Kimberley Primary & Nursery School News 2017-2018
Cheerleading Competition - 12.3.18
Our KS2 Cheerleading Team took part in a competition with nine other schools today. They've been working on their routine and basic lifts for a few weeks in their after-school club on Fridays with their coach, Anna Hatton, from Inspire Gymnastics.
They performed brilliantly and showed that it isn't all about pom poms and bows.
They placed a magnificent third overall - well done to all the team. A really fantastic event. Thanks to Mrs Allison and Mrs Garner for organising the event entry and taking the children.
Maths' Morning - 12.3.18
Maths Morning was a great success today. The children took part in a variety of mathematical games, puzzles, problems and shape work with their parents and carers.
Sherwood and Clumber class worked hard to solve a mystery using their code cracking skills, Wollaton worked on their times tables using Times Table Rock Stars, Rushcliffe and Newstead looked at mathematical potions and the work that Bramcote and Rufford undertook involved numbers and games.
Thank you to all those parents and carers who were able to come.
Thank you to Mr Reeve, Mrs Kelvey, Mrs Bridge, Mrs Smith and Mrs Garner for helping out with the clear up operation at school today. The roof has been cleared of the worst of the snow and the site has been made safe. Primary schools do not have the number of site staff that secondary schools do and this makes a difference to how quickly we can make the site safe.
We have left the best of the snow on the playground so that the children can play in it if it is still around after the weekend. If you want them to be able to make the snowmen, please make sure that they come to school with suitable footwear, hat, gloves and coat and a change of clothes should they get wet.
School Closure - 2.3.18
School will be closed to staff, parents and children tomorrow due to safety concerns with the roof. There is snow, up to 20cm deep on the roof over almost all entrances and exits, that we have been unable to clear today due to the high winds and heavy snow. There is too much of a safety risk that a large amount of this could fall on a child, member of staff or parent/carer if school was open. We have made the decision this evening (1.3.18) rather than wait until the morning to allow you to make alternative childcare arrangements if necessary.
We will assess in the morning and look to clear it to make it safe for Monday.
Drumming Workshop - 28.2.18
Bramcote and Rufford classes had a great morning today. They took part in an excellent drumming workshop in the hall and made some fantastic music!
This was paid for by the class allocations of money from our Friend's group - fundraising makes a fantastic difference to the experiences we can provide for our pupils. Thanks to everyone who supports this.
Wheelchair Basketball - 16.2.18
The children worked really hard to control when learning the basics of wheelchair basketball. They turned and stopped, spun and swerved, it really was an excellent experience for them all. Our PE sport's provider - Express Coaching - provided this for free for us and we thank them heartly. The behaviour and attitudes of all the children were fantastic.
Swimming Gala - 14.2.18
Indoor Rowing Competition - 8.2.18
We took three teams (24 children) to the Broxtowe Indoor Rowing competition held at George Spencer Academy. There were 16 teams taking part overall. They had an amazing time and the A team came 8th, the B team came 12th and the C team came 13th.
They rowed an incredible 11,421 metres over the competition. Well done to all those children from Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. Thank you to Mr Reeve and Mr Moss who supported us with this competition.
Basketball Competition - 7.2.18
Our Year 5 & 6 Basketball Team played fantastically at the inter-school competition today. They won 2 matches, held two sides to a draw and lost 2. This placed them third overall - what a great team!
Thanks to Mr Pitman, our sports coach, who has trained them well and showed them how to compete fairly and with good grace.
Hathersage Day 2 - 30.1.18
Today has been about the walking. The children have walked '20,000' steps today - they caught the train out to Grindleford and then walked back to Hathersage stopping for lunch on the way. The staff report that it was very hilly but the children were up to the challenge and ploughed on.
After a fantastic tea of pizza, wedges, beans and salad followed by syrup sponge and custard, they sat down to watch a film together. They are definitely ready for a good night's sleep.
Hathersage Day 1 - 29.1.18
The children have had a great first day. Lots of walking around the countryside and organising their rooms and clothes. Tea was home-made lasagne with salad and a jacket potato followed by chocolate pudding and custard. The children made a great job of clearing up, sweeping and wiping tables down. This evening's activity was a night walk looking for bats and other nocturnal creatures before bedtime.
Year 3 Hathersage Residential
Top Table Lunch Award
Hot Chocolate Friday - 19.1.18
We've had a very busy start to the new year. The children have settled down well and are working hard.
Thank you to the parents who attended the KS1 and KS2 SATs information evening. The presentations are here if you wish to watch them. Grateful thanks to Mr Michael Tidd who produced these videos.
