Ladybridge Community Primary School News Focus - 4L<p>This week has been &lsquo;electrifying&rsquo; in 4L! We have been on a mission to discover the science of electricity. Using the knowledge of electric circuits (and pizza boxes!), pupils have been creating their own &lsquo;Operation&rsquo; style game. You&rsquo;ll be pleased to learn that none of the organs are real ones, as we&rsquo;ve created our very own using Play Dough! It has really challenged pupils&rsquo; imaginations and creative skills. Wonderful &lsquo;patients&rsquo; include: Sponge Bob Square Pants, Darth Vader and a Minion.</p>, 13 Oct 2017 14:01:25 GMTBuilding Relationships<p>Seddon, the construction company, is hosting assemblies for KS1 and KS2 on the dangers of playing on construction sites. Their support in helping to promote health and safety (and to bring the workplace to school in an entertaining way) is appreciated.</p>, 13 Oct 2017 14:00:18 GMTCommunity Spirit<p><strong>Community spirit really matters; it promotes participation, friendship and a sense of belonging</strong></p> <p>I am proud of the way our pupils, parents/carers and staff foster a sense of community within school and its neighbourhood. Our PTFA is a glowing example of working in partnership; their forthcoming Halloween Disco is a terrific way of bringing people together for fun!</p> <p><strong>Digging the Dirt with Firwood High!</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s been lovely to meet with pupils from Firwood High, who are helping to restore our nature area into a nature haven again. We are very grateful for their work, in conjunction with our Chair of Governors, Nicola Burgess.</p> <p><strong>A Bumper Harvest</strong></p> <p>Thank you to everyone who donated goods for today&rsquo;s Harvest Assembly.</p> <p>Dave Bagley, from Urban Outreach, gave pupils and parents/carers a very entertaining and insightful talk on the work of the Winter Watch project in Bolton. He explained how the donated food helps to ensure those in need have a hot meal in the cold winter months. All of our pupils sang their hearts out, and Dave said, &ldquo;Of all the schools he visits, this is his favourite, as the children are so happy and friendly.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Mr Watson, Headteacher</em></strong></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 13 Oct 2017 13:58:59 GMTWe Raised £218 for Macmillan<p>We raised a fantastic &pound;218.66 at last week&rsquo;s Coffee Afternoon in aid of Macmillan. Congratulations to Mr Cook who won a raffle prize. There are still two unclaimed prizes &ndash; white ticket numbers 30 and 112; please pop into the school office to collect your prize. Big thanks to the children at Labracadabra&rsquo;s After School Club for picking the winning tickets. The winner of the &lsquo;Guess the Height of the Cake&rsquo; sweepstake is Mrs Khatun.</p>, 06 Oct 2017 12:13:30 GMTClass Focus: Giraffes (1L)<p>We have been developing our dance skills. We have&nbsp;explored different ways of moving and travelling with our bodies. We have worked in pairs to create our own dance and performed it in front of the class.&nbsp;</p>, 06 Oct 2017 12:09:58 GMTWhat's in Ancient Greek Poo?<p>Year 4 &nbsp;pupils have been investigating ancient Greek poo to find out what they ate!</p>, 06 Oct 2017 12:08:56 GMTYour Views Count!<p>Our last Ofsted inspection was in May 2013, now over 4 years ago! We have been eagerly anticipating their arrival for the last year or so and feel it is likely that an inspection will take place soon.</p> <p>The inspectors will want to know your views on the school. To ensure that you have ample opportunity to share your views, we have provided a link to their online questionnaire on our school&rsquo;s website</p> <p>We would appreciate it if as many parents/carers as possible could complete the questionnaire; this will ensure Ofsted has a true reflection of parental views at Ladybridge Community Primary School.</p> <p>On a separate note, I was delighted to welcome a good number of potential new parents/carers to our school at this week&rsquo;s Open Day. I was very proud to show our visitors around our school (a huge thank you to those year 6 pupils who spent time telling our visitors about school); if you know of any friends/neighbours whose child is due to start school next September who missed the Open Day, please let them know we have another event on Tuesday, 5<sup>th</sup> December.</p> <p>As always, thank you for your continued support; our door is always open if you have any comments or concerns about your child&rsquo;s education and well-being. <strong><em>Mr Watson, Headteacher</em></strong></p>, 06 Oct 2017 12:07:56 GMTAttendance Matters - Weekly Update<p align="center">School Attendance Target = 97%</p> <p align="center"><strong>Actual Attendance </strong>- For week ending 29/09/17:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>97.29% </u></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><em>Class&nbsp;with the best attendance:</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>4L = 100%</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Most punctual class:</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Kangaroos (2B) = 100%&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#800080;"><strong><em>Remember Attendance Matters; Be in School All Day, Every Day.</em></strong></span></p>, 25 Jan 2017 10:07:26 GMTOur Greenhouse is Sprouting!<p>The Eco Club is very grateful to Mr Jenkinson, who is putting his excellent building skills to the test, helping to build their greenhouse. It is certainly taking shape!</p>, 29 Sep 2017 16:23:59 GMTOn the Beam!<p>Congratulations to Summer, 5L, who has been awarded Level 8 in gymnastics. She has just started learning gymnastics at Bolton Arena; doing a cartwheel on the beam is her favourite</p> <p>activity!</p>, 29 Sep 2017 16:22:59 GMTClass Focus 5L<p>Miss Whittingham is delighted with the way her pupils have settled in to their new year 5 class. &ldquo;<em>They are really challenging themselves with the new learning in year 5 and putting in 100% effort, keep it up!&rdquo;, </em>said Miss Whittingham, class teacher.</p> <p>This week, pupils have been visually representing factors in maths to help remember them. They have also been learning ball skills to use in netball, and using excellent teamwork and communication skills in PE.