Head of School update

Spring sunshine, SATs and Dare to be different!

This has been a busy week!  Take a look at the weekly updates from each of the classes to see what your children have been up to. We have had lots of fun learning this week and ended up with our Dare to be Different day – there are photos up on our Facebook page! 

Next half-term there will be parents evening please save the dates; Tuesday 19 March and Wednesday 20 March. More details will follow on our return after the holiday.

Today is our end of term and we are off next week for the February half term.  We hope that all our children and families get an opportunity to enjoy some spring sunshine and will welcome you all back on Monday 26 February 2024!

Here are some reminders: 

School UniformTODAY is the cut off for our next school uniform order. Please log in to school money to place your order before this date.

Whoville & Wonderland Junk Modelling Parent Event – This event takes place on Friday 1st March 2024, Please complete the attendance survey here: https://forms.gle/TwqfrDnmPfvMej9X6

Farthing Wood Class Create and Collaborate – Parent Event – This event takes place on Wednesday 13th March 2024. More information will follow soon. 

Managing your Child’s Behaviour: a Norfolk Steps Approach Workshop 11/03 and 25/03 @ 9am – 10:30 hosted at MJS. Refreshments provided. If interested please contact the office

UPCOMING TRIPS/VISITS

FEBRUARY

  • Whoville & Wonderland Class Sealife Centre Trip – Wednesday 28th February 2024 

MARCH

  • Neverland & Narnia Class Banham Zoo Trip – Friday 8th March 2024
  • Hogwarts & Rivendell Class  NWHS Sister Act Performance – Friday 15th March 2024 – Consent Link: https://forms.gle/9V6gDRkGn65rw81K6
  • Hogwarts & Rivendell Class  ‘Beach Clean up’ – Tuesday 19th March 2024 – Consent Link: https://forms.gle/j7mSt48QUdfES4tG8
  • Hogwarts & Rivendell Class Pensthorpe Trip – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024. Consent Link: https://forms.gle/v3xzEJ9JanL3UXCb8

Narnia Class update

This week in English, we have continued to write a diary from the viewpoint of Wombat, who spends most of his time snoozing, digging holes and stealing food from humans! In Maths, we have begun a new unit on multiplication and have been busy grouping objects into equal and unequal groups and drawing arrays. In Topic, we have had a week of music and computing, and have been learning about what rhythmn and tempo mean. We have also been using Google Chrome Lab to create our own musical compositions.

Neverland Class update

This week we have been exploring the different sounds ‘ear’ makes in Phonics. In English, we have been writing diary entries as a wombat and in Maths we have started exploring doubles and halves. Our afternoons have been spent computing and composing music using ‘Chrome Lab’. The children have enjoyed exploring different tempos and rhythms . Have a wonderful half term break – have lots of rest and don’t forget to read!

Farthing Wood Class

This week in Farthing Wood class the children have been very creative this week. They measured out all the ingredients needed to make pancakes, mixed it together and then enjoyed them with some very delicious toppings!
In Phonics we have been learning Miss Oh No! ‘oa’ as in boat, foal, coach, along with Tricky Witch and Ghost letter high frequency words some, come and one. The children have blown me away with their phonics knowledge and ability to blend! They have also found different sentences around the classrooms, read them independently and then drawn a picture to match what it says – this is phenomenal!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Peace at Last. We went on an adventure this week and the children had to use their imaginations to think of another place Mr Bear could go to try and get to sleep. The children then used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive sentence explaining where Mr Bear had gone to get some much needed sleep!
In Maths we have been comparing and measuring height and length using non-standard units of measure such as paperclips or cubes. We have read Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and will plant our own sunflower seeds after half term with Mrs Farrow – which we are looking forward to seeing grow! We have also found out what we can do in a minute – maybe you could have a go over half term – you might be very surprised!
In Topic we have been looking at ‘People Who Help Us’. We have talked about and explored different types of jobs such as police officers, postal workers, fire people, doctors, nurses and vets. We talked about how they help us, when we would need their help and what vehicles they drive. We talked about what job we might like to do when we get older.
Finally we answered this term’s key enquiry question – ‘What Can I Be?’. The children decided they could be anything they wanted to be. They are unique and different and that is okay – we do not all have to be the same.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term and a well deserved rest ready for the new term. We look forward to hearing all about your adventures when you come back.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.

Head of School update

Dots, Mod Rock, Maths and creative writing…and maybe a little mud!

