Virtual Live Chat

On Thursday 26th May, the year 5 and year 6 children took part in a virtual live chat with the author of the 'Percy Jackson' books Rick Riordan. The children took part in many activities including, listening to Rick read an extract out of his new book 'The Trials of Apollo' as well as learning how to use simple shapes to create a magnificent drawing of the ancient Greek mythical creature 'Pegasus'. All who took part thoroughly enjoyed their experience and hope to chat virtually to more authors in the near future!


Friday's 6-7pm

Carr Hill School Hall.

Only £2.50 with all proceeds going to the school PTA

Come along and exercise to music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

All adults welcome!

World War II Experience Proves Popular

Following the World War 2 experience last term, the children in Years 3 and 4 invited parents, grandparents and friends into school so that the children could perform, present and share all the things they’d learned during their term’s work. There was an extensive range of work and activities on display and the event was very popular with a large number of visitors coming into school to see what the children had been up to. There were lots of appreciative comments but here is just one letter from one of those who attended.

Dear Sir,
Apologies, this is long overdue but now got pen to paper to say how much we enjoyed your Xmas show of the Evacuees and World War Two.
Being an evacuee myself for five years during the war it brought back lots of memories – some good – some bad. My husband and I marvelled at the amount of researching work you and all your staff must have put into it, plus a lot of your own valuable time. How lucky the children are that attend your school – one of which is our dear great grandson namely Taylor.
When I was an evacuee I only got half a day’s education, a lot of the time which was only essential lessons, so hope the children of today appreciate that and what a fantastic education they are receiving at your school, with such a band of dedicated, enthusiastic teachers.
Carry on the good work. We wish you all the best for 2016.
— Betty Cooper

Keep your kids safe this Christmas

If Santa is likely to be delivering Laptops, tablets, games consoles or mobile phones at Christmas you will find lots of useful advice on keeping your children safe online at our Internet Safety page HERE including information on the latest threats and incidents.

Fly Into Christmas

Congratulations to all of Key Stage One for their wonderful performance of the Fly Into Christmas Pantomime on thursday, enjoy the video HERE.

Lights, Camera, Action!

On Wednesday afternoon Years 5 & 6 pupils were joined by over a hundred parents who came to share our work and successes since September. It was a great success and the full article is available HERE.

Athletics Success

Carr Hill’s Athletics Team travelled to Tuxford Academy on Tuesday 1st December to compete in the Indoor Athletics Bassetlaw Finals, the children’s hard work in training paid off as a solid team performance from all concerned ended with Carr Hill finishing in first place. Full article, photos & videos available HERE

Time Travelling

Year 3 enjoyed a day at St Swithun’s Church at the beginning of November, stepping back in time to experience some of the customs and practices of the church through the years. Full article and Photos available HERE

Children In Need 2015

On Friday 13th November it was ‘Children In Need’.  As usual we asked children to bring in £1 which meant they could dress-up and have a Pudsey Bear biscuit kindly baked by Dawn, from the school kitchen.  Children also brought in money to have a go at the different activities on offer.

This year we have managed to raise £514.58p for this worthwhile cause, a new Carr Hill record! Full article with photos and video available HERE

The Reading Lottery

This month we welcomed the Travelling Book Fair in school.

The children enjoyed visiting the fair with their classes and it was pleasing to see them enjoying some of the stories on offer. Sales from the book fair amounted to £910.44 which raised £468.26 commission for the school to spend on new books. Thank you for supporting school with this. Every single penny will be spent on providing even more books for the school library. You can find the Reading Lottery Winners HERE

Bradford Museum of Film & Photography

A big Thank-you for all your help and support with our trip to Bradford. Talking to the children, they seem to have really enjoyed their time and have gained a great deal from the experience. To see the full article, photos and video click HERE.

Anti-Bullying Week 2015
16th to 20th November

This year the theme for ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ is:

‘Make a NOISE about bullying’

At Carr Hill we are committed to stamping out bullying throughout the year, not just for one week. Find out what we are doing at Carr Hill HERE

We have reached our target of 100 Christmas Shoeboxes!

