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Year 3 artist visit

 

As part of our Kenyan printing and pattern topic in Art, Year 3 worked for a whole day with artist Nicki Dennett who is a printmaker and illustrator.

We made collagraph prints with Nicki and were lucky to be able to print our artwork on a real printing press. We also made African animal mono-prints, printed repeating patterns and cloth bunting. Nicki showed us how she uses her own sketchbooks to prepare for her finished art works.

Ryley in 3T remarked: ‘This is the best day ever. I love art!’ 

 

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Song of support for Lewis

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Congratulations Lewis -  a well deserved Bronze Medal  
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An awesome start for Lewis at the Rio Paralympics!

Well done Lewis! Lewis came second in his heat with a time of 4:22.63 which gives him a place in the 400M Freestyle S9 final. Team Belmont watched with great excitement, celebration and outstanding cheering!

Keep track of Lewis at  https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/athlete/lewis-white

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Excitement is building......we have butterflies!

We are eagerly waiting to watch Lewis in his first Paralympic heat at 2.45pm.

Our flag of support has arrived in Rio!

When Lewis, a former pupil, visited school before the holidays we presented him with a flag of support in the design of the Paralympics logo. Lewis has kindly sent us a picture of the flag on his balcony in the Paralympic Village.

 

 

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The Brilliant Club

 

We know how brilliant learning is at Belmont School, and for some, the future will hold lots more learning in the shape of further education – all the way to University! To give some children a flavour of both University life and work, the Brilliant Club works with children from Year 5 up to Year 11 to help show them the world they can aspire to if they go down the higher education route.

 

Six children from Belmont School; Joe, Josh, Morgan, Lexi, Emma and Malise, were selected to take part in this programme; working in close partnership with children from other local primary schools as well as older children from William Allitt School. They took part in an amazing introductory day at Nottingham University, where they could see first-hand what University life is like, and then followed this up by completing some very advanced work over the following four weeks. Each week they visited William Allitt School and worked with a PHD tutor to produce degree-level work.

 

The focus for their studies was the idea of ‘fairness’, and having read their final dissertations, I have been amazed by the depth of their research and the quality of their writing. If this is what they can produce now, I can only imagine what their work will be like in 9 years’ time at University!

 

With all University courses comes the opportunity to graduate, and the students on the brilliant club program all graduated after passing their final assignments. They were invited for a graduation ceremony at Warwick University, and along with a guest of their choice, went to accept their ‘degree’, complete with university levels. One student, Morgan, did exceptionally well and achieved a 1st!

 

They all represented the very best of Belmont’s core values, and certainly supported each other to achieve the success they rightly deserved. Well done graduates!

 

For more information on the Brilliant Club, visit:

http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/

Year 5 and 6 Wider Opportunities music trip to play with the Hallé Orchestra in Derby.

 

Where would we be without music? Well, we certainly wouldn’t be in a fabulous arena in Derby playing alongside world-class professional musicians I can tell you! Throughout the year, the young learners from year 5 have been learning to play the flute (in 5R) and a variety of brass instruments (5T), provided by the Derbyshire ‘Wider Opportunities’ music program and kindly funded by the Friends of Belmont (FOBS).

 

Whilst at times learning to play an instrument can be challenging (and flute and brass are not the easiest things to learn!), the children have worked very hard to learn some very very tricky pieces for the Hallé concert. The theme was ‘America’, and as such celebrated famous American composers including Leonard Bernstein and Scott Jopiln, as well as music from West Side Story and even a very popular choice of a Star Wars theme!

 

The children were exceptional throughout, remembering all of their cues and parts, and remembering to carry on even if they had forgotten a small part. Behaviour too was brilliant, and the children managed to contain their excitement but still enjoy the fun with playing, singing and even dancing. Yes, even Mr Robinson danced.

 

The reactions from the children were a mixture of relief that they had pulled it off, and surprise that they enjoyed it more than they expected. Of course, now they can put on their CV that they have played in an arena with the Hallé Orchestra…

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Here are some pupil reactions:

 

Liberty: I felt proud for achieving this, it was something I never thought I’d do!

 

Sam W: I thought I might make a mistake, but I didn’t! My favourite part was listening to the Star Wars theme.

 

Sam T: When I got into the arena, I was amazed at how it was, I thought it would just be some normal songs. I would say it was a once in a lifetime experience!

