16 Oct 2019

Primary High Notes 11 Oct 2019

Primary High Notes 11 Oct 2019

This followed a brilliant assembly given by Year 5 Hardwick last Friday on this very topic. I was blown away by the excellent delivery and performance given by the whole class. At Derby High we are very proud of our pupils’ confidence and ability to lead an assembly, it is testament to our teachers who support and guide the children to ensure they feel comfortable and ready to do this. Friday afternoons are a real favourite. I look forward to seeing more class assemblies over the coming year.



Today I was invited into some French lessons by Monsieur Lee. I was so impressed with what the pupils were doing using their knowledge of French numbers to work with Euros. A very hands on lesson giving them the opportunity to really test their knowledge and oral skills. One of our Sixth Form students, Hannah, has been joining these classes as part of her Extended Project Qualification project where she will be looking at the different ways children learn French.



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Over the past few weeks, Y6 have been using their Computing Skills to the test by creating their own ‘Online Safety’ Themed 3D maze games. Using a program on Purple Mash, the children planned, developed and created their own 3D maze game with the aim to help others learn about an aspect of Online Safety. They have worked very hard on them and have enjoyed being creative with their ideas and messages.


Their games can be found either by following the link below, or scanning the QR code from a mobile device. You don’t need to log in to Purple Mash so feel free to share with friends and family.






The Thrushes went on a bear hunt around the school this week. 

 The children visited lots of different areas of the school, whilst chanting the poem "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". We had to make some changes to the poem as it was not really a 'beautiful day' and we and even managed to find a bear!





The year one Thrushes class went on an amazing trip to Rosliston Forestry Centre on Thursday.

The day began with a workshop on bushcraft skills; the children built shelters for hedgehogs, learned about the animals that live in ‘Spider Wood’ and were shown how to light a camp fire, stay safe and how to put one out. A particular highlight of the day was toasting and eating the marshmallows! After lunch the children went on a mini beast hunt and discovered the difference between centipedes and millipedes. They collected a wide range of mini beasts and used magnifying glasses to help identify them.

The children were incredibly well behaved and Andy, the ranger, asked if they could return the following day to help him out!






On Tuesday, Year 3 went on an exciting trip to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden as part of our creative English topic about Roald Dahl and his works. After an early start, the children were all extremely excited when they arrived in Great Missenden. We began with a Village Trail to explore its connections with Roald Dahl where we explored some of the buildings that inspired him in his stories, including the library from ‘Matilda’ and garage from ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’. The children then took part in a variety of fun practical workshops where they discovered how Roald Dahl edited his work with examples from the archive. They got hands-on completing editing activities, ‘gobblefunked’ around with words like the BFG, and hunted around the Museum for editing examples from the master storyteller. The children were fascinated when they came across Roald Dahl’s writing hut as it had his old armchair and desk where he used to sit and write his wonderful stories! This was an amazing trip that was enjoyed by all of the Year 3 children.