The End of an Era!

Wow, what a year it has been in group 6!

We have spent time this week reflecting on how much progress we have made since September and what a journey it has been!

As well as looking back on our time together, the group have been out and about this week, having lots of fun! The group have enjoyed a uniform trip to Alton Towers on Tuesday, a final outdoor education trip to Doncaster Dome on Wednesday, a reward trip on Thursday and a BBQ to celebrate the last day of key stage 3 on Friday!

All the children have work incredibly hard over the year and made fanatic progress against their academic and SEMH based targets. They should be extremely proud of themselves, as the staff are!

The group has embed JNA values throughout the year, showing respect, co-operation, perseverance and responsibility.

We wish all the children at school a happy and successful transition period, now for the next chapter in our JNA story!


School Games Award - Silver

We are delighted to announce that Joseph Norton Academy has achieved the School Games Mark for the second year and that this year we achieved the silver award!

The School Games Mark is a government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements and events taken part in this year include: West Yorkshire Disability Football, New Age Kurling Yorkshire finals, Tag Rugby, Mountain Biking, Hand Ball, Cricket, Badminton, Rounders, Archery, Dodgeball, Athletics and Uni-Hock.

With almost all young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded.

A special thanks to Simon and all the amazing staff and pupils at Joseph Norton Academy, Linda Stacey - our local School Games Organiser and our Trust.

We look forward to applying once again in 2020!


Hello From A Busy Group 3B!

We have had a very busy and interesting time recently. As the weather has warmed up and the sun has made more of an appearance we have had the opportunity to learn outside the classroom more often. This culminated in our outdoor classroom day where we explored the local area to challenge ourselves with huge maths! We used large flat areas to recreate our maths tasks in chalk and work as teams to answer the questions. We played maths based games including challenging hopscotch addition!

Whilst outside and enjoying the glorious sunshine we have learnt about frogspawn. After initial learning, research and collecting equipment we have successfully kept tadpoles under the strict guidance of one of our group members Kye. Back in the classroom we have focused on the mastery of skills. This half term we have mastered a range of graphs, how to draw them and interpret what they tell us.

In English and topic lessons we have focused on the future and what the future may hold for all of us in terms of buildings, technology and health of the environment. We have explored issues which affect society including discrimination, prejudice and the negative impact of recreational drugs. Our current topic is women warriors. Here we are investigating the role positive female role models have upon our lives, how women have historically shaped the wold we live in and the inspirational females we look up to that will help us meet our full potential. Focusing on careers and the wider wold that is open to use we are visiting the Amazon offices and distribution centre next week, an exciting opportunity to mix careers based learning and finding out where our important WOW prizes come from.

Recently we have set up a group 3B Geocaching page. You can follow the progress of our Geocaches by searching our name, Fablogeo on the Geocache web page. We have hidden our cache in fake slugs, under artificial turf and in fence posts. Let us know if you find one! As it is nearing the end of term, we wish everyone a great end to their current groups and good luck for the transition period and an enjoyable summer break.

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Open Farm Sunday 2019!

Well, after a week of sometimes torrential rain, we could not have been luckier with the weather and staff, parents and governors pulled together to deliver another fantastic Open Farm Day.

Over 300 visitors joined us to feed and learn about our animals, roast marshmallows on the fire, play crazy golf and bounce on the bouncy castle. KS2 made some fantastic items to sell and KS3 hosted fun garden games. Pupils helped on the BBQ and supported staff with refreshments. Friends of JNA organised a huge tombola and raffle, which included some of Sarah T’s wonderful knitted sheep and bookmarks. our face painters were relentless! The coffee and tea never stopped pouring

We are so grateful for the support of the JNA team who gave their time and energy to help host this fantastic community event. We’ll be taking a break for 2020 but will be back in 2021… we’re sure the time will fly!

Congrats to our three peakers!

It rained. it poured. It rained some more. The team were soaked to the skin. Gina poured water out of her boots. Josh went tumbling down a mountain. Lydia was nearly blown off the top of Pen-y-hent. Stan, the dog, had an emergency blow dry but... the team made it over one, two and three peaks on the most miserable Sunday in May.

Huge congratulations and thanks to Julian, one of our school governors and Callum for gritting their teeth and making it to the very end.

And... we've hit our target!!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us to raise money for a community defibrillator. Hopefully, we’ll have some exciting news to tell you about where it’s going very, very soon.

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Key Stage 2 - Sats !

Key Stage 2 have been completing their SATs exams this week. As a school, all 10 of the year 6 students completed three English test papers and two Mathematics papers. Despite how stressful the week has been, Key Stage 2 have really demonstrated great determination and resilience during SATs week, providing a great example of how to represent the JNA values and as a staff team we could not be any prouder. As a reward for all of their hard work, the boys attended a reward trip going to Dearne Lea Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour where the students enjoyed some delicious ice cream and watched how the dairy cows were milked.


Bikability - All Passed !

Some of our pupils have been involved in Bikeability, this is a Government recognised training programme, providing practical skills and understanding of how to cycle on today roads. The project helps reduce road accidents and can save children's lives. The pupils have been out on the roads learning how to ride safely and deal with traffic and other obstacles they may come across.

