Quiet week?

I feel like I say it every week, but what a busy week (again)! This week saw us all wearing red for Comic relief, a visit from Dr Griffin and Mother’s Day afternoon tea. Although I think the highlight of the week for the children (and staff) was my lack of voice! Thank you for all your kind words and my chocolates (Hattie and Martha). They definitely tasted better than my antibiotics!

Red Nose Day/Comic Relief

I was extremely humbled to receive a letter from Sam G asking if he could raise funds in school for Comic relief. Sam wanted to attend school dressed as ‘The boy in the dress’ (David Walliams book) As a result, we decided to have a ‘wear red’ day with participants paying £1. Thank you to you all for your support and a very big well done to Sam for his fundraising idea. I look forward to hearing how much he raised during our assembly next Thursday.

Dr Griffin

Thursday afternoon saw us welcoming a special visitor into school. Dr Griffin joined us to talk to us about good and bad bacteria. The children really enjoyed the session and are eagerly awaiting Dr Griffin’s return on Tuesday morning at 9am. We all put our fingerprint on to an agar plate (a Petri dish containing a growth medium—used to culture micro organisms) and will find out what grew over the weekend!

Parents are invited to join us to find out the results at 9am on Tuesday 28th March. Thank you Dr Griffin for a great afternoon.

Phonics test Year 1 and Year 2 SATS

Please help us to support your children by doing extra work with them at home over the next few weeks. Your help is invaluable. If you need any further guidance or would like additional work for over the holidays, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Photographs

Hopefully you received my letter earlier in the week to inform you that the photographer will be returning to school on Thursday 30th March. Hopefully the photos from this shoot will prove to be better! Please can I ask you to make sure children attend in the correct uniform (Academy jumper) with appropriate footwear and tidy hair. (Long hair must be tied up for school.)  

Mother's Day cream tea

Huge thanks to the PTFA for organising such a great afternoon and to all those who supported the event. It was lovely to see the hall so full of smiling faces.

Thank you to all the mums for sending their photographs in. We will make sure they are safely returned next week.

Well done to all the children for singing and speaking so well. It was just such a shame that the technology let us down. Hopefully we will be able to rectify this in the future.

We would like to wish all our mums a lovely day on Sunday. May your day be as special as you are.

Uniform order

Hopefully this will arrive this week. Apologies for the delay. It has been out of our control.

Pond area

BIG thanks to all those who gave up their time last Sunday (18th March) to work on our outdoor area. The area looked significantly better by the end of the session. Special thanks to the children who attended. I was extremely impressed by your strength, determination, commitment and skill sets! We will be looking for more volunteers to help plant our orchard and finish our outdoor classroom/shelter in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to get outside and use this fantastic resource.

Mystery reader

We look forward to welcoming our next reader this Wednesday.

If you would like to be our mystery reader, we would love to hear from you. It would involve coming to read a book to the whole school at 2:45pm on a Wednesday. Please help us!

Wear a Hat Day

Friday 31st March is ‘Wear a hat day’ in aid of Brain tumour research. Children are welcome to support this event by wearing a hat to school (the sillier the better!) in return for £1 donation.

Did you know?

There are more than 120 different types of brain tumour. Brain tumours are the biggest type of cancer killer in children.  

Pupil voice

The children took part in a pupil voice exercise this week, carried out by Mrs Seaby (governor). All pupils were extremely well behaved and complimentary about the school and their experiences to date during this academic year. Thank you, Mrs Seaby, for coming in.

Star awards

Well done to our winners this week.

Early years — Grace

Year 1 — Jack P

Years 2,3,4 — Martha

Christian value

Thankfulness — Adam

Golden ticket

Casey and Toby

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to William, Andrew, Hannah and Emily! We hope you all had a lovely day.

Education City

Please note—children can access materials in addition to the ones set for homework. If you need help with the site, please ask.  

Fashion show

Thank you to all those who attended the fashion show on Wednesday evening. The monies raised will go towards supporting the fantastic work that already takes place in the pre school.

Although we are two separate providers, I believe it is important that we support each other as much as possible. I was really disappointed not to be able to make the event but look forward to supporting their next one.

Dates for your diary

Please note — some dates are subject to change.

Monday 28th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

Monday 28th March - Years 2,3,4 and choir concert 5:30pm

Thursday 30th March - Re-shoot photographs

Friday 31st March - Wear a hat to school day £1

Monday 3rd April 2017- Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

Friday 7th April - Break up for Easter

24/04/17, 01/05/17, 08/05/17, 23/06/17, 30/07/17, 07/07/17 - Stay and play sessions for new nursery children (3:15pm—4:15pm)

Week beginning 29/06/17 - Half term holidays

Friday 16th June - Father’s Day Celebration (afternoon)

Monday 3rd July - Sports day

10/07/17 and 17/07/17 - Reserve dates for sports day (if the weather is bad)

14/07/17 - Reports sent home

19/07/17 - End of year show (1:30pm and 6:00pm)

Thursday 20th July 2017 - Awards celebration assembly

Friday 21st July - Children break up!

