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Christmas Workshops/End of term service, Tuesday, 19th December, 9.30 a.m.

On Thursday, school governors Kathryn Critchell and Lesley Cox, led Nativity-inspired workshops with classes (YR-Y6). Children in KS2, began their sessions with learning a drama performance, in preparation for the end of year Christmas service, before creating an arts and crafts nativity set. Children in EYFS & KS1 also practised for the Christmas service, singing a selection of seasonal songs from their recent Christmas performances as well as creating some fabulous animal masks, which will be on show during our service on Tuesday.

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The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed their workshops, a huge thank you to Kathryn and Lesley for their time and effort to make the day possible.

Get Active in the New Year

In the Spring term there will again be another extensive programme of after-school sports clubs for children (see below). You will find details of these clubs in the upcoming newsletter. If you have any questions/suggestions regarding our after-school provision I would be happy to discuss them with you at either the start or end of the school day. These clubs are all delivered by trained coaches, all of whom have extensive experience and for those who express an interest are able to provide links to community-based sports clubs. The cost of all of our clubs are subsidised with money from the Sports Premium Fund, with the aim to maximise participation by making our after-schools affordable for all.

Arts Dance, Street Dance, YR-Y6, Mondays
Easton College Tennis, Tennis Club, Y1-Y6, Wednesdays
Norwich Dragons, Hockey Club, Y2 – Y6, Thursdays
TC Fitness (supported by Mr Roberts), Boys and Girls Football Club, YR-Y6, Fridays

Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular 2018

On Tuesday, 11th December, over 100 children from Year 2-6 visited the historic Hippodrome Circus, in 2018, where they were treated to a memorable show containing a variety of amazing acts, who enthralled us with their incredible talents. The ‘Wheel of death’ (pictured below) was a favourite for many of the children.

For many children it was their first experience of the Hippodrome Circus, and everyone came away beaming with joy, having enjoyed a very memorable show.

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A huge thank you to all members of staff, especially Sally and Teresa in the office, who helped to organise the day and made sure the day went smoothly.

5th best performing school in Norfolk (% of pupils exceeding expectations in Maths/Reading/Writing)…analysis of the KS2 SATs 2018 League Tables

This week, the national league tables were published on the BBC website, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42310494, allowing parents to compare schools results (Y6 cohort, 2017-18) to other schools across the country/local area.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight some of the schools successes, most notably:

  • 76% of children achieving the expected standards in KS2. This makes us the 39th best school in Norfolk (out of 432).
  • An amazing 24% of children achieving the higher standard in Maths, Writing & Reading. This places us as the 5th best school in Norfolk.

Their success highlights the high quality teaching and learning that the children received in their 7 years at the school, and is a wonderful reward and recognition of the dedication and effort from staff.

After-school sports clubs

At the start of this half term we are continuing to run a variety of after-school sports clubs with the aim to encourage every child to be participating in at least 1 hour of additional sporting activities every week.

There are still some spaces left in these clubs, please ask in the office for more information.


Tuesday:              Dance, Y2-Y6           

Wednesday:        Football, Y3-Y6

Thursday:            Multi-skills, YR-Y2                     

Friday:                 Tennis, Y1-Y5

Mr Roberts Maths Challenge: November Edition

Look out for the brand new Mr Roberts Maths Challenge, which is being distributed to all children this week. This month’s challenges will require you to apply your problem solving skill to tackle one of the 3 different levels of challenge. I look forward to receiving your entries, as always for each entry a child will receive a golden raffle ticket for the end of year prize draw.

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It is vital that children leave primary children with a secure knowledge of their times tables. All children (Y2-Y6) have been provided with log-in cards for Times Table Rock Stars. This online times table software, is designed to encourage children to regularly practise their times tables, an essential skill for a child to develop in their journey to becoming a competent mathematician. If you have any questions regarding this or anything else Maths-related, I am always available at either the start or end of the school day.

Mr Roberts

Cycling, Cricket, Tennis and Martial Arts: Autumn term P.E update

This term, in addition to your children’s P.E lessons delivered by either their class teacher or instructor (Mr Courridge/Mr Ward), children throughout the school have had the opportunity to work with trained instructors, who the school have brought in to engage children with a wide variety of sports.

