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Special Visitors in Class R


Class R had a lovely day on Tuesday when their favourite teddy bear visited school for a special picnic. We spent the morning making party hats, menus, place cards and jam sandwiches. During the afternoon we played party games before enjoying our delicious picnic with our special guests. Everyone had a great time celebrating a fabulous year in Class R.

Well done Class R.  Good luck in Year1!

EYFS and Key Stage 1 Sports Day

Fun on the Farm!

Wow! What an amazing day Class R had at White Post Farm. Our day started off by taking a coach from school and along the way we tried to spot as many things as we could including massive lorries and lots of different animals! The children had the task of trying to spot White Post Farm first in order to get some House Points for their team and what a great job they did!

We were greeted by our guide for the day, Tom, who showed us all of the lovely animals and told us lots of interesting facts about them. The children loved touching and holding all of the animals including reindeer, goats, chickens, mice, guinea pigs, lizards, giant snails and even a snake! We were even lucky enough to see a baby deer who had just been born that morning!

The weather was so lovely that we managed to have our lunch outside. After a quick trip to the gift shop it was time to head back to school. What a fantastic time we had! 

A big thank you from all of Class R to our guide Tom and also Mrs Hird, Mrs Shelton, Mrs Williams, Mrs Briggs, Mrs Ufton and Mrs Burton without you our day would not have been so special and fun!

Cluck-tastic time in Class R!

 Class R have had some feathered friends visiting them today! Mrs Rhodes brought in two of her lovely little French Black Copper Maran chicks for us to look at.

The chicks had a great morning exploring our classroom, eating chick crumbs and having a drink of water. The children loved watching them run around and peck at the chick crumbs. We have learnt a lot about the chicks, what they eat, how they move and how we need to look after them.

The children especially loved stroking their soft fluffy feathers!

Well done to all of the children for being so gentle and kind with our special guests!

Class R Magic Moments!


Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of our 'Magic Moments' letter.

Many thanks

Miss Hill

Class R New Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of our new term letter.

Many thanks

Miss Hill

Phase 5 Letters & Sounds with Mrs Smith & Miss Thompson

We have been looking at the alternative spellings of O (o, oe, oa, o_e, ow). Can you remember any of the words that we have learnt?

We've also been spelling words: little, one, do, what and out.

Please find attached the first 100 key words which we are learning to read and spell throughout the week.

Friendship Survey

 The children in all year groups were recently involved in a school friendship survey. As you may be aware our 'Friendship Week' was in the Autumn Term and continuing on from this we have been promoting positive relationships across the school.

As part of this ongoing initiative the children's data was collected and analysed. Reception children and Class 1 spoke about friendships and their data was collected through circle time and verbal discussions and Classes 2-6 completed a written response.

The following is a summary of our findings:

  • A very high percentage of pupils felt safe in the classroom, on the playground and going to and from school.
  • The majority of pupils never spend playtimes alone and the ones that indicated occasionally they did have been spoken to individually and issues addressed in a positive and nurturing way.

As part of our British Values in school we always listen to each other's opinions. Our children are made aware of our differences, tolerating others and being kind and caring towards each other.

We have many visitors in our school each week for a variety of reasons ( Teaching and Learning consultants, prospective parents, volunteers, outside agencies, members of the community and school governors) . We pride ourselves on the comments we receive about our warm welcome and the friendly atmosphere which helps us to create a caring environment for your children.

Finally, we are thrilled with the hugely positive response from our survey and as an ongoing commitment to your children we strive to promote a happy, safe and friendly environment here at Richardson Endowed Primary.

Thank you for supporting us.


An afternoon with Mummy x

Thank you to all of the Mummies and special ladies that joined us in school yesterday afternoon. 

If you were unable to join us, we hope you liked the crafts and flowers that were given to you later on in the day.


The Solar Eclispe! Wowsers!



How exciting, a rare event is currently underway....are you watching it safely?  Please see the following article to help you to view it safely....enjoy - the next one will be in 2026!


Parents Survey Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Georgia from Class R who won our Survey raffle! She chose a lovely Frozen book as her prize which I hope she will get lots of pleasure from.

