18th December 2018
We were privileged to be amongst the audience watching the KS1 Christmas production on Wednesday. The teachers, teaching assistants and children had worked so hard to present a delightfully entertaining Nativity which enabled every child to be part of the performance. With two grandchildren taking part , this was the third year we have been to the Christmas celebration and, as always, the standard of singing, acting, dancing , set and costumes was a joy to behold and yet another example of the admirable way in which you enable creativity and confidence to flourish in the school.
Congratulations also to the young musicians who entertained us before the performance.
With warmest wishes for a very Happy Christmas to you all at Brundall Primary School, and with much appreciation for sharing the joy of the season with the wider community.
December 18, 2018
Puffins Shared Lesson November 8 2018
‘I liked that the children were encouraged to do the sawing and greeted at the start of the lesson-they are doing so well-seem so grown up.’
‘liked the talk about learning at the beginning’
‘loved seeing the fantastic wall displays which linked into the project of sword making’
‘fun and engaging’
‘clear instructions and objectives’
‘happy class; thank you’
‘I noticed how well the children are behaved’
‘enthusiasm of the children and the teacher!’
‘the children were confident and happy and well behaved’
‘I was impressed with my duaghter’s sawing skills!’
‘the children had been so involved in setting up the session’
‘Miss Peers’ clarity of purpose’
December 6, 2018
'Loved being…in his classroom, it is very impressive. Mrs Wicks is a very organised and committed teacher and managed children and parents very well. I liked the start to the day that the children have, Mrs Wicks brings everyone together. The software that she uses for phonetics is very engaging and she uses it wisely in conjunction with other methods'
November 19, 2018
New parents morning testimonial… November 2018
I just wanted to send a quick email of thanks to staff and pupils for such an informative and welcoming open morning, this morning 9th November.
The year 6 tour guides were absolutely brilliant and it is clear that they are very proud of their school. As a fellow early years teacher, it made my heart sing to see such a wide range of child-led learning taking place throughout the school, but particularly in the Reception/ Yr 1 classrooms. All children seemed extremely motivated and focused, but most importantly were having fun!
Mrs Wicks and Mrs Brown were able to answer our questions and we feel sure that Brundall will be the right ‘fit’…It was so, so reassuring to see and hear that the focus is on the ‘whole’ child rather than just academic progress.
November 13, 2018
‘nice to see so much sharing’
‘great team work’
‘children were very engaged and cooperated well’
‘all the children working together and compromising. Teamwork!’
‘children working hard, joining in , listening carefully to instructions’
‘they got stuck in’
‘everyone well behaved and working together. Very happy bunch’
‘children were very creative and imaginative’
‘how creative they are with generating ideas’
‘how polite the children are’
‘clear instructions from the teacher. Children were focused and engaged. Lovely resources. Calm atmosphere’
‘the team had a good plan of what they wanted to achieve’
‘all co-operated. Accommodated others’ ideas well!’
‘showing: negotiating, positive attitudes, team work, being careful, creativity, detailed designs-fun!’
November 9, 2018
‘children were very engaged. So many excellent visual aids. Software a brilliant resource.’
‘Liked the start of the day and bringing everyone together’
‘I loved the concept behind ‘pit of doom.’ I will use this at home’
‘craft area great. Phonics session informative. Diwali presentation excellent’
‘each child given an opportunity to engage with the lesson’
‘how well the year ones are learning to write.’
‘lovely variety of activities’
‘children all focused and motivated. The showed good independence around the room getting things they needed by themselves’
‘all children engaged in learning’
‘good relationship between staff and children. Children have a good understanding of what’s going on. Staff very helpful and friendly’
‘…all the children were engaged and helpful towards others’
November 9, 2018
Penguins Parent share 6.11.18
‘very pleased and surprised with how much progress they have made’
‘how attentive and involved all the children are’
‘the variety of activities cater for all children…and their moods!’
‘how proud the children are’
‘I like that the children had a ‘brain break!’