Tuesday 25th July - Staff break up!

How quickly is time flying?!

Children's Magazines

Year 1 will be looking at comic strips and magazines over the next few weeks. If you have any unwanted children's magazines at home - please don't bin them! We would love to give them a new home!  

Old socks and dolls

Early years are looking for odd socks and dolls! If you have any at home, please don't bin them!

We would love to give them a new home!

Sainsbury's Active Sports Voucher

Time is running out! Please help us to purchase additional resources for the children by collecting these vouchers. Thank you in advance.

Music evening at All Saints Church

MONDAY 27TH MARCH AT 5:30PM

We are looking forwards to our performance on Monday 27th March at All Saints Church, Leek. We will be joining forces with other schools to create a performance for you all to enjoy. The theme is Musicals. We will be performing 3 songs with the other schools then a school solo!

We hope you will be able to join us and show your support. There is no charge for spectators however there will be a bucket for donations. The performance starts at 5:30pm. Those involved will need to be at the church for 5pm. Staff members will be there to greet you and direct children to where they need to be. Please come along and support us if you can.

 

Science week

What an exciting week we’ve had! Hopefully you’ve heard all about it?! All of our work this week has been based around Science. Pupils and staff have thoroughly enjoyed being budding scientists, making predictions and then testing out theories. We then shared some of our work during a special assembly yesterday morning as well as completing some experiments with the help of our parent volunteers. I’m not so sure they actually volunteered—more like felt pressured by the staff and pupils to join in! A big thank you to you all for joining in with the fun!

Activities this week have included:

  • Walking water
  • Colour changing flowers and celery
  • Egg drop challenge
  • Dancing raisins
  • Fizzing mud  
  • Making bread and butter
  • Elephant toothpaste
  • Moving pepper
  • Popping balloons with oranges

We received this comment from a parent. Thank you. It means a lot.

  • “Please can you let Mrs Ackers and the rest of the teachers know how good the assembly was this morning, we thoroughly enjoyed it.”

A child also commented,

  • “This was the best day ever!”

Fun science experiments at home

Why not try these at home?

Bravery award

Well done to Toby who was exceptionally brave this week despite having fractured his metatarsal. Ouch! We hope you are back running around soon.

Chicken Pox

We still have a few cases of chicken pox in school. It has worked its way through the children in years 2,3,4 and is now working on those in year 1! If your child does have chicken pox, please do not send them to school until all of the spots have scabbed over. Any spots filled with pus are still infectious and can be passed onto other children.

Scarlet Fever

If your child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, it is important that you inform us of the diagnosis. Scarlet fever is a reportable illness (to the PHE—Public Health England). Please note we have not had any cases within our school, however we are aware that some children locally have been diagnosed with it.

Hopefully we will soon be germ free! We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Savage and her little man Harry into school for a cup of tea and a cuddle once we are!

Action required

We still have a couple of ‘Mum photographs’ outstanding. Children need them for part of their work this term. If you have not yet sent in a photographs containing mum and child, or if this is not possible, one with just mum on, please do so by Monday 20th March at the latest. Photographs will be returned next week. Thank you!

Pond area

Big thanks to Mr and Mrs Hall who spent last Sunday digging out the pond area in preparation for our working day this Sunday.

Sunday 18th March! We need your help!

If you have an hour or two to spare on Sunday, we would love to see you! We will be meeting from 10:30am onwards to tackle a number of jobs! No skills required (luckily for me!) just energy and enthusiasm to make the best area we can for your children to enjoy and learn in.

Thank you in advance.

Warslow Education Trust

I am delighted to inform you that the Warslow Education Trust has donated £500 towards enhancing our outdoor learning environment! A huge thank you to the committee members. The money will be used to buy a life ring to be positioned near the pond and canopies and tarpaulins to allow us to do shelter and den building in the woods.

Mystery Reader

If you would like to be our mystery reader, we would love to hear from you. It would involve coming to read a book to the whole school at 2:45pm on a Wednesday. Please help us!

Sainsbury’s Active Sports Voucher

Do you know anyone who shops in Sainsbury's? If so, please ask them to pick up the Active Kids vouchers and donate them to us! It is well worth picking up these freebies. They help us to purchase additional resources for the children.

Thank you in advance.

40 Acts

Well done to all the children who completed their tasks last weekend. The tasks for this weekend are:  

  • Saturday— Pick up litter and put it in a bin.
  • Sunday— Share your best joke today.

For more information visit 40 Acts.

Star awards

Early years – Hannah

Year 1 – Daisy

Years 2,3,4 – Sam G

Well done to our winners this week. 

Christian Value

Thankfulness – Martha, Molly, Adam

Golden Table

Matthew, Zachary, Macey, Archie    

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Joe B and Mrs Virani! We hope you both had a lovely day.

