Reading Week – March 2020

We have had a fantastic Reading Week which commenced on Friday with the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre coming in and setting up the most incredible book fair. We had a wonderful array of fiction and non-fiction books and every child got a chance to browse the books and exchange their World Book Day tokens and take home a book. It was so wonderful that so many children wanted to carry on reading these when we got back to the classroom.

This week has been absolutely inspiring, each class has had a classic children’s book to focus on for the week. We have had everything from the Railway Children to Winnie the Pooh. We have had a book worm which has been started in the library with every child’s favourite book and author on. How far will this get round the library by the end of the week?? The door displays have been created this week and are looking spectacular. The final judging is tomorrow so we will see who has been crowned the champions!

The atmosphere around school has been truly lovely and children have really enjoyed taking time out to discover their classic book. World Book day has been an absolute triumph. The costumes, as always, never fail to impress and we cannot thank you all at home enough for your energy, creativity and hard effort to make it all happen. Assembly today was brilliant sharing all the creations and hearing from the children all about their book week. It is always my favourite school day of the year and it has not disappointed for a minute.

PSHE Day – February 2020

On Monday 10th February we had an afternoon to celebrate all things PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). It was wonderful to observe the whole school engaged in a wide variety of lessons. The Reception children learnt about friendship and what makes a “GR8M8” producing some lovely posters. Year 1 focused on keeping their bodies and minds healthy in PE. Year 2 “found their brave” which was the theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (3rd-9th Feb). Some of the Year 3 children learnt how to deal with worries and talked about how to be kind to themselves. Year 4 explored feelings and emotions. Year 5 engaged in some very eye-opening learning around the issue of sharing information on the internet. And our Year 6 children explored issues regarding how body image is portrayed in the media. Special thanks also to Gail and Mrs Hooker for including the mental health awareness theme in your activities on Monday! Well done to all the children and teachers for your hard work and enthusiasm.  

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

As promised here is a list of which author and book your children will be looking at during World Book Week in advance so you can start to think over half term about costumes etc for World Book Day (Thursday 5th March 2020). I know there always seems to be a lot of pressure to provide a costume but we truly love homemade creations that are recycled and that do not cost a lot of money.

We have chosen classic children’s literature so that it might be a book that your child has not come across before or an author which they have not had chance to fully delve into their literary repertoire yet. 

Some class teachers might send out some additional information or ideas about costumes but pintrest is always brilliant and a quick google search will come up with a wealth of ideas and pictures of main characters from these books.

A huge thank you as always for your support, help and creativity. Without you all these events would not be possible so a huge thank you.

The English Team

Young Voices 2020

On Friday 24th January seventy nine children and staff headed to the 02 Arena in London for our now annual pilgrimage to the Young Voices concert along with nearly 8,000 children from around the country.

You could sense the excitement in the air as the children readied themselves for the journey down to the Greenwich Peninsula.Upon our arrival in London, well ahead of schedule, we said goodbye to the parents and headed into the arena for our three hour rehearsal where we got to sing with some of the other stars of the show; Tony Hadley, The Shires, Ruti. We also got to dance with the amazing Andy and the wonderful Urban Strides dance troupe.

With rehearsals over it was time for tea and then before we knew it we were back in our seats for showtime. As the lights dimmed the air filled with the cheers and screams of very excited children. The band started playing and we were off; singing the Doris Day medley Best of the West. The next two hours flew by. We sang a wide repertoire including Shiny Happy People by R.E.M., Ode To Joy with words by Pete Seeger, ‘Frightfest’ a medley of spooky songs and finished with A Queen Medley led by Tony Hadley, The Shires, Ruti and all the Young Voices singers. We also had Andy and Urban Strides lead us in a dance off with the dance, which was fantastic fun.

Before we knew it the show was over and we were on the coaches heading back to Sheringham with heads full of wonderful memories of our day at the O2.

Roll on Young Voices 2021!

GR8 AS UR December 2019

On Monday afternoon the whole school had PSHE sessions, using GR8 AS UR. It was great to see displays in the classrooms and lots of discussions taking place.  We are all working hard on our GR8 M8 and Stop Cop challenges. We hope to achieve GR8M8 status by the end of term! Do you know the STAR Steps?

Children in Need Day, 15th November

What an amazing Children in Need day we had at school for Children In Need on  Friday 15th November. 
So many children dressed in spots and supporting such a great cause.

The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed the surprise performances from the school band – special thanks to Mr Cooper, Craig Davis, Mr Amies, Mrs McCaig and Miss Murray.

The coffee morning and cake stall alone raised over £130, plus mufti money of approx £450. Then to top it all off our fill the Pudsey Bears with silver coins raised almost £270.  I think this may be a record total so thank you to everyone who baked, dressed up and donated. The cake competition was won by Amelia in Year 5, second was Evie and Poppy (Years 6 and 4) and third Poppy in Year 5.  

The Opera Project, 13th November

On Wednesday 13th November a group of children in Year 5 travelled to London to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music For Youth annual concert. It was a fantastic day with over one thousand young people taking part. 

As part of the Norfolk Schools’ Children’s Choir we had to perform a twelve minute version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute accompanied by a full orchestra and some amazing young opera singers. It was an amazing experience  to perform in front of thousands of people at such an iconic venue. 

Mr Cooper would like to say a huge thank you to all the children, parents and Miss Murray for all their support throughout the journey that got us to perform at such a wonderful event. 

I’m sure it will be an experience that the children will never forget.

GR8 AS UR, 7th November

On Thursday 7th November the whole school had a GR8 AS U R workshop.  This introduced some new schemes for use around the school to promote self esteem and resilience as well as helping others.  Unfortunately Year 3 were out on a trip but they will have their workshop in the next few weeks.

The following day Nursery, Year 1 and 2 all had a fantastic time watching Ollie Day perform Dizzio’s Magic Show.  This show both amazed and engaged the children, even the little ones..