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Roots and Shoots

This term we are learning all about growing and will be doing lots of planting and exploring outdoors. If you would like to pop in and help with planting please let us know.



​Year 5 were showing their value of quality and helpfulness when they visited Foundation Stage to show them how they made papier-maches dinosaur masks. Each Year 5 class will be visiting a different FS class this week to share their expertise. We all had a great time!






​A group of Foundation Stage children were lucky enough to have a visit from the Sylva Tree Team this week.


They learnt a song, found out about objects made from wood, discovered how important trees are and even planted a tree in Mrs Reids classroom!


​We were very lucky to have some extra special visitors on Monday in Foundation Stage. Ranger Alan came to school with Jane the Hissing Cockroach, Garry the Giant Snail, Milkshake the milk snake and some stick insects! We were very caring and careful and held the different animals. We learnt that minibeast do not have a back bone so milkshake wasn't a minibeast as she has a spine. We are very excited about our new topic!​




The Foundation Stage raised a massive £140 from their cake sale.

The teachers would like to say a big thank you for all the cake donations, cake buyers and helpers who enabled this total to be raised.

We are very excited to say that this money will go towards some visitors we have coming in on the first day of next term to launch out new topic Marvellous Mini-beasts. We have been guessing who these visitors might be in anticipation!

Thank you again

Miss Horne


The children in Puffin Class have been thinking about who they appreciate and how they can show their appreciation. They have been working on saying thank you, even for the small things. Kayla, Ellie, and Felicity all worked hard to write about who they appreciate and why. In appreciation of the effort they put into their work it forms part of the Infant Values Display this month. Well done girls!

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​Here's a sneak peek of the new infant playground, currently under construction! Thanks so much to Friends of Manor for the immense fundraising efforts, and the staff who have contributed ideas and organisation, and put up with all the building works that have made such a great difference to our school building. We are all so excited for the children to see and enjoy it next Monday!

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This month our value is co-operation and Pelican class have been thinking about how we can co-operate with each other at school.

We talked about playing and learning with our friends and some of us wrote about it!

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How do you co-operate with your friends?


Our new value is Friendship. The Foundation Stage children have been discussing what makes a good friend. They decided that the only way to find a friend is to be one. They are tickled pink at caring, sharing and thanking their friends for being kind.


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A big thankyou to everyone who helped paint the Foundation Stage fence a lovely Manor School blue during their summer holiday! ​Its certainly brightened up the playground and it was lovely to have FS children and parents to come and help out.  Thanks to Mr Driver for his last project at Manor!

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​You may not know that as well as a general election today, we have held our own election at Manor School! The children were very excited to take part in the democratic process, and to learn all about how elections work. 6 Year 6 children were our candidates, each with an idea of how to spend £200 to improve the school. We watched their campaign videos and cast our ballots, choosing between new books, art supplies, basketball nets and basketballs or equipment for the Juniors' 'trim trail'. Year 4 were in charge of counting the votes, and in the end a clear majority (over 200 pupils!) voted for a trampoline!




​Foundation stage have been having a teddy bears picnic recently (1.5. 2015) on the field and all the parents came. Also they enjoyed it a lot!! They were in manors field. They have been learning about plants and have been growing cress to make cress and egg sandwiches. Everyone enjoyed it!!!!!!!!


By Lucia and Tom


You can help your child at home by enjoying books together. It is free to join the Didcot Public Library on the Broadway. Sharing stories and information books is a great way to improve your child's literacy skills.
Each week your child will visit the Infant Library to choose a book to take home to share. We love to hear how you got on sharing the book and about any discussions you had about the story or text, so feel free to email or write a note to your child's teacher.

Each child learns at their own pace so we will start your child off on school reading scheme books when we feel they are ready. When your child starts bringing home these books please write in their reading record about their reading experience and send the book to school everyday in their bookbag. We aim to change these books at least twice a week.



Please can you bring your child’s PE kit in on Mondays and leave it in school. We will send the P.E. kit home on Fridays for washing.


P.E. kit is black shorts and a white t-shirt. It’s also useful to add a spare change of underwear in case of any accidents! Please please make sure P.E. kit is named so we can return any lost items!

Sports shoes are not needed at the moment we will update you when they are needed.


Fruit, Tuck & Water

If your child would like a snack for playtimes they are allowed to bring some extra fruit or vegetables to take outside or 30p/40p to spend at the tuck shop trolley. To promote good health we are encouraging the children to drink plenty of water during the day. To help us with this you can send your child to school with a bottle of water (not juice or squash) each day. (The bottles with the pull up sports cap are easier for the children to manage and please make sure it’s named!)




Please be aware that we have an open door policy in Foundation Stage which means the children can choose to partake in activities outside everyday if they wish to – come rain or shine! Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat with them so they can join in with the outdoor learning even if it’s raining! As the weather continues to improve they will also need a hat. Please note that we are unable to apply suncream at school. It is important to make sure EVERY item of clothing that your child brings to school is named. Items can go astray from time to time but are easily returned if named.



We are sure you enjoy all the lovely creations your children bring home that they have made in the workshop area at school. We keep this well stocked by the kind donations of parents and staff. If you think you can help we welcome donations of clean:

  • boxes
  • tubes
  • newspaper
  • wrapping paper
  • bottle tops
  • envelopes
  • fabric
  • old electrical items that can be taken apart

Send in any such itmes with your child and we will try not to send them all back at the end of the day! Thank you.