</p>, 29 Sep 2017 16:21:27 GMTInspiring Young Minds<p>Popular children&rsquo;s author and laureate, Lauren Child, spoke to pupils this week about her work. The writer, famous for creating the Lola and Charlie series, talked about where she gets her ideas from for her stories and characters. I really hope her visit has inspired our pupils to further develop their creative skills in both their written and art work.</p>, 29 Sep 2017 15:42:00 GMTPTFA Treat Friday is Back<p>Every Friday (weather permitting), we will be selling vegetarian sweets, chocolate and crisps (30p each) and drinks (20p each) in the playgrounds between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.</p>, 22 Sep 2017 16:40:17 GMTClass Focus : Starfish<p>We have been getting used to the routines and rules of our new school. We understand how and why we need to wash our hands and make sure we do this when we need to. We are learning how to use the snack table and we are now comfortable in our carpet places. Miss Cook and Mrs Toth are very proud of the Starfish Class for how well they have settled in and accessing the different areas in the classroom. We look forward to starting the curriculum next week and are excited to see the children grow and develop over the year.</p>, 22 Sep 2017 16:37:34 GMTUseful Maths Websites & Apps<p>We make a lot of use of online maths games and activities in school. &nbsp;Some of the links below are our most popular.&nbsp;Why not try some of them out with your child?</p> <p><strong>Websites:</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p>;</p> <p></p> <p>;</p> <p>;</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Apps: </strong></p> <p>Multiplication Pairs (Jamtec) &pound;0.99</p> <p>Multiply Wiz (Rocket Studio) Free</p> <p>Lumio (Farm Factor) Free</p> <p>Addition and Multiplication Number (Bubbles) Free</p>, 22 Sep 2017 16:35:53 GMTRE Lessons<p>This week 5B are looking at RE, in particular Judaism. Here they are practising plays about Abraham.</p>, 22 Sep 2017 16:34:51 GMTTasting Event - Yummy!<p>Pupils enjoyed tasting the Quorn food samples at Monday&rsquo;s tasting event.</p>, 22 Sep 2017 16:33:47 GMTReception Admissions for September 2018<p>Letters for pupils due to start Reception in September 2018 will be posted out to parents on the 26<sup>th</sup> of this month by Bolton Council. Parents can apply online from the end of September. The closing date is 15<sup>th</sup> January 2018.<span style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;For further information please click here&nbsp;</span><a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p>, 09 Sep 2015 12:41:12 GMTAfter School Care Just £5<p>After School Care is just &pound;5 per child per session at our fabulous new Labracadabra @ Ladybridge Before anmd After School Care Club up until August 2018. To book, please contact the School Office.</p>, 17 Sep 2017 09:10:31 GMTClass Focus: 6L<p>We have settled in very well to life in year 6 and have already done a lot. Last week was PSHE week: we discussed what was important to us; what we are scared of and what we need to improve. We put this information into our own signature silhouettes. This week, we have learnt all about Ancient Egypt: what life was like, what jobs people had, and about pharaohs, pyramids and mummification!</p>, 17 Sep 2017 09:03:29 GMTCampaign Trail!<p>It&rsquo;s a little like the American election trail at Ladybridge at present; Year 6 pupils are &lsquo;running for office&rsquo;, preparing the perfect elevator pitch to present to both myself and the whole school. They are pitching for various roles, including House Captains, Office Assistants, and Prefects. I&rsquo;m looking forward to reading their persuasive letters, whilst they are also going to devise a video to present to all pupils and to launch on Twitter. Watch this space for further details of the successful candidates!</p>, 17 Sep 2017 08:58:59 GMTWell Done Kishan<p>Kishan&rsquo;s cricket team came 2nd in the U11&rsquo;s District Finals. Well done!</p>, 10 Sep 2017 09:10:31 GMTAfter School Care - Places Available<p>We are delighted to announce that Mrs Brickles (who you will also see working in the school office), is managing Labracadabra @Ladybridge, our new Breakfast Club and After School Club. Now based in its permanent home in &lsquo;The Studio&rsquo;, the Labaracadabra team are busy preparing a &lsquo;magical&rsquo; array of activities to keep children entertained. Places are available for the After School Club. It&rsquo;s &pound;10 a session, including a light meal. (Breakfast Club is currently full.) School has signed up to the Government&rsquo;s Tax-free Childcare Scheme, which entitles claimants to up to &pound;2,000 free childcare per annum. More details can be found at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>, 10 Sep 2017 09:09:11 GMTWelcome Back<p>I hope you are all feeling refreshed after the summer holidays and enjoyed the sunshine (when the sun made an appearance!). I am really pleased with all our children, who have returned to school with lots of enthusiasm, ready to face the new challenges that this academic year will bring. May I extend a special welcome to our new families who have joined us from other schools, and to our Reception children who have settled in with their peers and are eager to get &lsquo;hands on&rsquo; with their learning. We welcome three new teachers to the school: Miss Cook and Miss Wallace, who are teaching our two Reception classes; and Miss Whittingham, teaching class 5L. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mr Kell and Miss Mugal (now Mrs Tayeb) on their recent marriages. Miss Wallace and Miss Cook are pleased to see their new Reception pupils settling in well. All staff have been working hard preparing for the current term and I have no doubt that your child will have already engaged in fun and interactive sessions in their new class. I encourage you to come and meet your child&rsquo;s new class teacher and see their classroom at our forthcoming &lsquo;Meet the Teacher&rsquo; event. Mr Watson, Headteacher</p>,e_back.JPGSun, 10 Sep 2017 09:06:06 GMTDinner Money Due<p>Dinner money for this half term is now due: If your child (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) has school dinners, payment is now due. The cost is &pound;7.00 per week or &pound;46.20 up until half term. Cash or cheques payable to Ladybridge Primary School.&nbsp;Please ensure your account is not in arrears. If you wish to change to packed lunches, 3 weeks&rsquo; notice is required.</p>, 11 Jan 2017 15:46:49 GMTExplore. Discover. Learn...