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Enrichment Activities

At Northwick Manor we strongly believe that learning extends well beyond the classroom.  We provide opportunities for children to undertake a range of enrichment activities which support and enhance their learning.  Individual year group trips can be found under Class Pages.  Have a look at what we have been up to so far this year.



The Allotment

We have been very busy up at our allotment that we share with one of our families. We built a bug hotel using things that the children had gathered, including pine cones, logs and twigs. We had some other materials which we used like bricks and slate. The children were completely left to do this themselves and they created a wonderful bug hotel. They really thought about the layers.
They also did some potting of the strawberries to try and create more strawberry plants. Hopefully this will work, only time will tell!!
There was lots of watering of the crops, although their aim was somewhat off and they kept spraying anyone nearby, great fun!!
The children also found a butterfly with a broken wing and saved it from getting squashed, they were very concerned that this butterfly should make it to the bug hotel. The butterfly then didn’t seem to want to leave Thomas’s hand.


Christmas Celebrations


Once again we celebrated Christmas  at Worcester Cathedral.  This is a magical event with carols, readings and soloists performing to a packed audience of dignitaries, parents and carers.   Our thanks go to the wonderfully accommodating Cathedral staff and Reverend Andy Todd for his fun and immersive retelling of the Christmas Story. Part of the music curriculum is for children to memorise, perform and harmonise line under or over a melody and thanks to the skilled rehearsals with Mrs Kainey these skills were  evident in abundance during the evening. 





It was all 'hands on deck' to serve the children their Christmas Lunches.




A small sample of the wonderful Christmas tree decorations made with the assistance of parents and carers at home (big thank you!) to decorate both our own tree in school and the Rivers MAT tree which was on display in the Cathedral Cloisters.








The whole school were treated to a traditional Pantomime.






Year 5 Christmas Enterprise




A huge congratulations to the Year 5 children who planned and prepared their own stalls for the Christmas Enterprise.  Probably an even bigger 'thank you' to the families who had obviously spent many hours supporting them in their efforts.  


The hall was heaving with children and adults 'chancing their arms' at a variety of challenges.  You all  can take credit in  raising over a £1000.  The monies were donated during assembly to Malvern Special Families our chosen local charity.


To find out more about this organization please follow this link.


Ex-Northwick Pupils


Our year six children enjoyed an assembly presented by a group of ex-Northwick Manor Pupils.  It so lovely to see them again.  To help prepare our pupils, they spoke of their experiences in transition to high school and the expectations and opportunities of their new school.  Thank you and please keep in touch.


Rivers of the World


This summer Mrs Briand took part in a Connecting Classrooms project with the Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Africa. Mrs Briand said the experience had been overwhelmingly humbling and magical.  To be involved with such wonderful children who embrace education with such joy and enthusiasm, despite facing the challenges of poverty on a daily basis. 




This week we were able to reciprocate and Mrs Briand played host to a group of inspirational teachers from Olympic Primary.  They are in the process of improving their curriculum and had first hand opportunity to observe many lessons.  They were understandably envious of our facilities and resources.   


KS1 Maths Workshops


Parents and extended family were invited into school today to work with groups of children on a variety of activities during their Math lesson.  It is often an opportunity to pick up some fun ideas to support learning at home.



KS2 Parents Math Workshops





Children in Need


The children roared with delight as Pudsey Bear came into school to meet our 'spotty' children!  An ambassador from each class tipped the classes contribution into the Children in Need Charity. Bucket.




King's School Annual Primary School Quiz


A team of Year 6 pupils competed in the Fourteenth Annual Primary School quiz hosted by King's School Worcester.  Once again we were extremely proud of the team as they  demonstrated a sound knowledge on a wide range of subjects to storm through the preliminary rounds to compete against several other schools in the final.  They were a credit to their families and the school.


Harvest Festival



Thank you to all the families who generously made donations to the Food Bank, this years charity.  The whole school walked to St Stephen's for our annual Harvest Festival service.





Once again the weather was kind to us as the pupils schools in the Rivers Multi Academy Trust provided a wonderful evening of entertainment.  The choirs were enthusiastically conducted by Keith Slade - Worcester Symphony Orchestra.



Parents and extended family joined the children for an exciting  science workshop.  There were a variety of activities that supported this terms topic work.   



















Da Vinci Day



A cross-curricular celebration of Leonardo Da Vinci's life and work will be held on Friday 12th July 2019.


Leonardo Da Vinci is widely accepted as history's most creative genius.  The children will have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps and find out about his art, inventions and scientific discoveries.