Christmas Fayre - 15.12.17
Our Christmas Fayre was a great success - the children were fantastic, selling their goods to all the parents and carers that came through the doors. They really had made some amazing items. Well done to everyone.
We raised £901.00 Thank you everyone!
The raffle was drawn at 4pm and the winners are:
1st prize - Hamper 1 - Erica (Wollaton)
2nd prize - Hamper 2 - Scarlett (Clumber)
3rd prize - Hamper 3 - Sarah Henton
4th prize - Hamper 4 - Skye (Sherwood)
5th prize - Hamper 5 - Harry (Rushcliffe)
6th prize - Hamper 6 - Ewan (Wollaton)
7th prize - Biscuit box - Emma Harrison
8th prize - Biscuit box - Easton (Newstead)
9th prize - Biscuit box - Connor (Rushcliffe)
10th prize - Christmas Cake - Mia C (Rushcliffe)
EYFS Nativity Performance - 12.12.17
Hot Chocolate Friday - 8.12.17
Newstead and Wollaton visit Parliament - 4.12.17
Newsteady and Wollaton visited parliament on Monday - it really was an experience that was worth the travel!
All the children were able to walk through parliament, stand in both the House of Lords and House of Commons, take part in a workshop and also meet Anna Soubry, our local Member of Parliament.
The children behaved very well and the staff at the Education Centre told us that they really were a lovely bunch to spend time with.
Hot Chocolate Friday - 1.12.17
I had the pleasure of sharing breaktime today with Kian, Katie, Kaidon, Ella and Aurora today. They had lots to share, particularly about what they were going to be up to at the weekend - they all sounded busy, busy, busy. The hot chocolate almost went cold they were so busy chatting!
Well done to these children who have all shone for some reason this week.
Sherwood visit Clip and Climb - 30.11.17
It was Sherwood Class's turn to visit Clip and Climb this week. They showed real determination to get as high as they could and many who felt they wouldn't be able to climb found that they could.
Once again there was a fantastic team feel to the afternoon. Thank you to our volunteers for helping out.
Clip and Climb are offering a great deal where any age climber can have an hour for just £6 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 6pm.
Christmas has arrived at Kimberley - 29.11.17
Overnight, the school was transformed by a band of merry volunteers including Mrs Gill who came out of retirement to give us a hand. The Christmas spirit was out in force and the staff made sure that the school was ready for the 1st December.
The children were very surprised to come in and see that Christmas had arrived!
Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to make the school look fabulous!
Rushcliffe visit Clip and Climb - 23.11.17
Rushcliffe class had an afternoon with a difference today. They went to Clip and Climb to work on their reslience and team skills whilst also trying out a sport with a difference.
They really had an excellent time and we were amazed by the way they worked to overcome their fears, their reslience when they found something tricky and their support when their classmates were trying to achieve something too.
We look forward to taking Sherwood Class next week.
Year 1 & 2 Gymnastics Competition - 21.11.17
Anti-Bullying Week 13.11.17
Our Thought of the Week this week is 'How do you keep yourself safe?' This links into anti-bullying week and keeping ourselves safe online as well as looking at the fundamental British Values of
- Mutual Respect
- The Rule of Law
- Individual liberty
We also discussed how we can tell trusted adults if we feel unsafe or we see something we don't like.
We shared the CBBC Stay Safe Online webpage. This has some excellent resources, videos and games to help children navigate their way around the internet safely. We will use some of the resources in school over the next few weeks but we would also like to encourage them to do the same at home.
Hot Chocolate Thursday - 9.11.17
I spent a lovely Thursday breaktime with Jacob today, he was the first to use our new biscuit tin! He thoroughly enjoyed his hot chocolate with marshmallows and told me about what he was going to be doing with his family at the weekend.
As always, it is a pleasure to spend time with children who have gone over and above our expectations with behaviour. Well done Jacob.
Parents' Evening - 7.11.17 and 9.11.17
It has been lovely to see so many of you in school this week having the time to share the work that your child has been doing with them. We had 95% parental attendance which is absolutely fantastic.
Many parents gave their feedback on their experience of parents' evening, it was very positive and 100% of people who responded felt that their child's teacher had been able to answer any questions they had, the meeting was positive and they knew what their child needed to do to make good progress over the year.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
District Athletics competition - 6.11.17
Fourteen children represented our school at the Year 5 & 6 district Athletics competition today. They showed grit, determination, reslience and great team work as they worked individually and in teams to complete a series of athletics activities.
