Sowing the Seed

It’s all been ’growing’ on in the school garden on Friday lunchtimes. Small groups of children are taking part in Gardening Club: they are learning at first hand how to sow seeds; prick and plant out seedlings and the importance of looking after the plants. We’re even hopeful that sometime soon we should be able to harvest some nice produce. Here are some photos of our very productive looking garden.

Carnival Fell Races

Carnival Day 2 and today was the turn of the traditional fell races. Class 2 and 3 ran this morning, with Class 1 running this afternoon. I have been blown away by how keen everyone was in taking part (everybody in school bar 4 children! – Wow!) and also the speed that they all completed the runs in.

Class 2 and 3 ran 3.5k, with an ascent of 40m, whilst I made the Class 1 course slightly shorter than normal so they ran just shy of 2k, with an ascent of 30m!!! Amazing stuff!

The top three boys in Class 3 were Max (15m 13s), Will (15m 49s) and Simon (17m 48s)

The top three girls in Class 3 were Grace (16m 12s), Charlotte (18m 25s and Isabelle (26m 03s)

The four boys in Class 2 were Alfie (16m 26s), Daniel (16m 31s), Lucas (23m 42s) and Jake (29m 59s)

The top three girls in Class 2 were Alice (17m 08s), Isabel H (21m 45s) and Florence H (25m 21s)

The top three boys in Class 1 were Thomas (11m 03s), Eddie (16m 14s) and Felix (16m 15s)

The top three girls in Class 1 were Penny (10m 37s), Flora (10m 57s) and Aya (11m 05s)

Grindleford Carnival 2021

Grindleford ‘International’ Carnival week officially started in school today. All the children came to school in the colours of different flags or costumes to represent different countries. A lot of fun was had trying to guess which flags they were!

Friday is Funday!

Friday is my funday! It’s the day when I find I’ve got time to go around the classes to say hi, probably much to the annoyance of the children although they graciously don’t show it!

I decided to have some fun and try and recreate a film for classes 2 and 3 to guess what I was trying to act out. Play along at home with the home learners if you like, or are as crazy as me.

This week I put on a big, thick coat and proceeded to pretend to shiver whilst saying “I’m sooooo cold…….I’m so very, very cold!!”

Class 2 got it straight away, top marks! Class 3………..well let’s just say they need to try harder next time!

Can you guess?

The answer will be in the next installment of the Kitchen Diary!

Lou x

“#rideforcharlie Day!”

4 years ago today, the son of one of our friends died in his sleep. He was the beloved son of the legendary cyclist Nick and Sarah Craig. He was just 15 years old. As a family, we have what we call #rideforcharlie days where we indulge and have a little fun in Charlie’s name and spirit. So today, I got special permission and decided to bring the fun to my beloved school.

My lunchtime chicks were treated to homemade waffles with ice cream, fruit and various naughty sauces. I’d like to think that they went down well! I managed to cater for 2 dietry requirements as I wish to try to include every dietry need as much as possible. Now….did somebody mention pancake day????

Louise x

Still Surviving

Well, we’ve made it through to the start of the third week of term. We’ve had a major lockdown, new risk assessments, guidance changing left, right and centre and to top it all off snow! We didn’t get as much snow as the surounding areas of Sheffield, but we did get enough to make a little snowman.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for being so incredibly suportive during the past few weeks. We really appreciate all that you are doing at home: keeping your children with you to help keep school staff safe; working so hard on school work day in day out, as well as trying to juggle your own work; only sending your children into school in absolute emergencies……the list goes on! Thank you!

During this week, school will recieve lots of test kits for staff to start testing themselves at home. These kits check to see if we are COVID positive but without any symptoms. Staff will be testing themselves twice a week, from Monday 25th January. Hopefully, this will be another robust safety layer in place to get school open as soon as possible. I can’t wait to welcome everybody back into school again.

“It’s Official!!!!”

The lovely Mrs Ibbotson surprised me with such a lovely thoughtful gift. It’s now official…..I’m the Catering Supervisor at Grindleford Primary School. Mrs Ibbotson has been so kind to me since I started, our first meeting involved her having to apply a bandage to my hand and pack me off to The Cottage hospital in Buxton after I very stupidly cut my hand chopping an onion. The ice was well and truly smashed!!! Talk about making a first impression.


“The Rise of the Yorkshire’s!”

(Star Wars pun intended!)

Class 2 inadvertently had a maths and science lesson from me today!

The science of what happens when eggs, milk and flour mixed together come into contact with 200 degree hot oil…….

and maths… tall is my tallest Yorkshire pudding ??? What is the diameter??? We passed on the shape of them! I don’t think there are words for that in the Oxford English dictionary yet. It managed quite a respectable 6.3cm in height. Can I best that next time? Tune in to find out!!

Happy New Year to you all. Hopefully soon I’ll have all my dinner time chicks safely back in my nest all safe and sound. Take care and say “Hi” to all my hardworking home schoolers for me.



Massive congratulations to Mrs Cashman and Mrs Gascoyne for successfully crossing off six numbers on the Bingo Loto. Both were waiting for number 6, which was finally drawn as the bonus ball on Boxing Day – very, very, exciting! As there were two winners they share the prize pot equally and take home a superb £325.00.

Thank you so much to everyone in the school community and friends around the village for supporting this vital fundraiser for school.

Happy New Year!

What a very strange start to the New Year we have had. Once again we are on lockdown, but I am very pleased (and extremely proud) that all the staff and the classes are up and running with online learning, including online lessons being taught! School is very quiet and eerie with just a few of us here doing class based learning, but it is really good to ‘see’ everyone every day. Hopefully, we won’t be in this situation for too long.