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Wilder wild flowers

Mr. Peter Knott planted 100’s of seeds in the last days before spring arrived. You may have seen a clear thick wooden fence to tell you where you can park and where you can’t park! The fence is there to protect the plants and tree roots from being damaged by the cars. All you need to do is drive carefully, my mum can do it, so you can too!

Who loves poppies? Who loves flowers? Westhouses Primary School does. We made posters to ask people not to park on the verge. There are some blossom trees and a poppy field next to the MUGA on the park! We think the wildflowers make the road down to our school very special and unique. We hope that the flowers will increase every year and make everyone smile.

We also hope people will enjoy them as much as we enjoy them.

Working alongside Food for Life, WHOP have designed a questionnaire about eating for parents to answer via email.

Andrew and Liz at Top Eccles Farm



Let us introduce ourselves, we are Andrew and Liz and we live at Top Eccles Farm here in the High Peak of Derbyshire and we are your new Food for Life Farm Link. I have to say Andrew does usually look more cheerful!





We are a smallholding with just a few acres, but it makes up part of our living. We have converted a stone barn into a holiday cottage for 4 people called Barn Meadow and have 2 cats called Sparkle and Spangle, 2 alpacas called Hercules and Horatio (we spin and sell their fleece), 9 hens which do have names – wellie, nom, HP, grumpy, spotty, leggy, hooky, nooky and speck and 3 beehives – no they don’t have names but produce lots of delicious honey. We currently don’t have any other animals but watch this space!

We have a polytunnel and growing area to grow produce for ourselves and holiday makers. We sell some of our produce from the bottom of our driveway and into local shops. We are quite high up over 1100ft (can you work out how many metres that is?) so our growing season is quite short. We both have other part-time jobs to make ends meet!





We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, but it is hard work at times. Here you can see our little world! We have some great neighbours who farm on a slightly larger scale than us. One has lots of sheep and a horse livery and the other is ‘rewilding’ their land and have pigs, sheep and cattle. We will be introducing them over time. At some point it will be great to do a live chat with you so you can ask us questions and see where we live. Watch out for our next update when we will show you how the alpacas are sheared and the wool spun. Hercules and Horatio do like to roll and chill out!



Bye for now

Liz & Andrew







If any of these are you, please send photographs to the school website for us to share: info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk Your pictures will help our school towards our ‘food for life silver award’.

Here is a recipe for a healthy treat/snack.

My recipe is banana flapjack.


You will need 4 ripe bananas, some porridge oats, honey, coconut oil


                First find 3 ripe bananas (normal bananas) and place them on a tray.

  • Then pre heat the oven to 180/160 fan /gas mark4 and line a non stick with grease proof paper.
  • Then in a large bowl mash 3 bananas
  • After that add oats, honey, coconut oil, then add spices and stir until well mixed.
  • When done pour the mixture into the tray and pat it down .

Finally bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

Tom Moore

 Tom Moore is famous for walking 100 length of his humongous garden at the age of 99 with the goal of £1,000 by his 100th birthday for the NHS.  In the 24 days it took him to complete  his fundraising, he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the UK, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations. On the morning of Tom Moore's hundredth birthday, the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of the day it had increased to over £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with possible tax rebates).  On 17th July 2020, he was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle. In recognition of his efforts, he received the  BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award at the 2020 ceremony. He also performed in a cover version of the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" sung by Michael Ball, with proceeds going to the same charity. The single topped the UK music charts, making him the oldest person to achieve a number one hit. Unfortunately, he died on 2 February 2021 at Bedford Hospital where he was taken after being treated for pneumonia and then testing positive for COVID 19.

Tom Moore never lost his positive attitude and his sayings became well known throughout the country.



This modest man inspired many others to follow in his footsteps and raise money for various charities during the pandemic.

He gave hope to many during the first lockdown, as people struggled through and will be remembered for a long time.  


Beautiful birds for spring!

Have you become a bird watcher, during lock down but have no idea what birds you have seen?! Well you have came to the right place, we have seen a few birds at school while in the playground and we will show you and tell you about them.


 Name: Robin

Life span: 13 month

Habitat:  forests, natural wooden areas, hedges, parks and gardens.

