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PLUS visit for your chance to win a free National Trust family pass. Spend time in Derbyshire at Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall and Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood.

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Join in all the spooky fun at Denby Visitor Centre during Half Term in the Wicked Witch’s cave. The cave has lots of spooky stuff, watch the Halloween Puppet show, then enjoy making and painting scary stuff to take home, plus lots more. Come along in fancy dress and have your face painted to complete the look! Sessions are at 11am, 1.15pm, and 2.30pm between 22nd October and 4th November (excluding 27th and 28th Oct). Entry is £5.75 for children over 3 years, and £2.50 for accompanying adults. Entry price includes all raw clay items, and up to two decorated pieces. An extra charge applies for fired to keep painted plates and face painting. Looking ahead to Christmas, Santa’s Grotto at Denby opens on 1st Decemb er. Santa will be in his cosy garden grotto and there is a gift for each child (booking essential, call 01773 740 799. £6 per child over 2 years). Denby Visitor centre is open daily, just off the A38 north of Derby with free entry and free parking. See or call 01773 740 799 for bookings or enquiries.

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A MAGICAL STORY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY THIS CHRISTMAS Derby Theatre will cast a web of enchantment over the young and young at heart and present one of the most popular children’s stories of all time, E. B. White’s ‘Charlotte’s Web’. It will run from Fri 7 Dec until Sat 12 Jan, with tickets at great prices! Derby Theatre will present ‘Charlotte’s Web’ in association with the highly acclaimed Birmingham Stage Company (creators of the phenomenally popular stage shows, Horrible Histories, George’s Marvellous Medicine and James and the Giant Peach). Join us for the story of a young girl called Fern who befriends Wilbur, a pig. Wilbur is no ordinary pig however and needs to be saved from becoming Christmas dinner! To the rescue comes a witty spider called Charlotte who conjures up a miraculous plan which they hope will keep him alive. Though small in stature, Charlotte‘s big heart leads Wilbur to understand and accept his place in the world. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a story of loyalty and friendship woven with beauty and enchantment and which is as full of strength and as delicately magical as Charlotte’s web itself. Will Charlotte and Fern be able to save Wilbur? Come and find out! Tickets are priced from £9, family tickets (for 4 people) from ONLY £36.00, school tickets ONLY £8.50 each (plus 1 ticket free with every 10 purchased). For more information and to book tickets call the Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or book online at

free taster sessions for before and after school club!

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Our Clubs provide childcare from 7am-6pm. We accept all childcare vouchers. Choose from Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs and our fantastic Holiday Club. Diverse range of activities & huge selection of toys & resources.

Schools we serve before and after school: Lawn, Portway, Walter Evans, Curzon, Ashgate, Markeaton, Whitecross Nursery, St Edmunds Nursery, Woodlands Secondary, ST Benedict’s, Kilburn Schools, Denby Free, Horsley C of E, John Flamsteed, Old Vicarage and Horsley Woodhouse We serve all schools across Derby and Derbyshire at our holiday club.

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We all know that fireworks can be great fun if handled responsibly, however we would encourage people to go to an organised event if possible rather than having fireworks in their own garden. If you do intend to have fireworks at home, do follow the safety code: • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick • Stand back after lighting • NEVER go back to a firework once lit, it may go off in your face • Keep a bucket of water handy • Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container • Keep children under control • Keep pets indoors • Take care with sparklers – young children should not handle these 6

• NEVER throw fireworks • NEVER keep them in your pocket

If you must light a bonfire, follow these safety tips: • Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and well away from your fireworks • Before lighting, make sure there are no animals hiding inside • Be careful when building the bonfire, so it does not collapse once lit • Don’t burn foam filled furniture, aerosols or tins of paint or bottles • Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire • Keep everyone, especially children, away from the fire • In case of emergency, keep buckets of water, a garden hose of a fire extinguisher ready • When the party is over, pour water on the embers before leaving

If a fire gets out of control, dial 999 and call out the fire and rescue service. For further bonfire and firework safety tips visit our website



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DANCE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Déda offers a massive range of opportunities for all children and young people to participate and progress in dance. The classes contain the elements that make up a great dance experience: fun, fitness, self-expression and challenge. All Déda classes are delivered by trained dance professionals in our professionally-equipped dance studios.

