Fun Sporting Event

On Tuesday 17th October, a group of children from Toftwood Junior School took part in a non-competitive sports event at the UEA Sportspark. This event was organised to encourage children in a range different sporting events for fun.

The children arrived to the Sportspark by coach and our first event of the morning was Table Tennis. Targets were set up on the tables for the children to either hit, score goals or objects to knock down. Games were also set up between the children using different bats and sized table tennis Balls.

The second event was learning new Boxing and self-defence skills with ex-professional Boxing champion John Thaxton. Children worked in pair to attack and defend against their partner using a range of punches. Most importantly they learned about safety and control and where their new skills could be used (only in the Gym not in the playground!).

The last activity of the day was either Rugby or Boccia, the children got the opportunity to move around at a faster pace and to support each other in small groups.

All children had a fabulous day and didn’t seem too disappointed about missing English and Maths!

Music in Autumn 1 2017

In nursery and reception the children have been enjoying exploring the different musical instruments in the classrooms and outdoor area. They have also had a go on PurpleMash and experimented with making music and tunes using the interactive screen.

In Year One the children have been following the ‘Hey You!’ unit from Charanga. They have been learning different songs and raps and noticing the differences between the two.  They have particularly enjoyed playing the warm up games and learning how to find the pulse.

In Year Two the children have been listening to music from the medieval period as part of their topic, ‘Medieval Norwich.’ In PE, they learnt and made up dances to this music to perform to the rest of the year group on their medieval day.


All the children in Year 1 and 2 were able to have some tennis coaching with a coach from the Tennis Foundation. The children had to have a go at various activities to show they had control of the tennis ball. They were taught to focus on the ball, they then had to bounce and catch the ball which progressed onto bouncing and catching with a clap in between! Next they had to control the tennis ball with a tennis racket, first by balancing it on the racket and then dribbling it around the room with the racket to guide it. All the children worked really hard to gain these new skills. They all received a certificate and an invitation to The Tennis Foundation Roadshow at Easton College Tennis Centre on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, a free event for children aged 3-10 years.

Design and Technology – Autumn 2017


Reception watched the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and talked about healthy and unhealthy food. They talked about the importance of staying healthy, and how the caterpillar needed to eat lots of healthy food to help him grow big and strong to turn into a butterfly.  All the children made their own fruit salad; they were asked to cut up their own fruit carefully with a knife, and add it to their cup. They were very good at trying new things just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Year 1

During Harvest open afternoon, the year one children enjoyed making their very own apple crumble. Learning to cook is an important skill and the children would be able to replicate this recipe at home. They were extremely proud of what they had made. It smelt amazing and we’re sure it tasted just as good!

Year 2

During year 2’s ‘Medieval Norwich’ topic they have designed and made a drawbridge suitable for a castle. They all had the same materials to use for their designs and had to discuss each design in their teams before they started to make their bridge. We tested out their bridges using weights and discussed why some people’s designs were stronger than others and what they would change about their design if they were to do it again.

Design and Technology – Summer 2017

This term children in the EYFS have enjoyed taking advantage of the glorious weather and have taken their design and technology skills outside. They have enjoyed using the outdoor area to build dens and have been practising evaluating and adapting their dens when they have not been fit for purpose. They have also enjoyed developing their ideas using the large construction equipment available.

Inside the classroom the children have enjoyed being involved in whole class junk modelling activities to design animals and habitats that they saw at the zoo.

Children have been learning new skills and have practised these skills in their free choice activities.

All children in the EYFS have continued to enjoy daily access to creative resources and have been encouraged to develop their ideas and adapt their creations when necessary.

Children in Year One have also enjoyed taking design and technology outside this term. They have been using their DT skills to design and create boats. The children used a range of materials to create their boats and then tested to see if they would float. The children were encouraged to talk about their creations and adapt their ideas when things did not turn out as they had expected.

Children in year two have been busy exploring our school and drawing maps. They were challenged to create a 3D map of our school and they used their design and technology skills to create 3D map using junk modelling. The children were very proud of their creations.

Literacy Workshop Spring 2017

Thank you to those of you who attended our Literacy workshop. We hope you enjoyed learning more about how we teach literacy in school and getting the chance to see the children learning in their classrooms. If you would like a refresher or were unable to attend, here is the presentation and information that was shared at the event:

thumbnail of Literacy Workshop Information for Parents Website

This information may also be useful when supporting your child with reading and writing at home:

Questions to ask your child when sharing a book

Supporting writing at home

Nelson Handwriting

When working in school, the children are always striving to achieve their next step or target. These targets come from our ‘Secret Code’ sheets, and are stuck into literacy books.

The Secret Code

In our literacy lessons the children learn their phonic sounds and about Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and we hope that these information sheets may be useful. There is additional information about SPAG on the main Literacy page of the website too.

Phonics Glossary of Terms

Design and Technology – Spring 2017

Children in the EYFS have continued to have access to a variety of resources and have been developing their ideas based on their interests.


They have been given the opportunity to learn new skills and to take part in class craft activities.


As part of our fantasy topic, children in reception have been practising weighing and combining ingredients to make their own gingerbread superheroes. The children enjoyed using the scales to weigh the correct amount of ingredients and practised rolling the dough to the correct thickness to cut out their superhero. The children were also given the opportunity to decorate their superheroes and enjoyed spreading the icing and making faces and buttons.


The children also had the opportunity to share their learning with their adults on parent open afternoon and made superhero accessories with the help of their grown-ups.


In year one, children followed instructions to make melting snowman biscuits and then used this experience to write the instructions to make the biscuits.

Children also had the opportunity to make rocky road slices as part of their space topic. They measured the ingredients using the scales and talked about the different methods needed to combine the ingredients. The children especially enjoyed taste testing their creations!

As part of parent open afternoon, the children enjoyed designing and making their own moon buggy out of junk modelling!

In year two, children designed and made a parachute. The children had a range of resources to make their parachutes with and were then able to test their parachute out by dropping them from a height. Children then discussed whose parachute took the longest to reach the ground.

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