Shrove Tuesday – pancakes

As part of the KS2 ‘Food, Glorious Food ‘ topic, children have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and eating delicious pancakes with a choice of topping. All the children in school had an opportunity to try a pancake.

Autumn disco – Pumpkin designs

Children had a great time at the Autumn disco. Here are some photos of the creative designs for the pumpkin competition. There were some amazing ideas including unicorns,a panda,an owl, beef burger, pirate ship and autumn scenes as well as some intricate carving. Well done to everyone who took part.

Fire safety Workshops 2nd October

Thank you to Chris from the Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service, who visited school on Tuesday 2 October to lead workshops with the whole school about Fire Safety.

Woodpeckers watched a demonstration video about fire safety at home and learnt lots of useful information about ‘out of sight, out of reach, out of harm’ and ‘freeze, drop and roll’ strategies.

Peregrines and Kingfishers learnt about the Fire Triangle, how quickly a fire can take hold and the importance of smoke alarms and having a family fire plan.

Zoolab Workshops

The children had a fantastic time at the Zoolab workshops on Tuesday 9th July. Woodpeckers learnt all about exotic pets and KS2 had a virtual journey through the layers of the rainforest. The children were able to handle and stroke many of the creatures, which included a giant snail, millipede, snake, daigu and gecko. Here are some photos of the visit

Kwik Cricket Tournament

The Kwik Cricket team did an incredible job finishing runners up in the whole tournament.  The team won their group winning all three matches, beating Ashover A by 91 runs, Deer Park B by 40 runs and Sharley Park by 23 runs.  In the semi-final they beat Holmgate A by 53 runs. They were just pipped to the post by Deer Park A  in the final losing our by 15 runs.  An excellent performance by all the team.

Roman catapults

As part of the KS2 ‘Rotten Romans’ topic, children developed their Enterprise skills by working in mixed age groups to design, make and evaluate Roman catapults. They went outside to test the catapults for distance, height and accuracy. Here are some photos.

Easter Celebration Day 11 April 2019

Children worked in family groups and rotated round a series of egg-citing Easter workshops, egg-sploring the Easter Story: designing an Easter garden; making unleavened bread; creating Easter crosses and Palm leaves and learning about Easter Week. They enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt outside, egg-xamining the school grounds very carefully to seek out their own mini-eggs and making sure they did not pass on secret information about where other eggs were hidden! In the afternoon children created their own Easter cards to take home. At the end of the day parents were invited into school to have a look round at the egg-cellent work.

Water-Polo Wednesday 10 April

An alternative sport proved to be very successful for our school as we came runners up in the Cluster School water Polo tournament at Queen’s Park Sport and Leisure Centre on Wednesday. The event was organised and run by Qualitas as part of our subscription funded through our Sport Premium allocation. We won four matches, drew and lost one match and gained 2nd place overall. Fantastic job by the Water Polo team – Well done!

Football match report vs Grassmoor

On a beautiful sunny spring afternoon (Wednesday 20th March), the Stretton Handley team travelled to Grassmoor for their first league match after the winter break.

Stretton started very well and within 4 minutes took the lead through a wonderful strike by LH as she swept the ball into the bottom corner. 1-0. However Stretton looked nervous in defence and gave away a corner which resulted in a cross hitting a defender and trickling into the net, 1-1. Stretton lost their concentration and again from a corner the Grassmoor attacker scored a good header which put them in the lead. Stretton equalised soon after with a long throw from LH which was flicked on by LR allowing MH to tap the ball into the net, 2-2. Just before half time GH and GT made a couple of good tackles but couldn’t stop a long range shot which flew past goalkeeper MH. Half time 3-2 Grassmoor.

After a team talk involving shooting more and being tighter in defense, Stretton scored in the first minute of the second half to equalise. A good tackle and pass by RJ left LR with the ball near the half way line. LR looked up and fired a rifle of a shot into the top corner. Nobody would have saved the strike! 3-3. Stretton grew in confidence and KH played a good ball to LH who managed to knock it forwards to MH who dribbled through and shot into the roof of the net, too powerful for the keepers out reached arm. Stretton were back in the lead, 4-3.

With 10 minutes to go a good piece of skill from the Grassmoor attacker saw him through on goal and he slotted it into the net to equalise and create a tense finish. 4-4. A tactical change saw LR move into defence to prevent Grassmoor from scoring anymore and it worked! Stretton piled on the pressure to try and score the winner but a counter attack from Grassmoor meant that the striker had what appeared to be a clear shot of goal. Up stepped LR with a diving block followed by Stretton goalkeeper MH to make a magnificent save with his legs to keep the score at 4-4.

With 1 minute left Stretton completed the comeback win. MH put pressure on a short goal kick by Grassmoor and managed to win the ball from the defender and then dribbled into the box and slotted the ball coolly into the bottom corner to complete his hat trick and the win for Stretton Handley 5-4.

What an end to end game with lots of good attacking on show by both teams. The Stretton team really played the game in good spirit with excellent support from the travelling parents. Player of the match, MH.

Next match is Thursday 28th March at home vs North Wingfield.

Rotten Romans -Partake History Workshop

KS2 ‘Rotten Romans’ – Partake History workshop

This term Peregrines and Kingfishers are taking part in an exciting topic ‘Rotten Romans’ – all about life in Britain in Roman times and the impact of the Roman invasions and settlement.

Children enjoyed an exciting day of workshops with Partake History on 25th February.

Children will be developing their team skills by learning to use their shields while under attack, in the ‘tortoise’ formation. They will become engineers by building an arch, try writing on wax tablets and then create a mosaic for the bath house. They will try their hand at a Roman game of chance and indulging their senses with some flavours of ‘The Empire’ with a Roman food-tasting session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Roman dress, armour and weaponry as two children are transformed into Portia, a Roman noble lady and her brother Marcellus, a Roman soldier. They will handle and investigate extraordinary artefacts and inventions, all with a link to health and hygiene.

Here are some photos taken on the day………..