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Launching Space Week!


Today we launched the commemoration of 50 years since the first lunar landing with a visit from the Star Dome Planetarium and a special space picnic! 

Let us know what you thought of it by commenting below:

Thank you to our wonderful PTFA for funding this experience for all of our children today.

Can't wait to see what else we learn in Space Week - enjoy everyone!

To infinity and beyond!


Our Sports Day 2019

What a wonderful day - great sportsmanship, determination, teamwork, fun and sunshine!

So lovely to see so many parents, grandparents

and carers - thank you.

Well done everyone - a Super Sports Day 2019!

Anyone for Hockey!

The children in Class R always enjoy their PE lessons with Mr Willdig. Today they were practicing their hockey skills.



D-Day 75th anniversary - We will remember them

We have been learning that today marks 75 years since the D-Day landings, which took place on 6 June 1944 during World War Two.



Have a look at this link to share what we have learnt today;

We will remember them.




Team Smalley enjoyed an after school session of gardening to look after our school environment. Each staff member chose a child to come and help with lots of jobs including weeding the raised beds, planting new bedding plants, planting potatoes, watering and tidying and repotting Hannah’s garden. All of the children had a drink and a biscuit after they had worked really hard! It was a lovely outdoor session, thank you children for helping!

Who needs Groundforce when you have Team Smalley?!

Summer Newsletter Class R

Egg box competition

It was a tricky decision with lots of brilliant entries from all year groups! Well done and thank you to all who entered. 

Here are the winning designs. Well done Ava and Phoebe! Your designs will be used on the egg boxes on the eggs for sale at the school summer fair. 😊🐣



Meeting Dave!

We were lucky enough to meet Noah’s Barn Owlet on Friday. Thank you Mr H for bringing her in and answering all of the children’s great questions. We can’t wait to meet her again when she’s grown a bit more. Truly fluffy, truly cute, lucky us. Thank you. 

Keeping Safe - Road Safety


Thank you to our visiting PCSO officers (Police Community Support Officer) for reinforcing the importance of crossing the road safety.



The officers delivered 3 sessions to EYFS, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2;  they taught the children about how roads are for the cars and the pavement is for the pedestrians and how we must STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK before crossing the road.  The children spotted hidden dangers and how to be very careful around parked cars.  The children explored the importance of bright or fluorescent clothing when walking and how BEING BRIGHT helps us to BE SEEN.  The children looked at the different types of crossing and how we know it is safe to cross.

Thank you children for listening so carefully to this important life skill.  Please remember always STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.




Before leaving the school, the PCSO officers set a competition for all pupils.  The competition is to design a road safety poster to help all children and adults in our community to stay safe near the roads.  Three winners will be chosen and then their poster will be turned into a banner, to be displayed outside school.  Please get your thinking caps on and start designing.  The closing date for this is on Wednesday, 10th April 2019.  Please bring any entries to your class teacher, complete with your name and class on the back.



Mother’s Day Sale

🌸🌸🌸Just a reminder of the Mother’s Day Sale this week, brought to you by the PTFA 🌸🌸🌸



Happy World Poetry Day 2019


What's your favourite poem?


Red Nose Day 2019

What a fun day we had supporting Red Nose Day!  Thank you for your kind donations a grand total will be announced next week.


Book Fair Voucher Winners

Well done to Nathan in Class 4, Liam in Class 6, Jess in Class 2, Kieran in Class 1 and Harrison in Class R who have all won a £5 book voucher in the book fair raffle today.  Thank you to everyone who has visited our Book fair so far, it is the last day today.

Book Week 2019

It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm throughout school towards reading last week. We ended the week with an opportunity for teachers to share some of their favourite reads and a visit from a self-published author! Remember reading doesn't stop with reading week. 

"A Book is a dream that you hold in your hand"

Book week begins!

What a great start to Book week! Class R bookworms started their week by choosing a book when they arrived in school on Monday morning then Mr Redmond led a whole school assembly to tell the children about events and special visitors that will be visiting during the week.

Happy Book Week!

Online Safety regarding MOMO


Happy Half Term!

Sooty and Sweep! 

Last week Mason inspired us to hold a puppet show by sharing his love of Sooty and Sweep! Here are the children enjoying playing puppet shows in class. We had an alternative take on The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Max and Mason. 

