These are not the children you are looking for…

7th November 2016

Year 3 and 4 had a lucky escape thanks to the Jedi like skills of their teachers.

The travelling theatre group visited as part of our work in maths. We believe in concentrating on the Root Skills of our maths syllabus – from place value to addition. We then like to put those skills we’ve learnt into practice with practical activities. So the actors were tasked with helping our children learn new concepts and reinforce those that they have already learned.

Now we’re not saying that this is the best way to teach…But it’s impressive how quickly children can recall number bonds to 10 when there’s a Stormtrooper breathing down their neck!

Inter House Challenge

20th October 2016

Part of our work on Wellbeing is working together in houses to develop teamwork and friendship. With sportsmanship thrown in as well, a whole school inter house sport events seemed the right way to go.

Well done to all those who took part.

William Amory Remembers William Brain

6th October 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered William Brian, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  1888 in Trentham

Died:  6th October 1016 28 of wounds.

Son of:   Ephraim and Sarah Brain


Farm Waggoner

Regiment:  Prince of Wales, North Staffs Reg, 1st/5th Battalion.

Awarded the Victory and British War medals.


North Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force

In 1916 the 46th North Midland Division, 137th Staffordshire Brigade included the 1/5th North Staffordshire Reg. The Battle of the Somme which commenced on the I July 1916 lasted throughout much of the summer months and extended into the early autumn. The 46th Division suffered numerous casualties during this period yet remained in the Front Line or near to throughout the entire battle.

During the early phases of the battle the Division was seriously depleted in numbers following the diversionary attack on the Gommecourt salient and was still present in the sector by October.

Pte Brain could have been wounded during any of these ensuing actions as the German artillery barrage to recapture lost ground was continuous through these months.

Refer to Lt. W. A. Bowers for more information regarding this period of the disastrous Somme offensive. It was most likely that Pte Brain was present with him at this time.


William Amory Remembers John Hawley

27th September 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered John Hawley, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  April 1893 in Sandon

Died:  27th September 2016 aged 23 and buried at Caterpillar Valley, NZ memorial, Longueville.

Son of:   Robert Edward and Julia Goodwin Perkin


Apprentice Grocer

Regiment:  Wellington Reg 1st Battalion


“At the outbreak of war the New Zealand Expeditionary Force contained a single infantry brigade which was combined with the unattached Australian 4th Infantry Brigade to form the New Zealand and Australian Division which served at Gallipoli. By the end of 1915, New Zealand’s contingent had expanded such that they could now field a complete division of their own.

In the summer of 1916 the New Zealand Division found themselves serving on the Somme. In May – Aug 1916 they were in the Northern Zone of operations located in the Armentieres Sector Trenches (L’Epinette and Houplines sub-sectors) and as of the 13th Sep-Oct 1916 they took a direct part in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. It was during this battle that John Hawley lost his life.


An excellent account of the New Zealand Div during WWI can be found online ‘May 1916-1918’ by John H. Grey refer p87 onwards for the action in which John Hawley was engaged. Extract as follows;25 to 28 September 1916:
Improvements in the weather and thus to the ground permitted a resumption of the offensive. The Fourth Army was to complete and extend the operations of the 15th. It is significant that far from achieving a breakthrough and releasing the cavalry towards Bapaume, even some of the original objectives of Day I remained unfulfilled. At zero hour the infantry advanced 25 yards behind the creeping barrage.
In the afternoon, by prior arrangement a company of the reserve battalion, 1st Wellington took over Flers Support and the southern section of Goose Alley. The night 25t1/26rh was relatively quiet and the New Zealand posts on the ridge were converted into a continuous line before dawn 25th September had been a day of success. Two days later Pte Hawley was killed in action



Year 2 welcome

10th September 2016

You can download the Year 2 Welcome Letter here.

Welcome to Year 2

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to school. I’m Mrs Coates and I will be your child’s class teacher for this academic year. As we embark on a new school year I would like to familiarise you with how things work in Year 2 so you can encourage your child to be organised, independent and support them in their learning.

Classroom support

Mrs R. Deakin

Mrs C. Baker

Mrs L. Watkins

Home work

Precision homework continues in Year 2.It is given out every Friday and is expected to be completed and handed in on the following Thursday. This is essential in supporting children’s mental recall of key mathematical facts and their work in class. Spellings will also be sent home and additional home work may be set when needed.


In year 2 each child is allocated a reading day which is stated in their Reading record book. This book provides valuable communication between parent and teacher and helps us to consistently monitor your child’s progress so it should always be in school on the allocated day. It is expected that children read at home for at least 10-15 minutes every day in addition to reading time and activities at school.


PE times are Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please can you ensure full PE kit is in school on these days and labelled with your child’s name. Ear-rings should be removed.

Swimming will be taken during the Summer Term

Please ensure you child has a drinking bottle in school and that any snack money is in a labelled purse or envelope.

Please note that on my current timetable I will not be in school on Friday afternoons due to PPA (Planning ,Preparation and Assessment  time.)

I hope this information is helpful.

Thank you.

Mrs Coates


Panto 2016!

12th September 2016

You can download this letter here.



This year we have arranged an end of term reward trip for the whole school to see the pantomime Cinderella at The Regent Theatre in Hanley.

The trip is on Thursday 15th December and we will be watching the morning matinee so children need to be in school by 9am and will return to school by around 2pm so will need a packed lunch that day. If your child usually has school meals the school kitchen can provide a packed lunch for them as long as it is pre-ordered (please indicate on the reply slip).

If you would like your child to go on the trip the cost is £14.00 each which includes coach travel, admission and an ice-cream. THIS MUST BE PAID FOR ALL CHILDREN BEFORE FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER AND IS NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment for this trip can only be made via ParentPay. The full cost needs to be made before Friday 23rd September. We will not be able to accept extras after this date as numbers will be confirmed.

Yours Sincerely


Mr B A Wilken