This PowerPoint is just the tip of the iceberg as we prepare for this exciting adventure. The secret to his success was not an expensive or extensive education, but relentless curiosity and the ability to observe the world in minute detail.  We hope to bring these important skills to the children.





Despite the forecast we managed to hold both sports days.  It is always a fun filled day brilliantly organised again by Mrs Webber and Mrs Davies.  

















Parents and extended family were invited into school today to work with groups of children on a variety of science based activities.  Unfortunately the weather scuppered the outdoor activities but nevertheless, there was a happy buzz in all of the KS2 classrooms.















Sadly Summer Fayre turned out to be a bit of a misnomer!! Rain fell heavily all day so plans were swiftly changed to bring the event indoors, cancel some of the major attractions and unfortunately the football tournament had to be postponed.


However we had a great time and a massive thank you to everyone who attended the event and for the  generous donations of bottle, raffle prizes and bric a brac etc.


Our entrepreneurial Year 6 children excitedly organised their stalls, the very popular tombolas were assembled, the kitchen prepared tasty snacks and throughout we were serenaded by our wonderfully talented current and ex pupils.


Thank you again to everyone you raised a massive












Auf Wiedersehen to our lovely German Students


We were very lucky here at Northwick to have had five German students with us for three weeks! They have been wonderful and the children and staff will really miss them.  They have introduced the children to the German language and culture and made a real difference to their learning.



River Safety


The Severn Rivers Trust came into school to give very enjoyable assemblies to KS1 and KS2.  The children learnt many essential river safety tips, delivered in a fun and interactive environment. The Severn Rivers Trust then did some focused work in the afternoon in year four.



Rivers Multi Academy Science Day - Chocolate


All schools across the Trust enjoyed a chocolate themed science lesson.  There was a huge variety of experiments.  Year 2 compared dissolving M&M's and Smarties in water and charted the results against a colour wheel. 





Red Nose Day


Follow this link for the Red Nose Website


"When you donate to Comic Relief you’re supporting vulnerable people and communities in the UK and internationally. Our vision is to create a just world free from poverty and we’re doing this by funding amazing organisations doing amazing things"




Thank you everyone for your generous donations.

Bake a Cake Day

KS2 held their annual Bake A Cake Day.  There is always a great deal of excitement  as children purchase cakes.  Thank you to everyone who supports this enterprise.  



Teachers and children alike embraced this day of celebration and arrived with an amazing range of costumes.  Whilst certificates were awarded to a few children the decision as to who should be on stage was  almost impossible, such was the high standard.  Thank you to all the parents/family who supported the children on such a fun day when everyone is able to talk about their favourite book.














KS2 Mandarin Assembly


Sandy and Snowy (these are their adopted English names) gave a wonderful assembly this morning for the KS2 children.  They are presently studying at the University of Worcester.  They spoke about their country and culture, of  Chinese festivals, landmarks, capital city, food and about their own cities.  The children learnt some mandarin greetings and the zodiac months.  Sandy and Snowy have been working with the Year 2 children over the last few weeks which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.






KS2 Maths Workshops







KS1  Maths Workshops


Parents and extended family were invited into school today enjoy working with groups of children on a variety of activities during their Math lesson.  It is often an opportunity to pick up some fun ideas to support learning at home.













King's School Science Day


Year 5 scientists from across the Trust were invited to King’s School to participate in a physics afternoon. They initially learnt about air resistance and investigating whether a larger or smaller surface area would affect the speed of a falling cone. The pupils quickly ascertained that the larger the surface, the slower the descent. From this they moved onto the challenge of building a parachute from binbags, bubble wrap, cellotape and a plastic cup -the aim was for an egg to travel from a second storey window and arrive upon the ground intact.

We would like to say a big thank you to King’s -the children thoroughly enjoyed their day and this was a fabulous opportunity for staff and children alike.



The whole school once again headed to Birmingham Hippodrome to watch Peter Pan.  The whole trip was brilliantly organised and greatly enjoyed.




Congratulations to our Year 6 pupil who won the overall Rivers Multi Academy Trust Christmas Card design competition.  The design will now be used for the official Rivers Multi Academy Trust Christmas Card. 



Parents, families and friends were invited into school to join the children in a number of fun activities reinforcing our phonic work.  Adults enjoyed seeing the children in their learning environment and also took away some great ideas to use at home.











There was great excitement in school this morning as Pudsey Bear joined us in assembly at the beginning of the Children in Need campaign.  The children had all worn something spotty and made a donation towards this wonderful charity raising their awareness of how important it is to provide support for those in need.






A team of Year 6 pupils competed in the Thirteenth Annual Primary School quiz hosted by King's School Worcester.  Once again we were extremely proud of the team as they  demonstrated a sound knowledge on a wide range of subjects to win the competition, they were a credit to their families and the school.




