05 Feb 2021

Primary High Notes 5th February 2021

Primary High Notes 5th February 2021

We can all think of at least one song that, when we hear it, triggers an emotional response. It might be a song that accompanied the first dance at your wedding, or a song that reminds you of something that has happened. That one song that is your go-to tune, it might bring back special memories or simply gets you up dancing when you really need it. For me it is Wake Me Up by Avicii. It reminds me of the 4 years I spent living and working in the North of Scotland, it’s a song that really gets me going when I might not feel like it. I played this tune at the beginning of my assembly yesterday, and it was lovely to see pupils and teachers alike bopping along to it.

American musician Billy Joel said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement, and it is this universal bond with music that has led researchers across the globe to investigate its therapeutic potential.

Music can be really powerful. It has the power to change our feelings, emotions and moods. Music can make us feel joyful, sad, angry or frightened. Studies have shown that music can lift our moods, combat depression, improve blood flow, lower levels of stress-related hormones, and ease pain. A recent study reported that levels of the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain rose by up to nine percent when people listened to music they enjoyed.

The idea of music as a comfort is nothing new - more than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare said, “music can raze out the written troubles of the brain.” People are turning to music as a way to deal with the stresses of modern digital-driven life.

Earlier this week I asked Derby High staff to share their favourite song. I was overwhelmed with the response and the range of music our staff listen to! From Happy by Pharrell Williams, because it was the tune for the Year 6 residential and brings back many happy memories, to Paloma Faith’s Make Your Own Kind of Music, which is a family anthem.

Elton John said “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” During the assembly we listened to some of the favourite songs from members of staff to help us get ready to start the day.

Best Wishes, 

Year 4 Art – Surrealism

Year 4 have continued their Surrealism Art Study by recreating their own versions of ‘False Mirror’ by Rene Magritte.


Year 4 Harry Potter – Diagon Alley – Wizard Shops

Mrs Hamilton and Dr E-B were astounded by the amazing creativity from Year 4 in their English lessons. They created a wizard shop that would belong in Diagon Alley. Wonderful artwork, models, designs, videos and written descriptions! Magical, Year 4!


Birthday Surprise!

Year 4 surprised Dr E-B this week as they all joined to wish her a happy birthday!  We hope you had a lovely day, Dr E-B!


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

This week is National Storytelling Week and the Wrens are focussing on the classic story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt".  We made a pair of binoculars and on Tuesday, we went on our very own Hunt. We found 6 Derby High Bears hiding around the school grounds! Each bear had a challenge on its tummy for the children to do. The final bear was hiding in our classroom and he had a certificate and a prize for every child. We had such a fun afternoon!


Farewell and Thank You, Mrs Crisp!

Year 5 said a fond farewell to Mrs Crisp this week.  Thank you so much, Mrs Crisp – we will miss you!


Year 5 Egg Experiment!

Year 5 are currently investigating the life cycles of different living things in Science. This week, their learning included the life cycle of chickens starting, of course, with the egg....!  Most of the eggs remained intact so that the Year 5s could label everything that they saw.


We recently received results from LAMDA exams, taken before Christmas and we are delighted to say, they were outstanding! Well done to all those pupils who took the exams.



Following on from Mrs Chapman’s assembly on the power of music, Mr Lee would like to share this trilogy of BBC 6 Music podcasts on the psychology of music and how it interacts with our emotions.

Journeys in Sound with Nemone:


We’d also like to share this excellent opportunity to learn about coding from our friends at Rocket Learn:

We do hope to welcome Derby High School students to RL when normal service is resumed.

We are hosting a FREE WEBINAR for children, staff and parents on CODING next week and would love the Derby High School community to join us for the event.

It is on Wednesday 10th Feb at 5-00pm.

Details have been sent to parents on High Post. 

Anyone at Derby High is welcome to access the webinar and coding should be of real interest and value to staff, students and parents alike.

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 9th February it is Safer Internet Day. Safe and Sound Group are using this opportunity to reach out to parents and carers to reduce the risk of our children and young people being affected by online dangers and exploitation.

Should parents be interested, during this day they are also hosting an online interactive live session through their Facebook account between 10 and 11am: 


and providing an hour workshop on online safety and awareness through Zoom between 1.30pm and 2.30pm:

Zoom Meeting, details have been sent to parents via High Post. 

There are 100 places so log on nice and early!