The Netball team won all of their 9 games at the tournament yesterday and are through to the County finals in June!

A huge congratulations to the team and thank you to Miss Vincent for her expert training!

Changes to morning arrivals

From 30th October all children will be expected to go straight to their classrooms when they arrive at school.  The gates will open at 08:40 and close at 09:00.  Registration is at 08:55 and all children must have arrived in class by this time.

These arrangements will remain in place through the rest of the autumn and the whole of the spring terms.  After the Easter break, when the weather has improved, we will return to the previous system.


  • Gates open at 08:40
  • No children should arrive at school before 08:40
  • Between 08:40 and 08:55 children should go straight to class on their own (no parents in school please)
  • All children must be in class by 08:55
  • Gates close at 09:00
  • Any arrivals after 09:00 will be recorded as ‘late’ in the register

Below is a link to a copy of the letter sent home on Wednesday 18th October outlining the above changes in greater detail.


World Book Day

This year’s ‘Book Day’ was a great success.  Besides being great fun, the children immersed themselves in books and reading for the day and the school raised nearly £150 to kick-off the school’s fund-raising campaign to refresh and improve the range of fiction books in the library.  The children (and staff) looked absolutely splendid dressed as their favourite book characters.  Never has such a diverse range of fictional characters all been in the same place at once.  It appeared that everyone was represented, from Artemis Fowl to Willy Wonka… although no one ever did find Wally!

A big thanks should go to all the parents who put such an impressive amount of effort into the children’s costumes, and for the generous donations made to the book fund.

Goblin Race Series – The Results!

Between the 10th and 14th July a three-race series took place between the year six Goblin Racers of the ‘Dragonites’ and ‘Fast and Furious 10’ teams.  The teams have worked on their cars for over a month in preparation for this big event and there would be no-holds-barred with fierce competition expected.

Race 1 – Endurance 

Rules: One hour to complete as many laps as possible.  All drivers to be used.  Maximum of five laps per driver in one stint at the wheel.

The Dragonites got off to a flying start and by the quarter way mark had opened up a four laps lead over the Fast and furious 10.  By half-way, the gap was increasing with six laps separating the teams.  It appeared that the Fast and Furious car was running slower and the team were having problems making swift driver changes.  The dragonites led a faultless campaign throughout the race and at the finish had increased their lead to an unassailable eleven laps.  First blood to the dragonites!


Race 2 – Time Trial

Rules: Three named drivers from each team to complete five laps in the quickest possible time out on their own on the track.

This race was much closer.  The first two drivers, one from each team, completed their five laps within five seconds of each other with the Dragonites squeezing in the quicker time.  Disaster struck with the second pairing as the Dragonite steering column snapped and the car left the track leaving the fast and furious 10 to romp home with an easy win evening up the score at 1 victory a piece.  Unfortunately for the Dragonites, they could not manage to get their car repaired in time to make the last time trail leaving the Fast and furious 10 with a walk-over.  Final score 2-1 to the fast and furious 10, leaving the race series evenly poised going in to the final round.


Race 3 – Head to Head

Rules: Three pairs of drivers, nine head to head races over five laps.

With the circuit tight and overtaking awkward a good start was always going to be the key to winning.  During the racing it was indeed the driver who got the best start and the inside line into the first corner than came out the victor.  Going into the last of the races the scores were dead level and the pressure was on the last two drivers to deliver the goods.  The Fast and Furious 10 got off to the better start and lead going into the first corner and for the next three laps with the Dragonite car hot on their tail desperately trying to find somewhere to pass.  On the fourth lap a chink opened up on the inside and the Dargonites managed to squeeze through much to their opponent’s annoyance!  The last lap reained tight and went right down to the wire, but the spoils went to the Dragonites winning 5-4.


Goblin Race Series – Result

In the end it was the Dragonites who won the closely-fought three-race series by a margin of two races to one and so win the 2017 Goblin Cup.

Exciting New Project for Year Six – Formula Goblin Racing

The Formula Goblin project aims to inspire children ages 9 – 11 years old to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The project is for children to build their very own fully-functioning electric cars which the can drive/race themselves.

The school successfully applied for a grant to purchase four Greenpower ‘Formula Goblin’ kits in the Spring and Year Six have recently embarked on building two of them with the intention of racing them competitively later on in the summer term.  The two teams (The ‘Dragonites’ and ‘Fast and Furious 10’) are writing their own blogs on their respective builds which can be followed further down this page.

More information about the Formula Goblin Project can be found at this web sites:

The Goblin kits can be disassembled and re-used year on year, so they will provide and exciting engineering challenge to look forward to in the future for many of the younger children in the school.



“The Dragonites” Goblin Racer Blog

Phase 1

Today the group assembled the chassis. First of all, we had to find the right bits to start constructing the car which went smoothly – Until, that is, we started to tighten the bolts to put the parts onto the chassis. A specific order the nuts and bolts had to be in. Despite this, we got it right in the end; we worked as a team.

Phase 2

Part two of assembling the chassis – We tightened all the bolts and put a few new parts onto the structure of the car. There was also the assembly of the steering to start. Hard work was put into this.

Phase 3

The mission today was to do two things: finish tightening the bolts, also to put in the steering. A big pole had to go in for the steering which was a challenge to get in. The designer was working hard to find a suitable logo for our team ‘Dragonites’.

Phase 4

Putting the front wheels on is what we did next. The Engineering Crew (helped by the Crew Chief and the Administration Officer) linked the wheels to the stirring.

After making the logo, the Design Team were creating a number plate to go on the back of the car. They were trying different colours but soon settled on a black border, a white background and red letters and numbers, but on the front instead of white, it is yellow.

