18th January 2019
The PTFA AGM will take place next Thursday 24th January @ 1900 hrs in the School Room. Everyone is very welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Congratulations to our Year 6 pupil Isla for getting into the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Isla has previously been in the NCCGB also.
We have been sent a link to the latest IAPS magazine, if you'd like to read it please click here. There is a very interesting article about the use of Whats App Groups by parents, as well as the importance of sleep.
Former Parent turns Author
Andrea Pate, a former parent whose children are now at Denstone College, has written a children's book called “Escape From...Boudica's Army”. It's a historical novel set during the Roman period, aimed at anyone aged 8 and up.
She is holding a book signing at the Dog and Partridge in Marchington tonight, Friday 18th January, at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Form Reps' Meeting on Thursday 31 January in the School Room - please notify your class rep of any general issues for discussion or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 30 January - Mums' Supper at Hoar Cross Hall, 7.30pm. All mums/friends/relations welcome. Please return your menu choice and make payment as per the previous email by Monday 21 January. Thank you!
A great start to the term for the Squirrels with four new children in the class. We welcome Margot, Nancy, Lucia and Colton who are all settling in very well. We are learning about the weather and talking about animals that live in the cold. The children have been busy making polar bear masks this week. They have made some lovely penguins that are displayed in the class room.
Our theme is winter and we have been learning all about animals that live in snowy countries, exploring ice in the messy play tray and what happens to it when it gets warm, and making snowman pictures. All we need is the real stuff so we can make some snowmen in the garden.
Smallwood Explorers is running holiday club from 18th – 22nd February 2019.
To book please click here to go to the online Booking Form.
Pupil Parliament Interviews
What does the pupil parliament do?
We share ideas and make decisions to try to improve the school. We represent our class and the children in Main Prep. We have all been elected by our class mates into this role. We meet once every half term and make people happy.
What is your role within it?
We represent our classmates, friends and the school. We listen to peoples' opinions and ideas and we try to expand on those ideas to improve the school.
Have you made a difference?
Yes, because we have made the school a better place.
How does it make you feel being part of it?
Happy, excited, shocked and awesome!
Theo Year 4
Reception's topic this half term is 'Winter'. We have been learning about different types of weather and have described and written about them. We have made snowflakes, painted winter trees, painted with coloured ice and experimented with freezing and melting ice. We have made our role play area into a Travel Agents and looked at hot and cold countries, and packing a case with the appropriate clothes.
We have also been talking about animals that hibernate in winter and we enjoyed hunting for them in the garden.
PP1 have been working on Instructions in English and Fractions in Maths this week.
On Tuesday the children followed instructions on how to make a delicious Margherita Pizza and then cut it into quarters before eating it. It was yummy!
On Wednesday PP1 tried really hard to remember how they made their pizza, then wrote out their ingredients and instructions.
On Thursday PP1 followed some instructions on how to draw a pigeon. The children listened carefully and created some amazing pictures. Great work PP1
Pre-Prep 2 Forest School
Have you seen an enormous bird’s nest down in the Cedars? If so, don’t worry, there isn’t a gigantic bird flying around, it was made by PP2 in Forest School last week!
We were thinking about the many different, amazing birds we have in our country and tried to identify some birds by the different birdsong we heard. We then worked as one big team and collected different materials needed to make an enormous nest. The enthusiasm, effort, sweat and teamwork was great to watch. Well done PP2.
Pre-Prep 2 History
The children of Pre-Prep 2 have started to research one of our famous people from the past. This week we have been busily researching Queen Elizabeth I using a variety of sources, including video footage, topic homework, books and the internet. The children have created a fact wall that allows them to showcase their knowledge and share information with their peers.
From this research the children have been creating a non-chronological report about the life of this Tudor Queen, which we hope to display in the classroom shortly. Well done Pre-Prep 2, you have worked so hard.
Main Prep News
Year 3 Magnetic Madness!
What is attracted to a magnet? Metal? Is all metal attracted to magnets? These are some of the questions that Year 3 have been investigating in their science lessons. We’ve had lots of fun learning about magnetism this week. The children have learnt about magnetic poles; working out which poles attract and which repel. They predicted which objects would be attracted to a magnet and thoroughly enjoyed testing out their ideas.
Year 4 had some very special visitors on Tuesday. Miss Winfield came to visit with her 4 month old twin girls Olivia and Annie. The children learnt a lot of interesting facts about babies. For example, they learnt that a baby's skull is not fused at birth, they have 300 bones and are born with no teeth but have very hard gums! In Science we are learning about the human skeleton so we took the opportunity to take some measurements of the twins.The babies were very well behaved and enjoyed the attention!
U10 & U11 netball team photos
On Monday the Year 5 pupils were taken to Denstone College for their Drama workshop. This year they were focusing on different techniques in drama such as using the body as a prop. They were asked to work in groups to make group objects like a cuckoo clock, washing machine and even a moving racing car! The pupils were also asked what makes a good image and they had to produce four scenes showing different emotion. Mood cards were given to the children as a prompt to create a still scene and the other groups had to guess the scene. The children also looked at other techniques such Characterisation and also the use of gesturing to indicate something none verbal in the scenes.
A big thank you to Mrs Abson for making the session enjoyable. The pupils came away with some great ideas and also an insight into what goes on in Drama lessons at Denstone.
The Year 6 pupils have been working extremely hard towards their exams which commence next week. They have been studiously applying themselves towards their revision. Practice papers, exam style questions and writing tasks aplenty have kept the pupils busy.
During drama lessons, Mr Gear has conducted mock interviews with every pupil so that every base is covered. We really hope that the children feel well prepared and ready for the academic examinations and interview.
The emphasis for this weekend is lots of sleep! Early nights and much less technology for one weekend please Year 6!
We wish them all the very best of luck.
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