At Norley CE Primary School we value the strong partnership we have with parents. We want to hear your views and suggestions so we can work together to make our school the best for your children. Please take a few minutes to give us your views on the survey below. If you would prefer to come and chat to me please call into school.
World Book Week
Read about the fun we had during World Book week here
An Interview with the Headteacher
Pupils from class 4 interviewed Mrs Kelly about the vision for the school. Read here. E safety Week
This week we are looking at how we can stay safe, especially when we are online. If you need to report anything that you feel is not right, when you are online, you can do so by clicking on the following button.
The curriculum committee is made up of a mix of governors and staff and meets every term to look at the different aspects of delivering and meeting the curriculum.
There has been a lot of change recently with the introduction of the new National Curriculum as well as changes to the SATs tests at both key stage 1 and key stage 2, including the removal of assessment levels. Depending on the age of your child, you may have previously seen level 1,2,3,4 on an end of year report but these are no longer relevant and have been replaced. Our most recent meeting have therefore focussed on what these changes mean and how we can continue to monitor the individual progress of pupils at Norley, which is our main priority.
The committee discusses a number of different curriculum matters, from pupils attainment data and SATs results through to school trips and enrichment activities. Our last meeting looked at introducing coding and broadening our music offering, areas which have already seen new activities in school. More information about our curriculum is available on the school website.
Celebrating Christmas together
We once again made our annual trip to The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn to watch a Pantomime. This year the Pantomime was Cinderella. We thoroughly enjoyed the show. Oh yes we did! The costume changes were dazzling and the characters kept us entertained. The children particularly enjoyed the part where the ugly sisters dressed up as Honey G. Overall, it was a great day out had by the whole school.
Christmas Lunch 16th December
On Friday 16th December the children had their annual festive lunch. It was a delicious roast turkey dinner with all the toppings. The PTFA did a wonderful job setting up and helping to serve the children their meals. There was even a surprise visit from the big man himself (Father Christmas!) Each child received a special treat from him. Another super day had at Norley!
On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of December, the children of Norley CE Primary School put on four performances of ‘Let’s Do A Nativity’ at St John’s Church. The production was about a group of children who decided to put on a nativity. The ‘Producers’ had many obstacles in their way including costumes shortages, problematic actors and two unruly boys. Who could forget the shepherds and sheep dance by Class 2? The children had put in weeks of hard work to deliver an outstanding show. The nativity began with Class 1 performing two songs, to set the scene perfectly. All the children had a part in the production and it finished with a rousing rendition of ‘Turn to the East’. We would like to thank our families for coming to watch and support us as well as providing our fantastic costumes.
Congratulations from Nick Gibb Again!!
For the second year running, we have received a letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on our outstanding achievement in phonics. 100% of pupils reached and exceeded the phonics check pass mark putting us in the top 3% of primary schools in the country. Read his letter here.
A message from our GB Olympic Team
Pupils from our school wrote letters of encouragement to the Paralympic swimming team. Theses were compiled in a book and given to the competitors when they arrived in Rio. We will have a copy of the book in school for you to read soon. In the meantime we were sent a thank you message from; (Names as you look at the screen from left to right)
Rebecca Redfern – Rio 2016 SILVER medallist SB13 100m Breaststroke Ellie Robinson – Rio 2016 GOLD medallist S6 50m Butterfly & BRONZE S6 100m Freestyle Alice Tai - Rio 2016 GOLD medallist Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay & BRONZE S10 100m Backstroke.
Tag Rugby Champions
Once again, Norley CE Primary school have beaten 14 schools in the Frodsham and Villages SportsCluster in a tag rugby tournament.This means they will go on to represent the cluster in a bid to go on to represent the north west- a privilege we had back in 2013. The team won 12 out of 13 games and drew 1. "It wasn't easy, we were very tired at the end of the day." The team are looking forward to the next round later on this week.
We have said 'Goodbye' and 'Good Luck' to a great bunch of boys and girls who are ready to start the next part of their adventure. They have been fantastic ambassadors for our school and are moving to different high schools. Keep in touch!