Overall we came joint seventh and showed just how great we can be.
Reporting your child's absence
If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please contact us in one of the following ways:
- Email the school on: email@example.com
- Phone the school and leave a message
- Phone the school and speak to a member of the office team
- Send in a note with a sibling to give to the office team
We hope this makes it easier for you to let us know. Absences are unauthorised until we have heard from you. If you would like more information on what an unauthorised absence means and action that could be taken by the local authority, please see the following information page:
Children with attendance below 90% may be referred to the Attendance Team at Nottinghamshire County Council.
Hot Chocolate Friday - 20.10.17
Broxtowe Cross Country Championship - 18.10.17
Thirty-seven children represented our school at the Broxtowe Cross Country Championships today. They proved what wonderful competitors they were by showing resilience, determination and team work as they ran round a challenging course. For many of our children, this was the first time they had competed in such a big race and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The staff that accompanied them were so proud of their sporting behaviour - the children cheered every competitor on and waited until everyone had finished the race before settling down to wait for the next one. Their behaviour was excellent and we look foward to taking them again next year.
Well done to Ewan and Mackenzie who both placed within the top ten (7th and 9th respectively) within the Year 5 boys' race. Great work everyone!
Diwali Craft Morning - 18.10.17
Rufford and Bramcote class opened their doors today and welcomed parents and carers to come and spend some time learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali.
They worked together to create some beautiful artwork and spent some time looking at the work that had been done in class. More photos of the day are available on the EYFS pages.
Thank you to all those parents, grandparents and carers who were able to spend some time in school today.
Activity Challenge Team - 17.10.17
Our Activity Challenge Team represented the school brilliantly today at Awsworth Primary School where they competed against 10 other local schools in a series of interactive challenge games.
They really were a credit to the school and the way they cheered on the finalists to victory showed a real sporting spirit. We are all very proud of them.
Wollaton Class Assembly - 12.10.17
Wollaton class showed off their writing and acting talents to their parents, carers and the rest of the school this week as they put on a performance of The Egyptian Cinderella.
They have been looking at this story as part of their work on the Ancient Egyptians and they wrote their own scripts based on it. They then went on to produce a play using their own work. A real lesson in the reading, writing and performing process and a treat for everyone watching. Well done to Mrs Wilde and the class.
Hot Chocolate Friday - 6.10.17
Excellent Behaviour and Attitudes - 5.10.17
MacMillan Coffee Morning - 29.9.17
We had a great morning raising money for MacMillan today. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes, biscuits and money. The final total will be announced on Monday.
Thank you to Wollaton Class who ran the cake stall and those parents who generously gave money to ensure that every child who had not brought money in was able to purchase a cake.
Library Visits for Rufford and Bramcote - 25.9.17
Children from Rufford and Bramcote have visited the library over the last few days and have had a thoroughly good time looking at books together and enjoying all that there is to do at the library. We don't think they could believe just how many books there were to love and enjoy together.
With thanks to Kimberley Library for supporting our classes to do this and those parents and carers who helped with these visits.
We are Published Authors! 25.9.17
Hot Chocolate Friday - 22.9.17
Harvest Food Donated - 22.9.17
Our Junior Leadership Team delivered 31 bags of Harvest food to the Eastwood Food Bank on Friday. The team that met us were very grateful for the food that could now be organised and distributed to those families who need it most, within our community.
Thank you once again for your kindness and generousity - it will be appreciated much further than within our own school.
Japanese Students Visit Kimberley - 22.9.17
The children in Wollaton and Newstead classes hosted some students visitin from Japan who are training to be primary teachers today.
The students observed a typical teaching day and also took part in a PE lesson. Our pupils got a chance to learn and write some Japanese too!
Our visitors commented on the excellent attitudes and behaviour of the children around school.
Harvest Festival - 20.9.17
Harvest Festival, led by Revered Barbara, was very thought provoking this week and the children had a chance to really consider what was important and how we can show kindness, compassion and support.
Thank you for all your kind donations, the Junior Leadership team will be taking them to Eastwood Food Bank by the end of the week so that they go to the families most in need.
Hot Chocolate Friday - 15.9.17
Every Friday, those children who have gone over and above what is expected of them at Kimberley, have a chance to have hot chocolate (with marshmellows of course) and a biscuit with me at breaktime.
I've had a lovely chat with Haydn (Newstead) and Samual (Bramcote) this breaktime, the best part of my week! They should be very proud of themselves, they've had an excellent start to the new school year.
