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Local School Visits

There are occasions when we would like to take the children out of the school grounds during school time, to visit places such as the library and shops.  These visits may take place with very little notice. I can assure you that your child will be well supervised on any such visit.

If you have no objections to us making local visits will you please download the letter below and return the attached slip as soon as possible.

Local Visit Permission letter

Mr Stewart’s Blog Autumn Term 1 2012

Welcome back to the start of another academic year. I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer break and return refreshed and ready to start the new term.

We have some new members of staff to welcome to our team with Mrs Hargraves and Mrs Holmes joining our Teaching Assistant Team. We also welcome Mrs Wilkinson who will be working with us on a temporary basis. We have also got a whole new class of new starters to welcome into our FS2 class. I am sure everyone at school will make them feel very welcome.

We have been really busy over the summer holidays improving the learning environments around school. The outdoor classroom now has a paved path and electricity and each classroom has been fitted with new doors. We have also developed the outside quad areas and we now have a sensory garden area and a storytelling quad to enjoy. The quad will be officially opened by actress and storyteller, Ursula Holden-Gill on 11th September which we are all very excited about. Finally, the FS2 outside area has undergone huge development with an artificial grass carpet being laid as well as a decked area and new sandpit. I’m sure the children will get a lot of pleasure from using the new areas.

The Year 5 and 6 children are busy preparing for their annual residentials. The Year 5 class set of for Parson’s House (12th-14th September) while the Year 6s travel to Thornbridge Outdoor Education Centre a fortnight later (26th-28th September). Let’s hope for the Indian summer to continue!

Mr Paxman has been busy organising the extra curriculum timetable and as well as the usual clubs that we run there are new clubs including American Football and a Rubik Cube Club. I’m sure they will prove to be really popular with the children.

Here’s to a great autumn term with lots of exciting and inspiring events.

Mr Stewart

End of Term

With the end of another year upon us, I’d like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to the staff, our parents and more importantly, our children for making this year such a special one.   As I look back I feel so lucky to work alongside so many fantastic people.  There have been so many events, trips and special moments which we have all enjoyed as well as some other which we have supported each other to ‘get through.’

We say goodbye to Mrs Collier, Mrs Guy and Miss Heels from the staff team and wish them all the very best for the future.  We also say goodbye to our Year 6 children who have worked incredibly hard in many ways to help and support us around school.  They move on to secondary school much more mature than last year and I have no doubt that they are fully ready to take that step.

Have a fantastic summer break.  I think we are all ready for it and it will be nice to have time to relax.  Thank you all for your amazing support and we will see you for the start of next term on Wednesday 5th September.

It’s a Knockout!!

I think we are thwarted here! Every recent event that our Y6’s have taken part in outside it has been raining, and today was no different! But it didn’t stop the fun! The annual “It’s a knockout” epic began quite sedately until Miss Bailey joined when she slipped down the bank and got muddy without a child throwing any water! The children were fantastic and took part in all the wet games brilliantly, with no moans or groans about being wet and cold. A few scrambles through the nets, buckets of water thrown and wellies squelched in brought smiles to everyone’s faces, and the teachers quite enjoyed it too! Take a look at our photos and see if you can see who got the most water logged!!

Dream Mile

On a very wet and windy day, our Y5 and Y6 children took to the streets of Totley for the annual Dream Mile. It was great to see them all give their best, in spite of the terrible weather, and everybody completed the course! Here is the winning group of children, with the Gold trophy going to Mikey Dixon, Y5, for the boys in 7min 39 secs and Abby Shaw, Y5, for the girls in 9 mins! It was a dramatic finish for the boys with second place going to Zac Brown and third place going to Alfie Scriven, with only 2 seconds separating the top three! SuSu and Izzy Urbanski took second and third place respectively for the girls and received their trophies but everyone was proud of their medal that they got for taking part! Well done guys!!

School Meals and Milk – Autumn 2012

School Meals

As far as we are aware the cost of school meals will remain £1.98 per day (£9.90 per week).  If you would like to pay in advance for the half term to 26 October the cost will be £75.24.  Cheques should be made payable to Sheffield City Council and sent to school on Monday mornings in an envelope marked clearly with your child’s name.


The cost of milk for children over 5 years of age is £8.76 for the autumn term.

Please download the letter here for further information and the school milk reply slip New term milk and meals autumn 2012. The reply slip needs to be returned by Monday 16th July 2012.

Year 4 Routines

As your child moves up from Year 3 to 4, the routines and times of the day do not differ but some expectations and systems do slightly. The following may change a little homework, PE kit, topics studied and equipment.

Please download the letter here giving further details on these changes Year 4 Routines.

Year 4 Torch Bearers

We had the privilege of meeting and speaking to one of the lucky 8000 torch bearers on Tuesday 10th July. Ryan Wileman spoke to the whole school about his experience of carrying the torch and then visited each class to answer questions and speak personally to the children. All the children held the torch and we learnt lots of interesting facts such as who designed the torch, the process of being nominated and even the length. Did you know for example that the London 2012 torch is the first to be triangular rather than cylindrical. Thank you to Ryan for giving his time and sharing his once in a lifetime experience.




Torch at Totley

Following a visit from an Olympic torch bearer the Y5’s turned into newspaper reporters, recounting the exciting day in print. We had some excellent pieces of work – here is Joanna Xie’s report of the day …

On Tuesday, 10th July, Ryan Wileman, cousin of a teacher at Totley Primary’s husband came to school to explain to the children his Olympic torch experience.

Ryan ran with the Olympic torch on Doncaster Road, Rotherham on 26th June. he was nominated by his sister-in-law, from a Coca-Cola competition, and made it through a shortlist. He was told about being nominated for his work in the Salvation Army Church in December. “I never imagined it ever happening, it was a once in a lifetime experience!” he said.

To represent the 8000 people over Great Britain holding the torch 8000 holes were made in the torch, also, in a triangular shape, to represent the 3 Olympic values – Friendship, Respect and Excellence. This information was told to the children, of which one commented “Wow that was interesting!”

In the afternoon, Ryan went around the classes, bringing his torch. The Y5’s were inspired by his visit and designed their own torches! Everyone had their photos taken in pairs and classes.
“I felt great and shocked to have a phot with it!” said Sarah. “I was glad to touch it!” another told me.

Although it’s over for the people of Totley Primary School the torch is still travelling around the entire country giving many other people a once in a lifetime chance.

The Olympic Torch visits Y6

We were very lucky yesterday in Y6; we were visitied by Ryan Wileman. Ryan Wileman was one of the few chosen that were given the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame for Great Britain.  He was a very jolly character and came into school and answered all of our questions. The children loved gettting to hold the torch and learnt a lot about the importance of the flame.

Here is a picture to remember the day by….