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.


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


Y3 Booster

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


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.


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.