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Igniting Creative Writing

For our most recent Creative Writing morning, there was a twist! The children were not given a theme as usual, but they picked what and how they wanted to write.

In FS2 and KS1, some children chose to design ‘Wanted’ posters, others got creative and made Top Trumps and others baked biscuits and wrote about who they would give theirs to!

KS2 started with an assembly in which children were shown 4 stimuli that were selected by different teachers. The children then went with the teacher who had also chosen that theme.

The children had a great morning of creativity and it was great to see them enjoying their writing in a way that they chose.

Here are some pictures of our day.


Headteacher’s Autumn Blog

I cannot believe that it is nearly half term already! This term seems to be flying by! So much has happened over the past 6 weeks that summer holidays seem just a distant memory! The new FS2 children and their families seem to have found their feet and it is wonderful to see how much they have developed in the short time too. No longer do we sit in the dining room for the majority of the lunchtimes – they are choosing, eating, gobbling up their puddings and keen and eager to be out on the yard! Their buddies have really helped with the settling in period and I would like to express my huge thanks to all our Y6’s who have been such fantastic friends to the little ones. They have shown real kindness, care and compassion towards them and the FS2 children are thriving because of this. There are some definite bonds that will be broken come July!!

All our other classes have found their feet as well and it has been good to see all the children focussed on their learning. We have already had trips and hooks, such as Y5 trip to Magna and the Y3 puppet experience, and are looking forward to some more events before half term, such as Y1 dress up day to think about the jobs their parents do and a Y2 parents museum! Thank you to all parents who have been into Y1 to talk about their jobs and to those who are coming in to find out about the learning that is taking place in the classroom. It certainly means a lot to us all to be supported.

Although I am sure we are all ready for a rest, we still have a few whole school events to go before the end of the half term. We are looking forward to our Harvest services, Wear it Pink day and of course, the end of term Halloween Disco to round everything off! Is there a better way to kick start the half term than with Mr P’s tunes???! I look forward to seeing you there!

Looking forward to a great summer term!

What an exciting time of year it is, with Spring having truly sprung and lots to look forward to as summer approaches. With (hopefully!) better weather on our side, our classes will be taking more of their learning outdoors as our teachers seek to make the most of the fantastic school grounds we are blessed with here at Totley. The KS1 children have certainly enjoyed being able to go onto the grass at lunchtime, while the KS2 children have loved using the new adventure playground on the back yard, provided by our PTA.

Our topic hooks and outcomes have already provided several highlights this term. These have included an FS2 trip to Whirlow farm, an allotment visit in Y1, a Dinosaur Museum and Ugly Bug Ball in Y2, a trip to Cadbury’s World for our Y4s, a Halle Orchestra concert for Y5 and a WW2 VE day party for our Y6s! Phew! All these brilliant learning opportunities in less than 3 weeks and just the kind of memories we aim to create throughout the children’s time at school.

Over the next few weeks, we will all be living up to our “work hard and play hard” motto as children in Y2 and Y6 continue to prepare for their SATS and we look forward to exciting events such as the Y4 Kingswood residential and Sports Day.

Thanks you for your continued support!

Mrs Wileman

Mrs Wileman’s Christmas Blog

What a busy half term! Looking back, we have crammed so much into a short space of time that I am not sure our feet have touched the ground!!

There have been so many events looking back over the last 7 weeks. We started with a dress up day (of course….this is Totley Primary School!) to remind children that as the nights got darker, they needed to get brighter! This was quickly followed by the whole school raising money for Children in Need by donating their coppers to fill Pudsey Bear! We raised around £300 which was fantastic! Next came the DEAR event, which went brilliantly. In KS2, the teachers all chose their favourite story to talk about and read a snippet of while FS2 and KS1 made a rather wet and windy trip to the library to see what books were on offer there.

