A superb assembly by the Penguins which cleverly incorporated many aspects of our school's vision - creative individuals, responsible citizens and caring for our wider community. The children were loud and clear about what they had learnt. It was a rich and colourful morning which everyone seemed to enjoy , well done Penguins and Mrs Brown!
February 3, 2020
Just wanted to write and comment on an excellent assembly
I think we under estimate how hard it is to stand up in front of an audience, particularly as a child. The Hawks seemed so natural and I am sure this is down to the hard work of Mr Applegate and Mrs Thouless in preparing them for this. The children will use this skill for life. They enjoyed themselves too, which was lovely to see.
As I left the room I noticed them putting their arms around each other - they really care for each other. A really super group with a lovely dynamic with each other and it was a real treat for me see their performance.
January 24, 2020
I just wanted to let you know what a great job Mr Applegate is doing. Since (my child) has been in Mr Applegate's class he is thriving with his learning. The monster points/book stamp really have motivated...
I have really see an improvement in his writing as over weekends Isaac wants to write a story so he can earn monster points. He is becoming a confident reader as he likes receiving a book stamp. Mr Applegate has had a very positive impact on (his) learning.
January 7, 2020
Golden Orioles Class Share 21.11.2019
‘Really enjoyed the Quiz and learnt a lot.’
‘The actual amking a biome in a bag was great fun and will be great for the children to watch them grow…or not. J’
‘well planned, very informative, and nice to be a part of the project’
‘good balance between the written activity and the hands-on making the biome.’
‘how enthusiastic the kids were. How they co-operated with each other.’
‘very interactive lesson’
‘children listening and engaged with the activity’
‘good skills and understanding’
‘the children were interacting well with each other, helping each other and working together.’
‘very well planned out, a lot of thought into the tasks. Rally enjoyaboe doing practical and interesting tasks.’
‘Gareat organization, knew exactly what we were doing and where everything was. Enjoyed learning about biomes!’
‘Great learning-the idea of looking for answers. Welll organised, practical, brilliant and fun. Great way to learn.’
November 22, 2019
Nightingales November 13 2019
‘How friendly the class was-all the chldren loved having their parents in to show them what they do in class. Staff also welcoming and engaged with parents.’
‘Lovely being engaged in children’s cretive activity. Children were really engaged.’
‘lovely learning environment. Enjoyed seeing the wide range of work displayed by the children.’
‘Children were all behaving very well and were very polite.’
‘Caring children for each other.’
‘There’s good relationships between teachers and pupils. Many beautiful creations.’
‘Children shared well and got along well.’
‘Children were enthusiastic and confident about own ideas and proud to share their work.’
‘some great imaginations and some teamwork.’
‘Children enjoyed working on something that they had imagined….loved creating…individual characters.’
‘Well behaved children that listened well to instruction’
‘Very creative children with lots of great ideas.’
‘So impressed with the play that my daughter had written and absolutely loved linking creative design work with English.’
‘The parent share weas superbly organised making it easier to work in a crowded room. Really excellent, loved. One of the best parent shares I’ve done!’
November 13, 2019
Swan Testimonial 12.11.19
Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed the Swan class family share on Thursday 31st October. It was so lovely to see (my daughter) in her class environment and I was extremely impressed with the children’s polite and courteous behaviour during their learning time on the carpet.
I really cannot express enough how delighted we are with (her) start to school. Mrs Wicks and Mrs Edmunds have created such a nurturing and positive environment for the children and (she) loves coming to school every day…and we are also astonished by the rapid progress of her reading skills!
November 12, 2019
Running Club Testimonial
I just wanted to email you to thank the school for the extra running club provided by Mr Gayford and Mrs York-Smith. The children had great fun yesterday, after school, having a trip to the Countryside Park for a 'Running Club Championship'. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am grateful for them giving their time to provide such a wonderful club.
The results from the cross country competition on Tuesday 5th at the North Walsham Rugby Club were fantastic. It was so lovely to see many of the children from Brundall Primary achieve some amazing results and I am sure some of this is because of the extra running practice provided by the club.
Sport teaches the children about striving for success and dealing with disappointment. I know for me personally, watching my son win his race this year was wonderful. This was his third year representing the school in the second round, he knew what to expect and the possible reward that awaited him. He had a real determination when he set off and a belief that he could do it. He is exceptionally proud of the medal that he was awarded.
Hopefully, with the extra running practice from the school club, all the children who qualified for the final next year, can have a great experience.
November 8, 2019
Penguins 30th October 2019
‘I loved how confident and relaxed (the) children are. I liked also welcoming in different languages, it feels very openminded and that’s great to see!’
‘We absolutely loved this session! So amazing to see tham all engaged and joining in. …Catch-1 partner is so important for (my child’s) confidence and great to see him joining in.’
