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This blog can certainly be a joint Federation one with lots of shared learning experiences happening last week. Our new Hope TA, Mrs Miller, was given the grand tour of Edale site on Monday morning - a little step in the exciting direction of staff being employed by the Federation rather than an individual school; enabling us the flexibility of offering the best provision, at the right site at the right time. Mrs Miller is an experienced SEN TA, having previously worked in an enhanced resource and has practiced as a speech and language therapist. The vision: to become communication friendly schools and Mrs Miller’s appointment will certainly help that become a reality.


Tuesday saw our Federation Faith Day with the Andrew’s minibus doing the journey up and down Edale Road to deposit Hope Year 1’s and 2’s at Edale for a ‘Special Places’ day and return with Edale’s Year 3, 4 and 5’s to Hope for a focus on charity and wisdom. Interviews were taking place at Edale site for a new teaching assistant, to start in September. For the Hope children who happened to be there, they were quite baffled that I arrived down at Edale; a setting they are not used to seeing me at and we had a lovely chat about me having more than one ‘special place’. 


Our Hawks, Owls and Eagles children joined forces again on Wednesday afternoon, with Mrs Baker accompanying the Eagles to Hope for an afternoon of coding workshops. We are very lucky to have created links with a lady called Rhiannon Mogridge, currently working towards a PhD at Sheffield University. As part of her course, she needs to complete some community and school based work and has chosen our schools. Watch out for a coding club, which she is keen to run in the Autumn term! The children worked on scratch and online projects and really impressed Rhiannon with their computing capabilities. Check out for more information about coding and how children can be accessing it from home. 


As I sit in my Hope office, I can hear children coming and going between school and the field as they all get a turn at making Hope Primary’s well-dressing. What an amazing tradition! I can’t wait to see the finished design and am excited to say that Reverend Louise Petheram will be coming to Hope school on Friday morning to bless the well for us.


Here’s to a happy week ahead!

Mrs W


Well, another week has whizzed by as we close in on the first half of the summer term. My last blog referenced the upcoming SATs for Year 6 and can I say the children were quite incredible. They coped with the formality of the process really, really well. Our Year 2’s have begun their standardised tests this week – code named ‘Secret Agent Tasks’, and they have been equally superb in attitude and effort and will complete the remaining papers next week. 


As I begin to consider the practicalities of new staffing arrangements for September and ways to enhance the learning environments to their maximum, our staff WhatsApp group has been awash with ideas to develop our playground and create additional learning spaces to complement our beautiful (but small), old school building. We were rather inspired by … in the short term, you might see the odd tent popping up to house some phonics activities on a rainy day!


I had my first meeting with the FOHS team last week and we have agreed that the fundraising drive will be towards updating and refurbishing the Puffin classroom and resources to support our youngest children. The recent sponsored read raised over £300, which is brilliant – thank you! Mr Corker has agreed to put on a KS2 concert on the evening of Friday the 15th of July (save the date!) and all proceeds from ticket sales will go towards this project. Many thanks for the weekly contributions for Fitness Friday. Already, we have bought some gardening equipment and seeds for the Puffins as well as resources to enhance craft club and some new tennis balls which actually bounce! 


We’re looking forward to a day of red, white and blue on Monday to honour the Queen’s may be surprised to see a special guest arrive at 8.45am! Pictures to follow next week... 


Have yourselves a lovely weekend. I will leave you with a picture of our brilliant children having a great time at playtime playing an old favourite! 



Friday 6th May 2022

I can’t believe two weeks has whizzed by since I embarked on my first day of Headship. I am thoroughly enjoying the role and am so excited for the future. This is the beginning of a regular blog, one week dedicated to Hope and the following week dedicated to Edale, which may cover a whole host of thoughts and topics so feel free to follow and keep up with them at your leisure. 


At the forefront of my thinking this week is ensuring we are all set to deliver SATs to our Year 6’s next week. Everyone has their own view point on such standardised assessments. Love them or hate them, I am committed to ensure that they are a positive experience for our children and not a hugely stressful one for our staff! Hopefully, the children will see them as an opportunity to show what they know and can do. It’s a great opportunity for teachers to support positive mindset strategies that will help children as they move onto secondary school. For children who find such tests overwhelming, the right room with the right people can make all the difference and hopefully this will be the case for our mighty Hawks next week. I often find the following website useful for parents and they have tips on supporting your child through SATS week 


I have just finished a lovely sing-along celebration assembly with Mr Corker and the KS2 pupils from Hope and Edale. The children have been reminded of our Federation’s three golden rules: listen well, be kind and show respect. Teachers will nominate pupils to be celebrated each week with these rules in mind. The children are currently learning the words to two songs – a thoughtful and reflective one based on the current war situation in Ukraine and a motivational one which links well to our PSHE themes called Beautiful by Anne Marie Anne-Marie - Beautiful [Official Lyric Video] 


It would be great to have families humming these tunes and learning lyrics together so that when we all come together at the end of term for a summer celebration, we can power them out!