Neatherd Roast Dinner day November 2019

Dereham Neatherd High School invited a group of children across the federation to enjoy a roast dinner at their school! The children loved visiting the high school!

The children were wonderful hosts to the residents of Eckling Grange residential home, who were also invited to this event. Each child went and asked the residents what they would like for their dinner, collected their plate of food from the kitchen and then served the residents their wonderful roast. The children were amazing at this and listened really carefully to them.

The food was very tasty and the children had gammon, mash and a variety of vegetables. We were all very excited to have dessert which was lemon sponge and custard!

The children were all so well behaved and were an asset to our federation!

Thank you to Neatherd for inviting us – we had a great time.

Autumn 2 2019 – Reception celebrate Olive’s big birthday!

Olive’s 104th Birthday!

In Reception we have been learning about Birthdays. We found out about a lady in Great Yarmouth who is having a special birthday and turning 104! For her birthday she wanted to receive pictures from children all around the area. We decided to make her some pictures.

We thought about what Olive would like to see on her pictures for her birthday and found out how to write the number 104. When we were finished we put them in an envelope and have sent them in the post for Olive to receive. We hope she loves our pictures and has a wonderful birthday!

If you would like to find out more about Olive and how you can help celebrate her birthday, you can find more at this link

Harvest Donations!

As part of the Federation’s Harvest Thanksgiving celebrations staff, parents and children were invited to bring donations of packets and tins of food and toiletries in to school to be collected for the Mid Norfolk Foodbank.  The Foodbank is part of a national network supported by The Trussell Trust and it is one of many foodbanks set up in order to help families and individuals who are struggling with poverty and hunger across the UK.

Both the Junior and Infant Schools collected items as part of a Federation wide initiative, and the children were very proud of their collection of things that will contribute to helping those in need.

“We are always encouraging the children to think of others and talk about their emotions and how they might feel in different situations” said Mrs Reeve, RE and Assemblies Subject Leader at the Infant site.  “This is a great way to help them reflect on giving to others, and they really enjoyed contributing”.

James Campbell – Author Visit Autumn 1 2019

As part of our work on inspiring children to read more and extend their reading choices, we had a visit from the writer, author, story teller and comedian James Campbell. He told all of us about being a writer, about the things we may find tricky and how to get our ideas down.  He asked us where ideas come from and we discussed the world around us, stories and books, and ideas that just come to us. He encouraged us to use our imagination, such as what if we could take the stripes of a zebra.

He also showed us his book Boy Face. He asked where did the idea for stripy super powers come from?  Back to taking the stripes off

The children came up with some really interesting questions:

How long to finish writing a book? Sometimes up to a year! Sometimes only 3 hours (but editing might take a bit longer!).

What was your first book? The pale blue egg.

James then introduced his new book, “Funny Pets” and gave us some anecdotes from the new book.

He did sessions with all of the children from Year 1 to Year 6 across the federation, and in the afternoon some of the children from Years 1, 2, 3, 4 were lucky enough to take part in a writing workshop with him where he talked about using a picture as a starting point for a story. The children designed their own machine like the boy face book to design some wonderful machines. One child designed a machine that did your hair for you, and another designed one that created sausages.

The children then used verbs and adjectives to describe their machines and then finally started to write the beginning of their story where there was a problem with the machine.

Speaking to the children, they were excited to read some of his books. There was a chance to buy some after school, but we have purchased sets of the books for all children to borrow and enjoy from our library in Juniors and in classes in KS1.

Some of the children wrote this report on the visit.

‘’On Friday, the whole school was lucky enough to take part in an author visit from James Campbell who calls himself a comedian, a lollypop lady and an author. James Campbell is currently selling his funny books named Boy face (including the magnetic banana on the cover), the funny life of pets including the hamster conspiracy theory. He was really funny with his presentation.

The children at Toftwood Junior School watched his amazing performance, the Infant children came as well to a session where James, showed them how to improve their writing, and brought the funny side into writing for them. The children came back to class full of ideas and excitement. James Campbell achieved his ideas for Boy face by making an image in everybody’s minds which made them laugh so hard some of them cried. Our favourite parts of the show was when he said about the wild lollypop lady’s and the funny life of pets especially the hamster in the cupboard eating crisps. Everyone enjoyed the visit, because he was so funny and made everyone laugh lots.’’

-Isabel WS6 and Amelia WS6.