Well done

Well done to Mrs Goldstraw who passed her First Aid at work course this week.  

Dates for your diary

Sunday 19th March - Pond clearing day

Monday 20th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) AM

Tuesday 21st March - Staff from Bursley in school all day working with Mrs Virani, Mrs Ackers

Wednesday 22nd March - Mrs Ackers at a MAT Headteacher’s meeting— at Manifold 9am.

Thursday 23rd March - Mrs Robinson—EYFS MAT moderation meeting—at Manifold 9am.

- Mrs Ackers teaching in EYFS AM.

Friday 24th March - Mother’s day afternoon tea and performance

Monday 20th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

Friday 7th April - Break up for Easter

24/04/17, 01/05/17, 08/05/17, 23/06/17, 30/07/17 - Stay and play sessions for new nursery children (3:15pm—4:15pm)

Monday 3rd July - Sports Day

10/07/17 or 17/07/17 - Reserve dates for sports day (if weather is bad)

14/07/17 - Reports sent home

19/07/17 - End of year show

Thursday 20th July 2017 - Awards celebration assembly

Fashion Show

Manifold Pre School are holding a fashion show and sale in the school hall on Wednesday 22nd March. Please note the new start time of 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale for £5 — and are available from the Pre-School staff. You can also pay on the door.

All items purchased on the night are fully guaranteed. Clothes are available in sized 8-22 at unbeatable prices. Please come along and support this event while also doing some shopping and socialising!

Children's magazines

Year 1 will be looking at comic strips and magazines over the next few weeks. If you have any unwanted children's magazines at home - please don't bin them! We would love to give them a new home!  

Music Evening for all

All Saints Church — Monday 27th March at 5:30 pm

A big well done to the children in years 2,3,4 and choir who attended the rehearsal at Churnet View earlier this week. The children were a real credit to their families and the school. A big thank you to Mrs Corbishley, Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp who all gave up their time to accompany us on the trip. They all got into the spirit of things and sang with gusto! Thank you ladies. Your help is very much appreciated.

We are now looking forwards to our performance on Monday 27th March at All Saints Church, Leek. We will be joining forces with other schools to create a performance for you all to enjoy. We hope you will be able to join us and show your support. There is no charge for spectators however there will be a bucket for donations. The performance starts at 5:30pm. Those involved will need to be at the church for 5pm. Staff members will be there to greet you and direct children to where they need to be.

19/07/17

Thursday 20th July 2017

End of year show

Awards celebration assembly

School Uniform Orders

We are expecting to receive orders by 31st March. Thank you for your patience.

I am delighted to tell you that we are now registered with Tesco Direct who will be able to complete individual uniform orders online.

Booster Classes

Y2 SATS  

Y3 Booster

Wednesday 22nd March at 8:15 am. You will have received an email if your child is involved.

Homework

Please try to use Education City. We are paying money for this resource.

Any problems, please let us know. Thank you.

Mother’s Day cream tea

We have sold around 100 tickets to date. If you would like to attend, please either inform Mrs Virani or a member of the PTFA as soon as possible. Tickets cost £3.50. You will be treated to some delicious food and drink and a special assembly/performance by all of the children. We really do hope you will be able to join us and support both the PTFA and the children. All monies raised will be used to enhance your child’s learning opportunities. We are currently raising funds to help create a fantastic learning environment outside. Please come along and support us if you can.

NEW COLLECTION POINT FOR THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY

The school buses will now be collecting children from the main entrance. We would appreciate it if parents could park on the turning circle in order to allow room for the buses to turn on the drive. This change is to ensure children's safety at all times. Walkers leaving school at 3:05pm will now be dismissed from the year 1 classroom door. Please wait in the little area just inside the gate. Thank you.

If you need to enter the school grounds during the day, you might find the main gates closed. This will mean that children are working outside at the front of the school. If the gates are closed, please leave your car parked and walk down the path to the main office. Again, this is to ensure children’s safety at all times.  

Vegetable Plot

The children have started creating a vegetable patch at the front of the school. If you can donate any seeds or manure we would very grateful.

Thank you.

 

Busy week

Another week of fun, learning completed! What a busy week it has been! The week started rather chaotically as we returned to find out that Storm Doris had wreaked havoc with our internet and computer system. After a few stressful days we managed to have it repaired. Apologies to anyone who tried emailing during the first part of the week. Hopefully you will have now received a reply.

If you haven’t please do not hesitate to inform us!

We then had Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day), Ash Wednesday, A Phonics evening with Fairtrade refreshments and World Book Day to add to the fun mix. We also welcomed 40 guests in to use the community room. Further details of each activity can be found below.

Ash Wednesday

Well done to all the children who took part in our Ash Wednesday service in church. The children told us about Jesus’ 40 days in the desert and the temptations he faced but resisted. They also reminded us of the many temptations that we face in our daily lives. A big thank you to all the parents who attended.

