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White Hall – Year 6 Residential Visit

19th – 21st September 2018

All of our Year 6 pupils ventured out on Wednesday 19 September to one of the country’s leading outdoor education centres to experiences a three-day residential trip. White Hall is a great centre with experienced, welcoming staff, who use outdoor education to build confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, independence and motivation. However, Parwich also plans the visit as a great transition aid early in the year; the pupils enjoy embarking on various  activities (stream scrambling, canoeing, a ropes course, mountain biking), whilst building new friendships with neighbouring Year 6 from local schools.

A huge thank you must be given to Margaret, once again, for accompanying our pupils – definitely a veteran of this trip (her 25th visit) and a well done to our Year 6, noted at the end of the week for exemplary behaviour and attitude.


The Royal British Legion Visit – Thursday 22nd February 2018

The Junior Class visited the Royal British Legion in Parwich to find out first hand what it was like to live and work in Ashbourne during World War 2. Fred told us all about his experiences in wartime.  He was only 5, when the war started and Ashbourne was a very different town to what it is today. Fred remembers food rationing; he didn’t know what a banana or an orange looked like throughout the war, as he’d never seen one. At school, he remembers taking part in air raid drills and having to put his gas mask on, which he carried everywhere. During an air raid, he didn’t have an Anderson shelter, instead he took cover in a cupboard underneath the stairs in his house.

Ashbourne was very different then: there were no cars – only doctors had cars – so the streets were his playground.  Fred remembers the aerodrome, which was a big attraction for him and lots of his friends. He also recalls that American troops were stationed in Ashbourne.  Fred’s father was in the Grenadier guards in London and he also served with that regiment.

We would very much like to thank all the staff at the Royal British Legion for their kindness and hospitality.

As part of the topic on WW1 the children made Anderson Shelters and poppies.


White Hall – Year 6 Residential Visit

9th – 11th October 2017

Mrs Wood accompanied Year 6 on an enjoyable stay at White Hall. The children had fun, with children from other cluster primary schools, experiencing activities such as canoeing, zip wiring and mountain biking.


Cromford Mills Trip – Thursday 21st September 2017

Our visit to Cromford Mill certainly put the topic of Victorian working children into context. This was a great opportunity for the children to experience local history. They discovered what it was like to work in Cromford Mill stepping back in time to the Victorian era and meeting some interesting local characters. This was a valuable learning experience which  the children thoroughly enjoyed.




Tudor Day – Thursday 15th June 2017

Good King Hal came to visit us all the way from Essex on Thursday 15th June.  The children had so much fun and we all learnt a great amount from King Henry VIII.  We all dressed up in Tudor costume as you can see.  During the morning, Henry told us about how he became king and all about his wives.  He also told us about how poorer people lived.  For instance, when they got ill they had unusual cures for sore throats.  They would put a spider covered in butter down their throat to cure it!  Imagine that!  Henry told us what he liked to eat and drink and what he liked to do in his spare time.  The children had a go at jousting in the afternoon and some children were put into the pillories, the Tudor version of the stocks.  We all had a thoroughly interesting and fun day.


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St. Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

On Thursday 6th April, the Junior Class visited St. Oswald’s Church, in Ashbourne, to take part in their ‘Easter Experience’. The afternoon consisted of short activities; each inspired by the different stages of the Easter Story. During the Spring term, the Junior’s RE topic has been Christianity and Easter, therefore this was a very worthwhile trip and it gave the children chance to explore the Church and the features we have been studying. The staff at the Church were very welcoming and each commented on the impeccable behaviour of our pupils. Well done Juniors and a Happy Easter to everyone!


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KS2 Dance

‘Kids of America’



On Wednesday 8th February, our Junior pupils were invited for a fun-filled day of activities at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School’ s Arts Festival. The day also provided the pupils with the opportunity to perform an American-inspired dance, that they had perfected within class lessons, to a large audience of local cluster school children. The dance showcased American line-dancing, rock ‘n’ roll, street dance and cheerleading.

