Welcome to Richardson Endowed Primary School

Class 5

Friendship Survey


 The children in all year groups were recently involved in a school friendship survey. As you may be aware our 'Friendship Week' was in the Autumn Term and continuing on from this we have been promoting positive relationships across the school.

As part of this ongoing initiative the children's data was collected and analysed. Reception children and Class 1 spoke about friendships and their data was collected through circle time and verbal discussions and Classes 2-6 completed a written response.

The following is a summary of our findings:

  • A very high percentage of pupils felt safe in the classroom, on the playground and going to and from school.
  • The majority of pupils never spend playtimes alone and the ones that indicated occasionally they did have been spoken to individually and issues addressed in a positive and nurturing way.

As part of our British Values in school we always listen to each other's opinions. Our children are made aware of our differences, tolerating others and being kind and caring towards each other.

We have many visitors in our school each week for a variety of reasons ( Teaching and Learning consultants, prospective parents, volunteers, outside agencies, members of the community and school governors) . We pride ourselves on the comments we receive about our warm welcome and the friendly atmosphere which helps us to create a caring environment for your children.

Finally, we are thrilled with the hugely positive response from our survey and as an ongoing commitment to your children we strive to promote a happy, safe and friendly environment here at Richardson Endowed Primary.

Thank you for supporting us.


The Solar Eclispe! Wowsers!


How exciting, a rare event is currently underway....are you watching it safely?  Please see the following article to help you to view it safely....enjoy - the next one will be in 2026!



Buzzing About Books

  Teddy pages

Enjoy sharing some more memories of 'World Book Week' at Smalley!



RED NOSE DAY - 13th March 2015

We’re looking forward to another exciting week in school.

Please also note that we will be celebrating Red Nose day

in school on Friday, 13th March 2015

We will be following the theme of

‘Make Your Face Funny For Money’!

So please get your thinking caps on, accessories or face paint out and prepare to make us all smile with your funny face creation!

On the day, we would like to collect a donation on the day of £1 to support this worthy cause.

Many thanks for your support.

Kind regards

The Smalley Staff Team



Buzzing about Books


How wonderful to come into school and feel the 'buzz' about books. 

I could hear children laughing, chatting, sharing and explaining about their special book. 

I could see smiles, excitement, happiness and fun as children came dressed as a

book character or in their pjs!

Please enjoy the photos that were taken during book swap with Year 5 and 4

and book character/pj day. 

Watch out for a post from Mrs Rhodes who has more memories from Book Week!

Thank you children, parents, helpers and staff - another special week in school.



Growing Minds!

Today in Class 5, we started to get to the 'root' of our plant knowledge.  We thought about what we knew about plants already and what we would like to learn.

To help us mark St. David's day, we paid tribute to the beautiful daffodil with paper quilling art and dissecting a daffodil to identify the different parts of the flower.  We also had a seed table to look at where our precious plants come from.  Can you remember some of the names of the different parts?

Looking forward to next week Class 5 as we continue to help our minds to grow!

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Class 5 Welcome Jeff !

Year 5 made a new classmate very welcome today. Jeff B Richardson is the latest addition to our class family! He cheered up Oliver after a fall on the playground and enjoyed a visit to the swimming pool with Carys. Thank you everyone for making Jeff so welcome! Look.....he's still busy in the classroom late tonight working hard at his new targets - just like you !

We Will Remember


What a pleasure and an honour to welcome both Eric and Kevin into our assembly this morning.  These gentlemen were representing The Royal British Legion, Belper.  We invited them into school so that we could present the £87.15 that we collected during our Harvest collection back in October.


  The gentlemen told us that the Poppy appeal continues all year and that they were very grateful for our contribution and the money would go towards continuing to provide the wonderful service to soldier's families who have fought and are still fighting in the wars.

The gentlemen spoke to the children about the work of The British Legion and they also shared their experiences of being in the war.  Eric was 16 when he joined the Royal Air Force and served our country - he travelled to many places and said his time in service had helped him to stay young!  He was also one of the soldiers who arrived at the Normandy beaches during the Second World War in 1944.  Kevin participated in the Cold War and both his father and grandfather were soldiers.  It was so very interesting to hear their stories.


Three of our year 6 children read 'In Flanders Fields' and our children shared some the war time songs that they sang at our Remembrance service; it touched the hearts of both Kevin & Eric (who joined in too). 


What a special morning.

Basketball Finals

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Amber Valley Basketball Finals at Swanwick Hall School.

After winning the cluster competition our team continued where they left off and won all three of our group stage games.

In a closely fought game against William Gilbert School in the semi-final we again managed to win and go through to the final.

In the final our team played against Loscoe Primary who were a big and skilful side. After another close encounter Loscoe managed to win through to the county finals in March. We want to wish them luck from all their friends at Smalley and may even get to play them in a friendly as practice for the finals.

A huge well done to all our team. They demonstrated huge amounts of skill as well as teamwork, heart and desire over the five games. I am very proud of them all and their sporting attitude was excellent tonight in their victories and defeat.

A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw and Mrs Rawlings for leading the team and also to all our parents that attended and have the team such wonderful support.

Basketball Finals

Basketball Finals

Basketball Finals

Ozzy the Octopus starts a Flash Dance

Lots of fun was had yesterday when our sports cluster mascot Ozzy the Octopus from Opengate arrived in school.

Inspired by Shonette Bason-Wood who is going to replicating the 'Perth Train' flash dance on YouTube Ozzy started dancing and everyone else soon joined in!

There were some brilliant dance moves as we are very lucky to have Miss Elizabeth with us who has recently graduated from a New York University after studying dance for three years.

We wish Shonette the best of luck in her latest venture from all her friends at Smalley!

A massive thank you to Miss Elizabeth for her skill and brilliant coaching and to Ozzy of course. What a brilliant way to end the half term!

Enjoy the video link and pictures below!


Ozzy the Octopus starts a Flash Dance

Ozzy the Octopus starts a Flash Dance