In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Often people give up things during this time. As part of Lent, we are encouraging the children not to think of Lent as a time to give something up but as a time to give something out. As a result we are completing the 40 acts challenge.

Taking time to reflect on the difference generosity can make in our own lives, as well as the lives of others, contributes to the spiritual, moral and character development of pupils.

To be completed at home this weekend

Over the weekend, we would be grateful if you could support your child in completing the following challenges. Please record in your child’s communication books if they have successfully completed their challenges. Thank you.

Saturday — Be the first to say sorry to somebody.

Sunday — Go the whole day without arguing.

Thank you!

Mrs Critchlow would like to thank you all for your love, generosity and well wishes over the last couple of weeks.

They are greatly appreciated.

Being sick is never easy but to know that people care relieves a lot of the stress involved and lets people focus on recovering. Your concerns for Mrs Critchlow highlight the fantastic community spirit within our school. Thank you all.

Welcome

A very warm welcome to Adam and Alistair. We hope they will thoroughly enjoy their time with us at Manifold and hope that they feel part of our large extended family very soon.

Nursery

Children are eligible to attend our early years foundation class the term after their third birthday. Please help us to spread the word.  

Pancake Day / Shrove Tuesday

Excitement broke out on Tuesday when the children made pancakes!

Annie was the champion pancake tosser when she managed to toss it 14 times without dropping it! Well done, Annie. I told Mr Ackers I’m going to ask you to do our pancakes next year as we weren’t very good at throwing and catching ours!

We all enjoyed delicious pancakes at lunch time cooked by Miss Lipp and Mrs Critchlow.

Missing cardigan

Macey in year 1 has lost her cardigan. Please look at home to see if it has made its way to your house. Please also make sure that all items are clearly labelled. Thank you!

Missing iPOD

Hopefully you received an email from Mrs Virani earlier in the week regarding a missing iPOD. If you have seen it, please let us know as Mrs Harris would like it back. In addition to it being an expensive item, it also has sentimental value.

Phonics evening

A big thank you to all those who attended our phonics evening on Wednesday. The event was very well supported and the feedback received was extremely positive. Thank you!

For those unable to attend the session, please find attached a copy of some of the slides from the powerpoint presentation used. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I am aware that the teaching of phonics is something that not everyone is familiar with. Although it is not the only way to teach a child to read and write, it is the method currently favoured by the government and forms one aspect of school scrutiny. All children in year 1 have to sit a national test week beginning 12th June. The results of this are then published to allow comparisons between schools to be made. Your support is crucial if our children are going to meet the threshold. The pass mark has been 32/40 for the last few years. We will not know the threshold for this year until the results are published. If a child does not reach the expected level, they have to repeat the test in year 2.

I would like to draw your attention to the video used during the presentation (The Phonemes) and would encourage you all to spend 2 minutes watching it. Ensuring that we are all using the correct pronunciation when segmenting (sounding out) words will really help our youngsters to flourish.

For examples of past phonics papers please see here. Spending 5 minutes every day going over past papers will help your child significantly.

Year 4 - PSHE

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the cost of the trips. If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of the trips, there is still time and they would be gratefully received. The total cost per child is £13.20.

Christian value

Thankfulness - Annie and Harrison

Thankfulness is the Christian value for this half term. We are extremely thankful to Annie and Harrison who have both shown examples of this value this week.

Pond area

As mentioned in last week, we are hoping to have a pond clearing day. We are looking for volunteers to help us to create a wonderful area for our children to use as part of their learning. At the moment we are trying to determine what date will be best for most people. If you are happy and able to help please let us know asap.

Suggested dates so far:

  • Saturday 11th March
  • Sunday 12th March
  • Saturday 18th March
  • Sunday 19th March

Your help will be very much appreciated.

Thank You

A big thank you to each and every member of staff. They all continuously go over and above their paid working hours to ensure that our school is able to offer fun and purposeful learning opportunities for all children. Thank you all. Your hard work does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.

Behaviour on the buses

Unfortunately, we are still receiving complaints about children’s behaviour on the buses. I am extremely concerned that their disruptive, loud and at time dangerous behaviour is going to cause an accident. I have asked a local police officer to come in to school next week to talk to the children about road safety and the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times. Please remind your child about road safety.

Photographs

The photographer will be in school on Monday 13th March . Please make sure your child has the correct uniform on. Thank you.

Facebook

Hopefully you are all aware of our school Facebook page. We are trying to use it as another vehicle for sharing some of our work with you.

As part of our staff code of conduct, employees are advised not to accept friend requests from parents or pupils. In order to avoid embarrassment to both parties, please refrain from sending friend requests to staff members. Thank you for your understanding.  

Obesity

The government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices has been shared recently. You can read it here.

As part of the strategy, primary schools are expected to provide 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day with a 30 minutes being provided at home. Our 5 minute run at lunch time and our ‘Just Dance’ will help with this initiative, however we are currently working on other ways of achieving this.