No exams, and no need for expensive costumes and shoes. Next term starts Monday 3 September

Call 01332 370911 or visit Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU

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Buxton Opera House

Box Office: 01246 345334 Corporation Street, Chesterfield

Box Office: 0845 127 2190 Water Street, Buxton

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November 3

The Selfish Crocodile The funny tale of a brave little mouse and a very snappy crocodile is heart-warming with a very happy ending. The storytellers use song, music and a host of beautiful puppets to bring this watery adventure to life. Tickets are £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for children and £26 for a family (2+2). Located in Buxton Opera House at 2pm. November 1

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Presented by Visible Fictions Theatre Company Jason’s uncle isn’t exactly lovable…he’s murdered his brother (the king) and stolen the crown and now no one dares stand up to him. Things are about to get a major shake up though because Jason is BACK! After being banished as a baby, our wannabe hero returns to claim his rightful throne and make some big changes. However, in ancient times nothing’s that straightforward. Jason and his crew must sail on The Argo to the other side of the world to find the Golden Fleece and bring it back in order to unite the people again. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, the odd monster, sleeping dragon and clashing rock endeavour to ruin his trip and spice things up on this most fantastic of journeys! A quirky, funny, exciting tale – told as only Visible Fictions know how – for age 9 and beyond ! Tickets from £11

Jack and The Beanstalk

December 9

The Very Snowy Christmas It’s the night before Christmas and Big Mouse and Little Mouse are putting up decorations. Little Mouse scampers out to search for holly but finds big white flakes falling from the sky. ‘Goodness me!’ he cries. ‘The sky is coming undone!’ As Little Mouse’s world is covered in snow, he discovers strange things all around him in this jolly, holly snowy adventure. Based on the best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman, this charming winter’s tale comes to life with music, song, puppetry and a glittering snowy set. So, wrap up warm as Little Mouse invites you to join him (and Big Mouse) for their fabulous festive celebrations – guaranteed to warm the coldest of hearts. It’s going to be a jolly holly, snowy Christmas. Location: Pavilion Arts Centre Adults £7.50, Children £6.50. Family Tickets: £26 (4 people incl at least 2 children), £19.50 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee). Derby Theatre Box Office: 01332 593939 Theatre Walk, Derby

December 10–24

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark From the book by Jill Tomlinson. It’s the night before Christmas and Plop the baby barn owl journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures. This gentle, reassuring tale is brought to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling - and a very special appearance from Father Christmas himself! A great Christmas gift for 3-7 year olds (and their grown-ups). Tickets £9


Starring Charlie Dimmock as the Organic Fairy, Rick Gaynor, Andy Steed, Rob Stevens, Natalie Law, and a full supporting company. Directed by Colin Blumenau. This year’s pantomime has all the ingredients of a mouth watering feast of fun, frivolity and festive cheer! Our traditional pantomime tale will be served up with spectacular costumes and scenery, creative choreography accompanied by live music and a huge side dish of slapstick delivered by a very talented cast who promise plenty of magic in this actionpacked production! Ticket: Adults: £13.00, Adult Con.: £12:00, Children: £10.50

Ticket Prices: £22.50, £25, £27.50 Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th December 2012

Wed 7.30pm, Thurs 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm & Sunday 1pm & 4pm


13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA Discounts: Special discounts available to all performances. Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Not retrospective. Children under 16 – Half price. Concessions: £2 off , Groups of 10 +: £3 off, Schools of 10+: All seats £11 each

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Derby Theatre Studio 10th - 24th December 10.30am & 1.30pm showings Adults £9 | Children £8 Families £28 | Schools £7 Box Office: 01332 59 39 39

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Deer Park Walk at Calke

Join one of the trained wardens and enter the Deer Pen at Calke Abbey which is normally closed to the public. Have a walk around the park, take pictures of the deer and, afterwards, enjoy a drink and a cookie. Walk from 2-4pm. Adults £7.50, children £3.50. Visit for details. October 29 and 30

September 7 - October 30

Beyond Limits

at Chatsworth Sotheby’s auction house will once again bring contemporary sculpture to the relaxed setting of the historic gardens of Chatsworth. You will be amazed by these sculptures. Open from 10.30am to 5pm. Adults £10, seniors £8, children £6, family £28. Visit for all the details.

June - November 4

Around the World with Toys and Games

Take a journey around the world at Sudbury Hall’s Museum of Childhood, discovering stories about play from different countries on the way. Open from 11am to 5pm. Free event, usual admission charges apply: adults £7.20, children £3.78, family £18.18 – entry into Museum of Childhood only; joint tickets available. Visit www. for more information and joint ticket prices. October 22 - November 4

Halloween Fun at Denby

Enjoy wicked witch puppet shows, making and painting scary stuff, fancy dress competitions and much more at Denby Visitor Centre. Sessions are at 11am, 1.15pm and 2.30pm daily, excluding October 27-28. Children £5.75, accompanying adults £2.50. Booking is recommended. Visit for more information. 10

October 27

Discovery Day at Heage Windmill

Heage Windmill is a place of great historical importance in the field of wheat and flour in Derbyshire. On Discovery Days at Heage, you can find out all about the history, go on a guided tour and see how stoneground flour is traditionally milled. Open from 11am to 4pm. Adults £3.50, children £1.50, family £8.50. Visit for information. OCTOBER HALF TERM 2012 ISSUE

