Author: Oona Gilbertson

A visit into Space

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 ‘It was fun going into the tunnel – a bit squashy!’

What an amazing day to launch our new topic – a massive room sized planetarium the whole class could fit into!

‘It was really amazing.’ said Hannah, ‘We learnt about the planets and some of the dwarf planets as well’

  

The children were thrilled to see all the constellations and hear about the names of stars and why they have these historical titles.

Just some of the questions asked in the afternoon:

‘Why can’t we go to Mars?’

‘How big is the International Space Station?’

‘How many moons are there?’

‘Why are x-rays a problem to us?’

‘What got you interested in learning about space?’

Is the ring around Saturn smooth?’

‘How do we know the shapes of the constellations?’

‘How many gas planets are there?’

‘Why is earth called Goldilocks?’

‘Does the earth rotate anti-clockwise?’

 

Young Voices at the Arena in Sheffield

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We worked hard during the months before the big day learning songs and lots of dances – the afternoon rehearsal is a tough run through and then the real fun begins as the audience start arriving and the lights come on – an action packed evening follows as the 4000 children are joined by another 3000 audience!

‘It got everyone into music and dance – Urban Striders were brilliant!’

‘It was a good time to be with friends and get to know each other as well as have fun’

 

moments of magical lights, dance routines, solo performances and surprise visitors as well as hard practising.

‘Everyone had fun it was the best experience ever!’

 

Squirrel Class enjoy a days retreat at the Peak Centre in Edale

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Dear Margaret, Simon and Alistair,

We are writing to say thank you for our awesome retreat day.

We all loved the activities, but our favourite one was the dragon and the magic stick. We also liked the magical little hut in the middle of the forest where we made the cairn and had a moment of silence and looked at the amazing display.

Our class love being together out of school. We liked thinking about ourselves and other people. We really enjoyed the mindfulness and it made us feel really calm. It also made us think about how to calm down in difficult situations. We also all loved choosing a button and thinking and saying what it made us think about, and drawing the pictures.

The parachute was fun, and was a great way to make us feel more relaxed about the day. It was really tricky to keep the ball going the right way and we had to work together as a team.

 

Overall we had a really fantastic day and we hope to come again some time.

Yours sincerely,

Emily and Savannah

(on behalf of Eyam school)

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the preparation for Christmas 2017

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Advent begins with creativity – hands on Decoration Day – relatives are invited to come and help with crafts and all those tricky twidly bits that need a few extra fingers!

      

Next we take a group to sing at the Village Church lunch and the older children help to serve the food – well done Team Eyam!

 

Just look how many children took part in the village carol service – despite the panic about heavy snow all day! This special part of Advent, included readings, our Bells players, wonderful singing and a playlet all about the true meaning of Christmas.

 

We embarked on a new venture this season – a Christmas Fayre. It was a huge success with local trees for sale, crafts made by the children, a hilarious photo booth complete with Elf helpers and the usual mince pies and a secrecy room which ensures all the children have something to give on Christmas morning. It was made all the more unique by not only the arrival of snow but by being opened by the band! Thanks to the PTFA for ALL their help making this a great evening!

 

Christmas lunch is another way of thanking all the Govs, clergy, volunteers and staff for all their hard work over the year – a super spread thanks to the dinner staff for all their organisation.

 

It did snow here – there was just enough for snow angels and a snow man club too!

  

Christmas isn’t Christmas unless there is a Nativity. There were dancing geese, amazed donkeys and even spiders in the manger as well as bay Jesus, Mary and Joseph of course. Well done to Hedgehog Class who put on several entertaining performances.

At Eyam the oldest Class, Squirrels also invite a special guest to enjoy a soup and a chat lunch – made and served by the children, its a chance to learn some social skills and to chat to local friends of the school – to give something back to the village.  This year we were also entertained by the Bells.

Our final Community event of the year is a concert by any child who wants to share their musical skills. We now have 60% of the school learning an instrument and so its a wonderful chance to share our growing talents! There were solos, the band, duets, the choir and brave singers too! Well done all of you.

Remembering what Christmas is really about – thank you to Adam and Mike who help us make these important links. We especially remember to think about those who are not so lucky.

All the staff wish the families and friends of Eyam, who support the school in so many ways, a warm and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Happy holidays from Mrs Gilbertson.

Friendship Week at Eyam

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Come and see our ‘Friendship hearts’ which show just how many ways there are to be a friend. This whole school project helped us to consider different ways of showing friendship everyday.

  

 

The School Council along with House Captains took part in Buddy training, this year lead by Mrs Hix – each member is now able to take more responsibility at play times. The children enjoyed playing games such as wink murder and they now have lots of ideas of how to get others involved, encouraging different children to take part. The House Captains and School Council have a rota and wear a friendship buddy sash so others know who to go to if they need a chat or a new friend.