Family and friends of the school enjoyed watching the routine in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7 February. Well done, Juniors.

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KS2 Music Concert

Our Junior Class celebrated their musical achievements by performing in the Memorial Hall to family and friends of the school on Wednesday 01 February.

Brigid Frazer, their Wider Opportunities teacher, led the concert , which showcased musicianship and violin skills. The pupils should be extremely proud of their progress this year.

Autumn Walk

October 2016

Our Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed an Autumn walk to inspire their poetry writing.

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White Hall – Year 6 Residential Visit

5th – 7th October 2016

Mrs Wood accompanied Year 6 on an enjoyable stay at White Hall. The children had fun, with children from other cluster primary schools, experiencing activities such as canoeing, zip wiring and mountain biking.

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 Year 6 Sailing

Our Year 6 pupils have been attending Carsington Water for five 2 hour sessions on the water. We are proud to announce that they all completed their ON BOARD Level 1 Sailing Award. Congratulations Year 6! We hope you go on the enjoy Sailing in the future.


Rio Carnival Preparation

Art & Design Project 2

Summer 2016

The Magic of Rio

To design and create a headdress and cape/wings to represent a ‘Bird of Paradise’ of their choice.

Particular criteria

  • The headdress and cape/wings must be designed and made by the children. Hats and costumes are not to be bought!
  • The designs must be based on a ‘Bird of Paradise’, ideally found in Rio.
  • They must stand out and be nice to look at, as they will be used as part of our Rio Carnival Parade on Wednesday 22nd June.
  • The creations must be made to fit the child wearing them.
  • The child must be able to move freely whilst wearing them.
  • Their underneath costume can be normal clothing, but ideally needs to be a similar colour to that of their chosen bird.

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 See ‘Whole School’ page for photos from our Rio Carnival

Bhangra Dancing

Dance Festival- QEGS Wednesday 20th April

Performance to Parents – Thursday 21st April

Well done to the Junior class for learning a Bhangra Dance; a dance from North India, and for performing it to 400 school children at QEGS, as part of their annual Dance Festival, and for parents the day after. You all looked amazing and performed brilliantly! A huge thank you to parents who helped make their costumes; from original Indian Saris.


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 Fairtrade Fortnight 2016


Year 3/4 Creative Writing

Instructions for making Fairtrade Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

Press on the link below to view our class Recipe:

How to Make Fairtrade Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

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Our Weekly Golden Mile – February 2016

In training for the Derby 3k Run in April.

Anyone wanting to join us for our ‘Golden Mile’, is more than welcome every Tuesday from 2.30-2.50pm, weather permitting, down at the Cricket Pitch.


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Djembe Concert – 3rd February 2016

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KS2 Wider Opportunities – September 2015 

The Junior children have begun African Drumming as part of their music lessons this year. A very noisy, but beautiful sounding part of our week!

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A Visit from Mick Edge – Wednesday 1st July 2015

During Wakes Week, Mick Edge kindly came to speak to the children about Parwich Oddfellows and their role in the Parwich Wakes Parade. The children were extremely interested in what he had to say and asked some interesting questions. Thank you to Mick for giving up his time to visit our school and for bringing examples of the uniform that the Oddfellows wear for us to look at.


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Viking Day

On Wednesday 24th June the Junior children were visited by a ‘Viking’ for the day. They thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Vikings and re-enacting a Viking Myth. In preparation for their Viking Day, the children designed and made their own shields.

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Making Shields for Viking Day

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KS2 Wider Opportunities – Fifes

September 2014 – July 2015

Our KS2 children have been privileged to access Wider Opportunities during this academic year. They have all learnt to play the Fife and have performed their skills to parents.