The pupils listened and followed instructions given to them by the instructor, who later commented on how impressed he was that they completed their Level 2 qualification so quickly. Undertaking this course has improved the pupils confidence and they now all feel able to ride safely on the roads with other traffic.


Pizza Project ! Raising some 'dough'

In Hospitality & Catering this half-term KS3 have been hard at work on a pizza project. Pupils began by experimenting with different topping combinations to create the perfect pizza. We practiced making our fresh dough from scratch and realised that leaving the dough to prove in the right conditions and for the correct amount of time was key! We also perfected our pizza sauce which was made from scratch and tasted absolutely delicious. Check out our recipe at the bottom of this post.

After tasting and reflecting on our creations we upped the stakes the following week. We provided samples to staff and other pupils around schools and took over 50 orders for our pizzas. One pupil received a whopping 17 orders! That was going to be a real challenge to deliver. After a week break to mentally prepare for ShowTime pupils were ready and raring to go.

The effort and teamwork on display was inspirational. One pupil who did not receive any orders due to an absence in the previous session supported his peers by preparing pizza boxes and organising work spaces efficiently. It was tough, and everyone’s arms were tired from kneading over 10kg of pizza dough but due to some great #perseverance & #cooperation we did it! Feedback from customers was fantastic and most commented that they could not believe how hard the boys must have worked to produce the quantity and quality that they did. We raised over £130 for the school defibrillator by selling the pizzas and everyone cannot wait to try them again.

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Teamwork & Co-operation in Group 3A

Students in 3A have been increasingly enjoying playing board games and competitive team games over the past couple of weeks. Class favourites at the moment include Monopoly Empire, Cluedo and Uno.

As a class, the students came up with the following reasons why playing these types of games have been good for developing peer relationships:

·         Having fun with friends and taking the time to sit down and communicate whilst doing a fun activity

·         Having a laugh (usually at someone else’s expense!)

·         Developing our memory skills

·         Speeds up our responses just like when playing video games

·         Helps us to be confident when communicating with each other

Scientific research has proven that playing team games also lowers your blood pressure and helps muscles to relax, reduces stress and boosts your immune system and helps children to develop critical thinking skills. Staff have noticed increased participation and confidence in students leading games in breaks and lunchtimes. Modelled first by staff, students now have the confidence and trust to lead activities, which is really positive to see. Here’s to more games fun next term. JNA values :)


Abracadabra!! The power of pupil voice

Two months ago Callum made a great video about the outside space at KS2. He thought really carefully about how to get more children outside and sent this video to Sarah with his suggestion. Callum’s video has had over 1000 views!

As a consequence, although we couldn’t follow Callum’s advice to the letter, we have recently installed a new Roktagon.

Climbing works almost every major muscle group in the body, so children using this fantastic resources will increase their upper body strength (by using their arms and hands), increased their lower body strength (by using their legs) and develop core stability, muscle control and balance when taking part in this activity.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Callum for helping us improve the environment for everyone at KS2.

Check out the videos below to find out more!

Group 2a Love Thrive!

Thank you to Thrive for featuring this blog post on their website! Follow the link to check out our post here!

What a busy week Group 2a have had. Our favourite time of the week is Thrive. The Thrive approach uses neuroscience, attachment theory and child development to create a powerful way of working with children that supports their social and emotional development. At Joseph Norton in KS2, we spend our afternoons participating in Thrive activities that help us build a positive sense of self and build optimal learning capacity.

Some of our favourite Thrive activities are mindfulness sessions, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. This week, we used great team work to build a group robot. We decided to use recycled materials, which we brought in from home. We were all amazed at how many materials can be recycled and were really proud of our efforts to collect so many different materials. We delegated roles and each of us created a different body part. We used our incredible imaginations to design buttons for our robot - all with different functions!


The time we spend in Thrive helps us recognise different emotions. We thought about empathy this week and how we can sympathise with others. We then applied this to our English lesson. We have been reading The Iron Man and thought about how the characters may be feeling. We wrote superb letters from Hogarth to The Iron Man, to apologise for trapping him. Our Thrive activities help us improve all aspects of our development and learning and we can’t wait to continue on our Thrive journey.


Physical SULP in Group 2

At Joseph Norton we have Social Use of Language Programme (SULP) time when the children first arrive in school. This gives staff and children the time needed to communicate with each other and prepare for the day ahead. It also gives pupils the opportunity to work on their social and interpersonal skills. We spend time together getting ready for learning and the children are offered breakfast and a friendly face!

In group 2 this week we have been using more physical activity to promote good self-regulation and create a happy, relaxed atmosphere with boys who are prepared for learning. We have had a go at yoga and used the stretches and breathing techniques to support our balance and use our bodies effectively. This has helped us to be focused and be ready for our learning challenges. We have also had a go at karate as Scarlett, our Inclusion Support Worker, is a skilled karate professional! Both of these have supported our mental health and well being.

The children all joined in and were keen to try different poses and techniques. The children have lots of questions and are keen to stretch their bodies and warm up ready for their day!


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