News in Norfolk

Norwich Science Festival:  18–26 October

Join Norwich Science Festival from 18 to 26 October for a celebration of all things science, from the bugs under our feet to the wonders of outer space.  Pop in to The Explorium at The Forum, from Saturday 19 October – a free drop-in family friendly, hands-on science zone with activities for all, with themes including food and health, mental health and wellbeing, zoology and nature, engineering and technology, physics and space, and much more. Plus there’s over 180 exciting events – including loads of family shows, from the science of food with BBC One Show’s Marty Jopson, the science of Roald Dahl, to animal top trumps. Pick up a brochure from The Forum, Norwich TIC or venues across Norfolk, or visit to see all the events and book tickets. For details


Play Therapy in Norwich

Karen Hammond, a Play Therapist based in Norwich told Primary Times, “My favourite thing about Play Therapy is how play is a child's primary means of communication. For them to have their thoughts and feelings be seen and heard is a powerful force for positive change. Life can be very busy, and it can be hard to find the time to play, however setting time aside for one-to-one child-led play can really benefit emotional well-being as well as support a child’s overall development. Play helps children to process, understand and communicate their feelings, explore creativity and build self-confidence and resilience”. To find out more about the advantages of Play Therapy see


The latest from Insp. Bex Brown…

Hi everyone,

It’s that spooky time of year again where we prepare for those two big events, Halloween and Bonfire Night. As the cooler weather creeps in, it seems like the summer heat is just a distant memory. However, as we prepare for Halloween we must be aware that this is often a very busy time for the emergency services.

Halloween is a very exciting occasion for young children, with ‘Trick or Treat’ celebrations popular amongst primary aged children. We always encourage parents to accompany their young children when they are out in the evenings and to only attend addresses known to you or your child. Older children who partake in the festivities without parental supervision should be advised again, to only attend the addresses known to them as well as being conscious of older and more vulnerable members of the community who may not appreciate these visits.

Bonfire night is another fun holiday celebration; however, children should always remember to enjoy themselves whilst staying safe. The Firework Code must be followed when holding your own display. Further safety advice and guidance from our colleagues at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service can be found here - please take a look.

During this half term holiday, we ask both you and your children to be aware of Anti Bullying Week commencing Monday 11 November. You can find out more about what is going on here:

As a parent I know it is often difficult to give your child guidance when experiencing bullying. We advise parents to visit the Norfolk County Council website for great advice and tips if you are concerned about your child:

Look out for how we will be getting involved in Anti Bullying Week by following us on twitter @saferschoolsNFK

Have a great half term all,


Free No-obligation Ability Assessment with Eye Level

Eye Level is an individualised maths and English programme designed to enable children to be able to work above their school grade level independently. Its unique offering includes a critical thinking maths (problem solving) curriculum that runs alongside basic thinking (arithmetic) and a writing programme integrated into its British English study of work. Request your child's free no-obligation ability assessment today and save £50. Call 07795 142002 for more information.


Fun Play All Day at Labyrinth

It's getting cooler but the kids will love letting off some steam in the Labyrinth play cafe and laser tag arena. As well as birthday parties, open kids' sessions and family tag sessions, Labyrinth has a new toddler laser tag session at 10am on the last Saturday of the month. Young children can play with their families in the brightly themed, sensory arena, play hide and seek, then finish off with a treasure hunt for the chest of chocolate coins. Book at


Dinos Help with New Local Hospice Building

EAST Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has completed a new hospice building, The Nook in Framingham Earl, thanks to donations and support, including sponsorship from Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, in Lenwade. Adam Goymour, company director at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure said: “We are really pleased to have been able to support EACH this year; this charity is so important to us and one that is close to our hearts”.

The park showed support by sponsoring a bubble arch at the Norwich Bubble Rush and sponsored tickets for the Royal Norfolk Show Ball 2019. The team were also joint headline sponsor of EACH’s King’s Lynn Bubble Rush event 2018 as well as the charity’s float at the Lord Mayor’s Procession.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure also sponsored EACH in 2018 and has overall contributed £8,650 to EACH’s appeal, having signed up The Nook Business Network. To discover more about EACH and its Nook Appeal, please visit:


Concerned about Dyslexia? 

Dyslexia affects around one in five children and adults and can make school and work a real struggle. Zoë, from Mancroft Learning in Norfolk, offers advice on all aspects of Dyslexia, full diagnostic assessments and structured, effective tuition. She helps children and adults understand this learning difference, overcome the difficulties it presents and develop their confidence through utilising the extraordinary cognitive strengths that dyslexia brings. If you have concerns about your child’s learning, contact Zoë at Mancroft Learning for an informal chat. Either email: or call 01986 788011 or 07738 867005. For further information go to


Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham Celebrates 30 years of Adventure 

Over the past 30 years Hilltop has delivered over 10,000 days packed with hours of adventure, made thousands of phone calls to hundreds of schools, made many friendships and created countless memories. The fun filled celebration was held on 29 August and was a jam-packed day with amazing activity demonstrations and the chance for guests to have a go at activities including climbing and super swing. A delicious BBQ was served along with celebration cakes. Visit


Sign Up to The University of Fun!

Norfolk Children’s University is a programme that aims to raise attainment, promote social mobility and be a ‘sat-nav’ to better places in life. The programme is designed to promote activities that will help children become more confident and independent learners and transfer this joy of learning into the classroom.

