On Wednesday 6th March, Mrs Cooper organised an Eco-day for the school. During the day we had a number of visitors from different eco friends organisations, such as the Woodland Trust, who ran workshops for all the children to support their learning as to how they can help save the environment. Following on from this we held our science week (again organised by Mrs Cooper) during the week beginning 11th March.
The children learned about how plastics can affect the environment and wildlife. Our week started with a visitor from Chesterfield Borough Council. The children were given many facts about the impact litter has on our local town. The children’s emotions ran high when they realised what dangers littering can cause. With the loan of litter pick equipment the children were happy to help reverse this problem. So, they pulled on the protective gloves and high visibility jackets, and armed with grabber sticks and plastic bags they set off to collect rubbish from their local play areas.
The children have learned about the impact of using ‘once only plastics’ through a variety of tasks and activities. These ranged from conducting and writing up science experiments, maths investigations and poetry writing to independent research. The children have also learned how to recycle effectively and each class has two nominated ‘Eco Busters’ who check that items are being disposed of correctly. The feedback from many teachers has been positive, commenting on how much the children have really embraced the learning during this week and that they are still hungry for more.
Spire Junior Children, who are our digital leaders, took part in a ground-breaking Derbyshire project appointing school children to champion online safety has been celebrated at a special event.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa met youngsters at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield to recognise efforts to tackle online risks and how to support children being safe on the internet.
The Online Safety Support project received £13,500 from the commissioner’s Community Action Grant towards the training of 97 young digital leaders across 22 of Chesterfield’s primary schools, two secondary schools and Ashgate Croft Special School.
Training coordinator Traci Good, from esafetytraining.co.uk, who is an online safety specialist and assessor working with schools, was appointed to train professionals from a host of children’s welfare organisations, health organisations, police and schools.
In addition, she delivered a number of training mornings to the new digital leaders and teaching staff to prepare them for their new roles.
At the end of the sessions, students received their Digital Leader badge in a special presentation ceremony while teaching staff were provided with support material and resources to further raise awareness of online safety in their schools.
Mr Dhindsa said: “This is a fantastic project which puts young people in the driving seat of online safety in their schools, giving them responsibility and authority to tackle the online risks that threaten the safety of their peers.
“Many of the new leaders have hit the ground running, developing new projects within their schools to increase pupils’ awareness and knowledge of social media risks and how to protect themselves online. Young people have an important voice and can have a powerful influence on their friends.”
World War 2 day was a complete success and all children were completely immersed and engaged in the day. All children gave 100% effort to each task, which was all we could've asked for and it was wonderful to see so may of them dressed up.
We were split in to four equal groups, mixing up the two classes. Our activities consisted of army training, some fun exercise drills and looking at their uniform, weapons and helmets. Also we learnt some basic first aid - DR ABC, secondary survey and recovery position. Another activity was designing and making our own gas mask; we also baked cakes made from rations amounts (which we later ate during the VE party); and finally making our own war medals out of clay.
Thank you for your all your continued support and I hope your children had a wonderful day.
On Monday the Year Five children took part in a Victorian day. Throughout the day the children looked at a range of aspects of Victorian life including school life, differences between the rich and poor and Victorian toys and games. During their school session, the children were taught by a Victorian teacher who showed them how dull and harsh school life was during the Victoria era. The children had hands on experience with a range of artefacts, when looking at life as a servant, and used the green screen to act out the roles of the rich and poor. The children loved playing with the Victorian toys and tried out a range of popular parlour games.
The children will now use these experiences to feed into their learning for the next few weeks ready for the Victorian Emporium on Friday 7th December. We look forward to seeing you all there.
On Friday 5th October, we were very lucky to have two visitors from Chesterfield ACCA. ( African & Caribbean Community Association) Lud Ramsey and Beverly Powell gave a very interesting and informative talk as part of Black History Month. The focus of the talk was the Windrush Generation and Lud and Beverly explained the contribution that has been made by people, who came to Britain, after the Second World War. The children asked lots of questions and they were also able to handle medals and even an MBE, that Beverly received from the Queen. We thank them for giving up their time and sharing their experiences with the children.