Class trips such as the Y4 trip to Manor Lodge and the Y5 trip to Springfield School went really well and the children came back buzzing from these. Both trips really enhanced their learning in the classroom and it was great to see the work that was produced as a result of these visits. The aliens invaded in Y2 and they had a brilliant day investigating all things to do with Space. Y1 took part in a Shadow Puppet theatre where they were able to make their own puppets and perform the story that they had learnt throughout the day, linked to their topic of light and dark.  Y3 enjoyed a trip to Totley Methodist Church where they participated in the dress rehearsal for their community Christmas event, Journey to Bethlehem. Y6 worked really hard on learning their Christmas play as the focus of their topic and the result showed at the fantastic performances that we enjoyed last week. Both KS1 and KS2 performance were magnificent and I was so proud of all the children for the way they had practiced their part, sang the songs and gave every performance their all.

This week, we have so far enjoyed reaching out to the community as our Y2 and Y6 children went carol singing to two residential homes nearby. This was received well and the children really enjoyed giving something back to the local community. The pantomime trip went smoothly (once all the coaches had arrived!) and we enjoyed a good few hours of fun and laughter which really got us in a christmassy mood! The children were a credit to the school and to yourselves and it was a real pleasure, once again, to take them! For the first time in years, Mrs Noble and the FS2 staff got to see the whole performance as our youngest children were captivated from the beginning and their maturity that has grown over the term, really showed!

The cheeky Christmas elf appeared in school and took the presents from under the tree. This was a great way to get some writing from the children and the whole school enjoyed a morning of creative writing before being rewarded with a superb Christmas dinner, cooked by Amy and her team. This was delicious and left me feeling like I needed an after dinner nap!

However, in amongst all the excitement and learning opportunities this half term, came the sad news that Mr Miller had passed away. I would like to put into writing just how much the school has appreciated the support from the parents. Leading school through this time wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever had to do, and not really something that many head teachers have to deal with in their career, so for this to happen in my first term was scary, but the support shown to me, the staff and your children was amazing and I am just so privileged to be part of a school community like we have. Mrs Miller was so touched by all the thoughts, cards, drawings, letters and gifts she received and was truly grateful that we were able to close the school as a mark of respect towards her husband. Mr Miller was a wonderful caretaker and will never be forgotten. We are looking at a more permanent memorial for him on the school grounds in January, but I wanted you to know just what a difference your support has made to us all at this sad time.

In summary, the last few weeks have been a roller coaster of events and emotions; most happy, some sad, but what a great few weeks it has been – and there are still events to come!! Parties, PTA gift swap and our Christingle service to name a few (as well as hopefully finding this cheeky elf and seeing where he has hidden the presents!) Thank you for all support over the past term. I have loved being the headteacher at Totley and I am really looking forward to what the future holds. The staff have worked really hard and have ensured the children continue to get a fantastic education and a range of different learning opportunities and I am grateful for that and for the way the new staff have truly become ‘part of the team’. Mr Colton and Mrs Thorpe leave us at the end of this term and we welcome back Miss Bailey, who will be teaching in Y3, and Mrs Compton who will be supporting the team in FS2.

So, here is to a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all! I look forward to seeing you again in 2016 – doesn’t time fly!

Mrs Wileman


My favourite time of year…

Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, it’s time to cosy down and look forward to our festive season – my favourite half term of the school calendar. The tree, glitter and tinsel are officially on order!

Parts have already been given out for our infant and junior Christmas productions and there is a real buzz around school as children are finding out what parts they have been given and are beginning to learn their lines and songs. I know that we can look forward, as always, to some stunning performances in December!

The end of term will be a real treat, with class parties, our trip to the panto and of course our Christingle service on the afternoon of the last day in school before we break up for the holiday. Our brilliant PTA will also be holding their traditional Christmas Gift Swap to raise funds for the school. I can’t thank them enough for the work that they do for us and I can’t wait to see their latest project – a new adventure trail on the KS2 yard – take shape next week!!

So thank you for your ongoing support and I hope that you will join us in preparing for and celebrating this most special of seasons!

Mrs Wileman

Hello and Welcome Back!

So here we are in September, ready to begin another year at Totley with a spring in our step. I hope you are all relaxed and refreshed following the summer break. The children have certainly returned with amazing energy and are full of beans and ready to learn! Our new children in FS2 (as well as a couple of others) have made a great start and our new staff are finding their bearings nicely – with lots of help from the children, of course!