Face of Chucklebutties 2013 Competition, & Family Portraits by Garry Rawlings Have your child’s photo taken at Chucklebutties, and enter the Face of Chucklebutties 2013 Competition for your chance to win a year’s free membership of Chucklebutties! Garry will also be offering family portraits and school photographer prices so why not stock up for Christmas? No need to book, and only pay for the pictures you want. Open 10am to 2pm on 29th and 10am to 5pm on 30th. For more information visit October 29 - November 2

Surtal Arts Half Term Workshops for Season of Light As part of Surtal Arts’ annual Festival and Season of Light celebrations, they will be presenting an exciting series of half-term workshops at QUAD. Following the success of the workshops last year, Surtal will bring the colour, sounds and tastes of South Asia to celebrate the theme of ‘light’ in bringing communities together, as well as offering a chance for the public to discover their creativity in a range of arts activities giving an insight to community festivals such as Diwali and Eid. October 27 - November 4

Half-Term Halloween Fun at Chatsworth House If you’re feeling brave, then bring your little monsters along to Chatsworth for a whole week of terrible treats, evil entertainment and devilish delights. For more information contact the Chatsworth Bookings Office on 01246 565430. November 2

Halloween at Chucklebutties A fun-packed evening of entertainment for your little monsters! Spooky treasure hunt, fancy dress competition, disco, creepy crafts, face painting, games and a fabulous ghoulish buffet... woo hoo hoo hoo hoo! Tickets are available in person, on 01773 880 123 or ONLINE at £10 for your first child and £8 for siblings. For more information visit Please note there is a booking fee when paying online.

November 4

Derby Bonfire & Fireworks at Markeaton Park

Come along to Derby’s biggest and best fireworks display! With a brilliant fun fair, hot food stalls and the biggest bonfi re in the city to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night. Tickets: Free November 17 & 18

Fabulous Places Christmas Market at The Roundhouse.

The popular Christmas Market is back for the 3rd year. Everything for a fabu lous Christmas! November 17

Derby Christmas Lights Switch On at Derby’s Market Place

Join a festive parade from Babbingto n Lane at 4.15pm and then enjoy a varie ty of entertainment, including pantomim e stars and of course, Santa, on the Market Place stage, leading up to the big switch-on event at 6pm. With Capital FM road show. Tickets: Free December 1 - January 6

Derby Christmas Ice Rink

Whether out with a group of friends or spending time as a fmaily, the Derb y Christmas Ice Rink will be one of the coolest destinations in Derby this Christmas. Real ice and an on-site cafe where you can warm up after your skate, or just sit and watch the world go by. A fabulous festive treat! Tickets from £6. For more information visit the website December 20

Toddler Christmas Party A fun-packed Christmas Party espe cially for little ones, with Santa’s Crafty Workshop, face painting, party gam es, Festive Healthy Buffet and a visit and present from Santa. £10 for your fi rst child, and £8 for subsequent siblings. Chucklebutties members can book a free place at this party (if they haven’t alrea dy booked for Halloween) - please call to reserve your place! 10.30am - 1pm . For more information visit December 21

Christmas Ball

A fun-packed Christmas Party, with Santa’s Crafty Workshop, face paint ing and glitter tattoos, party games, festiv e healthy buffet and a visit and present from Santa. £10 for your first child, and £8 for subsequent siblings. Chucklebu tties members can book a free place at this party (if they haven’t already booked for Halloween) - please call to reserve your place! 4.30 - 7pm. For more informati on visit



At Little Meez our aim is to supply preloved baby and toddler items in excellent condition at affordable prices. Every item of clothing in the shop is washed, ironed and put on hangers so they are clean fresh and ready to use. Prams, pushchairs and buggies are all safety checked washed and cleaned ready for your little prince or princess to ride in. Toys and teddies are all clean, complete and working.


email: Winter Times for Little Meez: Monday 9am till 4pm Tuesday, and Friday 9am till 4.30pm Wednesday Open 9 till 2

Thursday 9am till 4.30pm Saturday Open 10 till 4 all day Closed for lunch at 2.30pm-3.30pm (Tuesday, Thursday Friday)

Give your child the gift of music - the gift that lasts a lifetime.

