2016-2017 School Year

Whole School Newsletter – End of Spring Term 2017

By March 31, 2017 No Comments
Dear Parents and Carers,

Yet another very busy half term has flown by and everyone has learnt more, done more, become more and have been the best they can in true Manby Lodge style! Our Rocksteady concerts by the children were fantastic and I continue to be amazed at how much they have learnt and how talented they are.

Thank you to the FoML who over the last half term have organised a quiz for the parents, a disco for the Reception children and arranged for the farm animals to visit us.

Over the Easter break a new fence will be installed around the area covered by the new canopy. This will enable us to provide the best outdoor learning environment that we can for our Year 1 children. The Year 1 classrooms and Tiger class will be accessed by gates that will be part of the new fencing.  I am also delighted to inform you that the school has been able to secure some funding to provide an all-weather surface for  the area in the Reception learning outdoor environment next to the car park which is currently unusable due to the quality of the ground.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 18th April.

Kindest regards
Mrs Creasey

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Red Nose Day, we raised an impressive £262!

Absence Request Reminder

If a family needs to request absence in term-time then an Absence Form must be filled in and returned to the school office prior to the leave date. Each request will be considered separately and a decision made based on the reasons for each request. Holiday will not be authorised during term time. Please refer to the Attendance Policy which can be found on the school website. Thank you


Please remember to park considerately and safely. Please do not park across residents driveways or in Barrington Lodge parking bays.

Parking on the pavement is incredibly dangerous for our families as this means that they may be forced to walk into the road to pass. The safety of our children is of paramount importance and a priority. Thank you for your support on this matter.


We have had another successful half term and all the children have worked really hard. We really enjoyed welcoming families to our Mother’s Day cream tea. The children had fun making scones, learning to follow the recipe and measuring the ingredients.

In our Literacy we have revised all phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and continued to work on our blending and segmenting skills. We have been learning about the structure of stories identifying characters, settings, problems and solutions in familiar stories.

In our Maths we have continued to develop our counting skills and we have been learning about addition through games and practical counting activities including the use of the Learnpads. We have also explored measuring length, developing our understanding of how to measure accurately and using the vocabulary of length.

In our creative areas we have been learning about collaging with different materials. We have also spent time learning about observational drawing.

In our investigation areas we have explored magnets and investigated materials which are magnetic and non-magnetic. We have also explored our senses of smell and touch through exploring and investigating different scents and textures.

Year One

This half term in Maths we have been learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have also learnt about measurements where the children compared length and capacity.

In English we have been learning about non-fiction books. We learnt about the features and used these to create our own animal book. We have also learnt about fantasy stories and written our own.

In our Science lessons we have been learning all about animals. We have learnt about nocturnal and day time animals and been to the zoo to find more information.

For History we have learnt about the Titanic which the children have really enjoyed! We learnt lots of facts and used these to create an article.

This half term within Design and Technology we have planned, modelled and evaluated clay animals. We looked carefully at shape and texture. We then mixed paint to paint our models.

Year Two

This half term we have been learning about the feature of poetry such as rhythm, rhyme, verses and patterns. We wrote our own poems using rhyming couplets. We then revised the features of non-fiction texts. We used information books to gather information about an animal in order to create our own non-fiction posters. Finally we invented our own mixed up animals and wrote information sheets about them!

Within Maths we have learnt about fractions of shapes and amounts. We have been practising telling the time to the quarter hour and to the nearest five minutes. We found it quite tricky to remember if a time was called ‘past’ or ‘to’ the hour. We learnt about estimating answers to number sentences eg. 43 + 33 will be less than 100. We have also reinforced our mental and written strategies for solving 2 digit addition and subtraction questions.

Our topic this half term has been ‘Living things and their habitats’. We learnt about a variety of habitats and why certain animals were suited to them. We enjoyed looking around our school grounds for examples of animal habitats. We classified animals according to what they eat using the terms herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. We used this to help us create food chains.

Within Art we have learnt about some Impressionist artists and have attempted to recreate some of their works and techniques.