We have all sorts of exciting things planned for the start of the new school year, from brand new after school clubs to new topic-related trips.

Keep looking at the website and our blogs to keep in touch with all the different things we have going on in school. All in all it promises to be a brilliant year!

Mrs Wileman


Easter Egg Extravaganza!

A huge thanks needs to go to our PTA for another superbly organised Easter Egg Hunt! Over 200 people turned up to enjoy a sunny morning on the field hunting for sticks to win prizes and all left suitably full of chocolate and bacon sandwiches! The Gold stick was won by Lola, who took home a huge galaxy egg, while Adam and Sophie found the silver sticks to take home the silver prizes. Everyone left happy and looking forward to cracking open their Easter eggs – but the message was ‘not before you’ve eaten your lunch’ everyone!

Here’s some pictures of the event. Happy Easter!

Comic Relief and Totley’s Got Talent

We enjoyed a crazy comic relief day on Friday where the whole school paid to come into school in their own clothes and wear red. We had been purchasing noses throughout the week and it was good to see that all the children had contributed to buying these – so much so that we ran out of noses!! Many different activities took place throughout the day which enabled children to understand the significance of what they were doing and what they were raising money for. Mrs Holmes and her Y1 beautician team had great fun ‘making’ everyone up in school. Even Mrs Wileman was transformed! We also enjoyed the final of Totley’s Got Talent. Heats had been held in classes in the previous weeks and 6 acts had made it through to the final. Our Y5 and Y6 school councillors, Miss Dewsbury and Mr Stewart had a tough job deciding who the winning act was. We saw a juggling act, amazing magic tricks, dancers and singers but in the end, there could only be one winner! Overall, we raised a whopping £440 pounds which was fantastic! I’m so proud of all the children and staff. It was an amazing effort from all!

Mr Stewart

School open – Thursday 22nd January

Please note that school is open as usual today.

Please make sure the children wear suitable clothing and footwear as we will be playing out in the snow at some stage in the day.

The main roads are clear however some of the pavements may be icy so please take care on your way in.

Mr Stewart’s Christmas Blog

What a brilliant half term it has been!  Since returning full-time to Totley Primary, my feet haven’t touched the ground and there have been so many exciting events and activities. 

The term started with the Foundation Stage trip to Gillfield Woods and it’s quite remarkable that our youngest children have been in school for only one term.  They have very quickly settled into the routine of school life and seem like they have been in school for years!  The Year 1 children enjoyed their shadow puppet theatre experience and the Year 2 children have just completed a wonderful topic on dinosaurs.  In KS2 the Year 3 children brought history to life during their topic on the Stine Age and the Year 4 children enjoyed a trip to Manor Lodge as part of their topic on Tudor Britain.  The Year 5 children looked at the Victorian Age and enjoyed a day in a Victorian classroom while the Year 6 class spent time practising their lines for the successful Christmas performance, ‘Five Gold Rings!’

On a sporting front we have taken part in the Sheffield Schools Football competition as well as competing at the English Institute of Sport and the Lant Trophy is reaching an exciting stage!

We also welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg into school to help serve school meals.  He was accompanied by the Yorkshire Television cameras who broadcast a wonderful piece on their Calendar News programme.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget Jess’ interview where she explained how she shares the same hairdresser with Mr Clegg!   A priceless moment!

The build up to Christmas is the most enjoyable time to be in school as far as I am concerned.  This year was no different and we have enjoyed so many wonderful events.  The Christmas performances and KS1 nativity were excellent and was such a reward for all the hard work that went into them.  A big thank you to all the children as well as all the staff for working so hard to make the performances so enjoyable!  Then we had the Christmas parties, PTA gift swap and the Christingle on the last afternoon of term, all of which were such magical events.  Thank you to our PTA members who served refreshments at the performances and helped organise (and wrap!) at the Gift swap.

In summary that is the last six or seven weeks in a nutshell.  Thank you to all our parents for all your help and support over the last half term and a particular thank you to the staff team who continue to ensure our children have an excellent time in school.

Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you all on Monday 5th January 2015!

Mr Stewart