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!

Welcome Back!!

What a fabulous start to our new term.  The children have come back to school full of smiles and looking bright eyed and refreshed for the term ahead.  Everyone managed to find the right classroom and the right entrance – brilliant stuff. We are very excited about our new curriculum and the themes we will be covering to keep it creative, exciting and above all enjoyable for all our learners.

This term we will be working on Think of a Number – 100′ which will allow our learners a chance to explore the past 100 years in a variety of imaginative ways.

A very warm welcome to our new families and an extended welcome back to our existing families.

Let’s hope we get some of that September sunshine we’ve been promised to enjoy our lovely new outdoor environment, kindly provided by our fantastic PA.

Jacqui Ames

News, News, News…

Well it seems that I have neglected the blog for some weeks as life at Norbury has continued to be busy, busy,busy.

We have had a summer term 2 full of exciting events from our super science week full of traps and some great science experiences and the welcome presence of the mysterious dome to our recent win at the Hazel Grove Carnival for the third year running. A great big thank you to the PA team who managed to put everything together and let us shine on Saturday even if the sun wasn’t.  Thanks too for the brilliant children who adorned the float in their gangster suits and flapper dresses. Once again a fine example of brilliant behaviour – well done!!

Last week was our 4 performance run of Bugsy Malone – another dramatic triumph for the actors and actresses in our Y6 Team. I was truly amazed at the styling, choreography, acting, singing and overall presentation of such an ambitious production.

And then today… another buzz around school in the sunshine. Bikeability training in the playground for our Y6 learners. A new adventure at playtime for our new Y3 children in the Junior Playground and the wave goodbye this morning of our intrepid explorers in Y5 ( new y6)!!!

Having checked in with Miss Wood I can report they arrived safely and raring to go for the hike to the centre and have enjoyed a variety of activities including the giant swing.  There were plenty of smiles and clean plates at this evening’s meal and then more activity time as I write.  Miss Wood reports that they are behaving well and are a delight to take away.  I suspect, as always, the first night may well be the longest one!

I will keep you all updated on the daily adventures until they return on Wednesday evening.

Going out with a Bang – er!

What a week – we started with the excitement of pirates and amidst the rumble of oo – arrs and the spectacle of eye patches and swords we embraced the fabulous world of Swashbuckle. An amazing and exciting event for all who participated and although our lips are sealed until the show airs we can safely say that all of our pirates were victors in their own right.

Year 3 and Year 4 continued the buzz and the hive of excitement with their woodland rumpus.  ‘What’s a rumpus?’ Mrs Ames enquired. ‘It’s what we’ve just done!’ was the indignant reply.

Year 5 continued the woodland theme with descriptive writing of settings Shakespeare would be proud of.

And then there was Year 6 – wow, so grown up and yet so young.  We began each day enjoying our relaxing café culture – an opportunity to chat with friends and start the day with a positive edge and then we proceeded to the tests.  I am once again bursting with pride in the way that our learners have embraced the week and the challenges set before them – sorting their articles from their antonyms and calculating perimeter and problems.  They were a credit to all and to all who supported a great big thank you.

Going out with a banger you ask – well no self respecting café would survive without a Friday bacon or sausage roll – so that’s how we started today.

Have a lovely weekend everyone – Year 6 – the auditions are coming!!!