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​Yr 1 & 2 were lucky enough to have a visit from the Science Dome today. Yr 1 enjoyed an Underwater Adventure and learnt lots about sea creatures, ocean life and tides and Year 2 were treated to a Dinosaur Adventure where they found out about dinosaurs and fossils.IMG_0807.JPG





​Please please please can Parents in KS1 remember to send in a named hat, a water bottle containing water and if possible apply suncream to your children in the mornings before they come to school. We want the children to be able to enjoy the shady areas and be able to send them outside for fresh air during playtimes and lunchtimes but we can't do this if they aren't properly protected from the sun! Our supply of spare hats is low so we are struggling to help out! Please please please support us by helping to keep your children safe from the sun! Many thanks!


Manor Science Club has been electrifying-ly brilliant this week! The children are really enjoying a different science activity each week and look like they are learning lots.

Well done to all our mini Manor Scientists!

Mr Kirkland


PS. If you are looking for a fun science and art dayout during the holidays, the 'Full Steam Ahead' day looks great fun. It is on Saturday 3rd June from 12-5pm at Harwell Campus Sports Field OX11 0QG. 


​Year 1 visited Costwold Wildlife Park today. We had a busy but exciting day and managed to see lots of different animals from penguins to meerkats and snakes to monkeys. We learnt lots about the different animals and we were interested to find out a little bit about where the animals came from and what they liked to eat. We are looking forward to using this information and learning more about animals in our new topic this term, 'Wriggle, Rattle, Roar.'IMG_0780 (1).JPGIMG_0786.JPG

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We've been talking about real life Superheroes in Year 1 and today we were lucky to have a visit from a team of firefighters from Didcot Fire Station. They gave us a talk about fire safety and then showed us around the fire engine. They reminded us that firefighters don't just help when there's a fire but they can help rescue people from floods, from car accidents and help to rescue animals and pets when they are stuck! IMG_0822.JPG



​KS1 had a very exciting assembly from Nirto Jen from Bright Sparks this morning - we learnt all about air pressure. We had fun doing experiments which included a tug of war, balloons, a monkey air pressure measurer and even a leaf blower! 

Letters have gone home for Bright Sparks Science club after easter - if you would like your child to go, please fill in the form and return to the Office as soon as possible. Places fill up very quickly!



The value of the month in March is caring. 1D have been talking about the many ways we can show caring; at home, in school, with our friends and caring for the environment. Maisie said she was caring when her friend fell over and she took her to first aid. We talked about the importance of caring for our school and caring for the people and the things in our school. Alexander said that we can care for our environment by picking up rubbish and putting it in the bin, recycling our rubbish and stopping people from picking flowers in the park. Lyla Mae said at school we care for each other. For teachers and the people in our class. There are lots of ways we can show caring at home and in school



​This morning, Year 1 had a very special visitor...the Superhero Inventor! He told us all about his job and the lab where he invents his superheroes. He has given Year 1 the very important job of creating a superhero book for him, that he can keep in his lab and give him lots of ideas for superheroes!...We got to work straight away!



​We finished off this terms topic of 'A Really Big Adventure' with a Mad Hatters Tea Party in Year 1. We have been reading Alice in Wonderland and working really hard in English to re write the story. We designed and made our own Mad Hatter Hats and had a lovely tea party in the Hall to share our creations.IMG_1466.JPG









Today was our last Forest School session this term in 1D and as a special treat Mrs Millin took the whole class with her! What a great time we had! Some of the girls thought they had found where the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland lived so we spent some time searching for him! We all enjoyed exploring the forest even in the cold weather.  Shania said her favourite part of the visit was "everything!" and Alicia liked playing hide and seek with Miss Dix. Max said, "it was great fun". Thank you Mrs Millin!




