British Science Week in Year 3

The children in year 3 had lots of fun in British science week. The theme was ‘journeys’ and we had many visitors including; a plant pathologist, a bacteria scientist, a Science teacher from Northgate, and dental nurses.

The plant pathologist taught the children all about how plants get sick, and how they can identify this. We had the opportunity to look at some magnified photos of plants and the children were able to explain whether they were healthy or not.

Our next visitor was a bacteria scientist. She taught the children how important it is to wash our hands properly and why. She showed us different types of illnesses and how these can occur from bacteria. She also explained to the children that not all bacteria is harmful, some bacteria are good for us! The children had the opportunity to show their hands underneath a special UV light before their hands were washed and afterwards, and the children could see where the bacteria were on their hands.

Our visitor from Northgate gave a demonstration of ‘gums to bums’. The children were taken through the process of how our food digests and the journey it takes through our bodies, starting with our teeth and ending with the toilet! The children found this very interesting and it was great to see them learn about our digestive systems.

The dental nurses taught the children the importance of looking after our teeth and brushing them correctly. The children had a chance to look at some teeth from animals and/or humans, and had to try and identify who they had come from!

British Science Week in Year 4

Year 4 had a great time in British Science Week learning about different types of “Journeys”.

As part of our week, we all had the chance to create a tasty lasagne made from ingredients we could by in shops in Dereham…but where did these foods come from? We carried out our own research and were really surprised to find out how far some of the things we eat might have travelled. For example, Chloe found out that most olive oil comes from Greece (1927 miles to the UK), Autumn was surprised to find that most of the world’s peppers are grown in China (5,551 miles to the UK) and Daisy was amazed to learn that some of our tomatoes travel 2244 miles by sea from Jamaica to reach our shops!

During the week, we also thought about some of the journeys that plastic objects make after we have finished using them. We were all very concerned about the effect that our waste plastic can have on wildlife all around the world. We researched animal species that live in the Mediterranean Sea and created a display to show what this habitat could look like. We all thought we should try to remember to always recycle plastic if we can.

Everyone in Year 4 really enjoyed British Science Week and learned loads!

British Science Week in Year 5

Year 5 had a busy British Science Week. In keeping with the theme of journeys, we learned about the journey of milk – from the different farms that cows are kept on right up to when the milk gets delivered to the supermarkets.

We also had a go at making butter from shaking milk, it was a good workout for us all!

We  cooked some delicious cheese scones and researched where the ingredients had come from. The ingredients that travelled the furthest to get to us in Dereham were the oat milk (from Belgium) and lactose free butter (from Sweden).

We really enjoyed all of the different visitors who came in to talk to us about their roles in the science world.

Year 5 science week presentation Dr Smith

Year 5 science week presentation Dr Payne

British Science Week in Year 6

To begin science week in Year 6, we were visited by Neatherd High School who helped us to test food for starch and sugar. We enjoyed using the high school equipment and carrying out a high school experiment. The children listened to talks by professional scientists which included: a plant pathologist, a bacteria scientist and a dental health nurse. They shared their experiences in their profession and the route they took to get there. To link our learning in class with the theme of ‘journeys’, we researched where our food comes from, in particular bread, which we baked.

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.


Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

What an amazing fact filled, fun fuelled day Year 4 have had exploring Anglo Saxons and how some lived so many years ago!

Year 4 immersed themselves in the daily lives of Anglo Saxons.  We learnt all about runes  – the language system they used to record events.  We decoded a message written with runes, created our own message for partners to decipher and used clay to make our own runes.

We were able to create our own pots using one of the three methods the Anglo-Saxons were known to have used – thumb, pinching or coil.  We then shaped the pots into various styles to try and follow the design we had created based on Anglo Saxon pottery uncovered by archaeologists.

To taste Anglo Saxon cooking, we used an authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe for Honey shortbread and worked in pairs to create this delicious dish.  We were able to use our maths skills: Measure and showed how well we could work as part of a pair in the kitchen.  Loved ones have been able to sample the Anglo-Saxon recipe as we took it home for eating at the end of our busy Anglo-Saxon Day.

After lunch, Year Four were engrossed in the tale of Beowulf and then took part in riddle making a favourite Anglo-Saxon pastime.  We were told riddles from Anglo-Saxon times – which were really difficult!  Then we created our own riddles ready for the riddle competition later on in the afternoon.

Having experienced Anglo-Saxons at work and at play, we then took part in Anglo-Saxon dancing.  It was quite tricky and not like modern dancing.  First, we learnt how to complete the dance sequence really slowly, then we added faster Anglo-Saxon music and had a dance off with each other.  It was brilliant and really tiring – the Anglo-Saxons were very energetic and fit!

Finally, we learnt how to play an Anglo-Saxon board game: Nine Men’s Morris.  It was a little like Tic Tac Toe but more complicated.

Year 2 Samba – Spring 2 2019

As part of our ‘Art around the World’ topic, year 2 were fortunate enough to be visited by Lorraine Theobald who ran a Samba workshop. Lorraine talked to the children about how dance is a form of art and how Samba dance moves link to African dancing and are used in Brazilian carnivals. The children learnt the basic moves and then developed them into their own routine for a mini Toftwood carnival! It was lovely to see the children dressing up in traditional headdresses and masks. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and they all joined in with the spirit of the carnival atmosphere.

Nursery Spring 2 2019

Our topic for the half term was ‘Roots, shoots and muddy boots.’ We planted carrot and pumpkin seeds. We have been watering our seeds and plants and observing the changes over time.

We have been looking after our fairy garden and making new items for them. The fairies have been writing us letters and we have written back to them.

We looked at the journey of bread, using the story The Little Red Hen. We made our own flour and bread.

The children have been painting sunflowers in pairs. They used bubble wrap and forks to create the flower heads.

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, nurses, fire fighters, police officers, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and going inside the police van and ambulance. 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.

Year 4 meet the Anglo-Saxons

On Thursday, 7th March, Year 4 enjoyed a fascinating day at Norwich Castle, learning all about the Anglo-Saxons.

As they arrived, the children met a metal detectorist who discovered a brooch in Norfolk that reveals the story of Thurweald, an Anglo Saxon King and his people. As part of the day, the children met different Anglo Saxon characters who revealed the story of Thurweald, who had died. The children enjoyed making replica Anglo-Saxon broches, they met a trader and handled some genuine artefacts, sat with a wonderful story teller to act out the legend of Thurweald’s defeat of the monsters in the forest and even learned how the Anglo-Saxons buried their dead.

One of the children said, “I enjoyed the trip because I actually thought I was an Anglo-Saxon. I learnt how the women had their legs bent when they were buried but the men’s legs were straight.”

Another commented, “I learnt about how the Anglo-Saxons traded things, even to India! It was amazing!”

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