Childre across the school have been exploring the Christian celebration of Lent and Easter. Children in KS1
Children in KS2
All the children also participated in drama workshops delivered by Barnabas in Schools.
Willow Building Day
With the help of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and our Forest School group, every child contributed to the creation of our new willow dome. Children cut, planted, weaved and watered our lovely new living structure.
Bridge Building Day
As part of our learning theme 'Inventors and Inventions' the children had a house day to design and build a bridge.
The children were given a task to build a bridge to join Tintagel castle to the mainland which would withstand harsh weather conditions and that could hold at least 20 bricks. The children used their knowledge of different bridge designs to meet the success criteria. We held an assembly in the afternoon to show the finalists from each house.
234 passengers recently passed through The Manor Airways departure lounge. The passengers all entered the departure lounge (the hall) with their task passports ready to listen to the pre-flight instructions. The passengers then completed tasks such as changing their money at the bureaux De Change before buying their pre-flight shopping, measuring no more than 100ml of liquid for their hand luggage, packing and weighing their suitcases and working out the flight times of flights going in and out of Gatwick. The children dressed in holiday clothes to get them in the holiday mood!
Around the World in 80 Days Book premiere
During term 1 the children read and watched several different versions of the Jules Verne story 'Around the World in 80 Days'. The children then created their own versions of Around the World in 80 Days based on the countries they have been studying. The children showcased their books at an open afternoon for the families. The children shared their books in their houses, this enabled siblings to be able to share their books together as a family.
Angel House Day
The children worked in their houses to create artwork based on angels. The art work has been displayed at St Michaels and all angels Church as part of their Angel Festival.
The children learned about the origin and significance of Angels and some of the Bible stories where Angels appeared.
Tim Harrison Science Show
The children have had a very exciting visit from Tim Harrison, scientist. The children cheered as hydrogen balloons popped and it rained liquid nitrogen. The children's cheers, shocked expressions and laughter indicated how much fun they had!
The children had an exciting day learning about Boudicca's Rebellion and training to be a good Roman Soldier. The day started with Artorious, flanked by his Roman soldiers, re-enacting Boudiccas rebellion. Throughout the day the children had the opportunity to learn some fighting skills, using swords, javelins and shields - culminating in a mini battle!
The children also spent time exploring some Roman architectural techniques. The children created and tested different bridges, learning how the Romans introduced arches to make bridges stronger. They also looked at the different shapes of columns, testing them to see which shape was strongest.
The whole school have participated in a house day focused on Science, DT and art. The children took part in 4 different activities:
1) Designing a ramp to make their toy car travel the furthest
2) Carrying out a science investigation based on which toy produced the best results e.g. which ball bounced the highest, which bubble wand made the best bubbles
3) Creating logos for their board games they have been designing this term
4) Working with an artist to learn how to draw people playing games.
The children all had a fabulous day, ask them what their favourite activity was.
All the children recently took part in a whole school art day.
They all had chance to experiment with a range of different mediums which they would not usuall work with in class and continued to dvelop their skills of evaluation.
The day was linked to our current learning theme through the creation story and replicating differnt stages of this through art.
Each child looked at a range of art based on or linked to creation and discussed this within their house, writing evaluations sbout their favourite piece.
They designed and created landscapes that Christians believe God created and painted these on tained glass windows creating some great effects. These will soon be displayed in the corridor on the sensory garden windows for everyone to see.
The children also used the Ipads to research animals that lived on specific continents. Using their research they drew their animal of choice and used water colours to carefully paint their desin.
Finally each child use clay to make a model of themselves. Some children decided to make their whole body, focusing on proportion and size, whilst other deceided to make just their head, focusong more on adding detail and texture.
All the outcomes of the day were fantastic and will be displayed around school soon!
The children took part in a whole school customs day, where they were able to learn about the customs at Christmas time in different countries. The children worked in their houses moving around 4 different activities over the day.
They looked at customs in China - making Chinese lanterns, France learning French Christmas songs, England - making christingles, one of the symbols for advent to Christians and America - working together as teams to compete in Santa races.
The children loved the day and worked well as a group, helping and supporting each other complete activities.
The children have really enjoyed the celebration ball!
Each class performed a dance, that they had practiced, in front of the whole school. They then tucked into some party food, kindly donated by Sainsbury's.
The ball was a culmination of work completed by the children over several weeks; planning and preparing for the party, including writing speeches to debate if Jack/ the Giant should attend, writing invitations, making decorations and using money identify the cost of the party and how much food is needed to feed all the children.
Everyone had a great afternoon to finish off our learning theme!
Destiny African Children's Choir
Destiny Africa is the choir from Kampala Children’s Centre, Uganda. Through music, dance and art the Choir perform to audiences across the world sharing their story of hope and changed lives. At The Manor School, we were fortunate enough to listen to the fantastic singing, watch the amazing dancing and even take part in drumming workshops with the Destiny Africa children. We understand that they are taking part in lots of concerts in the Melksham Area before moving on to tour the country with their wonderful talent. Our children really enjoyed listening to the children’s stories and how music has influenced their lives and we wish them lots of luck on their journey around the UK and look forward to seeing them again soon!
The Children took part in a whole school Easter day this term. The children split into their houses, to look at Easter and learn more about the Easter story.
There were a range of activities including:
- D.T. activity to make cross and develop their understanding of its meaning.
- An Easter hunt to sequence the different parts of the Easter story.
On Wednesday 5th March children at The Manor School met the Giant who lives at the top of the Beanstalk! As part of their Learning Theme “Jack and the…”, pupils have been helping Jack solve problems and challenges. When Jack refused to chop the Beanstalk down, pupils decided to interview the Giant to find a hero capable of the job! As everyone knows a Giant is too big to fit in a school… and too dangerous. Therefore, with the help of Melksham Oak Community School, The Manor School established a 2 way video link to the Giant’s house in the clouds. The children could see the Giant as he dribbled, drawled and answered their questions. The Giant could see the children and was able to ask how many teachers he could eat! Thanks to the hard work of storyteller Roger Day, Melksham Oak Community School media teacher John Griffiths and the children themselves, all will remember the day the Giant visited The Manor.
The year 5 and 6 children had a great time on residential.
They completed lots of activities over the week, working well together and in teams to complete tasks.
Check out out our Residential Trips page for lots of pictures of the children at Greatwood.
The children in year 3 and 4 have been learning how to play drums and work together to make music.
Take a look at Class 7's page to watch a video of the children playing the drums together.