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18 Station Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5LD

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Cycle Club le Come along to the Cyc Derby holiday club. You’ll make loads of new friends and learn lots of great bike skills on our various cycling days out around Derby. Cycle Club activities and timetable: Tuesday - Fun cycling skills & games Wednesday - BMX Coaching Thursday - Cycling picnic Friday - Mountain bike ride

Location: Ravensdale Junior School Date: 30 Oct to 2 Nov 2012 Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm Age: 8 – 14 years Price: £12 per day or £45 for all 4 days Requirements • Own Bike • Food & Drink • Appropriate clothing • You need to book this activity in advance

to book For more information or her on tc Fle ey please call Trac or 01332 641773 cyclederby@derby.g

Learn to ride For children who are getting onto two wheels for the first time or those who have tried to ride and not quite got there! 30 - 45 minute lesson. Dates: 30 & 31 October 2012 Location: Markeaton Park Time: First lesson 10:00am - Last lesson 2:00pm Age: 4 years and up Price: £7.50 Requirements • Own Bike • You need to book this activity in advance

Coaching Days BMX Venue: Alvaston Park Time: 10am - 2pm 2 Date: 30 October 201 Age: 10-16 years Price: £12.00 MTB Venue: Robin Wood, Ingelby nr Swarkestone Time: 10am - 3pm 2 Date: 1st November 201 Age: 10-16 years Price: £12.00 Requirements: • Appropriate clothing • Food and drink • You need to book this activity in advance

forthcoming at the Mill... Saturday 1st December Christmas Craft Fair and Workshop. Host of seasonal stalls (inc food) and activities for children. Refreshments. 1 to 5pm. Sunday 9th December Traditional Victorian Christmas. Seasonal readings, stories and demonstrations for adults and children. Refreshments. 2 to 5pm. Adults £3.50 Children £2 (under 7 free)

Bridgefoot, Belper. DE56 1YD 01773-880474 Follow the A6 to Belper then look for the Strutt’s North Mill signs

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out of the school gate, bring them down to the Baked Well studio where they can paint and create for just £1. Visit www. Enjoy a Christmassy trip to Chucklebutties with a visit to Santa for all the details. in his grotto! Book your slot on 01773 880123. £6.50 per child 1st February 2013 includes entry to play. Open from 2.00pm. For more information visit

December 22 and 23

Santa’s Grotto

LASCO Maths Challenge

December 24 Open Farm, Farm Shop & Tea Room

A truly unique Open Farm experience for all ages Tractor & Trailer Rides on Saturday & School Holidays

See our website for Parent & Toddler Specials and our Opening Times & Prices.

Highfields… where Christmas is Christmas! • Nativity Scene: 1st Dec - 5th Jan • Carol Service with Salvation Army Youth Band Sat 8th Dec 4.00pm (Very Special) • Christmas Treasure Hunt: 17th Dec – 5th Jan. Free! Farm Shop Offers… ‘Unique & Special Gifts’ that will bless us & you! Sponsor a Hen or Wind Turbine Certificate, Family or Season Tickets, Farm Related toys & books and more! Plus Christmas Poultry (to order), eggs, veg, potatoes, homemade cakes, Christmas puddings, chutneys & jams! For Parties & School Trips see our website

Highfields Hapy Hens, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derby, DE65 6LS Tel: 01283 735 063

Breakfast with Santa Wow, a chance to enjoy a magical breakfast with Santa on Christmas Eve! Followed by a visit to Santa’s grotto to receive an early Christmas gift, and the opportunity to stay and play. Pre-booking essential, limited places available at £8.50 per child. Open 9.00 to 11.00am. For more information visit After School Activities

Baked Well Pottery

During term time, Monday to Friday, there is a discounted studio fee at Baked Well Pottery in Bakewell. If you want something to entertain your kids once they’re

A freakish festival of family fun! As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, Derbyshire transforms into SPOOKYSHIRE!

Scores of spine-tingling pursuits ranging from Halloween fun to murder mystery evenings have been concocted to cast a bewitching spell on everyone from under-fives to grandparents this October half-term! For a blood-thirsty taste of the gruesome, bone-chilling, frighteningly wicked events and activities taking place this Halloween in Spookyshire head to: spookyshire,, or scan the QR code if you dare... 12


This annual challenge is open to all primary and post primary schools in the UK, Ireland and abroad. The event gives pupils the opportunity to work as a class team, using their skills in mathematics, problem solving and communication in competition with pupils of similar age and ability in other schools. The event raises money for the Latin American Street Children Organisation - a registered charity providing education and healthcare to South American Street children. The 2012 Challenge had 10,000 participants, raising more than £10,000 for the charity. The event is cross sector; cross curricular; cross community and gives primary and post primary pupils commonality and an opportunity to collaborate. For more information visit

places to visit National Forest

Adventure Farm National Forest Adventure Farm There’s lots to do at Adventure Farm, both inside and outside, so whatever the weather decides to do, you can still have a great day out. Inside there are three levels of exciting adventure play equipment for big kids, little kids and parents! Outside you will find pedal go-karts, a jumping pillow, sand pit and mini assault course. Visit www.adventurefarm. for full details of events and activities.

Red House Stables and Carriage Museum Housing one of the finest collections of original horse drawn vehicles, at Red House Stables and Carriage Museum you can explore the tradition of working carriages, meet the horses and ponies who work at the museum and even go on a special carriage ride. Located in the village of Darley Dale, Matlock. Open daily from 10am. Visit www. for details.

