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Week ending Friday October 6th!


Apologies that this my first blog! I have been so busy catching up on all the other elements to my new role that I have only just had chance!

This week has been another busy week at Shardlow. Our Junior Leadership Team started the week announcing in assembly that the school shop was once again open! The childrne have been busy banking and spending their tokens- some of whom had been saving since the summer term! 

On Tuesday we had a visit from Eddie the Erewash School Partnership Mascot who helped kick start our Eddie's Mile! An activity which we run at lunch times to encourage the children to walk a mile or more each day.

We were also joined by some visitors from the Willows Academy Trust board, who came to do a review of Teaching and Learning in our school.

We welcomed Andrea Pirnie this week, who is completing Teaching Assistant Level 2 training and will join us on a Wednesday and Thursday morning in Trent Class. Mrs Chambers has also kindly volunteered her time on Thursday afternoons to hear readers. 

Our Spirit Assembly didn't quite go to plan this week for one reason or another. We apologise for any issues and will review the systems and make changes where needed. 

The newsletter went out today (Friday). If you didn't get a copy you find them in the letters section of the parents tab! 

Week ending 9th June 2017

This week has seen the start of our key stage 2 end of year performance rehearsals. The children have already started learning their lines and Mrs Nicky is once again orchestrating the fine details. Thank you to Lizzie Lough who has once again volunteered to choreograph the dances. We look forward to seeing the results.


The teachers this week have been busy with Miss Ward, Mr Dale and Mrs Power all completing moderation with the other Academy schools and a whole staff training on active maths delivered by Miss Ward-Pictures are up on Twitter.


Today Miss Ward's class are out on their farm visit and have been very lucky with the weather! We can see on Twitter that they have had a great time.


The Children and Learning Governor committee met on Wednesday to discuss aspects of the children's education including target setting, the school development plan and curriculum and assessment.


We have had a lot of illnesses this week already with chicken pox and ear infections doing the rounds. However we also seem to be having a surge in children off on unauthorised holidays. These absences impact on the children's learning-it is not always possible for them to revisit something they miss which then impacts on their progress scores. The level of absences also impacts on the school's attendance levels overall -something which is monitored closely by OFSTED. The school will continue to authorise absences only inline with current guidelines and penalty notices will be issued in accordance with this where appropriate.


Next week

Tuesday at 5.00 is the new starter evening-this is for parents only.

Quadkids and athletics year 5 and 6 on Wednesday.

INSET days 2017-18

The INSET days have now been set for the coming academic year.

Monday September 4th

Monday 30th October

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January

Friday 25th May


Week ending 19th May


This week at Shardlow: all the staff received fire safety training and Mrs Houseman and Miss Tabor went on a safer recruitment course. Miss Smith and Miss Wilkinson met with Teaching assistants from our Academy schools to share good practice and strategic Governors met to begin discussions for next year. So all in all another busy and productive week for staff.



All of the children this week with the exception of year 6 have been sitting some of their tests which will inform our assessment decisions. They have worked hard and shown super resilience. The year 6s were supposed to be helping me get the field ready for open gardens but we appear to have picked the wettest week of the year so far; we hope to get on with this next week!

As a school we feel it is important to participate in these community events and The open gardens on the 18th June gives us an opportunity to showcase one aspect of the school's life. For those of you unfamiliar with this event  there are several gardens open across the village of Shardlow with refreshment stops. Weather permitting it is a lovely afternoon out meeting up with our village community and getting a peek in to some of the lovely gardens in our village.


Also rained off was the cyclo cross event which we hope will be rearranged.


As you are aware I am leaving to become the Head teacher at Dovedale Primary school. This is the largest of our Academy schools with over 400 children so will be quite a change from Shardlow! I will however continue to work with Miss Tabor in her acting Head role as part of the Academy and with a vested interest in the continuing success of Shardlow. I have every confidence; as do the Governors, in Miss Tabor's abilities to continue the good work at Shardlow.


Next week

Our Year 5 and 6 children go on their residential to Beaumanor on Monday and our year 3 and 4 children go on Wednesday. We are very lucky to have such dedicated staff who are happy to give up their own time to ensure that these events can take place. On Wednesday at 2.30 year 5 and 6 parents can come to see the return assembly. On Friday at 2.30 this will take place for the year 3 and 4 children.


Mrs Powers class assembly will be at 9.30 on Friday morning.

Week ending12th May 2017


Well it's been a very busy couple of weeks here at school!


This week the year 6s carried out the standard assessment tests-something which can be very daunting. They did an excellent job; trying their best and supporting each other-well done to all the children and Mr Dale, Mrs Gillard and Mrs Marshall for supporting them through it all.


Next week the rest of the children have assessment week including the year 2 standard tests. It's very important that the children come to school ready for these tests as although we do keep it as stress free and informal as possible these results will inform their reports-so early nights all round!


We have asked children not to bring fidget spinners in to school as they are causing a distraction, thanks for your support with this.


