A Grand Opening

Toftwood Infant School celebrated 2 very special events on Monday, 18th July. Firstly, Ted’s Den was officially opened by Katherine Nash from BBC Look East, and secondly, new play houses . This is a new outdoor space for the Reception children, where they can play, learn and work together in a natural environment. It is named after a very special man, Mr Ted Booty, who was one of the Governors who sadly passed away earlier this year. Mr Booty was a huge supporter of the school and the children and staff, and has helped the school in so many ways over the years. He was always on hand if support or help was needed with something, and was a long standing member of the interview panel for many staff. He also played a key part of getting the Nursery built and developing the grounds and buildings of the school. His contribution to the school was huge and the work he put into the school and its community is much appreciated by us all. His wife Gwen attended the event and said he would have been so proud to have seen it. Mrs Pedlow said that ‘it was a great privilege to have known Ted, as he had done so much for the school and this children during his time as Governor. It was a fitting tribute to remember a very special man.’  We have also added a mud kitchen, a writing shed and many more facilities.

We also celebrated the opening of our new outdoor play equipment, funded entirely by our PTA, The Friends of Toftwood Infant School. There are two new playhouses installed outside on the playground to allow collaborative and imaginative play to take place at lunch and break times. There is also a new trim trail outside for the children, with climbing equipment for all of the children. We would like to say ‘A huge thankyou’ to all of the parents and the committee who have worked so hard to raise the funds for this equipment, the children are so excited to have it.

Catherine Nash, from BBC Look East came to open these facilities for us on the day! We started the day with our guests in the hall for tea and cake before moving outside for the official opening at 11 am. The children and our invited guests all joined us on the playground for the event.

It was a lovely day and it was followed by a whole school special friendship lunch that was voted for by the children. They all enjoyed hot dogs, chips and a special cup cake out on the school field, picnic style.


Pizza Making Workshop

The children at Toftwood Infant School Participated in a pizza making workshop with staff from NORSE. The activity was arranged as part of the official opening of new cooking facilities at the school. The children were introduced to different ingredients, toppings and herbs that they could use to make their pizza’s. They were then able to design and make their own.

The new cooking area at the school was opened by TIG of NORSE, who provide school meals at Toftwood Infant School. Mrs Chapman, class teacher, said, “All the children were really enthused. They enjoyed finding out about how to make their pizzas and the ingredients they used. They are all excited to have the opportunity to use the new equipment.”

The school has upgraded their cooking area in order for the children to access the food and nutrition aspect of the new National Curriculum.

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Dereham Windmill Art

Dereham Windmill Art Exhibition, Summer 2016

You may have seen the article in the Dereham Times celebrating the Dereham Windmill art exhibition which children at Toftwood were proud to be part of. The children were fortunate enough to be asked to produce some art work to display in the local land mark by the windmill trustees, and every child was part of creating the collection of art, which was around the topic of St George’s Day.

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If you didn’t see the Dereham Times article about this event, a copy of the article is in our ‘In The News‘ collection.

Lent Event, 2016

Smiles and Compliments Day!

During the Spring 2 half term the school has taken part in an East Coast Religious Education initiative called “The Lent Event”.  This time we have been thinking about Lent – the time leading up to Easter.  Many people decide to give up something for Lent (usually chocolate!) to show they are making a sacrifice before the Easter celebrations begin.  This year a group of schools have been busy completing some challenges which involve the idea of “giving rather than giving up”.  Each participating school was given two challenges to complete before the end of Lent. We have completed a “Keep on Cleaning” challenge, and a “Smiles and Compliments” challenge.

Gardening Club busy collecting litter for Keep on Cleaning Challenge.


We had a Smiles and Compliments day in March linked to our PATHS work in school.  This involved setting up a compliments box in the hall, and children were given the opportunity to fill in a compliment to send to a friend or member of staff in school.    The compliments post box was soon really full, and compliments were given out and shared on the last day of term.

Our Compliments Box


Giving a friend a compliment!


Go to www.ecre.co.uk The Lent Event to find out a bit more about the challenges and possibly see some photos of some amazing smiles!

A Great Morning Smile!


Key Steps Gymnastics Competition

Wednesday 27th January 2016

A group of year 2 children took part in the Key Steps competition at Easton Gymnastics Club. It was very exciting being in a venue that was specifically built for gymnastics, and the children got to try out some of the specialist equipment. They were particularly impressed with the sprung floor and how bouncy it felt!

The children had practised various exercises that were going to be developed into a 1 and a half minute performance. During the morning the children were able to develop and practise their routine, and they were coached by some Sport Leaders from Taverham High School.

After lunch the children performed their routine in front of a panel of judges who awarded them a score. They all gave 100% effort and were excellent ambassadors for the school.

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Cross Country

Dereham Infant Schools’ Cross Country Competition

Tuesday 26th January 2016

On a windy and dull morning 6 girls and 6 boys from year 1 and year 2 travelled to Dereham Church of England Junior Academy to take part in cross country races.

There were 4 races: Year 1 girls, Year 1 boys, Year 2 girls and Year 2 boys. All of the children tried incredibly hard in very windy conditions.

Medals were awarded to the top 5 children in each race at the end of the day. All of the children tried incredibly hard, and 7 of them were awarded medals.

Well done to everyone!

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