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.


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.


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.


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


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.  


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.


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