Over the coming weeks JLT will be doing a parking audit as some people are not showing consideration when dropping off and picking up. We request that you do not park on corners obstructing children crossing the road or over dropped kerbs-restricting access for our neighbours and emergency vehicles. We appreciate it is very busy but do not want an accident as a result of poor parking by one of our parents-there have been some very near misses in the recent weeks.


A letter is coming out today about a Key stage 2 sponsored sleepover. The JLT have been asking for this relentlessly and enthusiastically and the staff have agreed to supervise it. Each child will be required to raise a minimum of £10.00 to participate. The date for this is 23rd June. Further details are on the letter.




Week ending 7th April 2017

Happy Easter holidays!


Well the Spring term has come and gone and ended on a high with 2 first places in the swimming gala and the girl's cricket. Well done to staff and pupils alike who have worked hard for these results.


As part of our commitment to providing excellent classroom practice this week the staff have received computing training from Mr Dale and Maths Mastery training with our Academy partners: Sawley Juniors, Sawley infants and Dovedale Primary. This was an excellent day organised by  Miss Tabor through the George Spencer Trust so a huge thank you to her for the time and effort she has taken in providing this event.


Yesterday  saw the presentation of a cheque from the Rotary club for new kitchen equipment. Something which was very much needed and Derwent class will have the chance to christen this equipment after the holidays as they start their cooking lessons on Wednesday afternoons. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to see photos and updates for these and other events.


The Governor newsletter is now on the Governor's page on this website.


We wish you all a wonderful break and hope the sunny weather continues.


We return to school on Monday 24th.


On Friday 28th all of our Governors are in school for a learning walk.

Week ending 17th March

A super week here in school with lots of activities for children and adults alike!

On Monday evening the Governors attended data training to help us unpick the fine details of the schools data, both the data from the end of year and the ongoing assessments throughout the year. A big thank you to Miss Tabor who came along to discuss the current school data.

Erewsh had a great time with premier sport practicing their fencing moves and will be part of a competition in April to put in to practice all they learnt.

Mrs Anderson, our Chair of Governors came to school Tuesday afternoon to do her health and safety and safeguarding checks. The fire drill was carried out with all children behaving brilliantly. A special well done to Morgan in Trent class for getting through it!

Staff training was on our maths calculation policy.

Ockbrook class all went to the Tag Rugby on Thursday afternoon and the Friends of Shardlow meeting was held after school on Friday. Don't forget if you want to help out at Friends either with events, baking or ideas contact Katherine Lightbown or ask in school. Everybody is welcome!

Also after school on Friday was the netball final. Mrs Nicky has been practicing hard with the children all week and they were ready and optimistic about their chances.

Next Week

Mrs Anderson in on Monday afternoon to do Governor paper work.

Tuesday Mr Dale and Miss Tabor are out on Maths Mastery training at George Spencer.

Friday is Red nose day. Children can dress creatively for a £1 donation. The Junior leadership team will also be doing a cake sale at playtime and after school so donations of cakes would be greatly appreciated. These will be 30p each.

Week ending 10th March 2017

The children are to be congratulated for their hard work again this week with super progress being evident across the classes.

This week, the teaching assistants from our Academy schools all got together to do physical literacy training under the guidance of Rhian Lilley. Physical Literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that enable a child to better read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of activity situations. This intervention will be used throughout the schools. Well done to all the TAs who fully engaged with this very 'hands on ' training!


Thursday was Parent's afternoon which was well attended and very positive.


A special well done to Ockbrook class who have made the allotment ' plant ready' and to Jamie L and Lucia from Derwent class who excelled at sketching on our trip to the Church.


Next week

Governors are receiving data analysis training on Monday evening to help them further support the school.

Premier sports are delivering a fencing session to years 3 and 4 on Wednesday morning.

Dental checks for 5 year olds on Thursday and Ockbrook are receiving Tag rugby training.

On Friday the 'Friends of Shardlow' are holding their meeting in school at 3.30.

Week ending 3rd March 2017

This week we have celebrated Book week, St David's day, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday!


Well done to our Netball team who performed brilliantly this week at the small school county final-great sportsmanship as always.


Both Trent class and Ockbrook class made pancakes this week-which were happily tested by the staff.


Today is Dress as a character day and the children look amazing-thank you for all you effort with this. Photos will be on twitter throughout today.


Miss Spiker and Miss Sponge                       Derwent Class




Today your children will bring home their interim reports and a letter to book a parent's evening slot-which is next Thursday.


Week Ending 24th February 2017


Well that was an interesting week!


Firstly thank you for your assistance and patience yesterday with our roofing issues. The weather did it's best to disrupt but the staff-led by Miss Tabor successfully completed operation Storm Doris!


The roof will be fixed over the weekend.


A full Governing body meeting was held on Wednesday and we welcomed Rhian Lilley onto the board. A great asset to our team.


Ockbrook started their gardening and cooking lessons with great fervour getting started on the allotment patches which had become over grown.Before! As you can see from these before and after shots they did a fantastic job and enjoyed it as well!





A big thank you to staff this week for all their hard work-its been a busy start back!