This term classes have enjoyed the following: tennis workshops, delivered by Charlotte Groves, who also provides an after-school tennis club on Fridays; martial arts workshops, delivered by George, from Eastern Shotokan Karate Association (see parent leaflets for further details of locally delivered sessions); cricket sessions for Years, 1,2 & 5, delivered by Chance to Shine coach, Russell Cole and finally Earth class have been cycling through Bikeability sessions, delivered by Tri-A-Sport.

If you would like any further information regarding this, or any other P.E related inquiry I would be happy to discuss this with you at the end of our school days.

Mr Roberts

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Walk, bike and scoot to school week, October 8th – 12th, 2018

Well done to all children who participated in our walk, bike and scoot to school week. It was wonderful to see many pupils making a healthy, active start to their school day. The cold Autumn weather may make it more tempting to travel to school by car, however with appropriate clothing/footwear you can still arrive at school warm and dry, feeling fresh and ready to learn.


Times Table RockStars: Parent Workshops (Rescheduled): Monday, July 9th, 8.40 – 9.00 a.m. & 3.00 – 3.20 p.m.

In school this term we have placed a huge focus on helping children to learn their times tables. One of the many methods we use, is the use of the computer software program, Times Table RockStars. All children have received a log-in (details of which were sent out to parents on a previous letter) and can access this program at school and at home, via laptop or tablet device . If you would like to find out more about this exciting new maths software, please attend one of our parents workshops, led by Maths Lead, Mr Roberts, on the morning and afternoon of Monday, July 9th, 2018.

Schools of Sanctuary: Refugee Week 18th – 24th June, 2018

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This week, the whole school will be learning about refugees in many engaging and interesting ways. The aim of this project is to provide children with a wealth of knowledge so that they can become more compassionate and empathetic towards refugees and to ensure any misconceptions have been overcome. Children will be learning: how people become refugees, what is/what can be done to support refugees, the history of refugees, the positive contribution of refugees to Great Britain and finding out about famous refugees.

Please take the opportunity to discuss/come into our open classrooms, so that your children can share with you what they have been learning.

Of the many activities taking place, here are just a selection:

  • Engagement with refugee-related books provided by the Norfolk Library Service.
  • A workshop with Amnesty International Speaker, David Huban, focused on human rights and the Syrian refugee crisis.
  • Norfolk Records Office Workshop in-school visit.
  • A KS1 screening of Paddington (movie), a very famous refugee from Peru.
  • Whole school singing assembly to learn ‘Refuge’, Howard Goodall.


Cricket success

Congratulations to Newton Lightning who reached the final of the Cluster Year 3 – 6 Cricket competition at Long Stratton High School, on Wednesday, 23rd May. The team narrowly missed out in the final, losing 218 to 231, to Preston Primary School. Their efforts have been rewarded with a place in the South Norfolk Kwik Cricket finals, at Great Melton Cricket Club, on Monday, 4th June. A special thanks to Mrs Critchell, governor and parent, who coached the team to success.


Athletics Day, 2018

On Tuesday, 22nd May, the whole school participated in the annual Athletics Day. We were blessed with fantastic weather throughout the day and it wonderful to see the children enjoying participating in a variety of athletics-inspired events. Following their activities, children used their maths skills to identify their highest scores on each event, before finding their total. All children will receive a certificate to recognise their achievements. Thank you to all the members of staff, parents and Year 6 Sports Leaders, who helped the day run smoothly.

Year 3/4 hockey success

On Friday, 18th May, two mixed Year 3/4 hockey teams represented the school in the South Norfolk Cluster Quicksticks Hockey Tournament. The majority of the children participating are part of Mrs Wolfe’s after-school hockey team and their hard work was handsomely rewarded with both sides reaching the final, resulting in a Newton Lightning vs Newton Thunder grand finale. The thrilling game finished 1-0 to Newton Lightning. A huge thanks to Coach Wolfe, and her assistants, who have given the children the opportunity to practice and develop their hockey skills this year.

