We’re all going on a summer holiday….

We’re all going on a summer holiday – no more working for a week or two…. or maybe a little longer for some of us.

We have had another fantastic year and another catalogue of events, achievements and milestones.  The terrible rain didn’t dampen spirits as we said an emotional goodbye to our fabulous Year 6 Leavers.  What a performance – so confident and funny – each and everyone of them entertained us in style. I have no doubt we will hear great things about them in their next chapter of learning.

We also say goodbye to some great members of the team, who have of course, made a great contribution to life at Norbury. I am sure they will be very happy in their new positions, their new ventures and their new found retirement.

Have a lovely, relaxing summer break and I look forward to welcoming our families and friends – new and old to school in September.

That was the week that was…

Goodness me what an eventful week!  Starting bright and early at 6:30am the children in Y5 set off on a three day adventure. Trapeze, caving, kayaking and the scary sounding piranha pool were all on the early week menu.  We then followed on with two days of Freddy Fit and to top it off Sports Morning this morning.  I think we’ll sleep tonight!

The rain held off for us and then we were entertained by the Norbury Talent of KS2.  Congratulations to all our acts who really got us smiling, cheering, laughing and watching with amazement.

Two days left to continue with – more racing to the finish line for our KS2 learners and then the excitement and emotion of the Leavers’ Assembly.

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Bring me fun… bring me sunshine… bring me love…

Following the wise words of Morecambe and Wise – we started the day with some musical appreciation before celebrating this week’s superstars.  Wow – what a talented bunch we have in our school. Scientists, mathematicians, artist, writers and just in the space of three days back in the classroom.

We agreed that at our school we have fun, sunshine and love by the bucketful and it was evident when I managed to capture images at lunchtime today. The smiles, sunshine and collective calm reminded me what learning in the primary phase is all about.  Memorable experiences.  We strive each day to give each learner a golden nugget of learning that they will take away with them and use for future references.  We pepper them with excitement and challenge, warmth and laughter and as a result ours is a happy school.  Do we have learners with a thirst for learning – you bet we do!

I often wax lyrical about the virtues of creativity in the classroom but this week I’ve seen children engage in scientific concepts that were always kept in the science lab at secondary school.  Our children have explored the human body and the digestive system with the aid of a pair of tights, a gooey mixture and much, much more.  We have seen children sporting pink, purple and blue mouths whilst investigating healthy teeth and the harmony of Uptown Funk permeated the rooms as learners embraced health and fitness through exercise and diet.

What a wonderful way to start our half term…

Oh – and tonight we are having a disco!

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A leisurely lunch – sunshine- tick, fun – tick, love (my sandwiches) – tick.

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Rain most certainly hasn’t stopped play.

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Fun with friends … a bit of a girly gossip going on.

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Chickens need fun, sunshine and love too!

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The beautiful game in our beautiful grounds.

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Just relaxing and reading in a perfect sunny shelter.

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Fish Friday – yummy Flapjack Friday – a double delight!

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A well earned pit stop before embarking on more outside fun.

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Ladies loving lunch.

 

Happy St George’s Day…

What a gloriously sunny week it has been so far.  The children have returned refreshed and ready for another fun packed term of learning and as you would expect the week has already been a hive of activity.

I think we have enjoyed the sunny playtimes and the early opportunity to polish up on the rules of rounders and enjoy a game or two in our games sessions at KS2.

Our fingers are firmly crossed that the warm and sunny ( and dry) weather will hold out for one more day so that our Y4 explorers are able to enjoy their educational expedition to Formby. This is the first of several excursions across school to investigate the coastal landscape and the geographical contrasts both within our country and beyond.  This is the major focus of Our Think of a Number – 99 theme.

We are very much looking forward to the usual summer term events as well as one or two new ones perhaps.  I will endeavour to update my blog with more information of events as the term moves forward.

In the meantime, let’s hope we can put those buckets and spades to use tomorrow!

One potato, two potato, three potato, four….

We started the week with a focus on mathematics and had two very successful workshops for parents to share calculation methods and updates on our maths curriculum. Thank you to the children who came back to school to do ‘extra maths’ for the workshop and thank you to the many parents who attended.