Next week.

Thursday Basket ball team to County finals

Friday Reports to be sent home

Friday is dress as a book character day

Mrs Houseman's update

Week ending 9th February

Incredible to believe that we have just finished the first half term of the spring-it's flown by!

This week the children have worked hard on their interim tests, the results of which will be shared with you on their interim reports next half term.

The topics for next term have been outlined on the newsletter and the class pages will be updated over half term so you can see the other focus for each class. The dress up day for World book day on the 3rd of March will relate to the class texts.

Some ideas for each class:

Trent: fox, snake, cat, snail, gruffalo, mouse, dog, bird or witch.

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Derwent: Astronaut, alien, penguin, rocket, star, a crayon, a moose a bear.

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Erewash: Willy Wonka, oompa loompa, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda, The Twits, a fox, a farmer, a spider, a worm, a ladybirdImage result for roald dahl books

Ockbrook: Soldier, dog, a lion, a fox, Robin Hood, a gnome or any animal from Mudpuddle farm.

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Tuesday was internet safety day and the children received an assembly by Mr Dale (With Jessica W stepping in as his voice as he had lost it!) followed by various activities to raise their online safety awareness.

Tomorrow (Friday) school is closed to children and will reopen on Monday 20th February

Week ending 3rd February

It has been another busy week in Shardlow with all classes working hard getting ready for assessment week next week.

In assessment week the children in Derwent, Erewash and Ockbrook will sit some 'formal' tests which will help inform our teacher assessments. These will be reported to you on their interim reports with the targets they need to cover to progress. The reports can be discussed at the parent's evening on Thursday 9th. Letters for appointments for this will come out after half term with the reports. Please remember if you can't make the allocated time or day your child's class teacher will be happy to arrange a mutually convenient time.


Erewash class made Hummous and pitta breads in cooking this week and even tried some olives!

Darcy bought in some amazing Olive and feta focaccia bread.


Next Week

Next week is a very busy week :

Monday Dodgeball squad after school

Tuesday is safer internet day and Mrs Wilkinson is taking the Gymnastic squad out in the afternoon.

Wednesday Mrs power, Mr Dale and Miss Ward are out on moderation meetings during the day at various times to help us ensure our teacher assessments are accurate. This is something we do regularly with the other academy schools to ensure best practice.

Thursday is the school Disco -6.00 till 7.30

Friday is an INSET day and children are not in school

  • Week ending 20th January 2017

A busy week in school this week, particularly for the staff who were visited by the Academy Head teachers for a learning review! Well done everyone it was a tiring but positive experience.


At sports hall athletics the children were commended by another Head teacher for their outstanding behaviour, a credit as always to our school.


Well done to Jack, Anneliese and Thomas for getting a Head teacher award for working as a team to produce a leaflet about the range of religions in Shardlow.


Also a big well done to Lewis F, Matthew S, Harriet, Zachary S ,Edie, Arrabella, Isla and Ella S for being nominated for the Spirit assembly this week.

The Shardlow 'spirits' form part of our school vision and are an important part of our day to day life at Shardlow Primary school. These 'spirits' are the aptitudes and attitudes we want the children to develop and take with them into their future lives. They are: Independence, confidence, open-mindedness, respect and responsibly and motivation. We believe by developing these skills the children will be better equipped for the future world.


Can I remind all parents to visit our on line safety advice documents, visit the CEOP website and carefully monitor their children's online activities. A useful site for getting to grips with some of the apps they may access is https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ .

This week we have been advised that some upsetting images have been available for children to view and although their has been no indication that any of our children have witnessed this we are mindful that the digital world, which brings so many advantages, also gives children access to many things which they are not yet able to process properly. If any parent requires further support with online safety please do not hesitate to contact us.


Next week

Wednesday is Film night. For our new parents this evening is a chance for your children to stay at school for tea with their friends and watch a film. They can bring a change of clothes if they want-onesies are popular! They can bring a small amount of money to buy popcorn, crisps or sweets. Drinks will be provided.

Children are to be collected from their usual rooms at 6.30. On this night I will be available from 5.45 (after serving food!) to have a coffee and a chat with any parents who would like to come along to Mrs Power's room.

Week ending 13th January 2017

Well a soggy end to the week today with the snow very quickly disappearing!


Lots of tummy aches around-if your child is physically sick please leave 48 hours between last sick bout and their return to school to help us eliminate contagion.


Our Assembly theme this week has been on Individual Liberty and the children have listened and responded well to the ideas regarding their own freedoms and those of other people.

We also discussed how having freedom does not mean we can do anything is it affects the rights of others.


Our Spirit Stars this week are: Bella, Ben M,Tom L, Harry M, Kian G and Charlie. Well done for demonstrating the Shardlow Spirits!


Next Week

Sports hall Athletics for some year 5 and 6 children on Tuesday afternoon. Letters must be returned.


Week ending 6th January 2017

Welcome back and Happy new year!


The children's class pages have been updated to reflect their topic and homework so please refer to these if you have any queries.


