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Marlpool Junior School

Hello and welcome to

Class Hope!

 Our Teacher is Mr Mitchell. 

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Bonser. 

Our class is named after the scenic Hope Valley in the heart of Derbyshire. Famous for it’s breath-taking views and scenery, the Hope Valley is one of the most photographed places of the Peak District National Park. It’s exquisite views make it a popular walking area and it is home to some classic walks, including the Winnats Pass, Mam Tor and the Great Ridge. The River Derwent flows through the valley and passes through the villages of Hathersage and Grindleford. Edale and Castleton are also located in the Hope Valley. Hope is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as the only northern Derbyshire village to have a priest and a church.


In Upper School, we have been working hard on our latest topics: China and Crime & Punishment.



After Christmas, we discovered all we could about China! We looked at the Shang Dynasty, the Chinese Zodiac, The Terracota Army, The Great Wall of China and we celebrated Chinese New Year Day in school too! In Art, we designed our own willow patterns and had a go at Chinese brush painting to create Sumi-e symbols.


Last half-term, we studied the development of Crime and Punishment throughout the ages. We started by looking at the Romans, followed by the Anglo-Saxons and Tudors. We studied the life of Dick Turpin to decide if he was a villain or a hero and we experienced Victorian Workhouses!

There was a serious crime committed at Marlpool Junior School on Thursday 10th March! The safe in our school office had been broken into and the money raised from Miss Hunter’s Netball Club was missing! Mrs  Kirkley’s lanyard was found on the floor (it had gone missing the day before), Mr Pickering’s coat was on the chair, Mr Gibson’s water bottle was on the table and a note had been left saying that the computer had been used the night before. After some excellent detective work, including finger printing, chromosome tests and questioning the suspects, it was discovered that the ultimate culprit was …. MISS HUNTER! She had stolen the money from her Netball Club to buy more glue sticks for her class!