Family Learning Week 2018

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”.

Virtual Reality Workshop for Years 1 and 2

On Wednesday 18th April Year 1 and Year 2 at Toftwood Infant School had a virtual reality workshop. The year one children were able to zoom into space and visit lots of the planets in the solar system. The children learnt so many facts about these planets and couldn’t wait to share their new knowledge with the class.

The year 2 children travelled through space to Australia. They listened to Aboriginal stories and discussed the beliefs of the people who live there. The children watched many tribal dances that gave them clues for different animals and finished the workshop with a ‘find it’ game.

It was a brilliant experience for the children as it enabled the children to use technology to learn about their topics and has provided a wonderful learning experience for all of KS1.


Cats Production April 2018

Some of the children in the federation took part in a Dereham production of Cats in April 2018. We are so proud of them for taking part and for sharing their talents and enthusiasm for singing and acting with a wider audience. Congratulations to all of them!

Writers’ Workshop April 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018

30 children across year 5 were invited to attend a free writers’ workshop, offered to us by “The National Centre for Writing” based in Dragon Hall, Norwich.

Firstly, we explored “free writing” where the children were encouraged to keep their pen moving for 4 minutes, to encourage capturing their ideas, freely.

We looked at the idea of “translating” ideas from the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel” into our own versions, after establishing the basic framework of the story. Lewis encouraged us saying “let your imagination run wild within the framework.”

At the end of the session, he listened to some of our stories. “I don’t mind if it’s not finished, it’s left us wondering….” He encouraged.

He chose Kailan, Ashleigh and Ava to record their stories which will be edited and woven into a pod cast, with children from other schools who have taken part. He will also add music to their recordings.

As he finished, Lewis told the children that, “your lives are interesting…your stories are important….I’ve given you some ways of telling them.”

When this project is finished, it can be found on the “Writers’ Centre” website.

Go Go Federation Hare

The federation have worked together on Gerry our Federation hare.

We wanted to create a hare that every child in the federation could be involved in the painting of. Each year group had a different section and a different theme to paint, including puzzle pieces, stripes, hand prints and stripes.

  • Nursery and Reception did the base and the hand prints
  • Year One did finger prints
  • Year Two did stripes on the front left leg
  • Year Three did swirls on the other leg
  • Year 4 did zig zags
  • Year 5 did the patchwork squares
  • Year 6 did the rear end with puzzle pieces!

The hare is all of the children’s own work and we are so pleased that their art work will be seen by hundreds of people! We will let you know where he ends up so you can go and visit him.

A big thank you to all of the children for their collaborative working on the federation project, and to the staff who supported the children to do this, especially Mrs Hodges and Miss McTavish who organised the project.

Dance Show

In February a group of children from the Infant School took part in the Sports’ Partnership dance show, showcasing a dance to the song ‘Get back up again’ from the film Trolls. Our song choice was inspired by what we have been learning about resilience and never giving up in our PATHS lessons.

The children practised the dance over the course of a few weeks at lunchtimes and in the afternoons with Mrs Ponder and Miss McTavish. It was fantastic to see the children working as a team to practise and just as our song had been inspired by never giving up, the children always bounced back after any difficulties when practising.

When the day came of the show the children made us all so proud as they were so excellently behaved! It was a long day at OPEN Norwich and they children had a chance to practise on the stage with the lights before their two performances, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

We are so proud of the all children that took part and hope they enjoyed the new and exciting experience. The performances were both amazing and the children remembered all their moves brilliantly. It has even inspired some of the children to go to dance lessons outside of school, as none of the children had any dance training before the event.

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.

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