 

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Here is a video of the incredible Hallé Orchestra

Celebration of Support Competition

 

About the competition:

 

Welcome to the new Get Set to Play competition, developed by P&G and the British Olympic Association, where we are offering you the chance to win a visit to your school from top athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, as part of the ‘Thank you, Mum’ campaign!

 

Schools who enter will be in with the chance to win a visit from Jessica to their school next autumn! There will also be 20 great runners-up prizes from Team GB.

 

At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Jessica had the support of Great Britain, Team GB, family and friends. This support helped Jessica to achieve her goals and was key to her success when she not only won a gold medal in the Heptathlon but also set a new British record!

 

A key supporter of Jessica has been her mum, Alison, who has been behind Jessica every step of the way and a driving force to make sure that Jessica achieves her Olympic Games goals.

To watch Jessica talk about her mother click this link: 

http://www.getsettoplay.co.uk/competition/

 

We want children aged 5–11 across the country to think about why support is important and to celebrate the support that they receive from others, just like Jessica is celebrating the support that she receives from her mum on the journey that she hopes will take her to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

 

Entering the competition is easy! 

Use the downloadable competition activity sheet with your class, or whole school to consider the importance of support and to celebrate the support that they receive every day. This support might be from a family member, friend, or someone in school.

 

They can then write, draw or record how they have been supported by using the competition activity sheet, or create a class display using all of their completed competition activity sheets.

 

The competition entry should:

  • link to the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect
  • be inspired by the support that children have received themselves in school and at home from their families and other supporters
  • celebrate why it is important to receive support and help from others.

 

http://www.getsettoplay.co.uk/media/10686/Get-Set-to-Play-Competition-Activity-Sheet.pdf

 

Mrs .Fern is happy to submit your entry. Please bring it to school by Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Science in 5R

As part of our science learning, 5R have been finding out all about life cycles, including the life cycles of plants. To do this, they first had to identify the parts of a flowering plant that allow it to reproduce, and had a lot of fun carefully dissecting them to identify the correct parts. As you can see, we have some talented future botanists in the making!

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Cross Country

 

On Monday 23rd May, Mrs Ball and Mr Robinson took a talented team of terrific runners to Rosliston forest park to take part in the South Derbyshire Cross Country finals. The weather was warm and sunny (well, to begin with), and after a quick walk through of the course, we were ready to begin! Year 3/4  girls went first, followed by the boys, who had to complete one lap of the course. Both teams did very well, securing 4th place and 7th place respectively overall. Next it was the turn of the older children, with the Year 5/6 girls running two laps of the field, followed by the boys running the same distance. The heat certainly didn’t help, but all put in a huge effort to run their best. Girls finished 4th overall, with an excellent 5th place from Lucy certainly helping, and the boys finished 5th overall. Altogether, Belmont finished the event 4th, out of a total of 10 teams, and showed excellent consistency in each event. Roll on next year!

Kindred Spirits Art Project

 

In Year Four we have been working on a project called Kindred Spirits. Through this, we have been partnered with a school in Tower Hamlets called Shapla Primary School. Through the year, we have been working on our values and identity.

 

On Monday 23rd May we were lucky enough to have an artist work with us for the day. During this, we discussed our names and what their meanings were. We found them really interesting! After that, we created masks to represent our name. To do this we used a range of materials such as wool, cotton, card and felt.

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In the afternoon, we put our masks on and we were filmed singing our favourite nursery rhyme. Later, we were taught how to change posture, light, angle and height to capture photographs. We all took turns on having our photograph taken by our peers in our masks, as well as capturing the pictures ourselves.

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It was a great day. This is what we thought:

“I really liked making the masks, because you could get creative and use your imagination.” –Jared

“The artist was really interesting as she knew a lot about art and design.”-Mair

“The photography was really enjoyable, because I learned how to use a camera correctly.” Imogen

“I really liked the day, due to the fact I learned more about the meaning of my name.” – Zack

 

Kindred Spirits, Shared Values – project update.

Our exciting new project based in Year 4 is progressing well and the children are really enjoying working with our link school in Tower Hamlets, London.