I’m not sure where the time moves to but we are back at National Book Week – once again.  Whilst everyone is brushing off the dust from their character costumes and thinking about Wednesday’s dress up day we have so many different book related activities to look forward to. I think it is safe to say that are some surprises in store next week.

Marvellous Maris Pipers to Colourful King Edwards!

Take a look at these…

Just some of the amazing potato characters that are on display around school in preparation for Book Week.

Lots for us to look forward to.

Have a lovely weekend.

Can you spot the characters?

Can you spot the characters?

Cowa bunga!

Cowa bunga!

 

 

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!!!

Wow – what a day!!

We had a great day – enjoying the fresh white carpet of snow today.  We really hope to be open as usual tomorrow but we will send a text message to parents at 8.00am to let everyone know whether we are open or not.

Enjoy a snowy evening.

What a view... we had an amazing day today!

What a view… we had an amazing day today!

To Infinity and Beyond….

Wow, what a busy first day back!  So much seems to have been going on around school today.  There has been a distinct buzz – and I don’t mean Lightyear!

The children are well refreshed and looking forward to a learning journey full of gusto.  The activities on today’s menu varied from space exploration to gladiatoral combat (don’t worry – no one went to the lions!) to planning a red carpet event.

All this around our new termly theme of Think of a number 100 – to infinity and beyond.

Staff have planned some exciting events looking at inventors, their inventions and some amazing innovations that ensure our daily lives are easier more efficient and in some cases more fun.

It’s going to be a fantastic term ahead with lots to find out about….

One small step for our secret astronaut, one giant leap for learning at Norbury Hall.

One small step for our secret astronaut, one giant leap for learning at Norbury Hall.

Happy New Year – 2015

Just a quick message to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  We are very excited about 2015 and the new challenges and learning opportunities it will bring for us.  I hope that everyone has managed to have a peaceful and rested Christmas break and that everyone is ready to get back to school on Monday.

We open as usual on Monday morning – our doors will be open at 8.50am.  The teachers have been busy in school planning a very active first week for our brand new year. This term we continue on our ‘Think of a number …’ theme but our focus this term is ‘To infinity and beyond.’  We shall be finding out about the inventors and their impact on our daily lives.  Perhaps we have a future inventor or two amongst our learners and this term we will discover something wonderful….

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas….

As we embark on the excitement that is the Christmas Holidays I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Norbury Hall for another brilliant year.  Our learners continue to show us their talents and skills and surprise us with their ever growing resilience as they tackle the challenges set before them in their learning experiences.

The last fortnight has been a buzz of energy with concerts, performances, Christmas customs and learning challenges.  Norbury Hall has been a host for festivities and the corridors have been filled with hearty laughter as well as poignant moments of reflection as we consider the key players of the Christmas Truce as part of our ‘Think of a Number 100’ theme.

Last Thursday we said Goodbye to Mrs Wild after another fantastic (although terribly acted) pantomime for the children.  The staff excelled at being bad and as well as fluffing their lines they managed to say goodbye to Mrs Wild in style accompanied by some lovely singing from the children.  I am sure Mrs Wild will go on to achieve many great things at her new school and although we will miss her we know she takes with her many happy Norbury memories.

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Mrs Wild or is it Snow White?

 

As Norbury the Squirrel was busy for panto this year, his very good friend Bob the Robin made his first (of many – no doubt) cameo appearance as a key accomplice of the evil queen.

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Bob the Robin wishing everyone a Happy Holiday.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday too and I hope you are able to have a rest and to spend time with loved ones to make this time of year special.  I look forward to the next step of the Norbury learning journey as we move on to 2015.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Think of a number – 100!

Wow- Year 6 really entertained us this morning with their brilliant cohort assembly and open morning. From accounts of overcoming fears and developing confidence through our Robinwood Residential to moving extracts of writing in role as soldiers in the trenches in WW1.

Our audience were surprised by a unique episode of The Great British Bake Off and it is fair to say that our learners showed off their acting abilities with gusto! Great stuff Year 6 – you really made us smile.

I was impressed with the confidence of our performers and the musical skills of our solo guitarist and his trio of singers!

Another great assembly to start another great day at Norbury.

Well done to everyone and have a lovely weekend.

 

 

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Robinwood 2014 I want my mummy!

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Robinwood 2014 They were climbing the walls – apparently!

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Robinwood 2014 Year 6 – Completely on target!