‘How lovely the lesson was, the way the children talked to each other about their learning and how confident the children are with their phonic knowledge.’
‘Wow! What a fantastic parent-share. As always, Mrs Brown was a star-lesson was thought out and delivered with fun and a real love of learning. Children were engaged and happy. Loved all the activities-such a variety. Thank you for having us J.’
‘Great to swee how children learn their letter formation and sounds.’
‘Very attentative teaching style. Engaging and fun.’
‘It was lovely to see how the children are learning so we can teach them at home the same way. Mrs Brown is a fantastic teacher and I really enjoyed the morning.’
‘very calm environment with multiple activities going on. I was extremely impressed with how Mrs Brown remained so calm and in control and how well she integrated all the children’s needs and learning requirements. We are so pleased and happy with how well (our child) is getting on in Penguin class.’
‘The structure and learning styles clearly promotes wonderful engagment and participation by the children. I was so impressed and it made me happy that (my child) is a part of this class.’
‘Loved the register too!’
‘Very inclusive. Knowledge of different children’s skills’
‘class working together, good interactions, very settled class.’
November 5, 2019
Swan Learning Café October 31 2019
‘A wonderful insight into the Swans. Lovely to see the classroom happy like a little family.’
‘Perfect as always’
‘Children settle quick and are eager to learn. A fun interactive approach to learning. Was a pleasure to be invited and see how the children are learning and progressing’
‘Mrs Wicks delivers phonics in an intersting way and with lots of different themes-brilliant’
‘Carry on doing a fab job Mrs Wicks’
‘I’m glad we came. It helped us to help our children learn.’
‘Lots of different activities to keep the children interested, really liked the morning routine-very impressed with the class’
‘All of the children happy and interested. Everyone keen to be involved. It was nice as parent/grandparent to experience what happens in the classroom (wonderful+)
‘Great lesson, really enjoyed class. Mrs Wicks is a great teacher.’
‘Amazing behaviour from children’
‘very nice curry’
‘Lovely to be able to see them in school’
‘Enthusiasm from children to show parents their classroom and artwork-pride in their school’
October 31, 2019
Toucan Parent Share 16.10.19
‘The kids are really enthusiastic!’
‘Happy children, lots of creativity, lovely activities’
‘Teachers are very friendly and it’s good to see my boy so happy!! Great day!!’
‘Teachers are amazing, kind and helpful and treat every child with respect and kindness. Children love them both and listen well’
‘The children interact really nicely and kindly with each other’
‘All were engaged in the story of Rama and Sita and related activities’
‘The children are all very happy and relaxed, nice to have time to do things with my child’
October 16, 2019
‘We wanted to thank you for the kind welcome we received from everyone but especially Mrs Yates-her passion for the school and her job were infectious.’
October 10, 2019
Equalities: Learn Equality, Live Equal
I really want to thank you for your participation in the LELE programme. The contributions you made throughout the training activities enabled some livelier discussions, which were essential in exploring what can be challenging and potentially contentious themes for schools. I truly hope you have enjoyed the programme as much as I have working with you! The Ofsted, KCSIE and new RSHE Guidance are all clear on the importance of this work, including how it falls under scope for Ofsted inspection. The difference it can make to the health, happiness and safeguarding of children and young people is the primary reason this work is of crucial importance. I am therefore delighted that you have achieved such excellent progress within a relatively short programme of support.
I wish you every success with your continued whole-school approach journey to identify, prevent and respond to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying by equipping staff with appropriate knowledge, skills and confidence and developing an inclusive school environment.
The National PSHE/RSE Adviser
October 9, 2019
Kingfishers September 25 2019
‘fun task, got us talking and bringing the topic to life.’
‘it was fun working together and discussing what we thought life might be like for real evacuees. Great little history lesson for us all!’
‘a great session. The teachers were v. helpful and friendly and children encourage and interested. Well thought out and a good intro to next weeks trip.’
Really good session, well resourced and had good chats about what and why we were making the gas masks and boxes. I thought having the maths briefing at the start of the session was a brilliant idea…’
‘well organised and informative.’
‘Wish we did this more often. 5 star to school for being so organised.’
‘very nice collaboration. Wery stimulating.’
September 30, 2019
Hawks: September 25 2019
‘This was one of the best parent shares I have attended. Really well prepared and great to get the insight into how I can support my child. Keep up the good work.’
‘List of resources will be useful too. Rally appreciate your time in directing us to video/games that will support… learning at home.’
‘Thoroughly enjoyed thank you. Good tips on phonics resources. Children were beautifully behaved.’
‘Great to see children so enthusiastic about learning and helpful for the parents too!’
