On Thursday 21st March the Reception classes had an amazing morning taking part in an energetic and exciting ‘Superhero Workshop.’ The workshop was a perfect ending to the topic and gave the children an opportunity to ‘become’ a superhero. They danced, jumped and bounced around whilst keeping the alien spaceships – huge balloons, off the ground. Using the parachute and the glowing sticks proved popular as did the chance to dance with light sticks. Thank you to Poppy’s Mum (Elm class) for a truly brilliant morning.
Hearing Dogs Visit
During the Spring term activity week, the children were thinking about ‘real-life’ superheroes. They had several visitors and one of the most inspiring was the visit from ‘Penny‘ the hearing dog, and Sylvia, one of the volunteers from The Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity based in Saunderton. During the visit the whole school had an assembly where they learnt something about the ways in which a hearing dog can help and about how it feels to be unable to hear. They watched video clips and had an opportunity to ask questions. Later each class took a turn to sit together in a circle whilst the very well behaved and friendly dog came round so the children could have a closer look and even stroke her if they wished.
Ten Year 2 children were fortunate enough to take part in a Writers Day, working with children from other local schools.
We listened carefully to the author Stephanie Baudet who told us all about how she got her ideas and the process or writing stories, sharing many top tips. Stephanie then read the beginning of a story called ‘Taken by Aliens’ and asked the children to use their ideas to continue it. Children then paired up with a child from another school and used their purple polishing pencils to edit their writing.
23rd January 2019
On the morning of Monday 17th December, Year 2 and Reception took part in ‘book share’. The year 2 children all chose a story they would like to share and then when Reception arrived they partnered up and spent an enjoyable half an hour reading books together. It was wonderful to hear the reading and engagement of all the children.
27th November 2018
Manor Farm Infant School had a wonderful afternoon today when they were visited by the author, Grant Koper. He treated the children to an exciting reading of his book ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. He then invited children to ask him questions about being an author. The children came out of the assembly full of enthusiasm about writing and having learnt all about how an author comes up with ideas.
Year 2 Leavers
24th July 2018
Hughenden Court Visit
7th June 2018
Residents at Hughenden Court were delighted to receive another visit from Manor Farm children recently. This time it was the turn of Beech Class. We presented the residents with a vase to keep in their lounge and we worked together to make paper flowers to fill it. Much fun was had by all! Beech class performed a school song about the summer time as well as a rousing rendition of a pirate song, which immediately upon finishing we were asked to perform for a second time. The children then enjoyed colouring pirate pictures together with the residents and were then treated to juice and biscuits. We are looking forward to our final visit of the school year in July.
Schools 50th Anniversary
Today we were given an assembly by Mrs Prince on her work in Kenya.
We learnt lots about the day to day life of children in Kenya and about the cultural differences between our country and theirs. In particular things we take for granted such as – clean running water, washing machines and education.
We have been linked to Godagak School in Kenya and have been exchanging correspondence between our schools.
29th March 2018
Visiting Hughenden Court has become a highlight of the school term for the children of Manor Farm Infant School. This Easter it was the turn of Willow Class to visit. The children performed some Spring songs and a poem to a very appreciative audience of residents. We then all worked together to make Easter chick decorations which the children left with their friends at Hughenden to decorate their homes. Spending time together is a hugely rewarding experience for all and a joy to experience.
Residents commented “A very enjoyable visit from Manor Farm Infants. The children were all very well behaved and we all enjoyed helping with craft work paper chickens. We all look forward to their next visit” and for the children it was “so much fun”!
As part of British Science Week, we took a day out of our usual school routines to get involved. We celebrated Science day on Thursday 15th March. The theme of the day, Exploration and Discovery, challenged everyone to find out new things.
In Reception, the children made an ocean in a bottle and saw how oil and water interact, and how to make waves. Another of their activities aimed to get children to understand how bubbles are made and what ingredients go into a giant bubble mixture.
Year 1 children enjoyed mixing solids in water to find out if they would dissolve. They also had so much fun playing with balloons to create static electricity.
In Year 2, the children made their own plastic milk. They saw ‘coagulation’ of milk by mixing warm milk and a little vinegar. Lumps were shaped and left to harden to create plastic. Another of Year 2’s activities was Astro-nappy! In this activity, the children found out which materials were best at absorbing liquids.
