Banham Zoo Trip Year 3

On Friday 8th June 2018, Year 3 went on a trip to Banham Zoo to prepare them for their next science topic ‘Animals including humans’. We had a lovely, calm coach trip there and arrived at the zoo with a lovely sunny day on our side!

While we were there, we all had a session in the Education Centre where we learned about the different skeleton types and what a body needs to move. First, we were introduced to some animals that have an exoskeleton – a skeleton on the outside of their body! We met a Madagascan hissing cockroach and two giant land snails! We all had a go at holding or touching them if we wanted. We also got shown the sheddings of a tarantula and a scorpion and learnt about how they outgrow their exoskeletons and create new ones underneath. We then got introduced to a snake! They have an endoskeleton, which means their skeleton is on the inside. We were fascinated to find out that when we touched it, it was cold! It was also amazing to learn how the snake moved using it’s muscles.

For the rest of the afternoon, we explored the zoo completing research for our next English topic of non-chronological reports. We gathered lots of information about animals from different continents to use and put into our reports.

Some of the highlights of the day included seeing the two cheetah cubs that were born last year and the two new exhibits – the baboons and the sealions!

Year 4 Summer 2 2018 – Easton Farm Visit

Year 4 Trip to Easton College

As part of our Geography learning, the children had an exciting trip to Easton College. First up, was a guided walk around the college farm, taking in information about how the land is used. The children were surprised to discover that they grow lots of different crops- some used to feed people and some for animals. They could even spot the difference between spring and winter barley. Using their geographical skills, the children completed a map of the site using their own symbols. In the afternoon, they examined and investigated different types of seeds and discussed different ways to sort them. They also looked at a range of farm machinery and used their observational skills to identify the purpose of each piece of equipment.

The college staff remarked on how well the children behaved and how interested they were in everything they saw. The Year 4 team wanted to say a big thankyou to our parent volunteers and members of staff who accompanied us on the trip as without their help the trip wouldn’t have happened.

“I enjoyed our trip since I learnt about the parts of a combine harvester and about the crops that are on the farm like barley and sugar beet.” – Adam

“I learnt that barley could be different sizes depending on when it is planted.” – Ella

“Overall, the day was amazing and I learnt about the structure of a combine harvester and how it works.” – Ffion

“The information and facts they told us were super accurate!” – Ryan

Summer 2 2018 Mini Monsters Visit

The year 2 children at Toftwood Infant School enjoyed their visit from Mini Monsters as part of their ‘Habitats and Environments’ topic. The children were able to meet some captivating creatures and reptiles and could look closely at them. Some children were even brave enough to handle them! The children learnt about the different habitats that these creatures live in and how they have adapted to live there. They were not only able to meet Salsa the snake but also look closely at the skin that she had previously shed. They learnt that snakes shed their skin in order for them to grow.

The children were fascinated when meeting Trinny the Tarantula and learnt about how some creatures like Trinny have an exoskeleton. This means their skeleton is on the outside of the body. Although many of the children wanted to hold Trinny, she was the only one that they couldn’t (although others were very relieved about this!). They learnt that Tarantula’s are so fragile that if they were to be dropped, even from a short height, that they would shatter to pieces.

The children all really enjoyed it and found it very interesting, which resulted in them having lots of questions!

Summer 1 2018 – Visit from a radiographer

The children in Year 3 at Toftwood Junior School really enjoyed their visit from a radiographer. The children have been learning about different scientists and inventors and found researching Marie Curie and her involvement in the development of X-Rays and understanding of radiation extremely interesting. The children created their own X-ray images using art straws and black paper as part of their science learning.

Mrs Evans visited the children and explained that her job title ‘radiographer’ comes from the word radiation. We learnt that radiation comes from the sky, the ground and even food! We were particularly interested to learn the bananas were radioactive (even though this is the tiniest amount and we know they are very good for us!).

