Posted on July 20th, 2018
The fabulous weather continued as we all enjoyed Sports Day last Friday, July 13th. As is traditional at our school, parents and families were invited to join us for a picnic prior to the afternoon sports events, and we were delighted that a huge crowd of supporters joined us on the field. Mrs Patnell and Miss Leftley, as PE subject leads, had put together a fabulous programme of races and all pupils had been practising hard in their PE lessons over the last few weeks. As usual, the House Captains did a great job of arranging the teams for their respective houses, making sure that the teams were balanced and that everyone had a chance to participate fairly. A fabulous addition to the programme this year was the Space Hopper races!! It’s one thing to be able to bounce happily around the garden at home but quite another to take part in a race on one! It was lovely to see a lot of success in these races from the children who aren’t necessarily the fastest runners, and many parents commented afterwards that they loved the fact that it gave different children the chance to shine. I’m sure that Space Hoppers will become a regular and popular feature from now on! The parents even used them for their races and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in their relays!
Mrs Gardener presented the certificates after the races had ended and announced that the winning house this year was Balmoral. Finally Balmoral House were invited to do a celebratory lap of the field whilst everyone clapped and cheered, which they really enjoyed!
It was lovely to see everyone enjoying the afternoon and supporting and encouraging each other throughout the races, with most children demonstrating a great sense of team spirit. A huge thanks to everyone who played a part in ensuring that the event ran smoothly, but a special thanks to Mrs Patnell for her excellent commentary throughout the afternoon.
Posted on July 5th, 2018
It’s the season of transition visits for our Year 6 children, but those who were in school yesterday afternoon enjoyed spending time in the garden with our Reception children. It was wonderful to see them all having such fun and they cooled off by sharing stories with their buddies at the end of the afternoon. Long may this glorious sunshine continue!
Posted on June 28th, 2018
It was lovely to welcome our new pupils, who will be joining our school family in September, into school this morning. They joined Mrs Berry, Mrs Garrard and our existing children for a morning of fun, and were supported by Alison from West Newton Pre-School group for this first session. Two more transition sessions will take place over the next few weeks, and all new families will be offered a Home Visit too.
We hope they all enjoyed their first morning!
Posted on June 28th, 2018
Last Thursday, June 21st, we were delighted to welcome GB Olympic swimmer Amy Smith to school. Amy and her colleague Joe Roebuck, himself a GB Olympic swimmer, lead a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils. The energy levels were off the scale in the Village Hall and the music pumped out as the children participated in short bursts of different exercises. After all year groups had completed the circuit there was a mass exercise ‘finale’ including star jumps and lots of general jumping up and down!
Amy ended the visit by telling the children her personal story…about how she had got into swimming initially and how, if you have a goal and are prepared to work hard to achieve it, anything is possible. It was an incredibly motivating story. She finished by showing the children her Commonwealth and Olympic medals too, which impressed both children and adults!
All sponsor money raised will go towards purchasing new sports equipment for our school and will also help support GB athletes to compete for our country and inspire the next generation.
Posted on June 21st, 2018
On Monday the netball team took part in the Summer Games, representing West Norfolk in the small schools competition at the UEA Sportspark. The 16 teams were divided into 4 pools and played each other, the top 2 teams then went into another 2 pools for the Cup competition.
Having played very well we finished top in the first round and moved on into the second pool with Banham, Alpington and Rocklands. The sun came out but unlike last year there was a pleasant breeze and everyone was enjoying the event.
We continued the good work after lunch, winning our matches against Alpington and Rocklands. This left Banham, who were very strong and, despite trying our hardest, we lost our only match of the day, 2-1, meaning they won the pool and we finished 2nd.
Though disappointed, they had played their best and could do no more, but we still had one more match to go 3rd/4th play-off, which the children were determined to win.
By this time the sun had come out and the breeze had dropped, it was hot. Their commitment and resolution was fantastic…they wanted a medal and they got it.
It was a great day. They played as one, they supported and encouraged each other and were rewarded.
Well done to Thomas, Meisha, Kadence, Joshua, Taylor, Ben, Gracie and Nina
Posted on June 15th, 2018
All pupils enjoyed a visit from Jo Goodman from the Dogs Trust today as part of their ‘Be Dog Smart’ week. Jo talked to the children about how to behave safely around dogs, including advice about not approaching dogs to stroke them when they are eating or sleeping, and how to react if a dog approaches you off the lead.
The sessions were full of really useful child-friendly tips and advice and we are very grateful to Jo for coming to educate us all. The Dogs Trust have a website that is very informative so for further information please click on the link below:
Posted on June 15th, 2018
On Friday 8th (Years 5/6) and Thursday 14th (Years 3/4) June, five boys and five girls from each group went to KES in King’s Lynn to take part in a Quad Kids competition. It was the first time that the cluster had organised such an event, which consisted of each child competing in a sprint, an endurance run, a mini javelin throw and a standing long jump.
As always, our children gave 100% and were extremely determined, which was rewarded by some very good performances. In addition, they were also very supportive of each other during their races, offering encouragement by running alongside their peers.
Sandringham finished 5th (Y5/6) and 3rd (Y3/4) respectively, being beaten only by large schools such as North/South Wootton and Terrington St Clement.
They were both super evenings and we are all very proud of the children. Thank you to them and their parents for their support.
Posted on June 14th, 2018
A wonderful day out was had by Reception and years 3 and 4 on Tuesday 12th June, with our trip to Hunstanton. Children enjoyed time at the rock pool and in the aquarium at the Sealife centre, followed by lunch on the beach and games. Year 3 and 4 also made beach sculptures and had a really interesting time at Mr Bun the Baker, finding out about life as a baker and even making their own doughnuts. Read all about it in the Hunstanton town guide, link below.
Posted on June 7th, 2018
Today, the whole school got involved with problem-solving by inviting parents and governors to a maths cafe. Each class had a very fun problem-solving task to crack and it was enjoyed by all!
A big thank-you to all the parents and governors who managed to come by.
Posted on June 7th, 2018
We are delighted to be embarking on a new initiative for us at Sandringham and West Newton…Forest School! Our weekly sessions, which will involve all children from Reception to Year 4, will be taking place in our school wood and will include activities such as building shelters, tree rubbing and identification, making birds nests, whittling tent pegs and campfire cooking.
This week our Reception children made bracelets left by the ‘Forest Fairies’, learned how to carry and use secateurs safely in order to clear undergrowth, and investigated the new Forest Swing! Next week we will be learning to put up a shelter.
All sessions will be led by Lee Scarisbrick of Evolve Forest School, and we would like to thank him for an exciting introductory this week.
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