Friday, 16 December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Our very magical Christingle assembly was held at the end of the last school day of 2016 and was a perfect way to end our Christmas festivities. We wish all our families a fun and relaxing break and whether celebrating a very happy Christmas and New Year or simply enjoying the winter holidays we wish you well. 

See  you in 2017!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

KS2 performances

Well done to all our pupils in Key Stage 2 for two wonderful Christmas performances. With some beautiful singing from the choir and a range of poems and performances from each class the children left a hall full of parents feeling very festive!

Tesco Christingles

Thank you to Tesco Mickleover for visiting our Year 1 pupils today to help make their Christingles read for our final assembly of the year. With all the produce kindly supplies by the store, the children learned all about the traditions of the Christingle and what each part symbolizes. 

Year 1 Theatre trip

On Thursday 15th December, the Year 1 went to watch the production 'Jack' at Derby Theatre. The children had a great time and laughing their heads off. They were singing and clapping along with the the songs. They especially liked the chicken because it was trying to eat them! It was very funny! 3 Year 6 were lucky enough to go with them as a reward for all their hard work this term - well done Alana, Ethan and Josh!

Channel 5 News

What an exciting day when Channel 5 news came to film an article for their 5pm news! Filming a report about the news that England's state schools have been warned they'll have to make savings of three billion pounds by 2020. The spending watchdog says purse strings have to be tightened even though the majority of secondary schools already have a budget deficit. Well the Government says it's changing the way the money that IS there is shared, to make the system fairer. Click here to watch us on TV!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

12 days of Christmas

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On 14th December we celebrated the final few days of the term with a very special assembly. Watch here to see our fantastic school rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas Silverhill style!

Hour of Code

Over the last week, from foundation stage right through to Year 6, have participated in Hour of Code – an initiative to encourage all children to get ‘Switched On’ with the principles and ideas of programming. From Light Bot and Minecraft, to Scratch Interactive Christmas Cards and Python coding, the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves (especially as it seems just like playing a game!) We would encourage all children, big or small, girl or boy to continue to ‘Play’ at home – after all it really is the best type of learning!​

Year 6 Hollocaust Centre trip

On Friday 9th November our Year 6 visited The Holocaust Center to see 'The Journey', in support of their current topic - World War 2. The interactive museum took the children into the life of a Jewish child living in Berlin at the start of the war and proved to be a very thought provoking and enjoyable day. The children learnt a great deal of historical facts balanced with exploring sensitive feelings.The children behaved impeccably, used some fantastic vocabulary in posing some brilliant questions and showed incredible empathy and understanding. What a fantastic day!

Year 2 trip to the panto

On Thursday 8th December the Year 2 pupils celebrated the end of their Christmas performances with a trip to see the pantomime 'Cinderella'. With the usual audience participation of 'It's behind you' and 'Oh no it isn't' mixed with lots of pranks and bad jokes, the Children had a splendid time - a great way to enjoy the Christmas festivities!

Year 4 Greeks

Foundation Stage nativity

We are very proud of our youngest foundation stage pupils for their fantastic performances of their Christmas Nativity. With beautiful singing they all remembered where to be at the right time and kept smiles on their faces at all times! Well done children!

KS1 Christmas Nativity

 The KS1 nativity this year was 'It's a baby!'  The children have had a huge amount of fun practising for their nativity and learning new songs.  They did extremely well learning all their lines by heart. 

Well done superstars!

Year 4 at the fire pit

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Postman visit in Foundation Stage

Wrens and Robins have been reading and learning all about The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg. This week we were lucky enough to have a real life postman visit our classroom! Mr Bains told us all about his job: how the letters get sorted, why we have to put a stamp on, what happens to parcels if people are not in and what happens to letters for different countries. He also showed and told us about special postman equipment, including different coats for different weather, special grips for his shoes if it snows and a 'letter peg' which makes sure dogs don't bite his fingers through the letterboxes! The children were very keen to find out about life as a postman, although we decided that we wouldn't like to get up at 4.30am! Thank you Mr Bains for coming to visit FS2. 

Girls football

On a bitterly cold Thursday 24th November some of the Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils took part in a Girls' Football Competition at Woodlands School and played against a variety of other schools. Isla and Imogen did a great job in defense making sure the other teams didn't score through some super challenges. Ellen was brilliant in goal, clearing the ball from her area to her team mates. Molly had a great attitude and Tessa was a great team player, always stopping the ball from going the wrong way. Charlie received woman of the match and despite the ball hitting her twice in the same place, played very well. Isabelle was great at communicating to her team in defense and Kayla was happy to play in any position required. Fern was very competitive and worked superbly as a member of the team. We had a great time at the competition and can't wait to play again!