Phase 5

Attaching the back wheels was the Engineers next job, they also had to put the driving belt carefully on the wheel before they could put the outer wheel on. But something was wrong; it didn’t work properly… it could stop further progress – for now.

Later, the team where putting in the throttle in and the button to activate it.

Phase 6

We worked over the struggle from earlier so now all four wheels are attached. Now on the car is the brake disc, the Engineering Crew are currently putting in the brake mechanism and attaching it to the brake disc.

The designer has moved on to sorting out the car paint work. She is asking members of the Dragonites for ideas and is now working out how to include all of the to make one design. She is also designing a dragon to go on the front of the car.

Phase 7

We finally got to fit the components to the ‘motor box’ including the motor and drive pulleys.  The box was then fitted to the car and bolted down.  Lastly we fitted the drive belt and lined up the pulley wheels.  Next job is to do the wiring.

Phase 8

The wiring was finally completed and we got to test the car.  We had a few problems like a loose belt/pulley and the brake needed adjusting, but it all went well.  In fact, our car seemed to be a little bit quicker than the competition!

During the tests, different drivers were tried and times measured to see who was quickest and what the final driver order should be.  We also had a chance to practice changing drivers which is going to be really important during the race series.



Once we had the cart sorted we could turn attention to fitting the bodywork which had been painted in ‘Dragonite’ colours by the design team.  It won’t make much difference to the car’s performance, but certainly makes it look faster!

After a little more testing the driver line-up was finalised and we made a few minor adjustment to brakes, steering and tyre pressures.  We are ready to take on the first race in the ‘Goblin Series Cup’ which is the Endurance Round where the cars have to complete as many laps as possible in one hour with drivers only allowed a maximum of five paps before a change.  Everything is looking good!

Phase 10

The ‘Goblin Race Series’ – Watch this space for the results!



“Fast ‘n’ Furious 10” Goblin Racer Blog

Phase 1

At first we sorted out all the nuts and bolts, there were over 1000 of them and it took us 20 minutes.  Later we decided to sort out all of our tools into our tool box such as: a set of spanners, pliers, adjustable spanner and screwdrivers.  We then got all of the basic chassis frame work done.  We did make a tiny mistake but later figured it out and learnt something from it!  We now tighten all the bolts finger-tight (not fully tight just in case of another mistake!)

Phase 2

We started to design the logo for our team in our sketch books.  The head of design person is now in the process of making the actual logo.

At present the engineering team are starting the side paneling and framework and bolting the sloped front part of the cart together to allow the steering column and rack to be fitted.

Phase 3

The steering mechanism is now complete, and we have fitted more nuts and bolts – they are all tight and right!  Now we’re now fitting the front wheels and assembling the rear axle and it’s all going pretty well.

Phase 4

The braking system was installed, the main drive pulley and belt on the rear axle which was then bolted to the rear of the chassis.  We did make another mistake at this point though as we put the rear axle in the wrong way round and had to take it out and turn it round.  Another lesson learnt!

Phase 5

We completed fitting the rear axle and wheels and it all works.  There was a problem with the front wheel alignment and we had to spend a lot of time getting that adjusted right.

Phase 6

It was now time to assemble the ‘motor housing’ with two relays, a fuse and the man battery cut-out switch.  It went well and looks pretty good.  Next will be fitting the electric motor itself.

Phase 7

The motor was fitted, which was quite heavy!  We then try to fit the small pulley wheel to the motor but unfortunately some of the team got carried away and tried to whack it on with a hammer and bent it.  Mr Vokes is having to take it home and file it out so it will fit!  We didn’t get quite as far as we’d hoped, but the cart is starting to look like a cart now.

Phase 8

The cart is up and running!  It works pretty well although there are a few minor adjustment to make to the brakes and pulley system off the motor that drives the rear wheels – it seems too tight and we’ve less power and top speed compared to the other team?  We’ll work on this.

Still, we managed to get plenty of testing in and practice driver changes ready for the first (endurance) round of the ‘Goblin Race Series’.

Phase 9

We sorted the drive belt and it goes much better, but still not as fast as we’d hoped.  Anyway, the car is reliable and should do the hour long endurance race without a problem.

The bodywork was fitted and the car looks great!

We managed to get a few final test laps in and put a bit more air in the tyres which seems to have added a few mph to our top speed.  The car (and drivers) are as ready as they’ll ever be!

Y6 Hautbois Camping Adventure

Kayakers on the River Bure at Hautbois.

Kayakers on the River Bure at Hautbois.

Residential Week at Hautbois

Year six returned from Hautbois today after a fantastic week of exhilarating adventurous activities and five days under canvas. There were many highlights during the week, but perhaps most notable was the fact the Mrs Brandwood had to be taken away in an ambulance on the Wednesday because she has such bad indigestion!

The activities ranged from those on the water, like kayaking and canoeing, to those up high like abseiling, climbing and the zip wire. There were one or two white faces on the top of the abseiling tower, but everyone had a go at everything and learnt something about themselves in the process. The food was great (thanks Mr Vokes) and those that were there certainly appreciated the energy provided by his special egg and bacon baps in the morning – maybe that was Mrs B’s problem!

Jack Syer won the award for the most capsizes in the kayaks, beating the previous record of four dunkings, and taking it to an impressive five. Mind you, the raft building was equally eventful, with the A group’s raft lasting a mere thirty seconds before disintegrating into a pile of floating debris, littering eight bodies across the River Bure. It’s all part of the fun though, and everyone should be thankful that we have a swimming pool at Swanton Morley and everyone is a pretty decent swimmer!

To cap it all, the weather was great, warm and dry all week. Mr Vokes was dead chuffed that he managed to get all the tents down in the dry for once!

A great week was had by all, a thoroughly mind-blowing experience.