18 Sep 2020
Primary High Notes 18th September
We started our assembly on Thursday listening to “When you’re smiling” sung by Michael Bublé. A lovely start to any day but more importantly I asked the children to think about this particular line in the song, “When you're smiling, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you”. I talked about how our own individual behaviour and actions can influence others. We looked at the scenario of a banana skin left on the tennis court. Impressively all of our children said they would either put it in the bin, or in the compost and no one said they would put it in their pocket or leave it on the floor. A group of behavioural scientists in 2008 tested a theory about when people drop litter. They found that far less litter was dropped when there was little evidence of litter or graffiti around, when there was lots of litter already, people were more likely to drop litter. We’re influenced by the behaviour of those around us. But if we look at it another way, we can see we have the potential to lead and inspire others with our actions. I asked our pupils to reflect upon the values they want to show and influence others with. As Mahatma Gandhi famously said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
The weather this week has been glorious and ideal for students learning and playing outside. It has been wonderful to see pupils across our Primary and Senior enjoying classes outside. Yesterday afternoon, I heard loud noises coming from the field, I thought I ought to investigate! The field came into view as I walked by the side of the Sports Hall and I could see all of Year 12 out enjoying a fantastic game of bench ball. As many parents will know bench ball at Derby High is taken incredibly seriously. Yesterday was no exception! Further down the field Mr Gould had brought his Year 2 class outside for PSHE.
I do hope the weather stays nice this weekend for our students completing their Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Although not quite the DofE expedition we are used to our staff have worked closely with DofE to ensure our students can complete their award.
EYFS Story Telling Club
The EYFS Story Telling Club started this Tuesday lunchtime. It was very popular and everyone enjoyed the story of 'The very helpful hedgehog' with Mrs Courtney-Hale.
Year 1 & 2 Dance Club
Yesterday, children in Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic time at dance club with Mrs Liddle. They took part in a range of fun and exciting dance activities to different styles of music. Over the course of the term the children will learn a choreographed dance and film the final performance to share to the rest of the school in a virtual assembly. The children were full of smiles throughout the session!
Reception’s Repeating Patterns
Reception have been learning about repeating patterns this week. The children have used this knowledge to make some fantastic, independent repeating pattern caterpillars. They look amazing!
Roald Dahl Day for Year 3
On Monday 14th September, Year 3 celebrated Roald Dahl Day in style! The children came to school dressed as their favourite character from the Roald Dahl books. They had a fantastic time acting in role and performing one of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. In the afternoon, the children were inspired by Matilda to create some magical writing and learnt lots of interesting facts about Roald Dahl
Year 4 – Here We Are
As part of our ‘Here We Are’ book study last week. Year 4 focused on the page about everyone being special, different and unique. Everyone chose the pose that they felt would reflect their personality and with some green screen wizardry, recreated their own version of the page in the book.
Year 3 and Year 4 became ‘Woodland Wizards’ on Wednesday afternoon, what a wonderful afternoon, spending time outdoors, in the fresh air. Mrs Cureton and Dr E-B were extremely impressed with the children’s nature art, using natural materials to create a picture. The children will be researching ‘Bug Hotels’ for a future BIG project… watch this space!
This week’s music clubs have been very busy, from Boomwhakers to our new String Ensemble! Mrs Cooke, Head of Primary Music, was delighted at how the children played all together for the first time.
Year 6 Geography Quiz
Year 6 started off their geography learning this term with an interactive quiz using ‘Kahoot’ and our Learn Pads. The children showed off their current knowledge by answering 30 questions in teams to see who had the most geographical knowledge. Questions about the features of rivers, continents, maps, flags and more tested everyone! The afternoon was lots of fun with the children going away having learnt something new; including which continent Mauritius can be found in!!
Supporting your child's mental health
The mental health of students remains a priority for all of us, but the information available can sometimes be a little daunting and intimidating. This link offers accessible advice and guidance, as well as useful contact details for parents and carers on how best to support your child's mental health and wellbeing.
Here is a reminder of the useful guidance for parents released over the summer by the government. Some very useful links and guidelines here.