At Manor Lodge, we pride ourselves on the wonderful grounds and facilities we have to offer children, setting us apart from other schools in the area. With purpose built, well-equipped and modern facilities, we ensure that we offer a first class education for your child.
Music forms an integral part of life at Manor Lodge through lessons and assemblies, rehearsals and concerts.
We have dedicated music practise rooms for a number of different instruments available to the children. Each year there are a range of performances starting in Nursery and Reception with the Nativity Shows, a summer show by Year 2 and culminating in Year 6 with a large scale musical production performed over four nights in our own theatre. There are two major concerts and a Music Festival each year.
There are peripatetic music teachers offering tuition, either individually or in pairs, on the following instruments:
Viola, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Cornet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Acoustic and Electric Guitar and Piano
Children are entered for external examinations in The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall Music syllabuses. They are also encouraged to play in informal concerts, end of term concerts and assemblies. Where appropriate, the music department prepares Year 6 children for Music Scholarships.
Manor Lodge has an amazing range of facilities that are used throughout the year. These include:
In the summer term, the pitches are modified to make room for a 300 metres athletics track and cricket and rounders pitches. Overall, sport plays an important role in school life at Manor Lodge and as a department we aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to share in the many positive facets of physical education. We offer an inclusive education that focuses on the holistic development of the child, one that incorporates not only skill acquisition, but the building of confidence, competition and cooperation with others. From Nursery to Year 6, pupils have two PE and Games lessons every week. In Year 3, as well as PE and Games, children also receive swimming coaching at Westminster Lodge swimming pool in St Albans. Pupils are placed in four ability groups by qualified and experienced coaches. The lesson is 30 minutes long and the children are taught the four main swimming strokes, it also includes some life saving for those children in the top group.
Our specialist art teacher oversees Art throughout the school in a room dedicated to nurturing your child’s creative talent. All children have the opportunity to explore a variety of skills and these form the starting point for projects. Art skills and mediums are explored in depth and each child is encouraged to talk with confidence when discussing their work. Creativity and imagination is fundamental and they are encouraged to make their own artistic decisions and to be self-critical when evaluating their work.
Staff and pupils alike at Manor Lodge value Art as an important curriculum subject. The use of display boards throughout the school helps to promote a feeling of pride in their work and is a source of inspiration to other year groups.
We have two fully equipped IT suites. The children are taught on individual computers by a specialist teacher, where both general ICT and Computing skills are learnt: from Word Processing and keyboard skills to e-safety, logical thinking and problem solving and the beginnings of Control and Programming. A class set of laptops are available to the teachers and a full class sets of iPads with age appropriate apps installed.
Computing is taught as a specialist subject throughout the main school, from Reception to Year 6, covering all areas of the national curriculum. As it is a constantly evolving subject, every effort is made to give the children the general grounding and basics of computer studies, whilst also keeping them aware of the current methodologies and technologies available. We follow the main themes of the national curriculum teaching more Computer science awareness allowing them to understand as much about how computers work as well as how to work computers.