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We are proud to launch EMSA Babies in the East Midlands. Swimming Lessons for babies age 6 weeks to 3 years. preparing babies for our EMSA Swim school.


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Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre have lined the chambers over millions of years. Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Adults £8.50, children £5, family (2+3) £24. Visit Housed in a restored 19th century for barn, this fantastic museum tells details. the story of Kegworth. Using displays, a Victorian parlour, the story of two hundred years of the local knitting industry, the history of the village and saddler’s workshop, a day out at Kegworth At the Peak District Mining Museum will be great for all the you can experience the family. Open Saturday from 10am Museum forgotten world of a Derbyshire to 1pm, Sunday from 1-4pm, lead miner. See the tools the Wednesday from 2-5pm. Visit used, the clothes they for miners advances in technology the wore, full details. that they witnessed and the importance of this metal in our daily lives. Crawl and climb through a maze of twisted tunnels and shafts for yourself, feeling the cramped conditions that the ride can At Swadlincote you miners would have worked in. You the 500-metre toboggan run, can also take a trip down Temple experience the brand new Viper Mine and see what the mines Slide and have a meal in the look like today. The museum is Alpine Lodge restaurant. It’s just open daily from 10am to 5pm. like being on a skiing holiday, Temple Mine is open daily with except without the cold weather visits between 12-2pm. Prices for and the eight hour flight to get museum or mine: adults £3.50, there! For full time and price list, concessions £3, children £2.50, visit family £10. Prices for museum and mine: adults £6, concessions £5, children £4, family £15. Visit for more information. Have fun exploring the Beehive Rosliston in d Farm and Playgroun where you can feed the farm animals including goats, donkey, Jess the pot-bellied pig, Percy the Located near Wirksworth, the peacock and the free-range rabbits. Steeple Grange Light Railway is Adults £2, children £1, feed built on the trackbed of the old buckets £1 each. Visit Cromford and High Peak Railway. It now offers exciting 20-minute for more information. train rides for families through beautiful limestone scenery. Open weekends from 12-5pm. Check website for further opening times earth the beneath Take a journey during holidays: with the expert guides at Poole’s Cavern in Buxton. Explore the vast Adults £3, seniors £2, children £1.50, limestone caverns and see how crystal stalactites and stalagmites family (2+3) £7.50.

Kegworth Museum

Peak District Mining Museum and Temple Mine

Bringing your little ones out their shell.

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Ockbrook School is proud to announce the introduction of Co-Education for Year 7 entry from 2013

Ockbrook School The Settlement Ockbrook, Derby DE72 3RJ t: 01332 673532 f: 01332 665184

The Governing Body, staff and parents are truly excited by the announcement that sees the development of the Senior Department and Sixth Form as a co-educational school that will welcome both boys and girls from age 11-18. Our first intake of boys into Year 7 will be in September 2013. The school remains totally committed to maintaining our exceptional standards of academic achievement for all students throughout the transition period and welcomes interest from parents and pupils wishing to join us. We are building from a position of strength, as represented by the success of our move to true co-education in the



Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to unlock your child’s potential, building their confidence and independent study skills. Take advantage of our Free Assessment and see how Kumon can benefit your child. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment:

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Grangemount, Nursery and Junior School to Ockbrook School, in 2011. Our decision to embrace co-education is a positive response to the growing number of boys who are now benefiting from the high quality education that we offer in Grangemount whose parents are keen for them to continue to be educated at Ockbrook School. Boys and girls now mix naturally in our junior school and we believe that the gradual move to co-education will enable us to maintain the strong family feeling that is inherent throughout the school as well as enabling our pupils to prepare better for life in the wider world, at university and in the work place. Longterm demographic and social trends identified in research undertaken by independent educational consultants and the Independent Schools Council indicates that more and more parents are seeking a balanced educational experience for their children. This is not the first time in Ockbrook’s long history that both boys and girls have both benefited from an exceptional academic offering within a setting that provides a broad experience of extra-curricular activities that are truly accessible to all. We see this as a perfect opportunity to broaden the learning experience for all our pupils. Over the coming months the school will be investing in appropriate facilities, infrastructure and staffing to deliver an enhanced curriculum for both girls and boys which will include extending the opportunities available in sport and other extracurricular activities, from which all our pupils will benefit. Grangemount Entry commences from the age of