You can visit James’ website

Key Stage 1 and EYFS Sports Fortnight


The children enjoyed a very hot and active session with professional Zumba teacher Becks Forrester. The children danced routines to some of their favourite songs.

Team Day

The whole school were involved in team day. The children were spilt into 20 teams and worked round a circuit of 20 activities which included bouncing on bouncy hoppers, throwing and catching, balancing, shooting footballs, rolling and climbing. We were fortunate enough to be supported by Mr Llewelyn and some Sports Leaders from Northgate High School. Everyone had a great time.

The winners


The winners



Danny from TKF came in to give all the children a taster session in Karate.


We had great fun at race day. All the children took part in 2 different races. We also had races for adults and younger children.


All year groups had a go at playing frisbee. Ultimate frisbee is an up and coming sport which is played between two teams. The children had a go at practising throwing the frisbees and seeing how far they could go. Then they had a turn at throwing them to a partner.



The children really enjoyed leanring some cheerleading basic with Miss Coombes. They did a warm up then learnt how do do some of the jumps. Next they learnt some stunting working as groups of four.  Finally some groups were able to put their stunts together to form a pyramid formation.

Tag Rugby

The children were able to have an introduction to rugby with Mr Mann from the Sports Partnership. The children learnt two different ways to throw the ball, how to run with the ball holding it with two hands and having a go at two different sorts of kick.

Federation Maths Day June 2019


It was our Toftwood federation maths day today and we were learning about time. We talked about clocks, watches and timers and discussed why we need to know the time; to be at school on time, to attend appointments and to know when it is lunchtime or bedtime. We watched the clock on the screen and counted 60 seconds, we then challenged ourselves to see how many star jumps we could do in 60 seconds. Inside, the children shared some stories all about different times of the day or days of the week. Outside, the children used the 3 minute timer to wait for a turn on a bike and some of the children used the iPad timer to see how many times they could bounce, kick or catch a ball in one minute.


In Reception we explored time through looking at watches and clocks. We thought about how to tell the time, remembering that ‘o’clock, is at the top!’ and how watches help us. We studied a clock face and made our own watches. We also had great fun designing our Maths characters and used apparatus and equipment to help us.

Year 1

Firstly, the Year 1 children enjoyed completing the tasks set and led by the Year 3 classes. They timed each other to see how many they could do of a certain activity or how long it took them. It was lovely to see the different classes working together!

After this session, the Year 1 children designed their own Maths Characters for a competition. We discussed the different areas of maths and all the different equipment we use to help us in maths and how we could incorporate these in our designs. They were all fantastic!

After lunch we had an assembly and we discussed how we use maths in everyday life and the different jobs that require maths skills. We also looked for maths in the hall! We celebrated the winners of the Design a Maths Character competition too.

Finally, we finished the day with some active maths! We completed a Telling the Time treasure hunt in school and enjoyed trying to find all the clocks and matching them to the correct times.

Year 2

The children in year 2 really enjoyed working with the year 4 children. They timed each other to see how many bounces they could complete in a time limit. The children were excited to beat their highest score and compare scores with each other.

The children then designed their own maths character as part of the federation Maths challenge. We had some great ideas and some of them even used maths resources to help them create their final character.

Year 3

To kick start the day, the Year 3 children took on the role of teachers for Year 1. They prepared some active activities and demonstrated to Year 1 how to time themselves using stopwatches and timers. Once they were finished, they compared durations to find out who had been the fastest at each task and who had completed the most in the time given. Year 3 were fabulous teachers and Year 1 were excellent learners!

Next, Year 3 connected their recent work on angles to different contexts, including time. We investigated the angles we could find in a clock and in shape (ask your children what acute, obtuse and right angles are!).

After lunch, we participated in a competition to design a maths character for school. The children had some very original ideas.

Finally, the children had an active maths session which required them to practise and apply their times table knowledge.

Year 4

Starting the day, Year 4 had a fantastic time working with the children in Year 2 on an active Maths session based on time. Putting their teaching skills to the test, Year 4 pupils modelled the activity of bouncing and catching a tennis ball successfully in 30 seconds. In demonstrating their active listening skills, the younger children were then timed performing the task whilst the older pupils kept a tally of their results.  In order for them to improve their score and achieve a personal best, the children repeated this activity three times. Collating the results of the year group into a bar chart was a challenging task due to the sudden appearance of torrential rain. Not to be defeated, the children relocated in the Junior school halls to continue with their fun.