Thank you to all those parents who completed the questionnaire which is now closed. This was very useful and there were some very useful and positive comments which we will be addressing over the next few weeks. The main concern was around homework. To address this we have given all key stage 2 children an IXL log in which they will use to complete maths and grammar homework. Their topic homework is optional. A separate letter has been sent regarding this change.

please make sure you read the homework sheet sent with the children's homework book.

Trent and Erewash class are only required to do up to 6 pieces of homework over the half term-there is a choice.

All children who complete 6 pieces will be given a certificate at the end of each half term.

Children who choose to complete more will be rewarded separately but this is not the requirement.

I will report on percentages for all questions for the questionnaire once analysed with further feedback for areas which need addressing.


Some of you will already be aware that Mrs Berry was taken ill over Christmas and had an operation but she is now recovering and we all wish her well. Miss Tabor will cover Erewash class in the meantime.


Next week

There is an assessment meeting for parents of children in years 1,2 and 6 on Wednesday at 4.00. A letter has been sent with regard to this.

The first swimming session starts on Thursday 12th for years 3,4,5 and some year 6 children.




Week Ending 16th December

Another fantastic week here at Shardlow Primary School! The children have behaved impeccably throughout a very busy week and have continued to show Respect and responsibility; helping each other and the teachers!

On Monday the choir was ultra busy attending the Castle Donnington Volunteer centre lunch and The Royal British Legion in the evening. A huge Thank you to the parents for bringing them at this busy time of year.

Tuesday was Panto day (oh yes it was!). A great trip with lots of fun had by children and teachers followed by party afternoon.

The Nativity on Thursday and Friday was an absolute treat. All the children were little stars and a delight to watch. Some got a bit tired towards the end and a big thank you to Zachary S and Rowan for carrying on when they were poorly.

Next week we finish on the Tuesday with the Carol service at the church at 1.30. You will be able to take your children after we finish or pick up as usual from school.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 4th January and wish you a fantastic Christmas and New year!

Week ending 9th December

This week saw the start of Christmas across the school! Christmas dinner day was very festive with 90 children taking dinner with all the children adorned in something Christmassy.

The Nativity rehearsals have begun with the help of Mrs Loughe and seem to be going really well.

We have had more new starters for September 2017 looking around the school and many have commented on the excellent behaviour and attitudes of the children; so well done there.

The coffee afternoon was attended by only 3 parents however it was very productive and they gave some excellent suggestions as to ways forward with various issues. Watch this space for homework adjustments! Thank you to Mrs Lilley, Mrs Croft and Miss Lewis for their time and enthusiasm.

We also went through the parent questionnaire which is now up on the website under the parents section. It takes about 2 minutes to complete and we would love your responses. The information will be collected, analysed and acted upon.

Next week

Monday the Choir are off to lunch and perform at the Castle Donnington volunteer centre,

and some have also agreed to come in the evening to The Royal British legion service to perform at 7.15.

Tuesday is Panto and Party day. Children need to be in uniform for this.

The Church Nativity is on in the evening. This is not the school's performance but several of our children are taking part along with a donkey so do go along if you can!

Wednesday Miss Ward's class are on a trip to Bluebell farm to visit Mrs Santa.

Thursday the year R,1,2 Nativity in school at 2.00

Friday The nativity at 9.30


Week ending 2nd December

A great week here at Shardlow Primary school.

The key stage one children have started rehearsing their Christmas nativity which will I'm sure prove to be a big hit. Don't forget to send in your request for seats.

On Thursday the Junior Leadership team visited Parliament. In spite of travelling to London just before Christmas and during rush hours we got there quickly and safely, saw Santa and 10 Downing street and had a full tour of The Houses of Parliament. A very informative and fun trip-the children's behaviour was impeccable. Definitely something we will do again.

Friday was the Christmas Cracker. We had a great turn out and the atmosphere was very festive. Thank you to the amazing friends of Shardlow for organising another great event.


Next week


Monday flu inoculations for years 1,2,3. These are done as a spray not an injection.

Basket ball team after school. Letters to those involved sent.

Tuesday-Christmas dinner day. The children can wear something festive, a jumper, tinsel, or head band or anything Christmassy.


New starters visits at 2.00 and Coffee afternoon/parent's forum at 2.30. We hope to see you in Derwent class for a coffee, mince pie and a chat. I'm hoping to trial the online parent questionnaire.



Week ending 25th November

The training day on Monday for staff was very productive with areas covered including strategies for teaching children with dyslexic tendencies and evaluating our marking and assessment procedures.
The dress down day on Tuesday was a success with the Christmas Cracker supplies well stocked up. Don't forget to join us for this event on the 2nd at 6.30- There will be a visit from Santa!
On Wednesday the Anti Bullying Ambassadors: Jess W, Matthew H. Ruby and Isaac gave an excellent presentation to the Full Governing body meeting. Well done!
The Newsletter has gone out today -if you can't find your paper copy there's a copy under parents-letters here on the website.
Next week
The Junior Leadership team are going on a visit to the Houses of Parliament next Thursday. We are being accompanied by the teams from Sawley Juniors and Dovedale-2 of our Academy schools. The trip involves a tour and workshop and promises to be an interesting and informative day.
On Friday it's the Christmas Cracker-Shardlow's Christmas fair. At this event there will be games and stalls including the very popular bottle bola and Santa's grotto. We look forward to seeing you there.