<p>As part of our comprehensive curriculum, we place great importance on trips outside of school to broaden our pupils&rsquo; learning experience; and what amazing fun they are too! Just recently, Reception pupils have been to the Blue Planet Aquarium to learn about creatures &lsquo;under the sea&rsquo; &ndash; they loved the sharks and stroked a star fish! Year 5 pupils have been on a week&rsquo;s course of intensive swimming lessons, and Year 6 pupils have been to the cinema to watch &lsquo;Despicable Me 3&rsquo;, a justly deserved end of year (and primary school) treat. To round off this term, Year 1 pupils are off to Formby&nbsp;Beach to extend their educational investigation of our shoreline and their history topic, all about travel.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Explore. Discover. Learn&hellip;</strong></p> <p>Ladybridge&rsquo;s pupils have certainly had a busy and successful year achieving all three of these goals!&nbsp;May I wish you well over the summer holiday; I look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready for a new term on September 6<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;<em>Mr Watson, Headteacher</em></p>, 18 Jul 2017 15:33:10 GMTYear 5 Swimmers<p>Year 5 pupils enjoyed intensive swimming lessons over 5 days at Ladybridge High. It&#39;s a vital life skill that everyone should learn and is a compulsory part of our curriculum.</p>, 18 Jul 2017 15:21:42 GMTClass Focus – 3B<p>This term, pupils in 3B have been learning all about dinosaurs. We have created our own Dinosaur Database, &quot;The Dinopaedia&quot;, in computing;&nbsp;modelled our own dinosaurs out of plasticine to star in their own fable;&nbsp;built our own T Rex out of fossilised bones and used different hardness of pencils to sketch a triceratops.</p>, 18 Jul 2017 15:16:19 GMTBreakfast & After School Clubs<p><strong>Do you like our new logo for Labracadabra @Ladybridge?</strong></p> <p>We do hope so! It&rsquo;s been chosen to reflect the array of &lsquo;magical&rsquo; activities on offer to children attending our Breakfast Club and new After School Club, starting in September. School has signed up to the Government&rsquo;s Tax-free Childcare Scheme, which entitles&nbsp;claimants to up to &pound;2,000 free childcare&nbsp;per annum. More details can be found at:&nbsp;</p>, 18 Jul 2017 15:12:44 GMTLadybridge's 'Iron Kids'<p>Congratulations to Faaris, Year 1, and all our other pupils who competed i Bolton&#39;s &#39;Iron Kids&#39;.</p>, 18 Jul 2017 15:10:44 GMTBirthday Bun!<p>In September, our new Y6 classes will be choosing a charity to raise money for throughout the year. To boost their fundraising efforts, in exchange for a small donation, we are introducing a&nbsp;&lsquo;<strong>Birthday Non-uniform Day</strong>&rsquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;If a pupil&rsquo;s birthday falls on a weekend, then they can &#39;dress down&#39; on the Friday before. Year 6 will keep us updated on their chosen charity and fundraising.</p>, 12 Jul 2017 15:18:13 GMTClass Focus - Penguins<p>This week, Penguins have been busy reviewing their last five weeks of learning. We have been using technology to research facts about other continents, and creating group mind maps. We have really enjoyed making paper sculptures using hot and cold colours, which reflect the contrasting climates of Antarctica and Africa.</p>, 12 Jul 2017 15:07:16 GMTYear 6 Superstars<p>As we approach the end of another academic year, we would like to say a huge thank you to our Year 6 helpers, contributors and role models.</p> <p>Every year, we ask our Year 6 pupils to take on a whole range of roles and responsibilities. These include: Prefects, House Captains, Champions of Consistency, Office Helpers, Bench Monitors, First Aiders and&nbsp;Classroom Assistants.</p> <p>Throughout the year, Year 6 pupils have shown real commitment to carrying out their jobs to the highest standard. These are crucial roles that help ensure school runs smoothly. They are now busy preparing for their Leavers&rsquo; Assembly which takes place this Friday. The Year 6 staff and I are so proud of them all.</p> <p>Year 6&hellip; we will miss you! <i>Mr Watson, Headteacher</i></p>, 12 Jul 2017 15:04:34 GMTSummer Fair - Wow!<p>A massive thank you to all those families who contributed towards the incredible success of the Summer Fair. Thank you to those who gave up their time to set-up, organise and run the stalls; to all those who provided chocolates, sweets and bottles, plus all sorts of prizes; and, thank you to those who came and spent their money. Next week we will announce what we raised.</p>, 12 Jul 2017 14:58:36 GMTWell Done Emmie<p>Well done Emmie, 4L, your fantastoic design has been chosen for the front cover of the PTFA&#39;s Summer Fair programme.</p>, 05 Jul 2017 10:33:48 GMTKS2 Sports Day<p>Wow, what fantastic sportspeople we have in KS2. From the running race to javelin, some wonderful competitive and team spirit was witnessed. Well done to everyone who took part. We&rsquo;re so pleased the rain held off for most of the event, and so many parents came to show their support. The<strong> Reception and</strong> <strong>KS1 Sports Day is next Tuesday, 11th July </strong>at 1:30pm. (weather permitting; reserve day is 13<sup>th</sup> July at 1:30pm).</p>, 04 Jul 2017 15:50:17 GMTSnapchat Warning<p><b>Snapchat </b>enables users to see&nbsp;exactly where their friends are, so detailed that if you zoom in you can even see the street location. <b>This obviously raises safety concerns for children who use the app.</b></p> <p>Many children tend to import all their random contacts when they set up their Snapchat, so unless they or you check their settings, it is possible that all these random strangers will now see an accurate location.</p> <p><b>As a matter of urgency, we would ask all&nbsp;parents&nbsp;to check their child&rsquo;s Snapchat&nbsp;settings, we would strongly&nbsp;advice,&nbsp;that Snapchat is changed to &lsquo;Ghost mode&rsquo; so that location isn&rsquo;t shared with friends.</b></p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:09:23 GMTWe Love Tag Rugby!<p>Year 4 pupils represented school at the Bolton Rugby Union Football Club tournament. They came second; well done!</p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:08:12 GMTKS2 Snacks<p>Healthy snacks will again be available for KS2 children after the summer holidays (years 3 to 6 only, as all KS1 children receive a fruit snack provided by the Government). These snacks are ordered and charged for on a termly basis, Autumn, Spring and Summer. If you would like your child to have a snack provided at morning break each day, the cost for the autumn term will be <strong>&pound;22.40.