Wednesday 12th July
Our dress rehearsal went really well today. The children's performances were fantastic and their costumes were excellent. Thank you to all families who helped it to look so good by coming up with such super costumes, and well done to the children for learning their lines and songs so well and for putting on such a great performance - we can't wait for you to see it tomorrow!
Thursday, 6th July 2017
Today, trained educators from RSPB visited our school to help us  learn about nature in our school grounds. Children had the opportunity to first-hand explore and identify habitats, plants and mini beasts. Spending time exploring the school grounds, including the pond area, has helped to  develop a love of and appreciation of nature in children. Children enjoyed looking closely at minibeasts using minibeast viewers, and identifying them using charts. All children learned something new and ofcourse the beautiful weather helped!  
Thursday, 29th June
We had a lovely time at Tutbury Castle today, despite the rain! We enjoyed learning about the history of the castle, handling the artefacts (including a weapon that was actually used in the Battle of Bosworth - you can see a picture of Tyler holding it) and spending time with some birds of prey. Mike the Knight told us all about Tudor weaponry and famous battles and we also got to make our own crowns.
Thursday, 22nd June 2017
Today, we had a visit from a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). The PCSO helped us to learn about the role of the police in stopping crime and keeping us all safe. It was agreed by all of Ospreys that seeing Police officers makes us feel safer and that they are there to help us and support us. Children enjoyed exploring a police car; looking at and discussing the equipment inside a police car. 
Thursday, 8th June 2017
Today the Imagineering Club and other lucky members of Year 6 went on a school trip to Jaguar Land Rover. We had a fantastic day! We got to do some programming, experiencing how to make traffic lights and engines work and we also had a really interesting tour of the site, where we got to see the Tear Down area where the cars are stripped, and we saw some prototype cars which have not yet been released - we are not allowed to tell you about these for the next 5 years, because it is a secret!
Many of our children came away inspired to work in engineering in the future, which is fantastic. 
We hope you enjoy our photos - we weren't allowed to take any on the tour of the site for confidentiality reasons, but have a look at us doing our programming work!
Wednesday 24th May
What a busy day we have had in Y5/6 today! Some of our Y5 children have been doing Bikeability training, learning to stay safe on their bikes, and how to look after them.
The rest of us have enjoyed some outdoor learning, identifying the trees we have growing in our school grounds, using a leaf identification kit. We were amazed how many different varieties of trees we have!
Wednesday, 17th May 2017
Languages day 2017
Today, Ospreys have been working with three teaching students for languages day. We have been learning lots of German animal names and colours. During the morning, we played many games to help us learn new words and phrases. Children were able to ask each other what pets they have and they were then able to answer using the correct name and colour. Children learned a story, Die Zaubermaus, which children then performed at the end of the day to the rest of the school.  We would like to thank the teaching students for a super day!
Wednesday, 10th May 2017
This week we have been participating in ACES Day.  This stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously.  We spent the afternoon doing lots of different exercises from javelin throwing to hula hooping.  It was great fun and we promoted healthy living across the school.
Tuesday 25th April - Soccerstars
Today in PE we had a taster session with Soccerstars. We split into two groups and practiced football skills and played a mini game. Take a look at our photos.
Thursday 6th April 
We had a fabulous time in our maths enrichment activity this afternoon, working on our team work and problem solving skills. 
Thursday, 29th March 2017
American Native Indian Enrichment day
Today, we have been learning all about the American Native Indians. We took our learning outdoors and had a go at: making our own bow and arrow; cooking cornmeal bread on an open fire; constructing a tipi (which was challenging due to a strong wind); and used wool to create totem poles. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and thank Miss Warburton for arranging a fun-filled afternoon from which we learned a lot about nomadic life.  
Ospreys Class Assembly 24/3/2017
Ospreys class assembly was all about North America. The children started by identifying the countries in North America with some interesting facts and then there was a short quiz (see powerpoint). The children then had a rap battle to see which was better - Alaska or Barbados. The children read out some letters that they had written and then talked about the dream catchers that they had made. Finally, the assembly finished with the song we have been learning in music "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.
Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
Today Ospreys  have been architects!  In our maths lesson we were learning about scale factor, and we enlarged a plan of a house by a scale factor of 3, using mental calculations, rulers and protractors to help us. We hope you are impressed by our work!
Wednesday, 15th March
Our team event today was good fun - we split across the different classes in school and did activities all about Brain Awareness Day, with other children in our team. Here are some pictures of what the green team children in Ospreys class got up to!
10/3/2017 Etwall Primary are the Regional Final Winners!