Taken from King's School website

Headmaster of The King’s School, Matthew Armstrong, said: ‘Once again, our quiz has been enormous fun throughout, and we’ve been impressed with the children’s strong team work and determined approach to every single round. Congratulations to Northwick Manor on their success, and to all of the schools for doing so well. We’re looking forward to next year already.’


Sian Williams, Headteacher of Northwick Manor Primary School, said: ‘This evening has been fantastic. It’s always a great atmosphere and the children always raise their game and enjoy themselves. We’re thrilled to win, but all the teams did superbly.’



A group of Year 4 and 5 children had an opportunity to work with Carole Miles, an independent artist who works for the Rivers of the World Project.  Six schools from around Worcestershire are involved this week and the work will be on display at the Hive.  This was a pilot project working with primary children as opposed to secondary children.  Boats were painted in a myriad of colours  and sail designs created on polystyrene and then revealed in all their glory using the press printing technique








Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra (WSO) partnered with Worcester Cathedral, The Rivers Church of England Multi-Academy Trust and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester are commemorating the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice with a charity fundraising concert at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 10th November.


They will be performing Laura Rossi’s ‘Voices of Remembrance’ an orchestral and choral work featuring readings of First World War Poetry.


The concert will be filmed, recorded and projected onto a large screen at the front of the Cathedral.




Our spotty theme was fully embraced by the children who enjoyed wore an array of outfits and painted spots on their faces, hands and legs and even created their own unique t-shirts.  Thank you to everyone who supported this venture the monies raised will be invaluable to the Leukaemia Care Charity.












Today the children embraced European Languages Day by either dressing in a traditional costume or the colours of a European Flag.  A whole school assembly was held to celebrate the diversity of language and culture across Europe.




The whole school walked down to St Stephens church to celebrate the traditional Harvest Festival.  It was an opportunity to raise the rafters with songs of thanks for the harvest and to donate gifts of food for those in need.  The generous collection was taken to Worcester Food Bank to support families in our community.





On a glorious summers evening all of the schools in the Rivers CofE Academy trust joined together on the King's School playing field for the Riversfest Concert.    Families and friends picnicked as they were entertained by the children who sang collectively as an academy and also performed as individual schools with a wonderful variety of music and dance.













The Year 5/6 swimming team represented Northwick Manor in the Primary Schools Swimming Gala at Perdiswell Leisure Centre.  They competed againt 15 other schools to come an overwhelming 1st place.  Their amazing swims and sportsmanship shone through.  Even more amazing was that we have won this Gala for the last five years.


This qualified them to represent Worcester and Droitwich at the Sailsbury's Games in Bromsgrove.


The strong swims by our talented team made us the fourth fastest primary school team in Worcestershire.  It was a fabulous day and the children were able to meet and have a photograph taken with Bronze Bobsleigh Olympian Laura Deas.


At the beginning of July our Year 4 Swimming Team represented Northwick Manor in the Primary Schools Swimming Gala.  They swam their 'socks off' against 14 other schools and achieved an incredible 2nd place.


Finally our Year 3 pupils who have been swimming this term put on a fabulous display for their parents.  The Sunshine's on coach A and B were the winners of the Fun Gala.


A massive well done to all the swimmers we are extremely proud of you.


Thank you Mrs Webber and Mrs Davies for organising another fab sports day and ordering in the sunshine.  It was lovely to see the children's team efforts and especially touching the encouragement they gave one another to achieve the best they could.




















Thank you to everyone who supported our busy Summer Fayre.  The Year 6 children had worked hard and been very enterprising with their stalls along with the traditional and ever popular tombolas.


You all helped to raise £5700   


Thank you


Do you recognise this superhero?





















Family members joined the children for their science workshops today.  They were involved in a variety of activities ranging from understanding and making a volcano and creating a chemical reaction to simulate a volcanic eruption.  Variety of plant life on the school playing fields.  Hypothesis that all leaves are the same and animals habitats and the food chains within them.                  






Parents also had the opportunity view the amazing standard of the homework carried out by the children who were tasked with creating an investigation.  It has generated a tremendous understanding of how an experiment is carried out and reported.  It was an incredibly difficult task to single out any one piece of work.  A few luck pu;ils represented the school at the Ogden Science showcase.  Thanks to all the adults who assisted the children in this.

























You raised over


What an incredible achievement - Thank you.


Everyone at Northwick Manor Primary was encouraged to raise awareness and seek sponsorship for the Sports Relief charity.  Our challenge was to walk collectively the equivalent number of  miles from Worcester to New York.  


