North Elmham CEVA
Primary School


Guests in for Lions and Whales

In Lions Class and Whales Class we have been lucky enough to have a couple of visitors over the last two weeks to help us with our local history project. First, we had Reverend Sally in from North Elmham Church and she told us all about the history of the church and the chapel ruins. The children really enjoyed listening to all the fascinating facts and asking lots of questions. The Reverend also helped us with our RE topic of Christian beliefs. This week, we were joined by local historian Mrs Woodhouse, who brought with her lots of fantastic and interesting photos of North Elmham in the past. The children found looking at places they know so well, including the school, but 100 years ago really interesting. We would like to thank our guests and hope they enjoyed their visit to our class.

Owl Visit

This week our Reception children were lucky enough to meet some very special visitors – a tawny owl, a barn owl and a ‘little’ owl. The visit took place at our onsite preschool, Scribbles, and was a wonderful opportunity for children to see these beautiful birds up close. Later in the morning the rest of the class were treated to a sneaky peek and everyone enjoyed the owls so much that Mrs Gkikopoulous decided to base the afternoon’s art session around the owls. Great work Sheep!

Flower Dissection in Whales Class

Whales class continued their learning about plants by dissecting flowers today. We started by taking off the sepals which protect the petals, then we looked at the anthers, the stigma, the ovary and the ovules. The children loved using the magnifying glasses to look at the ovules! We then discovered how all the parts of the flower are important in the processes of pollination and fertilisation. Great work, Whales!

Sheep Class – ‘Parable of the Two Builders’

Sheep Class have been revisiting the parable of the Two Builders. The wise man builds his house on the rock, reminding us that a solid foundation enables us to succeed and flourish in all areas of our lives. Children were keen to test this out and got straight to work in the outdoor area, working in teams to build their house either on the pavement or in the sandpit. Well I think we all knew what the outcome would be and it wasn’t long before the foolish team’s house came down! A valuable lesson for Sheep Class and some possible future builders in the making!

Art in Sheep Class

In their first art lesson at school, Reception children enjoyed hearing the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson, then they had a go at making spiral pictures to emulate the shell from the story! What a fantastic effort from them all!

Year 1 and 2 continued their unit on drawing by learning about continuous line drawings. It was a challenge not to take our pens off the paper, but their observation skills and attention to shapes and textures was very impressive!

Maths in Whales

Children have recently been recapping and extending their understanding of place value, which we have rounded off with some lessons on Roman numerals! The class had fun making Roman numerals using lollypop sticks and practising a catchy song to help us remember them. If you would like to experience the song for yourself, follow this link!

Stories in the Loft

Whales class really enjoyed making their first visit to our new mezzanine area, which children have decided is called ‘The Loft’. We enjoyed reading our books in this quiet space and enjoying the view! We feel very lucky to have this new place to go and relax in our school.

Seed Science in Whales

Whales class continued their learning about plants today by setting up an investigation into how fertiliser helps plants to grow. Children decided themselves what they would investigate – some are focusing on the height of the plant, some on the speed of growth and some on the healthy look of the plant. We then potted up our radish seeds – one ‘control’ plant and one with added fertiliser. We can’t wait to see the results and discover whether adding extra nutrients makes a difference to the growth of our radishes!!

Welcoming our new Reception Children

We have had a wonderful start to the new school year in Sheep Class! We have been super busy getting to know our new lambs and can’t wait for them to join the flock full time next week! Everyone is really enjoying exploring the new environment and getting to know each other. Welcome to the start of your school journey Reception! What shall we learn today?!