&nbsp; If you could provide the exact amount, it would be really appreciated.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Payment should be sent to school by Friday, 14<sup>th</sup> July 2017.</u></strong><u>&nbsp; <strong>If your money and order form are not received by this date, your child will not be allowed snacks for the autumn term.&nbsp;&nbsp; The list will be finalised on Friday 14<sup>th</sup> July and NO further orders will be taken for the term after that date.</strong></u></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please ensure that the money is clearly labelled as &ldquo;snack money&rdquo; with your child&rsquo;s name and class on the envelope, and is separate from dinner money. Any cheques should be made payable to <strong>Ladybridge Primary School</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please complete the slip below and return to school, with payment, by <strong>Friday 14<sup>th</sup> July.&nbsp; </strong>Snacks will commence on <strong>Monday 11<sup>th</sup> September 2017.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:05:27 GMTSchool Meals Price Increase<p>We are pleased to confirm that the Council has agreed to continue the discounted tariff for the KS2 pupils who pay for meals.&nbsp; A small increase will be applied to the charge to reflect the rise in increased costs associated with inflation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>From September, the cost of school meals will be &pound;1.40 per day, that&rsquo;s &pound;7.00 weekly; </strong>this is still 70p per day discount on a standard school meal charge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you may be eligible for Statutory Free School Meals, please see overleaf for details on where to enquire, and how to claim.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please note that if you would like to change your child&rsquo;s meal pattern from school meals to packed lunches, or vice versa, three weeks&rsquo; notice is required.&nbsp; Please contact the school office if you intend to do this.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If paying weekly, &pound;7.00 dinner money should be sent into school<strong> every Monday morning</strong> with your child, and handed in to their class teacher. If you would prefer to pay for the whole of the autumn 1 half term, the amount due is &pound;46.20. Please remember that payments can be made by either cash or cheque. &nbsp;If you choose to pay by cheque, please make it payable to &ldquo;Ladybridge Primary School&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:04:28 GMTNo Clubs Last Week of Term<p>There will be no lunchtime/after school clubs during the last week of term. Look out for information coming home soon about exciting new clubs starting in the Autumn Term.</p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:02:23 GMTThe Teddies Had Fun!<p>The teddies enjoyed last week&rsquo;s Teddy Bears&#39; Picnic (and pupils did too!).</p>'_Picnic_2017.JPGTue, 04 Jul 2017 13:01:00 GMTClass Focus, 4B<p>During the Afternoon Excellence Programme, we have been focusing on the Vikings. We have discovered that the Vikings weaved lots of things during their time, such as: clothing, the sails for their ships, and even jewellery. As a result, we have done some of our own weaving.</p> <p>First, we practised the skill by weaving paper. Once we had mastered this, we began to weave using yarn. When we have finished, we will be turning our weaving into bracelets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 04 Jul 2017 13:00:15 GMTStamptastic!<p>Do you hate sewing on labels? If you wish to discover the faster way to name your child&#39;s belongings, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>www</strong>.<strong></strong></a></p> <p>for further information and details of&nbsp;how to place your order. Please use the following code when ordering&nbsp;(capitals and no spaces):&nbsp;BL34NB</p> <p><strong>All sales help raise PTFA funds.</strong></p>, 29 Jun 2017 14:13:15 GMTEnterprise Skills<p>This week we are changing our &lsquo;focus&rsquo; to feature the amazing fundraising activity&nbsp;undertaken by five of our Class 5L girls: Millie, Momina, Aishah, Kirran and Naomi.&nbsp;As part of our curriculum, we give pupils opportunity to develop their enterprise skills. Five Year 5 pupils clubbed together to organise a &lsquo;Yummy Food Sale&rsquo;, raising money for Christies Hospital. They shopped, baked and primped an array of cakes, sweets, fruit and lollies to sell to pupils. They raised an amazing &pound;152.</p>, 29 Jun 2017 14:11:40 GMTWe're Record Breakers!<p>Children in Years 5 and 6 took part in an exciting Guinness World Record attempt at Smithills Hall last Friday. Organised by Bolton Library Service and the publishers, Bloomsbury, the aim was to get the highest number of &lsquo;Harry Potters&rsquo; together in one place. The sight of 676 (very excited) children dressed as Harry Potter was spellbinding!</p> <p>In attendance was the Guinness World Record adjudicator; their job was to count (and verify) the exact number of Harrys (that was some feat given children find it hard to stand still!). The record attempt was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book written by JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher&rsquo;s Stone. For the record to stand, each pupil had to be wearing a Gryffindor tie and glasses, and have a wand in their hand and a scar on their forehead.</p> <p>Mrs Gavin, Mrs Wood and Mrs Hoolihan were really impressed by Ladybridge&rsquo;s &lsquo;Harrys&rsquo; &ndash; their behaviour and attitude was impeccable, and a credit to our school.</p> <p><i>Mr Watson, Headteacher</i></p>, 29 Jun 2017 13:50:05 GMTAnimal Puppetry!<p>&nbsp;Look at the great animal puppets Penguins (2B) have sewn themselves.</p>, 22 Jun 2017 13:58:57 GMTIt's a Frog's Life!<p>Reception learned about a frog&rsquo;s life cycle. They wrote a sentence and made a frog too!</p>, 22 Jun 2017 13:57:53 GMTFidgety Maths!<p>Fidgety maths in Year 2 . Pupils really enjoyed using Fidget Spinners to learn times tables!</p>,aths.JPGThu, 22 Jun 2017 13:57:11 GMTClass Focus – Koalas (1B)<p>We have been exploring the seaside in English and geography. We have been reading, &#39;The Lighthouse Keeper&rsquo;s Lunch&#39;, and we&#39;ve loved hearing about the naughty seagulls eating people&#39;s lunch!