29 Jan 2021

Primary High Notes 29th January 2021

Primary High Notes 29th January 2021

It was lovely to see so many of our children enjoying the wonderful snow that we had on Sunday. I really enjoyed seeing images of snowmen, children sledging and generally having fun with their families in the snow. Now that the snow has passed it is important to keep in mind the importance of balancing work and a healthy dose of play and exercise.

In my Primary assembly this week, I discussed the importance of sleep. Did you know that a giraffe only needs 1.9 hours sleep on average per day where as a python needs 18 hours? Children need more sleep than adults, generally requiring between 10 and 12 hours a night. Sleep is a very important part of our lives, we need good quality sleep to recharge, rest and let our brains make sense of what we have learnt during the day. Lack of good quality sleep can lead to grumpiness, lack of focus and forgetfulness. With continued lack of sufficient sleep, the part of the brain that controls language, memory, and sense of time is severely affected, practically shutting down. I was very impressed to hear from many of the children that they enjoy reading before bed. This is a great way which can help to facilitate a good night’s sleep. Falling asleep watching TV, listening to music or with other equipment still running can lead to what experts call poor quality ‘junk’ sleep. Junk sleep is sleep which is of neither the length nor quality that it should be to give the brain the rest it needs. So my advice to our pupils was that next bedtime, rather than complaining about not wanting to go to bed yet, remember that good quality sleep will help you feel better and brighter the next day and might make you more intelligent.

This week the Prime Minister announced that schools will not reopen after half term as hoped and that the ambition is that there will be a phased reopening from Monday 8th March. Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be unable to welcome the children back to the school site soon, I am delighted to report how well our pupils are progressing with their learning in their virtual classrooms. We are fortunate to have the technology and a dedicated staff whose positive approach and professionalism are ensuring not only that the children are engaged and enjoying a variety of tasks and activities, but also are fully supported in their wellbeing. Our weekly survey to Year 2 to 6 pupils helps us to support the children and identify areas which are working well.

Best wishes,

Remote Learning Survey

Thank you to all the parents who completed our survey two weeks ago on our Remote Learning provision. We appreciate all feedback from parents and pupils, as it all helps us focus on what is working well and consolidating good practice as we move forward.  

Thank You From YMCA

In today’s Celebration Assembly Mr Harper played a thank you video message from the YMCA for our fundraising at Christmas time. Here’s what Grace from YMCA said in her letter to our pupils,

“I write to thank you sincerely for the support you gave to our YMCA at Christmas through Derby High Schools involvement in our Jolly Jumper campaign, we were absolutely overwhelmed by the response we received. This generosity not only meant we were able to provide vital support to our young people, but we could also help members of the community most in need.

Christmas is an especially difficult time for our young people as they are often estranged from their families. Thanks to your donation, we were able to give them gifts that they would otherwise not receive. The ability to show them that they are thought of, worthy and celebrated as individuals means the world to them. One of our young people said: “I can’t believe I got a gift, it was really nice to receive one and I wasn’t expecting it.”

Primary Percussion Challenge!

In music lessons this week, Mrs Cooke has launched the Derby High Primary Percussion Challenge! We would love all Primary pupils to get involved.

A HighPost letter has been sent to you, detailing instructions on how you can help your child complete the challenge, along with links to videos explaining what to do. In summary, we are asking children to set up their own percussion kit from everyday household items and play along to our chosen track.  We are very excited to create a Primary Percussion Challenge video!  Please check out the HighPost letter and join in the fun!


Year 4 PSHE & Drama

In PSHE and Drama, Year 4 have been exploring risks, dangers and hazards, they were split into small groups and given role plays to act out in break-out rooms. We then showed them to each other and discussed how we could respond in different situations – great acting skills and very clear advice from Y4!

Year 4 Art

This half term, Y4 have been exploring the unusual world of Surrealism. Last Friday, they explored ‘Automatic Drawing’ inspired by the surrealist artist Miro. Y4 enjoyed creating strange dreamlike pictures, using both geometric and organic shapes.


DHS Go the Distance!

Last week in the Senior School, our Sports Captain, Poppy, asked students to walk, run or cycle enough miles collectively to get Derby High School to the Eiffel Tower by adding together all the miles we achieve as individuals at home.  We smashed that target and have now set a new target to get to the Colosseum in Rome.  We would love Primary pupils to join and together, I’m sure we’ll get there!

You can submit your contribution to Mrs Tudor – ktudor@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk.  Just send in evidence of you completing a walk, run, cycle or anything else you do that covers a distance and eventually we’ll get to Rome!

Your evidence can be a screenshot from a tracking app or smartwatch, or a photo of a fitness machine. Here is a link to a free tracking app which you could use: https://www.strava.com/onboarding .

The distance you complete is absolutely your choice, it’s a fun opportunity to make your daily exercise interesting and have a break from online learning, which is always a great idea!   

Be Safe Online - Cyber Crime Competition 2021

Nottinghamshire Police are running a very interesting Cyber Crime Competition for students aged 9-13.  See the link below, you will need to scroll down for details of how to enter and the resources.

Safeguarding Corner

NSPCC Keeping Children Safe

The NSPCC have a brilliant collection of resources for parents on a variety of topics; do check it out! https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Next week is Children's Mental Health week. Place2Be has some very useful resources for parents who are concerned about their child's mental health https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/supporting-your-child-s-mental-health/