Week ending 18th November

Week ending 11th November 2011

This week has been a busy week culminating in a lovely Remembrance service. The Remembrance service was very well attended and was shared with representatives from the Aston and Weston Royal British Legion and Captain Gillard who read the Exhortation, followed by Robert's granddad John playing the Last Post and Reverie. The 2 minutes silence was adhered to and the children's behaviour was impeccable. In a week of political wrangling this service was a lovely reminder that our children have a good sense of responsibility for the world around them and are capable of showing respect and reverence.


Next week

Next week sees the start of National Anti bullying week and we will start in school with an assembly by our anti bullying ambassadors: Jess R, Jess W, Ruby, Matthew H and Isaac.

Wednesday is parent's afternoon from 2.00-6.00. please make sure you have sent in your slip for your allocated time.

Friday is Children in Need day. The children can come in clothes related to the Children in Need theme or spotty items or just non uniform, for this they will need to make a donation of £1.00.

We are also requesting cake donations which the Junior leadership team will sell on the playground for 30p.


Monday 21st is an INSET day. Staff are in school receiving training but children are not in on this day.

Tuesday 22nd is the annual dress down day for the Christmas cracker. Letters of class donations should have been received. Any queries please ring the office.

Week beginning 31st October

Welcome back after half term. I hope you all had a lovely week and are ready to start the winter term.


This week

  • Zumba replaces athletics on Mondays for those children who have signed up for what will be a fun and active session.

  • Year 5 and 6 are at the Arboretum tomorrow and should be back in school at the usual time.

  • Year 3 and 4 Futsall after school on Wednesday.

  • Swimming starts this week.


Next week

  • New Intake visit Monday at 2.30. If your child is due to start in September 2017 please let us know so we can keep you up to date with visits etc. If you’re aware of others who may wish to apply let them know also.
  • Tuesday 8th is the PTA (Friends of Shardlow) meeting at the Navigation at 7.30
  • Thursday 10thth –New intake afternoon. At 1.30



On Friday 11th we will hold our Remembrance service from 10.30. This is open to grandparents, elderly friends or elderly relatives. We request no children i.e. siblings/cousins etc. are bought to this event. We will serve refreshments afterwards.

Poppies are on sale in school from tomorrow for a donation.


Children in Need Friday 18th November

We shall be celebrating Children in need with a dress down day. Children can choose to wear non school uniform or spotty items for a £1.00 donation. We will also be selling festival style wristbands for £1.00 and the Junior leadership team will be having a cake sale at playtime. Cakes cost from 30p.

Week ending 15th July 2016


Quite a mammoth couple of weeks here at Shardlow! So there's quite a lot of thank yous in this update!


Key stage 2 test results were in! The children performed above the national targets in all the tests and the writing. A very good outcome after a year of change and uncertainty regarding the test and curriculum formats. Well done year 6s and Mr Dale, Mrs Gillard and Miss Wilkinson.


It was Science week from the 4th to the 8th with 3 whole school events-Mad science, change for life and Robotics. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves-with Livvy exclaiming it was the 'Best day ever' on Robotics day! A budding programmer perhaps? We are committed to our STEM curriculum and Mrs Berry is already planning more activities for the autumn term.


This week has been a busy one also. Our Gifted and talented sports representatives were at an event at Derby university on Monday and the 'This girl can' event for key stage 2 girls was on Tuesday.


Wednesday saw the treat day for our children monitors. A dinner at the dog and Duck and a pizza and film night. A well earned reward for the children who act as role models throughout the school and help us to ensure that everything runs smoothly.


New ambassadors are in the making currently with children being asked to volunteer their services for September. Children need to have a proven record of demonstrating the Shardlow skills as these are our role models. Some children may be asked to do a written application. The Junior Leadership team have already been democratically elected.


Last night saw some of the children rewarded for their efforts at the Erewash sports awards. The Table tennis team, Sports Ambassadors and Regan who won the Erewash boy for outstanding contributution were all recognised with an award. The school was also invited to sing its Erewash entry to open the event. Those children who attended did an amazing job-singing enthusiastically and with a smile on their faces-well done and thank you to them and to Mrs Power who helped write the song along with the children and Mr Power, and worked to get the children performance ready.


Today is our Sports day and we appear to be lucky with the weather so far! A huge thank you to Mrs Gillard who has been organising all the staff and children as well as covering all teachers for their planning time-a real star!


Katherine Lightbown and the team have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for the Summer fair which looks to be a busy and exciting event.


Next week

Monday- the School Improvement Advisor will be in to do the Quality Development Dialogue-looking at the data and reviewing in class work. Keeping us on our toes!

