06 Mar 2020

Primary High Notes 6th March

Primary High Notes 6th March

World Book Day is one of my favourite days of the school year, when I love to hear from our pupils about what they are currently reading and why they are enjoying it (or not!). We have an amazing range of French Language fiction and non-fiction in our French Room - my favourite is “Le Gruffalo”!

I was so pleased to hear that our amazing boys and girls in the Upper Junior Choir were awarded a Distinction in the Burton Vocal Festival this week. Well done to all involved!

Best wishes, 


Year 3 Visit Chasewater

Year 3 have had a very successful first residential trip to Chasewater, Staffordshire. The trip was arranged to support and enhance work in their Stone Age History topic, as well as introduce children to a residential experience.

On arrival at Chasewater, the children were transported back to 12000BC to take on the role of Stone Age man within the Palaeolithic period of the Stone Age. The children were extremely excited to explore how man created fire, what tools he used to hunt and gather food to survive. The children lit fires, cooked bread on the fire and even tasted Stone Age style soup! They then created Stone Age jewellery using pump drills, saws and different materials from around Chasewater. After a busy afternoon and a wonderful meal, they enjoyed some play time in the grounds of Chasewater. The fun didn’t stop there! In the evening, we sat around the campfire singing songs led by the instructor. He was particularly impressed when the children sang ‘We didn’t start the fire’ from our Year 3 assembly. Hot chocolate and biscuits were then devoured before the children went to bed.

The children woke up bright and early on Friday morning, ready for another action packed day. They created Stone Age cave paintings and then began a trek around Chasewater, looking for deer as they would have done in the Stone Age. The children kept their eyes peeled for deer prints and droppings and then followed the trail. They were shocked and delighted when we found a herd of wild deer. They then learnt about how Stone Age man would have hunted very similar deer thousands of years ago.

Throughout the trip, the instructors commented upon Year 3's good behaviour, superb questioning skills and brilliant knowledge.  Well done to the pupils for representing Derby High Primary so well on their first residential. A thoroughly enjoyable time had by all!         


World Book Day

We have a fabulous range of French Language fiction and non-fiction books in our French Room in Primary and Mr. Lee used these with Y1 and Y2 on Thursday.  The classes started off with some extracts of firm favourite “Le Gruffalo” (in French of course!) and then each student picked a book and reviewed it.  Even if some of the language was difficult, it was lovely to watch the children just enjoy experiencing reading for pleasure in a different language – in fact we enjoyed it so much we may even do it next week as well!  Every day can be a book day…..


Qasim in Macbeth

Qasim in Year 6 is currently performing in Macbeth at Derby Theatre, where he is playing the part of ‘Young Macduff’. He has been entertaining his class this week by describing the scene in which he appears and talking about his experiences in rehearsals and performances. As we already know the story well, we have been able to picture this in our minds. He particularly enjoyed telling us about how he is murdered and what the fake blood is like! Well done Qasim, we are proud of you; Mrs Youngman, Mrs Swainston and Dr Evans-Bolger are very much looking forward to seeing the production tomorrow night.

Celebration of Dance 

Our Celebration of Dance team did incredibly well today when they performed at the Riverside Centre. They closed the show and wowed the audience with their Around the World dance. All the children worked incredibly hard and their enthusiasm shone through in their smiley performance. Mrs Courtney-Hale and Mrs Liddle were extremely proud of all the children and would like to thank all the parents who came to watch and provided such marvellous costumes. 


U11 Tag Rugby Festival

On Thursday afternoon, the U11 Tag Rugby team visited Willows Sports Centre to take part in the Old Vicarage School Tag Rugby festival. With 4 games to play, the team were excited and ready to go. Playing the eventual winners in their first game, everyone worked hard and tried their best, eventually losing 9-5. This acted to spur them all along and, playing a fast St Wystan’s team, they worked really hard and came away with a 7-7 draw. With two games to go, the tactics began to work and a 9-8 win gave them more confidence going into the final game. Again, determined running and good teamwork led to a 6-5 win and helping the team to finish 2nd overall. Special mention to Simar and Tara who played well and made some excellent runs to help score a try, and Tilly, who was given a medal for her great play during our matches. Everyone did really well and a super afternoon of sport was had by all.

Team: Haris, Summar, Tilly, Jamie, Keaton, Tara, Anna, Geran, Simar


Cakes & Book Sale

We hope you all join as the school council host a cake and book sale! Try our mouth-watering and scrumptious cakes and such interesting books. We hope you all enjoy it!

  •          Date:  Monday 16th March                               
  •          Time:  3pm – 3.45pm                                 
  •          Location: Derby High Junior Department

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

We are delighted to announce tickets are now on sale for the senior production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S.Lewis. Adapted for the stage by Adrian Mitchell and music by Shaun Davey. Performances are at 7pm in the Senior Hall on Thursday 19th and Friday 20thMarch. Tickets are £5 adults and £3.50 students. Contact the school’s box office by email Boxoffice@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk or tel 01332 514267. Everyone is welcome to attend, it will be a fantastic and memorable performance! 

Easter and Summer Holiday Clubs

A reminder to all parents that Activate Camps will be running Multi Activity Camps and Netball Fever at Derby High School over the Easter and Summer holidays.

Camps are exciting, engaging and packed full of fun for children aged 5 – 14. For full information go to: https://www.activatecamps.co.uk/venues/derby-high-school/

Safeguarding Corner:

Derby High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We practise a child-centred approach to safeguarding. The School has appointed two Designated Safeguarding Leads. The Designated Safeguarding Leads and their deputies are members of the School’s Senior Leadership Team with the necessary status and authority to take lead responsibility for child protection matters.

As a reminder, the DSLs are:

The Infant and Junior School


 Our Safeguarding, Child Protection and CME Policy and Procedure can be found the school web site. Click here.