26 Mar 2021

Primary High Notes 19th March 2021

Primary High Notes 19th March 2021

There is nothing quite like a smile to make you feel good. In my live assembly on Thursday we all shared our best and biggest smiles. I asked the children to think about a time when someone has given them a smile that has made them feel good. I often share songs in my assemblies which have poignant lyrics, and Michael Bubble’s version of When You’re Smiling was just perfect to start our assembly. In particular the lyrics When you're smilin', The whole world, it smiles with you and When you're laughin' The sun comes shinin' through. I shared the saying ‘A smile costs nothing, but gives so much’, which is so important. Smiles bring people together, help and support each other and make you and the other person feel good. I have seen so many wonderful smiles in Primary this week while I have been walking around classrooms seeing the purposeful learning taking place.

Best wishes,


Jamie (Y6) has set up a JustGiving page to raise money for St John Ambulance’s charity event ‘Spring into Action’.  Jamie will be starting off the event on the treadmill and between family, neighbours and friends will run the equivalent of a marathon!

Good luck, Jamie!


Y1 Self-Belief Poetry

Y1 have written some amazing self-belief poems and displayed them beautifully using wax resist technique ‘magic painting’.  I think you’ll agree that they look fabulous!



Normally at this time of year, all Y6s would be busily preparing for their upcoming residential to France.  This would include learning about the location and some important phrases for when out shopping, buying ice creams etc.  Unfortunately we are unable to go on the residential this year, so Mr. Lee has suggested giving Y6 students a taste of another MFL in preparation for what is coming up in Y7!  After Easter Y6 are going to be learning some beginners’ German in their weekly French lessons!  German is a very different language to French and we are sure our Y6 students will appreciate widening their knowledge and understanding of another European language.

Primary Games Afternoon

It was week 2 in our block of OAA activities in our Primary Games Afternoon.  The wet weather meant we had to adapt and move our team challenges inside, but as you can see it was a roaring success. Teams had to work together to cross imaginary rivers of lava, using communication skills to figure out the quickest and safest way to cross. The children then used sporting objects to figure out an age-old challenge involving a farmer, 3 chickens, a fox, a bag of grain, a boat and a river! Lots of children were able to come up with ways of solving the challenge.

Blast off!

This week the Wrens story focus is 'Whatever Next'. We decided to build our own rocket so that we could go to the moon too!  However, Mrs E didn't know how to build a rocket! So we had to write some instructions as a class to help her out. Then we had lots of fun blasting off into space!


The Banjo Music Challenge

Thank you to all the pupils who participated in The Banjo Challenge. It’s wonderful to see all the Banjo’s on display in the Junior building. We look forward to sharing the video with parents very soon.

Easter Egg Donations

We have been overwhelmed by the number of Easter eggs donations for local charity, Food4Thought - thank you!  The eggs will go to children in Derby who wouldn’t normally receive an Easter treat.  If you would like to make a donation, there is still time!  Please bring your eggs to either the Senior or Junior Reception by Wednesday next week.

Y2 Maths

This week in maths, Year 2 have been constructing 3D shapes using straws and play dough. The children loved being creative with this practical maths!


Year Four - Cyanotypes 

Year 4 have been reading a book called Rain Before Rainbows.  With very few but poignant words, we discussed in great detail the illustrations and colours.  The artist uses silhouette to create dream like backgrounds.   We decided to make our own using specialist photographic paper.  Creating pictures using items within nature and then letting the sun develop/expose our images.  We think these are very effective! 


Activate Camps - 12th to 16th April

Activate Camps are back at Derby High School this Easter. They will be running their Multi Activity Camp for children aged 5-14 years old who want to have fun during the school holidays! Every camp is packed full of a combination of sports, activity, outdoor exploration, arts and crafts, games, and challenges.

The camp will run from 12th April to the 16th April, from 9:30am to 4:30pm, with extra time club hours available 8:30am to 5:30pm. Half days are also available to book. To find out more information, prices and to book go to the Activate Camps web site by clicking here.

Safeguarding Corner

How to set up 'emergency settings' on your phone

Personal Safety has been in the news a lot recently. National Online Safety have created these brilliant posters about how to set up the emergency settings on your mobile phone. Please do talk to your children about personal safety and how to use these settings.