Monthly Archives: May 2013


Have you been to the cinema recently?  If you have you might feel that, quite frankly, there's not much out there of interest - but if that's the case then you've been looking in the wrong place.  Smallwood Manor Film Club have just released their latest production 'Bad Element'.  It is about a Year 6 boy, [...]

May 26th, 2013|

Tudor Portaits

Phew! With the exams finally over, Year 3 set to work on their Tudor history topic - drawing portraits of Henry VIII (or Henry 'Vill' as one child called him), his six wives and three children. Using pastels is always tricky, but the children listened carefully to advice on how to blend the colours and produced [...]

May 24th, 2013|


Well, it hardly seems a moment since they were eggs but the chicks have grown up fast and flown the nest (or classroom!). We were the proud parents of 8 chicks who hatched on 8th May. We all enjoyed their company, especially Mr Westerman! We knew the time had come for them to move to [...]

May 21st, 2013|

Sound Experiments

Pre-Prep 2 are just finishing their mini-project on 'Sound.' The classroom is decorated with a huge picture of the cats' party and photographs of our Beethoven day. The children are still keen to compose and play their own music and last week collected and handled data about their favourite composers. They all enjoyed the experiments [...]

May 20th, 2013|

Reception Swimming!

Reception are all enjoying their swimming lessons. They are confident in the water and are making really good progress.

May 16th, 2013|

What a performance!

It’s always great privilege going to the Derby Arts Festival to hear the choir perform ..because perform they do!  From the moment they rise to their feet, one knows that this is a choir who know what it is to deliver in the public forum. The precision, tone and complexity of their renditions are simply [...]

May 6th, 2013|

Forest School Fun

On Tuesday Pre Prep 1 and Year 4W met for some Forest School fun in the Cedars. Excitement levels were high, particularly from the sibling pairs, I did not realise there were so many! Happy siblings Round the camp fire. We worked together to build dens for our little [...]

May 2nd, 2013|

Egg-citing news!

We have candled the eggs this week, over 50% were fertile. We now have 11 possible hatchlings. Getting so eggcited now! Candling is where we shine a special torch onto the egg. The eggs that glowed all over were not fertile, the ones that blocked most of the light apart from the air sac at [...]

May 2nd, 2013|


For those of you who managed to make it to the postponed Bangers and Bingo evening the first week back, you will know that it was worth the wait.  Having been delayed from last term because of the snow we weren't sure how many people would make it this time but, in fact, it was [...]

May 2nd, 2013|Tags: |

Under 11 Rounders v OVS

Smallwood Manor: 16 ½            -           7: OVS Smallwood Manor travelled to Darley Park to play OVS and with the visiting team winning the toss and electing to bat Smallwood soon started to stamp their authority on the match. Three first innings rounders each from Connie and Charlotte respectively and four from Amelia as well [...]

May 1st, 2013|
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