After having success at the Local Finals at Moor Farm Training Ground, the year 6 boys went to Barnsley Football Club to compete in the regional finals. Twelve teams competed in the tournament: Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Burton Albion, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and of course ourselves - Derby County.
The first two games got off to a slow start with us drawing 0-0 to Burton Albion and again 0-0 to Leeds United. Next game we went on to beat Huddersfield town 1-0. This secured us in the table at 5 points. The next game was crucial. If we beat Barnsley, who were on the same points as us, then we would stand a good chance at winning the group. We played really well as a team, stepping up to the challenge and secured a 1-0 win. Great news! If we won the final match against Blackburn Rovers, we were guaranteed to be through to the final. Again some great passing and strong defending made it a 2-0 win.
We played Wigan Athletic in the final. We dominated the play and showed some real strength in character as they were a tough opposition and not willing to give up without a fight. It was 0-0 at full time, so went into extra time. Within 1 minute, Jack was brought down in the box. A penalty was awarded, which Harry fired into the back of the net.
Fantastic achievement and a massive well done to the boys. They now go to Wembley to represent the north of the country in the national final. They will stay overnight in a hotel and then watch the Championship play off final. They will get a tour of the ground and play their match against the winners of the south of the country. 
They have done so well to be the top school team out of about 400 schools who entered in the north. We are so proud of you. Well done!
Thursday 9th March
Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed some outdoor learning, as part of our humanities topic on North America. We learned about Native American dream catchers and what they were used for, and the natural materials used to make them. We then went outside to our beautiful willow tree and cut off some branches and made some dream catchers of our own. We had great fun! They are on display in the KS2 corridor - come and have a look at them!
Thursday, 2nd March 2017
World Book Day
Today, we celebrated World Book Day! We enjoyed dressing up as some of our favourite book characters. We also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop delivered by author and illustrator Steve Smallman. At the start of the day, during a whole school assembly, Steve Smallman drew as a wonderful illustration which inspired us to write short stories about the characters to whom we had been introduced to.  Today was an important celebration as we celebrated authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. 
Thursday, 23rd February 2017
This week, we have been learning to recite a persuasive letter written by Cat Woman to Robin. The letter is persuading Robin to give up his life with Batman and go back to school. The letter, which is in the form of pictures (Text Map), helps children to internalise the language and sentence structure required for persuasive writing. Ask your child to read the map to you. How much of it can he/she remember? 
Friday, 10th February
Year 5 and 6 have had a brilliant day! We have had a visit from the St John Ambulance and the children have been learning first aid skills. They have learnt about asthma, bleeding and bruising and what you should put in a first aid box. Different types of burns and scalds and what to do if you burn yourself. What to do if someone is choking. How to put someone into the recovery position and how to put on a bandage for severe bleeding.
The children have been presented with a Student First Aid certificate as well. How fantastic!
See if they can put you in the recovery position when they get home. 
Thursday, 9th February
Today, we had visitors talk to us about safer internet use. 
Before we post a picture on the internet we have learnt to STOP and THINK!
1) Who am I sharing this with?
2) Who else might get to see it?
3) What will people find out about me?
4) What will people be able to find out about other people in the photo?
Monday, 30th January 2017
Today, we celebrated Chinese New Year. The day started with an assembly, where we were all reminded
of the Chinese New Year story and then later in the day, we researched cultural and historical facts about China. At the end of the day, all classes showcased what they have learned. We particularly enjoyed listening to the youngest children of the school singing a song. 
Friday 27th January 2017
Having got through to the Local Final,, we were invited to Moor Farm Training ground to participate in the Local Final. Six teams had made it through after competing at DW Sports the week earlier. 
Etwall played St Johns in the first game which we drew 2 - 2. The second game was much the same, drawing 0 - 0. We desperately needed 3 points to still be in with a chance as the bottom two teams were to go home, leaving only the top four to fight it out. Fortunately we won the third game against Melbourne, giving us 3 points. We then went on to lose the game against Mickleover Primary School
1- 0, who had one every game so far. The final game was against Gayton which we drew 1-1. Fortunately this was enough.
This left us third in the table with Mickleover Primary finishing first, Gayton second and St Johns fourth. This meant we played Gayton in the semi-final. It was tense stuff as after 0 - 0; it went to extra time. A fantastic header from Jack in the last few minutes saw us through to the final. Surprisingly Mickleover Primary were out after St Johns took them to penalties.
In the final, we showed what a fantastic team we were. Conor scoring two goals and Jack one. Ending the final at a 3-0 win. WELL DONE LADS!
