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28 posts from December 2012


Thank you Miss Brown

Today was a sad one for us at school as we had to say goodbye to Miss Brown.

We have been lucky to have Miss Brown studying with us in school for the past year and are very proud of her now she has passed her degree. We wish her every success in what is sure to be a very bright future.

Good luck Miss Brown, keep in touch and we hope to see you back in school in the New Year, you are always welcome here in Smalley.

Thank you Miss Brown


Christmas Disco - Monday 17 December 2012

Come and join us at the end of term Christmas Discos.  F lyer is attached.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Download Disco flyer web

Good Luck!

I would just like to say 'Good Luck' to our fabulous Key Stage 2 children who are performing tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon and evening in our 'Victorian Christmas' production.

If you are coming to see the show you will be treated to some excellent singing and verse from our older children in school and you will leave filled with Christmas spirit and joy.

Rehearsals are going well and the children are really looking forward to showing off all their hard work.

Good Luck again Key Stage 2 (although you don't need it) and ENJOY YOUSELVES....It's Christmas after all!!


Christmas Fayre 2012 Raffle Winners

Click below to see who won on our Christmas Fayre Raffle

Download Raffle prizes list Dec 2012

Class 2 Christmas Party

Letter re. Christmas Party below.

Download Christmas Party Details



We have been learning about lots of celebrations - here are some pictures of children enjoying their learning.

We even had our own mock wedding! 


Chinese New Year in Class R

Watch the video below and see how much fun we had as part of our Chinese New Year Celebrations in our Festivals topic.


Class 3's excellent group work!

I was very happy in our numeracy lesson to see that everybody worked together and helped each other in their groups. We are learning about Venn diagrams and here are some pictures of our wonderful groups...


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Victorian Entertainment

InClass 3 we have been learning about Victorian toys and games. Can you guess what they did for fun in Victorian times by looking at our photographs?


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I switched my computer on to look at the website last night and there were around 20 comments from parents, grandparents and pupils thanking staff for their work. I then looked at our twitter account and there was this lovely message from Mrs. Taylor " Such brilliant teaching, fun and care @richardsoneps. Our 4 yr old keeps asking when her teacher can come for a sleepover."  What a lovely feeling and I can tell you it is certainly appreciated by us all here. A thank you definitely goes a long way as the old saying goes.

Tuesday was one of those magical days in school that sums up how lucky we are here at Smalley. As I was leaving to attend the Athletics Finals I spoke to Mrs. Naylor who was running a club in the hall, popped into see Mrs. Rhodes and her amazing cake club before hearing beautiful singing coming from Class 6. Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Boyles and Mrs. Walton were there leading choir club! As I was watching our Year 4 children perform superbly at Athletics,  with Mrs. Rawlings and Miss Hickling, I took time to reflect on the wide variety and richness of activities that our staff offer in school. These are activities that the staff don't have to do but choose to give up their time. 

I am in a very privileged position as I see how hard all our  staff work each day and get to observe their wonderful lessons. I am incredibly proud each day to lead a group of people who show talent, skill and determination every day to go the extra mile for the children here.  

When I read the press teachers and school staff seem to be getting a hard time at the minute so I am delighted that our community here realise the hard work and effort that the staff put in here, we have been smiling at your lovely comments and it means a lot to us. 

If we continue to work together in this way then we can most definitely achieve our aim of becoming an outstanding school at the heart of the community.