The Year 4 staff and Mrs Smith visited Shapla Primary School before Christmas and had the opportunity to meet the wonderful staff and children there. The children in Shapla’s Year 4 class asked lots of great questions about Belmont and took us on a tour of their school. We also were able to spend time with Anna Burt, Deputy Head, to plan the project going forward. 
Our Year 4 children then completed a base-line assessment, an identity picture and an activity called 10-10-10. This activity involved our children working together to decide upon ten questions they would like to ask the children in Shapla, ten statements about Belmont that our children felt the Shapla children should know about us and finally ten rights they felt every child should have. The children at Shapla did the same activities and we exchanged our work.Our children then considered the information Shapla had sent us and videoed their responses, these have now been sent for Shapla to watch.

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The week before Easter saw our Year 4 children begin work on a fantastic book called ‘Skin Again’ by Bell Hooks. The children have considered the visible and invisible differences between people and also shared stories about themselves using a photograph or object as a stimulus. This work will form the basis for a quality piece of writing that we will share with Shapla Primary.
You can see from the photographs that our children have thought really hard about identity and ‘Skin Again’.

Bikeability

 

Year 6 pupils were given the opportunity to gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle on today’s roads. Level 1 was taken on the playground and the children learnt to control and master their bikes away from traffic and completed many aspects of cycling from starting off a journey, pedalling and stopping with control, Life – Saver – Looks (think we were all saying that in our sleep!) and sharing space with pedestrians and other cyclists. Level 2 gave the children the opportunity to practise on “quieter” roads and gave them a real experience! The children did themselves proud and overcame nerves to deal with traffic, recognise hazards, positioning and manoeuvres. They had lots of fun but also soon realised the importance of safety and, despite the weather, kept smiling! Well done everyone who took part.

 

Here are a few comments from year 6.

 

Bethany: It was amazing, the instructors were really nice, kind and helpful.

Charlie: I’m wearing my helmet since Bikeability and am more aware of my speed.

Lucie: Life-Saver-Looks are really important and might save your life!

Billy: I enjoyed going out on the roads and learning how to ride safely. 

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‘Trombones’ Assembly – South Derbyshire Music Centre

 

Where would we be without music? Well, at Belmont we would have a hard time answering that as music is always on the menu, and a tasty treat was served up in assembly in the shape of some delicious trombones from The South Derbyshire Music Centre! Complete with a trombonist too, who explained to the children that in the juniors, they could have FREE music lessons for a whole term in how to play the trombone! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, she invited some children up to the front to have a go at making a noise. The sound was incredible – and the look of surprise on their faces as they made an enormously loud noise was priceless. We were then treated to a performance of ‘Happy’, which had the whole assembly clapping and singing along. It’s safe to say that there will be a lot more young trombonists around very soon!

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Indoor Cricket League at Greenbank Leisure Centre

 

For a 3 week run of Friday evenings, Mrs Ball and Mr Robinson took an enthusiastic group of young Year 5 and 6 cricketers to Greenbank to take part in the South Derbyshire indoor cricket league. Here, we would face teams from all over the county, including Pennine Way and Linton (who have some county cricketers in their midst), and with lots of matches to play, we knew we’d be in for a busy – but fun – time. Over the three weeks, we played brilliantly, especially considering some members had only been playing cricket for a few weeks, and we even won a match in the second week against Fairmeadows School. In the final week (as seen in the pictures), several members of the team were struck down with illness, but to the rescue stepped up Luke and Noah, who stood in at the last minute despite never having played cricket before – what legends!

 

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We played well and had lots of fun in the process – definitely a strong base to work on for the future! We are already looking forward to our next competitions! Thanks to the following for representing the team so awesomely:

Kelis, Harry, Sam, Tylor, Faith, Hollie, Noah, Luke and Hayden.

Cricket and Rounders Club at Belmont Primary School

 

Cricket and Rounders club is led by Mrs Ball and Mr Robinson for children in Year 5 and 6. We have the luxury of using the hall in the winter, and in summer we venture outside to enjoy the sunshine and playing two fun and exciting games. We focus initially on developing key skills in bowling, throwing and catching, before moving onto batting and tactics. We play lots of fun games to practise these skills and the children certainly enjoy the competitive elements to the club. Children have the opportunity to represent the school at various leagues and tournaments around the county, and we certainly have a lot of fun in the process! 