Warwick Castle visit - 13.9.17
Clumber and Sherwood visited Warwick Castle on Wednesday 13th September to kickstart their topic work. They had a thoroughly good day and some decent weather!
We were particularly pleased that they represented the school so well, their behaviour, attitudes and enthusiasm was noticed and commented on.
Well done and thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on the trip. We couldn't have gone without you.
Ancient Egyptian Day - 11.9.17
Newstead and Wollaton have a truly magical day with our Egyptian expert. The children have learnt lots of facts about Ancient Egypt whilst also having great fun. If you would like to see more photos, they will be on the class pages later on this week.
Thank you to all those parents who contributed to this fantastic day and well done for the amazing costumes!
Thank you to Portals to the Past who ran this fantastic activity.
Kimberley Primary & Nursery News 2017-18
The new term is almost upon us!
School begins for pupils on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 8.45am. We look forward to seeing the children on the yard from 8.30am. A reminder of our streamlined uniform policy:
Navy Blue cardigans/jumpers
White Polo shirts
Dark grey trousers or skirts
White, grey or black socks/grey tights
Black school shoes
Uniform is available for purchase from the school office or via Tesco: https://www.tesco.com/direct/kimberley-primary-school/18328.school
All children will need a PE kit to be brought in at the start of the week. This must include trainers for outside PE.
We look forward to seeing you!
Kimberley Primary School News 2016 - 2017
HMI Monitoring Report Published - 21.7.17
Our HMI Monitoring Inspection Report has been published today. We are very pleased with the comments made about our school and feel it really reflects the progress achieved and the hard work of the staff, children and governors. Well done to everyone and, as we break for the summer, thank you to everyone at the school and in the community for their continued support - we will continue to strive to be the very best we can be as we move into the new academic year.
Today we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Osborne and Mrs Gill.
Both members of staff have worked tirelessly over the last 20+ years to support, encourage and give the children of Kimberley Primary & Nursery School the best education possible. We thank them for everything they have done and wish them the best for the future.
Thank you Mrs Gill and Mrs Osbourne, you will be sadly missed.
Junior Leadership Team Elections - 19.7.17
Elections took place in exactly the same style as our country holds elections and the successful candidates were announced today. It really was a close competition and it illustrated to the children just how important it is to use your vote.
Our new Junior Leadership Team are:
Head Girl: Alannah
Head Boy: Harry
Deputy Head Girl: Jessica
Deputy Head Boy: George
Well done to the successful candidates.
Year 6 visit Scarborough - 19.7.17
Year 6 celebrated the end of their time at Kimberley by visiting Scarborough on Wednesday 19th July. They visited the castle, ate fish and chips on the beach, played on the sand and paddled in the sea. Before their journey home they had time for an ice cream and a bit of shopping for rock! It was a truly wonderful day which both staff and children enjoyed thoroughly. A big thanks to Mrs Caulton who volunteered to help on the trip.
Good luck for the future Year 6 - we shall miss you.
Election Update - 18.7.17
This morning, all the children who are standing for election for the Junior Leadership Team 2017-18, spoke in front of the school to present themselves and all that they stood for. Despite their nerves, they gave an excellent and confident performance. Their speeches and photos are now in the playground for the children to read before election day tomorrow. Well done to all the candidates on putting themselves forward.
Elections - 14.7.17
These are the most important elections this year!
On Tuesday, Mrs Wilde and the School Council are holding elections for our Junior Leadership Team for 2017-18. The children will be voting just as we do in our national and local elections. Hustings will be held and votes cast - the candidates that are standing will have their speeches and photos on display in the playground. Please take the time to have a look - we have some children who will go on to change the world!
Exciting Playground Developments - 12.7.17
We’re delighted to announce, that we’ve further improved our outdoor learning environment with resources that will develop children’s physical ability and fine motor skills.
Our new development includes a challenging Log Frame Climber which will help build children’s climbing confidence, overall strength and hand to eye coordination.
We have also added an excellent range of playground markings that will inspire active play. These include targets, hopscotch designs and even snakes and ladders.
To help children keep score of these activities, we included mark making score boards. This will naturally develop the children’s writing skills and mathematical thinking as they keep scores.
Moreover, we installed a wonderful Damming Station to promote messy play and teamwork. The children will need work in teams to try and stop the flow of water.
