After-School Games Club members enjoy the sun!

Posted on April 19th, 2018

Spring has finally arrived and yesterday the children who attend our after-school Games Club enjoyed some time in the Reception garden playing with our fabulous construction equipment.

We all hope that this will be the first of many sunny days playing outside!

Mrs Strudwick

Summer timetable and curriculum overview

Posted on April 15th, 2018

Please find below all the information needed regarding planning and curriculum for Year 3 and 4 for the Summer term 2018.

Miss Sandford…/summer-letter-2018.doc

timetable year 3 and 4

planning overview for parents april 2018

Kingswood Adventure Starts Here !

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Dear Parents,


Kingswood Update


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.

Kingswood Day 1


Mrs Gardener

Woodwind visit

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

Years 3 and 4, plus most of Year 2, enjoyed a visit from Adrian Cosker last Thursday. Adrian is a woodwind specialist and he brought a selection of his instruments for the children to handle and listen to, including the flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone and the grandfather of the saxophone family, the baritone saxophone! The children were fascinated by the size of the largest saxophone! They really loved the fact that they were encouraged to hold and investigate Adrian’s old flutes and clarinets…what a fabulous opportunity to feel a real instrument and begin to understand about the fingering systems. Adrian also showed the children a selection of reeds and explained how they are made and how they vibrate to produce sound.

We are very grateful to Peter Barker and Classic Music Rocks for facilitating the visit.

Mrs Strudwick


Easter Workshop 2018

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

This morning Father Jonathan and Father Paul led our Palm Sunday Holy Communion service at West Newton Church and we were delighted that some of our parents were able to join us too.

After Church we spent the rest of the day involved in our Easter workshop activities. This has become a traditional event in our calendar and the children certainly seem to enjoy the opportunity to spend a creative day in mixed-age groups.

We ended the afternoon with our popular Easter Egg hunt. The children had to find their egg that they had decorated earlier and then collect a chocolate egg from Mrs Gardener.

Happy Easter everyone!

Mrs Strudwick


Posted on March 23rd, 2018

The whole school had a blast being shown links to help with their tricky spellings, but 8 of my class were lucky to have a smaller workshop and are now masters of spelling…

If you get a chance, ask Jack, Brooke, Tyler, Poppy, Fallon, Ruby, Niamh and Arturo to tell you how to spell: bicycle, sausage, environment AND onomatopoeia!

Smithdon Cluster Netball Tournament Winners!!

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

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.


Miss Leftley

March 21st 2018

Trinity Rock and Pop Workshop

Posted on March 22nd, 2018

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!

Mrs Strudwick


World Book Day 2018

Posted on March 19th, 2018

Our World Book Day celebration was originally planned for Friday March 2nd. However, along with most other schools in Norfolk, we were closed for the second half of the week due to ‘The Beast from the East’!

We rescheduled our event to the following week and, once again, were amazed by the originality of the costumes that our pupils arrived at school in.

We started the day with an assembly to enable everybody (including parents) to see and admire everyone else’s costume. We played ‘Name the character’ and I think that we were able to identify them all!

Back in our classes we all enjoyed Literary-based activities, including decorating a piece of bunting with a picture from our favourite books. These will be strung together and used to adorn our new Library space.

Thanks to Mrs Reddey for capturing all the pictures and to all the  staff for helping me to select the most original costume for each Year group…an unenviable task as there were so many fabulous creations!

Finally a massive thank you to all of our wonderful parents for all your support in assembling your children’s costumes.

Mrs Strudwick

March 2018

Clypping Service 2018

Posted on March 19th, 2018

It was a beautiful sunny morning for our annual Clypping Service on Friday March 9th. All pupils and staff, together with a small but enthusiastic group of parents, gathered together in Church to listen as Father Jonathan explained the origins of this ancient custom. The tradition of ‘Clypping’ the Church involves forming a ring around the outside of it by holding hands, in order to ‘surround’  the church with love. Father Jonathan drew parallels with giving thanks for our mothers on Mothering Sunday, in as much as our mothers ‘surround’ us with love and the Church is viewed by many as a mother in our community, bringing everyone together.

After starting the service inside, we all went outside and spaced ourselves out around the Church. Thanks to the extra parents, we were able to reach right the way around it and Father Jonathan led us in giving ‘Three Cheers’ for our Church! We ended our service by coming together again to say The Lord’s Prayer.

Mrs Strudwick

March 19th, 2018

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Headteacher: Jane Gardener

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