The weather was very kind to us and during the course of a week everyone, went out daily, and walked around the playgrounds and fields.  


It was a great atmosphere and such fun and we are still counting the money!!!  We will post the amount asap but your support was incredible.  Thank you many people will benefit and the money will now be put to work, helping people live happier, healthier, safer lives.






Please visit to Sports Relief website for more information on their good works

Wishing Fish Music for Fish Migration Day




Today we were treated to an assembly given by members of the Severn Rivers Trust.   When the children were asked what would we find in the River Severn  they answered "Nimo", "crocodiles" and "octopus"..... so please be careful when approaching the banks!!!!!!!   The children went on to learn about the life cycle of the salmon from alevin, fry, parr, smolt to adult salmon and the journey they and many other migratory fish take to reach their spawning grounds.  The shad who used to swim in great numbers in the Severn River are now in steep decline as they, unlike the salmon, are unable to negotiate the many weirs between the estuary and their spawning grounds.


A major project is being undertaken by the Severn Rivers Trust to install fish passes to enable them to travel freely back up the river.


As part of an awareness initiative the children have learnt and recorded some 'fishy facts' and a fish wish.  Working in collaboration with Worcester University arts team various workshops will be delivered in school creating dances, models and art work. This will culminate in children and parents being invited to the World Fish Migration Day event in Worcester on Saturday 21st April.







To learn more about the work of Severn Rivers Trust follow the link below.


To learn more about Fish Migration Day which will be celebrated in Worcester on April 21st

follow the link below




Follow this link for the Worcester News Report






World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Here is a snap shot of some of the amazing costumes.  

Thank you to everyone who helped with the wonderful creations.














Friends and family joined the children this week to share in a variety of reading activities.  

















Trip to the Pantomime



The whole school enjoyed a trip to Birmingham Hippodrome to watch the Pantomime. 

Sports Coaching in School


During the Autumn term, Year 2 received weekly tennis coaching from Worcester Lawn Tennis association.  Year 3 also enjoyed the cricket coaching provided by Worcester Cricket Club.


Inclusive Sports Festival


A group of children were invited to the University Sports Arena to take part in an inclusive sports event.  The event provided the opportunity for the children to try sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Tri -Golf, Blind Football, Goalball, Boccia, New Age Curling, seated Volleyball and Table cricket.


Cross Country


Years 5 and 6 took part in a cross country festival at Bishop Perowne in November.  The course was tough but the children ran fantastically well.  


Yr 6 Athletics Festival


A group of 30 Year 6 children took part in an indoor athletics festival at Bishop Perowne in November.  They performed well and came 2nd!


Yr2 Gymnastics Festival


Miss Romano took a group of 30 Yr 2 children to Worcester City Gym to take part in a gym festival organised by Bishop Perowne.


Top Up Swimming


During December a group of Year 6 children went along to Droitwich Swimming pool to take part in some additional swimming lessons taught by Mrs King.  It is our aim to ensure that all children leaving the school are able to swim at least 25 metres. 


King’s Quiz


Four children from Year 6 took part in a quiz organised by the King’s school.  It was a fantastic event and after making it through round one they progressed to the final and finished with a splendid second place.  Well done everyone we were very impressed with your knowledge and the mature way you represented our school.

KSI Maths Workshops


Parents and Carers were invited into school to join their children for a maths lesson.  Not sure who was most nervous the teachers or parents!!!




















Anti-Bullying Week


Odd Socks day Wednesday 15th November. 

Follow the link for top anti-bullying tips and poster competition details


Remembrance Day



Great excitement today during assembly, we were joined by a giant poppy who came along to hear all about the history of Remembrance Day and why it is important that we remember those who have died during the two Great World Wars and more recent conflicts.  The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields" written by the Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. 


Children in Need


Pudsey visited us on Monday to say thank you and collect the funds raised for Children in Need.  The children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite super hero which ranged from Superman to 'my Mum'.  Thank you everyone for your support.  We will be dressing up with the theme of 'spots' on Friday 17th November.







RGS Art and Drama Day


Two small groups of children had a great time at the art and drama day hosted by Royal Grammar School Worcester




Harvest Festival


Unfortunately due to the down pour we were not able to hold our celebrations in St Stephen's church this year. However,  Reverend Todd joined the children at school, saying that a church was wherever people came together to give thanks.    The children sang the songs that they had been practicing over the last few weeks and donated their food gifts which were taken to the local food bank


Empty class room day




Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 12 October 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.

Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.


We joined the many enjoying a variety of activities throughout a wonderful sunny autumnal day.