‘…the ‘special person’ is a good idea’
‘amazing skeleton song. Teachers are very patient with students’
‘so many different learning resources around the classroom’
‘the children all seem very engaged in their learning and it’s good to see them learning in a fun and enjoyable way’
‘lovely ways to include learning at every opportunity’
‘Mrs Brown was very good at getting the children to concentrate’
‘their progress is impressive’
November 9, 2018
Hawks shared Lesson 3.10.18
‘I’m very impressed with how the children listen to and respect Mr Applegate. Looking forward to the nesxt parent share, as (I) love seeing what happens in class.’
‘really good session! Great to see what online resources are (there) to support my child’s learning…really enjoyed the games, challenges. Quality of teaching and activities was superb.’
‘nice range of activities to get the children inspired with phonics.’
‘Brill session, really enjoyed getting an insight into what the children are learning-thank you for having us!’
‘helpful to learn about online games and videos to help with learning at home.’
‘Mr Applegate has a really great rapport with the children. They clearly enjoyed the lesson, were keen to learn and keen to please him, and were well behaved and attentive. The phonics lesson was greta to see.’
October 13, 2018
Toucans Shared Lesson 10.10.18
‘really good work between kids and parents. Great theme, great tools-top fun.’
‘Great activity for fine motor skills and imaginative play.’
‘Everyone engaged in activity. Lovely buzz and atmosphere’
‘A fantastic opportunity to observe and join in with my son in his classroom environment.’
October 13, 2018
Puffins Class July 4 2018
‘Happy children…excellent fun overall’
‘Well-planned. Well thought-out.’
‘Good subject knowledge from the children. Nice to work in a group.’
‘The lesson was very engaging and it was great to see how quickly the children got involved and how interested they were in the subject.’
‘Children came up with their own ideas.’
July 17, 2018
Sports Day 2018
...I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a fantastic sports day.
I was there for the morning with my KS1 boys and it was really well organised, with a nice mix of competitive and fun events, and the new events this year were a nice addition. I like that the children get to try to beat their PB in some events and race against each other in others, and my boys really enjoyed the day.
Thank you to you, Mrs Brown and the rest of your team, and thanks also to FOBS for providing refreshments on the day.
We also enjoyed the Toucan’s assembly today, and I always like to hear the range of things golden tickets are awarded for - not just for academic achievement, but also for the children’s attitude to learning, and their kindness and helpfulness.
Thank you for all that you and your team do.
July 16, 2018
Staff evaluation: Book and Bounce Workshop – Norfolk & Norwich Festival
We came to deliver some workshops at Brundall Primary School as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. From the moment we arrived at the school we were overwhelmed by the positive attitude and warm welcome from all the staff and students. The children were really engaged in the activities we delivered, they were polite, curious, creative and even asked if they could welcome us as guests fully by singing us a welcome song. We were invited to stay for a singing assembly which was led by the brilliant head teacher Rick Stuart-Shephard, which had every child in the school singing along and engaged positively together. We really enjoyed our time at the school and it is clear that through such positive leadership and hard work from the lovely teachers, they are supporting wonderful well round creative young people in this school on an exciting journey. We can’t wait to come back again in the future, we hope!
July 6, 2018
‘All children understand the need for perseverance.’
‘It will be a good life skill growing up and learning about recycling and sustainability.’
‘Loved the class interaction and how far they have come.’
‘Every unplanned conversation turns in to learning-an opportunity to teach…’
‘Good interaction between children and teachers. A very happy class.’
May 23, 2018
ELS Mobile Library Visit 25.04.18
…throughout the day, all of the children who came to see us were very polite and very well behaved and were extremely engaged into selecting items not just for themselves but also for their class mates with able guidance and support from members of staff who also attended…
May 15, 2018
Thank you for allowing me to join your teaching team this week.
I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and gained a lot through the experience.
The staff at Brundall have been so welcoming, friendly and supportive, and, not to mention, fantastic teachers I have learnt from.
