When it’s difficult to find the words….

Week beginning Monday 22nd May.

A response from two of our learners who sum it up beautifully.
We have had a busy week dotted with real moments of thought and reflection.
Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with those affected by this week’s terrible news.
As we close for half term the children have enjoyed another fantastic half term of learning. From Google Expeditions to gym visits and zoo visits alongside healthy baking and heart dissection (gulp).
The sunshine has added to the excitement of the daily mile and despite a good excuse not to run our Y5 and Y6 learners have pushed themselves to the limit and really challenged their perseverance.
We have risen to the challenge of national assessments and we look forward to a new half term of fun filled learning ahead.
Congratulations and thanks to those children who have represented us in this half term’s sporting events, we have achieved some great results in netball, football, athletics, tennis and cricket.
Finally, what better on a hot day than an ice lolly – great big thank you to the PA for our surprise gift of an ice lolly each for playtime.
Have a lovely half term break – wherever you choose to spend it.  We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 13th June.

NFF – Write to your MP.

Good Morning,

I wanted to thank you for your fantastic support regarding the national funding formula consultation and acknowledge the responses we have head from local MPs across the borough.

The consultation closes on Wednesday but that won’t be the end of our campaigning.  Stockport has been one of the worst funded Local Authorities across the country for the last 27 years.  We had hoped that the funding formula proposals would really help to boost funding across our schools and as a collective of Head teachers we were positive about the plan to reform funding to schools.

As in our letter to you, our parents, this has not proven to be the case.  Stockport as an authority has a small gain but we are still ranked 146 out of 150 in the funding allocation to our schools.  This will mean that from 2019 schools like ours will be dramatically hit by the shortfall in funding and the general on costs of between 8 and 11% predicted for the general running of the school.

We believe that the Government haven’t got it right this time and the more we campaign the more they may listen.  We don’t want to take funds from other LAs to provide for our learners we believe there should be a bigger pot of money in the first place.  We know that the Government have given more money to education than allocated before but when the general costs of running a school are continually rising this extra spend is cancelled out.

You may have seen in the press that several Local Authority groups across the country are lobbying MPs, making press release statements and considering allsorts of money efficiencies. They are talking about losing services to schools to support learners with specific needs, reducing staff which may mean bigger classes, stopping educational visits and extra curricular provision and even shortening the teaching week to save on additional costs to cover classes whilst teachers have their statutory planning time. Any of these measures will be detrimental to our learners learning.

Can you help? Yes you can.  If you haven’t already written to William Wragg then please do so.  He needs to hear that our school, like all Stockport schools face a really difficult future if this current proposal becomes a reality.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and thank you in advance for helping our school to be heard.


I’m a Celebrity….

What a week we’ve had…

Monday was the start of an amazing week where all the children in Recetion, Year 1 and Year 2 had a surprise visit from CBeebies and the Rhyme Rocket team.  They were entertained and excited to learn more about making up rhymes and even had a go at their own.

Then, yesterday, as part of their visit to Go on a Bear Hunt ,Year 2 were lucky enough to meet and great actor and actress John Thompson and Sherrie Hewson who just happened to pass by in between rehearsals for their Christmas Pantomime.  It seems our children were a real hit with both celebrities and it added to what was already a brilliant week

Last week we participated in a range of Pudsey related activities and raised a whopping £712.24 for Children in Need and on top of that Sam and Matthew, with the help of their Mum baked some brilliant Pudsey biscuits and raised a further £100 from the sale.img_2868

We had a great time eating them.  Thank you boys!

As we approach the end of November and look forward to the usual festivities in school we are all getting excited about next week’s Christmas Fair.  Join us next week at 6pm ( Friday December 2nd ) for fun, festivities, family time and maybe even Father Christmas!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ames 🙂



What a week that was…..

After what feels like one of the busiest weeks in school it is lovely to have an opportunity to sit down and reflect on this week’s achievements.  Not only have we welcomed the early summer sunshine we have also welcomed our seven new feathered friends in the chicken coop and another less feathery family of blue tits that have hatched from their eggs since last Sunday.  It seems that all our new additions are thriving and enjoying their welcome to the Norbury Family.


Some of our new additions.

Some of our new additions…

For those learners who are our most experienced the week has proven to be a personal triumph for everyone of them.  SATs week eventually arrived after much anticipation and indeed, speculation. Amidst complicated texts and questions to make your head itch the children continued to conduct themselves in a mature and confident manner.  Each one of them tackled the unknown questions with a positive attitude and were a true credit to our lovely school.

What has this week taught our Year 6 learners?  It has taught them that they can be resilient, that they can take comfort in being around good friends and that despite the pressure felt of getting it all right, at the end of the day, this week is just a snapshot of  who they truly are.  What they truly are – are superstars!  We are all very proud of them!

Around school we had the additional buzz of superheroes in Key Stage 1 and Early Years.  Spiderman graced us with his company and was seen on the infant adventure playground several times.  Apparently he was accompanied by a few cat women and a batman or two!