&nbsp;We even created our own seaside towns and created maps for them.</p>, 22 Jun 2017 13:46:57 GMTBritish Values<p>As you know, we are very proud of the diversity across our school. Learning about and celebrating different cultures and religions is an integral and important part of our school life. As a result, our school community develops harmonious relationships, understanding</p> <p>and mutual respect.</p> <p>From time to time, pupils can say things that go against these important British values. Please help us by regularly talking to your child about their beliefs and views, so that:</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; <i>Your child doesn&rsquo;t come to school imposing their beliefs on others</i></p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; <i>Your child doesn&rsquo;t tell other children that their beliefs are wrong</i></p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; <i>Your child understands that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs (and that their beliefs may be different, even within the same religion)</i></p> <p>Thank you for supporting our school with helping to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, plus tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; <i>Your child understands that everyone has the freedom to choose which bits of religious and cultural practice to follow.</i></p>, 22 Jun 2017 12:25:04 GMTMusic Lessons<p>Would your child like to learn an instrument?</p> <p>Bolton Music Service is working with our school to provide weekly music lessons. You can register your child for lessons, starting in September, by visiting:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Please note:</strong> If you are already having lessons, you will need to re-register. Please visit <a href=""> </a>to see what is on offer.</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:30:11 GMTWanted -LA Governor<p>A vacancy has arisen on our Governing Board for an LA Governor. This position is open to anyone who has an interest in supporting our school by helping us &#39;Achieve Excellence Together.&#39; Anyone from the wider community, who is a motivated and committed individual, is welcome to apply; they do not need to be currently connected to our school.&nbsp; If anyone would like more information about the expectations of the role at Ladybridge, please leave the relevant details at the school office and I will be in touch. Anyone wishing to apply, needs to go to the website page below and then click the &lsquo;apply now&rsquo; section. Please ensure you add Ladybridge Primary School to the form, as this is sent to the local authority first. Please pass this information on to anyone who you feel may be interested in supporting our school. Thank you.</p> <p><strong>Nicola Burgess, Chair of Governors</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:27:16 GMTNew School Dinner Menu<p>&nbsp;The new school dinner menu starts next Monday, 19<sup>th</sup> June (Week 1). Copies are available from the School Office.</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:25:54 GMTClass Focus - 5B<p>In English, 5B, have been reading the poem, &lsquo;The Highwayman&rsquo;, by Alfred Noyes. We have linked this poem to our computing curriculum, whereby we&rsquo;ve used the poem and created a movie. We had to draw pictures in &lsquo;2 paint a picture&rsquo; (as shown), and use audacity to record us reading the poem and also to insert music into the movie. We then used Movie Maker to create our own movies. We all had great fun and learned a lot about movie making. Maybe one day someone will be the next Steven Spielberg!</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:24:26 GMTKeep it Up!<p>This week we had a very important visit from senior staff from Markland Hill Primary School. Feedback from their visit was extremely positive, particularly the high levels of pupil engagement and focus. The children&rsquo;s excellent behaviour and positive attitudes to learning also received praise. Well done to everyone who is doing their best. Keep working hard and improving; we have 26 school days left before the summer break.</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:22:05 GMTSummer Fair Programme<p>&nbsp;We have received some fantastic entries for the PTFA&rsquo;s Summer Fair programme front cover competition.</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:21:12 GMTLost Property Tower<p>Svara and Rayyan, Giraffes, couldn&rsquo;t believe their eyes when they saw how much lost property we have in school. It towers over them! We have an array of clothing, from jumpers to football boots&hellip; if you&rsquo;re missing anything, please pop along to the School Office.</p>, 14 Jun 2017 15:19:38 GMTIt Was All Fantastic!<p>Thank you to all parents/carers who came and watched Year 1&rsquo;s assembly which focused on Jamaica. Judging by the comments, everyone enjoyed the children&rsquo;s singing and dancing.</p> <p><strong><em>&quot;I can&#39;t pick a best bit, it was all fantastic!&quot;</em></strong></p>, 07 Jun 2017 15:13:07 GMTElection Matters!<p>Kirran&rsquo;s (5L) fantastic homework on the General Election shows a good understanding of each of the three main party&rsquo;s policies. She knows who she would vote for!&nbsp;Do you?</p>, 07 Jun 2017 15:11:46 GMTTheme of the Week<p>Every week we have a carefully selected theme. This is used to guide our assemblies as well as reinforce important messages for the children. The children enjoy guessing why a particular theme has been chosen, with many of them becoming increasingly skilled at &lsquo;thinking and linking&rsquo;, and articulating their thoughts. Themes this year have included: &lsquo;no excuses&rsquo;, &lsquo;half-time&rsquo;, &lsquo;stonecutter&rsquo;, &lsquo;one word&rsquo; and &lsquo;check it&rsquo;.</p> <p>Our latest&nbsp;theme is &lsquo;repeat&rsquo;, and gave us the opportunity to reflect upon the importance that repetition and practise have on learning and improvement.&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Please take a few minutes each week to ask your child(ren) about the t</i><i>heme, and help them understand why it has been chosen.