two until the age of 11. We are registered for the Early Years Government Funding Scheme which entitles all three and four year olds to 15 hours of free nursery education at an establishment of their choice. We also run a holiday club during the school holidays for children from the age of two until the age of 12. Progression into Ockbrook School is automatic for our Grangemount students and for external applicants our Entrance & Scholarship Examinations for Year 7 and Year 12 Entry into Ockbrook School will take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2013. Ockbrook School caters for pupils from the age of 11 through to the end of their A level studies in our very successful Sixth Form at the end of Year 13. Higher Education destinations are diverse and include Oxbridge, Russell Group and International Universities with students going on to study a wide range of subjects including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Music, Art, History, Modern Languages to name but a few. Financial Assistance is available by way of a meanstested Bursarial Award of up to 100% of the Tuition Fees and Scholarships are available for Year 7 and Year 12 Entry in the fields of Academia, Music, Art, Sport and Drama. If you are interested in receiving further information on Grangemount and/or Ockbrook School we would invite you to contact the Admission’s Secretary, Jo Fowkes, on 01332 673532 or who will be able to discuss your options with you in more detail and arrange for your son or daughter to have a tour of the school and a taster day in one of our current classes.

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gon The Dreadful Dra (7-10) Kaye Umansky, Bloomsbury, £5.99 Ronald the Magnificent is the youngest wizard in the Wizards’ Club. The trouble is, he is not a very good wizard and all the others tease him terribly. They don’t even let him have his own chair. What Ronald needs is a pet so at least somebody is on his side. But pets are not allowed, so Ronald has to magic his pet up in secret. And when he does get his pet, it is not as easily controlled as Ronald would have liked. This is a very funny book featuring wizards, firebreathing, some misplaced magic and a lot of sausages! Perfect!

The World’s Fastest, Spookiest, Smelliest, Strongest Book (8+) Jan Payne, Buster Books, £7.99 From the highest peaks, the highest-flying aircraft, the fastest man, the biggest country to the most venomous snake, this book has it all. There’s no end to the wonderful and fascinating facts you can learn about the world, perfect for impressing your friends and expanding your horizons. In fact you can play a game with this book: pick a page, any page and you will be assured to land on a new and fun fact every single time.

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo (6+) Emma Chichester Clark, HarperCollins, £10.99 That first day at school... is there anything quite like it? When Lily starts at a new school she asks her loveable Blue Kangaroo to come too. Lily thinks that Blue Kangaroo is worried about going too but deep down he can’t wait to explore new things, and to get involved with all the things that children get to explore at school. And that’s just the beginning, we wouldn’t spoil the rest of it! This is the eighth title in this hugely popular series, so there’s lots to explore if you enjoy this book.

Squeezy (7+) Easy Peasy Lemon

Steve Martin, Buster Books, £7.99

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the Agatha Parrot and Zombie Bird (7+) Kjartan Poskitt, Egmont, £5.99 Yes you read that right: this book features a zombie bird. What is that you ask? Well that would be telling. All that we know is that people who read it couldn’t put it down and found it a real laugh out loud experience, featuring magic, mayhem, invisibility and a crazy sense of fun, aimed at 7 or 8 year olds. As well as anyone above! OCTOBER HALF TERM 2012 ISSUE


Do you have trouble retaining important morsels of information about Maths, Science, Language, Art and so on? Well this brilliant book is for you. In fact it’s not just a book, it’s a brain booster, equipped with something called a ‘Memory Gym’ containing simple and fun techniques to increase memory power. Plus it’s full of great ilustrations throughout. Please turn to our Competitions page to read how you may win a snazzy hardback copy!


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performed a unique show, with over 1200 Theatretrain students from across the UK and nine primary/ secondary schools. Featuring over 1200 Theatretrain students from all over the UK, the gala performance was a resounding success. The 22 piece orchestra played a medley of different hits from the title track ‘Licence to Thrill’ to Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’. The hits were infectious! The 600 strong choir sang and moved in time, soloists shone and the 600 performers told the story in unison. Students have been working on the project for the last 6 months which culminated in the arena of one the world’s most prestigious venues, the Royal Albert Hall. Next year you could have the chance to perform at the O2 in London for our 20th anniversary show spectacular!! Our open day is on Saturday 20th October. Classes run from 2p.m. til 5p.m. every Saturday. For more information contact: Laura Turner 01509 889480 or

What’s On at QUAD


QUAD WORKSHOPS Derby’s centre for art and film QUAD will be holding some illuminating workshops for Families and Young People in October and November as part of the new season ‘LIGHT’. Some family activities entitled ‘Luminaria & Lanterns’ will offer a chance to design and create your own lanterns and luminaria from paper and card to light your way through the darker days of Winter. ‘Luminaria & Lanterns’ Family Activity takes place in QUAD on Saturday 3rd November, from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. The Family Activities are suitable for ages five and above and all those under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £3 per child or £10 for a family of four. Places are limited, so please book places through QUAD Box Office. In addition, QUAD will be hosting two giant ‘Camera Obscuras’. Camera Obscuras were the invention that started photography. These boxes capture light to project a reversed image of the view around you, allowing you to trace over the image, draw what you see or create portraits of family and friends. The Camera Obscuras will be in QUAD throughout October and are free for anyone to use, just climb inside and draw! There will also be a chance to make a Camera Obscura in November when participants can make one on their own or as a group with friends or family. The Camera Obscura Making Workshop takes place in QUAD on Saturday


