Paws, Claws and Whiskers Topic

Thank you to all the parents who brought in a pet during our ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ topic.  Woodpecker class have learnt so much about lots of different pets, and the importance of keeping them happy and healthy.  We also enjoyed having the chance to stroke and pat many of the animals.

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………..


Balance bikes have no pedals and are designed to help children to learn to balance on their own and ride a bike without the need for stabilisers. The children had a great time and took part in an afternoon of fun games and activities.

‘RE Today’ publication Autumn 2017

All schools have a duty to promote British Values – See our British Values statement. We also want all our pupils to connect their work on British Values with their RE and with the values the school promotes. We used an activity from the book RE and British Values ( 2015, Birmingham: RE Today)  to explore what it means to be British. We were then invited to send photographs and information about the school to the editor of ‘RE Today’, Lat Blaylock and we are pleased to be able to share the article, published in the Autumn edition, here on our website.

‘RE Today’ – Stretton Handley CE (VC) Primary School RE and British Values

Guinness World Record Walk4WildLife Update

Thank you to everyone who took part or sponsored the children for the Guinness World Record Walk4Wildlife event. We were joined by children representing our cluster of schools and set off on the Woolley Moor Trail. At 2.15pm, the designated time, there  were 73 people walking. It will take a few weeks for the record for the ‘greatest number of  children across the country walking at one time’ to be verified by the Guinness Book of Records but soon all children who took part will be able to call themselves world record holders! We raised a fantastic £319.50 through sponsorship for our chosen wildlife charity the RSPB. Well done everyone and thank you again.

Information on Walk4Wildlife 2017

Climbing Wall Revamp

Our climbing wall mural has been looking rather tired for a while, so we asked Pete Barber, Graffitti Artist  to visit again to work with the children to design and paint a new mural. This activity was funded through our Awards For All Lottery grant. We’re sure you’ll agree it looks great.

climbing wall mural 2016
Girl with the Roses

You may have seen some of Peter Barber’s work in Chesterfield which includes the “Girl with the Roses” mural on the the bridge supports near the cafe in Queen’s Park. It is based on the story of a little girl who sneakily picked one of her father’s roses and was made to pose for a statue as punishment. The statue can be seen in the glass conservatory which is also in Queen’s Park.

African Dance and Art workshops 26th January

We have an exciting day planned on Tuesday 26th January. We are very pleased to have arranged a visit by ‘African Ark’ – African Dance and Art workshops for all the children in school, led by Bemma Akyeampong. A funding grant has been received by the company to reduce the costs.  Please see separate letter with details and permission slips. Look out the website for photographs!

RE Quality Mark GOLD achieved!

reambassadors2Stretton Handley CE Primary School has achieved the top GOLD award for the national RE Quality Mark. The REQM recognises high quality learning in religious education. There are only three schools in Derbyshire that have achieved REQM and of those we are the first school to achieve GOLD. This is fantastic news.

Thank you to all our children, especially the ambassadors who met with the assessor and spoke so passionately about our school. Thank you also Mrs Knight, our RE subject leader who has worked hard with staff and children and collated the evidence file.