On Monday 3rd December, 23 boys and girls from across the Junior school attended a Swimming Gala at Dereham Leisure Centre.
When we arrived at the Leisure Centre, we got changed and found our special area to wait for our races. There were 11 other schools competing, with lots of children at different stages in their swimming lessons. Even though it was a competition, we still made sure we cheered everyone on and encouraged everyone to take part.
We all sat behind our school’s sign and waited for instructions. Before the races started, we had to make sure we were all really quiet so that the umpire could check all the swimmers were starting correctly.
The races were all organised in categories, which were front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. All the children did exceptionally well and tried their very hardest, but because we were in the first ‘heat’ rounds, we wouldn’t know if we would win or not in any races until the end of the day.
Special mentions from the day go to Olivia, who came first in her heat for the breast stroke. Anastasia was overall winner for the front crawl and Lois and Oliver were fantastic runners up for the backstroke. As well as this, all of the children should be commended for their determination and perseverance. It was absolutely fantastic to see the support and encouragement they were giving each other, especially as this was some of our younger participants first swimming Gala.
Miss Skinner, Mrs Sugarman and Mrs King were incredibly proud to take such responsible, keen and encouraging children to be ambassadors of our school. We are already looking forward to next year!
The theme for our STEM Day across the federation was technology. Every child in our federation worked together on a special day of themed working to expand our STEM skills.
The Nursery children enjoyed using the talking postcards for the first time; they recorded animal sounds and asked friends to guess the animal. We also experimented with magnets and found out which items were magnetic, gave instructions to the programmable dragon and made our own telephones with cups and string.
As part of our STEM day in Reception, we explored the ‘talking postcards.’ We learnt how to record our voices by holding the red button down and then turn it over, hold the black button and play back our recording. We used the postcards to practise our reading and our robot arms. We used letter pebbles to make up words and then recorded ourselves reading the words on the postcards. “I liked listening to them. I could hear people talking” said Barclay.
The children worked around three different activities throughout STEM day. One activity was on the computers linked to the year 1 topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ where the children imported their picture onto a snowman’s body. They were extended by writing a sentence about the snowman. “I liked importing a picture” said Mason.Another activity was using lollipop sticks and blu tac to make 2D and 3D shapes. The children discussed what they had made, including the similarities and differences between the shapes they had made.
The children also investigated how penguins stay waterproof. They coloured in a penguin with a selection of materials including oil pastels, chalk and felt tip pens. Then the children dropped water droplets onto the penguin to see which material was water resistant.
Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a variety of different activities across the day. In one activity the children discussed nocturnal animals and used the beebot as a hedgehog that needed to get to shelter. The children had to plan an algorithm to get the beebot through the route. They then tried their algorithm and observed what worked well and what could be improved. “I really liked doing the beebots because I liked making the different routes to go home” said Leo.
Another activity gave the children the opportunity to use their knowledge about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular animals. The children filmed a stop motion animation video showing the animals that are out at different times of the day. The children worked well in teams to engineer their own sets and colour the animals needed. The children independently recorded their own stop motion animation videos on the Ipads and Kindles. They were so impressed to see their finished animations and self-assessed what they thought went well and what could be even better if they made the animation again. “I like that we made all the pictures move in a video” said Isla.
For our final activity we discussed why we have night and day. The children shared their daily routines and sorted the pictures into day and night activities. After they had completed their sorting they had a vertical relay to record any other activities that they do. This linked well with the children’s recent maths learning where the children became confident at telling the time in 15 minute intervals.
On Tuesday 27th November, children from year 1 and 2 went to the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe to represent our federation in a Football Festival. The event started with the children demonstrating their football skills in several different activities that were organised by Dereham Education and Soccer Academy. The children worked really hard and showed their passing and dribbling skills. Later on in the morning, the children also worked as a team and played some friendly matches against other schools in a mini tournament.
All of the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside, active and developing their football skills. For many, it was their first time playing in a football match and they really enjoyed the different activities and trying new things. All of the children worked hard in the skill focus activities and this meant they were able to apply these skills during the matches. All of the children worked really well as team and were a credit to the federation.
Well done to everyone that took part!
We have received some very exciting news to let us know that here at Toftwood Infant School we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold award! We have received this from the Arts Council England and everyone should be proud of the hard work that all the grownups and children have put in to show how valued and enjoyed the arts is in our school. Arts Council England were impressed with how our school provides external opportunities that enhance arts teaching (music, drama, dance and art) that benefit the children and how proud the children are of all the achievements in these areas they are able to make.
“Your children are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and your children have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture through experiences provided.” – Arts Council England.
A huge thank you to all the staff and children at school who have worked so hard over the last two years to achieve this award. It is fantastic to see the children enjoying the arts so much and we all look forward to seeing what excitement is next! Below are a few pictures of some of the exciting arts projects we’ve had in the run up to achieving our Gold award. Well done everyone!
With the centenary of World War 1, Toftwood Juniors chose to commemorate the event by having a whole school assembly with Mrs Hughes and then discussing it further in class with the teachers.
The children understood why we wear a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance Day. The children across the Federation, have been creating their own poppies as a sign of respect. These were tied to the gates and fences of the Federation schools.
The day was also commemorated by the Kitchen staff. They baked and decorated poppy biscuits for the children as yet another visual reminder of Remembrance Day.
In class, the children participated in discussions about the trenches. They found the trench life of World War One unbelievably difficult to grasp and displayed great respect for the soldiers that took part in it. Many children also shared family anecdotes about their own relatives that had been in both World Wars.
In reception and nursery the children have been exploring colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.
Year 1 have been learning about winter and created some beautiful snow clay snowmen!
In year 2, they created some fantastic medieval shields for their medieval Norwich topic. The children needed to design their shield then paint them, to match their design. They look great!
On Monday 19th November 2018, a total of 17 boys and girls attended the year 3/4 School Games Sportshall Athletics at the UEA Sportspark, where around 200 children took part. 12 teams competed in a total of 12 field and track events. These included the obstacle relay, relay, under/over relay and field events including chest push, standing long jump, vertical jump and soft javelin.
The afternoon was a very noisy affair where the children had a wonderful time competing and cheering on their team mates. Toftwood Junior were the very proud winners of the WNDSSP Team of the Day. They were chosen by the other schools for showing great sportsmanship. Well done Toftwood!