After Easter we will be focusing on healthy eating with the children. These activities will include a cookery type activity. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Car park

Please do not park in front of the kitchen doors or bins. Unfortunately parking there makes it extremely difficult for the delivery drivers. Additional parking is available at the rear of the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parents’ Evening

A reminder that parents’ evening takes place on Monday and Tuesday next week. Data and next steps will be shared with parents.

Community Room

As you know, areas of the school are available to hire for personal use. This week we welcomed the local Moorlands Brunch Bunch group who met in our community room. The group were treated to a delicious Palestinian themed lunch — cooked by Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp before listening to a guest speaker. All plates were emptied and the food thoroughly enjoyed by all! It was lovely to see the room in use and to hear the lovely comments made by the visitors when walking down the corridor. Special thanks to Mrs Hails who organised the event and made sure that the event ran smoothly.

After School Clubs

After talking to the children we have amended the clubs on offer this half term. Clubs will start on MONDAY 6th MARCH and run until Easter.

Please send your reply slips and money in on MONDAY.

Apologies for the delay in sharing this information with you.

Monday — Multi sports (Stoke City)

Tuesday — Choir

Wednesday — Film night (Early years and Year 1) and Outrageous Outdoors (Years 2-4)

Thursday — Outrageous Outdoors (Early years and Year 1) Film night (Years 2-4)

School clubs (Tuesday to Thursday) will cost £2 each. Film night will include a drink and biscuit.

Fashion Show

Manifold Pre School are holding a fashion show and sale in the school hall on Wednesday 22nd March and 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale for £5— and are available from the PreSchool staff.

All items purchased on the night are fully guaranteed. Clothes are available in sized 8-22 at unbeatable prices. Please come along and support this event while also doing some shopping and socialising!

World Book Day

A big thank you for supporting us on World Book Day. We were extremely impressed with the costumes on show. Please see our Facebook page for more pictures.  

Our day started with a whole assembly talking about reading being food for our brains. It was lovely to hear a child during the day say, “Im feeding my brain reading a book.” Well done Annie! Children then completed a variety of activities including team events such as a book quiz and a problem solving activity requiring children to get one from one side of the room to another using a limited number of mats. We saw some super work being produced on the day and lots of fun being had!

Mystery Reader

On World Book Day we welcomed our first ‘mystery reader’, Sheilagh Prince—a former cleaner at our school. The children loved listening to her read, ‘Give that back, Jack.’

If you would like to be our mystery reader, we would love to hear from you. It would involve coming to read a book to the whole school at 2:45pm on a Wednesday. Please help us!

Music Evening at All Saints Church

Monday 27th March at 5:30 pm

Children in Years 2-4 and members of our choir will be performing at a local music concert with other schools. Children will be learning 4 songs over the next few weeks to perform on the night. Ticket information will be available soon. It would be extremely useful if children in years 2-4 were encouraged to join the choir as this will facilitate extra rehearsals without impacting on the school day. Children will be attending a rehearsal at Churnet View on March 14th. Consent forms will be sent home next week.     

Need help at home?

We all need help at times but often are afraid to ask! As a school we have access to a variety of services via our’ Local Support Team’. This is a team of experienced children's service professionals who work with children, young people and families living within a our area. Members of the team include professionals such as Education Welfare Officers and Parent Support Workers. If you need any help, please speak to us confidentially as we might be able to arrange support for you.

Dates for your diary

Monday 6th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) AM

Monday 6th March - Parents’ evening

Tuesday 7th March - Parents’ evening

Wednesday 8th March - Police officer—Road safety talk

- Mrs Ackers out all day (Final day of new to headship course in Stafford)

- Mrs Robinson out (afternoon) Early Years moderation training.

- Miss Danforth to teach EY and Y1.

Monday 13th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

- School photographs

Tuesday 14th March - Years 2,3,4 and choir at Churnet View—music rehearsal

Wednesday 15th March - Early Years Height and Weight screening check

Mother's day cream tea

Please see the attached newsletter from the PTFA.

Sainsbury's Active Sports Voucher

Please continue to collect the sports vouchers. They really help us to collect resources.

Homework

Please encourage your child to access Education City. If you have lost your login details please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Parents' Evening

Thank you for your attendance at Parents’ evening this week. We hope you found the time useful and purposeful. Staff certainly found the evenings to be useful. We have looked through the comments provided on the feedback forms, and on the whole they were extremely positive. Thank you! We did notice that a couple of parents felt their time was rushed. For this we apologise. We allocated 10 minute slots in the hope that this would provide adequate time for information to be shared and any concerns addressed, however next time we will be looking to increase them to 15 minutes. If you did feel rushed and went away with some unanswered questions as a result, please do not hesitate to get in touch to make another appointment.

Some of the comments received

  • “A very positive experience.”
  • “Really pleased. A very clear progression.”
  • “It’s good to see the energy in the school. Keep it up. Thanks.”
  • “Manifold is a fantastic school, where my children are very happy. Thanks for the great job.” “Meeting was a little rushed.”
  • “A little more time might be helpful.”