We have had over 140 surveys returned and I will post the results on the website as soon as we have collated them. A huge thank you to everyone who returned the surveys, for your comments and your on-going support.


Buzzing About Books

Enjoy sharing some more memories of 'World Book Week' at Smalley!

RED NOSE DAY - 13th March 2015

We’re looking forward to another exciting week in school.


Please also note that we will be celebrating Red Nose day

in school on Friday, 13th March 2015. 

We will be following the theme of

‘Make Your Face Funny For Money’!

So please get your thinking caps on, accessories or face paint out and prepare to make us all smile with your funny face creation!

On the day, we would like to collect a donation on the day of £1 to support this worthy cause.

Many thanks for your support.

Kind regards

The Smalley Staff Team



Buzzing about Books


How wonderful to come into school and feel the 'buzz' about books. 

I could hear children laughing, chatting, sharing and explaining about their special book. 

I could see smiles, excitement, happiness and fun as children came dressed as a

book character or in their pjs!

Please enjoy the photos that were taken during book swap with Year 5 and 4

and book character/pj day. 

Watch out for a post from Mrs Rhodes who has more memories from Book Week!

Thank you children, parents, helpers and staff - another special week in school.

People Who Help Us - Special Visitor

Today Class R had a very special visit from Lucy who volunteer's in a community shop. The children really enjoyed asking Lucy lots of interesting questions and learning about her job, the things that the shop sells and also the type of people she helps.

huge thank you to Lucy for coming to visit us and also to The Stable Shop for the lovely sweets!


We Will Remember


What a pleasure and an honour to welcome both Eric and Kevin into our assembly this morning.  These gentlemen were representing The Royal British Legion, Belper.  We invited them into school so that we could present the £87.15 that we collected during our Harvest collection back in October.



The gentlemen told us that the Poppy appeal continues all year and that they were very grateful for our contribution and the money would go towards continuing to provide the wonderful service to soldier's families who have fought and are still fighting in the wars.

The gentlemen spoke to the children about the work of The British Legion and they also shared their experiences of being in the war.  Eric was 16 when he joined the Royal Air Force and served our country - he travelled to many places and said his time in service had helped him to stay young!  He was also one of the soldiers who arrived at the Normandy beaches during the Second World War in 1944.  Kevin participated in the Cold War and both his father and grandfather were soldiers.  It was so very interesting to hear their stories.


Three of our year 6 children read 'In Flanders Fields' and our children shared some the war time songs that they sang at our Remembrance service; it touched the hearts of both Kevin & Eric (who joined in too). 

What a special morning.


Fun in the snow!

Class R have been having a great time taking part in our Snowman building competition. All of Class R worked really well as a team, well done Class R!


Moon Biscuits in Class R

As part of our Space topic Class R have been learning about the Moon this week. We have learn't about what it's made of, what the surface looks like and what it would be like to walk on the Moon!

Class R have also been making yummy Moon biscuits, well done Class R they look delicious!

Calling All Hawks!

We need your ideas please.........

Each Friday, in Gold Book assembly, the winning house team play their celebratory song.  At the moment, HAWKS play'Flying Without Wings'.  

Mrs Rawlings & Mrs Reckless thought that with a new year should come a new celebratory song for the HAWKS, so this is where you come in.......

Can you think of a great song that we can play in assembly when HAWKS win?  Please post your ideas below and then we'll call a meeting and decide which one to go for.

Thank you 


Do you wanna build a snowman?!

The snow was pretty rubbish here in Smalley however, we still had lots of fun at breaktime and there was lots of teamwork involved!

Random Acts of Kindness

Our Staff are starting off the new year in great spirits by participating in an initiative from Shonette Bason, an international speaker who visited our school last year. This is to make January a month of kindness to start the year and also reminding us how important it is to think of others and to make others smile.

We are hoping you,  our wider community will join in by downloading the link below and then letting us or Shonette know via Twitter or Facebook. We will also share examples sent to us on our school website.

Please use @richardsoneps @shonettebason or beingbrilliant if sharing on Twitter.

