at Hatfield Water Park.

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Residentials

All pupils have the opportunity to access a series of residential visits from Y6 to Y10. The visits have the basic objectives of enhancing and teaching new social and life skills in an environment other than school. Each has a specific focus such as transition, art, humanities etc... All visits incorporate an element of outdoor education which give the pupils an opportunity to build on existing skills and learn some new ones by accessing activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, weaselling, bouldering, orienteering, hill walking, camping, problem solving, team building, outdoor cooking and mountain biking.

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Science

This year's national science week was about how science can be found in all different subjects.

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Music

Pupils in Key stage 1, 2 & 3 access a wide variety of music including drumming, singing and keyboard as part of the curriculum. Pupils with a particular interest also access additional individual instrumental lessons. Older pupils in Key stage 4 sing in our school choir ‘Stone Hill Singers’.

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Enterprise

The pupils have taken part in a project based on the BBC1 television programme ‘The Apprentice’, where they will develop a number of enterprising skills, such as team work, communication and problem solving. The purpose of the activity will be to allow pupils to ‘make their ideas happen’. They will work as a group to generate a profit from a start up fund of £20. They will work collaboratively to generate ideas of the types of products or services that they can offer and will then conduct some market research to ensure there is a demand for their ideas. They will do a cost analysis of each product/service to ensure that the sales price will generate a profit. They will also do some product testing and quality control before offering their products to market. The pupils will work together to produce their stock which they will sell to the school community. At the end of the project each team will present their work in ‘The Boardroom’, where one team will be ‘Hired!’

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School Council Elections

At Stone Hill School we have a very active School Council who meet at least once a term with the school governors and members of school staff. There is an elected representative from every class. The council represent their class and make recomendations to the headteacher with requests for specific school improvements. School Council Elections take place at the start of each new school year and all pupils are involved in voting.

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Key Stage 4

In addition to their regular key stage curriculum, KS4 pupils have College on a Tuesday and Life Skills groups on a Friday. They get ‘hands on’ experience of post 16 education in preparation for their move to Key Stage 5. Y10 spend half a day at Doncaster College and Y11 have a whole day that is split between two classes. This year, Y10 have Art with Emily whilst Y11 have Media with Chris and Ceramics with Lesley. On Fridays KS4 pupils work within small groups to access a variety of Life Skills. The first block of activities for all groups is “The World of Work” where pupils have been looking at various aspects of employment including interview skills, where pupils learn some of the dos and don’ts involved in job interviews. They get to experience how it feels from both sides of the table!

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Key Stage 2

This half term Class 4 have been learning about animals and Class 5 have been learning about Africa. To end their topics they went on a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Here they saw animals such as lions, tigers, leopards, giraffes and polar bears. They were also able to walk through enclosures where they saw wallabies, lemurs, squirrel monkeys and meerkats. It was a lovely sunny day and they even got an opportunity to play in the park! Class 4 have also been learning about growing this half term. They went on a class visit to the garden center to buy some broad bean seeds. When they go back to school they planted them and have been observing their growth over about 4 weeks and making their own bean diaries. They have now planted their bean plants in the school garden as they were getting too big for the classroom!

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World Book Day 2017

Welcome to World Book Day 2017 at Stone Hill School. The pupils and staff worked hard to decorate the doors to their classrooms in the style of their favourite book. Which book would inspire your door.

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