</i></p>, 07 Jun 2017 15:10:12 GMTFamily Learning<p>Reception and Year 1 parents were invited to attend a free course in school, run by Bolton College, to help support English skills and learning at home. Parents are finding it very enjoyable and useful, as well as sociable! Each week they make some lovely resources&nbsp;and get to spend time having fun with their child. This week they made some wonderful tabards.</p>, 07 Jun 2017 15:08:19 GMTClass Focus - 3L<p>In 3L, we&#39;ve been learning all about volcanoes and&nbsp;different types of&nbsp;rock.&nbsp;It&#39;s been fascinating! We&#39;ve built our own volcanoes,&nbsp;explored why volcanoes erupt and set off&nbsp;volcanic eruptions! Also, we&#39;ve investigated igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and&nbsp;grouped rocks based&nbsp;on their&nbsp;permeability,&nbsp;density and durability.&nbsp; Rock on Year 3!</p>, 07 Jun 2017 15:07:13 GMTClass Focus - 2L<p>The Polar Bears have loved the last three weeks of geography lessons; learning about different countries, continents and oceans of the world. We used our map reading skills to navigate our way to Haslam Park and created maps based on our current book, Dougal&rsquo;s Deep Sea Diary. We&rsquo;ve been researching Africa and Antarctica too. Did you know that Antarctica is a desert? Or that over 1,000 languages are spoken in Africa?</p>, 24 May 2017 11:23:33 GMTUniform Inspection<p>A uniform inspection was carried out last week and it was good to see that the majority of children were wearing the correct uniform and looked very smart. However, there were a few issues:</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; Please ensure&nbsp;white shirts are worn, not blue. Blue shirts were part of the old uniform, phased out last year.</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; Shoes should be <b>plain</b> black.</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; Socks, in particular boys, should be dark in colour and plain. Socks should not be covered in characters.</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; Hair accessories should be a dark colour. Bows and headbands should not cause distraction to other children, e.g. Jo&nbsp;Jo bows are too large for school. &nbsp;</p> <p>&Oslash;&nbsp; If your child is on PE week, please ensure that they have the correct PE kit, which is white t-shirt and dark blue shorts. Also, all jewellery, including earrings, must be removed. This is for safety reasons.</p> <p>Thank you for your cooperation. <b>The next uniform inspection will be Tuesday, 6th June.</b></p>, 24 May 2017 11:21:00 GMTWe're Football Mad!<p>Mr Watson was very proud to take our school football team to Ladybridge Primary School to compete in a match. Despite valiant efforts, they lost. Better luck next time team!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 24 May 2017 11:13:50 GMTReading in the Sun<p>Mrs Sixsmith&#39;s lunch time Book Club members have been enjoying reading outside.&nbsp;</p>, 23 May 2017 13:07:43 GMTErupting Volcanoes!<p>Year 3 pupils have been learning about plate tectonics and how they make volcanoes erupt. They have had great fun making their own volcanoes.&nbsp;</p>, 23 May 2017 13:05:01 GMTClass Focus - 4L<p>In English, pupils in class 4L&nbsp;have recently finished reading Michael Murpurgo&rsquo;s, &lsquo;Today I Met a Whale&rsquo;. The children have become incredibly inspired by this book and from this, we have gone on to research and learn more about whales living in captivity. As part of this project, we have looked closely at SeaWorld in Florida and the treatment of the orca whales. After discussing this with the children, they decided that they would like to write a persuasive letter to SeaWorld asking them to release the orcas that they are currently holding in captivity. The children have worked incredibly hard to produce letters which include emotive language, rhetorical letters and commands. Last week, we walked to the post office to send our letters all the way to America; we are currently waiting for a response!</p>, 17 May 2017 10:38:11 GMTCongratulations Disha!<p>Congratulations to Disha, Class 5B, who is the winner of the school&rsquo;s &lsquo;Design a Front Cover&rsquo; for the pupils&rsquo; School Diary 2017-18.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Disha_pic.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 283px;" />&nbsp;</p>, 17 May 2017 10:36:43 GMTFidget Spinners<p>We are continuing to allow fidget spinners to be brought into school, but only on the basis that:</p> <p><em>They are only used out of class learning time, and that children take responsibility for their own spinner, do not swap them, sell them or use them inappropriately.</em></p> <p>We will continue to review this on a weekly basis. If there is any disruption to learning or safety concerns, they will be banned.</p> <p>We are trying to be open minded and see the positives of them.</p>, 17 May 2017 10:34:55 GMTOn the Radio<p>A group of year six pupils were very excited to meet Tower FM&rsquo;s DJ, Jon Holling. After much deliberation (there was stiff competition) by Mrs Hoolihan, their class teacher, five pupils were selected to record their voices to feature in the radio station&rsquo;s &lsquo;Little Lyrics&rsquo; competition. Our budding DJs took to the microphone with ease, showing great confidence as they recited their lyrics which will be played on Jon&rsquo;s morning radio show&rsquo;s &lsquo;guess this song&rsquo; competition. Ammaarah, Zara, Zac, Younis and Leon have promised to keep the singer and name of their song &lsquo;top secret&rsquo;; this is so they don&rsquo;t spoil the listeners&rsquo; fun when their &lsquo;Little Lyric&rsquo; is aired during the week commencing 12<sup>th</sup> June! It has been a light relief after their stupendous efforts during their SATs.</p>, 17 May 2017 10:32:47 GMTTerm Time Holidays<p align="center"><strong>Too Many Term-time Holidays</strong></p> <p align="center">Although there has been an improvement in overall school attendance this year, we are unlikely to achieve our attendance target of 97%.</p> <p align="center"><strong>Why?</strong></p> <p align="center">39 pupils have been taken out of school for holidays during term time. If this is stopped, we would achieve 97%.</p> <p align="center"><strong>So, What Next?</strong></p> <p align="center">We have waiting lists for a number of classes throughout school.</p> <p align="center">If pupils are taken out of school unnecessarily, your child&rsquo;s place will be removed and offered to another child on the waiting list.