World cup excitement was felt around the federation on Wednesday 11th July for England’s semi final game against Croatia. The children and staff came into school wearing football and England themed clothing, and took part in various activities including flag making to help celebrate the achievement and success of our country’s football team. During our world cup themed assembly the children enjoyed waving their flags and joining in with a well loved football song!
Toftwood Infant School hosted a pre-school sports morning on Thursday 28th July. Over 70 children aged 3 and 4 years old from Toftwood Infant School, Toftwood Pre-School Nursery, William Cowper Pre-School and Little Owls joined together for traditional races, as well as a circuit of activities. This is the first year that Toftwood Junior School have also been involved with the event. Year 6 children from Toftwood Junior School did an excellent job at demonstrating the activities and gave the younger children support and encouragement. A great morning was had by all.
The second federation family picnic was held on 2nd July 2018, following on from the Infant School Race Day which was held in the morning.
Parents and carers and other family and friends were invited to join their children for a family picnic on the field, giving families time to spend with their children, chatting and relaxing in the sunshine, away from the distractions of everyday life, including electronic devices!
All 650 children were involved, with some bringing a picnic lunch and others buying one from the school kitchens.
All children, except 20, had visitors join them for the event, which was an impressive turn out. For those children who were unable to have a visitor or two, the staff joined them so no one was left out.
The sun shone brightly for us all, and the fields of both schools were awash with deckchairs, picnic blankets and the odd parasol to keep out of the sun.
We think we had possibly around 1300 people enjoying the picnic on the day, basing the turnout on an average of 2 visitors per child, although all children could have up to 4 visitors and many did! We had grandads, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, younger siblings, neighbours and friends, all eating together to enjoy the community atmosphere and the sunshine. One young visitor was there all the way from America! The picnics were impressive, with whole cakes, large plates of sandwiches and a whole range of goodies seen.
One grandparent said “Thank you so much for inviting us, it has been fabulous, we have had such a lovely time.” A parent said “There was an excellent atmosphere and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone I could see.”
We are already planning ahead to our next picnic next summer and looking at ways to make it bigger and better! Thank you to everyone who came along, it was lovely to see so many families enjoying each other’s company and the sunshine too.
The Infant School also had their open afternoon following the picnic, giving further opportunities for parents an carers to join their children and celebrate their learning.
Toftwood Ukulele Club were invited to perform at Dereham Memorial Hall on Wednesday 27th June as part of the ‘Live Wire’ concert.
The event, organised by Year 10 BTEC Music students at Neatherd High School, was the Ukulele Club’s first experience of playing on a real stage to a packed audience (quite a leap from playing in our own school assemblies) however everyone performed brilliantly and were cheered and applauded enthusiastically.
‘It was really fun,’ said Edward, ‘we were nervous at first, but we managed to pull it off and it sounded really good.’
Evie added, ‘We got more confident as it went on. It was fantastic to play in a concert and all of the acts were so good. When we were actually on stage it sounded amazing!’
Not only was this a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of performing in a wonderful venue, it also gave our pupils a chance to see the incredible musical talents of the high school students and see what they can aspire to in the future.
Thank you so much to all the parents and grandparents who supported the event and Mr Owen (Neatherd Head of Music) who helped make it all happen.
The children are still glowing with pride from their success and are looking forward to more chances to get on stage and shine.
Congratulations to all of the children who worked so hard and embraced the opportunity to perform in front of such a large audience, with such enthusiasm and such excitement. Thank you to Mr Hardy for all of his work in preparing the children for the concert and for encouraging and supporting them on the night. We are proud of all of you.
Ukelele club is offered free of charge to all children in the junior school currently and we are looking to possibly extend it to Year 2 at some point in the future.
3 of our Year 5 children were invited to take part in a special day of activities at Northgate High School based around designing and running a theme park . They had to design rides and work out the running costs for each and work together as a team to ensure the best outcomes for their business. Northgate told us they were extremely impressed by the skills they showed and in particular their teamwork.
Northgate have written a blog for their website about the day which you can read here: www.northgate.norfolk.sch.uk/year-5-numeracy-literacy-theme-park-project
There is also a piece on the Dereham Times website: www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/dereham-schools-numeracy-literacy-theme-park-1-5573583
This year, the Year 2 children have been working really hard on lots of different pieces of art work from around the world to share at our art exhibition ‘Toftwood Tate.’
The exhibition included Pop Art in the style of Andy Warhol, paintings of our school pond using watercolours, African clay mud huts, African fabric bags, Chinese name printing and Egyptian paper featuring hieroglyphics.
We had lots of visitors, including our parents, grandparents and siblings of the children involved, children from our school, and year 3 children from Toftwood Junior School. We were also joined by governors and previous members of staff of the school.
Many visitors commented in a guest book when they left. One parent said, “All of the year 2 children should be very proud of themselves. I loved the detail on their Aboriginal dot art!”
One governor commented ‘It was fantastic to see all of the children’s artwork. They have shown that they can use many different techniques and should be very proud of their amazing results.’
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”.
Look at our beautiful go go hare painted by all of our federation children. He’s the one right at the front with the blue head!
Thank you Thank you Thank you… What an amazing effort by all our participating schools and groups for returning your beautifully decorated leverets to us by the deadline #ggh18 pic.twitter.com/NDqQvih7I9
— GoGoCreate (@GoGoCreate) April 19, 2018