Redbridge Digital Leader Kidsmeet

On Thursday 25th January our school Digital Leaders attended a Borough event where they got to hear how Digital Leaders are working in schools in Lahore, Pakistan.  Each school then had the opportunity to present to the other schools how they use Digital Leaders in their own schools.  The children who attended the event were: Nikolay 6G, Adam 6G, Adnan 6G, Saheem 6G, Aleezay 6W, Adita 6W and Fatema from 6W.  Each of the children spoke with confidence and enthusiasm about their roles as Digital Leaders at Manford.

The children were then given the challenge to work in a team with children from Redbridge Primary and Oakdale Junior schools.    The children had the task of creating a greeting from England which could be sent to the Digital Leaders in Pakistan.  There were some amazing ideas: children used Scratch, Crumble and Microsoft Powerpoint to create some very innovative greetings.  Prizes were awarded to the most creative team, individual prizes were also given.  All of our Digital Leaders enjoyed the experience and were a credit to Manford.



E-Safety Day @ Manford

On Wednesday 15th November Manford held a very successful day for the children, staff and parents on issues surrounding E-Safety.  The day was a great success and all children and adults involved were fully engaged in the sessions.  Children from Year 1 to Year 6 took part in sessions involving quizzes, short video clips and a lot of audience participation with the two Johns from Est E-Safety. 

Governor comment on the day

Adults have a very different perception of the internet world to our children; it was very eye opening, and worrying, to see how many children confirmed that they would not speak with their parents if something “bad” happened on the internet, either via an interactive game or APP.

Children were reassured that anything they said would be positively received and the message both at the staff feedback and parent event, was that children should be encouraged and even rewarded for being brave enough to report any cyber bullying / issues.

This was the key message of the day, we should not be stopping our children using the games/apps but ensuring they are safe and building a culture of going on a journey together.  On a train you wouldn’t let your child go on a journey alone, you would go together and get off at the stops together, ensuring the environment is safe.  Most importantly we need to encourage a culture where children feel they can have an open and honest dialogue with their parents/teachers about issues or events that they witness while online.  They need to be praised for speaking up and not be in fear of punishment or the loss of their IPad or games console.  There are strangers online but we need to educate our children to know the signs and be fully aware that it is ok to speak up and to make the right decisions when faced with cyber bullying or other issues.


I attended the E-safety training at Manford last week. It was an eye opening talk for parents by Ex-police Officers John & John regarding “Stranger Danger Online”. The presentation was somehow scary but extremely informative on how to keep kids safe on the internet. The suggestions we received were invaluable and definitely educated the parents to be more vigilant towards what our children are able to access online and the harm online gaming could bring.

The whole day training for pupils and staff was absolutely an achievement to bring awareness of internet safety.

I would like to thank Mrs James for realising the need of this training and putting all her hard work in to arranging it.

Chair of Governors

Useful websites

Year 5 Maths Day at Fairlop Primary

On Thursday 15th May, children in year 5 enjoyed a challenging Maths Day with Julia Smith – a renowned Mathematician, who writes for BBC Bitesize and Cambridge University Press.

The children completed complex reasoning tasks and even had to use A-level mathematics, such as factorials.

They thoroughly enjoyed the day, even in the heat, and represented the school well with their fantastic maths knowledge and learning resilience.

Google Expeditions

Well, what can I say! The children at Manford Primary School had the most amazing afternoon on Friday 11th November.  Thank you to Andrew and Roger from Google who came to our school and took us on the most amazing journey.  We were very lucky to have the Google team in to take us on a number of virtual expeditions across the world, using 3D imagery and the Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

All children from Year 3 to Year 6 enjoyed the experience of being taken to places such as Rio de Janeiro, Angel Falls in Venezuela, Borneo Rainforest, the Congo, we even went into Space and looked closely at the Moon and Sun, we travelled back in time 4.6 million years ago and saw the creation of the earth through to the Jurassic period, where we came face to face with a T-Rex!  We even swam with sharks, something I said I would never do!

Enjoying the experience

Google expeditions-Enjoying the experience.




A truly awe-inspiring experience that the children and staff will never forget.  It felt as though we had travelled the world in one afternoon, going to places you can only imagine.  Truly amazing technology that has opened up the world.  Our children were amazed and couldn’t wait to be taken to new places, the world came to life and for a short while we were far from the classroom.

Quotes of day!

Google Expeditions-Quotes of day!

Thank you to the Google team from Manford Primary School.

See the possibilities!

See the possibilities!

