Friday, 15 March 2019

Big thanks to our PTFA

Back in June the PTFA Committee met with Mr Gallagher to set out our funding goal for this year, it was decided that we would provide £600 per year group for enrichment activities to bring the children's learning to life. So far we have provided a Wendy House and play guttering for Reception, new outdoor learning equipment for Year 1, some Titanic resources for Year 2 and there are some upcoming visits and special guests that we have paid for in the Juniors (we don't want to spoil the surprise!). It has been so nice to see the money raised by the school community put to use by the pupils and knowing that all our hard work is directly benefiting our children!

One of the ways in which we raise money for these activities is our Christmas Fundraising. This year we made a magnificent £3200 in total. This includes the Reception Children's Tea Towels, Personalised Christmas Cards, the Raffle, Santa's Grotto and of course our wonderful Christmas Enterprise Fayre. The Junior classes that took part did an amazing job, the ‘Dragons’ were so impressed with their professional approach to pitching and invested in all of the ideas. In total the enterprises raised £395.96 which was passed directly back to the classes to choose how to spend. The ultimate winners were Barn Owls who ran a variety of stalls and made £67.40 profit!

To help us to continue raise funds the PTFA has purchased a shed, this will be used for both storage and to provide refreshments at outdoor events, such as sports day, we hope that this investment will make a real impact on the way we fundraise.

You may have also noticed that the new climbing area has now been completed in the Junior Playground, this was spearheaded by our previous Chair Julie and has made a massive impact on the children's free times. In total the PTFA contributed £3500 to this project - definitely money well spent, thank you all for making it possible!

As always, the PTFA is open to new ideas, if you'd like to get involved or find out more then please drop us a message via our Facebook page or email us at

U11 Girls Midlands Regional Finals

It was a very cold and windy early start on Saturday 9th March for our amazing Girls Mini Soccer team took part in the Midlands regional final. As the only team representing Derbyshire they performed admirably throughout the day. Each game was evenly contested as they won 1, drew 1 but lost 3 meaning we didn't progress any further. Unfortunately, it wasn't our day but Mr Turner was so incredibly proud of the achievement to get to regional finals. Outstanding girls - well done!

Dance Festival 2019

On Friday 8th March some of our Year 6 children took part in the annual Dance Festival run by Derby City SSP. This year's theme was 'Number ones' and Mrs Brundish decided to go with 'Born this way' to reinforce the 'tolerance' stand of our SPIRIT values. The children have been so committed to rehearsals and practising at home over the past month or so and it really paid off! It was an utterly superb performance and the children received lots of compliments from spectators on the day due to their superb timing and enthusiasm. A huge well done to all involved. 

Year 5 and 6 Bikeability

Many congratulations to our Year 5 pupils who, over recent weeks, have all completed their Level 1 bikeability with Cycle Derby and to the Year 6 pupils who have all passed their Level 2 bikeability and are now competent cyclists on the roads.Well done to you all!

World Book Day 2019

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in our World Book Day celebration, including our very own Freddie Mercury (a.k.a. Mr Turner - we were a little confused about the 'book' connection - apparently it's an autobiography!) Over the day children enjoyed reading,listening to and sharing some of their favourite and books taking part in book swaps while our parents enjoyed attending our PTFA Book Cafe and the launch of our latest book fair. Thank you to every one for supporting World Book day and remember - keeeeeep reading.....

Year 4 skype with Cressida Cowell

Year 4 have been doing a lot of work in their writing and reading lessons linked to Dragons, so on 6th March they really enjoyed their Skype and live Q'N'A session with the author of 'How To Train Your Dragon' - Cressida Cowell. They took lots of tips away for their writing and were really inspired!
Miss Garrington

Year 3 trip to Conkers

On Wednesday 6th March, Year 3 had an amazing day out at Conkers to support our Romans theme work! We met a Centurion, designed our own mosaics, talked to a Roman slave and attended a workshop with Boudicca.  Our behaviour was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our day from beginning to end!

Mrs Roberts