After break, the children investigated some rather strange looking clocks, which had mysteriously lost their minute or hour hands. Working with their learning partners, they had to answer a range of questions on these applying their problem solving skills. Meeting as a whole year group after lunch, we competed against one another to see which class could make a human clock in the shortest time possible. The children all really enjoyed participating in the exciting activities that took place on the day.


Year 5

Year 5 started Maths Day with some help from year 7 students from Neatherd High School. The older children had planned a problem solving activity with time which the year 5s really enjoyed. It was lovely to see the children from different schools working together.

Next was active maths. As it was raining, the children worked in the two halls and along the Year 5 corridor to race to solve the time treasure hunt. The mathematical language that was being used throughout this activity was very impressive.

During the afternoon, the children had an opportunity to be creative to come up with their own maths character. They also worked closely with their teacher to solve time problems and enjoyed using the time games on Purple Mash.

Year 6

Year 6 started the day with active maths where we used map skills and clue cards to identify different time zones and countries. After break, Neatherd High School students came to help us to solve problems involving timetables. We enjoyed working together as a team with the support of Year 7’s. In the afternoon we designed a maths character that will be entered into a competition. The winning characters will be our federation maths working wall mascots! We finished the day by completing an investigation on the position of clock hands using different shapes to create patterns.

Summer 2 2019 – Family Enrichment Week, The Arts

The children had the great opportunity to find out all about the arts during our Family Enrichment Week this year. The week included drama, music, art, dance and play writing activities and gave children the chance to immerse themselves in the arts for the week. Each year group had the opportunity to learn about a significant person or group from the arts and share this in an assembly the next day in front of the rest of the school. Reception children learnt about artist Jackson Pollock; Year 1 and Year 4 found out about the musicians ‘The Beatles’; Year 3 looked at artist Acrimboldo; Year 5 focused on the artist Van Gogh and Year 2 and Year 6 learnt all about playwright William Shakespeare and did some acting.

We also thought about being inspired by nature and learnt about the artist Andy Goldworthy. Children were able to have a go at some nature-inspired art and share this with our families by making a clay tile together. Thank you to all that joined us.

Another activity involved the children combining music and art together to paint musical instruments and create large scale images of art in their classes. Children also got to hear musical instruments being played live in an assembly and find out about the different kinds of musical instruments there are. Everyone really enjoyed listening to different styles of music and thinking about how it made us feel.

To end the week we held a Federation Arts Show and children were able to share their talents with the whole school community. The children loved to see the arts live in action and staff in school were very impressed with those who got up to perform for everyone!

Thank you again to the grown-ups who were able to join our open sessions and activities during the week – the children loved every second and it was great to bring everyone together to celebrate and experience the arts.

Alex Scarrow – Year 5 Author Visit

A group of children in year 5 were lucky enough to meet Alex Scarrow, author of the successful ‘Time Riders’ books at Northgate High School.

The children took part in an exclusive story writing workshop with Alex, where he helped them to think creatively to write their own, original, stories.

After this, the children joined the year 7 children in listening to Alex give an interesting and humorous talk about his life and experiences as an author.

The children came back to school, enthused and inspired by their visit.

Sunsafe Assembly – Summer 2 2019

On Wednesday 19th June a nurse visited the Infant School from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to talk to the children about staying safe in the sun and protecting their skin.  She showed an interactive power point and told the children about the benefits of a healthy diet to help their bodies to produce Vitamin D, and what else to do to help them protect their skin in summer.  She demonstrated how much suncream we need to put on, and reminded all the children to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

The children listened carefully and they learnt the “Slip, slop, slap, slide, shade!” song!   Slip on a t shirt, slop on suncream, slap on a sun hat, slide on sunglasses, and sit in the shade regularly.

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Goldcrest Visit Summer 2 2019

On the 18th June 2019, Year 4 participated in an excellent outdoor learning experience courtesy of Goldcrest Outdoor Education Centre. Linked to their learning about habitats and food chains, the children participated in an orienteering activity based around the school ground. On the day, they also learnt about how to read a satellite map and use a compass to navigate.  Rounding off the day, the children played a fun and exciting game entitled ‘Hawks and Blackbirds’ which was based on understanding food chains, predators and preys. The children had a fantastic time learning outside and the weather even blessed us with some sunshine! Inside the classroom, pupils examined and identified common Ordanance Survey symbols and plotted some of these on a grid.