Author: Oona Gilbertson

Fabulous Fairy Tales and Mysterious Myths


We shared our Wonderful creations at the end of the half term – the older children had written stories using Book Creator and enjoyed adding sound effects and pictures to their texts – what a professional result Squirrels well done! The pictures show some of the fun being had by the younger pupils in school – there has been a lot of acting and role play including some scary wolf moments for red riding hood and a hungry fox! The older pupils have also twisted the ends of their stories and added extra characters and events……. as well as thinking about how it might have felt for the other characters – what if granny told the story?



Bountiful birds


Squirrels were lucky to be invited to take part in the National bird survey from the warmth of a Governors kitchen – what a treat!

Here they are catching sight of a myriad of garden birds including bullfinches, gold finches, chaffinches and greenfinches, fieldfare, long-tailed tits, blue tits, a woodpecker and lots of blackbirds too.

Thanks for the yummy hot chocolate and biscuits!

Brilliant effort and determination at the Basket ball finals


We took a team of Y5 and 6 to compete in the Basket Ball finals – they worked well as a team and scored several baskets, winning some games and coming away feeling proud!

We enjoyed playing in the new kit – it game us a confident feeling at the start as we took on the final winners in the first game! It was tough but good fun. Thanks to Mrs Gaywood for all the training.


Do YOU have courage?


We’ve been learning about Courage this half term so we began by thinking about what we could do at home and in school that was new or tricky and would be a winter challenge – like a new years resolution!


Mike and Adam from Church have brought us lots of ideas and helped us to reflect on who we want to be. We’ve learnt about Eddy the Eagle who was not scared to try new things – he showed lots of perseverance and courage because people said it would not be possible to ski and he eventually took part in the Olympic Games. He had to believe in himself. We found out about Andy Murry and considered how hard it must be to make decisions that effect your future life. We also talked about being courageous in love and being generous to those we care about as well as those who need our help – we can give hope to those in need.

Winston Churchill said, ‘Never, never, never give up. WE make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’

Nelson Mandela said, ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.’

Honey and spice and all things nice…..a celebration of skill, determination and fair trade


Squirrels got busy this week in an ambitious baking event. They’ve been learning about the journey that vanilla and ginger takes before it reaches our shops and considering how we ensure the farmers get a fair deal for their produce. ‘Learning about real foods helps us understand about what Fair trade means.’

AND then we sold our products to all the families at home time – reminding them about eating healthy fair trade snacks.

‘We learnt how to work as a team to get the jobs done.’  ‘We found out you have to read the instructions and follow them exactly or you will miss something!’

Look how many children took part in the village panto ‘Babes in the Wood’


Congratulation to all the children who took part you really showed off your dancing, singing and acting talents.

Your costumes and make up were wonderful and added to the over all entertaining production. You should all be very proud of yourselves and each other for taking on so many parts in the show and for bringing a smile to all the audiences who watched over the week.

Run, run as fast as you can look who’s competing at the County finals!


Look at how well Eyam did to have 4 boys running in the County finals! Congratulations on being in the top 10 in our Cluster which earned you the place.

On the day out of 50 children the boys came 16th, 32nd, 44th and 46th and the girls did equally well at 28th! It was a fantastic effort a huge well done. Keep running everyone as it keeps you fit and look it could be you representing the school next year.


Marvellous Manchester – a city adventure for Owls


What were we doing in Manchester?

Our Whole school topic is cities and we’ve been exploring the size of a city – how people live and where they play, transport, diversity, shopping, roads and facilities. We also got to fit in a visit to the Cathedral.


‘I learnt that there is an outer city and an inner city,’ said Hannah! ‘My best bit was looking inside the Cathedral.’

‘I found out the symbol for Manchester is a bumble bee and there were giant painted bumble bees on some of the buildings,’ reported Erin. ‘I really liked having the tour round the city AND eating my lunch too!’

Prue remarked, ‘there are not really any hills so its flat and that makes it easy to walk around. My favourite part was drawing the Cathedral because I liked looking at all the details.’