</p>, 17 May 2017 10:31:14 GMTJust Dance<p>Unsurprisingly, play times are one of the highlights of our pupils&rsquo; day (not unlike any other school). They are always fun times, providing opportunity for children to meet friends, relax, play and learn outside of the class room. If you were to visit the school mid-morning, you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking you&rsquo;ve arrived into a disco! In fact, it&rsquo;s our daily &lsquo;Just Dance&rsquo; sessions, open to all pupils in Key Stage Two. Extremely popular (especially when the sun isn&rsquo;t shining), children relish the chance to let their hair down, have fun and dance away to upbeat tunes (they get to be the DJs). Socialising, relaxing, keeping fit, laughing, joking and simply chillin&rsquo; are all important skills to learn and experience, to develop well-rounded, grounded children, helping them to better cope with all that they are faced with.</p>, 10 May 2017 14:13:27 GMTClass Focus - 1L<p>In science last week, we have created our own plants and labelled the different parts. Imani made such a convincing plant, that we even labelled her! We have also observed different leaves closely. We&rsquo;ve thought about what kind of trees they came from; whether they were evergreen or deciduous. We also had fun learning outside,&nbsp;working out how old the trees in our playground are!&nbsp;</p>, 10 May 2017 14:10:07 GMTGeography Skills<p>Year 2 went out on a field trip, looking at the geography of the local area by Haslam Park. They practised their map skills and had lots of fun whilst learning too!</p>, 10 May 2017 14:07:40 GMTThank You Viridor<p>The Eco Council&nbsp;is very grateful to Viridor for their donation of hundreds of empty plastic bottles for their Eco greenhouse. The bags were so crammed full of bottles, they towered over Adam!</p>, 10 May 2017 14:06:06 GMTBaby Caterpillars<p>Reception&rsquo;s baby caterpillars have arrived. Pupils have all planted runner beans. They are going to watch them grow and change!</p>, 03 May 2017 15:59:08 GMTReview Week<p>Next week is Review Week across the school. This is an opportunity for children to check and recall what they have learnt over the last half term. As part of reviewing learning, children will complete assessments. For Year 2 and Year 6 children, they will complete their SATs, which will test their English and maths skills. Year 2 pupils&rsquo; assessments will be&nbsp;incorporated into the day to day school timetable, so it&rsquo;s doubtful they will notice they are doing a test, whilst Year 6 children will have their first taste of formal exams. These take place at set, prescribed times; sealed bags of papers are opened on the day and are secured straight away afterwards. The children are, of course, quite ready and prepared for these; they know what they need to do and will, I am sure, confidently do their best. The only preparation they will need over the weekend is a good night&rsquo;s sleep! <i>Mr Watson, Headteacher</i></p>, 03 May 2017 15:58:08 GMTPTFA Easter Bingo Success<p>Thanks for all the support at our Easter Egg Family Bingo night. It was terrific fun and Mrs Gavin was a great bingo caller. We raised a whopping &pound;690.74!</p>, 26 Apr 2017 16:07:08 GMTManchester City Visit<p>This week the whole school met Bernard Halfrod, Manchester City&rsquo;s Life President. He brought along two magnificent football trophies to show the children.</p>, 26 Apr 2017 16:06:22 GMTCongratulations Emerald<p>Last term&rsquo;s House Point winners were &lsquo;Emerald&rsquo;, with a huge 3012 points. House members enjoyed a fun filled party to celebrate their win!</p>, 26 Apr 2017 16:05:36 GMTClass Focus - 5L<p>Pupils in 5L and 5B have been reading about Annie Edson Taylor, the first woman to go over, and survive, Niagara Falls.&nbsp; Annie&rsquo;s theory was that if an egg in a tin can could survive being dropped, then she could survive the falls in a barrel!&nbsp; 5L and 5B came up with some ingenious ways to protect an egg being dropped from a great height.&nbsp; They could only use: newspaper, yarn, half a plastic bag and sticky tape.&nbsp; Seven eggs survived!&nbsp; The rest had a cracking time!</p>, 26 Apr 2017 16:04:36 GMTBreakfast Club<p>The start of the summer term saw the launch of our brand new Breakfast Club, and it&rsquo;s getting the thumbs up from our pupils. With a wide choice of indoor and outdoor activities, including air hockey, computing, cycling, ball games, painting, drawing, board games&hellip; there&rsquo;s more than enough to keep everyone entertained and it&rsquo;s been smiles all round. A wide selection of cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurt, fruit juice and milk to choose from, appeals to every taste and the hearty breakfast sets the children up for the busy day ahead. There are still some places available (remember the club is free for its first year of operation); please contact the office staff for more details.</p>, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:51 GMTClass Focus - Lions<p>Pupils in Lions have been retelling the story of &#39;The Runaway Pancake&#39; using different actions to remember the story in the correct order.&nbsp;We also tossed pancakes and made story maps; we drew a picture for each part of the story to help us to remember as we retell it.</p>, 05 Apr 2017 16:03:36 GMTEddie the Penguin Saves the World<p>Thank you to everyone who came and watched Reception&rsquo;s assembly; judging by the comments received, everyone was very impressed by their sterling performance and keen to promote recycling at home, as well as in school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>&ldquo;<em>Absolutely wonderful; such an informative assembly.&rdquo;</em></strong></p>, 05 Apr 2017 16:02:28 GMTSuper Learning Day<p>&lsquo;Superare Impedimentum&rsquo; was our theme for the day. This was a wonderfully positive day in which the whole school came together to &lsquo;overcome barriers&rsquo;. The day enabled children to learn alongside pupils from other classes and with different members of staff. Children took part in lots of different and exciting workshops, including &lsquo;Hands that Talk&rsquo;, &lsquo;I am Assertive&rsquo;, &lsquo;Solutions&rsquo;, &lsquo;Wordball&rsquo;, and &lsquo;A + B = C&rsquo;!</p> <p>It was brilliant to see the children approach each new activity with such enthusiasm, openness and resilience.</p> <p>We have sent letters home for feedback, and we will also be asking the pupils to evaluate how they think the learning from the Super Learning Day impacts and changes them in the future.