On Wednesday 22nd June a team of 4 from Class 3 took part in the Regional Finals of the Mini-Red Tennis Event. Having remained unbeaten during the Cluster Competition and the Regional Event, they narrowly lost 27-26 in the final.
At the weekend a number of children from Class 3 and Class 4 competed in the annual swimming gala at Northwich Memorial Court. Mrs Kelly was there to cheer them on, and was very proud of the team who improved on last year's performance.
Discovery week was a great week applying the maths and science skills we have been learning all year. Amongst other activities we counted money and talked about the cost of items, practised our coding skills to make a computer game, took part in a Lego Workshop, had a fantastic talk about electricity, had a food tasting experience, and a visit from Chester Zoo. We also went pond dipping in our beautiful new pond, and had a musical theatre visit from Key Strings which was most entertaining ..... Take a look at our photos here.
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
One of our pupils was chosen to represent our school at the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations in Chester. Read about her day here.
We're in the press again - read the Chester Chronicle article here. Sports Day
Another successful day with everyone having fun. The day ended with the opening of the reclaimed Pond Area and cakes thanks to the PTFA. Go to the photo gallery to view pictures from the day. See the video
Last Thursday the children were visited by Paul and Salty from CWaC. They showed the children a video and talked about being responsible with litter by putting it in the appropriate waste disposal bins and how dangerous some items can be to ourselves and animals. The children were fascinated and listened attentively, some even taking part in the presentation. Easter Egg Competition
Well done to everyone for decorating your eggs so beautifully and with such imagination. Look at our winners here. Cross Country Success!
Also on Friday 18th March our Key Stage 2 children took part in the annual Cross Country Event at Delamere Forest. Every child that took part got a better position than last year. Altogether there were 550 children taking part. Each child runs with their year group around the designated course. We are lucky enough to be close to the forest and take the children to the course to practice in the weeks leading up to the actual race.
This year the following pupils got medals for their top positions: Year 3 Mia 3rd Year 3 Jake 2rd Year 3 Charlie 3rd Year 4 Evie 4th Year 6 Lillie 4th Sport Relief Mile
On Friday 18th March the whole school walked or ran 1 mile around the village to raise money for Sport Relief. Thanks to all our volunteer marshalls and runners who made this event possible. Watch this space for how much we raised!
World Book Week
To celebrate World Book Week we invited author/ illustrator Dunkle Deed into school to work with all the classes. We started off with an assembly where we were introduced to Dunkle Deed s books, how he wrote them, where he gets his inspiration and lots of advice about becoming authors. During the day Dunkle Deed spent time in each class sharing more ideas and advice. The boys and girls produced poems, story plans and illustrations. At the end of the day Dunkle Deed held a book signing so everyone could buy a book and have it signed with a personal message. This finished off a great day with a real author. Read a letter from Dunkle Deed here
On Thursday we all brought our favourite books into school to share and work with. Year six all chose a story to read to the rest of the pupils in the school, who chose which story they wanted to hear. Each group went to a different area in school to hear the story of their choice. Year six were excellent teachers and held the attention of all the younger pupils. Next term we invite Dads into school to read to and with their children.
Every year Andrea Ella's, youth worker, and the youth worker from Norley St John's, work together to set up prayer stations and reflective spaces on a common theme. This year the theme was 'Love your neighbour'. The interactive stations included a film about gifts, reflecting on our neighbours, a recipe for love, looking at ourselves and our hopes and dreams. There was also an activity that encouraged us to think about our neighbours in countries that are not a fortunate as ourselves, countries that don't have clean water. We had a go at making dirty water clean and donated money to the Water Aid charity. We would like to thank Andrea, Rob and all the volunteers who made this special day possible. we were able to walk to church, leaving the hustle and bustle of school behind us and take time out to reflect on our Christian Values together.