April 25, 2018
Work Experience Students
‘My work experience with Brundall primary School has helped me a lot with my career plans in the future. I am grateful for everything.’
‘Thank you so much! The Swans is a lovely class with a great atmosphere and I feel so privileged to have been able to work there for a week. (I wish is could’ve been longer!)
‘My work experience with you has helped me think seriously about a career working in education in the future.’
‘This was a brilliant experience and I will remember it forever.’
April 18, 2018
Ms Peers, Mrs Bell and Mrs Bromiley have really been excellent teachers…
They have managed to make learning fun…(my child) has also found the PATHS programme really useful…I have noticed how well she describes her feelings and...this is a very important life skill.
Ms Peers will engage with me on the playground if I need her and takes any of my concerns seriously and acts…I am very grateful.
April 18, 2018
Owls March 2018
“Really exciting project for the Owls class! Lots of different learning experiences. Design, Art, Practical. Also loved the spelling Ninjas!”
“Great insight in to class dynamic.”
“A great shared lesson to design the racing car. What an amazing adventure for the class.”
“Great teamwork in class.”
“A great project to involve the children in, linking to every area of the curriculum. The children are so excited and keen. This is real learning at its beset.”
March 29, 2018
Puffins March 2018
“Creative way of combining history with maths…encourages children to work as a team. Very good way of learning about drawing to scale.”
“Engaged and happy atmosphere. How well behaved children were.”
“All children were enthusiastic and willing.”
“Great interaction between staff and pupils.”
“Engaged and enthusiastic children. Children learn to make accurate models. Children (were) making positive comments about other children’s work, especially the 3D model.”
“The children were engaged with what teacher was saying. She made the lesson interesting.”
“Teacher’s manner-friendly and approachable, yet still very much in charge.”
March 29, 2018
We have been so so happy and impressed with Brundall school and all of the opportunities… she has flourished since starting in September and Mrs Brown is absolutely brilliant.
Parent March 22, 2018
She has had a wonderful start in life at Brundall school, you have done an excellent job, thank you immensely.
Parent March 14, 2018
Another testimonial/une autre testimonie…
Please pass on my thanks to all of the staff involved in last week's trip to France. (my son) has come home buzzing with excitement and full of stories after his adventure; what a positive experience! So thanks again to the staff who gave up their time and took such good care of the children.
Merci. Richard March 13, 2018
‘…the young athletes from Brundall clearly understood what taking part in a sporting event is all about…excited but well composed and their focus, behaviour and respect for one another was exemplary.’
‘To witness such teamwork and camaraderie at such a young age is truly testament to the efforts of the teachers and culture of the school.’
‘What an achievement…sharing those rare moments when your child smiles in that way that only their personal achievement can produce is priceless.’
March 12, 2018
‘I thought it was a great lesson. We were able to have a go at some scientific experiments, questioning what we already know about solids, liquids and gases.’
‘All the children being absorbed in the lesson and enjoying science in a fun way.’
‘Great interaction in class.’
‘Great organization. Pitched just right.’
‘How excited the kids are about science.’
‘Very good to do practical learning.’
‘The children had a good knowledge of how materials behaved and why.’
‘Hands on and fun!’
February 2, 2018
Open the Book Team
Thank you Mr Stuart- Shepherd for inviting the Open the Book team into your school. We always enjoy our visit as you make us so welcome and the children are so receptive and enthusiastic. We particularly appreciated your playing of a Jewish folk melody and the Jewish dance steps which the children enjoyed. We look forward to bringing you the story of Joseph next time. Thank you again for your wonderfully creative school. With best wishes, Elizabeth and John Stokes.
February 2, 2018
Nightingales shared Lesson
‘How enthusiastic the children are’
‘Great to see all the learning based on books and the theatre trip this week.’
‘I love the class setting.’
‘the children loved being creative’
November 30, 2017
Penguins Shared Lesson November 2017
‘How excited the children were to share their learning.’