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Tag Rugby Club at Belmont Primary School

 

Tag Rugby is great introduction to the brilliant game of rugby; with all the running, handling and tactical skills of the full game, without the risk of injury! Mr Robinson leads the club for Year 5 and Year 6, and the members have lots of fun keeping warm in the cold air by playing lots of running and passing games – rugby players need to be resilient! As well as that, children learn the key rules to play the game, and are developing their tactical awareness and teamwork skills – vital in a game such as Tag Rugby. Above all else, we like to have fun whilst we do it, so check out the pictures and see Mr Robinson if you want to join!

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Exploring Values
 
Year 5 have recently completed a unit of work on 'How and why do Christians follow Jesus?'. As part of their study the children interviewed a Christian visitor to investigate how their faith impacted upon their life. This culminated in the children asking the visitor to rank their values according to those which they felt were more important to least important. The children then completed the same activity, as seen in the pictures, and compared their own values with those of the Christian visitor. By exploring their own values and making comparisons the children developed their own understanding of others' faith and values and develop respected and tolerance for others too.
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How do people express their faith through the Arts?

 

The work was based upon the story of Jacob's Ladder from the Old Testament and from studying the art of Marc Chagall and William Blake. The children then interpreted the story in their own pieces of art and considered what values God hopes people on earth to have.

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Lily - 'My picture represents God coming down the ladder with the angels ascending and descending up and down the ladder. Jacob is at the bottom of the ladder with his head on a rock sleeping. He dreams that this happens. I have drawn some scenery in the background to represent where Jacob is. The stars and cloud represent God. I will do the top light and the bottom dark. The staircase also has values on it.'

 

Olivia S - 'I have drawn a picture of Jacob and his dream. God is there however you can't actually see him in the drawing. The ladder shows the levels from God coming down to people. It starts dark at the bottom, as it gets higher it starts to get brighter. Each word on the ladder represents God and peace, love represents that God will always love everyone on Earth.'

 

Olivia G - 'I've drawn a ladder, the ladder in Jacob's dream. I've drawn Jacob on the floor asleep on a rock. The ladder has angels ascending and descending from God and to God. The ladder goes to heaven and comes down to earth. As you can see, it's very bright at the top, God is there (you can't see him) but he's there for Jacob. Jacob gives God a tenth of all he has. My staircase has values on it, for example hope, love, good works, courage, humility, friendship, faith and sincerity. The words show what God has chosen for hope and faith to Earth and heaven.' 

‘Speak out, Stay Safe’ - NSPCC Assembly and Workshops

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Deborah and Kerry led the assemblies on ‘Speak out, Stay Safe’ and the work carried out by the NSPCC. Children were invited to take part in the sponsored spelling sprint.

 

Link to Childline website

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Year 5 and 6 have participated in  'Speak out, Stay Safe ' workshops led by the NSPCC.
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"After delivering safeguarding workshops in your school I would like to express my thanks to staff and pupils for making it a positive experience.

The pupils were a credit to your school; very well behaved and engaged fully and maturely with some very difficult issues. The class teachers were very welcoming and supported our messages fully to reinforce how important it was that children were happy and safe. Teachers praised their pupils afterwards for their contributions which validated their efforts."
Jim Adams
NSPCC

Tamba Roy Visit

 

We have been delighted to welcome back Tamba Roy this week as part of our ongoing ‘Helpful Habits’ project.

 

Through storytelling, music and discussion Tamba explored the importance of well being, perseverance and determination. With the help of Tamba’s puppet, Mountain Chicken, the children explored how their helpful habits could support them in being the best they can be.

 

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‘Tamba taught us to try and enjoy every moment of the day’ –Amelie and Sharley

 

‘Try as hard as you can and never give up was what I thought after hearing the story about rabbit winning the competition. Mountain Chicken tried even though he didn’t win. – Jesse

 

‘Tamba was funny. I liked his song and his story because they made me feel calm and happy. - Harley

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The ‘Habits’ project has clearly had an important impact in helping children to understand that they can make choices that impact upon their own success. e.g. replacing unhelpful habits with ones that help them to learn.

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Team Belmont visit Nottingham Ice Centre to watch Team GB in action!

 

On a slightly frosty Friday, 24 children from KS2 headed off the Nottingham Ice Centre to watch the ISU Star Class Speed Skating championship. This premier event would include some Olympic skaters from all around the world, including some up-and-coming young hopefuls from Great Britain who are looking for future Olympic glory.

 

We had some amazing seats and we set about attaching our epic banner kindly donated by Maddie Smith (a pupil who attended the event last year). The children had all designed their own banners and set to work waving them with an arena full of enthusiasm. Even Robin Hood and Maid Marion seemed impressed by our banners. Needless to say, it was the team GB skaters that got the loudest cheers, however what really impressed me about the Belmont children was how great they were at cheering on skaters from all nations. Once again, we adopted Belgium as one of our ‘back-up’ teams when no GB skaters were on, although Mrs Skellett chose Italy and Switzerland as her teams. Mrs Skellett is very good at cheering. I know this as I was sitting in front of her. Very loud…

 

Our cheering and enthusiasm was so good, that Elise Christie (an Olympic Team GB skater!) decided to give us some prizes which we drew on the coach journey home. This was such a nice gesture from a very talented athlete – let’s hope that we can get her or one of the team to visit our school! I’m sure that the collective persuasiveness of Team Belmont will do the trick!

 

Our cheering must have done the trick, as Team GB came away with a good tally of medals, including a 1-2 finish for the ladies’ 1500m, and a selection of gold, silver and bronze medals. I’m sure that in the crowd watching were some future speed skating stars – I wonder if any of Team Belmont have been inspired to give it a go?

 

On the coach journey back, there were a lot of tired faces but definitely a lot of smiles, and I managed to grab some quotes from the children:

 

Alex: Today has been the best day of school because we saw some inspirational speed skating.

 

Harvey: It was brilliant because I thought it wouldn't be that exciting, but it turned out fantastic. My favourite bit was the spectacular crashes, but I'm glad no one was hurt.

 

Max: If you don't skate, you'll be late! (I loved this little rhyme!)

 

Jorge: Today was a brilliant day because the female GB skaters did well and scored medals. It was like we were sharing their success!

 

Sophie: Today was exceptional because of the inspiring athletes. I was most impressed by how fast they could skate.

 

Today was only possible because of the hard organisational work by Matt Bradbury and his team at Nottingham Ice Centre, Mrs Ball, and the fantastic support on the day from Mrs Frost, Mrs Skellett and Mrs Wymark (not forgetting the perfect behaviour from all the 24 children that went). Thank you!

 

See you next year Nottingham Ice Centre!

 

Mr Robinson

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A very Merry Christmas from all at Belmont

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Year 5 in the mines

 

On Wednesday 25th November, Year 5 were treated to a visit from the South Derbyshire Mining Group. They are a volunteer organisation made up of local ex-miners who have a shared passion for local history and the history of mining. They brought with them a wealth of experience and fascinating artefacts which the children thoroughly enjoyed getting to handle, and spoke with such passion and excitement about the ‘good old days’ that you couldn’t help but be enthralled.

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The children used this as an excellent research opportunity to find out some facts for their ‘Swotting up on Swad’ local history projects, and were very adept at asking questions to the miners – making good use of the local knowledge!

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From Garforth Bulbs to Dynamite (not real of course!) the pupils had a great morning, and the behaviour was nothing short of impeccable. Hopefully we can have this opportunity again – and this may well happen as Year 5 have written some very persuasive letters on that subject to the mining group, so watch this space!

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Quotes from Year 5:

It was really interesting, most of the facts I did not know anything about before! I was amazed that they used explosives in the mine, and I was surprised that it didn’t collapse!

Robbie

 

We all had a fun time investigating the stuff you brought in and it was fascinating. They had great answers to all of our questions, and it helped my group with our project. I am still trying to imagine what it would be like to be down there…not that I would like to be there!

Liberty

 

It was really good to have the miners in so we could learn from them. I found out that you could not take a candle into the mines as there were gases there that could make it explode! I also learned about fool’s gold, which isn’t really gold at all.

Francesca

Year 2 Gymnastics

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We have been practising for several weeks for our gymnastics competition at Greenbank Leisure Centre on Wednesday the 9th of December, we went to Greenbank Leisure Centre to do our gymnastic competition. At the start I felt confident, then on the floor routine it was easy but the body management was a bit trickier, the vault was quite easy. I was happy when we won a trophy and a golden wristband and a golden medal. By Isabelle

 

We have been practising for several weeks for the gymnastics competition. I was a bit nervous before the competition started but on Wednesday we performed the gymnastics competition and we tried our very best and we won the trophy and I was very impressed with my team and we got medals and a band and even a certificate. I enjoyed it, I think the team did too. By Emily

 

We have been practising for several weeks and on Wednesday we went to Greenbank Leisure Centre to go and win the gymnastics competition. I felt confident and nervous. We tried our best and we won a trophy. We were happy that we won, my mummy was very proud. By Izzy

 

We have done practising several times for the competition. When we got there I was scared and happy at the same time. It was called Greenbank Leisure Centre. We performed to the judges. I felt confident and then we were told that we won the competition, we were all so happy and proud. By Emily

 

We practised for several weeks for the competition at Greenbank Leisure Centre. I was nervous doing it. Now it was Wednesday, the competition began and we won the trophy and got a medal and wristband. I was proud of my team. By Bethan

 

We have been practising for the competition then on Wednesday we won the trophy then we went home to show the teachers, they were happy and proud, then we showed Mrs Walker and she said “well done”. I was so happy. By Jaidon

Guide Dog UK Assembly

 

Earlier this year two representatives from Guide Dog UK (Richard and Julia) and their dog Penny visited Belmont to talk to us about the role of guide dogs and how they help blind and partially sighted people. 

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This inspired us to organise a fundraising treasure hunt to help raise money for the charity. Pictures of guide dogs were hidden around the school and children were given half an hour to find as many as they could. It was a success and we raised £333 for the charity. On Monday 23rd November we invited Richard and Julia back to Belmont to present them with our cheque.
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We were very lucky as they also brought Silvia, a guide dog puppy, with them. Belmont are in the process of sponsoring a puppy. As soon as we have filled in the form we will be the sponsors of a puppy. More information will be given on this shortly.

Written by Lucy And Jessica, School Council Representatives.

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School Council visit to South Derbyshire District Council.

 

On the 18th of November the school council visited South Derbyshire District Council. We were greeted by the chief executive, Frank McCardle, and were taken on a tour around the building.
 

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After, we were taken to the debating chamber where we were given snacks and later had a debate about whether we should be charged 5p for plastic bags.
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Our prime minister, Jessica, was our speaker and the rest of us were split up into for and against sides. At the end of our debate we used a ballot box to vote. We decided (using our votes) that we should be charged for plastic bags.

Written By Jessica, Belmont Prime Minister

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2015 Super Results In All Key Stages

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Well done as 72% achieved a “Good Level of Development”, meeting the expected standard across the key Early Learning Goals, compared with 61% nationally in 2014. What a fabulous start to learning at Belmont!

 

Year 1 Phonics Screening

Amazing progress as 80% achieved the standard of the phonics screening compared with 74% nationally in 2014. Well done!

 

Year 2

 

Belmont % Level 2+

National %

Level 2+ 2014

Belmont % Level 2B+

National %

Level 2B+ 2014

Belmont % Level 3

National %

Level 3 2014

Reading

94%

90%

85%

81%

41%

31%

Writing

91%

865

77%

70%

23%

16%

Maths

95%

92%

86%

80%

35%

24%

 

Also 100% of pupils who needed a phonics screening re-take achieved the standard compared with 66% nationally in 2014.

Excellent results-well done!

 

Year 6

I am sure that you will agree that the pupils have worked extremely hard to achieve such fabulous results. I would like to thank all of the staff, who have taught them during their time at Belmont and especially in Year 6. Well done!

Thank you to all parents for such tremendous support-it makes such a big difference and we appreciate it.

 

Belmont % Level 4+

National %

Level 4+ 2014

Belmont % Level 5+

National %

Level 5+ 2014

Belmont % Level 6

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Level 6

2014

Reading

94%

89%

53%

49%

0%

0%

Writing

92%

85%

45%

33%

4%

2%

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation

86%

76%

61%

52%

6%

2%

Maths

98%

86%

51%

42%

6%

9%

Reading, Writing and Maths

90%

79%

33%

24%

2%

0%

 

 

Belmont % 2 levels progress

National % 2 levels progress 2014

Belmont % 3 levels progress

National % 3 levels progress

National median 2014

Reading

96%

91%

37%

35%

94%

Writing

98%

93%

47%

33%

96%

Maths

98%

89%

41%

35%

93%

 

The Secondary Schools will be fortunate to receive pupils from Belmont and we wish all of our Year 6 pupils “Good Luck” as they move on.