Everyone agreed that it was a very exciting day as we discovered lots about Science.
16th -17th March 2018
“Chestnut Class went one week ago to the Wycombe Swan to perform Energize. We had 10 songs and 1 dance to learn. We really enjoyed learning them because we like to practice a variety of different songs. We are very creative !!
All of the songs were linked to The Button Box. Our dance was called Impuku nekati. We had to perform twice, we were there from 8pm – 9pm on the Friday, and 3pm – 4.15pm on the Saturday.
It was great singing with a band and lots of other schools on a huge stage.” by Seren and Tabitha
Abigail (Larch Class) has been inspired by the Michael Bond Paddington stories that we enjoyed on World Book Day, to write her own Paddington Easter story.
Please enjoy !
8th March 2018
Children and staff came to school wearing pyjamas, bringing their favourite teddy and book to share to celebrate World Book Day.
Our theme was Paddington Bear and the children had great fun exploring Michael Bond’s stories through activities including drama, art and lots of marmalade, honey and jam sandwiches !
On Tuesday 29th February, our school had a special spring delivery of six precious eggs in an incubator.
20th February 2018
We were fortunate to have a visit from the author James Carter.
The day began with an assembly for keystage one where we listened to poems and also joined in using actions too.
EYFS enjoyed a visit from James and loved his guitar playing and joining in with lots of entertaining poems.
Each Year 1 class then worked with James and they wrote their own class poem titled ‘Wonderful World of Animals’ which focused on imaginative adjectives, rhyming, alliteration and syllables.
James also worked with Year 2 classes, where they wrote their own Kennings poems. We were impressed with the creative ideas and vocabulary.
Chinese New Year
19th February 2018
We celebrated Chinese New Year in Reception. Everyone had a great day exploring the fun activities such as making lanterns, dragon masks, flags, writing Chinese numbers and yummy food tasting.
14th December 2017
3rd July 2017
Manor Farm Infant School transformed into a day jam packed full of Seaside fun.
Classes moved around activities:
- Water and sand fun.
- Beach scene cake decorating.
- Hermit crab craft making
- Electric circuits to light up lighthouses
- Capacity challenges
- Postcard writing
- Ocean themed bouncy inflatable assault course.
We all enjoyed a picnic together on the field and were very excited when the ice-cream van came to visit !
Year 2 were incredibly excited and proud to welcome many Grandparents to visit them in their classrooms.
After sharing the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ the children and grandparents worked together to create creatures to go in a rock pool. For those children who did not have a visiting Grandparent, it was wonderful seeing them working with their friends and sharing their Grandparents. Enjoy looking at the photos of the fantastic sea creatures that were made.
Grandparents were then treated to a performance of a selection of sea themed songs and we could see many toes tapping along.
After goodbyes from the children, Grandparents enjoyed tea and cake that were kindly served by the ‘Friends’.
It was a magical morning and a delight to see so many Grandparents engaging in their Grandchildren’s learning.
19th June 2017
We were met by an overwhelming response on Monday, as children came to school wearing mufti for a donation towards the Grenfell Tower Fire Victims Fund. Over £800 was raised by generous parents, staff and children. Rosie (Larch Class) said “I thought about all of the people who don’t have homes anymore and I wanted to use my own money to help them”.
An assembly was held to talk about the fire and how our kindness will help families who have lost their homes. The children also observed the national one minute silence.
27th – 31st March 2017
During Activity Week, the children decorated a hardboiled egg as part of our eggs-plorer competition. As we have been learning about explorers, the children decorated their eggs linked to this half terms topic.
24th March 2017
On Friday we wore red noses to school and raised £234.64 for Comic Relief.
13th March 2017
On Monday 13th March, we celebrated Science Day.
Making a Volcano – we mixed several ingredients together: water, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring and vinegar to create a chemical reaction. The children loved seeing the volcano erupt and the lava flow.
We did the ‘rocket balloon’ experiment. We set up 2 race tracks with straws on each string, we then chose from 3 different shaped balloons. We filled the balloons with air, taped them to the straws and then let go. As the air rushed out it pushed the balloon along the string. We discovered that round balloons travelled the furthest and the fastest along the string tracks.
