The Toftwood Infant and Junior Federation have enjoyed a very successful and exciting family learning week. This is the first Federation joint family learning event and it gives parents, carers and family members opportunities to join in with their children’s learning in a class based environment and in an after school session.
Both the Infant and Junior schools opened their doors for two school time sessions and one after school session with learning and activities themed around ‘Wonderful Norfolk’ in advance of Norfolk Day in July. Children and families joined in with a range of activities exploring our county, in subject areas such as history, geography, design and technology and art, as well as English and Maths and Science.
Children learned about famous people linked to our county, from Delia Smith to Edith Cavell and Howard Carter, to show the range of inspirational people with links to Norfolk. They researched the history, plotted significant events on timelines and made posters to celebrate our wonderful county.
Children also had the opportunity to join their families after school outside in the sunshine to do a range of fun and educational activities. They made Cromer crabs and other sea creatures, made models of Norfolk landmarks using Lego, and completed a scavenger hunt finding people who had carried out such activities as visiting a Norfolk museum or navigating Somerleyton’s maze. They also collaged a Norfolk flag, used Google Earth to find Norfolk landmarks, took part in gardening activities, linked descriptions to photos from the county and looked at different historical figures from the county.
Children joined in enthusiastically. “This is really fun!” said one Year 2 child. Parental feedback was also very positive. One parent said: “This is a great idea and I don’t know many schools that do it. It’s been great to see my child in their class environment.”
Headteacher, Mrs Joanna Pedlow said, “we were so pleased to invite families in and to also extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of where they live. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the sessions and made our first Federation family learning event so enjoyable”.