Photographs

The photographer will be in school on Monday 13th March at 9am to take class and group photographs.

Please make sure your child has the correct school uniform on — including school socks.

Scarlet Fever

We have been informed that a pupil in one of the local schools has been diagnosed with Scarlet fever. This is a bacterial illness that mainly affects children.

Initial symptoms usually include: a sore throat, headache and a high temperature (38.3C/101F or above), flushed cheeks and a swollen tongue. (Scarlet fever usually follows a sore throat or a skin infection, such as impetigo, caused by particular strains of streptococcus bacteria.) A day or two later the characteristic pinkish rash appears. It usually occurs on the chest and stomach before spreading to other areas of the body, such as the ears and neck. The symptoms of scarlet fever usually develop two to five days after infection, although the incubation period (the period between exposure to the infection and symptoms appearing) can be as short as one day or as long as seven days.

If your child presents with any of these symptoms, please see your GP as soon as possible. Although the illness usually clears up after about a week, your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. It is important that you then inform us of the diagnosis as Scarlet fever is a reportable illness (to the PHE—Public Health England).

Homework

If you are having difficulties logging on to Education City please let us know via email asap. We are paying for this service so therefore need to ensure that we use it as much as possible. Thank you.

Action required

All children will need a photograph of their mum in school by Thursday 16th March at the latest. Children need them for part of their work this term. Photographs will be returned the following week. If possible—a photograph containing mum and child will be best however, if this is not possible, one with just mum. Thank you!          

Pond Area

Mrs Thirza Eades has been extremely busy coordinating work on the pond area. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will be able to use the work to support and enhance the children’s learning and educational opportunities.

We are in the process of claiming some corn poppies to start the wild flower meadow but if anyone has any packets of wildflowers that they would like to donate this would help us create more interest and diversity. We are also looking for trees for the orchard the children wish to create. Again, if you have access to any trees (through a contact at a garden centre) please remember us! We have almost spent all of the prize winnings on materials for the building. Therefore, any freebies would be much appreciated!

Big thanks to Mr Turner who spent Thursday cutting down trees and helping to prepare the area ready for our ground force team next weekend! Huge thanks to the fantastic team of volunteers who have said they are willing to help us next Sunday (19th March). Your help is very much appreciated and will enable us to work at a faster rate. If you have not returned your reply slip but are able to help, please contact Thirza asap.

Big thanks to Mrs Eades for her fantastic work to date. Without her drive and commitment we would be nowhere near where we are. Thank you!

Phonics

Hopefully you all received a copy of the power point slides from last week.  

Year 1,2 parents should also have received a phonics information booklet today. The second to last page details all of the words used in past papers since the test began in 2012. Past papers can be found here. 

If you require any further information or guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Happy Birthday

Apologies — I missed off birthdays last week. Happy birthday to Madeline, Sam B, James

This week: Ellie and Eton.

Year 4 PSHE

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the cost of the trips. If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of the trips, there is still time and they would be gratefully received. The total cost per child is £13.20.

Star awards

Well done to our winners this week.

Early years — Gwen

Year 1 — Macey

Years 2,3,4 — Casey

Keep up the hard work!

Obesity

As mentioned last week, the government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices has been shared recently. You can read it here.

Children in early years and year 1 have been enjoying their daily exercise. A video of them in action can be found on our facebook page.

As part of lunchtime playground activities, we have been organising games of Stuck in the mud, tick, What time is it Mr Wolf in order to encourage children to get active rather than stand around talking. Children have also been running around the playground as part of a supervised activity before heading back into class for afternoon lessons.

Behaviour on the buses

PC Gorman visited us on Wednesday to remind children about their behaviour on the buses. Although this might have looked a rather heavy handed approach, children had been spoken to numerous times in school prior to the talk from the police officer. Bus drivers had also spoken to the parents of some children. Hopefully, hearing the information from an authoritative figure will help the children understand the potential dangers and consequences.  

Please help us to reinforce the need for sensible behaviour on the buses by talking to your child at home. Thank you for your support.

40 Acts

Well done to all the children who completed their tasks last weekend. The tasks for this weekend are:  

  • Saturday— Say something nice about somebody behind their back.
  • Sunday— Ask somebody to say what they have enjoyed about their day.

For more information visit 40 Acts.  

Sainsbury’s Active Sports Voucher

Please continue to collect the sports vouchers. They really help us to collect resources.

Mystery reader

If you would like to be our mystery reader, we would love to hear from you. It would involve coming to read a book to the whole school at 2:45pm on a Wednesday. Please help us!

Car Park

Please do not park in front of the kitchen doors or bins. Unfortunately parking there makes it extremely difficult for the delivery drivers. Additional parking is available at the rear of the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free child care

We will be offering 30 hours free childcare from September 2017.

