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Enjoying the Fruits of Labour

The school wants to sat a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came into school last Saturday to contribute to our Community Gardening Day.

It was great to see so many parents, children and members of the local community give up their time to improve the green areas of school, and it has made a huge impact already. The pond area particularly has had a wonderful facelift, and it has been a joy to spend lunchtimes in their spotting frogs and identifying plants.

The new bug hotel has an influx of new residents, and the mud kitchen is producing mud cakes galore.

Thank you to Mrs Campbell for publicising the event and to the amazing helpers who worked incredibly hard in the sun and rain to make a huge difference.

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The annual Easter Egg Rolling Championship was a close affair this year – it needed a ‘roll-off’ to decide the eventual winning house!

Now a mainstay of Easter celebrations in school, everyone gets to take part in this inter-house competition of skill, nerves, and a little wibbly-wobbly luck.

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After all the rolls were completed, the points were added up and Howden came in third with 48 points, but Ladybower and Derwent were tied with 55.  So it came down to a tense final roll, and it turned out to be a close one with Ladybower pipping Derwent in the last metre to the chocolatey spoils of victory.

Well done Ladybower….the pressure is on for Sports Day now to continue to roll…..

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Prime Rhyme Time

The whole school enjoyed National Poetry Day today (with integrated delayed World Book Day) and the place was alive with some terrific dressing up and flowing prose.

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Class 1 took the opportunity of the Gruffalo’s anniversary and worked on some poems based on the tale.  Here are a few:

Class 2 took on the challenge of writing limericks – something I find very hard to do! They were fantastic, showing a superb handle of syllables and rhyming:

Class 3 explored the rather gruesome poetry in Macbeth – the witches’ “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” spell, and created their own evil potions:

There were some wonderful costumes on display, the school was alive with literary heroes old and new:

 

Bienvenue à la Mâtisserie

There was a little bit of art appreciation to star art club this evening with a look at The Snail by Henri Matisse.  We talked about possibilities of creating our own collages in his style, and you can see what a terrific array of ideas we came up with:

They Flashed It!

We took a team of very determined climbers to the Greater Sheffield Primary School Bouldering Championship Final this morning at the Mini-Works – and what a morning it turned out to be!

Game faces on…….

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We were expecting a similar set-up to the qualifying session, but saw straight away that there was a completely different set of challenges.  There were five other schools climbing at the same time, so it was a charged atmosphere too.  However, each team member did their best, pusing their minds and bodies to their limits with the constant aim of reaching that next hold.

The ‘doughnut’ looked the hardest to me, but the children loved that one.

The viewing parents and I were so pleased and proud when the results were read out.

In the individuals’ rankings we had a 2nd and a 1st!

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In the biggie – the overall team winners – Grindleford took home the title!!!!!!!!!  😀

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HUGE congratulations for effort, determination and teamwork to each and every one of you.  The gold medals were well-earned (and incredibly awesome!)

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#SaferInternetDay2019

Tuesday was Safer Internet Day 2019, and every class took part in activities aimed at raising the awareness of consent.

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Class 1 talked about how to ask a trusted adult if they ever came across anything when playing on a tablet or computer that asked them a question they were unsure of, and how to ask permission before they go to certain sites and apps.  They created some wonderful posters in the session, here are a couple:

From the questionnaires that KS2 completed, it was evident that the overwhelming number of children enjoyed going online for a wide range of purposes from chilling with Netflix to playing games with friends.

We looked at the concept of personal information and how if it belongs to you, you should have the control to decide what happens to it.  Many didn’t realise that pictures are a form of personal information, and posting them online without permission can lead to problems.  It was well-understood that it is important and polite to ask for consent from people if we want to share pictures of them and respect their wishes.

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We also looked at how companies and other organisations on the internet have to ask for your consent if they wish to use your personal information, and what they may use it for.

In all situations, we explored the important message that it is OK to say NO.  It is YOUR information, YOU own it, it is up to YOU what happens to it.

Some children made some pledges at the end of the day related to consent:

It was also pleasing to see from the questionnaire responses that many pupils ask for permission before they use technology at home, and if they want to get a new game or app.  Staying safe online and respecting others in the online world are becoming ever-important and it is reassuring to know that so many parents are sharing their children’s journeys and development in the digital age.

Indoor Athletics KS2

This is one of my favourite sporting events on the HVC cluster calendar each year, and this year lived up to expectations.

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We take a small team and compete against other schools to see if we can qualify for the next round.  Although the relays are performed in front of everyone, the field events are done in a more relaxed style and it allows all the children to focus.  It was a superb effort from all, and we came away with some first places too – whoop whoop:

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We would have held our heads higher if Mrs Cook hadn’t called for a teacher race!  I think Mr Hurford from Bradwell finished before I got to the first wall….. 🙂

 

Christmas Dinner

We are always thankful at this time of year, but today we are especially thankful to Louise in the kitchen for serving up an incredible Christmas dinner for the whole school.

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The turkey was juicy, the pigs were in blankets, the potatoes were roasted and the sprouts were, well, you’ll have to ask the children as I don’t go anywhere near them!

The children were even treated to a little early gift from the kind elves.

A quality lunch with quality dinner guests.

It might snow, but it did reindeer

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Some of Santa’s helpers brought joy and wonder to the school today – Cupid and Comet took time out from their intensive training to see the children and give them a little of their Christmas magic.  It was such a lovely visit, and all ages were totally spellbound with them.

Thank you Santa’s helpers!!!!  We hope the enthusiastic reaction haven’t disturbed them too much before their big day in a few weeks….

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Too Spooky for School

What an amazing effort by the PTA and helpers in putting on an incredible spooky walk and disco this evening.  I was rather scared myself as I followed the train of werewolves, ghosts, witches, vampires and other terrifying beasts as there were huge spiders, ominous signs and some very creepy characters leaping out of bushes and trees.

Also a huge thank you to Maddy and Millie for creating and delivering the story to accompany the hunt for the witch.  All of the ‘creatures’ seemed less scared of the witch once her chocolate hoard made an appearance, and it turned into a party atmosphere with some fantastic lights and sounds.  The journey back for hot dogs, sweets and dancing was a welcome downhill stroll back to school where the fun continued.

Take a look at our gallery of ghouls: