Church Street, Fritchley, DE56 2FQ 01773 852216
The Nursery elves were very busy over the Christmas holiday, putting the finishing touches to our outdoor learning environment, now complete with a permanent sun/rain canopy. The sand pit was re-filled, fresh soil put in the re-designed mud kitchen, bird feeders topped-up and lots of brushing and washing ready to start this term’s learning in the outdoor nursery areas!
Our outstanding nursery takes children from age 2 and it’s great to see them independently enjoying our free-flow woodland, grass and playground areas, located next to the nursery. Visitors are always welcome to come and take a look!
We’re really proud of our Computer Coding Club which has continued to go from strength to strength this term. Being a Star Code Club has allowed our children to access technology previously only available to secondary school students.
Our code clubbers had great fun with the BBC Micro:bits kit, as they learned to programme them to show messages. Some of them even managed to convert sheet music to code to play tunes, changing the tempo and notes to fit the capabilities of the Micro:bit.
We were joined by Code Club East Midlands Regional Co-Ordinator, Katharine Childs, last term, when she came in to introduce the children to the magical world of Raspberry Pi, which our Star Club will be building on that later this term. Katharine was proud to see us featured in the recent official MagPi magazine. She commented on our Facebook page, “This is brilliant and you are amazing … well done … I’m so pleased to see Fritchley on the map”!
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an important part of the school curriculum. The emphasis is on getting children familiar with the technology, learning to use equipment and how to use various programmes for particular tasks in a variety of contexts. Thanks to everyone who attended our Christmas fundraising events, our dream of a new super-duper computer lab is getting closer! Check out our website and Facebook page to follow our progress.
Our Year 3 and 4 children have spent the last term learning how to play djembe drums, which are rope-tuned, skin-covered drums, originally from West Africa. The name ‘djembe’ comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace”.
The djembe can produce a wide variety of sounds, as our children have been finding out. The drum is very loud, and it is traditionally said that a skilled drummer is one who “can make the djembe talk”, telling an emotional story through the drum’s sounds. Have you heard us playing?!
Our teacher, Charlotte Kirk from Derbyshire Wider Opportunities, is really impressed with how fast the children have been able to pick up complicated patterns and songs, and the children are loving playing the drums. Harriet (aged 8) says that playing the djembe drum is:
“great fun! You have to sit on the drum and use your hands to hit it. There
are three hand positions called bass, tone and slap. I can’t wait to learn more”.
Traditionally, the djembe is played only by men. Even today, it is rare to see women play djembe in West Africa, and African women are said to express astonishment when they do see a female djembe player. They will be very astonished if they come to Fritchley!
Thank you to everyone who came to see the children showcase what they had learned so far in a djembe performance in January. We all look forward to seeing you at the next one.
We offer an extensive, newly furnished setting with free flow learning both indoors and outdoors in all weather. If you would like to visit our school to see our fabulous nursery space and to speak to our friendly staff, please telephone us on 01773 852216.
Visit our website at www.fritchleyprimaryschool.co.uk, or find us on Facebook –
Fritchley CE Aided Primary School.
Karin Baker, Headteacher.