A big thank you to everyone who has brought items, or full shoeboxes, into school.  Every item, however big or small, has been packed carefully into a shoebox to bring a little ray of happiness to a boy or girl on Christmas Day.

A special thank you to Mrs Wilkes who has spent hours packing the shoeboxes and given up her valuable time.

We are still accepting items and shoeboxes this week, so don’t worry if you haven’t brought it into school yet.  The shoeboxes will leave our school on Friday 13th November to begin their long journey to their recipients.

Open Morning 2015

Our annual Open Morning took place on Friday the 6th of November this year.

As usual, parents and friends had a chance to come into school to see the school working on a ‘normal’ day. Parents were able to see two lessons and a whole school assembly where we celebrated some of the good things that had happened during the week.

Approximately sixty parents attended for the morning and it was great to chat with them over refreshments at break-time to hear their impressions from their visit.

The majority of parents also completed evaluations of the event and I must say it was very rewarding to see the many positive comments provided. Two parents also requested that future events might be held in an afternoon to allow more people to attend and we will try to accommodate this wish next term.

You can read ALL the parents’ comments here.

Children In Need 2015

On Friday 13th November it is ‘Children In Need’.  As usual we are asking children to bring in £1 which will mean they can dress-up and have a Pudsey Bear biscuit kindly baked by Dawn, from the school kitchen.  Children may also wish to bring in money to have a go at the different activities on offer.

This year, the ‘Children in Need’ campaign is called ‘Champions of Change’.  This has put children in charge of fundraising for the charity.  The School Council has met and each class and Phase Group have chosen what they wish to dress-up as and any activities they will run to raise money. CLICK HERE for a list of each class and what they have decided to do.

Remembrance Day

Children will be able to purchase poppies and other items including wristbands, reflectors and friendship bracelets.

These will be available in school from Tuesday 3rd November to Friday 6th November in honour of Remembrance Day.

Click on the picture to view the items and prices.

Art Appreciation Day

Year 5 visited EA last week for an Art Appreciation Day. Full Article, pictures and Videos available HERE

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We have reached 40 completed shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  Thank you to everyone who has brought in items and full shoeboxes so far.  Please continue to donate things as we are hoping to reach 100 shoeboxes by Friday 13th November.  Please send your donations to your children’s classroom.

Autumn Half Term Activities

There is plenty going on around Retford to keep the kids occupied this half term,check out some ideas HERE

Democracy in Action

Our Thanks go to Jonathan Brassington and his team who visited school on Wednesday 15th October as part of Local Democracy Week. They gave us the fantastic opportunity to vote on three King’s Park Splash Pool options. Click HERE for the full article

Beaumanor Hall

Over two days in October, Years 3 and 4 visited Beaumanor Hall near Leicester, click HERE for full article including photos and videos.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project, and we are very excited at Carr Hill Primary School to be involved in it.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday Morning. The tea, coffee and homemade cakes & treats went down very well and we were able to raise over £100 pounds. The list of Raffle prize winners is available HERE.

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

The Battle of Britain will be remembered as part of Rufford Abbey’s popular On the Home Front 1939-45 event taking place this weekend, read more about it HERE 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Carr Hill Primary School is holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 25th September in the school dining hall. It will run from 8:30am to 9:30am. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes and treats will be on sale, plus the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to raise money for a very special cause. We hope you will join us for a cuppa and a chat!

Gardening Club

Whilst we have all been enjoying our summer break, Mother Nature has been helping to continue the hard work of Gardening club. The various seeds and plants have grown over the break (unfortunately so have the weeds) and the children’s hard work of last term has delivered a bumper harvest.  The pictures below show this week’s pickings but we are confident that over the next few weeks similar harvests will follow.

