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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:

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…….


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!


In the biggie – the overall team winners – Grindleford took home the title!!!!!!!!!  😀


HUGE congratulations for effort, determination and teamwork to each and every one of you.  The gold medals were well-earned (and incredibly awesome!)


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….. 🙂


Great Galloping Gazelles

Grindleford took a large, strong group of runners to the cluster Cross Country event held at Hope Valley College on Friday, and they ran their socks off!

There were six races in all: boys and girls races for each class.  The teams were ready and excited:

The top four finishers in each race had their finishing places added together, with a combined lowest score being the desired aim.  I am proud to inform you that they came 2nd in the Infants category and also 2nd in the Y3/Y4 category – fantastic results!!!!

We even had a winner in one of the races too with an incredible lead as she went over the line:


Well done to each and every runner, and to the parents who came and supported them, it was very much appreciated.

E.I.S. (Everyone Is Sportytastic) 2018

More heat, more sports, more achievements, more fun… has been a great day!

Classes 2 and 3 travelled to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield today to take part in the cluster KS2 sports day arranged by the awesome Mrs Cook from HVC.

The day started with some sprint races and qualifiers for the 200m and we came away with a some placings:

Hope the athletes weren’t too worried about the lap counter during one of the races!

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After lunch, everyone took to a range of athletic challenges that included the shot, javelin, SAQ, high jump and some hilarious aim games:

I did laugh when the class were set press-ups in the aim game, except for the winner who earnt a pass 🙂


It was then onto the finals of the 200m, the long 800m races and we finished with the 4×100 sprint relays.  Look at those lovely certificates, with an extra-special well done to our 800m champion who ran a faultless, but incredibly competitive race.

Thank you Mrs Cook and your team of Sports Leaders (even the shy one hiding in the photo) – a highlight of our year as always.


Great Expectations, Amazing Results

What an amazing last day of term thanks to Chatsworth House.

We are so grateful to them for inviting us all to see the Christmas decorations, and the children were treated to a fabulous range of Dickens-themed creations that wowed us in every room.

It was fun looking out for Bullseye too as he was hiding in all sorts of places and was a tricky fellow to spot.

The house staff were wonderful with the children from the moment we turned up, and there were Dickensian characters throughout the tour.  The children’s favourite was Fagan as he taught them to pickpocket!  Miss Havisham was cheered up with a couple of Seasonal renditions: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had her slightly more cheery than when we first saw her, and members of the public really enjoyed it and they gave us a round of applause 🙂  The less said about Jingle Bells the better though – I am not sure Miss Havisham knows who Batman is……

Every room was different with so many things to look at and talk about, everyone has different favourite parts too.  Take a look at some of our seasonal adventure in the gallery below.

Once again – a huge thank you to all at Chatsworth House who made this happen.  You have made us all incredibly festive and full of Christmas wonder.

Warwick Castle Trip

An amazing time was had by all at Warwick Castle today for our whole school trip.  There was so much to see and do that I am not sure that any of us got round the entire site!  A fun-filled day included learning all about forces, crime and punishment, attacking and defending, stories and shields in the workshops where the experts delivering them taught us so much and had us in stitches.

There was also the allure of a Horrible Histories maze, a bird of prey show, a talk on archery weapons, a demonstration of the trebuchet and freedom to walk around the rather high walls and towers.

We learnt a lot, laughed a lot, saw a lot and would highly recommend it to anyone for a day out.

It was also nice to hear some great feedback about the children’s enthusiasm and knowledge from the staff there, and a member of the public pulled Mrs Hill aside to say how amazingly behaved he thought they all were.

Here are some shots of some of what we got up to (including a lot of drunkards and thieves as you’ll see!):

It was a tiring day for sure:

E.I.S. (Everyone is Sport-tastic)

Classes 2 and 3 took a trip to the English Institute of Sport today as part of the Hope Valley Cluster Indoor Athletics Meet arranged by Mrs Cook and run by their excellent Y11 sports leaders.

Do take the time to look through all the photos, I know there are a lot, but I wanted to capture as much of the children as possible doing as many of the sports as I could.

It all started off with the 60m sprints and qualifiers for the 200m run:

Congratulations to those who were placed in the final:

Then everyone took part in a range of field events: high jump, long jump, javelin, shot and SAQ activities.  IT gave a chance for them all to try their hand at some new events and for many to show off their talents.

The afternoon was capped off with the finals of the 200m, the 800m and the 4x100m relay.  A terrific display of speed:

Well done everyone – you really showed what an athletic bunch you are.  The EIS is a terrific day out, and fortunately a mainstay in the school calendar.  Thank you again Mrs Cook 🙂

Longshaw Longwalk

We have started British Science Week with a terrific day out at the Longshaw Estate.

After starting out in the Discovery Centre for some activities focussing on the area, we moved outside to begin the learning trail.  Rachel and Ruth from the National Trust led us through a wide range of science as we followed the water down Burbage Brook.  From sketching the landscape, identifying plants with keys, finding Hairy Marys, using quadrats, collecting specimens, looking at filtering water to many other things it was a wonder that we had any time to stop for lunch.

Following a refuel, we entered Padley Woods heading back to school.  A couple of frogs and the amazing money tree grabbed our attention, but we completed the walk that totalled just under 5 miles.

A lot of walking, a lot of learning and a lot of laughing – a quality day all round.