Tuesday Miss Ward's class are out at the Victoria park leisure centre-adults for this trip are-Miss Ward, Mrs Nicky, Miss Wilkinson, Miss Smith, Miss Tabor 2, Mr Gillard and Mr Wilson.

Thursday is non school uniform day and cake sale for Abbey Kilford's ( a past pupil) National citizenship award. £1.00 for non school uniform and a donation for cakes at playtime.

Friday is the children's last day. Our leaver's assembly will be on Friday at 1.30 at the Church. Children may be taken home from this event or will be bought back to school to be collected as usual.

Mr Dale and Liam the Guitar teacher.

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The children were treated to a guitar recital this week and I thought you might like to see it.

Week Ending 1st July

An incredible week here at school with many changes and highlights!


Tuesday saw the key stage 2 production which was truly amazing! A very polished performance from such a confident group. The singing was incredible and the acting spot on. We are very proud.


Wednesday was the first of a 3 day visits to The long Eaton school for the year 6s with a trip to The Environmental fun day. They visited the observatory and did junk modelling- agreat time was had by all including Mrs Smith and Mrs Nicky.


Thursday was change over day with our new reception children joining us for their first Shardlow lunch. It all went very smoothly and the rest of the school showed they are ready for their new year groups.


Friday year 6 on Transition again and the years 1 to 3 out at Mini games in the afternoon.


In the midst of all this the teachers have been finalising their teacher assessments which were submitted to the DFE and County council on Thursday. We eagerly (if somewhat nervously) await the delivery of the Year 6 test results next week. It’s been an interesting time with the new tests and curriculum so we hope the results reflect all the hard work from staff and pupils.


Reports have been sent home today with slips for appointments for parents evenings. These reports summarise your child’s attainment for the year. If you have discussion points please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher. For all classes except Mr Dale’s class this is next Thursday. Mr Dale’s class is the following Tuesday-this was done so we could be sure the test results for the year 6s were back beforehand.


Today in Assembly we talked about the Battle of Somme and linked this to British values and the Shardlow Spirits of Respect. We feel it very important in the present climate to remind our children of our responsibilities to each other as citizens and that racism and prejudice of any form are not acceptable.


Next week.

Next week is science week and we have 2 workshops in school-Mad science on Monday and Robotics on Wednesday.


Mr Blair in his role as Governor is visiting the school for the day on Monday.


We are very pleased to be attending the County sports finals on Tuesday and the 5/6 handball team are at Kirk Hallam after school on Thursday.


Wednesday is the Leavers disco-6.00 – 7.30 key stage 2 only.


Thursday is parent’s afternoon.


Thursday evening is the parent’s evening for the year 6 parents at the Long Eaton school.



Week ending 17th June

A rather damp week here at Shardlow which unfortunately led to several of our sporting activities being cancelled externally.

However as you would have seen from the school newsletter there are lots of upcoming dates for a variety of activities. Don't forget to synch your phone to the school calendar for timely updates.


The Friends meeting was well attended and plans for the summer fair are coming together. Any offers of help for this I'm sure would be well received.


The Finance Governors meeting was held on Wednesday where we welcomed Mrs Durie as a new Parent Governor. This committee went through next years budget setting process as well as other items relating to finance, buildings and staffing.


Mrs Powers Class assembly was amazing-the children performed confidently, displaying their knowledge and personalities! Well done to Mrs Power and Mrs Nicky for arranging and organising.


Next week

Monday- Year 5 and 6 Cyclo cross at Kirk Hallam in the afternoon.

Ockbrook at Quad Kids Wednesday morning

Full Governors meeting at 5.00 Wednesday

New starter afternoon Thursday at 1.00

Friday - Derwent's trip to Hardwick Hall-Mr Page and Mrs Groombridge will be accompanying this trip.

Week ending 10th June 2016

Well the week ended with a different type of excitement to that which we were expecting. After cancelling the BBQ we fretted that we had done the right thing until the torrential downpour! A flooded playground and a few buckets indoors added to the excitement.


The first week back after the half term has been very busy. Monday started with Bikeability for year 5, Maypole dancing for Trent and Derwent and a visit to the church for Erewash.


Tuesday saw the year 6s going to George's chippy for a treat and then off to the Long Eaton school for some science.


On Thursday we welcomed our new reception children who were all very confident and well behaved. We look forward to seeing them again next week.


Friday was unfortunately a wash out!


A special thank you to Mrs Lowe who did an amazing job on the shed on the field. She sanded it down, painted and even tidied inside.


This was our first memory stone bought in by Cody. Others have quickly followed and are making a lovely addition to our garden.









Next Week

The Friends of Shardlow are meeting at the Navigation at 7.30 on Tuesday. All welcome.

Thursday- Derwent class assembly and lunch and New starters 2nd visit

Friday-Girl's Kwik cricket.
















Week ending 27th May 2016


The first thing I need to report is that Arrabella and Zachary S can now ride a bike without stabilizers thanks to your bike donations!

