Sportshall Athletics

On Friday 26th January, 12 children from year 1 and year 2 at Toftwood Infant School took part in the West Norwich & Dereham Key Stage 1 Sports Hall athletics competition at Taverham High School. This is part of the school’s commitment to offer a range of sporting activities, encouraging active participation and encouraging children to try new sports that they may wish to purse in the future.

The festival had 7 different athletics based activities for the children to try, where they practised skills of throwing, catching, running and jumping. Each school was partnered with another school so the children could make new friends and work together as a team with different children.

The children had a great afternoon trying the athletics activities some which they had had a go at before and some which were completely new. They all tried their very best and were great ambassadors for the school.

Year 3 Spanish Day!

On the 7th December 2017, Year 3 spent a day exploring Spanish traditions and language! We also spent some time looking at the way Spanish people celebrate Christmas!

In one of our lessons, we researched Christmas traditions around the world, finishing with Spain. We also found out more about this in our Year 3 assembly where a visitor came from Neatherd High School to share lots of information about the Spanish Christmas traditions!

Another of our sessions gave us the opportunity to read the book ‘Brown Bear’ in Spanish. We learnt about different colours and animals and then used Ipads and dictionaries to research our own animals and colours to write our own page for a class book!

In our final session, we had an enormous amount of fun making our own delicious paella. We chopped, cooked and took our yummy food home to show our parents and carers!

Sports’ Activity Day KS1

On Wednesday 22nd November three pupils attended a Sports Festival at Easton Tennis Centre organised by the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Sport Partnership.  The children had eight different activities to compete in during the day, including tennis skills, rugby-style kicking skills, and a variety of running, dodging and team games.

They had a great day.  “It was AMAZING!” they said.  One child earned a special award certificate and sticker for “Determination”, and all three were awarded a certificate of participation in Celebration Assembly.  A very well done to the children for joining in with every single activity!

Tag Rugby Competition

On Thursday 16th November, 10 pupils from Years 4-6, entered into the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Partnership, Tag Rugby Tournament. The morning was focused on drills and tactics, run by pupils from the local high school. The afternoon was then spent competing against other schools in 8 minute matches.

Our competitors showed excellent sporting qualities, cheering each other on, motivating one another and working as a team. They were courteous to all and listened well to instructions. They played 6 matches against some tough competition and although didn’t win them all, showed determination and team spirit through-out.

They did themselves proud, and all agreed they had a great day and hope to improve upon their skills next year.


National Roast Dinner Day

On 15th November 2017 it was ‘National Roast Dinner Day,’

Dereham Neatherd High School invited us to enjoy a roast dinner at their school! Mrs Pedlow, Mrs Adams, Mrs Gamble and Mrs Flynn took 10 children from the Infants and Juniors to the school during lunchtime where we had a lovely menu choice. There was roast turkey and gammon, potatoes and vegetables.  It was like being in a restaurant!

We also had the choice of fruit or crumble and custard for pudding. Look at the size of the puddings – they were great!

We sat with residents from Eckling Grange who were also invited to the dinner and many of our children spent time talking to other people from the community. It was a great opportunity to introduce our children to the community and to the High School and also to show everybody how well behaved and polite they were when we were there.  Mrs Pedlow was so very proud of us all.

Thank you to Neatherd for inviting us – we had a great time.

Freya said: ‘I loved it! The potatoes were really nice.’

Sophie said: ‘The vegetables were really tasty.’

Pantomime Actor comes to Toftwood Infant!

On Friday 10th November, Year 2 were lucky to have had Ben Langley in school. He is an actor who works at the Theatre Royal and will be starring in the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ which we will be going to see in December for our school trip.

Each class had a drama workshop with Ben and acted out the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ The children then worked in groups to perform one of the scenes from the story and performed to the rest of their class. It was fantastic to see so much confidence from everyone – particularly those who are often quite quiet!

The children have been learning about this story in Literacy and will also be performing their own pantomime version for the rest of the school and their adults in December.

Harvest Thanksgiving at Norwich Cathedral

October 2017

The schools team at Norwich Cathedral asked both the Infant and Junior Schools to decorate a Harvest banner for the Harvest Thanksgiving service at the Cathedral on Sunday 8th October.  Children chosen from Years 1-6 worked together on the project and really enjoyed showing off their creative skills to make a colourful picture reflecting our agricultural heritage in Norfolk.

Seven children attended the service on Sunday afternoon with their families, and proudly carried all the banners down the aisle and displayed them for the congregation to see.  The Dean was very pleased with all of the banners from different schools which featured different aspects of the labours of Harvest time.  Mrs Marshall at the Cathedral Schools Department said “the banner you did and all the others were stunning and the Dean has asked me to thank all……..Toftwood saved the day by being there to carry banners! Thank you so much”.

The experience enhanced the children’s RE learning about the Christian Harvest Thanksgiving, and was a wonderful collaborative project between the two schools in the Federation.

Active Kids Festival

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Some Year 2 children had the chance to be involved with the Active Kids Festival held at Easton Tennis Centre. They were very excited to see what activities they would be participating in. Young Leaders from Taverham High School were there to run the activities supported by staff from the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership. The children had the opportunity to play 7 different fun and active games. From ‘Not in my back Yard’, a game which had the children racing against each other to throw all the beanbags and balls out of their area, to ‘Run for it’, where one child had to travel around the circle as an animal while a ball was being passed around and beat it back to base. The Year 2 children had a fabulous time and worked really well as a team. Well done!

Tennis Festival

On 11th July, 9 children from year 1 and reception took part in a Tennis Festival at the Easton Tennis Centre. We joined together with other schools in the area to take part in a range of activities designed to develop the skills needed to play tennis. The children tried balancing a ball on their racket, floor tennis, throwing and catching games, relay games, bouncing a ball with the racket, and hitting a target over the net.

Mr Mann asked the adults to decide on one member of the school team who had shown the quality of ‘Team work’. We a pupil from Year 1 as she was very aware of the younger members of her team, and helped them when they were finding something tricky.

We had a wonderful morning, and were eager to watch Wimbledon to see some of the skills we have learnt being used in a professional tennis game.


On 6th July, 20 children from year 1 and 2 took part in a Quadkids Athletics event. They went to the UEA sports park for an athletics competition against other schools in the area. The children tried different activities; vortex throwing, standing long jump, 50m sprint and a 300 metre run.

Mr Mann asked the adults to decide on one member of the school team who had shown the quality of ‘determination’. We had chosen Morganne as she completed the 300 metre run with a massive smile on her face and she had her mind set on crossing the finish line.

Although we did not place in the top 3 of the schools participating, the children all showed great sportsmanship and congratulated the winning teams.

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