Magic & Mystery

There’s joy in playfulness and we love an opportunity to be imaginative, present-oriented and spirited with our pupils. Thanks to everyone for making such a fantastic effort!

Wartime Baking by Group 9


Wow! Group 9 have had an amazing week back following the half term break. We started out by looking at the holocaust and learning about what it was like to live in a concentration camp. Each group 9 member was tasked with researching a different individual who had been persecuted during this era. Students then feedback to their peers, this gave them more information about the horrific conditions and disregard for human life. Following this work the group visited the Holocaust Exhibition at Huddersfield University. The boys were very keen to ask the assistants working, questions about the exhibition so they could gain even more information. Both staff and the students found this exhibition very interesting but also very sad.

The group has also been learning about living in Britain during wartime. The group have been looking at propaganda., starting with learning the meaning of propaganda, which students have done very well to grasp. Students have been looking at British propaganda posters and have been interpreting what the poster is telling the British public, which they all found very interesting. Students have also being learning what rationing means, they have looked at an example of a wartime ration book. Students understood restrictions on food and that sometimes ingredients in recipes had to be substituted due to unavailability. We ended the week by having a go at making some wartime recipes. We made an eggless chocolate cake, which even included vinegar in the recipe! It turned out very nice, we enjoyed sharing it for our pudding at lunchtime.


Who's The Tallest in Group 6?


What an amazing start we have had to this school year. Group 6 have started to find our feet and how we all can contribute something to such an amazing group by being individuals. Each person brings something unique to our group .

This week we have been very busy, getting involved in lots of different activities and learning, but also having lots of fun at the same time! We absolutely loved going indoor caving on our outdoor education lesson, most of us enjoyed making humus in our cooking lesson (some of us didn’t like the taste of it though…an opinion shared by some of the staff). Everyone has continued getting to know each other and to be part of our group.

Our topic this half term is Darwin. This week we have been looking at evolution and adaptation and why certain animals have certain psychical traits. We have also looked at where Darwin used to live and conducted our own investigation into his office space, where our intrepid detectives noted many interesting things.

McKenna not very impressed that he isn’t the tallest member of Group 6.

We couldn’t spend time outside and the rain made us all feel a little bit glum, so in true group 6 fashion, we made the most of it! We got out the face masks, foot salts and moisturisers and we all had an amazing pampering session.

We went outside and gathered things from nature, we felt the textures and looked at the colours, and then we tried to create our own piece of nature using art. Making the most of a rainy afternoon.


For our topic work we looked at different animals and we thought all about why these animals looked like they did, then we began to think about what these psychical adaptations could be used for.

Busy Week with Group 1

What a great start we have had to this school year. Group 1 has welcomed new pupils to our class and they have made a fantastic start to their learning journey with us. We started the week down on the farm picking raspberries, and feeding and cleaning out the livestock. Everyone has been getting to know each other and introductions to the animals is an important part of this.

Our topic this half term is Dinosaurs! This week we have not only made our own colourful versions but made some fossils too. We have also started to learn how to play draughts in SULP - strategy is the key but so is improvisation so we used chess pawns to replace lost checkers!


In Thrive we learnt how 150 years ago Scissett and the areas surrounding school used to have large textile mills weaving cloth. We made looms and wove our own woollen cloth, making it into toy people. It was a bit tricky but the boys persevered.

The end of the week has been enjoyed by all as we have Fantastic Friday reward time in KS2. The rain has tried to spoil our playtime but we improvised! Football in wellies, and puddle jumping!

Rain did not stop play.

Wet play.jpg

2019-2020 is go!

Greetings from a rather chilly Joseph Norton. It was amazing how quickly the sun disappeared on 1st September.  It won’t be long before the pumpkins are out and we have our first frost!

We hope you had a lovely summer and enjoyed spending some quality time with your children.  It was great to see them all bounce through the gate on Tuesday and hear all about your adventures. Our teaching team enjoyed a restful break and spent their first day back reflecting on the needs of our children and putting the final touches to their planning.  

If you haven’t spoken to them already, your new team will be contacting you over the coming weeks to update Self-Regulation Plans and share information about timetables etc. If you need to update your personal details, please let us know as soon as possible.

I’d like to remind you about the importance of children attending every day and the importance of all pupils wearing their school uniform. While it may be tempting to book a holiday in term time, research shows this is detrimental to the education and learning of pupils. Our attendance policy makes it clear that holidays in term time will not be authorised. We'd also be grateful if you could make sure your children have a proper coat and don't use a tracksuit top as it's tempting to keep them on in class. If you need to purchase more items of uniform, please contact the school office.

Important dates for this term include:

Friends of Joseph Norton – meeting on Thursday 12th September at 1.00pm in the meeting rooms at the Mills. Everyone welcome

  • Inset day – Friday 4th October 19 (closed for pupils).

  • Magic and Mystery Fancy Dress – Friday 25th October 19

  • Half term holiday – 28th October to 1st November 19

  • Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 20th December 19

  • Christmas holiday – 23rd December to 3rd January 20

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor on our local governing body. Our governing body is responsible for making sure that the school helps every child make the best possible progress in line with the school vision and values. The governors meet with me every half term to ask questions about areas such as progress, attendance, behaviour and safeguarding.  If you would like to know more about the role, please get in touch with the school.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Harvest time.jpg
Harvest time 2.jpg

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.

IMG_3344 (1).JPG

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.

IMG_1533 (1).JPG

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.