If you have any bikes of any size up to teen they would be gratefully received , they are in high demand!


The year 6s met with Miss Turner as part of their Long Eaton transition. They will have several more meetings before the end of term.


Can I remind parents not to let their children and younger siblings on the play equipment before and after school. This is for Health and safety reasons. Thank you


I have asked the children to come up with a name for our new garden space ( The winner will be announced on Friday) and also to paint a pebble in memory of a loved one if they wish. These will go around the stone circle.


After half term.

The whole school topic is the Olympics.

Erewash class are visiting the Church on Monday afternoon as part of their RE topic. Year 5 have Bikeability in school and Trent and Derwent will be practising May pole dancing for Friday.

On Tuesday the year 6s are going to George's chippy for lunch and then to The Long Eaton school for a science lesson. They will be back at the usual time.

On Thursday our new starters have their first in school session. Miss Ward's current children will join the year 1s with Mrs Power for an hour in the afternoon.

On Friday we have our picnic/ BBQ to celebrate the Queen's birthday and open our garden. This will be from 3.30-a letter has been sent out today.

Week ending 20th May 2016

A busy and fruitful week here at Shardlow Primary School.

On Tuesday we were visited by Rolls Royce in Year 5 and 6 who delivered an excellent session on fitness and science supported by 2 members of Derby County football club. This is part of our STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) organised by Mrs Berry. The children had a fantastic time and the team commented on the brilliant attitudes and behaviour of the children.


The New starter’s parent’s evening was very well attended. All were very positive and we look forward to welcoming our 14 new children on their taster days and in September. Thank you to Miss Ward for organising the information and populating the New starter page on the website.


The parent forum was not however well attended with no parents showing-I can only assume that this means there are no burning issues to discuss. The staff are happy because we get to keep the biscuits in the staffroom! If any parents wish to come in for a chat please call the office to arrange a time.


The gardening club worked hard in a race against the rain to plant flowers around the poly tunnel on Thursday–getting the field ready for our Summer BBQ/picnic on the 10th of June. Don’t forget to put this in your diaries it should be a lovely get together event. The Friends of Shardlow will provide drinks and cakes and a BBQ but you are welcome to bring a picnic, chairs or blanket to bask in the summer sunshine!


Special mentions to Esmee and Saskia who have been helping support the younger children enjoying the bikes supplied by Ruby McBeth Stevenson. A huge thanks to the McBeth Stevenson family for getting them ready and delivering them to school. They are being well used.


Trent class assembly was outstanding. The children had been nervous, as had Miss Ward, but it was a huge success. A lovely finale to a busy week.


Other Business

The year 2s have completed their assessment tests and coped very well. Well done Mrs Power!

The Board of Directors from Willows Academy Trust met on Monday evening to look at the Academy budgets and wider development opportunities. All very positive.

The Teachers have all undergone lesson observations this week as part of the ongoing commitment to excellence, something they really look forward to. Well done everyone.

Mrs Houseman attended a Diversity conference (not the group!)

Next week

Next week is assessment week for year 1,3,4, and 5.

On Thursday the young ambassadors have training at Wilsthorpe school 4.00 till 5.30

Miss Ward is on first aid training on Monday and Tuesday-Trent will be covered by Mrs Gillard as HLTA.

Week ending 13th May.


A busy week here in school.


The year 6s completed their standard assessment tests. They all worked really hard and although it's only a fraction of what they can do it's nice for them to get to show off what they've learnt. We are happy it's over though!


Next week the year 2s will be sitting their SATs. We know they will be fine.


Miss Ward's trip to the Aquarium with Trent class was a great success and they gained hands on experience to support their topic.


The staff have been planning next term's whole school Olympic topic, The road to Rio, guided by Miss Tabor and Mrs Gillard. Lots of interesting activities are planned so keep an eye on the diary updates.


School photos have come out this week-please get them back in as soon as possible.


Next week

Year 2 SATs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

New starter evening at 5.00-Adults only

Rolls Royce are in doing a workshop with Ockbrook class on Tuesday 17th.

Wednesday 18th Miss Turner from the Long Eaton school is coming in to talk to the year 6s.

Thursday 19th The parent forum/coffee afternoon in Trent class from 2.30-come along!

Friday 20th is the Rugby festival and Trent class assembly.




Week Ending 6th May 2016


A lovely week again with the children working really hard and having fun in the sudden summer weather. There have been several external activities again with the children having the opportunity to broaden their experiences out of the classroom.


The year 3 and 4 tennis team did a brilliant job at The Long Eaton school even though it wasn't tennis weather!-Well done to Mikey, Carys, Jay and Darcy.


Well done also to the key stage 1 gymnasts - who did a brilliant job at the Erewash competition on Wednesday. Also the choir who performed at St Edwards hall-a very well received concert.


Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to see photographs and updates on all these events.


We are still looking for people to help out with readers or times tables. We would also welcome anyone who would just like to read a story to a group. If you have any time to spare please come in and see us.



Jason, Sean and Thomas excelling at cheese scone making. Jason, Sean and Thomas excelling at cheese scone making.











