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Wonderful Walk to Marchington Woodlands’ Church

The weather was kind, we enjoyed a wonderful walk across the fields to visit Marchington Woodlands' Church. We wanted to better understand the link between this church and Smallwood. We found lots of evidence both inside and outside the church that linked the two sites. Luckily we were also helped by the impressive knowledge of the [...]

June 16th, 2014|

A Veteran Visitor

On Friday we had a very special visitor in school -  Arthur Jones who is a veteran of the D-Day landings. Arthur spoke about some of his adventures in France and how a family helped him after his tank broke down! Several years ago a television company helped him find the daughter of the family [...]

June 15th, 2014|

Under 9/8 Rounders v Edenhurst

Smallwood Manor: 8½               8½ :Edenhurst Smallwood Manor under 9s played host to Edenhurst under a beautiful blue skied sunny Thursday afternoon.  Smallwood won the toss and Captain Su En elected to send her team into bat.  Smallwood were soon off the mark with Ellie and Zara hitting ½ rounder each and a full [...]

June 14th, 2014|

Sweet Surprise for Mrs Shanley

Our very special secretary, Mrs Shanley, had a very special birthday today.   The whole school sneaked silently up to her window and sung her 'Happy Birthday'. It is the quietest they have ever been walking past her office, a real treat for Mrs Shanley!

June 12th, 2014|

Pre-Prep 2 are Evacuated!

Last week, Pre-Prep 2 had a fantastic visit on the Churnet Valley Railway. The children pretended to be evacuees and took great care of their gas masks, ration books, ID cards and teddy bears! They enjoyed travelling on the steam train, meeting a World War 2 veteran, experiencing a blackout, being chosen by foster parents, [...]

June 11th, 2014|

The Beauty of Competition

It was Sports Day today in Main Prep. The mix of competition and camaraderie was, seemingly, perfect. The excitement (one might even say ‘frenzy’) of the House Relay particularly was something to behold as children and parents screamed their team runners round the track to conclude the afternoon! As the race finished, how wonderful to [...]

June 11th, 2014|


After a beautiful and poignant assembly to remind us of how many people sacrificed their lives during the D-Day invasions, each year group was given a challenge for the morning. Year 5 had to design and make a life jacket that could be tested in the swimming pool. Everyone was incredibly enthusiastic and industrious during the task, producing [...]

June 11th, 2014|

D-Day / T-Day

The nation will not remember D-day again in the fashion it did last week for another 5 years. When that time comes, I hope Smallwoodians will think back to Friday 6th June 2014 as their link to the past as they remember again this crucial day in our history. The service in the morning in [...]

June 10th, 2014|

Forest School Fun

Pre-Prep1 had a great time at Forest School on Tuesday.  They buddied up with Year 4 and used magnifying glasses to investigate different habitats.  After a lovely snack, they went off in their groups and made a clay woodland animal using lots of interesting things from the forest floor.  There was lots of teamability and makeability going on [...]

June 9th, 2014|

PP1s D-Day Challenge

Pre-Prep 1 were given a D-Day challenge to make parachutes.  This mission was taken very seriously and straight away they were buzzing with ideas.  They chose different materials and thought hard about how to assemble their parachute. Then they had to test their parachutes by dropping them from a height. There was a great atmosphere in the [...]

June 9th, 2014|
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