25 Jun 2021
Primary High Notes 25th June 2021
In my assembly yesterday we listened to the song 'Proud' by Heather Small. I asked pupils and staff to reflect on this last year and think about all that they have achieved and as the song goes “what have you done today to make you feel proud?” An enormous amount has been accomplished this year by our pupils and staff. It is only ever possible to provide a flavour and a snapshot of all that is going on at Derby High through my weekly High Notes, but whatever your sons and daughters have been involved in, at whatever level, I congratulate them for their commitment, achievement and good cheer. We will be celebrating all that we are proud of from this academic year next week in our Festival of Learning.
Y5 Discovery Day
Discovery Day is a treat usually reserved for our Y6 pupils in the Autumn Term. But we think our Y5 classes are awesome too and wanted to give them a chance to join in with the magic provided by our friends from the wonderful CSI Pulse team.
So Thursday was given over to a whole day off timetable and in non-uniform looking at how Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) work is undertaken and Forensic Science is used to help catch and convict criminals! We began with an online safety / social media slot then quickly progressed to examining and taking fingerprints, using microscopes and UV light to examine tiny particles of evidence, gathering footprint evidence, and a look at the role DNA has in determining both our identities and solving crimes. The highlight, as always, was in the afternoon where the Y5s donned the Hazmat / Forensic PPE and investigated some mock up “Crime Scenes” with a view to identifying the perpetrator! Which most of the groups did very effectively!
Jacqui and Rosie from Pulse CSI were absolutely blown away by the intellectual curiosity and interest shown by the Y5s. They deliver these sessions up and down the country to all age ranges and they said our Y5s asked better questions than some groups of Sixth Formers they had encountered!
A fantastic day had by all. Very well done Y5.
Year 6 Dinner & Disco
Our Year 6 children and the Primary staff enjoyed a fantastic evening together yesterday to celebrate the children's time in the Primary School. Photographs were taken on arrival under the balloon arch, pre-dinner (soft) drinks were enjoyed in the Wessex before we entered the senior dining room. We heard wonderful speeches from the Heads and Deputies of School as they re-lived fond memories and recalled the best school trips they had experienced. A delicious three-course meal was enjoyed with the opportunity for the children and staff to reflect on the children's journey through the school. We then hit the dance floor for the disco. With a play list including the Year 6 self-styled Anthem 'Never gonna give you up!' and dance floor fillers such as 'YMCA' and the 'Macarena'. The night was complete with a rendition of 'Believer' by Imagine Dragons - the percussion challenges completed during lockdown.
Primary Sports Day
Watch our Primary Sports Day video. It was a wonderful atmosphere with the children cheering each other from the track side. With Infants and Juniors joining in with track and field events our pupils demonstrated their sportsmanship, persistence and confidence. Well done to everyone! To watch on You Tube please click here.
To see more photos from our sports day go to the Primary gallery on the school website. For the Infant gallery click here. For the Junior gallery click here.
Year 5 travelled to the Old Vicarage yesterday afternoon to play a rounders fixture. It was great to see our year 5 students enjoying themselves. Each team faced a 26 ball innings and had the chance to both bat and field. There was some excellent batting and fielding skills on display and the children worked well as a team. Both of the games were very close and we narrowly missed out by one rounder in one of the games.
This week Y6 went for their second fixture against OVS, the sun was shining and our students played in a number of cricket games. The first games had each batting pair face 2 overs and the second game just 1 over each. We had some fantastic play in both fielding and batting. There were dives to stop balls hitting the boundary, wickets taken by both our bowler and fielders. Then during our turn to bat we have some 6’s and many 4’s scored! One game came down to the last 2 balls, where it was still all to play for. Sadly, we missed out by a handful of runs after OV was able to take a wicket. It is fantastic to see our students improving their game and getting the experience to play in competitive fixtures again. Well done to all of the Y6’s who played this week!
On Thursday 1st July we are having a BBQ lunch, please could children bring in named picnic blankets, should they have one, to sit on.
On Tuesday we were visited by Mark Saxby of local Social Media consultants Positive Social. Mark delivered sessions to Year 6, Year 7 and Year 10 on positive and effective use of Social Media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok etc and also about being responsible while messaging and gaming online with others. You might find the attached information helpful. Our pupils gave a fantastic account of themselves and all have pledged to review how they use social media, including even a pledge in the new school year to come off social media platforms entirely for a space of time! We shall update you as and when this happens!
Given the many concerns that parents have in relation to social media, Internet Matters have put together a very useful resource page on their site with lots of advice and tips. Find expert advice to make the most of the screen time and help children share safely.