Year 2 trip to Norwich Cathedral

Year 2 had a very exciting day out to Norwich Cathedral. Lots of the children had never been to the cathedral before so they were very excited!

We were greeted by Mistress Martha that may have lived in the cathedral in Norman times and we all took part in different activities during our visit.

The children experienced what life would have been like in Norman times and what the people would have eaten and what jobs they may have done. The children even got to look at some real herbs that they would have used to flavour their food.

They enjoyed looking at real Mason’s tools and watching how they were used, working as a team to build arches and singing like Monks in the choir seats.

The children behaved well and were a credit to our federation! Visiting the Cathedral brought our topic, Norwich’s Past to life. The children are now really excited for our forthcoming medieval day which will include making pottage soup, medieval dancing and a medieval banquet.

Cats Protection Visit to Year 1

As part of Year 1’s ‘Animal Life’ topic, we have had a visitor from the Cats Protection charity.

The children learnt about how to look after cats, how to behave around them, and the signs that the animals might give to show how they are feeling. The children asked lots of inquisitive questions about how long the animals live for, how they are looked after, and used their own experiences of looking after cats to suggest answers to questions. They were very interested to look at a microchip and learn how it can help us to know who a cat belongs to.

Year 1 Banham Zoo Trip Autumn 1 2019

Year 1 children went to Banham Zoo as part of their topic ‘Animal Life’. They took part in a workshop learning about animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores which fits in with the science learning for Year 1. The children had the chance to touch and hold an animal from each of these groups. They were also able to look at the different teeth animals had depending on what they ate.

The children had plenty of time to look round the zoo and were very interested to read the information on the signs and find out what the animals ate. They were then able to classify them into either a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.

The children were excited to find out new facts and many of them thought of questions about the animals. We continued our learning by researching some of these questions back at school.

Year 6 Greek Day 2019

On Monday 23rd September 2019, Year 6 were transported back to Ancient Greece through our Greek themed day. We are currently studying Ancient Greece as part of our history topic this term. We started the day by being introduced to our Greek visitor who told us a story about Athens, Sparta and Persia. We volunteered to play different characters so that we could really understand what it was like for people living at the time. Our Greek visitor helped us to play a Greek game known as ‘Petia’. We played in pairs with the aim of the game being to block and take your opponents counters. Another activity in the morning was solving a puzzle named ‘Stomachion’. There were lots of different shapes that we had to fit together to create a square. There are many ways to do this and many other shapes that you could make. Some people used a prompt sheet to help them whereas some groups enjoyed the challenge of solving it themselves. In the afternoon we took part in our own Olympic games! We competed in two teams, through traditional sporting challenges. We had great fun encouraging and supporting our team mates. Our Greek day helped us with our learning as it inspired us to write our own Greek myths using the stories we have studied in class as well as the stories told to us by our visitor. It allowed us to visualise the different people of that time and understand their thoughts and feelings.

Year 4 Roman Day Autumn 1 2019

The children in Year 4 had a very special visitor to kick start their history topic: The Romans.  On this day, the pupils were immersed in all things Roman.

The children learnt about key historical figures, significant places, weapons, battle techniques and important dates relating to Roman Britain. After splitting into the three classes, each group participated in themed activities. These included playing a Roman board game called ‘Delta’ which involved sliding counters and scoring points using Roman numerals; learning about and handling real Roman artefacts; and finding out lots of facts as part of a Roman quiz.  In the afternoon, the children were immersed in a Gladiatorial fight in our very own Toftwood Arena with our Toftwood Emperor!

Our First Day in Reception

The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been on tours of the school to learn where everything is. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.

Summer 2 2019 – Year 1 Holkham Hall Trip

We were very excited on the coach during our journey to Holkham Hall. As we travelled down the long drive we played I-Spy to see what we could spot.

When we arrived at Holkham Hall, we were greeted by the staff and we started our different activities.

We walked around the Field to Fork experience.