‘What lovely rapport the teachers have with the children.’
‘Lots of interactive resources.’’
‘…so competent on computers.’
‘children…clearly understand what is expected of them at school.’
‘Such a great team!’
‘I think it’s great how the teachers make use of all the resources around the room, numbers, letters, days of the week.’
‘Positivity and optimism throughout Mrs Brown’s teaching.’
‘Mrs Brown’s constant observation of individual children is fantastic.’
‘Classroom feels safe, energetic, warm and a happy place to be!’
‘Lots of fun and smiling!’
November 15, 2017
From prospective parents…
‘Having the children show the prospective parents round is a lovely touch. The children did an excellent job and it highlighted a very open ethos. There is confidence and trust shown in this approach which was great to see.’
‘The balance of achievement and creativity really resonated with us.’
‘All the teachers we spoke to were friendly and open, as were office staff. There was a feeling of “team” in the school.
‘…good to see a range of things in the time we were there-classroom activities alongside how play time felt.’
‘…your “not outstanding yet” sign outside made us chuckle-a nice balance between humour and aspiration.’
November 1, 2017
Hawks July 2017
‘lots of enthusiastic children learning and having fun!’
It ‘encouraged creativity and different approaches’
‘good life lesson to accept if your boat doesn’t float. Learn from your decisions and try again.’
‘an inspiring teacher who has great rapport with the children’
‘I liked the relaxing atmosphere “If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter-we can talk about why.’
‘found out the school has a pond!’
July 1, 2017
Toucans June 2017
‘Children engaged with task-good use of tools. Nice making a good guess as to whether it was going to float or not, based on weights, etc.’
‘Loved how it (was) inside the class and then outside the class!’
‘Really well planned and laid out in the classroom. Great that there was use of hacksaws and clamps-not afraid to get to grips with such equipment.’
June 1, 2017
Shared Lesson June 2017 Golden Orioles
‘My son is better at spelling than I am!’
‘Lots of chatter and enthusiasm in the room. Lots of creativity and exchange of ideas.’
‘A great attitude in the classroom-I was very impressed with the atmosphere of the students. A great morning.’
‘All of the children were enthusiastic about the task and obviously enjoyed being able to bring the story to life.’
‘Interesting activity which challenged our fine motor skills.’
June 1, 2017
From the Swans…
“Mrs Wicks is a credit to this school. I was so happy to see what (my child) was doing on a day to day with his class.’
‘The class is so well behaved and all staff are a real credit to the school and all children seemed really happy and ready to learn.’
‘How well the children learn their letter sounds and how fun learning is!’
‘Structured and very understanding all the way through.’
‘The interaction between Mrs Wicks and the children and the way they listen.’
‘It was amazing to see how well they all work together listening and learning in such a happy fun and productive way.’
June 1, 2017
Owls February 2017
‘a lovely creative lesson’
‘educational but fun’
‘fantastic creative juices flowing’
‘I didn’t want to leave!’
February 1, 2017
End of 16-17
‘Thank you for creating such a wonderful environment for his first two years of education’
‘Thank you for always believing in children and finding a way to make learning fun and efficient simultaneously. I honestly don’t think our children could have had a better primary education anywhere.’
‘You, and your crew, are extraordinary and we can’t thank you enough for launching our precious people so brilliantly in to the world of being 11+!’
‘Thank you for giving an excellent start in life through their education spanning 20 years at Brundall School.’
‘Thank you for your patience, particularly through “tricky times” ‘
‘You have set (our three children) on their way with a very positive and optimistic outlook, and skills that will carry them well through life.’
‘Surrounded by a strong staff who all share your vision, you have created a wonderfully caring and nurturing environment for all who enter.’
January 15, 2017
Dear Mr. Stuart-Sheppard and Staff,
It was a joy to watch every child in the school take part in this year’s “Christmas Lock-in”.
