Category Archives: What’s changed

The whole purpose of Big Kirk Hallam is to help make a difference and support residents to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live. So here you can find out more about what the money has been spent on, what activity has taken place and what has changed as a result.

Thank you letter from Ladywood governor

We received the following letter from Rev’d Christine French in her role as a Governor at Ladywood school. It’s great that the BKH funding is making such a difference to the young learners

Letter Jsan School On Line 2017.pdf


Thank you – Grandparent’s Lunch at Dallimore School

we received the following from Debra Ward who attended the grandparent’s lunch at Dallimore Primary School

We would like to thank Dallimore School and Big Kirk Hallam for our ‘Grandparents lunch’ on Friday 5th May. We had a lovely time. It was ‘Fishy Friday’ so we enjoyed fish, chips, and a lovely fresh side salad, with fresh fruit for pudding.

Scarlett was very excited to have her Grandparents there, and was showing us what to do in the dinner queue and hall. She even insisted I sit on one side of her and her Grandad on the other side. it was lovely to see how nice the school environment is, and I was pleased to see all the displays on anti-bullying and how the children need to care about, and be kind to one another. It was also really nice to see the Head Teacher sitting having lunch and chatting with some of the children.

What a great experience, thanks again!

You’re welcome Debra – we’re glad you and Scarlett had a great time

Thank you from Ladywood young learners

We received the following letters from young learners at Ladywood Primary School, telling us how the funding they had received from Big Kirk Hallam has been used

This year Big Kirk Hallam has given us a big surprise by sending us Drumba teachers (Declan, Kian) All yr6 loved it and we would love to do it again. Then there is grandparents dinner it is a great opportunity to sit, eat and talk to your loved ones. Also there are Junior leaders and reading buddies. Reading buddies has given us a reading shed and a club to teach little ones to read.

Thank you Courtney Biggs

First of all, I would like to thank Big Kirk hallam for allowing us to do this activity. This term we have been doing many different things but my favourite was Drumba, it is drumming and zumba combined. On Friday 12th May we went into the hall and met our instructors Declan and Kian. They started to teach us some basic drumming moves, once we had learnt the moves we had to add some zumba moves to it. We started with the easiest song then it gradually increased in difficulty. Furthermore, Chestnut tree class then moved on to a game of musical sticks (It’s like musical chairs) We had about 5 games of that. Lastly year 6 completed the final sequence and then Drumba was finished. 

by Nicole Horsley

First of all I would like to thank Big Kirk Hallam for helping with activities at Ladywood Primary School. The activity i have enjoyed the most is Drumba. On the 12th May 2017 all of the year 6s took part in an activity called Drumba. This activity is a great experience for children to have. It is not just about drumming but you exercise while you are experiencing this activity. You are also able to communicate with your friends and students in your class you don’t communicate with during your time in the classroom.

by Maisy

Throughout 2016/17 the Big Kirkhallam has given Ladywood many opportunities. First of all, the grandparents dinner where you can eat and talk to your loved ones. Then we do the savers bank in a morning where you can save up money and carry it on even after yr6. Big Camp Out was one of the best. (Even though it was quite cold!) We got the chance to make our own clean water out of dirty water, eat bugs and do archery. one more was Drumba, that was the best gift from doing out SATS.

Thank you Olivia Burrows


Thank you Courtney, Nicole, Maisy and Olivia. We love hearing about what you have been unto at Ladywood and the difference the Big Kirk Hallam money makes


E Cadets Ladywood

Mel lawson, head at Ladywood told us that eCadets is a scheme to help promote online safety and it trains and empowers children within school to teach others about how to keep safe online.

We launched eCadets with an assembly and an application process for recruitment. We now have one eCadet in each class. We meet a few times a term to accept a challenge in regards to Online Safety. The children then take this back to their class and become the teacher. They teach the children about the designated topic for that term. For the Spring term they are looking at their digital footprint in KS2. In Reception and KS1 they are looking at personal information and what they should share online and what should be kept private. There is a new challenge set each term.

Our Online Safety display with an emphasis on our eCadets and what they do.



The eCadets feel proud of their role and empowered to be able to teach their classes. It has put greater emphasis on the importance of Online Safety within our school and is already making our learners reflect on how they conduct themselves online and how they can keep themselves

Ladywood savings

We have received this update from Mel Lawson, the Head at Ladywood

We now have a group of regular savers who come every Wednesday with their purple piggy banks and deposit money into their saving account.

One of the big success stories for us is the older children who give up their time to be bankers. They arrive early and log all the money saved.

There is a buzz about school on a Wednesday about saving and who has saved the most pennies

Passport Project – Ladywood School

Mel Lawson, the Head at Ladywood, sent this update

The passport continues to be an integral part of the school term at Ladywood. We are proud to say that a number of learners have begun to ask to log things from evenings and weekends.

We have undertaken a great many activities from Red Nose day to World book day. We have litter picked and represented the school in a number of ways. We were pleased to welcome Footprints theatre group back to school. Our children love their unique style of storytelling and performing. The performances are like an oasis in a busy day. The children look forward to these visits.

We have also been lucky to welcome the Open centre fro Derby to widen our learners and staffs understanding of the wider world. We have now welcomed people from a range of faiths to school.

Our pupils are being exposed to a range of activities that they wouldn’t have also we are reflecting on these and recording a memory from it

Over the next few months we are planning a range of activities including ones that will cover the Big get together.



Family Kinship project

We have received this update fro Mel Lawson, the Head at Ladywood Primary School

We have yet to get to a place where this support is spread across the two schools.

It is varied in its support and is reaching a wide range of our parents

The activities have been well supported and have had positive impacts on a wide range of families. The Saturday learning sessions are always a positive event and it is great to see all members of the family getting involved

A number of our families have said they feel supported and are able to support their children in different ways.

We are not as far on with this project as we would want to be, one area of concern is that a number of people are leading different aspects and I wonder if it would be more effective with one designated lead.

During the next few months we need to reflect on how the hardest to reach parents can be supported and if we can make use if the BIG KH Community rooms to enable both schools to benefit as well as linking in with the MAT to see if there are any targeted families

Thanks Mel; it’s really good to see you reflecting on how to move this project forward to benefit even more families