Monday 31st October 2022: Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK; this year, Woodlands celebrated this on Monday 31st October. Throughout the day, students explored a significant figure from Black History and learning was focused around these individuals.

In Year 6, they looked at the importance of Black History Month and a range of influential figures. They studied Claudia Jones who is known as the ‘Mother’ of the Notting Hill Carnival. She worked to bring unity across the streets of London. They are looking forward to continuing our studies throughout our topic lessons this half term where we will be looking at the Windrush Generation. 

Year 1 celebrated black history month, a celebration of black communities throughout history. They recognised the achievements of Mae Jemison and how she has shaped our lives. Mae Jemison was not only the first black women to have gone into space but she also helped to create vaccinations.

On Monday 31st October Year 4 celebrated black history day by finding out about the life and achievements of Sir Mo Farah.  The day included finding out why people celebrate black history, looking at some of the black sportsmen and women from the 20th and 21st Century, finding out lots of information about Mo Farah and writing a fact file about him.   

In Year 2 they were researching “Hamza Yassin”. They learned all about his nature photography career and had a go at taking their own nature photos. They then created a fact file all about Hamza. They had a really fun day being nature photographers!

In year 5, they delved into the history of the Black History Month initiative and why it was so important for the people around the world to involve themselves within celebrating the achievements and lives of all black individuals with some key focuses.

They looked at the life and work of Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician who made a huge impact on space exploration alongside her team of black female mathematicians in double checking the working out of different equations and sums from a computer! Year 5 created a fact file supporting Katherine Johnson but also created a new profile for a black role model that they have within their life. The outcomes are fantastic and will be hanging around the classroom for all to see, whilst also showing the role models that year 5 have identified and relate to.

Year 3 have been looking at the life of Marcus Rashford as part of Black History Month. They read from his book and looked at his life and values. They then re-told the main events from his life and displayed his values as a poster.

Monday 12th September 2022: Lego Education

Year 6 had visitors from East Norfolk Sixth Form College who ran a Lego Education session for them. They enjoyed making pinball machines and then coded them to actually work!

Friday 18th March 2022: Comic Relief

Reception loved being Superheroes for the day and raising money for Comic Relief

Thursday 3rd March 2022: Humanutopia

Year 6 had a brilliant day taking part in Humanutopia: The Big Jump. This day was focused on building self-esteem, confidence and resilience in preparation for their transition to high school. They completed lots of tasks which challenged them to step out of their comfort zones and work within teams. We were extremely proud of the children for taking part and challenging themselves. Hopefully they took a lot from the day, we know we did!

Thursday 3rd March 2022: World Book Day

Woodlands celebrated World Book Day with some amazing costumes celebrating the wonders of reading!

Wednesday 2nd March 2022: Author Visit from Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward

Woodlands had a visit from Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward, the author of Freddie’s Impossible Dream, illustrated by Nigel’s son, Robbie. The day started with assemblies for the children followed by author workshops in classrooms. At the end of the day, the children were able to purchase a book signed by Nigel.

Friday 11th February 2022: NSPCC Number Day

Woodlands supported NSPCC Number Day by spending the entire day looking at number and Maths, with many children wearing numbers or costumes to school. The children completed lots of exciting activities such as: cooking; making a Roman Numeral dance; a P.E carousel lesson adding scores after each activity, playing games; counting in Swahili; working out fractions using Smarties; reading counting stories and much more!

Tuesday 8th February 2022: Year 2 visit to The Plantation Garden, Norwich

Year 2 read the book ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ and visited their own local secret garden (The Plantation Garden). They had a fabulous day walking around the gardens and hunting for the hidden objects. The garden has lots of areas with plenty to see.

Monday 13th December 2021: Year 4 visit to St Nicholas’ Church, Bradwell

Year 4 had a fantastic trip to St Nicholas’ Church to look at symbols and the meaning of light in a Christian context. They made Christingles and took part in a Christingle service led by Reverend Steve; they were fascinated by the meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas song.

Monday 29th November 2021: Bikeability Course

Children in Year 5 and Year 5 were given the opportunity to complete their Level 1 Bikeability course in school. Level 1 teaches you how to maintain your cycle, glide, control your bike, pedal and be aware of your surroundings. Level 2 to follow.

Friday 19th November 2021: Children in Need

To raise money for Children in Need, we had a PJ day in school, sold Children in Need merchandise, ran a second hand book sale, as well as taking part in Joe Wicks live. In total, we raised an amazing £872.98.

Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th November 2021: Our Town Week

Our Town Week gives the children to learn all about their local area and celebrate where they live.

Year 2 had special visitors in school. They work on the wind turbines and taught the children lots of interesting information about their jobs and even showed them some of their special clothes and tools!

Year 2 also visited Steve to find out about their local church. They learnt lots of new words and even got to listen to the bells and organ!

Year 6 made their very own skill based fun fair games based on their research into the leisure and tourism industry of Great Yarmouth over time. They made lemonade and popcorn which they could serve to their guests on Friday afternoon (although some bags of popcorn seemed to be disappearing before the parents arrived!). They ran a very successful funfair.