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Our new school mural and a very special visitor

To mark our Easter celebrations, the school celebrated the installation of a brand new mural, created by our multi-talented Teaching Assistant, Mrs Morgan, along with the help from every single child, who each contributed colourful sheep to the mural, at the school. The mural depicts the Christian parable of The Lost Sheep, the story of a shepherd who leaves his 99 sheep in order to find the one sheep who is lost. This story of redemption, supports our school values of nurture. Thank you to Mrs Morgan for the huge amount of effort and time that you have put into creating the mural, which has helped to create a vibrant, attractive entrance to the side of the school.


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In addition to this, this week the school were visited by a young lamb, one of hundreds recently delivered by Teaching Assistant/Shepherdess Mrs Morgan. The lamb, just 3 weeks old, was brought into assembly (along with visits to Fir, Beech and Willow class) to support Mrs Morgan in telling the parable of The Lost Sheep.

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Mr Roberts Maths Challenge: April Edition

Look out for the brand new Mr Roberts Maths Challenge which is being distributed to all children this week. This month’s challenges will require you to apply your problem solving skill to tackle one of the 3 different levels of challenge. I look forward to receiving your entries, as always for each entry a child will receive a golden raffle ticket for the end of year prize draw.

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Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics

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This month we have handed out a total of 24 Mathletics certificates, 1 of which was our very first gold certificate, given out only to children who achieve over 1,000 points whilst also gaining 100% accuracy in every single question completed.

All children (Y1-Y6) have been provided with log-in cards for Times Table Rock Stars. This online times table software, is designed to encourage children to regularly practise their times tables, an essential skill for a child to develop in their journey to becoming a competent mathematician. If you have any questions regarding this or anything else Maths-related, I am always available at either the start or end of the school day.

Sports clubs

At the start of this term we are offering a variety of after-school sports clubs with the aim to encourage every child to be participating in at least 1 hour of additional sporting activities every week.

There are still some spaces left in these clubs, please ask in the office for more information.


Tuesday:              Dance, Y3-Y6                     Hockey, Y3-Y6


Thursday:            Dance, YR-Y2                     Football, YR-Y2

Friday:                  Tennis, Y1-Y4


Sports Coaches

In addition to our after-school sports provision, during the school day we have Russell Cole, a English Cricket Board funded coach, teaching Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 cricket skills this half-term, and Tim Courridge, a local P.E. coach, who will be teaching ALL classes athletics this term. These coaches are working alongside class teachers, who are developing their P.E teaching skills.


Sports Competitions

                Already this term we have seen a mixed Year 5 Tag Rugby team participate in the South Norfolk Tag Rugby Finals, which the team had qualified for having won the Cluster Large School competition in January. The team played with spirit and wonderful sportsmanship, finishing 10th of 14 finalists. The team are already looking forward to next year’s competition which they aim to come for with their skills further honed.

As well as this, last week 21 children from Year 3 and Year 5 visited Long Stratton High School, to compete in the Cluster Quad Kids Athletics competition. Children participated in a variety of running (inc. 600m & 60m sprint), throwing and jumping events.

Looking ahead, we have children across the school participating in a wide-variety of sporting events such as Kwik Cricket, Athletics, Tri Golf and Gymnastics.

And finally…

This term, when representing the school in a sporting event in competition, our children will be wearing a fantastic new sports kit. The sports kits, containing the school badges, along with the schools name emblazoned on their backs, have been kindly donated to us by parent, Mr Hawes. For this kind gesture, we cannot express our gratitude enough . The children look wonderful in their new kit and is certainly has given the children an added boost when representing the school.

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Thurs 1 March – School closed tomorrow

A trip to school today found the A140 mostly clear of snow, but with beautiful and very dangerous drifts creeping out into the road in exposed areas, pushing vehicles towards fast moving oncoming traffic and concealing this behind flying powder snow. Buses from Norwich are not going beyond Tesco. A140 is closed beyond Long Stratton.

The very high wind shows no signs of relenting into tomorrow and the snow is not thawing, so drifts will continue to form. Other main roads and back roads are of course even more vulnerable than our beloved A140.

