12 Jun 2020

Primary High Notes 12th June

Primary High Notes 12th June

The weeks appear to be flying by. Everyone continues to work so hard to ensure that all our pupils continue to receive high quality teaching and engagement as well as access to super-curricular opportunities which are more important than ever at the moment. The media is not helping our pupils, parents and staff. Talk of missed work, a lost term and the need for summer catch-up really is not true at Derby High. Our pupils are completing excellent work showing a real understanding of the topics covered during this period, receiving high quality feedback weekly from their teachers. In many subjects, classes are well ahead in the schemes of work. This is in stark contrast to national statistics which show that 66% of students across England are not engaging in remote learning and the quality and amount of work and feedback is poor.

We are now at the end of a second successful week of our Wrens, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils being back in school. Thank you to those staff, pupils and parents who have been involved in this phased reopening, it has been exhausting but rewarding. Following the announcement from Gavin Williamson this week regarding the wider re-opening of Primary schools, we are making tentative plans whilst we await the detailed guidance from the DfE. Whilst we are excited about this potential new phase in reopening our school to more classes, we could face potential serious legal and insurance consequences if we did not follow the DfE guidance to the letter. We very much want our children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 to return for some classroom time before the end of term.

In line with the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday we will not open during the summer break for key worker children.

It will come as no surprise that Prize Giving in both Senior and Primary will not happen as planned this term! There is now a really exciting opportunity to do something different to celebrate the creative, curious and impressive work that our pupils have been completing during this period of remote learning. We therefore will be holding a whole school exhibition for parents, pupils and staff to view in September/October. We are still in the early stages of planning, further details will be available in September.

I am delighted to announce that Mrs Rebecca Lesley has agreed to become Head of Music in the Senior School from September. I have no doubt that, under Mrs Lesley’s leadership, Music in the Senior School will continue to go from strength to strength. Mrs Lesley will work closely with the new Head of Music in the Primary School. Mrs Sam Cooke will teach Music in Primary and Key Stage 3 and work collaboratively with Mrs Lesley to ensure a strong, continuous music provision throughout the school. Mrs Cooke has previously been Director of Music at Foremarke Hall and Head of Music at Nottingham High Primary.

Best Wishes,

PSHE and Wellbeing Mascot Competition

We had an amazing response to this competition with 43 brilliant entries. Each child had thought extremely hard about their mascot and created a beautiful drawing or design. The judging panel, made up of Mrs Chapman, Chaplain Jo and Mrs Cotton, found it extremely hard to pick out a winner. After much discussion and deliberation a winner was picked along with seven highly commended designs. 

Congratulations to Aarav, Year 3 for his winning mascot. Aarav’s design was chosen because of the clever use of the world and a heart. The judges loved the sense of the world and the school within this and the combined message of spreading kindness.

Highly Commended goes to Luke, Laila, Holly, Anna, Jamie, Margarida and Maya.

Congratulations to everyone who entered a design. The full gallery of all the designs can be viewed on the school website by clicking here.

Cycle Mileage Challenge

The results are in!! It was great to see so many students and Mr Dodson from the Senior School getting involved in this challenge. We covered over 2500 miles as a community, with family members also joining in. That’s the distance from Derby to Yekaterinburg in Russia!

Congratulations to Tori and Alice from our Primary school. An amazing achievement by Year 4 pupils.  Tori achieved the Bronze Award and Alice achieved the Gold Award.

The Cup Song is Back!

Thank you to pupils who have already sent Miss Stirland videos. Learn the cup song here and send your video’s to Miss Stirland via Teams to be involved in the Cup Song Chain video. Remember slide the cup in from your left and slide it out from your right!

Derby High School: A View From The Sky

If you are missing our school buildings and grounds you may like to watch our new video called “Derby High School: A View From the sky”. This drone footage was taken just before our half term break. We hope you like it!

To view on Facebook – click here.

To view on YouTube – click here.


Very Hungry Caterpillar Yoga

It's wonderful to have our youngest pupils back in school. Our Wrens have enjoyed Very Hungry Caterpillar yoga this week! They've had fun learning how to stretch along with the story. To view more photos on Facebook click here.


Primary PSHE and Wellbeing Challenge Week 7

This week’s challenge is to create a “story sack”. Complete a story sack for either yourself, a sibling, a family member or a friend. Fill your sack with lots of fun activities, props and books related to your story. Remember to send us photos or videos of your creations and have fun!  Click here to watch Dr. E-B set the challenge.


Jolly June Calendars

Thank you to all the pupils who sent their wonderful Jolly June calendars to their teacher last week. If you’re creating yours daily don’t forget we’d still love to see it. Please send it in at the end of June.


Safeguarding Corner

Think U Know have created videos to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools to many children. You can find the videos here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/