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.

Further information can be found at www.skcin.org

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.

Summer 2 – Year 2 Toftwood Tate 2019

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 inspired by Claude Monet, African clay hands, printed fabric bags, pointillism 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 members of the community.

Many visitors commented in a guest book when they left. One parent said, “The artwork was lovely and to such a high standard, I was very impressed!” Another commented, “Amazing pieces of artwork. Lots of budding artists and lots of hard work by everyone.”

Mrs Brown, a TA in reception wrote, “Best art exhibition ever! I loved the glitter hands and dot art circles.”

Shakespeare Week April 2019

Shakespeare Week – 18th to 22nd March 2019

Shakespeare Week is a national event week run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.  As part of their celebrations of The Bard and all things Shakespearean they select 152 schools across the country to receive a free book by Marcia Williams which is then set “free” for others to find and pass on.  This year we were sent “Bravo Mr William Shakespeare”.

Infant School had a Shakespeare Club during the week for some childen from Year 1 and Year 2.  They had the opportunity to look at the book and learn who William Shakespeare was, and then they tried out writing with a goose feather quill pen.  They were surprised at how easy it was to write, but found it a little bit messy!  They also made Tudor ruffs, and looked at pictures of Shakespeare.

They delivered the book to classes so that the other children could look at it and talk about the stories.  “Anthony and Cleopatra” was a favourite!  The race was on to see if the book could travel to as many classes as possible during Shakespeare Week!  It managed to visit all 6 Year 1 and 2 classes during the week and then was delivered to the Junior school site to begin its journey round Years 3 to 6.

Year 6 Activ8 Sessions with Paddy Venner 2019

In the Spring and Summer term, Year 6 have been working weekly with a life coach, Paddy Venner, to help them prepare for their transition, to understand their difficulties and to help them develop effective working and personal relationships, in and out of school.

This is the programme Paddy generally follows:

The ACTIV8© Course in detail

Session 1 : The Parachute Debate – The Power of Words

Aim of session: to encourage children to understand the power of words and be able to stand their ground non-violently.

Children love this session as it is very different to anything they usually do in class and it sets the tone for the course.

Outcome:  children learn teamwork.  It also reveals the leaders, public speakers, the quiet ones, the strong communicators and the creative thinkers.

Session 2 : Who Are You Really?

Aim of session: Challenging children to be themselves, and to examine whether they have to become someone else just to fit in.

Outcome:  children discuss the importance of fitting in and how to avoid peer pressure. Many battle to come up with a word to describe themselves and sometimes emotional. They are affirmed by Paddy who tells each child what positives he sees in them. Teachers have said what an eye-opener this session can be.

Session 3 : Attitude sets Altitude

Aim of Session: to realise that our aspirations can cause us to rise above what people have said that has hurt us.

A discussion session – children are encouraged to express their experiences of bullying and maltreatment, and how they have overcome.

Outcome:  it evokes many good responses, especially when we look at the attitude to bullies, being bullied or even being a bully.  Children often see this as one of their favourite sessions due to the tools given them to overcome, and adopt a positive attitude.

Session 4 : Advice – a test of scruples

Aim of Session:  this is a test of their scruples and ability to analyse a situation and react accordingly. This session  lets them see that a kind word or a piece of gentle advice, can make a huge difference in another child’s life.

Outcome:  they learn to discuss and think collaboratively.

Session 5 : Advertise Yourself

Aim of Session: to get children to speak well of themselves.

Outcome:  Children work alone, and are encouraged to get in touch with their positive attributes and to be able to communicate these appropriately. This builds self esteem and peer-group affirmation and has been a genuine turning point for some children.

Session 6 : If you don’t like the Consequence, Change the Choice

Aim and outcome of session:  to teach children to stop blaming everyone else when they get into trouble and to take ownership of their own outcomes ie: weigh up actions and their consequences.

Session 7 : Overcoming Obstacles

Aim of session: To understand that hardships and obstacles in life are necessary and not there to discourage you but to strengthen you.

Outcome:  that anything can be achieved or overcome through hard work and determination.

Session 8 : Letters to God and Dealing with Failure

Aim of the session: for children to put in writing what is really going on in their lives – a very eye-opening session, which ends with a discussion on bouncing back from failure.  They are taught “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything”

Outcome:  the children work alone on a ‘letter to God’, where they have carte blanche to express themselves.  This session yields much insight. Paddy reads them on site and any ones which have flagged concerns are reported to the teacher in charge.

This is the feedback the children have given about their sessions with Paddy half way through the programme:

Paddy is very unique man the way he speaks to us is incredible. When he talks to us it’s like he gets inside your head he always expresses the way he talks. Also, he’s an awesome guy he’s really funny I feel like Paddy will help us a lot and already I have a lot more confidence.

