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Church of England

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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.

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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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