10th November, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Workshop places are limited, and there is a cost of £7.50 per Obscura. More information about the exhibitions and events can be found at: www. ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE This half-term, QUAD is presenting activities and cinema aimed at young people. KidsQUAD are QUAD’s creative Arts activities for children aged seven to eleven; DigisQUAD are QUAD’s Digital Arts activities for young people aged 12 to16. The KidsQUAD October half-term activity, entitled SpookysQUAD, is a chance to make your own scary masks in a Halloween inspired workshop which takes place on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th October, from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. The cost is £20 for both sessions. A Manga Monsters DigisQUAD half-term workshop take place on Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October, running from 1:30pm to 4:00pm on each day. Learn how to create your own Manga monster or ghoul in drawing and digital workshops and learn how to tweak your character’s expression, appearance and style. The cost is £45 for all three sessions. CINE KIDS FILMS In the Cinemas, QUAD’s Cine Kids Screening for families for October half term (Friday 26th October to Sunday 4th November) is Brave (PG). Cine Kids Screenings are family

focussed screenings every Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm, plus extra screenings for school holidays. All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members, to join Cine Kids club for just £10, please ask at QUAD Box Office for details. Continuing in November, a spooky theme prevails with Paranorman (PG), Hotel Transylvania (U), Frankenweenie (PG) and The Lorax (U) returns as a Cine Kids screening on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November. Cine Babies screenings are special screenings for parents/ carers with babies under 12 months. To enable entrance, join QUAD’s Cine Babies club for FREE, please contact QUAD Box office for details.Tickets for adults: £5.75, £4.75 concessions, tickets for babies are free. Films are: Ginger And Rosa (12A) – Thursday 15th November (ends approx. 2:30pm); The Sapphires (PG) – Thursday 22nd November (ends approx. 2:46pm). Supportive Environment Screenings are suitable for adults and children with Specific Needs and people from within the Autistic Spectrum. Tickets: £5.75, £4.75 concessions. Films are: Brave (PG) – Thursday 8th November at 11:00am; Paranorman (PG) – Saturday 10th November at 10:30am For more information or to book, please call the Box Office on 01332 290606 or see the website: Market Place, Cathedral Quarter Derby DE1 3AS

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Kip McGrath would like to offer our readers family (4) tickets to the local Odeon Cinema to see a film of their choice? To win answer the following question How many Gold Medals did Team GB win during the Summer 2012 Olympic Games? Closing date: 30 November 2012




Does Maths leave you in a muddle? Struggle with Spelling? Do you find History horrible? ‘Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy’ is the mind-expanding book for you. Full of fun illustrations and juicy bite-sized facts, this book will not only help you learn but help keep WHAT you learn locked safely away. After dipping in and out of the many facts and subjects at hand, your grasp of general knowledge - including subjects such as geography, art, music and language - will feel just that little bit more sharp. The fun doesn’t stop there either, as the creators of the book have provided you with bonuses such as the marvellous ‘Memory Gym’ which will arm you with new tips and tricks to make those all-important facts stick for when you need them! In short this is a book you will dip in and out of time and time again as you progress in school, and best of all we have some beautiful hardback copies to give away to some lucky readers! Just answer the following question What is the shape of the fruit on the cover? Closing date: Friday, 30 November 2012.


There’s so much for you to see, do and discover at a National Trust place near you in the Midlands, you simply won’t know where to start. There are all kinds of fantastic walks and trails for you to explore as well as plenty of fun family crafts and activities like spooky Halloween pumpkin trails, animal adventures such as a Deer Park Safari and much more. And there’s also loads for you to try from the National Trust’s list of ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’. So, for your chance to win a family pass to your favourite National Trust place in the Midlands, simply answer this question: On what date is Halloween? Closing date: Friday, 30 November 2012. Find half-term fun near you at



QUAD would like to offer Primary Times Readers the chance to win one of 3 Cine Kids Club memberships (worth £10). QUAD’s Cine Kids Screenings are family focussed screenings which take place every Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm, plus extra screenings taking place daily during all school holidays. All tickets are just £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members, Cine Kids membership is just £10 and covers all family members and guests. Please see or ask at QUAD Box Office for more details. To enter please answer the following question: What is Tim Burton’s new film called and when is it screening at QUAD? Closing date: Friday, 30 November 2012.


This Christmas Derby Theatre promises a treat for young and the young at heart as they present one of the most enduring children’s stories of all time, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. The story is woven with loyalty, friendship and great characters, and will stay with you forever. It runs from Friday 7 December until the 12th of January and in order for you to win, we need you to answer the following question: What creature is Charlotte? Closing date: Friday, 30 November 2012.