This now means that Etwall have finished first out of a total of 62 teams. What an achievement. We now go on to represent Derby County in the regional finals at Barnsley during March. If we win this, then we will be playing at Wembly in the national finals. Wow! Watch this space!  
Friday, 27th January
Today members of Y5/6 represented our school at Greenbank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote, at an athletics competition. We are pleased to say that out of 12 schools we managed to win 3rd place! The children did an excellent job of competing in the events, particular highlights being Lewis' 1st place in the long jump, with an incredible jump of 1.88m, and Olivia, Trinity, Bella and Eleanor taking 1st place in 4 x 1 relay. The children tried their hardest in all track and field events that they competed in, and they did us proud. Well done to all of the children (Trinity, Bella, Olivia, Olivia, Erin-Rose, Eleanor, Lewis, Tom, Joseph, Zak, Finlay, Denholm) and congratulations on winning bronze!
Friday, 20th January 2017
Mrs Giles and Jake took seven year 6 boys to the Power League Soccerdome to compete in the local stage of a national football tournament. Etwall topped the group and then went on to play in the quarter final.
Etwall beat Glebe Primary School to then go into the semi-final. Willington were difficult opponents and Etwall were 2 - 0 down. However, our strength, determination and fight managed to finish the match winning 3 -2. Fantastic result and great team play! 
Etwall and Mickleover are now through to the finals which are being played at Moor Farm Training Ground next week. The winning team from the local final will represent Derby County in a regional final and if successful, within the national final at Wembley.
Good luck to the boys and well done!
Friday, 13th January 2017
Happy New Year!
This half term, we are reading "Noah Barleywater Runs Away," by John Boyne.
Eight year old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away through the forest, and before long he comes across a toy shop, full of amazing toys and wonderful magic. 
Here Noah meets a very unusual toy maker with a story to tell; a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life. And it could change yours too.
Destined to become something of a children's classic. Ask your child all about it.
Tuesday 20th December
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the children and staff in year 5 and 6!
Friday 25th November
What a fantastic day we have had! We have been celebrating the life of Roald Dahl. This morning, we stayed in our own classes and looked at all the books that Roald Dahl has written. We created some fantastic collages of some of the characters. This afternoon we split off into our team colours and we all worked together to create our very own "Dirty Beast." Have a look at our photos.
Friday 18th November 2016
The whole of KS2 went to Derby Theatre to see the production of Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. It was great to compare the book to a live performance and we had a fabulous time. It was really funny and it was just like the story.
Wednesday 3rd November
We had a great time at our Indian dance workshop today! We learned some Bollywood dance moves and wore some of the traditional clothes. Yesterday we learned all about the festival of Diwali in our RE lesson, and why Hindus and Sikhs celebrate it.
3rd November - PANTS day. 
Today we have been learning about the 'PANTS' rule from the NSPCC. We enjoyed learning the important messages that Pantasaurus told us about.  Click on the link to learn for yourself!
Monday, 10th October
Today was our Harvest assembly with Rev. Fiona. We enjoyed seeing all of the classes Harvest work and celebrating the generous offerings brought in by children for the Padley Centre. Ospreys enjoyed sharing their watercolour created pictures and research of where some of our food comes from. 
Science - Friday 7th of October 2016
Today in Science, we measured our lung capacity. We exhaled into a balloon using one continuous breath and then tied a knot in it. We then used a measuring tape to record the circumference of the balloon which we recorded in cm. It was great fun but took a lot of puff!
Thursday, 29th September 
Ospreys have settled in to a new school year really well. New routines are in place and we feel like we've never been away. At present, we are in the process of writing a non-chronological report about our own created dragon; we are practicing written methods of calculations and are enjoying learning about the ancient Egyptians. We are all engaged in our class read, 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' and enjoy sharing our understanding as well as asking questions to develop our understanding about the key character 'Bradley'. 
Thursday, 22nd September
Well done to all of the children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. The children were presented with their certificates and medals in assembly today. You did a great job and we are really proud of you! 

Monday, 12th September


We have had a very interesting day as we have been dissecting pig hearts! A pig's heart is very similar to a human's heart so we were able to learn about the the job of our heart; the key parts of the heart and how our heart works. At times it was very smelly, but the experience was exciting and we learned lots.

Welcome back!
Ospreys class have settled in well and had a great start to the Autumn Term. We all looked refreshed for a great year to come!

Monday, 30th January 2017

 Today, we celebrated Chinese New Year. The day started with an assembly, where we were all reminded of the Chinese New Year story and then later in the day, we researched cultural and historical facts about China. At the end of the day, all classes showcased what they have learned. We particularly enjoyed listening to the youngest children  in our school sing a song.