What is the free childcare deal?

In a nutshell, from September, many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours.

Eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare
  • Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts  
  • Both parents must be working - or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
How much is the equivalent of 16 hours at National Minimum Wage?

It depends on your age. For this scheme, the minimum amount will always reflect the lowest hourly rate that a person of your age can legally be paid. Therefore, currently for a parent aged 21-24, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £111.20. For a parent aged 25+, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £115.20.

What if one parent in a couple isn't working?

This is basically a scheme to help working parents, so families where one parent doesn't work, or both parents don't work, will usually not be eligible for these additional 15 hours. However, if one parent isn't working because they're an official carer (e.g. receiving benefits relating to being a carer) or they are receiving disability benefits, and the other parent is working, then the Government has stated it "intends to make provision" to support these families. There is also additional entitlement if the parent normally works but is temporarily away from the workplace, for example on statutory sick pay.

What if you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract?

You will be eligible if you (or both of you in a couple) earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.

What if one parent loses their job?

There will be a short "grace period" - although this hasn't yet been defined - allowing parents to have a chance to find new employment.

How do you apply for the 30 hours free childcare?

You'll be able to apply for the 30-hour scheme at HMRC. You will need your National Insurance number when applying. The application round is not open yet. They are expecting it to open in the summer term. If successful, you will be given a n eligibility code. You will need to provide Mrs Virani with a copy of the code in order to gain the free 30 hours.

All children regardless of family working arrangements will remain eligible for 15 free hours.

Please help us to spread the word. Children are welcome to join us the term after their third birthday.

Music Evening for all

All Saints' Church — Monday 27th March at 5:30 pm

Children in Years 2-4 and members of our choir will be performing at a local music concert with other schools. Children will be learning 4 songs over the next few weeks to perform on the night. Ticket information will be available soon. It would be extremely useful if children in years 2-4 were encouraged to join the choir as this will facilitate extra rehearsals without impacting on the school day. Children will be attending a rehearsal at Churnet View on March 14th. Please send completed consent forms in by Monday 13th. Thank you. On the night (27th March) children will need to be at All Saints Church by 5pm. Staff members will be there to greet you and direct children to where they need to be. Parents, friends and family are welcome to stay for the concert. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible there.

Year 2 SATS

Booster class start Wednesday 15th March at 8:15 am.

Missing iPOD

We are still searching a pink ipod. If you have seen it, please let us know as soon as possible. In addition to it being an expensive item, it also has sentimental value.

Dates for your diary

Manifold Pre School are holding a fashion show and sale in the school hall on Wednesday 22nd March and 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale for £5—and are available from the Pre-School staff.

Monday 13th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

- School photographs am

- Mrs Goldstraw — First aid at work course

Tuesday 14th March - Years 2,3,4 and choir at Churnet View—music rehearsal

- Warslow Education Trust meeting at school 6pm

Wednesday 15th March - Early Years Height and Weight screening check

Sunday 19th March - Pond clearing day.

Monday 20th March - Warslow Parish Council Meeting—Village Hall

Tuesday 21st March - Staff from Bursley in school all day working with Mrs Virani, Mrs Ackers and Mrs Hall

Friday 24th March - Afternoon tea and performance

Mother's day cream tea

All children will be performing at the Mother’s Day Cream Tea on Friday 24th March. We hope you will be able to support our fantastic PTFA by attending the event. Tickets cost £3.50 and are available from the office or PTFA committee members.

Brave super stars

Sending healing thoughts and lots of love to Emily and Lily who have both been extremely brave young ladies over the last few days. We hope you are both fighting fit soon. Lots of love from all your friends at Manifold. Xxx

 

Half way point

How on earth have we reached the half way point in the academic year?! I hope your children have enjoyed the year so far. As staff we have loved every minute of it! For me personally, coming to Manifold feels like the best thing I have ever done. I can honestly say, I absolutely love it. Aside from the beautiful scenery and the fresh air (I’m not convinced Warrington has either of those things!) the children, staff and community have made leaving home and our network bearable and worthwhile. Thank you to each and every one of you.  

  • To the staff who all go above and beyond their job descriptions and contracted hours (if school staff have such a thing!) to ensure we create the best possible school and learning opportunities we can. Thank you also for supporting me with childcare etc.
  • To you the parents and members of the wider community for the support and encouragement you give us.
  • Last but not least, the fantastic pupils who make our school the special place it is. Each and every single one of them is a real credit to both their families and school. Thank you all.

Random Act of Kindness day

Did you know, today, Friday 17th February is ‘Random Act of Kindness day’?

Valentine's Disco

Thank you to all those who supported the PTFA Valentine’s Disco. The £80 raised will go towards supporting the children in our school. Thank you! A big thank you also to the PTFA committee and school staff for their hard work in making the event a success. Special thanks to Mrs Horwell for supplying our fantastic tunes.

Help needed!