Police advise against travel and I cannot ask staff or pupils to ignore this advice, given what I have seen today. Therefore the school will be closed for a fourth (yes 4th) day for which I am truly sorry – there must be cabin fever in south Norfolk by now. Don’t forget you can head over to Mathletics for some maths practice. 

Surely everything will be safe for school after the weekend. Surely!

Please be safe  – pavements and roads locally are very icy. But the snow is still great to play with, so make sure you get outside – I’m looking forward to photos of your adventures when we get back to school. 

Texts were sent to all mobile contact numbers that we have in our system. If you did not receive a school closure text please contact the office so we can make sure your contact details are up to date.



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Running with Olympian, Paul Evans, 2nd February, 2018

Maple, Oak and Willow classes will all be participating in a P.E lesson with a difference, as they will be taught by Paul Evans, former Great Britain Olympian and fifth-fastest UK Marathon runner of all time. During the session, children will learn about pacing and other skills which will enhance their running. At the end of the school day, Paul Evans will be running an additional session for the Norfolk Cross Country Finalists, who will be representing South Norfolk in the Cross County finals being held at Greshams School, in late February.

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Big Maths Games: January 10th – January 24th, 2018

All classes are currently enjoying a wide selection of Big Maths Games, which have kindly been lent to us by the Maths Advisory Team, part of Educator Solutions. Children are getting the opportunity to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills, finding the solutions to puzzles and trying to outwit their opponents playing a variety of games.

Willow Class: An evening with an astronaut: Michael Foale

It is not everyday you get to meet one of Britain’s most experienced, and famous, astronauts, and hear about their experiences in Space. A letter has gone out to parents of children in Willow Class this week, with details of an upcoming opportunity to meet the astronaut, Michale Foale, on January 24th, at the UEA, Lecture Theatre 1, 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. This is a public event, tickets are available through https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/an-evening-with-an-astronaut-norwich.Mike Foale 2

Mr Roberts Maths Challenge and the Great Newton Times Table Bee 

Happy New Year and thank you to the 30+ children who successfully completed a Mr Roberts Maths Challenge last month. Look out for the new Mr Roberts Maths Challenge which you will be receiving on your first day back at school and remember that each completed challenge will receive a Golden raffle ticket for the end-of-year prize draw.

This half-term, every child (YR-Y6) will be taking part in the first part of our 2018 Great Newton Times Table Bee challenge, more details of which will be received in a letter going out to parents next week. In the mean time, keep practising your times tables!

Mr Roberts Maths Challenge and Mathletics winners

Look out for this year’s first Mr Roberts Maths Challenge. This year the challenges are trickier than ever so you’ll need all your problem solving and reasoning skills to find the solutions. Correct entries will again receive a Golden Raffle ticket for our end-of-year prize draw.

Well done to this week’s 17 Mathletics certificate winners, which includes 2 silver certificates. It is wonderful to so see many children completing additional maths learning at home, further developing their maths skills. We are still looking for our first gold certificate winner, to do so you need 1,000 points and 100% accuracy. Keep up your great work.


Brain Week: Growth Mindset and the Christian value of Wisdom

DSC00467During the first week of the second half of term, the whole school took part in a Special Interest Week, focusing on the brain and DSC00466learning more about Growth Mindset.  Each class produced a fantastic array of different pieces of work from all their learning across the week.  


Our whole school display takes pride of place in the school hall – do come and have a look when you are next in.

Books, books and more books …

Look what one thousand pounds worth of books looks like …

DSC00325Across all classes and year groups, a book audit was carried out, and I purchased a widerange of books from reception through to year six, including some classic texts and books from all genres.  The children are very excited about all this new reading material and we look forward to seeing children engage with their new books… Diane Steer


Willow class trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Museum, 30.10.17

As part of this term’s topic, ‘Dragons, Thor and More’, to start the half-term, Willow Class visited the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Museum, close to Thetford. During the day, children explored the full-size village restoration project, gaining an understanding of how village life was structured and the roles of villagers. In the afternoon, we received a guided tour of the museum and the many interesting artefacts which it contains. The children were a credit to the school, their behaviour and engagement outstanding throughout. Thank you to parents and members of staff for your support, a special thanks to Mrs Morgan and Mrs Wolfe who drove the school minibuses.