Christmas at Eyam CE School


It all begins with the start of Advent and the lighting of our first candle. We’ve been busy with a range of family events to help us prepare for the season of joy and goodwill. We sent off a pile of Christmas shoe boxes to Save the Children in early November.

Decoration morning with thanks to the staff and several parent helpers. A definite opportunity for team work and fun with music and mince pies!

At the same time the Church Centre had been making lunch for the community and some children went over to help serve this to friends of the church. We took a big group to sing and our 3 wonderful trumpet players showed off their growing confidence. It was a really delightful event – well done children.

Its national Christmas Jumper day when we think about Children everywhere and bring £ to wear our Christmas items! Thank you for your donations.

Here Squirrels are working hard in preparation for their annual ‘soup and a chat event when they invite a friend from the village or relative to join them for a chat and for homemade (by the children) soup and mince pies. Its a busy morning and staff help the children to make the room look special and plan entertainment. This year the school band played and the class sang The 12 Days of Christmas with all the actions! An event to feel proud of Squirrel children.

The children here show they care about their friends in Burkina Faso with a donation (through the PTFA) for a new peace of equipment at Jam Tan Primary School.

Its Christmas lunch – with visitors from the Community who regularly support the school. A super lunch and a BIG thank you to Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Tilson for all their preparations.

The Community Carol Service was made extra special this year with a visit from a real donkey! The children sang their hearts out with a fabulous action packed ‘Cowboy Carol’ and the older pupils took part in a drama created by the very talented vicar starring 3 very modern wise men!

Eyam school were invited to take part in a prestigious concert a the Winding Wheel raising funds towards Challenge Derbyshire who provide hospice support from both children and adults through St Helens Trust and Ashgate Hospice. The children joined local choir Perfect pitch, which now includes several of our children and together performed a wonderful nativity story with lots of actions and carols accompanied by the splendid Masson Mill band. This is also of course a great opportunity to perform on stage. Many thanks to Emma and Louise Hopkins for their enthusiastic support and parents for taking the trouble to encourage your children. The massed choir must have been almost children – what an inspiration.


Our Special Nativity was a total hit – ‘Christmas Counts’ was enjoyed by everyone and the Hedgehog children looked splendid in their costumes. As well as doing all the adding the children showed us that the Christmas message really can apply to everyone because we are all special to each other. Well done for all the singing, dancing, narrating and acting too!

Almost the end of term but time for an afternoon of musical delight from all our musicians. Parents packed the Owls classroom and the audience were right to give plenty of applause as everyone showed their determination to put on a good musical show. We had solos, duets, a trio, band, infants to year 6 and now 9 Peri teachers represented by the performers so a huge well done to you all.


The PTFA put on an entertaining disco for the children and along with the secret Santa gift room there were the Squirrel class games which proved an amazing hit. The children had designed and made these as part of their DT project and ran the event with real maturity. Thank you to all the parents who ran the party night it was a lovely atmosphere and great music!

School finished with a candle lit moment to reflect on our families and think about how to help everyone have a good Christmas break.

We hope you all had a happy Christmas and were able to meet friends and enjoy some family time together.


Health and Wellbeing at Eyam


We really value the wonderful gardens that the Community helped to build here at the school and so wanted to share just one of our activities with you.

We run a ‘Healthy me’ club which involves experiencing how to use some of our own vegetables and fruit to make a yummy snack and at the same time getting a chance to chat as a group with a member of staff and make links between using fresh veg, being active, eating a balanced diet and unpacking some ideas about food, keeping fit and what might have been in the news.

There are obvious skills to develop such a peeling, oven use, cutting and weighing – so lots of maths as well as washing up and turn taking, listening and sequencing instructions.

It gives the children a chance to ask questions about growing up and Mrs Perring, who has training in Special needs and Mindfulness, also makes sure every child gets involved in the conversation. The children work in small groups and this year thanks to a donation from the church we’re going to offer the club to Owls as well as Squirrels.