Year 5 Maths Competition April 2019

On the 1st of April, eight children from yr5 took part in a fun-filled, mathematical activity day at Northgate High School. They were split into two teams and had to compete against four other schools.

In the morning, the children used their detective skills to solve clues to identify mystery numbers. Based on whether the numbers were prime, square or a factor, they also organised numbers on a grid. Next, they scanned QR codes which gave them questions to answer and Toftwood B came 2nd and Toftwood A came 3rd.  Before lunch, they played ‘a very strange game’ and had to stand up if the number was odd, fold their arms if it was a multiple of 4, hum if was square and put their hands up if it was a prime number.

After lunch, they applied Maths to a real-life situation about how to care for a guinea pigs. They then went out to the E.L.F (External Learning Facility) and collected Easter eggs with maths questions inside. There was an exciting dash to compete as many questions in the time frame allowed and Toftwood B came a very close 2nd on 13 points. The children loved meeting the farm animals, improving their communication and teamwork skills and developing their enjoyments of Mathematics.

Bradley- “I’ve learnt to be more resilient.”

Alex- “It’s been a good challenge.”

Matilda- “today has been really enjoyable and fun.”


Spring 2 2019 – British Science Week

The children in year 3 had lots of fun in British science week. The theme was ‘journeys’ and we had many visitors including; a plant pathologist, a bacteria scientist, a Science teacher from Northgate, and dental nurses.

The plant pathologist taught the children all about how plants get sick, and how they can identify this. We had the opportunity to look at some magnified photos of plants and the children were able to explain whether they were healthy or not.

Our next visitor was a bacteria scientist. She taught the children how important it is to wash our hands properly and why. She showed us different types of illnesses and how these can occur from bacteria. She also explained to the children that not all bacteria is harmful, some bacteria are good for us! The children had the opportunity to show their hands underneath a special UV light before their hands were washed and afterwards, and the children could see where the bacteria were on their hands.

Our visitor from Northgate gave a demonstration of ‘gums to bums’. The children were taken through the process of how our food digests and the journey it takes through our bodies, starting with our teeth and ending with the toilet! The children found this very interesting and it was great to see them learn about our digestive systems.

The dental nurses taught the children the importance of looking after our teeth and brushing them correctly. The children had a chance to look at some teeth from animals and/or humans, and had to try and identify who they had come from!

Spring 2 2019 – British Science Week

Year 4 had a great time in British Science Week learning about different types of “Journeys”.

As part of our week, we all had the chance to create a tasty lasagne made from ingredients we could by in shops in Dereham…but where did these foods come from? We carried out our own research and were really surprised to find out how far some of the things we eat might have travelled. For example, Chloe found out that most olive oil comes from Greece (1927 miles to the UK), Autumn was surprised to find that most of the world’s peppers are grown in China (5,551 miles to the UK) and Daisy was amazed to learn that some of our tomatoes travel 2244 miles by sea from Jamaica to reach our shops!

During the week, we also thought about some of the journeys that plastic objects make after we have finished using them. We were all very concerned about the effect that our waste plastic can have on wildlife all around the world. We researched animal species that live in the Mediterranean Sea and created a display to show what this habitat could look like. We all thought we should try to remember to always recycle plastic if we can.

Everyone in Year 4 really enjoyed British Science Week and learned loads!

British Science Week in Key Stage 2

What a wonderful British Science Week we all enjoyed this year! The theme for the week was “Journeys” and, since agriculture is so important to our region, we chose to look at journeys involving food including where it comes from, how it is processed and the journeys it makes through our bodies.

As part of the week, all the children did some cooking using fresh ingredients to create some wonderful results; they made scones, vegetable samosas, baked bread and even made their own fresh pasta for a tasty lasagne! We definitely spotted some great chefs in the making!

As well as cooking, the children also carried out their own research to find out where in the world some of their ingredients might have come from; from oat milk to chocolate and peppercorns to carrots, we learned how far some of our tasty food travels for us to enjoy and thought about the good and bad things effects this travel could have.

Throughout the week, all of the children in Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to work with and learn from some really interesting visiting scientists. We were lucky to have staff from both Northgate and Neatherd High Schools come to work with the children different aspects of the digestion of our food. We even had a visit from a local dental health team to examine our teeth.

We were also fortunate to be visited by scientists form Norwich Research Park who talked to the children about their work and how they had become scientists. Dr Phil Smith (MBE) spoke to the children about how plants and not just animals can become sick and what symptoms we can look out for to identify “poorly” plants. The children also really enjoyed their work with the UEA’s Dr Simone Payne, a bacteriologist, who showed the children the sort of bacteria that live on their bodies – they were all really shocked to see what had grown on agar plates after they were touched with “clean” hands!!

The children found out about lots of the fascinating science happening in their local area and around school. They always tell us how much they enjoy science and know how important it is in their lives. In British Science Week 2019, the children in Key Stage 2 have enjoyed lots of hands-on work inspiring many of them to think about following a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Who knows what our super young scientists will go on to achieve in Norfolk and beyond!