To enter all our competitions, go to www.primarytimes. net/competitions or send your entry on a postcard with the name of the competition you wish to enter, your name, address and telephone number to Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date stated. You can go straight to our competitions page on our website by scanning this code with your smart phone. Good luck!

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Learn to swim with our fun and safe courses led by qualified instructors. Our Learn to Swim scheme has achieved the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) Premier Status Aquamark award. We have lessons for adults and children from four months old of all abilities, including disabled and older children. Courses run at: • Moorways Swimming Pool, Allenton. Tel: 01332 341736 • Queen’s Leisure Centre, city centre. Tel: 01332 641444 Course dates run through the term time, and are between 10 and 14 weeks long. We also offer intensive Learn to Swim courses during the school holidays, and one-to-one lessons. Lessons cost £4.40 a week, booked as a course, with reductions available for people on certain benefits with a Recreation Passport to Leisure. For more information, visit or contact Queen’s or Moorways.

Gymnastics Have Olympic medal winners Beth Tweddle or Daniel Purvis inspired you to take up the sport of gymnastics? If yes, develop basic and more advanced gymnastics skills in a safe environment at Derby City Councils gymnastics sessions. The coaching courses follow the British Gymnastics Award Scheme and are for four to 16 year olds in full time education. Courses are available at: • Moorways Sports Centre, Allenton. Tel: 01332 642180 • Springwood Leisure Centre, Oakwood. Tel: 01332 664433 Course dates run through the term time, and are between 10 and 14 weeks long. We also offer sessions during the school holidays. Lessons cost £4.20 a week, booked as a course, with reductions available with a Junior Passport to Leisure. For more information, visit or contact Moorways or Springwood. * Prices to increase from 1 April 2013

Free family swim! Family of four swim for free with this voucher at any Splashout Fun session or Family Swim session at Queen’s Leisure Centre or Moorways Sports Complex. For session times visit Programme subject to change. One voucher entitles four people swimming, one must be an adult. Voucher to be presented at reception prior to swim. Voucher valid until 30 December 2012. Copies of Voucher not accepted, voucher value £0.00.

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The Celtic druids of ancient Ireland celebrated their New Year on November 1st with a festival called ‘Samhain’. On the eve of this festival they would build a huge bonfire to drive out the evil spirits before the onset of winter. The Christian church decided that the 1st November should be All Saints Day (or All Hallows as it was known in medieval times) and 31st October, the eve of this feast day became known as Hallows Eve – now called Halloween. We also get our tradition of wearing masks and dressing up in costumes from the Celts. They wore costumes made from animal heads and furs to the Samhain bonfires to confuse the evil spirits!

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Trick or treating can be great fun but you should remember that some people can find trick or treaters knocking on their door frightening, so only go to people you know or who have a pumpkin lantern displayed. Get yourself a great costume – dressing up is part of the fun. Make sure you’ve put a lantern in the window and have some treats ready by the door for when your friends come knocking. 20

If you do go trick or treating, follow these safety tips • Never trick-or-treat alone, ideally have a grown up or at least 2 friends with you. • Carry a torch, wear a watch and tell someone what time you will be back. • On dark roads, make sure you are visible to cars. • Only accept treats in the doorway, NEVER go inside a stranger’s house. • Don’t throw ANYTHING at ANYONE!


Fill a large basin with water. Drop in several apples. Kneel or stand by the side of the basin with your hands behind your back. Take a deep breath and open your mouth wide. Now comes the bobbing. Try to grab the apple with your teeth.

Put a bowl of lemon juice on the table. Give each guest a toothpick or a paintbrush and a piece of paper. Each guest must dip their toothpick or paintbrush into the lemon juice and then write a message on the paper.When it is dry swap messages with each other. If you hold the paper in front of a light bulb, the letters will darken revealing the secret message.

1. Cut out a cat shape from black felt or black cardboard or even paper. 2. Use fabric paint or glue to add the eyes, nose, and whiskers. 3. Cut out several tails from black felt or cardboard or paper and sew or glue the tails to a hook or pin that can be attached to the cat. 4. Stick the cat shape onto a wall or door. 5. Each person takes a turn (with a blindfold on) to try to stick the tail onto the cat.

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Wrap a large (clean!) bowl or basin in black paper to make your cauldron & decorate. Fill the cauldron full of “witch’s brew.” Begin with a mixture of your favourite fruit juices, add some fizzy water (or lemonade), add chunks of fruit (cut in star & moon shapes) and a few drops of green food colouring for an evil looking brew.

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Senior Entrance & Scholarship Examinations Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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Primary Times Derby October Half Term 2012  

Primary Times Derby, 2012. A great resource for children, schools and parents, Derby October half term edition

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