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Train to Teach Derby – Find out how to get into teaching at our free event

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

If you are interested in training to teach, and particularly if you’d like to start training in September 2018, this event is for you!

Train to Teach Derby, Landau Forte College, 2nd May 2018 4.30pm to 8pm.

This event will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in your region. It offers a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered about teaching and teacher training.

Hosted by Landau Forte College Derby on behalf of Department of Education.

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Reception Spring Blog – 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


This term, the children are learning and exploring through our new topic Fantastic Fairy Tales. Each week we have been focusing on a different fairy tale story which has inspired the activities for the learning areas and adult focus activities in our classrooms. We have already looked at Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs, which the children really enjoyed. Mr Patel’s children have also worked hard to prepare their Class Assembly which was all about Fairy Tale Characters. After performing the show, we had some wonderful feedback from both parents and teachers.


Before the holidays, we will be revisiting our on-going topic about People around the World to find out about China and Chinese New Year. The children will be making a Class Holiday Brochure about China using the information they find out. They will also take part in various Chinese craft activities and will try tasting some delicious Chinese Food.


Finally, this term we have introduced our new Reading Ladder scheme where the children are rewarded for reading 5 or more times a week at home. So far we are very impressed with the results. Keep it up! We encourage you to read with your child as often as possible. As always, parental support at home is invaluable.

Mr Patel, Mrs McDermott and Mrs Sharp

Year 2 Spring Blog – 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


In Year 2 we are working really hard and getting used to the pace and expectations of Year 2.  We enjoyed learning about the island of Madagascar in the 1st term and writing creatively using the film as our inspiration.  We all enjoyed finding out about The Great Fire of London and wrote some wonderful diary entries. Our puppet investigations and design work were a huge success.

This half term, we have enjoyed planning and participating in investigations finding about the properties of Materials in Science.  We have learned so much about Florence Nightingale and her work in the Crimean War. Next half term we will be learning about Castles and how people lived in the past. We are looking forward to our trip to Warwick Castle in March. Our Design and Technology project will also be based on castles with moving parts.

Please continue to read regularly at home (5 times a week would be amazing), and practise your weekly spellings and sentences. Please carry on working hard with your homework and knowing your 2’s 5’s and 10’s timetables would help in Numeracy as would knowing your number bonds.

Keep up the good work…..

Mrs J Torson & Mrs E Baugh

Year 5 Spring Blog – 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018

This term Year 5 are excited for their new topic ‘The Ancient Greeks’. We will be learning all about the Greek Gods and Goddesses and the first Olympic games. During the topic, we will be making our own Hoplite soldiers and Greek pots.

In Literacy, we will look at a range of myths and legends and develop the skills to create our own. We hope you will enjoy reading them!

In DT we are making toys using the cam mechanisms to create movement. Forest schools continues with children working in small groups. They will be learning how to build shelters; use tools and investigate Hodge Lane nature reserve.

5E’s last swimming session is on Monday 5th February. 5B will begin swimming on Monday 26th February.

Ms D Evans/Mr D Brooke

Year 4 Blog Spring 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Welcome back!

Year 4 have started the new year with a tropical theme “Africa” and are working towards writing our own Tinga Tale, and investigating African art using patterns, printing and paste resist.

Later this term we are looking forward to our exciting trip to Land Rover where we will deepen our knowledge in programming robots and various other scientific subjects. The children will be watching robots assemble cars from start to finish on the production line.

During our literacy lessons, we will be studying the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Here we will be looking at different types of writing and linking this to our DT topic. A robot based homework project will be sent out later this term.

Mr Scott has continued his sessions of playing the djembe, glockenspiels and drum pads and there will be a concert for parents to enjoy in the Summer term.

Please endeavour to read at least 5 times per week (parent signatures each night count as one step up the reading ladder and count towards our reading percentage each week.) Continue to read a range of genres and fill out your reading journals to earn your Bronze, Silver and Gold Reading Bands. See the grid in your child’s reading diary for more information.

Please remember, to keep practising spellings and times tables.

Mrs S Worrall/Mrs H Jones/Miss J Webb


Year 6 Spring Blog – 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Year 6 had a very busy first term.  We went on a week’s residential to Chasewater where we experienced team building games as well as outdoor pursuits such as archery, climbing and biking.  In school we have been working hard to continue to meet the challenging expectations for all Year 6 pupils across the country in reading, writing, grammar and maths.  Topics studied so far have included the geographical elements of mountains as well as focusing on light and electricity in Science lessons.

This term we will study what life was like during World War 2. After half term we will be introducing the topic of ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ when we will be learning about films, the treatment of film stars and how film-makers think carefully about costumes and set design. This will lead towards planning for our D.T. project on making capes.

At the end of this term we will be performing our own version of ‘We Will Rock You’ on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March (school will be in touch with more details closer to the time).

Please continue to support your child’s reading, spellings and times tables at home; it really does make a huge difference to their progress.

Miss Tiddy, Miss Lamb and Mr Pratt