Just some of the amazing things children have been learning and producing this week.  They have been really working super hard!  This week the children have all been exploring a number of different creative skills along with being fabulous in their maths learning!  In addition our year 4’s have had an amazing but potentially very muddy experience at Hilltop, parents might need to expect some wet clothes along with the return of tired but grinning children!  They have all been so brilliant and enjoyed the trip.  Check out our facebook page for more photos.  In our weekly class updates  you can catch up with what the children have been up to – take a look, the photos are great too! 

Hogwarts & Rivendell Class Trip – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024.

Bikeability / Year 5 – This will take place WC 1st July 2024. Please return your child’s consent form by 16th February 2024

School Uniform – Our next order will be placed on Friday 16th February. Please log in to school money to place your order before this date.

PE DAY CHANGES WC 12th February 2024 – Hogwarts Class will have the PE on Monday 12th and Rivendell Class will have PE on Wednesday 14th.

School Uniform – Our next order will be placed on Friday 16th February. Please log in to school money to place your order before this date.

Afterschool Clubs – Surveys will be sent out next week for afterschool clubs taking place when we return after February half term

Morning Drop Off – It has been observed that there have been a couple of incidents where children have been playing/running around the school while waiting for the gates to open. Gates open at 8:40am. Please do not arrive before then – this keeps everyone safe on site.  

UPCOMING TRIPS/VISITS information and links

Hogwarts & Rivendell Class Pensthorpe Trip – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024. Consent Link: https://forms.gle/v3xzEJ9JanL3UXCb8 

Hogwarts & Rivendell Class  ‘Beach Clean up’ – Friday 15th March 2024 – Consent Link: https://forms.gle/9V6gDRkGn65rw81K6 

Whoville & Wonderland Class Sealife Centre Trip – Wednesday 28th February 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent and make your payment by 14th Feb. Consent link: https://forms.gle/A7GJ49K53BkJBLHw6 

Neverland & Narnia Class Banham Zoo Trip – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024. Consent Link: https://forms.gle/1WKDNiWwYKjfZhh79

Please ensure children are sent in with a warm winter coat every day

Ideally warm and waterproof.  This time of the year it is very very cold and often wet.  Please help us to keep your child warm and well by making sure they bring in a warm coat to wear outside as we do go out at every opportunity.  

Dates for the Diary 

REMINDERS

Slippers/plimsollsSlippers are part of our uniform.  Don’t pay out for expensive slippers that don’t last – slippers are available from the school office all priced at £2.99!! Please contact the office to order.

After School Clubs and Swimming:

Tuesdays – MJS Ultimate Frisbee

Thursdays – MJS Netball and Music

MIS Gymnastics

Fridays – Wonderland Class will be swimming until Friday 15 March 2024 inclusive

Narnia Class update

We’ve had a really lovely week in Year 2 and have been getting really creative, making our own aboriginal art-inspired paintings! In English, we started a new story which is a diary written from the perspective of a little wombat who loves to sleep and eat carrots! We have really been pushing ourselves to use different adjectives to making our writing as descriptive and interesting as possible. In Maths, we have been practicing our subtraction crossing ten (using exchanging) and doing some problem-solving using money. We are getting much better and being able to recognise the value of different coins. Thank you to all parents that have been reading regularly with your children at home – it really makes such a difference to developing comprehension skills, which is a huge part of our learning at the moment!

Neverland Class update

Neverland have been inspired by our JONK character, the creative spider throughout this week. We have been busy creating our own aborignal inspired art! We have learnt about how the resources are found and used, the patience needed to create such wonderful pieces and just how long it takes to create a beautiful piece of work which is made of dots! We have thoroughly enjoyed getting creative. We have used this creativeness in English, writing recounts as a wombat after reading ‘Diary of a Wombat’ by Jackie French. In Maths we have explored the number 0. Please continue to read at home and bring reading packs into school.