‘excellent to have this information this early on in the school year.’
September 30, 2019
Owls Parent Share Comments September 2019
‘Brilliant activities…all resources were ready. Really enjoyed sharing (what) she is learning at school…a fantastic morning’
‘a really good opportunity to see how my child learns and have time together doing school work without homework moans’
‘lots of enthusiasm for the task and the children listened and were well behaved’
‘helps children understand experiences of evacuee children through discussion while making boxes’
‘good to be part of their learning process’
‘a wonderful morning’
‘looking forward to hearing about the trip!’
September 25, 2019
23rd July 2019
Our boys have had such a brilliant start to their school journeys and we have always been happy and reassured by the teachers and all support staff they have met along the way.
…they have stopped at nothing when it comes to supporting and nurturing…nothing is too much trouble and we have been kept informed every step of the way. Mrs Bond has also helped survive lunchtimes by being a kindly face and support, which has been a great relief…
(our child) has been inspired by topics and subjects, whether that is the excitement of looking for metal from the iron man around school or simply finding a different version of Stig of the Dump to read at home. He was also so pleased to be involved in athletics again under Mrs Browns wing and has benefited so much from running club not to mention String class lessons.
There is too much to mention in one email but it is obvious how much effort and time all of the staff put in and it is very much appreciated and thought of.
July 23, 2019
I would just like to offer some positive feedback on the special weeks held by the school this year.
Kindness week was wonderful, and a thread that carried through the school year. We often reflected back to it.
Art and mental health felt pioneering in a way. A wonderful way to start the conversations about mental health. It was quite moving to see the Penguins in the parentshare discuss looking after their minds at such a young age. This is how we beat the stigma of mental health problems, normalising these conversations at this age.
July 18, 2019
Sports Day Testimonial
I would…like to thank all the staff for their wonderful efforts with sports day today.
I would like to make special recognition for Mrs Elmer. I witness her showing wonderful encouragement to chidlren and showing the aspitration to achieve. When children were not confident in running, she stepped up and ran with them, a lovely moment ot watch.
…(he) came home tomight buzzing about the day so just wanted to share my appreciation for the opportunities as I fully understand the hard work and organisation that goes into an event of this scale.
July 16, 2019
‘Thank you very much, the School Sports Day was efficiently organised and well run considering so many pupils were involved. Ran like clockwork and such a great day. Please pass our thanks on to all the staff involved. Well done!'
'Couldn’t believe how fast Mrs Brown and Mrs Elmar were!’
July 16, 2019
Puffins End of Year 2019
‘…he has flourished…a truly fantsatic year…Miss Peers clearly knows (my child) and how to get the best from him which has furthered his learning.’
July 16, 2019
Swans End of Year 2019
‘…we continue to be impressed with all the things he has learned this year…couldn’t have wished for a more thoughtful teacher than Mrs Wicks.
We’ve been impressed with the variety of learning too, such as outside learning, all the theatre visits you’ve had, learning about Kandinsky , and most especially the Mental Health Week’
July 16, 2019
27th June 2019
“such a peaceful learning environment for staff and students”
Visiting Environment Change Leader
June 27, 2019
27th June 2019
It was lovely to see so many children throughout the day, and they were all so well behaved and enthusiastic about books and reading. They all listened clearly to our instructions, selected a wide range of books in a sensible manner and waited patiently whenever it was required; it was lovely to chat to them about what they were choosing for the class. Penguin class even serenaded us with a “hello” song, something we’ve never had before!
It’s clear the school has a brilliant approach to reading for pleasure and we look forward to visiting again next year 🙂
June 27, 2019
Dyslexia Café 12.6.19
‘Thank you for offering a wonderful session on Dyslexia. As a parent (it’s) lovely to gather information. Mrs Sutton was very helpful.’
‘Brilliant! Good to be able to talk to Classroom helpers and Mrs Sutton.’
‘Very informative and interesting to see all the different resources that can be helpful. Have taken several ideas away and feel slightly less anxious abut the future.’
‘I found this workshop really helpful in being able to find diferent ways in which to help my duaghter at home. The staff were really friendly and helpful. This was a great idea for parents and I hope there will be more workshops in the furture.’
‘It was nice to meet other parents whose children are experiencing the same types of problems as my son. Informatino to take away is excellent and valuable for us as supporters of these children.’
June 17, 2019
‘I love the energy and the creativity shown in today’s class.’
‘such a wonderful morning. Loved seeing the human spirograph. Loved the mental well being focus.’
‘I think it’s very important to think about feelings and well being.’
‘Lovely calm atmosphere.’
‘The children had a good understanding of the work they had been doing during the week.’