Diet: worms, seeds and nut and fruits.



Name: Raven

Life span: 10 – 15 years in the wild

Habitat: forests      

Diet: beetles and caterpillar


 Name: Collared Dove

Life span: usually is around 3 years the longest is 17 years.

Habitat: hedgerows or scrubs

Diet: grains seeds and greens



 Name: Heron

Life span: 5 years   

Habitat: Towns and countryside, on canals, ponds lakes and rivers.

Diet: fish







If any of these are you, please send photographs to the school website for us to share: info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk Your pictures will help our school towards our ‘food for life silver award’.

Here is a recipe for a healthy treat/snack.

My recipe is banana flapjack.


You will need:

4 ripe bananas

Some porridge oats


coconut oil


• First find 3 ripe bananas (normal bananas) and place them on a tray.

• Then pre heat the oven to 180/160 fan /gas mark4 and line a non stick with grease proof paper.

• After in a large bowl mash 3 bananas

• After that add oats honey coconut oil then add spices and stir until well mixed.

• Wen done pore the mixture into the tray and pat it down .

• Finally bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Green  Fingers

Is your child getting dirty fingers?

Well I think that your child would love to delete your garden and fill it with plants and food like potatoes! Like with me for example, I’m growing tomatoes in my house. But I think that you should grow plants and food in your garden, because then you won’t get your house covered in compost! In my garden I am also growing some cucumber. Now I really like cucumber!

Anyway, it’s really fun to grow stuff in gardens, houses, green houses, anywhere outside. It’s really fun to grow stuff any time anywhere!  So, I think you and your children should get some fresh air, plant some plants and food.

Just try it and see if you can get the chance to make something grow. How about trying to grow wild life plants and create a wildlife area in your garden, so more wild life animals come!

Please send us some photographs of anything you have grown – flowers or vegetables, let’s see how green fingered you can be.


Busy  Children!

What have your children been doing at school?

Well, you’re thinking why not just ask your child what they have done?

 No! Just read this paper and it will tell you. Isn’t that strange. Not really, it’s just normal for our paper to tell you about stuff because that’s what newspapers tell you, am I right, or am I right?

In the week we do a lot of different activities. On Monday, all of class 2 (Philosophers), we have to come to school in our PE kits. As well as Thursday. Yesterday we did some P.S.H.E, and we did some learning about the golden rule! I bet I have your attention now. Well, you can’t tell me I’m wrong. The golden rules we learnt yesterday were, “Love your neighbour like yourself.”  And also “Treat your friend like you would treat yourself” Do you know why we have rules? Well, our class had a discussion about it. They said that we need rules to keep us safe. My idea was that we need rules because if we didn’t have them then there would be no police, that means that robbers can just break into your house with a gun and kill you and everybody in your house! That is NOT ok! Now do you think that’s acceptable? What am I saying!? Of course, you don’t think that it is acceptable! Who WOULD THINK that!? You must be crazy to think that robbers are allowed to break into your house, kill everybody and steal you’re precious, most valuable things you have! So that is one reason we have rules. Without rules society would collapse. 

Baking Brilliant Bread!

How to bake brilliant bread  


1. Salt

2. Yeast

3. Vegetable oil                                                                                             

4. Warm water

5. Strong flour



1.  Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water

2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until the dough becomes satin-smooth    

3. Place it in a lightly oiled bowl to prove. Leave to prove for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

4. Knock back the dough, then gently mould it into a ball. Place it on a baking tray lined with parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size

5. Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross, about 6cm wide, into the top of the loaf.

6. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/fan 200˚C/gas 7 and bake for 25-30 minutes.

7. Bake until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. 

8. Cool on a wire rack.

9. Leave to cool and when cool you will have some brilliantly baked bread!

10. After cooled, you can spread butter or anything on top of the bread and then you can eat it. (Or you can just leave the bread plane)


In class 2 they made a hand out of clay for Diwali. Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light.

