Category Archives: Special Days
Today, we had a whole day dedicated to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Everyone came to school in red or a bright colour for luck for the year and we did lots of learning about this very special festival. Each class took part in different themed activities as well as a dragon making competition which will be judged tomorrow. They look fabulous. After lunch, every child launched an orange into the trees. They were filled with all of their wishes for the coming year, written on to a tiny scroll, and then carefully inserted into the middle. The belief is that if your orange manages to stay in the tree then your wish might just come true. We had twelve lucky wishmakers this time. At the end of the day, we shared out fortune cookies and chopsticks. Here are some action shots of the orange launching (it was so much fun):
Thank you so much to Ibbotsons of Chesterfield who kindly donated all of the oranges, and to Mrs Boulton for all that orange threading, it’s an enormous task, and very sticky.
Today was Christmas Party Day in school – and there were games played, songs sung, crackers pulled, jokes told, presents unwrapped, turkey scoffed down and sprouts scoffed at.
A huge thank you to Emma in the kitchen, and also to Elf Ibbotson and Elf Boulton for the hours of preparation: without them this day would never be what it is – a wonderful and fun time for all.
The traditional dinner was fantastic, although some did prefer some modern, non-traditional offering such as this sausage and tomato crisp and jam sandwich. Looked pretty good to be honest!
I enjoyed seeing everyone in their party clothes, the place was buzzing today, and the classes enjoyed a range of party games once the ice cream had gone down.
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers from the PTA who put on an amazing spooky walk – the woods looked spooky-tastic and the creepy dwellers in the trees were extra scary this year.
The children had a mixture of excitement and trepidation as they strolled through the graveyard, past the spiders and into the witch’s lair to see what they could find.
I think most of them made it back for hotdogs and dancing at the disco…….
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Class 3 put on their first performance this afternoon of Tin Hats and Telegrams – an armistice play. It was great to see so many friends and family of the school, and also to welcome some new faces from the village.
The story focuses on Jack, a young poet, and how his disappearance from the trenches affects his family and friends. The love of his life, Alice, volunteers as an ambulance driver, and we also get to see the important role they and other emergency services played at the Front.
The class performed superbly – some wonderful singing and acting brought events from 100 years ago to life.
We also got to hear the feature from this morning’s BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show – if you follow the link and skip straight to 35mins 50secs then you can hear it too!
Thank you to all who have helped with costumes and line-learning at home!