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    23 Jan 2018

    Year 5 VC – Parkside 19th January 2018

    Year 5 VC – Parkside 19th January 2018

    During the spring term Year 5VC will have the opportunity to visit Parkside every other week. They will spend time in the Design & Technology department learning new skills & using exciting equipment.

    On Friday they had their first visit where they were introduced to their task… they are going to be designing & making a ‘table tidy’. It was a really busy session; they designed their table tidy & started to shape their wood using a Coping saw and a Tenon saw. Some children had the chance to use some of the bigger electrical saws – it was really exciting & they all had a great time!

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    21 Jan 2018

    Boccia Tournament


    On Wednesday afternoon, 5 children took part in a boccia competition at Queens Park leisure centre. The children competed in 3 games against other local school. We drew the first game 4-4, but unfortunately lost the other 2 games. However, all five children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, they learnt some new skills and competed fairly and in great 'Spire' spirit. Boccia is a seated version of crown green bowls. It is 3 a side and 3 ends are played. Each team has to try and get their balls closest to the jack. A point is scored for each ball closest to the jack.




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    26 Nov 2017

    Science Week

    Science Week 2017

    Our science week took off with an awesome balloon launch into space – a photograph of the whole school (of all those permitted) was attached to a payload box containing a camera. The children watched with great excitement as the balloon was launched at 12.10 p.m. on Monday the 20th November. The journey of the balloon was then tracked as it literally reached epic heights. After two hours of travelling towards space the balloon finally popped then plummeted back to earth and landed in Norwich capturing the most incredible pictures of earth.

    This lead to our children being engaged in many varied activities, these ranged from reading facts to creating some amazing pictures. Each year group took part with great enthusiasm. The children used our new IPads and QR codes to conduct research; finding some awesome facts. The following day also brought great excitement with each year group visiting the Wonderdome where the children entered a huge inflatable dome – to watch an amazing light show and learn some incredible facts about our solar system.

    Mid-week and many children conducted experiments with the year 5 and 6 groups using chemical reactions to propel rockets into the air then take measurements which were then recorded in graphs. Unfortunately, some of these rockets turned out to be epic fails – but that’s the nature of science. This lead the children to discuss and investigate why they didn’t take off as expected. In year 4 the children also made rockets, using air filled balloons to launch them. The children had great fun setting these rockets off. The year 3 children used an air pump to propel mini rockets across the floor then they recorded the measurements in a graph.

    Many other activities were conducted throughout the week such as; matching constellations, solving maths problems, walking water experiments, classifying aliens, making alien masks, making rockets and awesome planet pictures. Many year groups also wrote up their science experiments using a recognised scientific method.

    At the end of a very busy week the children visited each other’s class rooms in order to ‘learn from their peers’. The year 6 children showed great maturity when they shared their knowledge with the year 3 children. Likewise, the year 4 and 5 children had much information to share with the other classes. There was a real buzz around the school as the children ‘taught’ each other. The Year 5 children then visited Parkside community school to have a 'wow' science lesson in the schools science lab. We as a staff have also been impressed with the projects the children have brought in from home – showing their enthusiasm for our Space Themed Science Week.

    Many thanks to all those who put so much effort into making this week a great success.

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    07 Nov 2017

    Chesterfield FC Players Visit

    Yesterday, we were lucky to have a visit from 4 Chesterfield FC players,Chris O’Grady, Diego De Girolamo, Jack Brownell and Jay Smith. The players led an assembly and answered the many excellent questions the children had prepared. The key messages from the players were:

    "Always work hard throughout school and pass your exams because it will help you when you are older."
    "Follow your dreams, if you work hard enough they will come true."
    "Be respectful of others even if they have given a decision against you."

    We hope the children take these messages into the future, along with inspiration from meeting the players.


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    06 Nov 2017

    Y6 Lea Green Residential

    The Y6 children recently visited Lea Green residential centre for their residential experience. The children were commended by the centre and school staff for their behaviour, attitude and manners throughout the 3 days. They were a pleasure to take and represented our school excellently.

    Here is a recount of the residential by one of our Y6 pupils, Aiden.

    Arriving at school I felt extremely excited for our class residential to Lea Green. We were told to put our bags or suitcases into the hall until the huge bus arrived. Our class teacher Miss Horton took the red register and the nerves started to build fast. Finally the 60 seater coach arrived. We boarded the coach and set off on the short journey. I was determined to get to Lea Green as there are lots of physical activities.

    Half an hour later, the coach pulled into the longest and straightest drive I had ever seen. In front of my very eyes, I saw an amighty Victorian style house. It reminded me of Harry Potter. Our two fabulous guides Ben and Dean, were waiting for us and told us to put our bags in the green boot room. At the back of the house, we were instructed to get into groups of five and complete a hard treasure hunt. After that, we got our suitcases and travelled to the lounge.

    Later, a bell was rung while we were in the lounge and it meant we were going to have our Lunch. For lunch we had a sandwich, a packet of crisps, lots of fruit and a kit-kat for pudding. When we had all finished Ben and Dean explained what we were going to do. A group of us did a stream walk (I did it) and the others did the team swing. Before I did the stream walk, I put some different clothes on. We ambled to the huge courtyard to get a helmet and a waterproof coat. When we were going we had to get on a mini bus. We had to walk through a herd of sheep first, then go through a kissing gate towards a herd of cows, but they were further away. Fortunately, we were able to get through the cows without disturbing them. After that we were able to get to the stream walk. I fell over a few times. Everybody jumped in the mud Jacuzzi. Later on we went to have a shower. After everyone had got changed we went to the sports hall. We played hockey and basketball, while some people did gymnastics. Five minutes later , we had dinner with another school called Stonelow. We had beef, gravy and vegetables. Once everyone had, had their tea we put a jumper and a coat on and went for a night walk. At night we walked through many fields. The last field had cows in. I felt petrified as I thought they would charge at me. When we got back to Lea Green we all had a hot chocolate. After we drank it all, we had to go to bed. Tyron was making shadow puppets and made me laugh.

    On Thursday, Mr James or Mr Smithson opened the door when all of us were asleep and said “wakey wakey”. Ten minutes later the annoying bell went for breakfast at 8am. After everyone had finished their meal we put our outdoor shoes on for buggies, problem solving and climbing, the climbing wall. We did buggies first and after that we did problem solving. The problem solving wasn’t as fun as buggies. Forty five minutes later I did the climbing wall. I had to put on a harness and when it was on I climbed right to the top of the wall but when I looked down I felt scared. At bushcraft we had to get into groups of 6 and we had to make a den. Everyone had a go at making a fire and then eating a marshmallow. Later the bell went for tea and we had chips, beans, vegetables and chicken. Once everyone was finished we had to listen to instructions for our next game. The game was called ‘Smugglers run’. At smugglers run we had to move water from one side of the site to the other without being caught by the pirates (teachers). We had to be careful as there were lots of teachers around. Afterwards we went inside for hot chocolate to finish the day.

    On Friday, Mr James woke us up as we needed to have our breakfast. The bell rang for breakfast at 8am and I had cornflakes, as well as bacon, sausage and beans. We were then ordered to pack our bags. After that we had to clean our room. Some of us then went and did the stream walk, while the rest did the team swing. I did the team swing. Later we got on the coach and travelled back to school.

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