Thank you for spending the money on helping us


Paddy is incredible! I really felt like he already knew everything about me! He said that I had kind eyes… with the story he told us put me in tears! I’m truly inspired by him and I really hope he can come back soon! He is just so funny! He says such sweet things about all of us!


Paddy is amazing he helps us get ready for high-school and is so funny. He said I could be more confident in myself he thinks I’m Smart. I would love him to come more often.

Paddy is the best visitor we have ever in the whole of our federation. He teaches us life lessons. COOL AWESOME THE BEST


I really liked Paddy. He helps me and everyone else out. I thank Paddy for coming in to speak to us because he is very humorous. As humorous as he can be, he also can be quite serious. I appreciate he’s took time off to come speak to us. I enjoy every lesson I have with him, because he is so easy to speak to. When I do speak to him, Paddy only focusses on me. It makes me feel welcome, and it makes me feel wanted. He teaches us about life and tells us stories. He once said, “fists don’t talk for you”. I love Paddy. Coming: I can’t wait for him to come next week!


I found this session very helpful because he talked about who we were, we were also giving one word to describe ourselves and he made inference about us from what we told him. He explained why doing bad things doesn’t make us popular and to be ourselves not letting  people control you.

Paddy brightens up my day, I always feel lonely but he makes me feel confident and unique in my own way.

Paddy really helps me believe who I can really be, he’s really fun and amazing. He’s positive, awesome, determined and different

Paddy has helped me express how I feel and made me feel more confident not just in myself but who I am, every time he leaves I feel relaxed and happy and can’t wait for Thursdays when he comes, Paddy motivates me and helps me to not make bad choices in life, I feel safe when we all talk and he’s super funny I feel so ready for high school and more confident when I talk aloud and alone “PADDY ROCKS”. He says kind things about me and he’s a real inspiration.


When Paddy comes I feel I can be myself and he really makes me think about who I really am and who I could be. He also makes a big impact on my social awareness, Paddy makes me see that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and that to really enjoy life but Paddy is a very funny person. I want to thank Paddy and say a much we THANK YOU, because (I speak for everyone) he makes a big difference and has helped us to make the right choice


Paddy told us about what would happen if you end up with wrong people. He started by making us guess what celebrities were on the board. He also told us a story about a kid named Billy who was once an innocent person but ended up with the wrong person.


Paddy’s a very humorous and fascinating man, we all love him coming to our school. He reaches really cool stuff ( like be who you really are).


Paddy is epic! Paddy is great at teaching life lessons.


Paddy is really cool he is really good at telling stories and tells us life lessons like fists are not a language and one day I want to be just like him.


Paddy’s sessions are always exciting and make me curious about the next week to come. He makes us feel like we can just be ourselves!


Paddy is really funny yet still portrays the things we’re supposed to learn in a way children listen and learn. He is a motivating speaker and lifts up peoples spirits. He can almost read minds the way he can read our emotions and what we are like. At some points when he told a story he would make me cry, other times he would make me laugh out loud. We welcome him and he welcomes us!


Paddy is very kind and extremely funny. He tells many jokes and stories. He teaches us many things. Lots of people are excited for him to come. It is really fun. He sets up the class in a very cool way. I learn a lot of stuff and he teaches us lessons.


Paddy was very helpful he told us to be who we truly are and not to change to be cool, and he was very funny doing so and he told us true stories and I can’t wait for him to come next Thursday.


Paddy is a very funny and supportive, he seems to take notice of all of us as though we were his greatest friends. Since Paddy come I’m sure everyone has been a lot more caring about eachother and have a lot more spirit in themselves and one another, I hope Paddy keeps coming even after S.A.T.S. THANK YOU PADDY and I’m sure everyone else thinks you are awesome and rock.


Paddy (I think I speak for everyone when I say this) makes us feel happy without selves without us having to do work. So he lets us have fin, learn, chears us up and does many more great things. He says good things to is and tells us great REAL stories about people he works with. He makes me feel happy and awares me to not kame the wrong choice.


I found this lesson interesting because we got to explain what we think about ourselves like if we are kind, sporty or friendly and told him why we thought that.

Paddie is a amazing human. He can probably help anyone who is sad or scared or is try to be popular.


I felt very inspired from our last session with Paddy. He asked us, “ who we really are?” and went into further detail about this, he told us we are unique and have a special purpose in life. He really engaged us too with his humour which really helps us understand. The whole thing was about how we should act like how we are, not how it makes it easier to fit in. My favourite part was when he told us to say one word that describes us. He was extremely motivational and expanded on our words, saying our traits and how we can excel.