Touch Rugby Festival 5th March 2019

On the 5th March, 10 pupils from years 1 and 2 entered in to a West Norwich and Dereham School Sport Partnership Touch Rugby Festival. Sports Leaders from local High Schools led activities to build up our skills, such as passing the ball correctly, using all of the space and touching our opponents shoulder to show they had been tagged.

We spent the rest of the morning applying these skills and competing against other schools in 7 minute matches. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, were a credit to our Federation and demonstrated great all-round sportsmanship.

WNDSSP 2019 Dance Show!

On Wednesday 27th of February, 15 children had the amazing opportunity to take part in the WNDSSP Dance show at the OPEN Norwich. The show is put together of different school ages and groups performing dances they have practised at school. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Music from the Movies’ and our children performed a dance to ‘better when I’m dancing’ from the Peanuts Movie. There was two live performances to big audiences (550 people attended the 7pm show!) and a chance to practice on the stage with music and lights in the morning. The children all took this long day in their stride and were very excited by the whole day!

The group of 15 children from Toftwood Infant were the youngest group in the show and we were all blown away with their confident performance and how much fun they all had. They were an excellent audience for the other groups, cheering them on and so proud and excited themselves when it was there to dance. It was a great opportunity for the children to feel like real stars on the big stage up in lights – and they definitely looked like stars dancing up there!

The children had worked hard at lunchtimes on the dance routine since spring 1 term and we are so proud of what they achieved. Their excellent behaviour was commented on by other schools and professionals there, as well as how much fun the children all had up on stage. We are so proud of all the children who took part and know they had the best time performing on the big stage to the live audiences! Well done again everyone, you were fabulous!

Toftwood Junior School Bronze Linguamarque Award

After continued hard work and dedication, the staff and children at Toftwood Junior School have been awarded the Bronze Linguamarque award. This reflects the consistently high expectations across KS2 to develop our Modern Foreign Language learning skills. Children have benefited from various cultural activities, not just focusing on Spanish but also increasing our understanding of the wider world. The examiner who presented the school with our accreditation was pleased to see that the children were engaged and enthusiastic in their learning and were proud to show off their developing skills in Spanish. A huge well done to the staff and children at Toftwood Junior School, fantástico!

Toftwood Federation Sports Fortnight

Toftwood Federation have enjoyed a very successful Sports Fortnight made even better by the fantastic weather! During this fortnight it is our aim to give all children in the Federation the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities. These include the traditional races and potted sports events but also visits and taster sessions from a range of sports enthusiasts and providers. It is a desire of ours, during these weeks, to give the children in our federation the opportunity to experience something ‘new’ with the possibility that they may decide to pursue that sporting activity in their out of school time.

Yoga

The children in Years 1 and 2 were able to work with Mrs Yorke, a qualified Yoga instructor. She had written the children a poem and they were able to act the poem out in Yoga Poses.

Karate

Reception through to Year 2 were able to join in with some taster sessions provided by Matthew from Traditional Karate Fitness. They learnt special counting and the discipline involved in Karate.

If your child is interested in trying Karate contact: TKF www.karatefitness.co.uk
email: office@karatefitness.co.uk

 

Hoola Hooping

EYFS and Years 1 and 2 learnt the skills involved in Hoola Hooping. They learnt the stance to adopt to keep the hoop around your waist. They also learnt how to spin it round their wrist, neck and legs. Even though it was a tricky activity for some also children showed great perseverance.

Cheerleading

Miss Coombes was able to show the children in the Infants some of the basics involved in the sport of Allstar Cheerleading. They were able to learn some jumps and practised a very safe handstand drill. They were even able to try some stunting in small groups.

If your child is interested in trying cheerleading contact: East Coast Emeralds www.eastcoastemeralds.co.uk
email: eastcoastemeralds@hotmail.co.uk

 

Team Day

We enjoyed another successful team day with the infant children supported by the Sports Leaders and Mr Phillis from Northgate High School. The children were able to have a go at 20 different activities, trying to score as many points as possible for their team. Well done to all the children who took part, there was a great team spirit.

Races

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 held their annual Race Morning during Sports Fortnight. All children competed in 2 races and did brilliantly on a very warm morning.

Year 3 and 4

These year groups had an exhausting but fun few weeks enjoying Toftwood Sports Fortnight! The event kicked off with a visit from some of the students from Northgate High School. They taught the children lots of new activities from shotput to javelin with some hurdles and running too. The children got to try all of these out in small groups and had a great time doing it – the Northgate students were fantastic at supporting and helping our children out.

We also had a visitor in from Easton Shotokan Karate Association to give our children a taster session in Karate. They learnt some of the basic movements and how to count correctly alongside these. Finally, they had a very interesting discussion about when to use Karate and what it should be used for!

The Year 3 children also enjoyed some cricket sessions with Brett Gates from All Star Cricket. They started off learning the key skills of catching, throwing and teamwork within some exciting games. Then, they moved on to play some fast paced games where they used all of their skills and demonstrated some great batting and fielding teamwork. They had a lovely time!

The Toftwood Sport’s Fortnight was rounded off by a visit Neatherd PE teachers and Sports leaders who came in to run multi-skills sessions with the children focusing on ball skills. The pupils had great fun developing a range of skills requiring hand-eye coordination and agility. They particularly liked working with the older children, who were great role models.

American Sports for Year 6 

To finish off the weeks Year 6 had Mr Bell come to talk to them about baseball and basketball. Firstly he explained that he had grown up near Houston Texas and had grown up following baseball and basketball; he was a keen supporter of the Houston Astros. He told the children about the basic rules of baseball answering all their questions afterwards. The classes then went outside and did basketball; they learnt about bouncing then passing and shooting. We then split into mini teams and played a mini basketball match. The children certainly got a taste of both games and really enjoyed learning new skills from our American expert.

Races

Sports day went smoothly at the Junior School, with all the children participating. They all cheered each other on and encouraged their team mates. There was a sprint race, a relay and an obstacle. We were really impressed by their cheerful attitudes the resilience shown by a few children who took some tumbles but got up to carry on the race.

Karate

The children enjoyed a taster session of Karate on 29th June where they learnt some high kicks and punches. They also learnt the importance of blocking.

KS1 Gymnastics Festival

On Wednesday 6th February, a group of children from Year 2 took part in a Gymnastics Competition at Easton Gymnastics Club. The children had the opportunity to work with the Sports Leaders from Taverham High School and coaches from Easton Gymnastics Club during the session and were great ambassadors for the school.

During the morning, the children had the opportunity to take part in activities on the beam, bars, rings and trampoline. Some of these activities were new to the children but they were very brave and tried their best!

Well done to everyone that took part!

Poppy Appeal 2018

We would like to thank all of the families who supported the poppy appeal this year. We raised a fantastic total of £983.79 across the federation. We are truly appreciative of all the donations made.

Junior School Swimming Gala

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!

Mid-Norfolk Foodbank

Thank you so much for your recent harvest donation to Mid-Norfolk Foodbank. In total, we received just over 4 tonnes, which, bearing in mind the increasing numbers we are seeing, is a real encouragement. On behalf of those who will benefit, we would like to express our heart-felt gratitude.

STEM Day – Autumn Term 2 2018

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.

Nursery

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.

Reception

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.

Year 1

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

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.

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