Congratulations to Last Week’s Winners!

Stars of the Week:

For an excellent and enthusiastic first full week in school; superb work in maths all week and always trying her best – Brilliant!

Writer of the Week:

For absolutely beautiful handwriting – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For achieving her target; fantastic help in tidying up the classroom and tidying the shoes up – Thank you!

Cross Country Awards – Out of 10 schools in the Hope Valley all competing together

Cracking results from our Y1/2 squad, being placed 2nd overall in the whole Hope Valley!  1st placing in the boys (you know who you are!), 5th, 6th and 14th, with the girls placing at 7th, 8th and 9th!

Y3/4 Squad.  The top boys placed at 15th, 23rd, 25th, 26th and the top girls coming in at 4th, 9th, 22nd, and 23rd.  Excellent running by the whole squad.

Y5/6 Squad.  The girls placed at 3rd and 13th and the boys at 2nd and 32nd.  Excellent running skills seen again.  The top 10 runners across the primary’s go forward to represent the Hope Valley at the Regional Competition at Ashbourne in November.  Two of our runners will be part of that squad – well done and we wish you all the luck in the world with the next round.

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.

Cracking Cross Country

This afternoon a few hardy volunteers set out to tackle the Hope Valley Cross Country Competition.  This takes place at Hope Valley College and involves running a very long way around their playing fields!!  As a school we compete against all the other Primary and Junior schools within the Valley, as well as Litton and Great Hucklow, making a grand total of 10 schools taking part this year.

All of our runners did extremely well and I am very proud of them for not only volunteering to be part of our school team, but for also not giving up and giving it their best shot.  Consequently, we gained some cracking results!

In the Y1/Y2 runs we placed at 7th, 8th and 9th in the girls and a brilliant 1st, 5th, 6th and 14th in the boys.  These scores meant that as a school we were placed 2nd Team Overall.  Way hey!

In the Y3/4 races we placed 15th, 23rd, 25th, 26th and 58th in the boys.  The girls placed at 4th, 9th, 23rd, 24th, 40th and 43rd.  Everyone ran amazingly and the 4th place in the girls was very hard fought with an amazing sprint finish.

In the Y5/6 races, due to only four children putting themselves forward to run, we couldn’t be put forward for the whole school team awards.  This is a great shame as the placings for the boys were 2nd and 32nd and the girls were 3rd and 13th.

The top 10 places in Y5/6 are then chosen to represent the Hope Valley squad in the next round of competition.  We have 2 representatives in the squad – how very cool is that?!

We’re Famous!!

As some of you may remember we had the privilege of being asked to star in the promotional film for The Thomas Theyer Foundation in the summer of last year.  As a school we took up the Thomas Challenge and far exceeded the challenge target of £1000 – the Grand Total will be revealed very soon!

The film was put together to talk about the Charity and its aims, without Thomas’ mum, Chris, having to talk about losing him every time she tried to promote the charity.  Our main bit is in the section about the Thomas Challenge, about half way through, although the children crop up in the Whitehall pictures too!

Check it out at or go to vimeo and search for Thomas Theyer Foundation and it is the film by James Agnew with the above title picture.

This week’s winners

We had a fun assembly this afternoon as we celebrated the achievements and hard work that the children have been doing all week.

Stars of the Week

For excellent ideas and knowledge, doing really well in maths and picking up Makaton really quickly.

Writer of the Week

For a superb piece of writing about a monster (it sounded terrifying!)

Right Choice Rewards

Swimming Certificates

He did the front crawl for this photo to show how well he has progressed – a great sport!


Well done to everyone in Howden again, however it was very close yet again showing how every housepoint counts.