The Big Playground!!!

We are getting so grown up now in Class R and will soon be having our playtimes on the big playground with Year 1 and 2. As it was such a beautiful day on Friday we thought we could enjoy the sunshine and the big open space! 

Thank you Class R for a super half term. Have a lovely break and see you soon! 


Blessed with talent

Thank you so much - you made me smile as I came through the hall at the end of assembly today.  How lucky we are to hear such lovely talent - thank you.

Baking time in class r

This week Class R read the book ‘Jolly Snow’ by Jane Hissey. In the story Jolly Tall the giraffe is longing to see real snow. All of his friends try to help Jolly Tall by recreating types of pretend snow! They make paper snow, bubble snow, feather snow and finally biscuit snow, just before the real snow comes. This inspired us to make some snowflake biscuits of our own. 

During our baking we have learnt about recipes and some of the words we use, like method and ingredients. Before we started our baking we had to put the method into the correct order as it was all jumbled up! We were amazed to watch the changes as the ingredients turned into a dough! I think the best part of our baking was the final part- eating it!!! Well done Class R for your super listening which is very important when following instructions :-)

Reading in our igloo

Super learning in class R!

Wow! What a fantastic few weeks we have had in Class R with our learning. We have read a brand new story all about a mischievous ice cube called Ice Boy who wanted to go on an outside adventure, even though his parents told him ‘never, ever go outside!’... the whole class were left waiting to find out what happened to Ice Boy as we closed the book and made our predictions! It was so exciting and we really wanted to know! We had to hide the book in the cupboard to make sure no one peeked! 

Our story about Ice Boy linked very well with what we then discovered in our outdoor area... lots and lots of ice! We have been talking this week about how ice is made and what happens to ice if it gets warm. 


As well as our brilliant English and Science learning, we have also been practising our amazing maths. We have been learning about addition. We have been using ice cubes, cups and numicon to practise adding two numbers together and finding the total. 

And finally- thank you for all of your milk bottles! We now have our own igloo that we have enjoyed sitting in and reading some books. Hopefully our igloo won’t melt! :-) 


Reading in our new library!

Class R have been enjoying their new library this week. We have had a brand new bookcase to keep all of our beautiful books tidy and well looked after, meaning that we can enjoy them for as long as possible. Each week we will have a class librarian who will have the responsibility of keeping the library tidy, checking for damaged books and choosing some new books to put out on the display shelf. There are so many books to choose from! What is your favourite book? 


Winter fun!


Little hands were cold today when exploring ice in the water tray. The sparkly salt was used for drawing and writing wintery words in. All we need now is some real snow! 


On a cold and frosty morning


It’s a frosty start to the day in Class R! So many wonderful activities linked with our winter topic - enjoy children! 


The Snowman at The Riverside Centre

Class R, 1 and 2 enjoyed their visit to see 'The Snowman' this afternoon - we had a super adventure!

Thank you to all of our parent and friend helpers today.

Christmas fayre this Friday!


A beautiful Christingle Service

What a beautiful occasion this evening!  

Our SING group sang beautifully at Smalley's annual Christingle Service - what a special moment when all the candles were lit and we sang together.

Thank you to all of our families and friends for their support.


Busy in class R

Here’s a few pictures of class R being busy this week 😊

Outdoor phonics with Mrs Evans


Special Visitors


Last week we welcomed special visitors into school. Members of our “Smalley Old Boys” and representatives from the Richardson Foundation came to school to enjoy lunch in Class 6.  They then met children from Year 5 and 6 and enjoyed a presentation, by the children, of our Remembrance service, which was then aired on the BBC news the very next day. 

It is always a privilege to watch the children and adults sing ‘Abide with me’ together in our school hall.  Welcoming our wider community into school always gives our children a valuable experience and it is greatly appreciated by all of our visitors too. 



Children in Need


Thank you for supporting Children In Need on Friday and wearing all of those snazzy socks!

Our school raised £212.50 for this important charity.



Thank you so very much for your kind donations, thank you to our School Council and Mrs Bounds for counting all of those pennies and pounds.

Class R Jazzy Feet!

Class R enjoyed supporting Children in Need on Friday. Here is a clip of us ‘doing our thing’!



Children in Need

Thank you for your generous donations that will go to a brilliant cause. 


