Welcome to Richardson Endowed Primary School



Wow! Class R had some very special visitors today! We found 2 smooth newts in our outdoor area. How fantastic that we have amazing wildlife visiting us- we are very lucky! We are now going to use these visitors to inspire learning. 

See if you can find out some facts about smooth newts and comment below. 

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Happy hens!

Brrrrrr! I hope that you have all enjoyed the snow today. It has been very, very cold... because of the forecast the school hens have been staying at my house so that I can regularly check their water and feed. Today they have had a big bowl of spaghetti to warm them up 😋 and some fresh (warm!) water. It was too cold for the chickens to have some exercise outside of their coop but they still got chance to experience the snow when they pecked it off my wellies! 


Snow Challenges!

Can you think creatively and solve the following challenges? 

 Design a new vehicle that can travel through snow. 

Build different size/denisity snowballs and measure their melt times. 

Feed the Birds - in the snowy weather they need food. Try to hang food and put some on the ground so you can see which are ground feeders. Spend time identifying birds - they are lot easier to see against the snowy background. Sketch the birds, so you can identify them later at school (if no access to bird books or internet). Spend 30 mins watching the birds, count them, plot bar charts etc. 

101 creative uses of a sledge 

What is the best shape for a snow house. You want to build a snow house, but it takes a lot of time and a lot of snow. What shape house should you build to get the most floor area for the least amount of effort? What other ideas do you have? If you could build it against a wall (i.e. one side already made for you) what shape would you build? 

 Be creative and answer any of the 5 challenges above. Post pictures/comments as answers. 

En Garde!

It was a real privilege to watch our children take part in a Fencing Competition tonight. Children from Kilburn and Smalley joined together to put the skills they have learned at Fencing Club into practice. 

The children demonstrated a huge amount of skill and sportsmanship which was great to see. 

The competition was incredibly close but Kilburn pipped Smalley to the title and have a lovely cup to display in school.

There was a great turnout from parents and grandparents and everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you all for your support.

Thanks also to Premier Sport for organising the event. 

Enjoy the pictures below! 



Basketball practice with our Embark friends at Kilburn!

It was a privilege to watch children from both Embark schools practice their Basketball skills earlier in the week.

Thank you Mr Whiteman and Mrs Shaw for making this happen and to all parents for helping with transport.

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Liam conquers Mount Snowdon for Gold September

It was a real pleasure to lead Gold Book assembly at the beginning of the month as we had a special presentation to make. 

Liam in Class 5 had managed to walk up Mount Snowdon, the highest in Wales, to raise money for Gold September charity which is very close to all our hearts at Smalley. 

He raised a massive £301 and presented the cheque to trustees of the charity Mrs Longdon, Mrs Evans and myself.

It was lovely to welcome Liam's family to the assembly on this special occasion. I have since handed the cheque over and everyone at Gold September are very appreciative of such a kind gesture. 




Final Christmas Cake Club!

Wow! What a busy few weeks we've had! Today was the final session of Christmas Cake Club and we are very proud of the children's effort and enthusiasm. We have produced 20 fantastic Christmas cakes, all unique and special :-). We hope that you enjoy cutting your cake and enjoying it over the Christmas time. Huge well done children!!! And a big thank you to the grown ups at home for providing the long list of equipment and ingredients. It is much appreciated by the children and staff, helping us to provide this wonderful experience for the children. 

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Christmas Cake Club session 2!

It's marzipan time!!! We had a wonderful club yesterday, coating our cakes with jam and marzipan. Well done to all the children... we are looking forward to next weeks session which will be the last! 

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Christmas Fayre!

Please find details of our Christmas Fayre below! We look forward to seeing you there! 


Christmas Cake Club Session 1

What a wonderful first session in Christmas Cake Club today! I hope you all enjoy baking your cakes at home tonight. The instructions for baking are in the Club packs I gave out last week but here is a reminder: Bake in the middle of the oven at 140 degrees Celsius for about two to four hours. The time will depend on the type of oven. Keep checking by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cake until it comes out clean. 

Cool the cake overnight, and once cooled remove it from the tin, wrap in cling film and keep it in the cupboard til the next club (5th Dec). 

Well done bakers!