May 25, 2019
Parent Share Swans 23.5.19
‘Just home after a Swans parent share and wanted to share with you my impressions of a lovely calm and well behaved class. The Swans respected their teachers and each other, as well as being keen to listen and learn.’
‘We watched a fabulous video of the children creating giant concentric circles , and heard about how the children have been improving their mental well being via the arts… I was taken aback by how kind the children were towards each other , getting pens and snacks for each other.’
‘I felt my mental health was boosted with art activities and a healthy snack in the garden . We had a surprise visit from the fledglings!’
Thank you very much to the Swans.
May 25, 2019
Penguins Parent Share May 23 2019
‘All the children were so relaxed and happy during the outside nature lesson.’
‘The teaching staff were great at creating and facilitating the children’s learning and also with involving the parents/carers in a friendly and informative way.’
‘Excellent opportunity for the children and parents to take advantage of an excellent resource.’
‘The activities were well planned and an excellent link to mental health. The beauty of the world is not only relaxing but free.’
‘The children are having a great time. Being able to experience the wonders of nature-it makes them appreciate outdoors more.’
‘Lots of learning through exploring. Creativity encouraged.’
‘What a mindful way to spend the morning.’
‘Everyone got on well and helped each other.’
‘Mrs Brown has good control of the class whilst allowing children to express themselves.’
‘The pond area is wonderful.’
‘It was great to see the children having fun.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed how enthusiastic the children were.’
May 25, 2019
I just wanted to tell you that (my child) woke up at the beginning of the week jumping up and down because he was so excited about the frog spawn and tadpoles he was going into school to see how they had developed! He told me stories in an enthusiastic and animated way about how Mrs Brown caught the cheeky newt eating some frog spawn.
This morning he was calling out to me from bed the moment he woke at 5.30am, singing that he's playing his guitar in assembly!
He is so excited and I just wanted to say thank you for what you do and for your encouragement.
April 30, 2019
What we learnt (parents!):
Spixworth is due north of Norwich
Some money is magnetic-some is not
Blue: South/Red: North
Gravity and friction are invisible forces
Why magnets are used in compasses
Magnets work through paper and cardboard
Am going to find out on the internet which metals are magnetic and which aren’t!
You can make some fantastic games with magnets!
About forces you cannot see
That different surfaces increase/decrease the friction. I probably knew this but didn’t realize explicitly
What we learnt (parents) April 5, 2019
Testimonials for the Puffins April 4 2019
‘wonderful to see the creativity of the children in devising all of the magnet experiments. They were so excited to show us their stalls and what they had made…lovely to see the classes working together.
‘children have a good understanding of magnets and forces which they have been able to show us in various and imaginative ways’
‘nice to see how much thought and effort the children have put into different experiments involving magnets’
‘lovely seeing them all so excited about science’
‘what a lovely buzzing classroom’
‘loved the outfits and the stalls’
‘really interesting stuff’
‘lovely to see all the children engaged and enjoying science’
‘a happy class’
Testimonials for the Puffins April 4 2019 April 5, 2019
Nightingales shared lesson: April 3 2019
‘I loved how prepared the children were and what lovely ideas they had.’
‘All the children were engaged in the activity’
‘Lots of smiles and lively chatter’
‘Good to have key things to do in the activity’
‘Welcoming, organised enthusiastic-lovely morning-thank you.’
‘creativity and teamwork’
‘very happy class’
April 3, 2019
Year 5 residential testimonial
We are writing to thank the Year 5 staff for taking our daughter...on the school residential. She had an amazing time and hasn’t stopped taking about it all weekend. We would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks. Some of the activities took her out of her comfort zone and Mrs Sutton played a big part in encouraging her to do things she was unsure of.
We realise how much effort goes into organising and looking after them while they are away and so we are grateful these trips continue to happen.
March 26, 2019
Could you please pass on my thanks to Mrs Brown, for another fab morning at the UEA today. Just to let her know us parents really do appreciate all the hard work & effort that she puts in to these sporting events.
I still remember Mrs Brown spotting something special in (my child) in reception, and she always pushed him to participate in all sporting events...it was Mrs Brown who recognised his potential. He now lives for sport & hopes to eventually get a job in sport as his future career.
I do feel that encouragement from primary schools in sporting events is really important...
March 20, 2019
14th February 2019
‘my friend…who previously attended this primary school has told me that he thought that the overall standard of teaching was exceptional therefore I would greatly appreciate gaining an insight into teaching at such a standard’
February 14, 2019
Testimonials for the Owls February 2019
‘Fabulous activity, creative and informative’
‘Well behaved children, who put a lot of thought into the design and then were very careful in creating their broach.’
‘good listening and tidying –up skills’
‘Great fun and learning at the same time!’
‘Great learning about the Anglo-Saxons.’
February 6, 2019
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