A creative timetable has been developed and as many cross curricular links are made as possible.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics and Literacy are followed, and the pupils are regularly assessed against the new curriculum standards. Targets are discussed with individual pupils.
The class has a two year curriculum map so that topics will not be repeated during the time the pupils are in this class.
The pupils are encouraged to be independent in their learning and take a pride in their work.
Homework is set weekly and is mainly linked to Maths or Literacy learning objectives for that week. A Literacy focus is usually used when a themed piece of homework is set on a half termly basis.
We expect the pupils to read each evening (building fluency and understanding in reading is vital to ensure children are able readers) and to learn spellings and multiplication tables. We have taken pride in using the Tackling Tables Scheme so lots of practise with times tables is key!
Often homework may involve research, and support from parents is valued.
Pupils who need extra help with their work are supported in the classroom whenever possible.
We also put on annual Summer Productions in which the children have opportunities to have key acting roles and perform in front of their friends and family. Previous productions we have done include ‘Minibeast Madness’ ‘Dick Whittington’ and ‘Robin Hood’.
Everyone has settled in really well, although bedmaking was a little challenging for some !
All enjoyed a site tour on arrival followed by games and lunch. This afternoon we have been blessed with fabulous weather and all groups enjoyed abseiling and climbing, with everyone achieving their goals! This evening after dinner, there is archery, followed by a quiz. Everyone has settled into their rooms and is enjoying everything the centre has to offer.We will give you another update tomorrow.
Following a lovely sunny day, the evening was dry, though a little cool but the team soon warmed to the task, their first tournament of the year.
They were one of eight teams who took part, in two pools of four. Our pool consisted of Docking Demons (5-0), Snettisham (5-0) and Hunstanton (11-0), we played them in that order, winning all three matches and not conceding a goal. This meant we had won our pool and now faced the runners up of pool two, Docking Devils. After an exciting game it finished 3 – 0 to us so we were in the final. The other semi-final between Heacham and Docking Demons was a hard fought match which was drawn at fulltime, then went to extra time/golden goal and finally to a penalty shoot-out leading to a win by Heacham. They were extremely tough opponents and the match was very close. They were the first score and were leading, 1-0 at halftime when we rotated for the final time. The second half proved just as exciting and it could have gone either way but the team worked hard and ended the game 3-1 winners.
My self and Mrs Campbell were so proud of the way they conducted themselves during the tournament, their determination to keep playing, listening to advice and acting on it but most of all their constant support and encouragement for each other. Fantastic!
Finally, thank you to all the parents who came and supported, it was a really great evening.
On Wednesday March 14th Years 5 and 6 travelled to OPEN in Norwich to take part in a Rock and Pop workshop, organised by Trinity College in London.
Because we had had an early start we arrived in plenty of time and were delighted to be given front row seats! Whilst all the other schools were assembling we were able to enjoy listening to the band from Trinity College, who performed a wide variety of songs. It was a great experience for all pupils to be able to watch a live band performing!
After a warm-up, involving clapping and singing games that really made us listen and think, the workshops started. Most of our children took part in the vocal workshop but Niamh in Y6 has piano lessons, so she went off to the keyboard workshop and Dominic plays the guitar, so he took part in that separate workshop. Kadence and Meisha went to the drumming workshop together.
During the vocal workshop the lead singer from the band taught everyone to sing some backing vocals for ‘Let it be’ as well as the solo riff. She invited a number of children up on to the stage to experience singing through a microphone in front of a large audience in a proper performance venue…lots of our children were really keen to take part and we were so proud of those who were selected, it was a daunting experience but they all gave a really impressive performance!
The morning ended with another set from the band, including ‘Johnny be good’ as the finale. Our children, led by Maddy, could not resist the temptation to get up and dance…it was a fabulous way to finish the session!!
Everyone, including Mrs Reddey and Miss Leftley, thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was hosted by Norfolk Music Hub. They are all keen to have microphones for our future school productions now!
Huge congratulations to the Pop Up Christmas Choir, ably led by Mrs Strudwick, who gave performances to the residents at Park House and also the visitors at the Sandringham tea shop on Monday 18th December. The children sang beautifully and received many compliments, as well as some lovely goody bags from the tea shop.
We have had such a busy term so far. It was lovely to finish it off with opening our Christmas cards from each other and spreading Christmas cheer. I hope you all have a super Christmas and shall see you all in January.