Sunday, 19 October 2008

National Year of Reading

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the recycled book fair, there were many wonderful books brought in and the children really enjoyed it. I hope this has helped to encourage more of us to enjoy reading!

The children have also enjoyed book character day, where many children dressed up as their favourite character. There were some fantastic costumes and a fun day was had by all.

In classes children and teachers are busy designing and making some very exciting book corners to help inspire children to read. Children across the school have been designing the corners and the winners for each class were announced on Friday, so well done to everyone who got involved.

Throughout the year children will be involved in numerous activities to promote the enjoyment of reading. It is hoped that all children are reading everyday at home and sharing their books with others.

For ideas and help to encourage your child to read visit the National Year of Reading website:

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Curriculum Evening

School Curriculum Evening
All parents were invited into school from 3.10pm to 5.15pm to have the opportunity to see examples of work in each curriculum area taught in the school. Subject leaders were on hand to discuss the subjects and answer any questions. Also English , Maths and Science subject leaders gave talks on how to help your child at home in each subject.

Listen to some parent interviews on the following podcast!

More pictures and video interviews to follow......

Monday, 10 March 2008


Blogging and podcasting

Well done to all the teachers at Manford for a fantastic staff meeting! Tonight we learnt how to create a blog and how to podcast. It was a jam packed session with hands on activities. All teachers were very enthusiastic and excited at the prospects blogging and podcasting will bring.

Here we are creating our first podcast!!

These are two new ways of communicating, collaborating and sharing work and events with a wider audience instantly and I am sure people will fly with this and begin to build these tools into the curriculum and outside of it.
There were some excellent podcasts recorded to promote reading by teachers. Take a listen at the following link (scroll to Redbridge-Manford-Teacher examples) - to access them click the link that follows:
Lgfl Podcasting hosting site


Manford are now fully up and running with blogging (on line diaries) and each year group is about to begin their own blogs. Feel free to post a comment on anything that interests you on any of the blogs.

Teachers in action

Sunday, 9 March 2008

School Blog!
A blog is short for weblog, which is a journal, diary or newsletter that is available for public viewing on the internet. We hope the Manford blog acts as an online diary where staff and pupils will write their observations on what's happening around our school. Using blogs provides our own personal writing space, helping both literacy and ICT skills and is a fun way of working. We hope it encourages children to take more interest in their schoolwork and helps their communication skills, as other children interact by entering comments against posts thereby working in a collaborative environment.