We looked at how radioactive waves create X-ray images. Mrs Evans then directed children into the position they would need to be for different
X-Rays. We all looked at different X-Ray images, showing different parts of the body. We saw some broken bones, which looked very painful and even saw an X-ray of a snake that ate a shoe! It was very interesting and this was shown by the amount of questions we had for Mrs Evans!

Year 4 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

As part of the RE curriculum, Year 4 visited Norwich Cathedral to learn more about the building itself and the Christian festival of Pentecost. The children had a guided historical tour around the cathedral, taking in the stained glass windows and spent time exploring and identifying different types of bird hidden all around the monument. Also, they learnt about the significance and the changing colours of the Christian calendar. As well as this, the children really enjoyed finding out about the Peregrine Falcons currently roosting on the spire of the cathedral. They had the opportunity to observe their nest through a telescope and compare their arm span to that of a range of birds of prey. Everyone had a fantastic day and the children were a credit to themselves and their school.

“I was impressed that the cathedral was built over 900 years ago and it’s still there.”

“I liked the stained glass windows, as they shone brightly in the darkness.”

“I learnt that celebrations for Christians have different colours.”

“I learnt that a bishop’s hat is a symbol of the flames of Pentecost.”

Year 6 Holt Hall Residential

81 children from Y6 attended Holt Hall for their residential trip away. They learnt map and compass work for orienteering, using microscopes for their freshwater pond dipping and creating large scale art work. Their favourite activity was building and lighting fires, then cooking apples and gutted fish on them.They learnt to work with each other in new and challenging situations. In the evenings they all had time to relax and play and work together, on night walks and on a quiz night too. They finished with a cup of hot chocolate and shared stories.

Step On It Training

The year 1 children at Toftwood Infant School have been learning the importance of road safety and have taken part in the Step On It training. The children have learnt about the signals a car might show when manoeuvring, like indicating, reversing and breaking and have also learnt how to cross the road safely.

Mrs Pilbrow, a TA at Toftwood Infant School, has taken small groups of children along School Lane to learn about where it is safe to cross, looking both ways to check for traffic and staying with their adult when crossing the road. Mrs Pilbrow said ‘it is a very important lesson that the children should learn and if one day this saves a child’s life, it is a great lesson for all’.

The children enjoyed the training and could talk about how to stay safe when crossing the road, the different vehicles and dangers that might be on the road and the importance of listening carefully for traffic too.

Spring 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics and doctors, fire fighters, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and using the hose on the fire engine. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.

Spring 2 in Nursery

Our topic for Spring 2 was pirates. Activities included pretending to be pirates, writing treasure maps and counting treasure.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with a special workshop. We completed Chinese dragon dances, made music and danced with ribbons.

Year 3 Science Week 2018

On 12th March 2018, Dr Francis launched science week at Toftwood Junior school! We were ready for a jam packed fun week of science!

We began our year 3 science topic ‘Rocks and Fossils’ this week and have looked at the three different types of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We also discussed natural and man-made rocks and in groups decided what category the rocks went in! We then looked at some rock samples and using a key, worked out what they were! We had a lovely time doing this even if gneiss and granite looked really similar. To finish our week off we started looking at fossils! We learnt about the difference between bones and fossils and that there are 3 different types of fossils (trace, body and chemical fossils), what there are and how they are made! We then learnt about and ordered the way in which a body fossil is made!

On Wednesday we had some visitors from Neatherd High School to complete an experiment with us. We learnt about chromatography and looked at how to separate colours in ink. We used different felt tip pens to see which colour had the most colours inside it! We first put a dot of our chosen felt tip pen on chromatography paper, we then dipped the paper in some water, making sure not to dip the ink in! We watched as the water travelled up the paper and separated out all the colours! We enjoyed comparing our results and discussing them with each other – we were amazed at the pinks, yellows and blues which came out of the black ink!

On Friday we had another visitor come in to teach us all about oral health. We learnt about how much hidden sugar was in drinks (13 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ strawberry yoghurt drink!). We also found out how bacteria can build up in our mouths between brushing and how to look after our teeth – we were all left desperate to clean our teeth after the session!

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