    

We held several child led worship discussions to consider this years Anti-bullying theme which is ‘All Different All Equal’ Children worked in houses to talk about how we are the same and how we might be different. We then continued this to ask how we would welcome someone who was different to our school. They may be new to the area, have a disability, speak a different language or have experienced terror. We listened to stories about children who had been made to feel left out and asked how that would feel.  The children suggested ideas such as sharing ideas, helping, showing new children our routines, being a buddy, having a positive response to strange questions, looking out for each other, treating everyone the same, looking out for others, respecting their ideas and beliefs, asking them to be a friends and take part, offering to share feelings.

Remember we have child friendly policies which last years Play Buddies wrote – they are on the children’s notice board if you’d like to read them.

Hedgehog children discussing different types of bullying – leaving people out, pushing and saying nasty things are all bullying.

Hedgehog Class have been busy making a friendship recipe – reminding us of all the good qualities that a friend should have

    

 

Having a Ball

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This girl can…..have lots of sporting fun without the boys!!

On Wednesday the 1st of November Angel, Polly, Martha and Eliza went to ‘This girl can’, at the Ark in Matlock. It was a fun girls sports event with lots of new ideas for the afternoon with girls from across the Peaks – with Mrs Hix. We did a lot of fun sports like dry swimming, inflatable horse riding, (Mrs Hix loved it so much she ordered some while we were there!) we also did an obstacle course, cheer leading and point throwing. At cheerleading we got to make up our own dance, I was with Angel and Martha and Eliza were together. We all found it really fun and we all have some more great ideas for new clubs!

Girls are amazing – its a girl’s world – stronger together – girl power!

By Polly

 

Award Winners at the Derbyshire Annual Sports Awards

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Janice Price nominated the Eyam Team sp a group of children went to the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield as our ambassadors!

The nomination was for having such a well thought through active playtime. The children enjoy Mini-Leaders, Change for Life, lunch sports clubs, Play Buddy training and a range of games and clubs such as chess and book club too.

 

Mrs Hix and Mrs Addlington as well as Mrs Gaywood and the children took to the stage to receive the award. We are immensely proud and very grateful to our wonderful lunch time staff who take the time to make sure everyone can have a fun and active lunch time.

Run, run as fast as you can you can’t catch us!

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On Friday 6th October, Reception to Year 6 went to a Cross Country competition at Hope Valley College. We did very well, with three people qualifying for the Y5/6 finals in Ashbourne! In the first race, Reception, Year 1 and year 2 boys, we had an amazing second place from George B! The next race was R-Y2 Girls who all tried hard. After that, it was the Years 3-4 boys, in which we had a tenth place from Daniel! In the next race, which was 3 to 4 girls, where Olivia came a great 3rd place. The next race was very successful; with Luke coming an amazing first! Max came 9th and Peter came an unlucky 11th, as the top ten will qualify. We had one qualifier in the Year 5/6 girls’ race, with Freya coming 5th. Also, Savannah W came 15th, and Bess came 16th. We really enjoyed the races and we are looking forward to the finals.

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How Healthy?

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Look just how healthy we all are!

We’ve now been awarded the Healthy Schools Community Award

As you know we worked hard as a school last year to promote and develop various aspects of being healthy. We enjoyed taking part in ‘Play Buddy’ training with Mrs Hix and Dawn Monk and then we bought the play buddy bus stop and organised play leaders to make sure we were all safe and happy over break times. In class we made sure we learnt about how we change as we grow and how to stay healthy.  We encouraged everyone to keep safe on-line and drew up class charters as well as having on-line safety lessons each half term. Also we’ve been taking part in LOTS of lunch time sporting activities organised by the older children for the younger children – this is a really special element of life at Eyam – well done to the Squirrels and to the lunch staff for organising this so very well. All our work also links with the Anti Bullying Award and the Gold Sports Award we’ve also been awarded this year.

Mrs Gilbertson put all our work and photos into a file of evidence and then this was sent off to an assessment panel – and we passed!

This year we are developing ideas about how to include emotional wellbeing in our time at school and we’re waiting for the new menu to start before we then explore which meals we like best and how healthy it is to eat school lunch.

Christopher said ‘we enjoyed the training and it helped us to be more kind on the playground’.

Very many thanks

Soccer success

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Our sporty Squirrel Class came second at the local partnership Soccer tournament and so have made it through to the finals at Antony Gell School on October 11th. Here they are full of action skill!

Our teams from Eyam were awarded Spirit of the games awards for never stopping and for doing just that – stopping to help when someone was hurt. They displayed the sporting values we promote such as determination, honesty, self belief, team work, passion and respect. A super effort at the finals, well done everyone!

         

 

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