05 Nov 2021

Primary High Notes 5th November 2021

Primary High Notes 5th November 2021

The children have returned from their half term holiday full of stories about adventures, large and small, they have had over the 2 week break. I have been so impressed with the work they have all been doing this week in class. The children have been creative, academically curious and focused.

My Primary Assembly this week focused on the events at COP26 in Glasgow. We looked at what climate change and net zero is all about. I shared this great TED Ed video which explains these two things brilliantly by discussing the ‘myth’ of the boiling frog.

The “myth” of the boiling frog - YouTube

It can seem that there is so much to do to reach net zero, but each and every one of us has a part to play in this. I challenged the children to think about what they can do in the fight against climate change.

Best wishes,

Remembrance Service

Derby High School invites the whole school community to join together online for our Remembrance Service on Armistice Day, Thursday 11th November 2021.

The service will be broadcasted via YouTube from 10:50am, to honour those who lost their lives in conflict. Played across the whole school, we invite everyone to come together through watching our service and marking the two minute silence wherever you may be.

The service will be available by clicking here. A Highpost reminder will be sent out to all parents before the service is broadcast. 


Year 5 Art – Bonfire Night

Year 5 have been studying the abstract work of the artist Peter Thorpe through his love of rockets. The children in Hardwick and Calke have investigated a variety of painting techniques and mixed media work to compose their own pieces inspired by his designs.Perfect for November 5th - Bonfire Night.



Pre-School Learn About Diwali

This week the Wrens have been learning all about Diwali. They have learnt that it is a festival of lights. The children celebrated by making Diya Lamp biscuits, developing lots of collaboration skills as well as incorporating lots of maths! They were very delicious.




Shambavi’s Chess Success

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil Shambavi who continues to compete in chess competitions demonstrating her passion for the game.

Her recent progress in chess is outstanding, as she competes in UK tournaments. Here is a summary of Shambavi’s recent success;

  • 9th in the British chess junior championship (under 10 age category) and received the best performance trophy. 
  • 10th in Delancey Tera finals (under 10 age category).
  • Junior 4NCL for Nottinghamshire juniors’ county team. 10 counties in England participated with Shambavi’s team coming third even though they missed the fourth player (due to covid). Shambavi did her best performance with no loss in 5 matches and contributed 4 points to the team.
  • Women’s British Championship - played and lost against WGM but got 3/7 points in the tournament.
  • Topped under 10 girls in England with her grading 1498 in recent FIDE ratings
  • Online Youth World Chess Cup for England in under 10 girls category and scored 6.5/10 points and came first among England girls.

This is such an outstanding achievement, well done Shambavi!

Safeguarding Corner

Clocks back! Dark nights ahead 

Now that the clocks have gone back an hour, we are sharing some resources to help remind children, including teenagers, about road safety and keeping safe in the dark. When buying new coats for your children, do bear in mind that reflective strips help your child to be clearly seen on these dark nights.

Teaching Road Safety: A Guide for Parents https://www.rospa.com/media/documents/road-safety/teaching-road-safety-a-guide-for-parents.pdf

Safety First – Cycling at Night https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/cycle-training-and-cycle-safety/safety-first-cycling-at-night/

Parenting Smart (Place2Be)

The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents.

Advice can be found on over forty topics including:

  • Understanding sibling rivalry 
  • My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
  • My child has trouble going to sleep
  • My child says ‘I hate you!’
  • Cultural identity: who am I?

The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/