Yet again, I sat in wonder at the apparently never ending creativity and imagination that flows in abundance from Brundall School
The theme was inspired ! The video which gave us all a glimpse inside the staff room was great fun!
The children who played the part of various members of staff were magnificent – none more so than the young man playing the part of a certain
Canadian, hockey playing Head Teacher!!!
Again, you gave us humour, wit and laughter and finally, tears of emotion as we watched the little Penguins at the end. Their Nativity was a classic Reception class tableau.
From the cutest angel sucking her thumb to the”Wise Ones” parading in grandeur, it was precious.
This was a significant occasion for those of us related to the Diggines Clan. Grandma and Grampy were attending their 12th and final Christmas Play.
Having moved to the area when Joseph was just 1, this marked my 9th – and what a grand finale it was!
Thank you for all the years of getting us into the spirit of Christmas. We’ve loved every production and as retired teachers, we recognise the all hours of thought and hard work given to each one.
When the end of term finally arrives, I wish you as much rest and relaxation as one can hope for, amid all the Christmas festivities.
Sending my hearty congratulations for a brilliant production – and warmest wishes for Christmas,
Ros Nicholls aka: Aunie Ros ! December 1, 2016
Golden Orioles December 2016
‘Children were enthusiastic’
‘Active participation and some excellent artwork! Great use of colours and form!’
‘well organised and structure, warm and welcoming atmosphere.’
December 1, 2016
Penguins Parent Share November 2016
‘Loved watching the children being captivated by the learning’
‘lovely learning, class engaged and having fun’
‘…the teacher’s lovely was with the children’
‘I can’t wait for the next one’
‘I liked the use of the computer’
‘The curry was lovely!’
‘Thank you for all your hard work’
November 1, 2016
Nightingales Shared Lesson November 2016
‘Children seemed to find it fun, even if the sums were challenging’
‘Very helpful for parents to understand the correct methods being used in class’
‘I won’t be panicking when (he) brings his math homework home now’
‘How well the children listened to the adults’
‘Everyone listening and working hard. Really useful to find out how the children are learning’
‘the children learnt a lot and got involved, I certainly learnt a lot too’
November 1, 2016
Swan Shared Lesson November 2016
‘amazing that learning has progressed so well in one term’
‘loved the constant interaction and questions…I’d like to come in more!’
‘Great participation from all of the children’
‘they were really enjoying thelearning’
‘All children well behaved and concentrating’
November 1, 2016
Hawks November 2016
‘What a wonderful morning in the Hawks’ class’
‘I liked the way Mr Applegate explained the reasons behind what we were doing to both the parents and the children’
‘The room was buzzing with motivated people’
‘…(he) could not stop talking about it!’
‘you encouraged them to give their point of view without putting words into their mouths. You make them think about what they (are) doing but not in an old school ‘you are wrong’ kind of way but a support and guidance kind of way.’
‘I found the tips offered by Mr Applegate really useful’
November 1, 2016
Toucans Class Shared Lesson
‘The children were engaged, excited and full of ideas.’
‘I loved the creative task.’
‘Kids really enjoy their class and the room looked great with all the robot pics.’
‘I thought Mrs Alison and Mrs Lamb were lovely and helpful and great at encouraging all the children. Thank you for a lovely morning.’
October 1, 2016
More on 15-16…
‘loved this year…his knowledge grown so much…never lost interest…always told us about what he has learnt with enthusiasm and depth of knowledge…’ (Golden Orioles)
‘Thank you Mr Gayford for helping…to blossom…’
‘They treat him as an individual and challenge him accordingly’ (Swans)
‘Thank you for all that you have done for him. I’m proud of all he has achieved and the person he is turning out to be.’ (Peacocks)
‘…especially pleased to see a real love of sport developing and his confidence grow.’ (Nightingales)
‘I’ve learnt many things over the 7 years I have had at Brundall, and am a little less shy. I have also found out how much I love maths.’
‘Every year he has had good teachers who helped him to learn so much-from reading, maths, English to learning musical instruments and school trips. I would recommend this school to others.’
