Key Stage 1 Crew Challenge

Our KS1 crews took part in a Humpty Dumpty crew challenge to mark our Norton Campus science week. We investigated materials to see which one would make the best jacket to protect Humpty Dumpty when he fell from the wall. After investigating the materials we voted for the ones we thought would offer the most protection. We also discussed how we could make the test fair and made predictions for the results.

Thoughtful Thursday

In crew today we checked in with something we have enjoyed so far this week. It was great to hear the variety of activities that everyone is enthusiastic about from singing assembly and reading sessions to learning about food chains and playing emotions corners.

We shared and celebrated some of the work we were most proud of and made pledges for the week ahead. Well done Crew Goodyer keep up the great work and never loose that enthusiasm for learning.

The Secret Room 🎄🎅🏼

It was a very exciting day at Norton Infant School when the secret room returned!

The children loved visiting a special place that had been turned into a Santa’s grotto full of gifts. Each child chose something they would like to give to a special grown up in their lives.

Then Santa’s little helpers got to work wrapping the gifts in the children’s chosen paper. It was such a magical experience for the children and we want to say a very big thank you to the volunteers who wrapped hundreds of presents and to Mrs Jackson, Mrs Thurman, Miss Staves and Mrs Inman for creating the Secret Room. I’m looking forward to next year already!

Pop Art in KS1

We have had a great week exploring Pop Art. We have looked at pieces of Pop Art by famous artists and said we we notice and praise about them. We then used pencils, paints and felt tip pens to start to create our own versions of Pop Art. We can’t wait to finish our posters, they will look amazing.

Class Two Field Work to Squirrel Wood

Today Class Two completed their field work at Squirrel Wood. The theme of the visit was one of our favourite stories, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. This is a key text in our current expedition case study titled ‘What do you see if you take a stroll through the deep dark wood?’

Here’s what we got up to…

We started the day with a short bus ride to Squirrel Woods. It was very exciting sitting with our friends. Once we had arrived we walked to a clearing in the woods where we would complete our activities.

Our first activity was a scavenger hunt. Our task was to search for things that could be the body parts of the Gruffalo such as his ‘terrible tusks, terrible claws or terrible teeth in his terrible jaws!’

Next, we discussed the different habitats of the animals in the story. Our challenge was then to recreate them in the woods. Look at our fantastic Gruffalo dens, treetop and log pile houses.

After that it was time for a snack break with warm popcorn and apple juice. We circled up around the fire pit and watched as the flint and steel created a spark to light the fire. It was very exciting watching, listening and waiting for the corn kernels pop.

While we were eating our snack some children volunteered to have a go at using the flint and steel to make a spark.

After this it was time for our final activity which was the one the children loved the most… using clay to make our own woodland creatures! Some children decided to press their clay against a tree to create a face which they then added features too. Look at our amazing work!

Before we knew it, it was lunch time. So we finished off our fieldwork with a picnic in the sunshine.

What a lovely day full of great memories, happy children and fun in the woods.

Let the Children March

In Class 6 we have been exploring our new core text ‘Let the Children March’. We solved the front cover picture puzzle, looking for clues and made some great predictions about what might happen in the story.

Community Meeting

We are so proud of all our crew champions this week. It was lovely to hear about all the wonderful things they have been doing in crew the have led to their friends and crew leaders nominating them for our special award.