Children from classes across KS2 have been working hard this week on their entries for an Art competition. The competition was to design a Christmas card for George Freeman MP, the children sketched and coloured in their designs across two lunch times. The children had imaginative ideas and created some fantastic entries. We are now all keeping our fingers crossed that our entries are chosen, as the winner will join George Freeman MP for a tour of Parliament and have tea on the Terrace of the House of Commons and runners-up will receive a book token. Good luck everyone!
On Friday 2nd November, each year 2 class took part in a workshop with the actor Ben Langley from the Theatre Royal. Ben will be starring in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ which the children are going to see in December and the sessions have inspired the children and given them the chance to experience acting and the process of bringing a story to life.
Each class had a drama workshop with Ben and acted out the story of ‘Aladdin.’ The children then worked in groups and performed one of the scenes from the story to the rest of their class. It was fantastic to see the children working together and demonstrating such confidence –even those who are often quite quiet in class!
The sessions were the perfect way to enhance the children’s own performances in their pantomime of ‘Cinderella’ which they will perform for the rest of the school and wider audiences in December. The children are also excited for the school visit to the Theatre Royal to see Ben Langley and the cast perform.
Here’s what some of the year group shared after the sessions:
“I liked that we all got a turn to go up and perform” Ellouise.
“I enjoyed the story because he made me laugh!” Shanice.
“I liked acting, I was Aladdin” Harrison.
Before Ben left, he commented on how talented the children were and said that he couldn’t wait to hear about our school performance!
Norse Commercial Services provide the hot lunches at Toftwood Infant School and as part of National School Meals Week they are sharing four recipes for some ‘School Meal Classic’ puddings. Please see the attached recipes for Cornflake Tart, Floating Islands, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Raspberry Jam Steamed Sponge in case you are interested in trying to create some of these at home. National School Meals Week is from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of November.
The children across the Federation have been working at home with their families to create poppies for a Federation Remembrance Display. Children have been asked to design and make 3D poppies to contribute to the display as part of their work teaching the children about those who gave their lives for their country. The poppies are then being attached to a cargo net between the two schools for all parents and children to see. They are also having special lessons and assemblies to develop their understanding of why we wear poppies and what this signifies. We are really pleased with how many children and families took part, and families sent in photos of the children making their poppies at home.
As part of our remembrance celebrations, we are working together to create poppy installations on our gates. All the children and families in the federation have been invited to make poppies to put on our gates to remember those who have died in the war.
We have asked families to send in photos of them making the poppies as well as the poppies themselves and will share those on the website too when we get them.
Here are some videos showing how to make the poppies and also how to make a poppy wreath. We would love to have some wreaths too.
On Monday 15th October, year 2 enjoyed a medieval day which linked to their Medieval Norwich topic. The children enjoyed taking part in lots of different activities including jousting and jestering. They also took part in archery which was run by Goldcrest Outdoor Activity. The children really enjoyed learning the skill of setting up a bow and arrow and also understanding why people would have used these during medieval times. In the afternoon the children took part in a medieval banquet and dressed up in their own costumes. They enjoyed eating cheese, bread and grapes and each class performed a medieval dance, which they had been working on in PE, to the rest of the year group. It was a great day, enjoyed by all!
On Wednesday 10th October 2018, author, Nicola Davies, visited our school. At about 13:45, Year 6 and Year 5 sat assembled in the main hall, facing the author of many exciting books. At first she introduced herself, and informed us of her successful career so far. She started reading an extract from one of her bestselling books, A lion Stole My Arm. It was about a young, five year old boy who was out hunting fish, before being hunted by a lion. The predator had ripped the boy’s arm clean off; the boy had then escaped. She read it and told us it was a true story. It was a book from one of her fictional series, Heroes of the Wild.
After that, she told all of us about her adventure, when she went out whale searching. She discovered a group of Blue Whales, and recorded their songs, which were louder than anything she had ever heard. She followed them for a little while, but eventually the whales got scared by the starting of a motor. She then didn’t see them for a long time.
Another time, she came across a humpback whale, which was coming up for breath every 2 minutes. It was staying in the same position in the same area, sinking about 100 meters deep. She had taken a photo of it and returned home.
Then, as an activity, Nicola taught us how to create a whale song. She split up 4 parts of the hall, where children were sitting. Each quarter had to make a different sound which would create a hilarious whale song. The first quarter were making low-pitched hums, in a certain pattern. The next quarter did high-pitched squeaks in a different order, varying in tempo. The next, had to blow on their arms or their hands to make a weird sound involving one second of noise. After that, the last row made a tone between a roar and a bark, which they had to do once or twice. Subsequently, Nicola ended her speech with an applause from the audience (us) and let marvel her stand of books where a few people from each class purchased a book with her signature inside. Most children returned to class to finish their lesson, while a few others chatted with the author or got a piece of paper signed or written on.
We held a federation ‘No Pen this week and all children in Key Stage 1 and 2 completed their learning without using anything they could write or draw with. It was a great opportunity to use speaking and listening skills to support our learning in all areas of the curriculum and to get really creative.
Some examples of work completed across the federation are shared below:
In Year 1 children completed a variety of maths problem solving activities and took place in a mindfulness yoga session as well as working with puppets.
In Year 2 children took part in a treasure hunt linked to their literacy sequence of learning. They also demonstrated their maths knowledge.
Year 3 began the day by focusing on group skills as they completed a speaking and listening task involving giving and following directions and observing and feeding back to a team. There was some fantastic listening going on in all three classrooms as the children took on their different roles. Overall, the children decided that being the observer was the most difficult role as it was hard not to intervene during the task. Later in the day, the children took part in some drama activities after listening to an extract from The BFG before making salt dough sculptures of the characters.
In year 4 children completed a science experiment and thought about how they could keep ice cubes and food cold without technology. Some children also worked on perfecting their handwriting formation using paints and syringes.
Year 5 were on the playground during their maths lesson with some fabulous planet props and their calculators, which they were using to practice their rounding skills. This was followed by a spelling bee in the classroom with children clearly relishing the opportunity to take a turn in the spelling hotseat. In the afternoon the children were learning about space and creating the sun, moon and the earth, following instructions very well to create some fantastic work.
We saw Year 6 working on their debating skills during English, debating where it would be better to live – Sparta or Athens – as part of their topic work on Ancient Greece. They were getting ‘hands on’ in maths, creating some tangrams. There were opportunities throughout the day for reading and learning how to use subjunctive connectives with games rather than pens. In the afternoon, the children were using Purple Mash to create music of their own on the laptops and then created some wonderful Greek laurel wreaths.
Feedback from the children was very positive. Here’s some of what the children shared following the day:
“We have done lots of activities that we wouldn’t normally do.”
“We’ve had to use our minds.”
“I really enjoyed the debating. Lots of people had their different opinions about whether they would like to live in Athens or Sparta.”
“I liked it because it was an unexpected change and I like a change once in a while.”
“I have enjoyed the games and cooking. I have made a BFG using a lolly stick because it is no pens day. I think my mum will be really interested in this.”
“My best bit about no pen day is the craft because I would like to be an artist – it is my dream job.”
“It is really cool how you can make music with only small amounts of varied noises.”
“I have enjoyed everything – the maths games and the handwriting with a syringe.”
“I enjoyed handwriting today because we got to use paints and a syringe.”
“We had loads of fun outside.”