All of the produce has now been delivered to the school kitchen so that Mrs Parsons’ and her term can turn it into tasty home-grown dinners

A Wonderland Adventure

Carr Hill Musical Theatre Club meets for only an hour and fifteen minutes every week.  In such a short time they rehearsed and then presented an amazing, curious production of ‘Alice, the Musical’.  Children from year 1 to year 6 were involved all of whom had worked hard to learn a number of songs and dance routines as well as some complicated dialogue. Full article with photo's can be found HERE.

The Great School Run

Once again, pupils enjoyed taking part in the annual Great School Run.  Everyone from age 4 – 11 ran the six laps of the field to complete a 2km course. Full article HERE


Wednesday 7th July saw Years 3 and 4 testing their trebuchets. Clearly, many hours and lots of thought had been put into the building of these Roman inspired weapons. The range of designs and materials used was amazing. They included trebuchets that were ten centimetres tall and made from lollipop sticks to those that stood nearly a metre in height and made from welded metal. The full article can be found HERE

Awards Ceremony

At Carr Hill we pride ourselves on being able to offer good quality adult, family and community learning with the support of North Notts College.

With no exceptions, the recent ‘English for Beginners’ and the ‘Creative Crafts’ courses, were just that – great quality learning and a comfortable place to learn and make friends.  We are very proud that the students on both of these courses were nominated for an award for their achievements.

On Thursday 18th June, two of our parents, Renata Mazurkiewicz and Edyta Tworzowska, along with Vanessa Smith, Parent Link Teacher and Bev Fullwood, Extended Services Co-ordinator went to County Hall to the annual Adult Learners’ Awards Ceremony.  After a very tasty buffet and entertainment, our parents were presented with their certificates for their achievements on the ‘English for Beginners’ Course.  Although not everyone was able to attend, we would like to congratulate all of the parents and family members who took part and hope that this will be the start of many more opportunities in the future.

Keep a eye out for our courses coming up in the new school year.

Carr Hill is taking part in National Walk to School Week. We feel it is important to encourage our children to walk to school whenever possible.


Each class is tracking the way the children travel to school and rewarding children who walk with stickers (a different one to collect each day).



If you live too far away from school, or you need the car for work, parking a five minute walk away from school will reduce the congestion just outside school.  You’ll still get the health benefits and your child will receive their daily sticker!

Creative Crafts Course at Carr Hill

This course covers an array of crafting skills from bath bomb making, jewellery, felt crafting, card making, fimo modelling, soft toy making, glass painting, right the way through to sewing and finger weaving.


Starting: Wednesday 29th April for 10 weeks

1.00 – 3.00pm

Cost:       £55 with FREE Crèche!

This course is for 19yrs+

Book your place by calling 01909 504515

This course is FREE if you are in receipt of a means tested benefit, please bring evidence to your first class.


SATs WEEK: 11 May – 15 May 2015

As part of our plans to make SATs week as calm as possible, we are inviting the Year 6 children to join the teachers for ‘Tea and Toast’ (also available hot chocolate or fruit juice) on the morning of the exams between 8.30 and 9 o’clock in the school dining hall.

We plan to gather the children together in the school dining room as soon as they arrive so that we are able to keep them calm and avoid any possible additional stress that could be caused by excited discussions in the playground.  Therefore, we would hope that the children will be able to arrive slightly earlier than they normally do so that they are able to avoid a last minute rush.

Arriving early will also allow us to check that all the children are present and have the necessary equipment ready for the start of the tests.  It is also our intention to use this time to help the children to start thinking about the strategies that we have taught them this year to achieve their full potential in the tasks.

Whilst we appreciate that not all of the children will be able to arrive at 8.30, they will be welcome to join us from the time that they do arrive at school.

Display Boards

Around school we have many display boards that celebrate some of the amazing work that the children produce. We thought that it would be nice if this work could be shared with those of you who do not get chance to come and visit the school on a regular basis. So HERE is a selection of the schools displays. Click on any image to see the full sized image.

Forensic Science Day

On Thursday 2nd April, children in Phase 5/6 were invited to The Elizabethan Academy to take part in a Forensic Science day. The full article can be found HERE