A Day with Chris Gilbert
On the 16th of December a man called Chris Gilbert came into school to give us an assembly on angels. We learnt about: Messenger angels, guardian angels, musician angels and what they all do. After the assembly he came into our class and we got to draw our own angels. To start off, we sketched a few angels in our books. Then we picked one angel out of the different designs we had done and we drew it on an A3 piece of paper. Next it was outlined, then we gave it to Chris who put Brusho on our drawings and sprayed it with water. This made our drawings filled with magnificent colours. Edward Pearson said, “It was good and I enjoyed it!” Followed by Beatrice Hammond who said, “It was really entertaining. I enjoyed drawing the angels! I think they turned out great!”
Lillie, Class 4
Whole School Visit to the Pantomime
We have an annual school tradition where the whole school go to a pantomime together, this is partly funded by the PTFA. This year we went to see Aladdin at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn. As usual we laughed, got wet, had sweets thrown at us and joined in with the singing, shouting and dancing. Mr Hoban was spotted by the Dame, who offered to run away with him! This is a highlight of the school year for the children and all the staff and will certainly be on the calendar for next year.
Our Christmas Play
Our Christmas play was on the 9th and 10th of December. We had done lots of practices and the overall performance was stunning and I am sure we all enjoyed doing it as much as everyone watching it did! We all did three performances, all of which went well. A special well done to Class 1 whose performance was well thought out by Miss Williams. I think that the play went as well as possible. Heidi Handley said, “I think the play went really well considering a few people were off and those who stepped in made it look really natural.” The play couldn’t have gone any better, it was really amazing.
Beatrice, Class 4
Top 2% of all Primary Schools in the Country- it’s Official!
We have received a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating us on being in the top 2% of schools in the country for our results in the year 1 phonics screening check. He writes, ‘I am pleased to learn that you have ensured that all year 1 children in your school have a firm foundation in reading, from which they can develop further and become increasingly fluent readers’.
100% of our pupils reached or exceeded the pass mark in the phonics reading check putting us in the top 2% of all primary schools in the country. Two years ago, reading was a school focus and this proves that the teaching of reading is going from strength to strength. It is fantastic to receive a letter of congratulations from the Department of Education, thanking the staff for their hard work and professionalism. It confirms our hard work is having a positive impact on the children in our school, giving them the best start in education and foundations for the future. Read his letter here. A Letter from the Queen
To celebrate the Queen becoming our longest reigning Monarch, in September, class 1 wrote the Queen a letter and sent some portraits to her. The children weren’t expecting a reply but were delighted when a letter from Buckingham Palace arrived at school last week. The letter was thanking them for the colourful work they had sent to the Queen. We like to bring the curriculum alive for the children and plan ‘Wow’ moments into the topics we deliver. This was a real ‘Wow’ moment for the children and the staff and has given the children a purpose to write, knowing that their writing and artwork has been appreciated by the Queen. Read the letter here. Regional Winners Young Mathematician Challenge!
Our team of four year 6 mathematicians represented us in a maths challenge organised by Explore Learning in Chester. They got through from the first round and returned for round two on Thursday 26th November. We found out they had won this second round against local schools that took part, including Kings and Queens Independent Schools, making themselves regional winners.
The team had to complete some maths tasks that meant they were working together as a team. For this part of the challenge, our children all scored 10 out of 10. This is the first time all members of a team have scored full marks and shows what great, co-operative children we have at Norley CE Primary School giving us that family ethos.
This year we have been concentrating on problem solving and resilience, clearly this is paying off and the children are taking it outside the classroom. We are very proud to have got this far with maths and are waiting to see if we will represent the North West in the final, down in Cambridge. In recent years we have represented the Northwest in TAG rugby, hopefully, in maths next!! Congratulations to our Young Mathematicians
Four of our year six pupils took part in a Young Mathematicians Challenge run by Explore Learning in Chester and they have secured themselves a place in the next round of this tough competition. One of the children in the team said "The task was a real challenge and meant we had to work together and in a methodical manner."
This was a great experience for these children and complements the work we are concentrating on in school, as our focus is on problem solving and challenge throughout the curriculum this year. Watch this space for how they get on in the next round.
If you missed our Open Day but would still like to visit the school, please don't hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment.
