Reception Children visit the Health Centre

Over the last few weeks all of our Reception children have been lucky enough to visit the Health Centre next Door as part of their topic ‘Who am I?’. The children have taken their babies for a check-up, with the nurse, and have learnt all about how what happens in the Doctors surgery. We would like to say a huge thank you for the time and effort the staff have shown the children, 9different visits of 75 children is not easy. I know they have all really enjoyed their visit to the centre and it has definitely offered the children an opportunity to learn something new.

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Visit from the Vet and Kodie

Year 1 children were very lucky, this week, to have a visit from the local Vet and her dog. She brought with her, her very well behaved dog and spoke to children about how they care for different animals, especially dogs at the Veterinary surgery. They also had the opportunity to meet Mrs Hubbard’s beautiful dog Kodie and learn about how she looks after her at home. These exciting experiences will support children’s leaning in this terms topic of the ‘Large Family’ and the children will be using all the information they have been given to write fact files and care leaflets about dogs, elephants and other animals. If your child is in Year 1 please ask them about their exciting leaning.

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British Breakfast and Indian Cooking

Becoming International…
On Thursday many children and their families were lucky enough to secure tickets to attend the British Breakfast, served in school from 8am. The families all seemed to enjoy their breakfast and the event was very well attended. If you didn’t manage to get a tickets for this breakfast watch out for the French and Spanish breakfasts coming soon.


What a treat…
Our Year 2 children also had a great time learning about Indian food and spices.They enjoyed trying Mango smoothie, lentil Dhal and curry. They made some beautiful Samosas which I hope Year 2 parents enjoyed trying at home.

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Welcome back

As we return to school, at the start of 2016, we are looking forward to many exciting activities. Next week will see the start of all Reception children visiting the Doctors as part of the topic on ‘Who am I?’ All of the Year 2’s, next week, will visit the Healthy Living centre in Staveley to look at keeping ourselves fit and healthy as part of the topic ‘It’s good to be me!’ Year 1 children are completing an exciting topic this term centred on the Large family and will hopefully be meeting lots of animals and maybe even a vet. Our nursery children are already busy making their garage and having fun mending cars and bikes.

This coming week we also take part in one of our International food experience days, with an opportunity to have a ‘British Breakfast’ and an Indian Lunch. Year 2 children will also get to experience cooking and eating a wide range of Indian foods. Below are also a number of other dates for the diary:

21st Jan – Parents and Friends Meeting 2.15pm

25th Jan – 18th Day

3d Feb – Enterprise Day

12th Feb – Break up for the holidays.



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Week 2 of our Christmas celebrations…


This week we have had another busy week here at school celebrating ready for Christmas. We have seen the last 4 of our 8 Christmas plays, all of which were fantastic. Plus, we have all had all of our Christmas parties, with a special visit from Santa himself. He was passing by our school and called in to check on the naughty and nice list. While he was here he left all of the children with an early Christmas present. How lucky are we!

Finally, today, we have joined the Text Santa Christmas jumper appeal. Most children have joined in and many have donated to the appeal, even our caretaker Garry has joined in the fun. We have up to press raised £120.

Despite the entire Christmas celebrations, we have had many children poorly this week, we hope that they are all on the mend for Santa visiting again. As well as all of this, 90 of the Year 1 and 2 children received their Flu vaccination to help them stay healthy over the coming months. We are hoping that the start of next term is a little less busy and we are all much healthier.

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2016. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


What a busy week!


