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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.

A chance of a challenge at In 2 Hockey at Anthony Gell School


A very competitive afternoon but what a great opportunity to play the top 8 schools from across the entire county! As Janice Price (Head of the Sports Partnership which we buy into using some of the Sports money) said at the start its also such a lot of hockey experience in a short time so the skill level rises in front of your eyes.

The children hardly got a rest and so really used their school hockey club skills and showed how far they had come by attending the weekly hockey sessions with Mrs Gaywood. They played well as a team and afterwards – whilst they ate their well earned snacks – reflected that they should move into the D more and try to pass to each other faster. Well done Team Eyam for getting stuck in, your Secondary Schools will want you in their hockey teams very soon too!


Order! order! at Squirrel’s Parliamentary debate


All the children had a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament and its history.

Of course its a great time to talk about examples of the British value of ‘Democracy’, for example its 100 years since women got the vote so we also thought about what this meant to women both 100 years ago and today in the UK.

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Squirrel Class reorganised the room into the House of Commons and having watched a video about Brexit they began a debate. It was an interesting experience and it gave the children a chance to reply to each other’s questions and have a go at public speaking as well as considering how trade allows products to travel through Europe. They also expressed views on farming and enjoyed heckling each other and acting out a range of cabinet roles. Perhaps we have a future parliamentarian in the class!

Village favourites from Hedgehogs


As part of the topic on where we live – a city a town or a village, the infants were asked to ‘make a place in Eyam that was special’ Just have  look at the inventive creations. This project was part of our ‘HOT skills’ (Higher Order Thinking Skills) homework where, during the year different tasks are set that help to develop a problem solving approach. Skills such as imagination, design, invention, planning – as well as the most important which is spending time making something which involves talking and listening and having some family fun! We hope you enjoy seeing the results.

All the infants shared their creations with the school, each giving a short talk about why they had chosen that place. Again this takes a huge amount of bravery and helps to develop confidence and public speaking – its great to see this develop over time. The Juniors make such a wonderful audience too.




Odd socks to celebrate being different!


The National campaign reached roughly 19,200 schools and 7.5 million pupils. We joined 41% of schools who took part in Odd Socks day to celebrate that we are all different and that’s what makes us who we are!

This year Antibullying week was all about  ‘choosing respect’.

We’ve talked about the importance of  being proud of each other.

We also took the chance to ask the School Council and House Captains to have a look at the Child Friendly Antibullying Policies which had been put together just last year – this quickly ignited a lively conversation about online bullying and what to look out for. The group reminded all the children what they should do if we feel unhappy about anyone else’s behaviour – even if its not directed at them. We’ve run Play buddy training again this year and there is also a play buddy ‘friendship stop’ in the playground in case usual friends are unavailable. Staff reminded children that telling an adult is not the same as telling tales and that its always good to tell a member of staff before anyone feels unhappy…….. we always aim to resolve friendship issues but can’t tackle these unless we know about it so do please talk to us should anything become a concern.

Interestingly the campaign was proud to have

  • Released poll stats about how children feel about bullying and respect. We also found out about how they felt about adults bullying each other. These stats appeared across a range of media including BBC News, Sky News, Loose Women, BBC Newsround, The Daily Mirror, The Independent, The Sun and many radio stations.
  • CBeebies star Andy Day and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, supported Anti-Bullying Week 2018 and encouraged students to wear odd socks to school during the campaign to show their support and raise money for a good cause.

Investigating Victorians with the Infants at Eyam


To finish off our lovely Topic “My History”, we hosted a visit from the ladies at Bakewell Old House Museum, who brought Victorian clothes for us to dress up in, Victorian games to play and a range of strange artifacts for us to ponder over! This brilliant morning helped us to reflect on how life has changed for children since our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were little.

A chilly challenge


Mrs Gaywood managed to fit in a water polo session as part of our swimming programme this Autumn.

She borrowed all the right kit and so we were easily able to see who was in each team. The children learnt some skills such as throwing with one hand, treading water, looking ahead and communicating as well as how to score! It was certainly chilly but as you have to paddle hard the children remained warm. They we keen to have another session and have been invited to the water polo session at Abbey dale road club.

Did you know the balls were weighted and so are quite heavy to throw?


This was an afternoon of grit and determination! Thank you to Mrs Gaywood.


Life in a Victorian workhouse


Owls and Squirrels enjoyed a fabulous day at Quarry Bank Mill – learning all about life before iPADS and phones and even before washing machines and white boards when work really meant work and a hot potato was a luxury food!

‘My favourite part was seeing where the children lived – in the Apprentice house I could see what they ate.’

‘I found out that they had chamber pots under the beds and the boys had to clean them out with their left hand! The girls had to wash the dirty clothes!’

‘I was interesting to see the cotton making machinery at the mill- it was very noisy and I would not want to work there!’

‘My best part of the day was at the apprentice house we had to make our own beds – it was tricky because it had to be really neat!’

‘I liked how you had to write with only your right hand and I am left handed – it was really hard!’

‘My favourite part of the day was when we had to pump the water to make a model of the mill work.’

Soccer stars in the making?


Actually it was a really tough set of matches but our Y5/6 children showed their resolve to do their best and not be intimidated by the taller and bolder players.

Eyam did well in saving the goals and in particular the girls learnt how to look brave and use their arms! The children drew against some of the winning teams! Super running and honest play as well as some great shooting meant we left feeling proud.