Here are the instructions how to make your clay hands:

  1.  Shape the clay into a ball.
  2. Warm the clay so it is easier to roll out.
  3. Then you role the clay out.
  4. After that you put your fingers together and put them on the clay.
  5. After you find a knife to cut out your clay hand.
  6. Next you decorate your hand with patterns.
  7. Then you let it dry under a radiator.
  8. Finally you paint it with primary colours.

Have you heard about Pace Ball?

Well you’re in luck because all of the children in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been learning how to play it.

It is an entertaining sport for children and as far as we know all of the children love it. There is a lot of strange rules in Pace Ball. I suppose you want to know what the rules are. Well I’m going to tell you.

  1. The first rule in Pace Ball is if you step in your team’s circle the other team will have a free shot.
  2. The second rule is if you drop the ball the other team will have possession.
  3. Rule number 3 is at the start of a game one of your team mates go to the centre and the referee will throw the ball into the air and you have to try and catch it.
  4. Rule number 4 when you have been tug on the shirt you stand still for 3 seconds, you can only pass or shoot if you keep on running and if you don’t pass or shoot you will give away a free shot.
  5. Finally have fun.


Hopefully you know the rules of Pace Ball now and this is what one of the students had to say. ‘It helps you work as a team and it makes your heart pumping.’


Rob the instructor said ‘It has been a privilege to teach you and I have really enjoyed the sessions.’

How you can help the environment!

1] You can check your bonfires before you light them for hedgehogs. [ hedgehogs like to live and hibernate in them].

2] You can create some bug homes in your garden. [This helps bugs that have nowhere to live]

3] Plants some flowers for the bees [ They like lavender]

4] Walk to school if you can. [ The cars and vehicles let off gas that destroys the atmosphere]

5] Save water by not leaving the tap on and don’t take too long in the shower. [It means you don’t have to clean things more often with chemicals]

6] Recycle plastic. [ Try not to buy single use plastic]

7] Recycle plastic bags. [They float into the ocean and turtles eat them and it makes them ill]

8] Shop locally. [You don’t have to drive as much this way]

9] Don’t make unnecessary trips. [This reduces gas in the atmosphere]

10] Don’t use peat-based compost. [ this is taken out of the natural world]

11] Don’t plant flowers that need space in pots. [This kills the flowers]

12] Plant trees. [Trees breathe out oxygen that fixes the atmosphere]

13] Donate to charities. [Charities help the environment in ways that you can’t do at home]

14] Reuse old rubbish into things that can help the environment [like bricks and cardboard rolls, not plastic!]

15] Don’t use palm oil. [People cut down the rain forests to get it and if you use it then people need to cut them down more]




How to make a home for a hedgehog!

You will need:

An old box such as a wooden wine crate

Untreated timber [15cm x 2cm, 1.2m length]

Galvanized nails [25mm]

Hosepipe [1m length]

Jig saw [let a grown up use this]

Hammer [let a grown up use this]

Drill [let a grown up use these]

25mm wood drill bit


Put this in the quietest point in the garden, hedgehogs like the quiet.



1] Start by making the tunnel, cut the timber into 4 30cm lengths and nail them together lengthways.

2] Use a jig saw to cut an entrance hole 11cm x 15cm out of one side of the crate at the base.

3] Attach the tunnel to the crate by nailing it from the inside.

4] Drill a hole in the back of the crate and insert the hose so they can breathe.

5] Fill the crate with dry leaves, hay or straw and replace the lid. Hide the hedgehog house amongst soil and leaves or bury it beneath logs, ensuring the entrance and air pipe are free of anything that could block it.


We want to see your best nature drawings! Draw your favourite thing about nature, how you helped the planet or your favourite plant! The winner will get a certificate.
















Hand your drawing in to Mrs. Russell when you have finished by the 11th January 2021. [Monday]. The judge will judge by year group. [ Little Explores will have 1 winner, year 1 will have 1 winner, year 2 will have 1 winner, year 3 will have 1 winner, year 4 will have 1 winner, year 5 will have 1 winner and year 6 will have 1 winner.] Under your drawing, put your year group but not your name, this will make sure all judgement is fair.


Class: _______________________________.



A healthy planet means less bad weather and less natural disasters for other countries. If you want to help, follow some of the tips above. 