Belmont Summer Fayre 2015
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A massive thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Fayre. We raised an amazing £1,488.08 which will go towards supporting projects within school such as the Wider Music Opportunities in Year 5. With special thanks to the 'Friends of Belmont School' (FOBS) for all their time and hard work in making the event a huge success. If you are interested in supporting FOBS by helping at future events please leave a message at the school office for the FOBS committee.

Year 3 Game Designers

Our Year 3's have been busy designing a maths game. The Year 2 children had great fun testing the games. Well done to all involved, some great peer coaching in action! See more images in Year 3's pupil page.

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Year 3 Tower competition

In art Year 3 have been learning about the race to build ever taller skyscrapers. We had a competition in class to design and build the tallest tower that was strong enough to stand by itself. More images can be found on Year 3's pupil page.

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Belmont School Games

During National Sports Week the sun came out for the ‘Belmont School Games’.  On a sunny Tuesday morning all the infant children competed in the running, skipping, jumping, balancing and egg and spoon race; all children received a certificate for their achievements.

For the Key Stage 2 games morning the banners were out for each house team as the children entered the park. This event  saw all the children in KS2  representing their house team; working as a team to collect the most amount of points in order to be awarded the winner’s trophy.

The four house captains delivered an inspiring speech to their team, encouraging each child to do their best and to enjoy themselves. Within the competition each house selected children to race for each year group in the 80m sprint, 80m skipping, 40m egg and spoon, 25m potato race and the 4x1 80m relay race. 

The winning team for this year’s KS2 sports morning were the Merlins, with the team captains collecting the winner’s trophy and 50 house points for their team.

Thank you to the parents and carers for coming along to support these successful events – a good time was had by all!

 

More photos of the School Games can be found on the School Games page located in Pupil Zone.

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A fantastic win for Belmont at Granville Languages Festival

Ten of our amazing Year 6 pupils took part in the Granville Languages Festival. Local primary and secondary schools are all invited to take part, producing a performance in any language for a panel of judges. This year the Belmont team performed a piece in Malay called ‘Who wants to be a Malaysianaire?’ The children worked closely with Mrs Mansfield, one of our midday supervisors, who speaks fluent Malay. After an outstanding performance our team won for the fourth year running! The team later performed again for the whole school during a special mentions assembly. A massive congratulations to all of our Language Festival pupils and a special thank you to Mrs Mansfield.

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Belmont Gym Team enjoy a Master Class with Beth Tweddle

An excited gym team headed to William Allitt on June 29th to meet Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. A whole hour passed by quickly as the Belmont Gym Team worked hard to follow the coaching tips from Beth.

Year 6 Residential Visit to Whitemoor Lakes

On a bright and sunny Monday morning, Year 6 set off with much enthusiasm for their residential trip to Whitemoor Lakes. Our first stop was the National Arboretum, where we had a gentle stroll around the many memorials in the glorious morning sunshine. The children showed their respects for this memorial to fallen soldiers, and asked some particularly poignant questions along the way. After this, it was a short coach drive to Whitemoor Lakes - a purpose built educational activity centre - and on with the matter of sorting out rooms, bunks and where the vending machines were!

Throughout the three days, the children got to experience a wide range of action-packed activities and events, including team-work challenges; rock climbing; high ropes (and they were really high!); abseiling and zip wire. On the Monday evening, we even had a talk from a wildlife expert, who demonstrated some exotic animals, including several snakes, a scorpion, a couple of tarantulas and even a skunk! The Meercat proved very popular, as did the baby owls (even if one did have a bit of an unscheduled flight!), and everyone agreed how cute the pygmy hedgehog was!

 

On the activities, many children 'faced their fears' by trying things that moved them out of their comfort zones, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experiences, leaving with a sense of pride and achievement at the end. Our work on cooperative learning through our Kagan structures back at school has clearly paid off, as children were excellent at supporting and encouraging each other and collaborating to solve various problems - who knew milk-crates could be so challenging?

 

All in all, we had a wonderful time, full of great weather, lovely food, excellent activities (led by excellent instructors) and a great bunch of children (and adults), who I hope have come away from the week with some brilliant memories. 

 

Hands up who wants another go on the zip-wire?

 

See below a selection of photographs below - more will be added to the Year 6 Pupil Pages very soon.