By Elle

Year 5 visit Tutbury

On Thursday 24th November Year 5 headed to Tutbury Castle for the day to meet the Queen! The children were welcomed by Queen Elizabeth herself, who then told the children some fascinating facts such as: she used to wear thick white makeup to cover up small pox, she came to the throne in 1558 and ruled England for almost 45 years, when she got angry she would throw her shoes at people and many more. A lovely gentleman named Mike showed us around and told us many interesting facts about the Tudor period which has been our topic this term. We loved our trip to Tutbury and would love to go there again.

By Sofia and Alice

FS nativity trip

On Thursday 24th November, Christmas really started in FS2 as Robins and Wrens went on a Nativity trip! We walked a long way to St John's Church, where we listened very carefully to the story of the Nativity. We found out that sometimes the best presents don't have to look fabulous, and we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, as well as learning a new song all about parties. Then we did some craft activities before walking all the way back to school again. What a lovely day and well done to all the Robins and Wrens :)

Shoe Box appeal

Many, many thanks to children and families who kindly put together a shoebox full of gifts for children in a third world country. You kindness will bring an enormous amount of happiness to a young child. The boxes have been collected, packed into the boot by our fantastic School Council, and are now on their way to bring a big smile to a young child at Christmas. Thank you. Click here if you would like to understand more about this wonderful gift.

Year 2 Fundamentals

Year 2 had a fantastic time keeping fit and healthy at the PE Fundamentals Festival at Derby Tennis Club on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.  All children participated enthusiastically and demonstrated super teamwork and  sportsmanship at all times.

Year 1 visit to Pickford House

On Tuesday 22nd November, Year 1 children visited Pickford House as part of our 'Houses and Homes' topic. They discovered what life would have been like in the Victorian times and how much harder household chores would have been! We all decided that we are much better off now that electricity and flushing toilets have been invented!

The children's behaviour was exceptional throughout the trip! Well done Sparrows and Swallows!

Book Fair

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Thank you very much to all the pupils, parents and grandparents who visited and supported our Scholastic book fair. This time you helped raised a whopping £1279.09, which gives us over £700 to spend on new books for school! This money will be spent on new guided reading books for Key Stage 1, new free choice reading texts for Year 3 and 4, and plenty of new and exciting book choices for Year 5 and 6!. Thank you to everyone who supported our book fair.​

Cyclo cross

On Thursday 17th November a group of our talented year 6 pupils took part in the latest Cyclo Cross competition at Derby's Markeaton Park. Once we were ready with our helmets and our bikes, we were set to go. There were 6 races altogether: boys, girls, mixed, relay and fun girls and boys races. Our team achieved some great positions leading to an overall first place! Thanks to Mrs Brundish, Coach Gregory and the parents for their support!

By Charlotte, Isaac, Abby, Seb, Evie and Toby

Year 6 BBC live science

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On Thursday 17th November, Year 6 joined thousands of other schools across the country taking part in the BBC Live science lessons. Hosted by CBBC's Leah Boleto and Ben Shires, and featuring science presenter Steve Mould, the Live Lesson focused around this term's science topic of electricity. It helped pupils learn how to think and work scientifically - including planning, measuring, observing changes, controlling variables and using test results.  During the course of the lesson, as well as having a few giggles, children explored the electrical conductivity of materials, constructed and changing simple series circuits and using electrical symbols with some fun, interactive activities.

American Football

On 16th November a group of Year 6, 5 and 4 pupils joined the Derby Braves squad and took part in an american football competition. During the fun session the children learnt some new skills, and great tips whilst taking part in a range of drills to develop their technique. At the end they played a match against Oakwood Juniors. The team said it was great fun and, as a new sport, rated it ten out of ten! 
By Elliot 

Anti bullying week

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The theme of our Anti-Bullying/Friendship Week 2016 is 'Power for Good' This year it took place from the 14th-18th November. During the week pupils learned about creating good friendships, being a good friend to others, citizenship and how to use ‘Power for Good’ to stop bullying within schools and the wider community. We will concluded the week by combining it with BBC Children in Need when staff and children dressed up as a superhero for a donation towards the charity raising a fantastic £350

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Year 6 Remembrance Assembly

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On Friday 11th November, our Year 6 pupils invited parents and carers into school to watch our Remembrance assembly to Key Stage 2. Sharing their learning from our latest topic of World War 1, through a selection of drama, poetry, letters, art work and songs the children demonstrated great maturity and empathy to all those lost in conflict. Well done children!

Year 5 Table Tennis

On Thursday 10th November, a Year 5 team of 4 boys and 4 girls children traveled to Derby Moor to take part in a table tennis competition. Looking super in our new sports t-shirts, the children competed for a place at the county finals. Despite playing really well the children missed out on a place but we are very proud of their determination and positive attitude.