20 Nov 2020
Primary High Notes 20th Nov 2020
In my Primary assembly this week I talked about our gift of giving kindness and friendship and how important this is, particularly at this time of year. We listened to the Bruno Mars song, Count on Me and I asked the children to consider the lyrics:
If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea
I'll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see
I'll be the light to guide you
We'll find out what we're made of
When we are called to help our friends in need
Acts of kindness, large and small, can multiply and positively impact the world we live in. I asked the children to think about kind acts others had shown them and talked about how they could show kindness to others.
Last week we had a fantastic surprise! Mrs Cureton's class sent letters to Blue Peter in the summer about their fantastic bird feeders and were all awarded a Blue Peter green badge in person, when Lindsey and her film crew visited us. The item was shown on Blue Peter yesterday evening. If you missed it you can watch it on our Facebook page (click here) or Twitter (click here).
We have been very fortunate this term that we have been able to maintain an attendance rate above 95%. For those pupils who have had to self-isolate, online learning via live lessons using MS Teams has been a real success, with very positive feedback from parents:
“I wanted to thank you for how well remote learning has gone this week. Our daughter has genuinely felt involved in all of the lessons and as a working parent it really has worked well.”
“I often hear the kids laughing and really enjoying their learning as I’m working - it brings a smile to my face every time.”
“I think the school has coped exceptionally well providing online schooling and support during this time. Thank you.”
I would like to extend a big thank you to all our teachers for putting in the extra time needed to prepare these lessons, and for covering in class for teachers who are teaching classes from home.
Year 2 Study Pablo Picasso
Year 2 have been studying the work of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso was one of the main pioneers of a form of artwork know as Cubism. Picasso painted portraits in new ways by breaking up the subject into many different shapes and then repainting it from different angles in strange forms.
Virtual Sports Club
Derby High School pupils are not letting lock-down stop them from participating in after-school sports clubs. This week we saw the launch of the Youth Sports Trust virtual sports clubs. Well done to all our Primary pupils who took part. Here are the themes for each day if you want to take part next week:
• Adventure Monday – this might involve getting children to do floor wall climbing and map reading all within their living room or home space
• Tuesday Play – Imaginative play utilising resources in the house to create games and activities to get active
• Wild Wednesday – High tempo competitive activities involving personal challenges
• Thinking Thursday – Introducing cognitive challenges for children through movement. Games could include active noughts and crosses, and introducing an element of competition – whether that be against themselves, the clock, their siblings or remotely against friends
• Fun Friday – A chance for children to let loose and have some fun. Dancing and doing what makes them feel good
Sessions will be broadcast live through the Youth Sport Trust’s YouTube channel and access is free. Click here to access the live video!
No one likes the thought of bullying occurring. Whether bullying focuses on a characteristic such as race, sexuality, disability, nationality, faith or if there is no particular characteristic at all, we should all find it unacceptable. Anti-Bullying Week however gives us a chance to discuss bullying and proactively tackle it using the most effective weapons in our armoury: education and unity!
Anti-Bullying Week 2020 takes place from 16th to 20th of November. This year the theme is United Against Bullying. The theme embraces the power we have when we come together to affect big change and tackle challenges where we find them. You can follow the events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #abw20.
Pupils have watched the introductory video (click here to watch) in class this week and have been discussing relevant issues together. If you are interested, there are some really good resources available for parents too:
TikTok - More Parental Controls
With TikTok surging in popularity, including children deliberately increasing their followers to 1,000 so that they can go live, it's good to see TikTok making more controls available for parents. The features, which are available via Family Pairing, include the ability to prevent the child searching and preventing strangers from seeing the child's post.
Click here for more information