 

Selection of Yr6 Whitemoor Lakes Photographs

Belmont Primary School warmly welcomes Dr. Kagan!

We were all delighted and honoured to meet Dr. Kagan who kindly came to visit Belmont as part of his visit to the UK. Dr. Kagan's Co-operative Learning Structures are used throughout the school to effectively support teaching, learning and social development.

Our Year 4 Kagan Coaches enjoyed discussing with Dr.Kagan how his structures have helped to support their learning and enabled them to grow in confidence.

Dr. Kagan, on his tour of Belmont, observed the Year 4 Kagan Coaches teaching the younger  children the sequence of steps to Mix, Pair, Share.  Dr. Kagan enjoyed seeing the children using a wide variety of his structures such as Numbered Heads Together, Inside Outside Circle, Quiz Quiz Trade to name but a few. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed being taught by Dr. Kagan himself - a really special treat for all involved!

 

Sharing our Kagan Coaches Project

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Yr 5 sharing how the Kagan structures have supported their learning

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Kagan Coaches in Action

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Dr Catherine Harris shares her journey of success
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As part of our ' Be the Best You Can Be' project, Dr Catherine Harris talked to the children in assembly about her journey of success and her interest in Geography. She talked about her job as a researcher at the University of Sheffield. Dr Harris outlined how her role involves travelling, writing reports and lecturing. As always, the children asked some excellent questions!
A fine performance by the 'Belmont Gym Team'
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The gymnastics team have had a great year so far. After winning gold in the South Derbyshire competitions and going on to win bronze in the Derbyshire County Finals, they wanted to share their success with their peers.  The team performed a vault display to Year 3 and 4 children as well as the gymnast’s parents. This was a fantastic performance and the children thoroughly enjoyed celebrating their achievements. 

Swimming Success for Lewis
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Lewis attended Belmont Primary School from 2006-2011 and currently attends The Pingle School. Lewis is a member of the World Class Podium Potential squad for British Para-Swimming. He is a member of City of Derby Swimming Club, training under Head Coach, Mel Marshall (Double Olympian and Commonwealth Champion). Lewis trains six days a week and swims  alongside World record holder, Adam Peaty. This season has seen Lewis swim at the Brazil School Games in Sao Paulo, bringing home a silver medal in the 100m,just missing gold by just 0.3 seconds. He then went on to win South Derbyshire Disability Sportsperson of the Year and Derbyshire Disability Sports Personality of the Year. At the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow Lewis gained three golds and a silver medal along with five personal best times. Lewis has attended swim camps in both Manchester and in Plymouth at the Royal Navy base, training alongside the Invictus athletes. Lewis most recently attended the German Para-Swimming International Meet in Berlin, putting on the GB hat for a second time. Future events include attending the National Paralympic Day at the Aquatics Centre in London and the British Swimming National Championships in Sheffield.

 Recently Lewis presented another young swimmer, Lola, with her first swimming certificate. Lola shares the same limb deficiency as Lewis and is just at the start of her journey into swimming. Lewis also jumped into the water to give Lola a lesson, something he really enjoyed and hopes to do more of in the future.

Lewis’ aspirations for the future include representing his country at the World  and European Championships and making it to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

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My Olympic Wish Competition

Details of the competition talked about in Mrs Walker's Assembly today. Closing date Tuesday 5th May. Good luck!

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Guide Dogs UK Assembly organised by the School Council

The children were interested to hear all about how guide dogs are trained and enjoyed meeting Penny, the black labrador. The School Council are considering the school raising money to support Guide Dogs UK.

17.4.15

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Mr.Gebbie's Retirement Celebrations...

 

 

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Mr. Gebbie did walk 500 miles.....

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Listen to the children singing his retirement song!

The Solar Eclipse on Science Day

The Solar Eclipse on Science Day 1 The Eclipse from Belmont taken by Mr.Patrick
The Solar Eclipse on Science Day 2 Safely viewing the solar eclipse

Success for Belmont - Gymnastics

Well done to the infant gymnastics' team who came second in the recent gymnastics competition against local schools. You performed an excellent routine and should be proud of your achievements!

16.3.15

More Success for Belmont Gymnastics Team

The junior gymnastics team produced an outstanding display and won the competition against local schools. Whilst the trophy is heading off to the engravers, the team are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take part in the County finals. Go for it gymnasts!

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