Our children are taking part too and are already experts thanks to another leading inspirational speaker Andy Cope who worked with our school during Brilliant Derby. Following Brilliant Derby we created a wall of kindness and random acts of kindness are celebrated each week in assembly and one is chosen to wear a rosette for the week. A great example of this can be found by clicking the link below:


Something amazing happened at our school today!

Matthew in Class Two lost his tooth yesterday in our school playground and he was unsure if he had swallowed it! However................. it wasn't the case as Max found it on the top playground this morning wow! wow! wow!

How amazing is that?

Three cheers for Max!


If our children can be so brilliant and kind then it's definitely a good time for our staff, parents, grandparents and friends to lead the way too to ensure that Smalley is the best community to live in the world.

Some pictures below will remind you of Shonette and Andy's visits to our school and the impact they have had. We hope to welcome both back in 2015 too!

Good luck and please contact us to share your successes on our website too!

Class R New Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of our new term letter.

Many thanks

Miss Hill

Class R Christmas Party!

What a lovely afternoon we have had in Class R! We have spent the afternoon playing party games, taking part in dancing competitions & enjoying some delicious party food!

A HUGE thank you to Mrs Hird for organising all of the food and Mrs Williams for helping to look after the children during the party...and for taking part in the musical statues competition! 

Well done Class R!

I just wanted to say a HUGE well done to Class R for performing so brilliantly in their first Christmas play! I am a very proud teacher!

Fantastic work Class R!


Christmas with the Aliens!


Thank you to all of the children in Class 2, Class 1 and Class R. We're so very proud of you all - you have worked very hard and put on 2 fabulous shows for your family and friends.

Christmas is certainly here at Smalley!  Merry Christmas to you all!


Class R Costumes!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to those of you who have already returned the green permission slip and your child's alien costume. 

Please can we have all remaining permission slips and costumes in school by Friday 28th November in a named carrier bag.

Many thanks for your support.

Miss Hill


Class R Phase Two Letters and Sounds

Class R have been working very hard this week on not only learning their new sounds but also learning some tricky words.

Their new sounds for this week are -

U, R, H

The tricky words we have been learning are -

I, the, go, no, to

Time for a challenge Class R, can you think of sentence that contains one of our tricky words?

Good luck!


Friendship Week



A Chinese feast in Class R!

Today Class R have been enjoying a selection of Chinese food and making Chinese dragon pictures.

All of the children enjoyed trying the food, especially the prawn crackers!

Well done Class R!

Class R Artists!

Class R have all turned into artists this week by helping create our school mural in our playground. The children all took turns to have their hand painted and then place a hand print on our wall. The children had lots of fun taking part and describing how the paint felt when it was brushed on to their hands.

Well done Class R artists!

Class R Christmas Card Templates

Dear Parents/Carers,

The P.T.F.A have asked me to remind you all that the deadline for the Christmas card template is tomorrow, Friday 14th November.

Looking forward to seeing all of the children's designs.

Many thanks

Miss Hill 


Class R's Fireworks Poem

This week Class R have been learning about Bonfire night, why we celebrate it and how to keep safe while watching fireworks displays!

Class R have written a poem about Fireworks night, enjoy!

Miss Hill

One Week Left- Link Romania Shoebox Appeal

Once again Smalley school have decided to support 'Link Romania Family Shoebox Appeal'. Last year we sent almost 100 boxes to families and children who are not as lucky as ourselves.

Thank you if you have already brought your box into school.

You have one more week left if you would like to support this charity as the boxes are being collected from school on Monday morning the 17th November.

If you would like a copy of the leaflet that needs attaching to your shoebox please come and speak to Mrs Rhodes or Mrs Domkowicz as we have spares.


Class R New Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of our new term letter.

Many thanks

Miss Hill

£1026.47 for CLIC Sargent



Following the very successful coffee morning, organised by Mrs Evans, representatives from the charity CLIC Sargent were invited to our assembly to receive the money that was raised - a staggering £1026.47!

The ladies told the children about where the money would go and how it would help families in lots of ways.

Thank you again for your wonderful community support


Spooky baking in Class R!

In Class R we have been getting ready for Halloween by creating Halloween pictures, using our senses to explore real pumpkins and also making spooky pumpkin biscuits. The children had a lovely time designing their pumpkin biscuit and choosing their toppings to make it look as spooky as possible. Well done Class R!

