10 Sep 2021

Primary High Notes 10th September 2021

Primary High Notes 10th September 2021

It has been wonderful to see our pupils enjoying the outside spaces in school this week. The warm weather has enabled class teachers to take pupils outside to explore their surroundings and bring their classroom learning to life. Pupils have also enjoyed resuming their weekly tennis lessons, return to swimming and starting our new provision for Juniors for their Games afternoon on Tuesdays based at Moorways.

In my live assembly on Teams with Primary we looked ahead to the journey our pupils will take this year. I shared this picture of a walk I used to enjoy every day when I lived in Scotland.

This path goes on for quite a distance and here at the beginning we can’t actually see the end - we know it is there but it is not yet visible. This is very much like the journey each pupil faces this year - we know the academic year ends next July, but exactly what the journey actually looks like is still unknown. And just like this picture, where we see beautiful scenery, our pupils will encounter interesting experiences as they go through this year.

This path goes on for quite a distance and here at the beginning we can’t actually see the end - we know it is there but it is not yet visible. This is very much like the journey each pupil faces this year - we know the academic year ends next July, but exactly what the journey actually looks like is still unknown. And just like this picture, where we see beautiful scenery, our pupils will encounter interesting experiences as they go through this year.

Each and every one of us will have decisions to make as we go through the year. I read the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ by poet Robert Frost. This poem describes someone on a journey who has come to a fork in the road and must decide which of the two paths they should take. They look down one road as far as they can see, and after thinking for another minute, decide to take the other one because it looks like nobody's been that way yet, and they are curious about where it leads. They have a feeling that the road they’ve chosen will lead them to new places and discoveries. They think wistfully about that road, the road not taken, and where they might have wound up if they'd gone that way instead. They realise that the things they’ve seen and the places they've visited, because of the direction they chose, has made them who they are.

My concluding advice was that it is important to choose your own path and not just follow what your friends are doing, enjoying the journey and grasping positively the experiences along the way.

Best wishes,

Whole School Focus This Term

Our whole school focus on our return to school has been on Growing Together, Learning Together a linked topic form Nursery to Year 6 based on a series of books: Errol's Garden for Early Years, The Secret Sky Garden for Infants and The Promise for Juniors. This has provided a connected approach that has brought our whole school community together in their learning at the start of term and seen the children outside in the environment, making the most of our woodland and nature areas in the wonderful weather.  

Reception

The children in Reception have made a ‘Friendship Garden’ with friendship flowers. Each of the children is a petal on a flower, to make a beautiful garden.

We have also made our own potted flowers, practising our cutting skills and adding glitter, before adding them to lollipop stems.

The children have also enjoyed lots of continuous provision; including designing their own garden and building gardens with construction toys, exploring natural items found and “gardening” in the role-play area.

  

Year 5 Explore Outside the Classroom

Year 5 have been exploring the school’s outdoor spaces this week to inspire them to write beautiful poems about their favourite natural environment. Their work has linked to the book ‘The Promise’ which UKS2 have been enjoying this week.  Once written and edited, the children performed their exceptional poems to the rest of the year, demonstrating, early on in the school year, their responsible risk taking and wonderful creativity.

  

Eco Warriors for Juniors

This week we have started our journey to becoming school ambassadors, changing our environment for the better. We watched an inspiring WWF clip, narrated by David Attenborough and then worked in teams to think of ideas of things that we can do to create change. We are really excited about what we can achieve!

  

Sporting News

Hockey Rocks!

Our junior children visited the astro-turf at Moorways on Tuesday for their first games lesson of the Autumn Term with our PE staff and hockey coaches. Miss Allum, Miss Goodman and Miss Kent, our Hockey specialists, started their first session with some ball control skills. The children begun with ball familiarisation, individual techniques and match awareness as their knowledge of the sport increases in preparation for fixtures later this term. Well done years 3-6!!

  

Sporting Success

Rob Salmon our new tennis coach started this week with exciting tennis lesson for children across the primary age phase. Perhaps we will discover a future budding Emma Raducanu (Britain's new tennis sensation) in our school.

Return to the Water

The children from Year 1 upwards have thoroughly enjoyed swimming lessons this week at the local Lonsdale Pool. Well done to everyone, but particularly our youngest swimmers who have not been swimming with school before. 

  

Reminders:

Primary Tea Time Concert 21st September

This year we are introducing a series of teatime concerts for all Primary pupils who are having individual music lessons. It is vital that they are given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience to showcase the work that they are doing in lessons and at home.  It is particularly important to provide this opportunity following eighteen months of restrictions. These informal concerts will provide children with a platform to learn to perform with confidence and ease.

Our first concert will take place on Tuesday 21 September. There will be 20/25 spaces available in each concert and pupils will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Please refer to the High Post sent on Monday for more information and to book your child onto a concert.

Music Theory Workshop

There are still a few places available for the music theory workshops which take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:00am. If you have not booked your child on and they are interested in the workshops please contact Mrs Cooke - scooke@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk.

Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day and has a school cap, so that they can play outside and take part safely in outdoor sporting lessons and activities. We appreciate not every uniform item is currently in stock with Schoolblazer, so please send you child with a suitable alternative in the meantime.  

Safeguarding Corner

Privacy and Security settings update

This week’s safeguarding corner is taken from Alan MacKenzie's Online Safety update. Some of the more popular apps used by children and young people have been updating settings in relation to privacy and safety over the last few weeks. The details are below, along with a link should you wish to read in more detail:

Instagram
Limits - gives users the ability to automatically hide comments and direct message (DM) requests from other users who do not already follow or have recently followed them.
Strong Warnings - when people try to post offensive comments they are warned before doing so, followed by a 'really strong warning' should they continue.
Hidden Words - which allows users to filter abusive comments.

More information HERE.

TikTok
Privacy settings for under 16’s – these are now private by default for new users.
Direct messaging for under 16’s – is now disabled - this is an interesting one, a lot of children use TikTok for messaging. If this is disabled will we see more children move to other popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and FB Messenger?
Direct messaging for 16-17’s – set to ‘No-One’ by default, the user has to actively change the setting.

More information HERE.

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