Autumn Days

Yesterday lunchtime was one of those beautiful autumn days, warm and sunny, where the whole school basked and played. This term the play leaders, pupils in years 5 and 6, have been doing a great job in organising activities for all children to take part in and enjoy. It’s so fantastic to see them interacting as effective leaders including setting up equipment, role modelling, running games and motivating their players.  The garden is always popular come rain or shine and the children were clearly enjoying playing there too. Here are a few photographs:



Congratulation’s to this week’s winners

Stars of the Week:

For spectacular goal scoring; speedy sums in maths and super spelling – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For a massive improvement in handwriting – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For tidying the oil pastels away and tidying the shoes up – Well Done!

Certificates from Home

Swimming  – Lots of certificates and progress upto Grade 3 – Well Done!

Reading Challenge Award and Scouts, ‘Always Smiling’ Award – Well Done!

Climbing – 1st in his Competition in Sheffield – Well Done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Howden who managed to get the most house points this week – it was close with only 1 house point in it!  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Howden will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.



Up the Owls!

Can’t believe I just typed that in the title!!  😉

We have enjoyed a thoroughly fascinating owl day at school where we had the chance to get up close and personal with a couple of these amazing birds.

The close encounters came in the form of two barn owls named Dotty and Barny, and they were very well-behaved with the children from each class.  They allowed them to stroke their tummy feathers and stood very well on their hands, and many took the opportunity to hold them.

The following session was a truly fabulous science-based exploration of their diets in which they all got to investigate their, er, pellets.  It was very hands-on, as you can see from the pictures, and the findings were incredible; many were so amazed at the tiny skulls contained within them.

There were some follow-up activities in the afternoon too – I am blown away by the quality of the artwork on show here.

Owl-ly goings on!

What an absolutely amazing day we have had in school today!

The morning was taken up with meeting Dotty and Barney, two beautiful Barn Owls, who have been rescued and are now incredibly well looked after.  Whilst learning a lot of facts about what Barn Owls eat and how they hunt, we also got to stroke them and even (if we were brave enough) have a hold too!!

This was followed by an incredible session dissecting owl pellets, delivered by members of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.  Did you know you can pull the teeth out of a mouse that has been eaten and then regurgitated by an owl?  Neither did we until today!

Lots more photos and write ups to follow.

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with some of Class 3 and Year 4 for a little while.  We had a go at drawing Barn Owls with oil pastels on black card.  I was blown away by the standard of the children’s art work, remembering how the feathers were freckled and that Dotty had a spotty tummy.  Here are our fabulous finished pieces…what do you think?

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Shiver me timbers!

Ahoy ye land lubbers……

I am so glad that Catering Services decided to honour “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” today in addition to their more regular and conventional themed days. On top of a superb menu of ‘Me’ Hearty Hotdogs, Captain Jack’s Potato Wedges, Pieces of 8 Sweetcorn, Blackbeard’s Baked Beans and Jolly Roger Waffles and Berries we were abound with pirates big and small with an amazing effort in dressing up in all things piratey and sea-worthy.

From taking the register in pirate voice (Aye Cap’n!) to hearing a myriad of pirate-themed jokes, it has been a really enjoyable day all round, one I hope is repeated next year!

Before we set sail this morning, Captain Hill (a truly fearsome buccaneer) provided me with hippy pirate attire that I admit I have grown rather attached to, and I may follow some of my class’ advice that I should wear it every day….pirate school sounds ace!


Congratulations to Last Week’s Winners!

Due to so many events happening already this term, Friday’s Celebration assembly was moved to this morning instead.  So these are the winner’s from last week:

Stars of the Week:

Florence H – Class 1 Star for a really hard working start to her Reception year.

Leif B – Class 2 Star for improving his understanding of place value with simple decimals.

Charlie G – Class 3 Star for ace work with Ace dictionaries.

Writer of the Week:

Eva C – For trying really hard to improve her writing by listening to feedback and advice.

Right Choice Winners:

Heidi C – for washing and drying all the cups after lunch.

Charlotte A – for collecting all the coats and jumpers that had been left in the garden.

Ryan S – for helping Miss Village.

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.