​Year 1 have been experimenting with materials today. The children investigated which would be the best material for a coat for Captain Scott to keep him dry on his adventures. Our budding scientists found out that plastic was the best material because it was waterproof!!IMG_0536.JPG




​Year 1 are loving this term's topic of 'The Really Big Adventure' and we have been having lots of mini adventures of our own. Today each class walked to Didcot library and had a lovely time exploring the children's area.IMG_0680[1].JPG

 We had a talk from the ladies who work at the library and then we all chose a book to take back to school with us.IMG_0677[2].JPG  IMG_0706[1].JPGIMG_0705[1].JPGA lovely reading adventure on a chilly day!


Today, KS1 were very lucky to have a wonderful morning of storytelling and drama workshops by ​Perform for Schools.

We had a great time getting into character and saving the precious fairytale pages from the Evil Queen! 

​Year 2s were inspired to write and wrote all about their morning in an informative newpaper report - look at Maya's tickled pink writing below...




​We hope that you had a very happy Christmas holiday, and are happy to be back at school! 1K made a lovely display about things that make them happy, including cuddles with Mum and Dad, playing with friends or a cat, ice cream and singing!

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We hope that everyone has been enjoying the Olympics! In the Infants, year 1 and 2 finished off the Summer term with a special Olympic Road to Rio themed day, learning about different countries that take part and the history of the Olympics. 

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We had our own Opening Ceremony, followed by a day of dance workshops where each class learned a different traditional dance. At the end of the day, in our closing ceremony, each class performed for the rest of Year 1 and 2. We had dances from Greece, Brazil, Spain, the Ivory Coast and Mexico.

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​Children in Seahorses class created a wonderful display for our new value, as they were thinking about their hopes for next year ​​in Year 2, and further in the future.


Some children hoped to get a pet in the future, while others were hoping to have a great time learning in their new classrooms with their new teachers.


Year 1 have had an exciting week this week investigating evidence of dragons at Manor School! They found strange footprints, scratches, and scorch marks. They even found a dragons nest and giant pink egg! The egg has been quarantined and has turned a funny shade of red - we think it might be hatching! They've been writing crime scene reports and speaking to the Minister for Dragon Control to get advice on how to proceed. Lot's of pupils have expressed an interest in owning their own dragon and will be finding out all about how to care for one. Roar!!

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​Year 1 visited Henley on Thursday and Year 2 went on Friday 17th June. 


Some of us went through a retelling of Wind in the Willows, and sat in the caravan. We saw Toad driving his car and escaping from prison.


In the galleries, some of us even managed to dress up in Regatta clothes and try out a rowing machine.


Maddy and Camilla showed us around the museum. We visited the riverbank and spotted Canadian Geese, coots, ducks, moorhens and cormorants. We also did some experiments in the education room, sorting animals and making food chains.





Thank you to all the parents who came along and helped, and to the brilliant staff at the Museum, who commented on the excellent behaviour of Manor school children!


Seal class used their capacity skills to make pirate slime last week and thwarted Blackbeard's fiendish plan to steal the new playground equipment!

A local resident commented to news reporters that they had seen a strange bearded man stuck in the slime, and that, although he had escaped, he had left his beard and one of his boots behind…

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Seal class have been learning all about capacity in maths this week in order to thwart Blackbeard the pirate and stop him from stealing our new playground equipment - GAH!!!

They followed ancient, salty sea dog recipes to make pirate potions, and loved measuring Blackbeards Snot , Sea Monster Blood, Mermaids Spit, and Melted Parrot Feathers in ​millilitre measuring tubes.

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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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Seal class had a fantastic day looking at all sorts of new authors and amazing books. We explored Oliver Jeffers books, created models, imagined settings and characters, explored illustrations and found out about how to claim our free books!














​February is the month of Courage. Rainbow Fish Class have been thinking about what makes a 'Tickled Pink Learner' and we think the most important thing is to be positive and have a go! Look at some of our posters we made to help people have courage and be brave.




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As part of our Traditional Tales day, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk this afternoon from Tiny Mites​ theatre company! We sang and danced and had a great time, and joined in with the story. Can you retell the story at home?

