Class 6 working together to produce some lovely Viking Art!
Class 6 took part in a 'Murder Mystery' event at Heanor Gate school this week. Lots of budding CSIs!
And the mystery was solved!
Class 6 have been looking at 'Voices in the Park' in English lessons. We have been busy practising a performance for each 'voice'.
Class 6 took part in a world record attempt for the most random acts of kindness in a day. This was their final session with the author Andy Cope in a bid to make Derby the happiest place in the world!
Mrs Shaw and I had the pleasure of attending Howitt Primary after school yesterday to lead their Shared Vision session.
We received a very warm welcome from their pupils, staff, governors and parents who between them came up with some excellent ideas which were captured expertly by Mrs Shaw.
It was a privilege as always to work with Mrs Rhodes again who'd invited us. It is always an honour to share the best practice here at Smalley with others.
Here are just a few pictures below.
We have had a fabulous first week back at school and so have our new arrivals!
The children arrived back this week to the surprise of seeing that we are now the home to six new chickens.
They have settled very quickly and are already laying eggs.
It has been lovely to see children, staff, parents and grandparents go over to the chickens and meet them over the course of the week.
A huge thank you to the team that gave up their holidays to ensure the chickens have a fabulous new home.
Also, thank you to the PTFA for providing the funding for this.
They have been an instant hit!
The children were set a challenge by Miss Tulley today to name the chickens.
The names will be announced in due course alongside a picture so we can all call them by name!
What a brilliant start to the new year! Enjoy some pictures below!
We took our Year 6 children for a 13 mile bike ride on Monday in our beautiful Derbyshire countryside as a reward for all their hard work this year.
The children had a brilliant time and enjoyed being outdoors together again.
A huge thank you to all our staff and the parents who came to support us on the day.
Also, massive thanks to Mrs. Evans who met us halfway with gorgeous home made cakes! This was much needed and enjoyed by all.
This is a fabulous tradition here at Smalley and one that was enjoyed by all.
Bring on the bike ride 2017.....I hope year 5 work hard to earn this reward!
There are tickets remaining for all the shows. It is such a brilliant show for all ages and would be great to bring KS1 children or those who aren't in the show to watch. You will have an evening to remember.
The performances are as follows:
Monday Eve - 7:00pm
Tuesday afternoon - 2:00pm
Tuesday Eve - 7:00pm
We have had a brilliant series of staff meetings this Summer Term so far. I'd like to share two of these with you.
Before half term staff met to review school improvement plan but also at the same time our Shared Vision for 2015/16. I'm pleased to say we are making great progress with both and very soon our chickens will be arriving! Watch this space!
Also, at tonight's meeting staff led a mini Teachmeet to share their best practice with each other. The room was buzzing with ideas and creativity with staff sharing positive,simple ideas that work!
There were a range of topics including; creating exciting hooks, the value of having school trips at the beginning of the term, the power of using music in lessons, using brilliant texts to engage children, learning outdoors, instruments in EYFS and beyond, using your imagination, practical Science, valuable ideas shared from the Education Psychologist, Brain Gym, Differentiation, Grammar and Writing skills and improving children's Reading.
The standard was incredible and I was so proud to be Headteacher of such a talented and committed team who are prepared to share with each other and ensure their teaching becomes even better! We are very lucky here at Smalley.
There are a few pictures below of our shared vision and staff in deep discussion reviewing it.