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KS2 Dance Festival at QEGS – 10th March 2015

The Junior class performed their dance to Earth Song by Michael Jackson at the annual Primary Dance Festival at QEGS. The dance was inspired by natural disasters and was mostly choreographed by the children themselves. They performed their dance with so much emotion and energy and made their teachers very proud. Well done to all who performed!

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Fifes Assembly – Thursday 5th February 2015

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KS2 Autumn Art

The juniors studied the artist Dan Bacich and his leaf drawings. We then went on an Autumn walk to collect leaves the children could use to create a piece of Autumn art inspired by Bacich.

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White Hall – Year 6 Residential Visit

A huge thanks to Mrs Wood for accompanying Year 6 to White Hall. The children had an amazing time experiencing the activities such as canoeing, zip wiring and mountain biking to name just a few.

This was Margaret’s 20th year as a leader of this annual residential visit.

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Poetry Workshop with Sian Towers – Thursday 22nd May 2014

As part of the Junior’s recent poetry unit in Literacy, they had an exciting WW1 Poetry Workshop.  At the end of the morning’s session the children wrote their own WW1 poems – which Mrs Peatfield then entered in to Ashbourne Festival’s WW1 Poetry Competition.

A huge WELL DONE to Will Edge and Ashley Rushton!  Their WW1 poems have been selected to go on display at Ashbourne Library as part of this year’s Ashbourne Festival and to celebrate 100 years since the war started.

 We are so proud of you.

Make sure you visit the exhibition next time you’re in Ashbourne, everyone!


Dance Festival at QEGS – Wednesday 19th March 2014

Parwich pupils get the opportunity to learn lots of different sports and activities in PE.  This term, the children learnt how to dance and put together an extended dance routine to music.

A dance tutor from QEGS visited the school and choreographed a superb Charleston with a modern twist, to the thumping beat of Bang Bang from Will I am.

The children loved this dance and spent several PE sessions learning the steps before performing in the annual Primary Dance Festival at QEGS, all dressed up in flapper and gangster outfits to recreate the Charleston era of the 1920s. 

Despite having to perform on stage in front of hundreds of pupils from schools across the area, not one child gave in to nerves and forgot their steps on the day and according to their teacher, Mrs Peatfield, the Parwich dance was not only one of the most original but the students performed it with superb timing and flair.  Well done everyone!

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RAF Cosford Museum Trip – Tuesday 4th February 2014

The highlight of our WW2 topic was a trip to RAF Cosford Museum. The children were subjected to life as a WW2 evacuee before running for cover in the Anderson shelter when the air raidsiren went off!

We saw lots of WW2 aircraft and tanks. Tthe super day was finished off with an exciting 4D simulation ride where children became the ‘Red Baron’ in a WW1 dogfight!

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WW2 Evacuee Day – Tuesday 14th January 2014

The KS2 children came to school dressed as evacuees. They bought in a pack or small suitcase with some items they would take with them if they were evacuated, wrapping their treasured possessions with some brown paper and string – very authentic!

We listened to an original air raid siren, from the Derbyshire Library, and practiced evacuating the building and sheltering in the basement just like children would have done during WW2. Some fantastic art was produced based on the Blitz.

During the day we visited the British Legion where a gentleman from the village talked about his personal experiences as a child during the war. We looked at artifacts from the war including, helmets, magazines and photographs.

We also baked carrot cookies based on an authentic recipe from the days of rationing,  yum!

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French Cafe – Thursday 17th October 2013

As part of our MFL and Enterprise project for the autumn term the children developed five individual pop-up cafes. The cafes opened for one afternon only serving a variety of French cuisine in their own unique style.

Cafe du Soleil, Le Petit Cafe Francais, Le Poisson Rouge, Le Grand Cafe de Parwich and Le Mistral de Parwich were all judged on three key areas.

Best Service, Best Food & Best Use of French as well as an award for Best Entrepeneurs.

The winner in every category was …… Le Poisson Rouge run by Will Edge.

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