Farthing Wood Class update

This week in Farthing Wood class the children have shown wonderful collaborative work talking to their ‘talking partners’ during carpet time. The children found this really tricky at the beginning of the year and it is wonderful to see their confidence grow to allow them to share their ideas with their peers.
In Phonics we have introduced the digraph ‘or’ as in for, fork, storm, horn.
The children have been busy using their phonics knowledge to decode words and write ‘or’ words on a phoneme frame remembering that o and r stay together for example born- written as b-or-n. We have also introduced sound buttons this week. A dot for dingle sounds and a line for digraphs – this helps children to segment and blend words.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Lost and Found. The children used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive writing about the boat the penguin and the boy used to go to the South Pole. They also created their own lost penguin poster and put them up around the classrooms.
In Maths we have continued our phase ‘Growing 6,7,8’. We have been matching different pictures together that represent the same number. Mrs Betts even tried to trick the children by using ladybirds but the children were just too good and could recognise that even though they all had spots they didn’t all have the same amount of spots. We also looked at odd and even numbers and that even numbers can always be shared into pairs (two’s) odd numbers can not as they always have one spare! We then used a 10 frame for the first time to combine two numbers that together are larger than 5 – we had great fun doing this!
In Topic we finished off looking at Lunar New Year Celebrations and watched the video of us performing our Dragon Dance! We have also continued to look at our village and the buildings we could remember from our trip on the minibus. The children have fantastic memories and could recall all of the buildings – the doctor’s surgery, butchers, greengrocers, post office etc. Finally we looked at who might work in the buildings and what job they do.
We continued to explore colour mixing and used red and blue to create handprint aliens – the children were so excited to paint each hand a different colour and then mix the colours together to create a new colour purple!! They then added eyes, antennas and pompoms to create their own unique Alien!

We would love the children to bring in a photo of their home so that we can have an interactive display within the Classroom. These can be emailed to me or the office. Everyone has been really excited to tell us about their homes and who belongs in them. We have learnt that all families are different and this is part of our identity and our sense of belonging – thank you to those who have already emailed them to me.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.

Head of School update

Aborigines, biomes and lots and lots of Maths – oh and some sun!

This week the children have enjoyed seeing the sun come out – its made everyone feel great!  In school we have been working hard on lots of Maths, studying the effect English settlers had on the everyday life of the Aboriginal people and discovering Biomes and what they mean.  The children have been super busy, please do check out the class updates for information on what your child is learning. We have lots going on over the next few weeks so please check the website at least weekly – all our events are on the calendar.  Here is this week’s news and reminders: 

Young Writers Competition – We will be entering the Young Writers Competition again this year.  Your child will come home with an entry form and information letter today.  Please ensure that the completed forms are handed back to the class teacher by Friday 9th February.

Hogwarts & Rivendell Class Trip to Pensthorpe Park – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024. Consent Link: https://forms.gle/v3xzEJ9JanL3UXCb8 

Whoville & Wonderland Class Trip to Yarmouth Sealife Centre- Wednesday 28th February 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent and make your payment by 14th Feb. Consent link: https://forms.gle/A7GJ49K53BkJBLHw6 

Neverland & Narnia Class Trip Banham Zoo – Wednesday 20th March 2024 – You will have received the information letter via email. Please give consent by 16th Feb and Payment via school money by 8th March 2024. Consent Link: https://forms.gle/1WKDNiWwYKjfZhh79 

PTFA Dare To Be Different Day – Takes place on the last day of term (16th Feb) Please make your £1 donation via school money.

Swimming Lesson Whoville Class will be swimming on Friday 9th February 2024. Please send your child in on these days with the correct kit – This includes trunks/costume, towel and hat (compulsory). These can be purchased via school money for £1.06.

School Uniform – Our next order will be placed on Friday 16th February. Please log in to school money to place your order before this date.

Please ensure children are sent in with a warm winter coat every day

Ideally warm and waterproof.  This time of the year it is very very cold and often wet.  Please help us to keep your child warm and well by making sure they bring in a warm coat to wear outside as we do go out at every opportunity.  

Dates for the Diary 

REMINDERS

Slippers/plimsollsSlippers are part of our uniform.  Don’t pay out for expensive slippers that don’t last – slippers are available from the school office all priced at £2.99!! Please contact the office to order.

After School Clubs and Swimming:

Tuesdays – MJS Ultimate Frisbee

Thursdays – MJS Netball and Music

MIS Gymnastics

Fridays – Whoville Class will be swimming on Friday 9th February 2024

Neverland Class update

This week Neverland Class has continued with their exploration of ‘At the Beach’ by Roland Harvey in English. We have enjoyed describing our beach experiences and using these to help create postcards written by a pirate! Our afternoons have been filled with history. We have learnt about Aboriginals and the British settlers who arrived in 1788. When we haven’t been busy learning new facts about Australia, we have been busy practising our gymnastics skills in PE.