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​Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic Traditional Tale themed day today. When the children came in, they discovered a series of mysterious clues in their classrooms. Dolphins discovered a broken chair, a bowl of porridge, a note signed "G" and a bed in the reading corner!




The children were then detectives and visited each classroom, finding more clues to different traditional tales along the way!

In Mrs Davies' classroom, we found a borken bridge, a billy goat and a note from the troll, complaining that the goats had broken his bridge!


Seals class had  a basket of food, a note for Granny, a strange red cloak and even a wolf!



Who left piles of bricks, twigs and straw in Rainbowfish classroom?

Poor Cinderella had been left a list of jobs and a cleaning cloth in Starfish classroom!


We had a fantastic morning, and all the children were excellent detectives, sounding out words to write down in their clue books for the police, and then writing reports about what had happened!

We even found a security picture of Dolphins classroom.....




​Written by Dolphins class:

On Tuesday 17th November, Dolphins class walked to Didcot Fire Station. First, we went into the office and saw Mr Wright.

In the office we saw a printer that gives the firemen information about where the problem is and what happened. It was like in Fireman Sam. There were maps on the wall so they can find the fires. There is a computer to help them.


Fireman have special clothes to help them. They can wear special hooks to keep them on ladders, they can wear masks and oxygen tanks to breathe in smoke, or a rubber suit to go in water. There are metal shoes to keep their feet safe and grippy gloves. We liked seeing the fireman climb a ladder and pull an axe up on a rope behind him.


There are 4 special ropes to throw to people in the water, which floated.

The hoses are very long so they can reach fires. There are 2 60 metre hoses.

We saw a fireman use special big scissors to cut through a car door. He had a hammer to smash the glass safely.


It was a very exciting trip and we learned lots about the job of fighting fires!







Seal class have devised a cunning plan to catch these pesky moon aliens and have recorded a video to help pupils at Manor school. They have been exploring the language of instructions and will be aplying this to their writing next week. ​






After the first sighting of escaped 1969 Moon Landing Aliens at the weekend, more evidence has been found to suggest aliens are making mischief inside Manor School.

This time, not only leaving a trail of mess, but leaving green gloop in Rainbow Fish Class!

The minister of alien control said 'We must catch these aliens as not only are they taking everyone's cheese, they have now moved on to other dairy products, such as butter! We cannot let them get away with it!'

Listening Lion reports: 'I saw it all… keep your butter safe!'

All Manor School pupils must help to catch these green glooping aliens! 

Rainbow Fish Class investigated the crime scene (from a safe distance!) and explored the strange green gloop left behind by the aliens. Pupils became journalists for the morning and created their very own newspaper reports on this Breaking News item! 

Pupils are still working on how to catch these aliens, updating the Minister for Alien Control as things develop! 


Year 1 children were bubbling with excitement today when they discovered a crime scene with alien footprints, an alien letter, and empty packets of cheese. It seems that 1960's moon aliens have escaped from a nearby secret base and are causing mischief at Manor School.

Pupils have been asked by the minister for alien control to help create some instructional videos and posters to help catch these pesky critters. We have had some wonderfully imaginative ideas about how to catch the moon aliens and are looking forward to presenting these soon. 


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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!



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Please help children to remember their book bags every day! Oh, and don't forget to write in their reading record so we know they have read.

We encourage children to read their books at home each day, but please don’t feel this is all there is to read. Favourites from home are always great and the local library has a wonderful selection.



As we will be making the most of the outside areas please bring in a water proof coat!

Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear for outdoor wear at all times.



Children will continue to have fruit on a daily basis. They can bring a piece of fruit or veg. from home to eat at break times, and they can buy an extra snack from the tuck shop if they wish. We continue to encourage children to bring in water bottles.





Children need to have a pair of black shorts and a white t-shirt. It’s handy to have P.E. kits in school all week, they can live on pegs and we’ll send them home at the end of the week. Please make sure clothes and P.E. kits are named!