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.

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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!

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!


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


Rain most certainly hasn’t stopped play.


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


Chickens need fun, sunshine and love too!


The beautiful game in our beautiful grounds.


Just relaxing and reading in a perfect sunny shelter.


Fish Friday – yummy Flapjack Friday – a double delight!


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


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!