22 Jan 2021

Primary High Notes 22nd January 2021

Primary High Notes 22nd January 2021

Wednesday was a historic day in US history. I am sure many of you have been watching the events in Washington unfold. In my Primary assembly yesterday I reflected on how change is important in moving forward and how we feel about it.

I actually started my assembly talking about my interest in home improvement tv programmes! I really enjoy watching Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It and George Clarke’s Ugly House to Lovely House.  One programme I particularly loved was called 60 Minute Makeover. The challenge was to redecorate and makeover a number of rooms in a house in 60 minutes. The home owner is usually nominated by a relative or friend for a secret visit by the 60 Minute Makeover team who remodel their house whilst they are away. The home owner approaches their house in a car to be greeted by a crowd of supporters prior to the big reveal. They are given a tour of their remodelled rooms by the host who invites them to react to the changes. Sometimes the home owner loves it! At other times it is a shock, and – even though they might try to remain polite on camera – they find the sudden change difficult to handle!

We all face change, some of it created by ourselves - for example when we make new year’s resolutions - and sometimes not of our making, like the changes we face with our current lockdown. Change can bring many different emotions from excitement and happiness to worry and nervousness.

Wednesday marked a huge change for those who live in the USA. For Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Donald Trump yesterday marked a new chapter, a change for each of them. Donald Trump departed the White House as the 45th President of the US. Joe Biden became the 46th President of the US and Kamala Harris became the first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President.

All life involves change, and that change can help to shape us for the better and develop us into better people. However, this change takes time. Although change can present us with challenges, it is also a chance to learn, grow and develop.

Amanda Gorman, who so beautifully spoke at the inauguration on Wednesday reciting her moving poem “The Hill we Climb” said:

I asked our pupils to reflect on this; to be brave, to be the change they want to see and with each new day move forward with confidence.

Best Wishes,

Dear Zoo by The Wrens

This week our Pre-School children have been learning the story "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell. They now know the story so well we decided to put actions to the story. To watch the recording on Facebook, click here.

Brilliant storytelling everyone! We hope you enjoy watching!


"Observing our universe" - Dan Pye speaks at Astro Club

We are only two weeks into Astro Club, where we are now numbering close to 50 members, and this Thursday we were treated to our first guest speaker slot with Dan Pye from Kielder Observatory, right in the heart of one of best regions for stargazing in the country. 30 pupils logged on for the online meet up and were treated to a fascinating talk on observing the night sky, the life cycle of stars and what becomes of them, as well as some insight on how Dan came to work in a discipline that is his passion.

Pupils from Year 5 up to Year 13 took part with their usual good humour and impeccable manners, and asked some great questions along the way - and we inevitably ran out of time. With such a huge universe to discuss, that is unsurprising!


Year 4 Write to Hogwarts

Year 4 are enjoying their Harry Potter book study this term. They have just finished reading Chapter 4 and have been completing some amazing work. This week, the children had to imagine they were Harry Potter and tasked with writing a formal letter and replying to Hogwarts to accept his place.  



Year 4 PSHE

This half term, we are learning about ‘Staying Safe and Healthy’. One of our first lessons talked about our responsibilities. The children created ‘Responsibility Trees’ to identify the responsibilities they already have and ones they think they may have in the near future. After the lesson, some of the children asked for new responsibilities straight away – Finian made his own lunch and others learnt how to make hot drinks safely.


Year 5 and Year 6 Hockey Club

Thank you to Mrs Goodman for starting the Year 5 and Year 6 hockey club this week. It was great to see so many children join on the live Teams call yesterday lunchtime. If any other Year 5 or Year 6 children would like to join, please click the link to join, sent via Teams. They will need:

  1. A hockey stick. (Unfortunately you can only do the club if you have a hockey stick.)
  2. A hockey ball or tennis ball.
  3. Cones, cups or socks to use to dribble around.

Eco Team Blog

Our Senior Eco Team has set up an Eco Team blog to inform and inspire all members of Derby High School to live more sustainably, encourage circularity and support the transition towards a greener world, through interesting reads, top tips and more. To follow the blog go to: https://dhseco12.wixsite.com/theecocentric

Safeguarding Corner

A wonderful selection of parental resources about how to support your child through remote learning can be found here: https://wakelet.com/wake/7199ed62-0c1e-4465-ab79-f79957132234