We explored different materials to see which would be best at protecting eggs. We put an egg into a bag with our chosen material and dropped them from the top of a staircase, The only eggs not to crack were the ones in the rice. All of the others broke!
Our experiment was called ‘changing like the wind’ and we measured whether the wind changed direction in a ten minute time period. We had lots of fun blowing bubbles and chasing them to see which direction the wind was blowing. After observing and recording our results, we discussed if our predictions were correct. We have some excellent scientists in the making !
We had a fantastic time learning about matter and pretending to be atoms inside of a solid, liquid and a gas. Our favourite part was our experiment in which we turned our solid matter into a liquid state by melting it in our hands – and then we got to eat it.
It was “the best lesson ever”!
Our experiment was called ‘catch a rainbow’. We had lots of fun observing what happens to skittles when you pour milk or water on them. We then added washing up liquid to carefully observe what happens to the colours. It was very exciting !
Dancing Raisins – We enjoyed carrying out an experiment to see what happens when you drop raisins into tap water and compared this to what happens to raisins when they are put into fizzy sprite.
Investigated how different factors would change how quickly snowflakes would fall to the ground. We enjoyed testing different materials, the number of holes cut and the size of snowflakes to see which was the fastest and slowest.
All classes were excited to watch the rocket experiment on the playground. Great scientific explanations were given by children to describe why the rocket shoots up in the air.
On Monday 6th March, the school had a special delivery – ten precious eggs in an incubator.
The Children watched and listened in wonder as five eggs hatched. We became proud ‘parents’ to three little girls and two boys.
Watching the effort the chicks had to make to hatch and then how quickly they have grown and changed has been a source of amazement to children and adults alike.
What a wonderful experience !
World Book Day
2nd March 2017
The children have had a wonderful world book day in celebration of Dr Seuss’ 113th birthday. Thanks to all the parents for making sure the children were dressed in the colours of the ‘Cat in the Hat’; black, white and red.
As well as enjoying some of his books, we were challenged to rhyme all the time during the day!
In the Reception classes, the children each made a paper plate ‘Cat in the Hat’ face with rhyming hats to go on them. Lots of rhyming games were played along the way. Also, the children made a very cute Thing 1 or Thing 2.
The rhyming continued into Year one with more ‘Cat in the Hat’ fun. The challenge was to build the tallest rhyming string, as well as other activities. The children also wrote book reviews, made masks and bow ties in Beech class. In Willow class, the children were introduced to ‘There’s a Wocket in my Pocket’. They went on to make their own nonsense rhyming books and stick people. In Spruce, the Year ones were making clovers, from ‘Horton hears a Who’.
The Year twos were enjoying ‘The Lorax’ in Spruce class. Following on from that, the children went outside to find materials to build their own birds’ nests. In Chestnut, the children enjoyed ‘If I ran the Zoo’ and created their own weird and wonderful animals. ‘The Cat in the Hat’ was featured in Larch too, rhyming words were appearing on kites which the children enjoyed making and then flying in the spring sunshine.
26th January 2017
We were privileged to receive a visit from the RAF band who performed a wonderful concert for us. We learnt about the instruments they play as well as the different uniforms they wear for various occasions including when performing for the Royal Family. One group of children were lucky enough to try on some different RAF hats and to be given a quick lesson on how to march in time to the music, while another group had the very important role of becoming percussionists.
We were treated to a performance of ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machine’ followed by a Disney medley which many of us enjoyed singing along to!
20th January 2017
All year groups had an amazing and memorable time when Abi Cohen visited our school, this time for a ‘Fairytale Adventure’. The Children had the opportunity to improvise many fairytale characters and creatures.
Lots of fun and giggles were had be all !
18th January 2017
We really enjoyed listening to Jamie from the Rocksteady Band. We learned about the microphone, electric guitar, keyboard and the drums.
We were fantastic at singing along to the songs.
Year 1 Choir
Year 1 Choir proudly represented our school in a ‘Festival of Carols’ at All Saints’ Parish Church, High Wycombe. They sang two carols and spread smiles around the church.
As part of our topic of ‘Castles’ we have all been lucky enough to visit Windsor Castle.
It was fantastic to hear so many of the children talking about things that they have learnt this half term. There were many highlights throughout the day including watching the ‘Changing of the Guard’, seeing a selection of the Queen’s dresses and looking at the beautiful Christmas decorations including the impressive tree in St George’s Hall.
