Thursday, 10 November 2016

Winnie the Witch visits Year 1

On Tuesday 8th November Year 1 were visited by the one and only Winnie the Witch. The children have been reading the story so imagine their delight when she visited their classroom! While she was there the children help Winnie with the instructions she needed to make some slime soup (made out of bogies, eye-balls, slime and brain - yummy!) There were some mixed reviews from the children!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Pyrography in Year 6

On Tuesday 8th November Year 6 spent the day learning the fabulous art of pyrography with a visit from Bob Neill, his wife and all his pyrography tools. The children were first able to practice the skill before creating their own poppy disc for our remembrance display, as well as creating their own individual plaque to take home. The children had a wonderful day learning this new skill and results were fantastic!

Cycle Derby

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Well done to our year 5 and 6 pupils who have passed their level 1 and level 2 cycling proficiency awards this term. This year, we have 100% pass rate fort he pupils who took part. We are pleased to know you know how to stay safe on your bikes!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Fantastic results!

It's always great to receive praise but when we received a letter from MP Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, it's even better! Congratulations to our wonderful Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teams on the very high standard of achievement in the 2016 phonics screening check, putting Silverhill Primary in the top 8% of all primary schools in the country. Praise goes to the staff, parents and pupils for all their hard work in such a vital element for developing early reading.

Year 6 visit Denstone

On Wednesday 2nd November our latest Year 6 recruits returned to Denstone College to experience their cadet accademy for a World War experience. After a delicious dinner in the beautiful college dining hall, the children tried their skills at marching in formation, putting up tents, wearing the cadet uniform and trench coat, holding a genuine (but unloaded!) rifle and even sampling some ration pack food!

Google expeditions

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On Friday 21st October our Key Stage 2 children had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a Google Expedition and experienced the Seven Wonders of the World, the Coral Reefs, Ancient Greece, and Cave Canyoneering to name but a few without even leaving school! The children greatly enjoyed the experience and gained a great deal from the opportunity. A video of moments of awe and wonder in Year 6 can be viewed here.

Cross Country

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Year 6 visit the National Arboreatum

As a part of their topic on 'The Great Wars', on Tuesday 18th October, Year 6 visited the National Arboretum. The children paid their respects to the fallen by in the daily service and walked through a World War 1 trench to understand more about what the soldiers experienced. Each pupil had the chance to paint their own 18" wooden soldier which will be placed in the ground as a lasting memorial to the 19,240 British soldiers killed on the first day of battle in WW1. 

Year 2 intra sports

On Thursday 20th October, Year 2 enjoyed competing against each other in the first intra house sports competition of the school year.  They children all demonstrated excellent teamwork, PE skills and sportsmanship. Our results were: 4th place Ruby; 3rd place Diamond; 2nd place Emerald; 1st place Amethyst.

Applekin Food fair

Thank you to all the children, parents, staff and supporters who cooked up some diverse and delicious apple and pumpkin recipes for our Applekin food fair. The children created some wonderful carved pumpkin designs and the hall was full after school for people to taste some of the recipes. The proceeds raised from the event will be fed back into the school's food resources, including a polytunnel for our outdoor learning, as well as making a donation towards The Hope Centre.

Harvest 2016

Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who kindly donated dry food and tinned products for our harvest festival this year. In our harvest assembly this year the children sang some beautiful song and recited poems before all the goods were collected to be taken to The Hope Centre. We were informed by the staff that the donations enabled them to make food parcels to last three days of emergency food for those who are in need.