Class R Phase Two Letters and Sounds

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now sending home Letters and Sounds books each Friday to help your child practise the sounds we are learning each week in school. To support your child’s learning please encourage them to practise the sounds and actions at home. Your child may also want to practise writing the sound or words containing that sound in the space provided on each page.  Please check the school website for Phase Two Letters and Sounds for further updates and information. Please ensure that your child’s book is returned to school each Thursday in preparation for the next sound.

I am pleased to report the children have done a fantastic job at lining up in the morning with the rest of the school. In order for this stage in their development to continue after half term we are asking all parents to drop off your child at the gate and wait outside of the school gates. As always members of staff will be on duty at both gates and in the playground from 8.50am.

Many thanks  

Miss Hill


Class R are Scooter Smart!

Class R have been working really hard learning how to use our scooters safely. All of the children listened to our instructors and had great fun learning about how to be 'Scooter Smart'!

Well done Class R!

A special Harvest thank you!

Thank you to all of our wonderful children who sang their hearts out on Friday for our special Harvest assembly. Here are some of Class 2, who always have a special job to lead this important occasion, getting their smiles and voices at the ready!

Thank you for all your kind poppy donations which will go to The British Legion, to help support their important work. The display in the hall looks great - thank you.




Be Safety Aware!


Please bring your named scooter into school on Tuesday- your teacher will tell you where to park it!

We look forward to learning more about keeping safe on our scooters....

 (If you have not got a scooter please don't worry - we are good at sharing at Smalley!)


A princess (and prince!) plea for Class 1.

A big plea from us lovelies in Class 1.

Next term our topic is 'Fairytales' and we would love to turn our role play corner into a castle/palace or likewise BUT we can't have a beautiful princess (or prince) palace without beautiful princess (or prince) dresses/outfits to go in it!

If you have any princess, knight, dragon, prince, crowns, wands, fairies etc, dressing up clothes at home that you no longer use or want, that we could put into our role play corner after half term we would be eternaly grateful.

We know how fantastic Smalley parents are all rallying round when we need something in school and we would really appreciate any help with this.

If you have anything that would be useful in our role play area please see Miss Thompson or Mrs Smith.

Thanking you all so much in advance. We know our budding knights and princesses will be appreciative too.

Class 1


Harvest words - thank you for learning them 😊

Please find the words of the harvest songs that we practised during our assembly. Please keep singing as I need your voices on Friday morning - thank you everyone.

Making me smile!

Look at this marvellous masterpiece appearing in our playground....every time I walk across the playground there's something new to smile at.....I can't wait to see it all finished. Thank you wonderful artists!

Buddy birthday treats!

Something lovely happened this morning whilst I was on gate duty. Ben from Year 6 came running to the gate to wish his buddy Lottie a happy birthday and give her a present. Lottie was thrilled and Ben then walked her down to class R. I love our buddy system and everything it brings to our school. It is great when our oldest children care so much for the youngest.

A huge thank you to Ben for making my day.



Autumn is here!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Class R will soon be doing lots of activities relating to autumn and Harvest. If possible we would like to ask for the children to collect pine cones, conkers, acorns & autumn leaves whilst out at the weekend to bring into school on Monday.

Also a polite request just to remind parents to please label all school clothing including PE kits and shoes. We have had a few mix ups with unlabelled clothes especially when getting changed during our PE sessions. If possible please could you check your school uniform at home to ensure they do belong to your child.

Finally as the children have been at 'big school' for several weeks now we have asked them not to bring toys into the classroom from home. We do have a large selection of toys for the children to play with during the day and due to space constraints we are now struggling to accommodate the volume of toys being brought in on a daily basis. Thank you all in advance for your support with this.  

Many thanks

Miss Hill


What a fantastic start!

Wow! What a great start we have had in Class R! I can't believe how quickly the time is going and how well all the children have settled in. The children have made a fantastic start to 'big school' and are working really well together. 

Please can you remind your child to bring in their reading book each day and put it in the book box.

Many thanks

Miss Hill