All of the children were so excited to see their work being displayed at our Art Exhibition.
It was a pleasure for the teachers helping the children find their masterpiece and seeing the joy on their faces as they looked at their art work with pride.
Look who came to visit our school today !
We all had an amazing time during activity week! We learnt about many wild animals in preparation for our trip to Whipsnade Zoo, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Willow Class at the Junior School pond
Year 2 Grandparents Morning
It was a pleasure to welcome so many grandparents to join Year 2 for the morning.
We all enjoyed watching a clip from Mary Poppins, where she jumped into a chalk picture with Jane, Michael and Bert. The children were then extremely creative as they drew their own chalk pictures which included trips to space, underwater and candyland.
The children then treated the grandparents to amazingly beautiful singing of a selection of songs from Mary Poppins, which brought tears to many eyes.
As the children said goodbye feeling very proud, the grandparent enjoyed coffee and cake as they chatted with new and old friends.
Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations
The whole school celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday by holding royal games on the lawn, followed by a tea party.
All children made crowns to wear and bunting to decorate our playground.
While eating our delicious cakes which were decorated in red, white and blue we were treated to a lovely performance from the choir, which ended with the national anthem.
We are all incredibly proud of the children in Larch Class who put on an amazing performance of ‘Big Green Adventure’ at Wycombe Swan Theatre.
Your enthusiasm, wonderful singing and fantastic dancing was a joy to watch and wow what an experience to perform on stage with a live band !
A big thank you to all staff and parents who helped make costumes and masks, the children looked great. You also made the best audience and your cheers were the loudest !
We would also like to say a big thank you to Miss Bartropp, Mrs Jones and Year 6 from the Junior School who we thoroughly enjoyed working and performing with.
Most of all, well done to Larch Class. We hope that your memories of Energise will stay with you for a very long time.
World Book Day
On Thursday 3rd March it was a delight to see all classes participating in all sorts of creative activities linked to Beatrix Potter.
Children (and staff!) arrived in their pyjamas to learn about the life of Beatrix Potter in assembly to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth this Summer.
Classes then visited different classrooms throughout the day to share Beatrix Potter stories and had plenty of opportunities to be creative as you will see in the photos below. We finished off the day by watching ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ together.
Mother Goose Pantomime
Summer Project – What I Love About Where I Live
During the Summer holidays we asked your children to take a photograph of their favourite place in High Wycombe. Please see below the winning photos.
World Book Day March 2015
Today we had a visit from Mr Boden. He tests ejection seats and teaches RAF cadets to fly gliders. We learnt all about his job and why ejection seats are so important and how they work. Both Chestnut and Larch classes thought of some interesting questions and loved finding out the answers.
We had an exciting visitor from the Troll in ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We were thinking about question words e.g. what, how, when, where. We used these words to think of questions to ask the troll. Here are some of the really interesting questions that we asked:
What is your name? What is your favourite colour? What do you like to eat? What animal do you like? What happened to you when you were pushed off the bridge?
Maths Puzzle Day
The Happy Puzzle Company came in to school to challenge us and to help us develop our problem solving skills. The day was a great success and lots of fun was had by all.
Max – Willow “I liked the games, my favourite one was the game you had to balance the penguin on the iceberg, but it was really wobbly. I would like to play it in class as it was really fun.”
Bethany – Chestnut “I liked working as a team, spending the time playing games with my friends. I would like to do the puzzles in class, the different shaped pieces one, that was hard.”
Johnny – Willow “I liked the castle puzzle as it was easy as there was a picture and we knew what piece went where. I would like to see the castle puzzle in class as it was the best.”
Macy – Beech “I liked the big street puzzle that you had to click together. I would like the penguin one in class.”
Oliver – Oak “I liked the penguin game the best because the penguins kept falling off. I would like the puzzle one in class.”
Lucy – Ash “I liked the game of Jenga, I liked the picture. In class I would like the penguin game as it was good fun.”
On the 11th November across the school we spent the day remembering all those who have died due to the war. These photos show some of the things that we did, so that we understand more about why it is important that we do not forget.
Mrs Wilson came into school with her chicks. We all learnt a lot about how to care for them. The children got to stroke them too, though the boys were more enthusiastic than the girls.