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Farewell

Y6 Last-6

A little farewell post before the Summer starts – farewell to a Y6 group that I have been fortunate enough to teach for the last two years, and all the staff have loved seeing them grow over the last seven years into the superstars they are.

Good luck in your next schools, you are more than ready and we really want you all to visit again and let us know how you are doing.

** The leavers photos and slideshow will be shared with each of you, so do download them before the start of next term **

Stars of the Stage

I hope you were among the audience for our KS2 performances this year, as I won’t need to tell you how amazing the children were because you’ll  already know.

Fabulous acting, wonderful singing and the best dancing we’ve seen to date in my opinion! Well done all – it was more challenging this year due to all the fun we’ve been having, but yet again, you have proved that you are an incredible band.

EIS 2019

There were sporting superstars aplenty today as we took all of KS2 to the EIS in Sheffield for the Hope Valley Cluster Sports Day 2019.

It was a chance to go up against the other local schools in a variety of competitive and fun events using a range of skills to both practise and perform with.  They ran, they jumped, they threw, they balanced and they got sand in their shoes.

First of all – a hall of champions for you to congratulate with some incredible individual and team achievements:

Also, here is a (large) gallery of some of the action from today:

Enjoying the Fruits of Labour

The school wants to say 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 there 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.

Rolling Rolling Rolling

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….. 🙂