Coronavirus update 

Following last night’s announcement, school will close on Friday afternoon at 3:15pm.

We are in the process of organising provision for home learning and home learning packs will be available to all pupils from tomorrow afternoon (Friday 20th March).

The Government has indicated that there will be additional support for pupils in receipt of free school meal. Further information will be sent out as soon as it is released.

Thank you


In Reception and Key Stage 1 we have launched a new initiative called RED TED (Read Every Day, Talk Every Day) to encourage the children to read with their grown ups as often as they can. When they hit certain milestones of how many school nights they have read on, they will earn rewards! Please see the letters which were sent out for more information. 

ReadEveryDay   TalkEveryDay


Book Day Swop Shop - Friday 6th March at 3:15pm

Don’t forget that on Friday 6th March we will be celebrating Book Day by hosting a book swap shop. The children can bring a book from home which they have read and swap it for that of another child. Children can bring in more than one book if they like, however, initially we will just be letting each child choose one book to make sure it is fair.

Also, children in Key Stage 1 are invited to bring a teddy to school on book day!


Year 2 visit The Deep

The children had a fantastic time on our trip to The Deep as part of our Land Ahoy! topic. We saw lots of different creatures that lived in the ocean and found out some fascinating facts about sharks from one of the experts who worked there. We took part in a workshop where we got to travel all around the world to learn more about the continents and oceans and the staff were amazed at how many facts we already knew! 

Parents Evening - Wednesday 11th March 

Parents evening this year is on Wednesday 11th March 2020. The appointment slots are allocated on a first come first serve basis so it is important that if you require a specific slot, you return the forms to school as soon as possible. If you have more than one child at school, please put them all on the same letter to ensure we book their appointments close to each other.

Year 1 visit Emergency services museum

On Wednesday 5th February, our Year 1 children had a fun and informative visit to Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield. They learnt more about emergency service vehicles and tried on equipment and uniform. They also now know to ring 999 in a fire emergency and learnt a chant to help us remember. 'Get out, stay out, ring 999'. 

Balby South Community Engagement Society - 1st Birthday

Reading Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Reading Breakfast this term. We had a fantastic turn out and it was brilliant seeing our families read together. The Theme for this event was stories from around the world, we hope you enjoyed all our wonderful new books, keep your eyes peeled for our next event which will be next term so around April/May time. 

Year 5 visit from Wonderdome - Planetarium

Year 5 really enjoyed their journey to 'space' in the planetarium and were amazed to see our Solar System and learn about the different planets, moons and space expeditions. The planetarium company  were really impressed with their existing knowledge and the questions that were asked.

Reception Owl Visitor

On Friday 10th January Reception had a visit from KL Falconry. We were able to meet 3 beautiful owls. Libby the African Spotted Eagle Owl, Tilly the Barn Owl and Molly the Burrowing Owl. We asked lots of questions and found out all about the different owls.  

Friday Morning Parent coffee mornings

Starting this week, we will be inviting parents in to use our meeting room and have a hot drink and a catch up with other parents on Friday mornings.

Message from Balby South Community Engagement Society

ENGIE Construction & St Leger Homes

We are aware that there are going to be some building works in the area being carried out for approximately 3 months. We will be working with the children and discussing construction site safety but we hope you will join us in making sure our children know the dangers of playing on building sites.

We have had the team in from ENGIE who are working in the community and they have very kindly given a safety assembly to our children. The children got a chance to ask questions and to test out the protective equipment which is worn on sites. 


We are excited to announce the launch of our Twitter account. The aim of our Twitter account is to be a quick and direct means of communicating with you. We feel that Twitter is a great way of communicating school news, photos, videos and upcoming events.
Our Twitter account is: @SchoolMallard.

This is a key means of not only promoting the many wonderful things that we do as a school but also as a way of engaging you in your children’s daily activities more effectively. We hope by using social media we will further improve communications between the school and our community. As a result of this, we would love to be able to share more photos with you to show what our children are getting up to at school and on trips.

In order to do this we request your permission to use your child’s image on Twitter (for now this will only be children Years 1-6) in the same way that we do on the school’s website or in the local press. Lots of other schools share events and activities regularly through social media and it are important that we embrace this development.

Please note the following:

  • Only core staff will be posting/tweeting pictures on the school blog and have been trained regarding what is appropriate content.
  • That there will be no pictures of children with their names on our Twitter account.
  • We would also politely remind parents that social networking sites are not an appropriate place to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child or the school. We request that parents continue to raise any questions directly with their child’s class teacher or by arranging an appointment with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.