We learnt about the Coke family who lived in Holkham Hall and saw their family tree. We learnt that now Lord and Lady Leicester live there with their four children, four dogs and a parrot named Basil!

We saw lots of different tools and equipment that are used on the farm.

We saw lots of different products that are made from crops that are grown at Holkham.

We also learnt about the deer and birds that live at Holkham Hall and we looked at one of the deer antlers.

Some of us got to try on the game keepers hats!

We also watched a film all about farming at Holkham.

Another activity was learning all about the story of Holkham Hall.

We learnt about the history of the hall, the families and about the different people who work there. Some of us got to dress up as these people and pretend to do their jobs.

Finally we went into Holkham Hall. We saw the beautiful Marble hall, the Parrot Bedroom, the old Kitchen and the Saloon.

We all had a fantastic time at Holkham Hall and learnt about how people used to live years ago!

Summer 1 2019 – Year 1 Wedding

Celebrations were in full swing at Toftwood Infant School when all of the Year One children went to St Nicholas’ Church in Dereham to learn about the Christian celebration of marriage. The Reverend Sally Theakston conducted a special friendship ceremony for three ‘brides’ and three ‘grooms’, who pledged to be friends for ever. All of the children dressed up for the occasion, with the wedding party in full wedding dress and all the guests in their best clothes.

The visit took place to enhance the children’s learning about the Christian celebration of marriage, which they had been learning about in school. The children have learnt about the roles of people involved in a wedding, used a range of Christian artefacts to develop their understanding and made celebration cupcakes and invitations.

They also sang the song ‘Sing Hosanna’ accompanied by Mrs George, a TA at the school, on the Church organ.

They then returned to school to have a wedding breakfast. The children all enjoyed eating the cupcakes they had made and decorated, followed by a first dance and the celebrations continued throughout the afternoon.

Summer 2 in Reception

We have just got back from our trip to Gressenhall for a Once Upon a Time workshop.

To start the day we all had to gather in the Chapel for the grand opening of Mr Curator’s museum. He had invited some celebrities along; Cinderella and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. We were interrupted by the Wicked Witch from Snow White, who was very upset as she hadn’t been invited to the opening. When Mr Curator went to reveal the objects, we were shocked to see they had gone missing! The Wicked Witch told us she had taken them and wouldn’t give them back! Our mission for the day was to take part in lots of different activities and see if we could find all of the museum artefacts.

First, we had to go on Jack's Quest and search for the missing golden egg. We spent lots of time looking up and down and we found it near the playground. We helped Jack to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as he had forgotten some of the words! Because we told the story so well, we got to climb down Jack's beanstalk.

Next, we met the Wicked Witch from Snow White! She taught us how to make a potion and has to go on a hunt to find a dragon scale and some magic water. We then found a magic wand and learnt a spell.

Then we met Mr Curator who asked us to help him look for the missing objects in the shops. We had to be really quiet in case the Witch heard us! We found a magic pea, Grumpy's shoe, a troll’s bogey and a sweetie from the Gingerbread House.

We stopped in the chapel for lunch and a little rest.

After lunch, we headed up to the farmhouse. We searched for fairy tale characters around the farm and we spotted some piglets and a sheep. We then had to help the ugly sisters with their chores. We learnt how to use the water pump, dug up some potatoes, watered the flowers and learnt how to milk a cow.

We then went into the house with Cinderella where she told us that she couldn't go to the ball because she couldn't finish her chores and she didn't have anything to wear. We offered to help her finish her jobs so she could go to the ball. First, we helped her to clean the table, as it was a bit dirty. We rubbed the salt in and then scrubbed it with a brush. Once we had done the cleaning, we helped Cinderella to look for the rest of the missing objects from Mr Curator's museum. We found Red Riding Hood's cape and Cinderella's glass slipper. Our next job was to pick up all the stepsisters socks! We also did a bit of dusting!

We all met back in the Chapel to conclude the day. Mr Curator was really happy that we had managed to find all of the missing objects!

The children had a wonderful day and behaved very well. We are very proud of them all!

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.