</p>, 05 Apr 2017 16:00:46 GMTBe WELL Charts<p>In each of our classrooms we have a new wall chart displayed, entitled &lsquo;Be WELL&rsquo; (the school&rsquo;s Code of Conduct expectations). It is designed to help staff and pupils keep track of how <em>consistent</em> each child&rsquo;s behaviour is at school. These charts (example adjacent) are reviewed and amended regularly with the pupils, in order that your child is clear about which area(s) they need to be more consistent in.&nbsp; Consistency in all areas will result in an &lsquo;Always Band&rsquo;. There are seven &lsquo;Always Bands&rsquo;, one for each colour of the rainbow. Starting with red in Reception, and ending with violet in Year 6. The aim is for children to collect a band every year; so that by the time they leave Ladybridge, they have &lsquo;every colour of the rainbow&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/pICTURES/DSCF9856.JPG" style="width: 107px; height: 90px;" />Always Bands</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:58:30 GMTWell Done Mayan!<p>Thank you to everyone who is sending in washed 2 litre plastic bottles for the Eco Greenhouse. A special mention goes to Mayan, Y5B, who has collected well over 100 bottles. Please continue to send in your washed bottles.</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:56:28 GMTMother's Day Gifts<p>The children loved choosing their gifts from &nbsp;the Mother&rsquo;s Day Secrets Room. We hope they made Mother&rsquo;s Day extra special.</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:55:40 GMTImpressive Sketches<p>Year 6 children have enjoyed creating some extremely impressive sketches of Lledr Hall.</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:54:33 GMTClass Focus - 6B<p>6B are in the midst of a &lsquo;Healthy Relationships Programme&rsquo;, delivered by support workers from Fort Alice, a Bolton-based charitable organisation. On Tuesday, our classroom became a courtroom, in which the case, &#39;Boys are Stronger than Girls&#39;, was put forward to Judge Zac Ali, by the prosecution.&nbsp;The defence argued vehemently against and the jury returned a unanimous &lsquo;not guilty&rsquo; verdict. In delivering his closing statement, the judge remarked: &ldquo;Boys and girls are equal. Let&rsquo;s celebrate equality with a high-five!&rdquo;</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:53:38 GMTCross Country Runners<p>Meet our Cross Country team. They meet every Tuesday, after school, to perfect their running skills under the watchful eye of Mrs Gavin. On Monday, they competed at an event in Moss Bank Park where there were over 300 runners. It was the first time some of the children had competed against other schools. Next Tuesday, the championships will take place at the same venue. Good luck to all our runners.</p>, 29 Mar 2017 15:52:44 GMTKS2 Snacks, Summer Term<p>There is a wide range of snacks provided, including (but not limited to) toast, &nbsp;jam on toast and crumpets.</p> <p>The cost of snacks for the Summer term will be &pound;18.&nbsp;If you could provide the exact change, it would be really appreciated.&nbsp;Payment should be sent to school by Friday, 31st March.&nbsp; If your money and order form are not received by then, unfortunately your child cannot be added to the snack list at a later time in that term.</p> <p>Please ensure that the money is clearly labelled as &ldquo;snack money&rdquo; with your child&rsquo;s name and class on the envelope, and is separate from dinner money. Any cheques should be made payable to Ladybridge Community Primary School. Thank you.</p>, 18 Mar 2015 14:38:42 GMTClass Focus - 3B<p>This term 3B have being looking at maps and&nbsp;measuring to scale. We have also learnt how to play the recorder and sing two songs at the same time! We loved being taught French by Mr Kell -&nbsp; <em>nous aimons parler fran&ccedil;ais</em> - and are really enjoying learning how to code in computing.</p>, 22 Mar 2017 14:42:55 GMTWall of Excellence<p>The Wall of Excellence has been updated. It&#39;s a chance for pupils to shine. Well done Eshaal, Lions - excellent wriitng about what makes her smile - popcorn apparently!</p>, 22 Mar 2017 14:42:04 GMTThackray Museum<p><strong>Year 1 visited Thackray Museum, Leeds, on Monday.</strong><strong> They travelled back in time with Florence Nightingale to Scutari Hospital and became nurses and porters. They helped her clean the rotten hospital, made beds and even bandaged up the injured soldiers! </strong></p>, 22 Mar 2017 14:40:28 GMTOutdoor Adventure<p>Our Year 6 students recently swapped their school uniforms, exercise books and lessons in the classroom for sturdy boots, wet weather gear and lessons in the great outdoors at Lledr Hall outdoor and adventure centre in Snowdonia, North Wales. Their usual lessons were replaced with a new timetable of gorge walking, tackling a high rope course and jungle gym, night-time walking and even a disco! It&rsquo;s an invaluable part of our curriculum, which every year 6 pupil has opportunity to partake in. They learn valuable personal life skills, such as working in teams, endurance, confidence building, problem solving, self-motivation and belief in their own abilities. It&rsquo;s an invaluable experience. They&nbsp;were fantastic.<em> Mr Watson, Headteacher</em></p>, 22 Mar 2017 14:30:28 GMTNo Hurrying in the Playground<p>Recently a Reception child was knocked over by another parent rushing&hellip; I&rsquo;m sure you know the saying, <em>&ldquo;<strong>The hurrier I go, the behinder I get</strong>&rdquo;</em>. Parents/Carers: If you&rsquo;re running late, please take extra care in the playgrounds. Please slow down and watch out&hellip; there are lots of young children, babies, grandparents, etc&hellip; no-one wants an accident. Thank you.</p>, 15 Mar 2017 15:04:14 GMTClass Focus - Penguins<p>In Penguins (2B), we have been using &lsquo;Talk for Writing&rsquo; to learn a story called &lsquo;Little Daisy&rsquo;. First we created a story map using pictures to help us to remember it; then we put actions to it. Our writing wall reminds us of lots of great ideas that we can use in our own writing. We are really good at writing expanded noun phrases, and including a range of different sentence types in our writing, such as exclamation marks!</p> <p>Type in the URL code: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;to see us all in action retelling the story.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 15 Mar 2017 15:03:10 GMT