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:

A Trip on the Train

What a day out we all had! 

With the kind help of Kath Aspinwall, Chairperson of the Hope Valley Rail Users Group who arranged the travel passes for the whole school to experience a rail journey through the Totley Tunnel and the Hope Valley as part of the 125 year celebrations. Northern Rail provided free travel passes for the whole school, including staff, to enable us to have the experience of a journey by train at this very special time. We are extremely grateful to the people that helped us along the way with our local topic work, it’s been great throughout.

There were lots of excited young people, 67 of them, on the Grindleford Station platform bound for Sheffield at 10:43 this morning and the journey didn’t disappoint. We were met at Dore and Totley station by Chris Morgan, a volunteer from the station group who has already accompanied classes 2 and 3 on guided walks over the last week and to whom we are also very grateful. Today, he provided lots of interesting information for the children whilst we waited to catch the train for the next stage of our day trip. We learned facts about: the station; the train signals and the destinations and starting points of the trains. Whilst on the platform, we all waved madly at every passing train and were rewarded with the sound of their train horns and waves from the train drivers. How good was that! Here are some photographs from our terrific train trip:

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.

Fantastic Fun Science Assembly

We were joined this morning by Magnetic Milla who presented an amazingly disgusting assembly on the digestive system.  It was incredibly interesting and clearly explained the process of how our bodies work…..from beginning to the very gruesome end!

Milla started by putting some beans and biscuits into a ‘mouth’, which were then squashed and broken down by the ‘teeth’, ‘saliva’ and ‘enzymes’.  This mixture then travelled into the muscular bag of the ‘stomach’ and was squished and squashed further (the unknown hole in the bag was quite funny at this point!).  The ‘stomach’ contents then travelled into the ‘small intestine’ where the ‘villi’ tickled the contents to take out the nutrients and minerals.  The contents then travelled further into the ‘large intestines’ where they were squished and squashed to release the water and electrolytes that our bodies still need.  Finally the waste product was excreted through the ‘rectum’ and the ‘anus’.  We are very happy to report that it was a perfect soft sausage shape when it landed!

Can you spot each stage in the pictures below?

Magnetic Milla came from ‘Fun Science Sheffield’ who offer lots of different science activities including science parties for different age groups.  If you are interested, check them out on facebook@FunScienceSheffield or Twitter@MagneticMilla.  They are well worth a look!

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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Easter Excellence!

What a brilliant number of entries we had this year for the Great Easter Egg Competition.  The standard was very high all round.  Thank you so much for taking the time to make these fantastic pieces of art, but also to vote across the school.

The winners are:

Class 1

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In First place with 30% of the vote, well done to ‘It’s Eggsalent Under the Sea’.

In second place with 16% of the vote, well done to ‘Danny Maceggskill’.

In third place with 13% of the vote, well done to ‘Easter Bunny’s Burrow’.

Class 2

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In First place with 24% of the vote, well done to ‘Dominegg’s Peggza’.

In second place with 14% of the vote, well done to ‘Mr MacGregger’s Garden’.

In third place with 11% of the vote, well done to ‘Spring Chicken’.

Class 3

In First place with 29% of the vote, well done to ‘Heggwig’.

In Joint second place with 17% of the vote, well done to ‘Font-Egg-Bleau’ and ‘Space Eggscaration’.

Family Section:

In First place with 33% of the vote, well done to ‘The Great Egg-scape’.

In second place with 27% of the vote, well done to ‘Bee Eggstremely Bee Friendly in your Garden’.

In third place with 17% of the vote, well done to ‘Gallery of Eggpressionist Art’.

Congratulations everybody!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For excellent independent writing and using outstanding vocabulary in his writing – Fantastic!

Class 3 Star is Kiran for an incredible solar system – Brilliant!

Writer of the Week:

For improving her focus in her writing – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For helping to clear up after baking and helping to tidy the classroom.  Our third winner (you know who you are!) was awarded her prize for tidying out the welly box – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

Swimming – Octopus 1 Award – Brilliant!

Beavers – Chief Scout Bronze Award – Fabulous!

Ice Skating – Skate Southern – Individual Competition – First Place – Wow!

MBC Youth Climbing Series 2019 – Midlands & Peak Youth C Male – First Place – Impressive!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Ladybower who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Ladybower will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners!

Stars of the Week:

For having a really good focussed week; improved confidence and quality in her BIG writing and for super work in maths – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For consistently producing great writing – Fantastic!

Right Choice Winners:

For helping to tidy up after activities in class and helping Class 1 children with their reading books – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

Swimming – Bronze Life Saving Award

Brownies – Being a Buddy for the last term

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Ladybower who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Ladybower will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.

 

Amazing Angelic Achievements

What a treat we had this afternoon!  Mr Ben Heason came to visit school and talk to us all about his early life and how he got into serious climbing.  Ben went on to become a member of the first team who managed to climb the World’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela!

The photographs and stories that Ben told us were really inspiring and slightly nerve wracking for those of us with height issues!  He really did epitomise what you could achieve if you work hard and are dedicated to the path you want to follow.  A really good lesson for all walks of life.

A massive thank you to Ben for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to us.

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For having a very hardworking week; being so positive and achieving well in her maths and for some very fabulous fraction work – Well Done!

Writer of the Week:

For a member of Class 3 – you know who you are – for trying really hard to improve her writing by using new learning techniques as soon as she is shown them! – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For tidying up the welly box; helping to clear up after a baking session and for achieving her target – Fabulous!

Certificates from Home

Athletics – Well done!

Athletics – Including a Gold medal for coming first in their age Group – Brilliant!

Piano – Positive Prep Test – Well done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Derwent who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Derwent will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.