Cross Country success + South Norfolk finals 02.11.17 update

Following our success at the Long Stratton Cluster Cross Country Championships, our 18 qualifiers took a trip to Fritton Lake where they competed against the best runners from schools across South Norfolk, in a bid to qualify in the Norfolk Cross Country Championship Finals, in February, 2018.

All the children who participated, represented our school in the best possible manner. Their behaviour was exemplary and their performances full of commitment and resilience. There were some wonderful results, with an impressive three children managing Top 10 (2nd, 4th & 7th) positions and earning themselves a position in the Norfolk Cross Country Finals in February. Keep an eye on our website for our report on how these children get on.


On Tuesday, 16th October, 34 children from Years 3-6 represented the school at the Long Stratton Cluster Cross Country Championships. Against a large number of local schools, children raced around a windy, cross country course in an attempt to qualify for the next round, the South Norfolk Cross Country Championships, held at Fritton Lake, in November.

I was very proud of all children participating, in particular for their resilience and perseverance, whether they were finishing at the front or back of the race, all children paced themselves well and completed their challenge.

Out of the 34 children from the school who participated, a fantastic 18 children have now qualified for the next round at Fritton Lake (by finishing within the top ten). Well done everyone and thank you parents for supporting us at this event.

Mr Roberts

Mathletics: Week ending 06.10.17

Almost equaling last week’s record-breaking week this week we are celebrating a colossal 22 children who achieved a bronze certificate in Mathletics. Well done to everyone who have been applying themselves on Mathletics, both at home and at school, your hard work will help you on your journey in becoming a fabulous mathematician.

Bike/Scoot/Walk to school week, October 2nd-6th

This week, it has been fantastic to see so many children arriving at school by bike, scooter or by foot. Not only are you helping the environment by not burning fossil fuels which create pollution and use up precious natural resources you also starting the day with some valuable exercise and arriving at school alert and ready to learn. Below is a photograph of just some of the children (and their choice transportation), who chose a car-free way of getting to school this week.


Mathletics: Week ending 29.09.17

A record-breaking week of Mathletics, with a fantastic 25 children achieving a bronze certificate. Well done to everyone who have been applying themselves on Mathletics, both at home and at school, your hard work will help you to become an even better mathematician. Below is a photograph of our happy winners.

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National Poetry Day – Thursday, 28th September 2017

We are all learning about poetry during the week Monday, 22nd to Friday, 29th September across all the school.  We will all be creating our own poems around a theme which will be displayed at school.

Look out for the creative poetry writing that will take place …

Get Active: Join an after-school sports club

It’s not too late to join one of our many sports clubs (details below) which we are offering this half-term.

Mondays: Tennis, Charlotte Groves, Y1-Y4.

Tuesday: Hockey, Mrs Wolfe, Y1-Y2.

Wednesdays: Korfball, Mr Johns, Y3-Y6.

Thursdays: Cross Country, Mr Roberts, Y2-Y6.

Thank you to our new Level 3 tennis coach, Charlotte Groves who yesterday (25.09.17) ran 3 tennis workshops with children from Year One, Year Two and Year Three. The children really enjoyed themselves and we hope to see many of them at our new after-school tennis club (Y1-Y4), beginning next Monday, 3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Places are limited.

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Inspirational Maths Week

Helping the children to start the school year with a positive attitude towards their learning of Maths, every class in the school will be engaging in a week of ‘Inspirational Maths’. The aim of Inspirational Maths Week is to make all children believe that they can ‘do maths’, it is just a matter of challenging yourself, working through your mistakes and working hard.

Lessons begin with a short video which explain how our brains grow every time: you are challenged, you make a mistake or you do something that you have not experienced before. Children then begin a daily problem which has been developed to enhance the reasoning and problem solving skills which are the key ingredients in being an able mathematician. All the problems are ‘Low Threshold, High Ceiling’ which all children can complete the task successfully, with different levels of challenge built into the task.

If you would like to find out more about Inspirational Maths Week visit

https://www.youcubed.org/week-inspirational-math/#. The website contains all the videos seen in class and also offers parent resources to support learning Maths at home.


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