Year 5 explored the geography of Great Yarmouth.  This included researching tourist attractions, finding out about the advantages and disadvantages of tourism, and creating a survey.  The week ended with a presentation of their findings.

Year 1 learnt about Great Yarmouth docks. They made fish from salt dough and the children each got to help create a big fishing net.

October 2021: Black History Month

October marks Black History Month and was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. It gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. At Woodlands, we learnt about lots of different people and what they are best known for.

Reception learnt about artist Alma Woodsey Thomas; they learnt a little bit about her life and then had a go at creating some beautiful art in her style.

Year 1 learnt about Rosa Parks; they created a big bus and each drew themselves as a passenger to show togetherness.

Year 2 learnt about Raven Wilkinson. They found out that she was the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company. They loved that she showed her perseverance and determination which inspired many other ballerina dancers to follow their dreams also. They practiced their own ballet dances to remember Raven.

Year 3 learnt about Bessie Coleman who was the first female, black pilot. They wrote mini biographies about her and then made their own model aircrafts. 

Year 4 explored the role that Tessa Sanderson (MBE) played in our modern-day Olympics, being the first British, black, female athlete to win gold in 1984. They created information posters to celebrate her life and achievements and had a turn at the javelin event for which she won gold, although their distances did not match her 69.56 metres.

Year 5 researched Dr Mae Jemison and Katherine Johnson for Black History Month. These are two incredible people with careers linked to space. Dr Mae Johnson is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut and Katherine Johnson was a mathematician who worked for NASA.

Year 6 learnt about Josephine Baker and created presentations which some delivered to the class. They researched her life and how she fought for integrated audiences and performance contracts which didn’t allow any form of discrimination. She was also awarded two of France’s highest military honours for the work she did with the French Résistance (smuggling secret messages in her sheet music).

Wednesday 13th October 2021: Sing to Dippy Performance at Norwich Cathedral

Some of year 5 went on a very exciting school trip to sing round the cast of Dippy the dinosaur. Dippy, the Natural History museum’s iconic diplodocus cast, is on a tour round the UK and currently residing in Norwich Cathedral. The children got their own private viewing of Dippy before taking their seats to sing in the cathedral with other schools, a choir and conductor. They had a rehearsal before performing songs including an original piece written especially for the occasion. All the children had a wonderful time, and it was a great experience for them.

Tuesday 12th October 2021: Astronomy Roadshow Visit

Year 5 had a special astronomy afternoon when the Astronomy roadshow came to visit. The children got to experience the UK’s largest mobile planetarium which projected onto the ceiling of the dome. They asked lots of questions and explored their Earth and Space topic.

Wednesday 8th September 2021: Live Music Week – Band Performance

On Wednesday, the entire school enjoyed a live band performance on the field. The band was comprised of professional music teachers from the Norfolk Music Hub, who perform together as part of their annual ‘Live Music Week’. The aim is to entertain thousands of children throughout the week and to entice children into wanting to learn to play musical instruments in primary school. The band had a keyboard player, a guitarist/lead singer, drummer and saxophonist/lead singer. The children had an amazing time watching from the shade of the trees at the end of our field, dancing and singing with their friends.

Thursday 6th July 2021: Come and Play Day

Norfolk Music Hub welcomed Sinfonia Viva to Norfolk for a special concert and our Year 6 instrumentalists joined in. The concert was streamed live from The Auden Theatre at Gresham’s School and children from Woodlands practiced and performed along with Sinfonia Viva from within our own school hall. It came together really well on the day; well done to all participants and staff.

Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July 2021: Key Stage 1 Sing Up Day and The Virtual Big Sing 2021

On Wednesday, Key Stage 1 took part in Sing Up Day, singing a newly composed song called Unstoppable! Then, on Thursday, hundreds of our children enjoyed the amazing Virtual Big Sing, streamed into our classrooms live from the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London!

Friday 30th April 2021: Captain Tom 100 – supporting the Captain Tom Foundation

Woodlands took part in a fundraising day for The Captain Tom Foundation by completing different activities all based around the number 100.

Children in Year 5 completed Captain Tom maths challenges.

Children in Reception decorated 100 hearts for a Captain Tom display and baked him birthday cakes.

Year 4 took up the challenge of throwing and catching 100 bean bag throws.

Year 6 completed a range of challenges: one group were challenged to pick two everyday objects that would weigh 100g together; they also calculated different ways to make 100 and ran, jogged or walked to see how close they could get to 100 laps in 60 minutes.

Monday 8th – Friday 12th March 2021: Science Week

Children across the school were asked to make insects. They had to use their engineering skills as they were only allowed to use paper and scissors.

Children in Year 6 dissected hearts to identify and name the main parts.

 They also made blood using a range of alternative ingredients! 

Thursday 4th March 2021: World Book Day

The children at Woodlands enjoyed dressing up as part of World Book Day (as well as the staff!)

Thursday 25th February 2021: Norfolk Schools Rainbow Superhero Day

Woodlands took part in the Norfolk Schools Rainbow Superhero day to recognise all of the hard work of Critical Workers.

As a school, we collected donations to make care packages for a variety of Critical Workers to show our appreciation for all that they do.