We would love to hear from anybody willing to listen to readers. Full support will be provided by the class teacher. If you have some spare time (even if it is just 20 minutes) and are willing to help, please speak to Mrs Virani ASAP.

Key Spring Term 2 Dates

WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH AT 2:00PM - ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE IN CHURCH

WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH AT 3:15PM - PHONICS SESSION and FAIRTRADE COFFEE AND CAKE

THURSDAY 2ND MARCH - WORLD BOOK DAY—FANCY DRESS

MONDAY 6TH MARCH - PARENTS’ EVENING 3:15—5:00pm

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH - PARENTS’ EVENING 4:45pm—6:15PM

MONDAY 27TH MARCH AT 5:30pm - CHOIR—MUSIC CONCERT ALL SAINTS CHURCH

MONDAY 4th MAY to THURSDAY 7TH MAY - YEAR 4 RESIDENTIAL TO LACHES WOOD

Illness

You have probably been told about the exciting ambulance that arrived at school today. Unfortunately, Mrs Critchlow became unwell while making lunch. As we couldn’t get her a doctors appointment and my magic rub and cup of tea weren’t working—we phoned for an ambulance. I am delighted to tell you that Mrs Critchlow is now home again. She did end up arriving at the hospital with the blue lights on but once the doctors had stopped and then restarted her heart she was okay! We hope she is fully fighting fit again soon. Big thanks to Mrs Bennett, Miss Gilman and Mrs Hall who all helped during this worrying time.

Catering

Tuesday 28th February is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day!)

Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp will be serving up their delicious delights on that day. Please see the menu at the side.

Did you know? Shrove Tuesday falls on the day before Ash Wednesday each year, the first day of Lent.

Holiday homework

I am a great believer that holiday time should be family time and recharging of the batteries time. However, if you have a spare 5 minutes each day, please encourage your child to read a magazine/comic/book either aloud or independently or to share a book with someone else. Also, children in early years would benefit from counting from 0-20 and back again and identifying what comes before and after a number.

Year 1 — Number bonds to 20 and times tables.

Years 2,3,4 — Times tables.

A couple of minutes a day really will help.

Return to school

Please note — School starts again on Monday 27th February at 8:55am.  

Hair styles

Please remember extremely short hairstyles, lines and extreme hairstyles are not permitted in school.

Year 4 – PSHE reply slips

If you have not returned your reply slip (PSHE lessons at St Bartholomew’s in Longnor) please do so on Monday 27th February. If we do not receive your child’s slip, s/he will be unable to attend.

Thank you!

A big thank you to Mrs Virani. It’s a good job she doesn’t clock off at 3:30pm as she regularly picks up emails and work from me very late at night and at weekends. Mrs Virani works extremely hard to ensure that the school runs like clockwork and that money is available for us to pay the bills and buy things. Thank you Mrs Virani.

Star Awards

Well done to all our certificate winners this week. Keep up the fantastic work!

EYFS — Eloise

Year 1 -  

Years 2,3,4 — Hattie

Golden table — Lily and Sam

Christian Value — Oliver and Lily

Pond Area

Mrs Eades has been busy in the background making arrangements for our pond area to be transformed. We are looking for volunteers to come and help with some manual labour work on either 11th/12th or 18th/19th March. Once we know which is the most popular date we will let you know more details. Jobs on the day will include chain sawing, planting saplings, digging deeper holes for fruit trees to name a few! We hope you can join us as we strive to make a purposeful learning environment for the children and a breeding ground for wildlife.

Thank you Mrs Eades for your hard work to date. It is very much appreciated. 

A big thank you to Miss Easter and the Outrageous Outdoor group who have started work in the area. You have done a fabulous job so far!

Afterschool Clubs

Stoke City afterschool club will commence on Monday 27th February for six weeks. This half term will be ‘multi skills.’

All other clubs will start week commencing 6th March.  

Consent forms will be sent home next week.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

I/We will be attending the Ash Wednesday Service in Church at 2pm on Wednesday 1st March.

Name of pupil ___________________________________________ Number of relatives attending _____

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PHONICS AND FAIRTRADE

 

I/We will be attending the PHONICS WORKSHOP and FAIRTRADE TEA and COFFEE EVENT in school at 3:15pm on Wednesday 1st March.

Name of pupil ___________________________________________ Number of relatives attending _____

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PARENTS’ EVENING

Time slots available:

                             MONDAY 6TH March 2017                TUESDAY 7th March 2017

3:30pm – 4:00pm

4:00pm – 4:30pm

4:30pm – 5:00pm

4:45 – 5:15pm

5:15pm – 5:45pm

5:45pm – 6:15pm

First choice: ________________________

Second choice: ______________________

I do not have a preferred time __________

Name of pupil _________________________________________________ Class __________________

Signed _____________________________________________________________________________

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POND AREA

I am able to help out on Saturday 11th March

Sunday 12th March

Saturday 18th March

Sunday 19th March

Name ________________________________________________