We Will Remember

November 9th 2018

Today, our children continued to make us so very proud.  Our Remembrance Service, led by Year 6, and supported by Key Stage 2 children was just beautiful.  The children were so very respectful as they reflected on the soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for the freedom that we have today.

Smalley's Remembrance Service is always a special event in our school year and this was captured by the BBC news team today, who came to film the pride that we have in our past and the hope we have for our future.

Thank you to everyone for your support and dedication, as our community marks 100 years since the end of The First World War.

We will remember them.


Smalley Remembrance Display

What a wonderful display of our school coming together to create a memorial to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. 



Pumpkin Parade 2018

Pumpkin Parade

Wow! What a fantastic turn out for our first ever Smalley school Pumpkin Parade. We enjoyed seeing the amazing pumpkin creations and drinking yummy hot chocolate after school. A wonderful event for everyone- thank you to the PTFA for organising! Here is a video for your enjoyment πŸ˜ŠπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ


Bottles of Remembrance


Thank you for all of the empty 2 litre plastic bottles that have been sent into school so far, for our whole school Remembrance Memorial.

We'll be recycling your bottles in two ways:

1 - Creating a whole school memorial marking 100 years after the end of the First World War

2 - Class 1 will be using the parts that we cut off in a project later in the year.

If you have any more bottles to bring in, please do so.  If you have any spare, please bring those in too - we want to create a beautifully fitting tribute in our playground.

Thank you


PTFA Pumpkin Parade - This Thursday


Our Harvest Festival 2018

Friday saw the last part of our two week Harvest Celebrations at Smalley School.  We started with our visit to the chapel, then our Harvest assembly and finally our sharing of the Harvest gifts.

Thank you to everyone for their generosity.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Autumn time.


Please enjoy our Harvest 2018 video:

Gold September's Grand Total!

We're very proud to announce that our

school community raised an amazing


for the Gold September charity.


Thank you again for your kindness.


Gold book assembly 19-10-18

Well done to the Class R children in today’s Gold Book Assembly! We had lots of proud faces 😊




I do love Smalley School;  I love it when I'm surprised by children and adults in our school!  I love it when there's a buzz in the air.

At lunch time today, I looked through Class 5's classroom door and the room was in total darkness.......I was intrigued....what was happening?  As I opened the door to peer inside - this is what I saw......

Mr Redmond reading by lamp light, children listening so carefully to the story.  I later found out that these were spooky stories and the dark room was setting the scene.  How wonderful... thank you for the excitement Mr Redmond and Class 5 and thank you for inviting me to come and share a story another week....keeeeeep reading.

After the story time, children were invited to read their own they are enjoying them:



Autumn artwork

Class R enjoying marble painting, using autumn colours on leaves for our display in the classroom.



Happy National Poetry Day 2018!

Happy National Poetry Day children!

How will you celebrate yours?



Letters and Sounds in Class R



Super learning in class R in our Letters and Sounds lessons. We have learnt lots of sounds and actions from Phase 2 already and have been practising writing them on whiteboards. 



Gold September - a huge, heartfelt thank you


We are absolutely overwhelmed with all of the support and generosity for Gold September - a charity so very close to our hearts; thank you so so much from the bottom of our hearts.


Thank you for all of the amazing, generous cake donations, thank you for your time, thank you for your kind words of support, thank you for coming to the coffee morning, thank you for all the superhero costumes, thank you for all of the donations for wearing a superhero costume, thank you for all the money for the children to buy the cakes, thank you for delivering the cakes to all the children in school, thank you for buying cakes after school, thank you for buying Gold September badges all through the month, thank you for your help in setting up, flower arranging, music, buying supplies, making tea and coffee.......the list is endless - thank you so very very much.

Our community came together and has done so much good.


Super Class R!


World Religion Day 2018

Thank you to all the children and staff for a beautiful World Religion Day 2018.  The atmosphere in our sharing assembly at the end of the day was one of pride, tolerance and intrigue.  Thank you all for your enthusiasm, wonder, respect and interest.

First week in Class R

Wow! What a busy first week in Class R! We have enjoyed getting to know all of our new children and grown ups and we’ve had such a lovely first week. Class R children have been busy exploring their new classroom and outdoor area and even had some visitors on Friday. We hope you all have a lovely weekend and are ready for another fun week next week!