Redbridge Schools Choral Festival

Royal Albert Hall

On Tuesday 15th March our Year 6 choir attended and performed at the Royal Albert Hall.  Manford were one of over 50 Redbridge schools that participated in this magnificent event, which happens every two years.  Our children spent weeks rehearsing for the event, learning some complicated songs, a recorder performance and even a very impressive pom pom routine.
All the children who took part behaved impeccably and did our school proud.  It was an amazing and enjoyable experience for the children and staff who took part.  We even appeared in the Ilford Recorder, where you can read more about the event.  Our school choir sound beautiful and each and everyone of the children who took part should feel very proud of themselves.  Well done to all the children and staff who took part.  Another great experience to remember.
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 Ilford Recorder– click here to read the full article
School Governor’s experience
I literally have had the best day! I was asked to join the Manford Choir for the day as they performed at the Royal Albert Hall along with 60 other schools in Redbridge!! We left school at 11am and got the train into London all the children and staff were very excited! Then when we arrived all the children’s faces were an absolute picture, I’m not sure they realised the size of the venue! The behaviour throughout the day should be commended and the beautiful singing and dancing from them all was brilliant!! The Pom Pom routine was one of the highlights and after a very long day the children did not stop smiling and singing!!! A big thank you should be extended to Mrs Everingham, Mr Mitchell, Ms James and Linda Curtis for being absolute stars too! A great day for Manford!!
by Marcella Lord

Computing Week 29th February – 4th March

school pictureDuring this week parents are invited into school to see their child working in Computer lessons.  Parents will be able to see children taking part in activities ranging from Nursery and Reception creating simple pictures using  2Paint A Picture through to Year 6 beginning to design their own websites.

A whole timetable of lessons has been arranged which will take place in classrooms, outside and in the Computer room.  Alongside this there are two parent workshops related to the school website and Ipads and how to use both to support children with their learning at home.

Parent Workshops

Wednesday 2nd March at 2.15pm-3.15pm- Getting to know the school website, links to help your child learn online

Friday 4th March 2.00pm – 3.10pm – IPads and apps


KS1 Charity Events- supporting Barnardo’s

Over the last half term Years 1 and 2 have been very busy hosting charity events; a very successful ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ and an ‘English Breakfast’.  Thank you to all the parents and children who supported the events by coming along to enjoy spending time with each other over a bite to eat and a drink.  Families certainly enjoyed all the delicious cakes made and donated by the Year 1 parents for the afternoon tea.   Both events were a great success with just over £200 being raised for KS1’s chosen charity ‘Barnardo’s.  A massive thank you to all of the staff who pulled together to prepare for the events.  It was lovely to see everyone working together and giving up their own time to raise money for a very worthwhile charity.  Thank  you to everyone involved.

Charity Afternoon Tea

Charity Afternoon Tea









Year 2- English Breakfast











Family Reading

Thank you to everyone who joined their children today for the open morning ‘Family Reading’ in Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3.  The feedback so far has been great, thank you.  Everyone who joined the children in class enjoyed sharing books together and spending quality time reading.  We want to encourage our children to enjoy reading and sharing books.  We have future ‘Family Reading’ sessions planned, dates below.

Family Reading

Family Reading


Dates for your diary:-

– Tuesday 3rd November 8.40am – 9am

– Tuesday 24th November 8.40am – 9am


Creative Writing Experience

Creative Writing with Charlie Carroll

On Wednesday 21st January Miss Simmonds took four Year 6 children to Gallions Primary School, where they took part in a creative writing day. The day was run by an author called Charlie Carroll, who works for Lend me your Literacy.  The children  learnt how to use a variety of vocabulary to create a descriptive story.

Their finished story has been placed on the Lend me your Literacy website, view now.
The children who were lucky enough to have this experience were Nazrin Begum,  Sana Pirarcha, Ignas Miskinis and Elizabeth Wheeler.  All these children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot.
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Creative Writing

String Orchestra visits Manford

At the end of last term we were pleased to have a visit from the Redbridge Music Service String Orchestra. Children in years 2 to 4 enjoyed a recital of a ‘Sleeping Beauty Musical’. The orchestra were inspiring, teaching the children about the different instruments and enabling them to participate in the recital. Children enjoyed taking part with actions and learning about the different instrument names and sounds. All children thoroughly enjoyed the recital.


String Orchestra
‘Sleeping Beauty’

String Orchestra 'Sleeping Beauty'

String Orchestra
‘Sleeping Beauty’


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