Next week

Sats week for year 6s. They can come into school from 8.00.

Miss Wards class are off to the Aquarium on Tuesday.

Friends of Shardlow meeting at the Navigation on Tuesday at 7.00.



Week ending 29th April

Well it's been a back to winter week!


The Hope Theatre peformance for year 5 and 6 was a great success with the drama company commenting on the great behaviour and engagement of the children.


The Dance festival was another success-great to have the suport of Jake L's grandparent's there! The children's performance was a success and their attitudes exemplary well done to Mrs Wilkinson, Jake L, Jess W, Jess R, Lola, Thomas B, Alec, Ella, Ellie, Carys, Evie, Jake W, Shannon, Becky and Saskia.


This week we were visited by the School improvement advisor who came to do learning walks and go through the children's books. Quite a scary experience for the teachers but not for the children who she commented were confident and articulate.

Lexie BW even said she could come back-thanks Lexie!


Thursday saw the start of swimming for the year 2,3,4,5. This is a first for Shardlow but was very successful and exciting and coincided with The Big School Swim celebrating 125 years of school swimming!

The children were assessed this week and will be allocated to groups next week.


You may have noticed Miss Tabor 2 in school this week (for those of you unfamiliar with Miss Tabor 2 she is a past teaching assistant). She has kindly been coming into school to help out on her days off as we are covering the office in Mrs Laight's absence.


Today all the staff are at INSET at Sawley Junior School - This morning we have been doing Talk for Writing training.


Next week

Tuesday is group photo day. Year 3 and 4 tennis after school and the choir is out at St. Edwards' hall in the afternoon. Mrs Lowe is accompanying this trip.


KS1 Gymnastics in the afternoon and we are having our Broadband updated!

There will be a spirit award assembly on Friday at 2.50-parent's are invited by text.


We hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend

Week ending Friday 22nd April

An interesting week in education where our year 2s sat their spelling and grammar tests which were promptly withdrawn because of an error by the Department for Education. The children guided by Mrs Power had worked hard as part of their ongoing literacy lessons and we will use these results to inform the teacher assessments. The testing process in school and the compulsory tests are a very small part of what we do and we continue to ensure the children have a rounded education which is driven by our desire for all children to achieve to the best of their abilities in all areas. The social and emotional development of our children is, we believe of equal importance as strength in these areas will allow them to learn and thrive in their future world. We are not therefore driven by the tests but we will ensure they continue to do well in them.


We have continued on our topic of Democracy in assembly with several children putting forward clear and well structured presentations as to why they should be in the Junior Leadership team. Secret voting will be held next week.


This week we heard from Daisy S in her new school. Both Daisy and Ruby are doing well and making new friends. We like hearing how they are getting on.


The gardening club started with amazing effect-clearing out the front garden enthusiastically. A happy team!


James B wowed us with his welding skills, creating an iron invention for his Iron man homework.


Next week

Year 5 and 6 begin health education with the Hope theatre production company.

The dance festival is on Tuesday.

Thursday is the 1st day of swimming.

Friday is an INSET day. Children return to school after the bank holiday on Tuesday 3rd which is group photos day.


Carys, Darcy and Phoebe weeding out the weeds.












James with his scrap metal invention.

Friday 15th April 2016


What a busy first week back!

Lovely to see the children back in school ready for the long and busy summer term.


Our assembly theme this week has been Democracy and it will continue into next week. The children have been finding out about how it works in our school and on a national level. So far they've voted for yellow 'bibs' and not to hold a cake sale! Next week we will hold our Junior Leadership Elections ready for September.


This week we have welcomed Mrs Fox a parent helper and Daniel Gillard and Lauren Tolliver into school- these are both students who you will see around over the coming weeks. Mrs Howley is also joining us on Monday afternoons from next week as a parent helper. Mrs Lightbown and Mrs Groombridge will continue with number partners on Thursday afternoon.
Keep those offers of help coming-we're building quite a team!


Thursday saw the swimming gala event and an amazing performance from our team who were awarded first place in small schools and 2nd over all. A brilliant achievement. Well done to Mrs Wilkinson, Jessica R. Jessica W. Ellie J, Evie, Becky, Louis, Daniel, Jacob and Jake W.


This week Erewash class have started the cooking and gardening sessions-rhubarb crumble made with our home grown rhubarb. They've also started digging out their potato patch-harder work than first thought! Remember those wellies on Wednesdays Erewash.


Stars this week have been Becky L and Bob who have both received Head teacher awards for commitment to learning. Well done you two!


Next week

All Clubs start.

Miss Ward is doing Early years moderation on Monday and Mrs Marshall will take the class.

Year 2 sit their grammar test on Wednesday morning. They're all ready and we think they will do brilliantly.

The school nurse is in for year 6 on Wednesday.

The Queen's birthday is being celebrated at the church on Thursday with a lighting of the Beacon from 7.00. Refreshments will be available.

The choir are going to Castle Donnington Methodist church on Friday afternoon.




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