Tips to help to spread the word on how to save the planet:

1] A banner.

2] A poster.

3] A window display.

4] A blog.

5] A website

I hope you can help to help the environment, everything you do [no matter how small]  helps a family of bees, hedgehogs or other endangered [ Nearly gone] animals.


Reporter: Lilly.

Super Striker!

On the 28th November we had the pleasure of interviewing Chesterfield Ladies super star Gina Camfield. We had many questions for her [29].

When she arrived we stood and looked in bewilderment at her broken leg! She showed resilience and came to see us. We all felt downhearted for her as she would not be able to play until next season.

To start us off, we all introduced ourselves to her: our first question was to ask her how she got into football and she said a couple of her friends played it so she started playing at school as a result she enjoyed playing the game. She started wanting to be a professional at the age of 12. She has always wanted to play for Arsenal but ended up starting off her career at Bristol City, at the age of 16 she joined Chesterfield Ladies FC. To achieve this dream she had to go through 10 years of football. She trains at Shirebrook Academy twice a week and playing a tiring game once a week.

She got her dreadful injury by trying to skip past the defender but they reached a leg out for the ball, but she got caught on the shin. Within a second she was on the floor in pain!

If you would like to be a super star like Gina, she said ‘never stop practicing.’ We all enjoyed interviewing her and wish her the best to get back playing and scoring again.

Mason Y6

Happy and Healthy Pets

 On the 12th March 2020 Shauna from PDSA   told us how to look after our pets properly. At first she went into the Explorers to inform them how to look after their pets. Then the whole school got together so she could give us all an assembly. She talked to us about the history of the PDSA and who created the charity, (Maria Dickin). She told us about two cases that they had successfully treated, We were shocked to learn that it costs over a million pounds each week to treat sick and injured pets like Shinji [a kitten]who fell three floors and Shadow[a dog] who got ran over by a bicycle ; cut open his liver. They treat an animal every 5 seconds.


During the workshops in the classes, she taught us the 5 Welfare needs so we can keep our pets safe .They are: a home, care, food, water exercise, friends/family unfortunately they have a high possibility of dying if they don’t have these obligatory needs. Cats, dogs and rabbits are the most common pets PDSA treat so Shauna taught us how to look after these pets .Dogs are the UK’s number 1 pet as they’re really energetic and fun animals to play with.

As a school we are working towards the Pet Wise bronze award and we already have 400 points – we need to get 600 more points to achieve our goal of 1000 .We have already done some activities which should give us another 350 points.

Reported by Mason Y6 and Liam Y5.

Dancing From Ghana.



On the 9th January 2020 a lady from Ghana came into our school and she taught us African dances.

At one point we did a mating call from West Africa and it involved lots of squealing, humming and looking and sounding like a bull. We also acted like we were basketball players, football players, runners & Usain Bolt. Doing the rain dance involved running around in circles and squealing and jumping.

Later in the day, we did a painting inspired by a type painting called Batik. We used blue in lines and then purple over it. The blue still bled through and it made a lovely Galaxy pattern. Then we did a black border and if we had time a few patterns, you could do whatever pattern you wanted, but it had to fit on the piece of cloth, some people put zig zags or made up symbols or even random lines and curves.  Some people had one big pattern others had 10 small patterns.

One child in year 3 said “fun”

Another in year 2 quoted “crazy”!

Also a boy in year 4 replied “weird”!

Food Will (Maybe) Destroy The World…

Food Pollution is when food travels from distant countries using vehicles that pollute the environment. It is a problem we should be more worried about. The more we pollute, the more we destroy the earth’s shield against meteorites and the Sun’s UV light.  The more UV light that comes through the atmosphere the more likely people will get severe sun burn and sun burn can lead to skin cancer, which can be lethal. So if we don’t stop it, it could get out of control and burn up our atmosphere and we might end up like Mercury (about 435C) or Mars or Venus!! This is a very serious situation since there isn’t any water, food, air, life!! So try and get food from local places not places like Brazil, Australia and other places far away. It won’t matter if you have Brazilian food in Brazil or Australian food in Australia but try not to have things from places far away from where you are. So eat local things instead of things from abroad. Support our farmers and food producers!