Take a look at how we celebrated the Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch. Read more here.
Congratulations to our Past Pupils
Top A Level grades for ex-Norley pupils
Several of our ex-Norley pupils achieved mostly A*’s in their A levels this year enabling them to pursue the careers of their choice. One is going on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge, a second is to study Medicine at Nottingham University while a third is taking a gap year and hoping to study Dentistry in 2016. Another is going to Cardiff University to study Economics and International Finance and one has secured a job with the Police. Norley Headteacher, Mrs Kelly commented: “It’s fantastic to see some of our ex pupils doing so well and we’re proud to have done our bit in helping these pupils achieve such amazing results”.
Summer Music Concert
The children of Norley CE Primary School took part in two performances of the Summer Music Concert on Thursday 2nd July. The theme for this year was ‘Music From The Musicals’. Songs were chosen from Grease, Matilda, The Jungle Book and Annie. Each class performed their songs with additional whole school songs from ‘Joseph’ and ‘Oliver’. Many of the children played musical instruments including the piano, violin, drums and clarinet. Class 3 played Ode to Joy on the ocarina and the sign language club performed the colours of the rainbow. Red and Caed sang a duet from Toy Story and Class 4 sang ‘The Rhythm of Life’. There were amazing audiences for both performances and they showed their appreciation with the ovation they gave.
On Friday 26th June we were delighted to welcome Key Strings once more. The children were treated to an afternoon of musical delight. The gentlemen wowed their audience with a number of songs based on the theme of ‘Superheroes and Villains’. They played the themes from Indiana Jones, Superman, Star Wars and Batman. Many children had the opportunity to play instruments including the double bass, cello, the rebec and the electric guitar.
Each year we take part in the inter school athletics competition. Read more here.
Llandudno Residential Visit
Find out about Class 4's recent visit to Llandudno here. You can also watch a fantastic slideshow of the visit below.
We has two authors join us in school for the day. Find out more here.
The New Front Entrance
To find out more about our new school frontage, click here.
Mums come to lunch
Once again, we invited our mums to join us for lunch. Read more here.
The Show Must Go On.....
Our Christmas Play was performed in church this year. View the slideshow below and read more here.
The Show Must Go On....The Show Must Go On....
Take a look at our handmade poppies in our First World War Memorial Garden. Click here.
School Council Friendship Bench
The School Council are very proud of their new bench to celebrate our friendship. Read more here.
New School Website
We hope you like our new school website. Please explore the site and let us know what you think. To see some fantastic photos of our wonderful children, take a look at the Photo Gallery and Slideshow. New Front Entrance
To find out more about the arrangements that are in place to minimise the disruption, please click here.
Following on from the recent Maths meeting at school, our Calculations Policy has now been added to the 'Policies' page of our website. It is also downloadable here.
Missed our Open Day?
If you missed our Open Day but would like to visit our school, please don't hesitate to give us a ring and arrange a time.
Sports Day Video
Take a look at some of our sporting stars in the latest 2014 Sports Day Video - posted on our Sports page.
We're in the Top Ten - AGAIN!
For the second year running, based on the year 6 SATs results, Norley CE Primary School has achieved a place in the TOP TEN primary schools in Cheshire West and Chester. Find out more here.
A very special Mums' Lunch
Some 45 Mums joined their children for a special lunch and play event held at the school. Read all about it and view the pictures here.
A Guide to Health and Wellbeing
A helpful online resource has been developed covering a wide range of health and parenting topics, including advice on general wellbeing and safeguarding as well as common childhood illnesses. There are two guides available - one covering birth to 11 years and a second covering the 12 to 19 age-group. To explore this resource, click on the following link: www.healthywestcheshire.co.uk
We're very pleased to announce that our new on-line school uniform shop has been launched. To find out more, click here. To visit the shop, please click on the following link: www.myschoolstyle.com/school/norley/
Norley Church of England Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Helen Kelly Hough Lane, Norley, Cheshire, WA6 8JZ Tel: 01928 788471 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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