Open to children aged 4 -14, the Children’s University supports young people to try new experiences, discover unknown talents and acquire new skills. Students can take control of their learning by using a ‘Passport to Learning’ to record their individual journey and seek activities they enjoy. Although open to all, the Children’s University aims particularly to reach children facing education and socio-economic disadvantage by directing them to a wide range of opportunities to enrich their learning. To find out more call the Norfolk Children’s University team on 01603 307717.


Norfolk Schools Set to Extend Nurseries

Four more schools are to grow their nursery and childcare places as part of the move to Norfolk’s new early childhood and family service. The new service will be targeted at families that need extra support and provide services in local community venues and people’s homes, reducing the need for stand-alone buildings.

Norfolk County Council has been working with schools, childcare providers and other community groups to find alternative uses for the buildings that will no longer be needed as children’s centres. The Council has already revealed its proposals for 16 buildings, which include new nurseries across the county and a child friendly café in Holt. It has now revealed the plans for a further eight buildings, which, for some, include use for nursery aged children, in the following places: Dussindale, East City, Greenacre, Hellesdon, Hoveton and Broadland; Stibbard; Wymondham and

Vancouver. Later this month, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet will also be asked to agree proposals to lease 14 of its current buildings to Action for Children, as part of the new service.


Campaign Launches to Help Protect Norfolk’s Sand Dunes

Residents across Norfolk are being urged to ‘Respect and Protect’ their sand dunes, with some simple tips that can help make a huge difference. Dunes play a vital role in protecting people from floods by creating natural barriers to storms, as well as being home to a wide range of plants and animals. But with more and more people visiting Norfolk’s coast, dunes can get damaged. A new campaign has been launched asking people to remember just a few key things: Keep dogs on leads of two metres or less and to follow signed paths; Respect nesting birds and other local wildlife like seals and don’t have barbecues in the dunes.


Superb Ofsted Success for Charles Darwin Primary

Charles Darwin Primary in Norwich has much to celebrate after achieving a superb ‘outstanding’ grade from Ofsted. The primary school, which opened in September 2016 and was inspected on 25 and 26 June 2019, has achieved the highest possible accolade and been judged as ‘outstanding’ in all areas. This is a great achievement for a new free school in its first inspection.

Under the excellent leadership of principal Jo Brown, the school and its staff have achieved a great deal in a short time. The inspection report highlights the ‘culture of high ambitions for staff and pupils’, the strengths of the ‘high quality’ curriculum and describes the school’s ‘confident, inquisitive learners’, noting that they ‘make very strong progress’.

Principal Jo Brown said: " It has been an incredible three years at Charles Darwin, from building a school with two classrooms to now a high achieving school. I am so proud of the staff, children and parents whom have supported the school with an unwavering belief in our high expectations about what can be achieved."



Saturday Performance Academy at The Garage

Does your child want to develop their acting, singing and dancing skills? If so, the professional creative team at The Garage in Norwich help youngsters build their confidence in a fun, friendly environment while working towards a staged production at its Saturday Performance Academy, for ages 4-5, 5-8 and 8-18. For more information see


How to Teach the Primary Computing Curriculum

Find out how to teach the primary computing curriculum effectively at a special course at the Norwich Professional development Centre on Friday 1 November from 9.30am to 4pm. This course will help KS1 and 2 teachers to understand the requirements of the computing curriculum so that they can teach it in an engaging and accessible way. Through practical activities that can be taken back into the classroom, you will explore the three strands of computing, investigate how to bring computational thinking into all areas of the curriculum and leave confident that you can teach programming. For more, see


Course in Achieving Greater Depth: KS1

Discover what makes a greater depth writer at Key Stage 1. Hone your skills in spotting greater depth work and learn techniques for developing more able writers.

Demonstrating that a child has achieved a greater depth standard in writing can be challenging. The Achieving Greater Depth: KS1 course will provide year 2 teachers with a sound understanding of the characteristics of writers working at greater depth and the confidence to develop their talents in school. Using relevant, engaging examples, delegates will understand the key features of the work. Delegates will be equipped to identify writing talent and be provided with planning and assessment tools they can use to unpick skills, engage and achieve success for all. The course will run on Thursday 31 October, from 9am to 12pm at the Norwich Professional Development Centre. Call 01603 307710.


Norfolk and Waveney to Trailblaze New Education Mental Health Teams

Children and young people in Norfolk, are to benefit from new dedicated mental health support teams in their schools.

The Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has successfully bid to trailblaze the new national scheme, providing therapy and support to hundreds of primary, secondary and special needs school children. The STP will initially commission two pilots, in King’s Lynn and North Norfolk, with each supporting children with mild to moderate mental health needs, across 40 schools. The first two teams will launch in January 2020 and will be made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners, Senior Therapists, a manager and support staff. The teams will provide talking therapy, group support, consultation and supervision for staff. Read more at


Fun with Fractions: Tuesday 19 November

Attendees to the Fun with Fractions course on Tuesday 19 November at the Norwich Professional Development Centre will be equipped with strategies to teach fractions in a way which makes the learning stick. Through exploring the progression in fractions, delegates will be left with the key steps in progression to teach fractions as well as practical classroom activities to take back and use. To ensure lasting impact, delegates will benefit from an additional resource packed with inspiration for how teachers and children can have fun with fractions. See


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