‘I have been impressed with how he has been engaged with every subject he has been taught and his attitude towards it.’ (Hawks)
‘We have felt very lucky to have had such an imaginative and inspiring teacher this year. Thank you Mr Applegate!’ (Hawks)
‘I’m so pleased to see not only how Sid is progressing academically but also how much he is enjoying school.’ (Hawks)
‘…thank staff for the fantastic years…at Brundall Primary. I cannot conceive of a better all-round education that she could have received anywhere. Over the years, each class teacher has inspired her in different ways, be it Miss Peers and art or Mrs Power and mathematics. We…will always think of Brundall as “Outstanding.”
July 1, 2016
Toucans Shared lesson 6.16
‘All the children were really engaged with the activity and excited about what they were doing.’
‘How enthusiastic everyone is. And how well behaved the class is.’
‘Lovely learning environment-lots of opportunities to be creative/artistic.’
June 1, 2016
Hawks shared lesson 6.16
‘All children were engaged and having fun. A well-planned, different and enjoyable parent-share-well done.’
‘It was nice to see how playing with the children can help their learning.’
‘Lots of good ideas for extending mathematical learning with games activities which can be continued at home. Good evidence of how maths can be fun and part of everyday life.’
‘Joining in with exercises to strengthen core muscles provided a good opportunity to understand how children’s learning can be aided through PE and to see how hard children work at developing perseverance.’
June 1, 2016
Former pupil on placement 25.4.16
‘Please thank the Penguins, Peacocks and especially the Nightingales for making me feel so welcome. I really enjoyed helping the children and seeing how far they progressed!
My work experience has really helped me to think about a carear as a teacher!’
April 25, 2016
2015 Christmas Production
Dear Mr. Stuart-Sheppard,
This 2015 Christmas Production was probably the best that I’ve had the joy of watching out of 8 years of memorable performances.
I loved the clever wit, the charming actors and the inclusion of every child in the school. At this time of year, as far as I’m concerned, there is little to surpass the innocence of children delivering a message from the heart, to a world hungry for good news.
The incredibly hard work put in by every single member of Brundall Scholl, including support staff, is commendable. The positive energy vibes that filled the hall were uplifting! We three retired teachers were enchanted! We were in fits of laughter and joy in one moment and suppressing tears of deep emotion the next.
I wish you and all the staff a well deserved rest from your dedicated hard work which is so worthwhile. Please keep doing what you’re doing for our next generation! It’s making a positive difference!
With gratitude and good wishes,
Ros Nicholls December 1, 2015
“From the first day at schol they were challenged to be brave learners, with praise reinforcing their hard work and progress rather than natural ability. The Reception team used a book about an elastic brain ( My Fantastic, Elastic Brain) which encouraged the children to recognise that their brains can grow and develop all the time and that practice will develop skill in all areas of learning.
Here is a school which has nurtured, challenged and inspired all of our children (and their classmates) in a unique way to be the best they can be and to develop a love of learning and life alongside top academic standards. They have all been valued as individuals as well as learners and the school has given them the best foundations to continue to develop for the rest of their lives.”
March 1, 2015
Brundall Christians Together
“I never cease to amaze at all the commitment to enriching the village’s life from you and your staff…their splendid contribution to the Women’s World Day of Prayer…was superb and (they) obviously enjoyed themselves-it showed in their faces! The other thing to compliment you all on is the excellent behaviour of the children”
March 1, 2015
“I have enjoyed my placement at Brundall. I like the ethos of the school and have observed some great working relationships between the staff. I have had great fun with the Toucans and have seen some incredible learning journeys even in the short placement. They have a creative streak which has been tuned into, especially over the mindset week.
Looking at how the school supports disadvantaged pupils has enabled me to re-think differentiation strategies and how to remove barriers to learning.
Please pass on my thanks to everyone for making me feel like a part of the team from day one.”
March 1, 2015