How We Teach Maths in Reception – 4th February

We are excited to send you our maths learning cafe today. To start with there is a short (ish!) power point, in 3 parts, for the grown ups to hopefully explain a little bit about how we teach maths in Reception. Then the rest of it is for you to do together with your child. We appreciate that it can be hard to find the time so we will give you until after half term to have a look and have a go at some of the activities. Mrs Hooker our Learning Cafe Lead has a prize for one family in each class. Everyone who posts something on Tapestry about the learning cafe and what you have done at home, will get entered into the prize draw. Then a name will be picked at random after half term.

Here are the things you can do…

  1. Adults – watch the information video
  2. Children and adults – Listen to their teacher read the story, Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons
  3. Watch the video on You Tube of someone reading the story (link below)
  4. Watch an episode of Number Blocks (link below)
  5. Watch the video of your teacher explaining the activities you can do following on from listening to the story.

Pete the Cat being read on You Tube

Number Blocks

In your child’s book bag you will find two sheets, one with 4 buttons on it and one with numbers and buttons on it. The activity video will explain what to do with them both.

We hope you have fun taking part in the Learning Cafe and we can’t wait to see some pictures on Tapestry.

Mrs Keogh and Mr Cresswell

Lunchtime and Afterschool Clubs Autumn 2021

LUNCHTIME AND AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS – Autumn Term 2021 (Commencing Monday 27th September)

to 4.15pm
Art10Mrs Bush
& Miss Toyn
2 & 3Monday12.40pm
to 1.10pm
Number Games20Mrs Blake
2 & 3Wednesday12.40pm
to 1.10pm
Reading10Mrs Kenny
2, 3 & 4Monday3.15pm
to 4.15pm
Maths20Mrs Barker
& Mrs Tupper
3 & 4Thursday3.15pm
to 4.00pm
Book Club25Mrs Oliver,
Mrs McCaig
& Miss Read
3 & 4Wednesday3.15pm
to 4.15pm
Multisports20Mr Wesby
3 & 4Thursday12.10pm
to 12.40pm
Ukelele20Mr Cooper
3, 4, 5 & 6Monday12.10pm
to 12.40pm
Mindfulness Colouring20Mrs McCaig
& Miss Read
4, 5 & 6Friday12.10pm
to 12.40pm
Beginners Handbells12Mrs Bussey
4, 5 & 6Thursday12.40pm
to 1.10pm
Chess30Mr Perry
4, 5 & 6Tuesday3.15pm
to 4.15pm
Drama30Miss Murray
4, 5 & 6Thursday12.10pm
to 12.45pm
Netball30Miss Parish
4, 5 & 6Thursday3.15pm
to 4.15pm
Circuit Training20Miss Parish
to 12.40pm
Art20Miss West
5 & 6Tuesday3.30pm
to 4.30pm
(£10 per term)
18Mrs Stocker
5 & 6Monday12.10pm
to 12.40pm
Handbells15Mrs Bussey
5 & 6Wednesday12.10pm
to 12.40pm
Guitar10Mr Cooper
5 & 6Monday3.15pm
to 4.15pm
Basketball16Mr Harvey
5 & 6Thursday3.30pm
to 4.30pm
Warhammer12Mr Cresswell
5 & 6Thursday3.30pm
to 4.30pm
Art15Mrs Stoppani
to 1.10pm
Film20Miss Murray
to 4.15pm
Football16Mr Roper

Mr Perrem will discuss STEM Club with all Year 6 pupils for applications to be made. 

Year 6 Leaver’s Video

Over the last few weeks all the children in Year 6 have been busy creating their leaver’s video; a signed version of Reach. With the support and guidance of Jenny Skivington the children learnt to sign the song, create their own props and plan their locations to film. It has been a lot of fun and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Goodbye and Good Luck Year 6!

Name the Sponge competition – closing date 28th February

Unique purple sponge needs name on North Norfolk’s chalk reef

Almost ten years after a completely new species of sponge was identified on the North Norfolk chalk reef, it still doesn’t have an official name.

The Marine Conservation Society’s Agents of Change project is calling on local children to usetheir creativity to come up with a catchy name for a so far anonymous purple sponge found onNorth Norfolk’s chalk reef.

The sponge was recognised as special by volunteer Seasearch divers more than ten years ago.Purple is an unusual colour in the marine environment, especially in the world of sponges wheremost are orange or yellow. Sponges may be simple animals, but a single species can be different colours and shapes, which can make identification tricky! Many sponges can only be identifiedusing a microscope.

Sponge expert, Dr Claire Goodwin, then at National Museums Northern Ireland confirmed thesponge was new to science and part of the Hymedesmiidae family during a seaweed survey just off Sheringham and West Runton in 2011.
Sponges help to keep our seawater clean by filter feeding, consuming tiny particles of food thatfloat by. There are over 11,000 different species globally and our purple one is ‘encrusting’, meaning it adopts the shape of whatever it covers. It lives in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds MarineConservation Zone, a precious area of local seabed that needs to be taken care of.

Every documented living thing on Earth has a ‘scientific name’ and many have ‘common names’.Scientific names show where a species sits on the tree of life and usually use words of Latin or Greek origin. When a new species is discovered, it has to be described, classified and accepted by the scientific community to gain its own, unique scientific name. This lengthy and costly process hasn’t happened yet for this special purple Norfolk resident.

In the meantime, the Agents of Change project wants to help the researchers by finding aninspiring common name; for this unusual animal, with assistance from local youngsters.Common names are the ones used every day for animals and plants. For example, the Ediblecrab, scientific name Cancer pagurus, lives all around Britain. Edible crabs caught locally arefamously known as Cromer crabs. Because the purple sponge is unique to Norfolk, the winningcommon name may always be the first choice for everyone who ever discusses it!The best name will be chosen carefully by an expert and interested panel. All the creative andcolourful suggestions will compete to give this new underwater animal an identity it can be proud of… In truth, sponges are actually quite modest creatures so we can be proud on its behalf!

Schools, or home schooling parents, should register their interest by emailing Agents of Change Norfolk Coordinator Hilary Cox at by 28th February 2021.

You can find out more about the purple sponge, and the search for its name, by watching thischarming animation. The seabed is a fun place to be!