Reporter George Y5

Green energy

What is green energy?                         

Green energy is electricity, but not all electricity is green energy.


Green energy is natural energy from solar panels, wind turbines and hydro.


Fossil Fuel

The other type of electricity, is made of coals, oils, and natural gasses, these will eventually run out but meanwhile they are polluting our planet. Our world needs to think about the future before it is too LATE.


The often festival was on the 27th of September and had art everywhere: mythical clay eggs in a prison, a mermeration in a church, we also watched a play about King Alfred because Alfreton is named after him. Laila, Liam and James also played a little game and James won so he got to sit on the golden toilet and became king Alfred’s knight ,he also got into prison and he had to ‘scoop the poop’ but so did the other contestants. James came out on top (of the golden toilet) leaving the other phoney knights (and the burnt cakes) in the dust.

Brilliant Bus Making

Explorers made brilliant naughty buses. They made the shape of it out of cardboard. For the wheels  they put dowels through the middle and put wooden wheels on the end

to make them roll .”They worked pretty well and looked great, “Said Mrs Coupe the infant teacher. The finished product had more glitter on the buses than in the pot.

Reporters: MasonY6, GeorgeY5 and CarterY1.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

On Wednesday 18th of September we raised £242.71p for Macmillan cancer support. James and Grace were going mad selling cakes. All the parents and carers thankfully donated cakes for the whole school to have one .Tea and coffee was made by Mrs Russel and Mrs Tucker. Macmillan try to raise money to help people with cancer have a good time. Cancer can affect any part of the body and any-one.  The Macmillan nurses help people with the dreadful disease by making them have a good time and forget their illness.

Reporters: Mason Y6, George Y5 and  Carter Y1  



This year’s Halloween Disco was very

Well populated and these are the

‘Dark Disguises’ competition winners.

RECEPTION – Ava Pearson

YEAR 1- Mason Greaves

YEAR 2- Shayla Delaney

YEAR 3- Grace Glossop

YEAR 4- Isabelle Bailey

YEAR 5- Max Davey

YEAR 6- Kaleb Harper

We would like to thank the friends of Westhouses

For all your organisation to the event.




The school trip was quite a time for Class 3… On Thursday 13th of October, Class 3 travelled to a village called Eyam. Eyam was one of the first places to catch The Plague (if you don’t know, the Plague was a terrible disease that spread across Europe near about the Tudors). The trip was exciting for Class 3 as it involved  seeing the Hancock family graves, climbing down a narrow rocky mountain, visiting Mompesson’s well (some pupils even threw extra change into the well), the museum (that was very educational) and lots of other cool places.

The trek down the mountain seems to be the favourite part for Class 3. The mountain was quite fun for them, because it was a good laugh if someone slipped and screamed like a girl. The mountain edge was a little narrow to start with, but eventually the road widened out. “It was scary for me going along the narrow mountain edge. On one side of me was a barbed wire and the other side was a couple meters drop down to a little river running down alongside the other mountain side,” said an anonymous student while on the trip.

All throughout the trip, Class 3 were sorted into groups. The gift shop at the museum was quite an amusement for Class 3, being everything was ‘So cool!’ in there. Most groups took quite a while to choose what they wanted.

Class 3 learnt lots about the Plague and Eyam during their exciting trip. And (hopefully) they enjoyed it too!

REPORTER: Alyssa Humphreys for WHOP!

Stone Age Workshop October 2016


Mrs. Paish came in on Wednesday 19th October 2016

To teach Class 2   how hard it was to live as a stone age person and taught us how to make arrows, make bracelets, she taught us how to make flour with a grindstone, and she had a box of tools and a big box of sand (there was 6  boxes and 3 in each group). We had to dig up things she had buried and then we had an empty tray and we had to put the things we found in the empty  tray. Mrs. Paish also taught us how to weave and make string from wool.  The first hour we did the excavation and we did a little showcase of what we found. In the second hour we made the bracelets, weaved, made arrows and made flour from wheat and barley seeds on a grindstone.  Everyone had so much fun. Thank you Mrs. Paish


-Luke Milward, The School News Reporter WHOP!