Year Four took advantage of the brilliant sunshine on Thursday afternoon and raised further monies to help maintain the keep of their chicken with draws to enter and pots to purchase.  They are still counting up the total to see what profit they’ve made.

As we prepare for the weekend the school feels like a hive of industry.  Learners busy with their investigations and enquiries and teachers engaging and motivating with their eggstra special ideas.

Let’s hope the sunshine stays for a little while longer.

Have a lovely weekend.

Double, double…

Two very lovely Grand High Witches and one very grumpy one!


Oompa Loompa fiddled dee, here’s a reading game for you to see!


My my my BFG – what big ears you have…


Even book characters take a moment to read for pleasure!


How many characters can you identify?


Ready to start a great Character Day at Norbury.

IMG_0206 IMG_0209 IMG_0211 IMG_0213 IMG_0214 IMG_0215 IMG_0217 IMG_0218 IMG_0219 IMG_0220 IMG_0221 IMG_0222 IMG_0223 IMG_0224 IMG_0225 IMG_0226 IMG_0227 IMG_0228 IMG_0229 IMG_0230Wow what a week we had last week.  After great preparations and much excitement the children arrived in their splendour dressed as every Roald Dahl character you can think of. The day was packed with exciting opportunities to rediscover some of our favourite stories from one of our favourite authors.

The Road to Rio…

It may have been  a breezy 10 degrees in not so sunny Hazel Grove but we were certainly feeling the heat of Carnival spirit as we samba danced, shimmied and most certainly made some noise!

…and we’re off.

…following the samba rhythm

…looks like we’re going this way.

… swing those hips.


…shake, shake, shake.

…hold on to your hats.

…oops – can you see where you are going?

…bang, bang, bang went the drums.

…keep up those smiles.

…another step forward.

…singing as we go.

…flags and banners high.

… banners bright and bold.


…a great time was had by all!

It was great to see so many parents and friends join us in the playground for our Carnival procession.  It may not have been quite Rio but there was a little bit of colour and fun in our learning today.

Great stuff!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

All around our school
Take a look in the hall and then
Amazing once again
The children with their songs and lines stand cool!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Trees in every room
But the greatest sight to see
Is the challenge activity
Children reaching targets with a zoom!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We’ve celebrated the fair

Secret gifts, photos and stalls

The sound of cheery calls

All around amidst the winter air!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the hols will start
After concerts and party time
Children singing rhyme
Ready to tear the wrappings all apart!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the year will begin
And the thing that will make it fine
Is the children who always shine

As we welcome 2016 in!

Not quite the New Year but there is definitely a Christmassy feel in school this week. Last week our brilliant Y6 learners sang and behaved beautifully in Norbury Church for the annual cluster carol service.

Today we saw the first of two performances of Straw and Order by our very wonderful Y1 and Y2 learners who simply rose to the occasion.

There’s another delightful slice to enjoy tomorrow followed by two more performances from our youngest learners as we join them for a Christmas Singalong. Phew!

If that weren’t enough to be  enjoying we have our carol service for KS2 at Norbury Church on Thursday afternoon.

As for all the fun of the fair – Friday’s Christmas Fair was a massive success – thank you to all involved in making it happen. We raised over £4,000 which will help give the children even more exciting learning experiences.

We have had a very successful 2015 and we look forward to a year ahead with further adventure and opportunity.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very restful holiday break and look forward to a happy, healthy and harmonious ( in the words of the play) 2016.


Norbury Values… from the mouths of babes…

I cannot believe we are fast approaching half term and that we shall soon be discussing the festivities and arrangements of – dare I say it… Christmas.

The autumn term always seems to be jam packed with events and the children are often brimming with excitement as we challenge them with even more to do as the expectations for learning seemed to get higher and higher.  This doesn’t seem to be too much for our learners here at Norbury though.

This week I was once again proud and delighted to be in the company of such empathetic, altruistic, caring and considerate children. As a school we promote our Norbury Values with each child being an ambassador for the school, each championing the strong moral values and beliefs we hold.

One of our values sits around responsibility. I have heard learners talking about taking responsibility to help one another in and around school. They speak eloquently about sharing and caring for one another and this is proven in their attitudes to each other around school. One learner actually remarked, “If we  take responsibility and raise money for cancer research there could be a cure by the time we’ve grown up.” Now, if that isn’t a young person with a strong moral core with a sense of responsibility I really don’t know what is.

I am especially proud of the  charitable approach the children have when thinking about fundraising and helping others outside of the school community.

We have four girls in Year 6 who are setting up their very own initiative called ’10 for 10′ which is aiming for a target of £500 for The Christie. The girls are planning to cycle 10 miles over half term along with their cycling dads. We are hoping they will plan some Golden Time events next half term for the children to take part in. What an inspiration – and only 10 years old!

IMG_2267Rebekah, Emily,Rebekah and Leah – the brains behind 10 for10!

I think our future is in safe hands!