Since last Friday we have been extremely busy here at school. On Friday 4th, Key Stage 1 children visited the Pantomime at Mansfield Theatre (oh no they didn’t!!!) to see the performance of Aladdin, the children were so well behaved and had a ‘blast’ watching the fabulous performance. On Monday 7th, Nursery and Reception children watched a performance by Magical Mayhem, where the magician ‘wowed’ them with his Christmas magic. On Tuesday 8th we all tucked into our fabulous Christmas dinner, but not before they all performed the Christmas dinner dance! On Wednesday 9th, Nursery children performed their Christmas Nativity to the grown-ups, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building. On Thursday 10th, a select group of budding Year 2 Gymnasts went to ‘The Bolsover School’ to take part in a Gymnastics festival, which they enjoyed immensely. Then to top the week off, in the afternoon of the 10th and the morning of the 11th, Reception Children performed the Christmas nativity to their parents, a nativity which saw the characters from Fairy tale land re-enact the Christmas story. We saw a great Jack from Jack and the beanstalk play Joseph and Little Red Riding hood play Mary, the children were all fantastic. What a week we have had…


We hope you are all looking forward to joining us next week where we still have 2 Year 1 performances, 2 Year 2 performances, 5 Christmas parties and Christmas Jumper Day. We are looking forward to it!



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Happy Shopping

Happy Shoppers!

A few weeks ago we asked all the children, in school, to enter an ‘A Team’ competition to design a school shopping bag. We had lots of exciting entries and it was very difficult to choose a winner. Friends of Bolsover Infant and Nursery school chose 3 winners. They chose Lily-Mae Osbourne in 3rd place, Harvey Devile in 2nd place and Max Slater in 1st place. The designs were so lovely that when we came to putting the final design together, it was possible to mix two of the winners designs together and create one wonderful picture. The winning bag will be on sale at the Christmas Concerts for £3. Well Done Everybody that entered.

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British Council Success!

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Bolsover Infant and Nursery School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.


The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.


Our work has included:

-Bringing the film ‘The Little Princess’ to life. In Year 2– Taking a new and innovate approach to curriculum design and encouraging children to explore ‘Big ideas’ from exciting starting points. Using a multi-media approach as a starting point for learning, including learning about life in India, introducing the story of Rama and Sita, learning new languages, making a live link with a school in India and using Skype to link our classroom and fully immersing ourselves in the culture and country of India (Ask your Year 2 children about the experience)

-Working with Derbyshire County Council Catering Service to give children experiences of food from other cultures including Indian Cooking Workshops, a Beautiful British Breakfast, Fabulous French Breakfasts and Super Spanish Breakfasts (Dates available soon for 2015/16)

– Planning International weeks and Days where the school works collaboratively, across the curriculum, to widen children’s experiences of other countries and cultures. Using their ‘Passport to Learn’ to become international detectives learning about life across the globe.

-Learning about the difficult concepts of Peace and Tranquility by looking at Japanese Gardens and planning and building our own Peaceful Zen Garden in school (Please feel free to visit)


The school has undertaken a wide range of activities all of which have supported us in extending the range of opportunities for pupils to widen their cultural and multicultural experiences and understanding of the world beyond their local environment.

Well Done Everyone!


Children in Need


Thank you to all those children and parents that took part in our Children in Need work, last
Friday. The children enjoyed their ‘Mad hat and hair dare day’. Some children and parents had beenextremely creative and we were very impressed! We raised £167.74 for Children in Need.

As part of the fun the class teacher, and in some cases the children themselves voted for their favourite Mad hat or most daring hair style. These children were given a small prize for trying hard.

The winners were as follows:

Orange Class: Elizabeth Chisholm
Yellow Class: Lexi Grant
Red Class: Tayla Hodgkinson
Blue Class: Lexi Booth
Green Class: Billy McDonald
Indigo Class: Keaton Reeves
Turquoise Class: Dillion Meades-Clifford
Violet Class: Bethany Chambers
Purple Class: Savannah Purcell


Cinderella comes to Bolsover…

This week Year 1 children had some very special visitors. As part of their ‘Once upon a time’ project the teachers had written to Storyland asking if anyone was available to come and meet our fabulous children and to help them really understand what it is like to be a character in a story.

Cinderella and Bella were really happy to oblige and quickly prepared themselves for the visit. They spoke very eloquently about their life stories and the special goings on in Storyland. The children had an opportunity to ask questions and really enjoyed their visit.

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