Year 4 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

As part of the RE curriculum, Year 4 visited Norwich Cathedral to learn more about the building itself and the Christian festival of Pentecost. The children had a guided historical tour around the cathedral, taking in the stained glass windows and spent time exploring and identifying different types of bird hidden all around the monument. Also, they learnt about the significance and the changing colours of the Christian calendar. As well as this, the children really enjoyed finding out about the Peregrine Falcons currently roosting on the spire of the cathedral. They had the opportunity to observe their nest through a telescope and compare their arm span to that of a range of birds of prey. Everyone had a fantastic day and the children were a credit to themselves and their school.

“I was impressed that the cathedral was built over 900 years ago and it’s still there.”

“I liked the stained glass windows, as they shone brightly in the darkness.”

“I learnt that celebrations for Christians have different colours.”

“I learnt that a bishop’s hat is a symbol of the flames of Pentecost.”

Year 6 Holt Hall Residential

81 children from Y6 attended Holt Hall for their residential trip away. They learnt map and compass work for orienteering, using microscopes for their freshwater pond dipping and creating large scale art work. Their favourite activity was building and lighting fires, then cooking apples and gutted fish on them.They learnt to work with each other in new and challenging situations. In the evenings they all had time to relax and play and work together, on night walks and on a quiz night too. They finished with a cup of hot chocolate and shared stories.

Step On It Training

The year 1 children at Toftwood Infant School have been learning the importance of road safety and have taken part in the Step On It training. The children have learnt about the signals a car might show when manoeuvring, like indicating, reversing and breaking and have also learnt how to cross the road safely.

Mrs Pilbrow, a TA at Toftwood Infant School, has taken small groups of children along School Lane to learn about where it is safe to cross, looking both ways to check for traffic and staying with their adult when crossing the road. Mrs Pilbrow said ‘it is a very important lesson that the children should learn and if one day this saves a child’s life, it is a great lesson for all’.

The children enjoyed the training and could talk about how to stay safe when crossing the road, the different vehicles and dangers that might be on the road and the importance of listening carefully for traffic too.

Spring 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics and doctors, fire fighters, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and using the hose on the fire engine. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.

Spring 2 in Nursery

Our topic for Spring 2 was pirates. Activities included pretending to be pirates, writing treasure maps and counting treasure.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with a special workshop. We completed Chinese dragon dances, made music and danced with ribbons.

Year 3 Science Week 2018

On 12th March 2018, Dr Francis launched science week at Toftwood Junior school! We were ready for a jam packed fun week of science!

We began our year 3 science topic ‘Rocks and Fossils’ this week and have looked at the three different types of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We also discussed natural and man-made rocks and in groups decided what category the rocks went in! We then looked at some rock samples and using a key, worked out what they were! We had a lovely time doing this even if gneiss and granite looked really similar. To finish our week off we started looking at fossils! We learnt about the difference between bones and fossils and that there are 3 different types of fossils (trace, body and chemical fossils), what there are and how they are made! We then learnt about and ordered the way in which a body fossil is made!

On Wednesday we had some visitors from Neatherd High School to complete an experiment with us. We learnt about chromatography and looked at how to separate colours in ink. We used different felt tip pens to see which colour had the most colours inside it! We first put a dot of our chosen felt tip pen on chromatography paper, we then dipped the paper in some water, making sure not to dip the ink in! We watched as the water travelled up the paper and separated out all the colours! We enjoyed comparing our results and discussing them with each other – we were amazed at the pinks, yellows and blues which came out of the black ink!

On Friday we had another visitor come in to teach us all about oral health. We learnt about how much hidden sugar was in drinks (13 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ strawberry yoghurt drink!). We also found out how bacteria can build up in our mouths between brushing and how to look after our teeth – we were all left desperate to clean our teeth after the session!

Year 3 Geography Visitor

Thursday 15th March 2018

On Thursday 15th March 2018, Year 3 had a visitor from the Norfolk Record Office come talk to us about maps, land use and the local area.

We first looked at maps of the local area. We saw how Dereham and Toftwood had changed over the years and explored the changes to the school site! It was interesting to see Toftwood Infant and Junior schools suddenly appear on the maps!

We then spoke about land use in the local area. We built on our previous learning of rural and urban land use and learnt about arable land (land used for growing crops) and pasture land (land used for grazing animals). We then explored a tithe map of East Dereham from 1838. The tithe map was a record of who owned land and told us about people used the land too! Using data given to us from our visitor, we then compared the data with the map and colour coded what land was used for what use! We learnt that East Dereham was mostly arable crop land in 1838!

Year 3 Stone Age Day

On Wednesday 7th March, Year 3 have spent the day learning about the Stone Age period as part of our topic ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’. We spent the day wearing different Stone Age costumes and had lots of exciting activities to help us learn more about Stone Age life!

We have been looking at cave paintings from different caves found all over Europe, such as the Cave of Altermira, Lascaux Cave and the Magura Cave. We noticed many of the paintings were of animals and hunters. We talked about how this would have been important to the people who painted them, for food and clothes. We learnt about how people in the Stone Age made paint from natural resources such as minerals and plants.  We really enjoyed using different materials, such as charcoal and soft pastels, to create our own cave paintings.

We had an exciting visit from Cambridge Archaeology Learning Foundation who brought us different artefacts to look at and explore. We looked at a chest of drawers with different objects in each drawer, to help us understand what could be found in different layers of soil. We were then given a box per table of different items from the past for us to look through and decide what they were used for. These items included: human bones, seeds, flints, wool and jewellery.

We also enjoyed cooking ‘rock cakes’ in our classes. We all tried one and shared our opinion. Whilst the opinion was divided for some children, the majority of us found them yummy!

Spring 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Fantasy’.  We enjoyed starting the topic with a dressing up day where we all came to school dressed as our favourite character.  We have been busy reading lots of stories, and have had visits from fairies, aliens and pirates!  We have explored potion mixing and making treasure maps, and we have been using our imaginations to write many of our own stories.

Year 2 Shabbat Day

As part of our RE learning this term, Year 2 have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. We were very lucky to have visitors from the Norwich Synagogue come into school and share information about Shabbat and demonstrate what it is like to celebrate it. Our classrooms were set out for a celebratory meal which looked beautiful and made the learning come to life. Each class also performed a song to the year group at the end of the day.

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