We worked with Pentagon Play on this project and highly recommend them to any school looking to develop their outdoor area. You can visit their website here – www.pentagonplay.co.uk
Police visit Rufford and Bramcote classes - 11.7.17
As part of their topic on People Who Help Us, Bramcote and Rufford classes got to see police cars and police dogs today. Sargent Wilson told them all about how the police work and the children got the chance to try out the sirens and sit inside the car.
The children were so interested and excited and, once again, they asked excellent questions.
There are more photographs on the class pages.
Fire Engine Visits Rufford and Bramcote classes - 10.7.17
We nominated our Junior Leadership Team alongside School Council in a competition to win a Linx touchscreen computer run by our computer support service, ATOM.
We were thrilled when we found out today that they had won! This now gives them the chance to have a computer that they can use to run their events, design posters, keep a track of their fundraising and have a dedicated email address for them to contact companies who can support them in their enterprize schemes. Mrs Wilde was thrilled as they will no longer have to borrow her laptop at meetings and the team were excited not to have to decamp to the IT room to work on one of the desktop computers to record their minutes of meetings.
A huge thank you to ATOM from us all.
Sports Day - 22.6.17
We experienced a wide range of weather during out Sports Day but we stuck with the small downfall and carried on through, ending the event in bright sunshine.
It was a great afternoon filled with competitive spirit, determination, resilience, team support and, above all, fun! The children cheered on their team members and Red team were the overall winners.
The toddlers' race was magical and the parents and teachers' races competitive.
Thank you to mrs Thompson who organised the event, our governors, mrs Gray and Mr Kelly, our midday supervisors, Mrs Frost, Mrs Birkin and Mrs Ward who volunteered to support us. We couldn't have done it without them.
Hot Weather update - Monday 19th June
As the forecast is for temperatures of 28 degrees plus tomorrow, please ensure that your child comes to school with a water bottle, hat and sunscreen applied. They may also bring sunscreen to school for their own use. In addition, they may wear their school PE kit instead of uniform but please no open toed sandals or flip flops as these can be very unsafe in the playground. We will be encouraging the children to play in the shaded areas over lunchtime and drink plenty of water during the day.
Film club will also be cancelled as we will be unable to keep the temperature of the hall down in the afternoon.
Top Table Lunch - 16.6.17
Hot Chocolate Friday - 16.6.17
Hunter the Dinosaur visits Kimberley - 15.6.17
Hunter the Sinraptor and his handler came to see us today - we learnt lots about Sinraptors: how large they grew; how many teeth they had; what kind of food they ate; why they had lumps on their skin - the list of facts was endless! The children were in awe at the fact that, fully grown, Hunter would be as wide as our hall and as tall as the ceiling. There were many excellent questions asked and the children thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
Hunter came from the 'Dinosaurs of China - Groundshakers to Feathrered Flyers' exhibition which is on at Wollaton Hall from the 1st July to the end of October. Many of the children were hoping to visit the exhibition and have brought home a flyer tonight.
If you wish to find out more, please visit Dinosaurs of China
KS1 Football Festival - 14.6.17
Some of our Key Stage 1 children had the opportunity to take part in the Eastwood and District KS1 Football Festival this afternoon and they certainly showed that they are a team to be reckoned with! They won every one of their matches and showed great determination, resilience and kind behaviour. Well done to all those children who took part, you are great ambassadors for our school.
Sports Activities - 26.5.17
The children have had a variety of sports coaches working with them and their teachers over the last half term. Years 3, 4 and 5 have had squash lessons on Mondays, and basketball on Thursdays. Year 1 and 2 have had gymnastics on Tuesdays and hockey on Fridays. We have also had a variety of children attending the basketball, hockey and gymnastics after school clubs. We are looking forward to another half term where they get to improve their skills further.
During lunchtimes on Thursdays, the children also have the opportunity to take part in our lunchtime basketball sessions or play table tennis. If you have any sporting skills and enthusiasm and would like to volunteer to run a lunchtime session once a week, please let us know. It would involve an hour playing games with our lovely children such as skipping sessions, ball skills, parachute games and obstacle courses.
Fundraising School Disco - 25.5.17
Our parent friends group ran a great disco last night, the children certainly had a good time. The drinks and sweets went down well and there was some great dancing.
Thanks to all the parents who organised and helped out, thanks to their efforts, £162 was raised to support the children's activities in school.
Seaside Lunch - 17.5.17
The children dressed for a day at the seaside today and enjoyed a seaside lunch of fish and chips sat on blankets while listening to many different seaside tunes.
The day was given a big thumbs up by all the children who said 'It was the best lunch EVER!'
Watch out for more themed lunches later in the summer term.