Archive | July, 2016

Pokémon Go – a parent’s guide


Pokémon Go is the latest craze to sweep the internet. If your child has not yet downloaded it, or asked you to download it for them, I can guarantee they will in the very near future!

In many ways, Pokémon Go is brilliant. It encourages people to get out and about, gives people the opportunity to communicate and work together and above all it’s great fun. However, as with anything online there are risks. As a parent it’s important that you understand what Pokémon Go is, and how you can help your child use it safely and responsibly.

Please take a few minutes to read the NSPCC’s Parent’s guide to Pokémon Go, so you can help keep your child safe this summer.

Sports Day!


We are pleased to invite you to Lowerplace Sports Day, which will be held on Thursday 14th July. The event will be held on the school field. The timings for the event are as follows:

Class 3b, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6: 9:15am until 12:00pm

Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and classes 3a and 3c: 1:15pm until 3:00pm

We will endeavour to proceed with the games come rain or shine. If we are lucky enough to have a sunny day, please ensure your child has suitable protection from the sun, including a hat, sun lotion and water. As always, please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit with them for the day (white t-shirt, shorts and pumps) as they will be unable to participate if they do not have the correct clothing.

We hope to see you there for this special day!

After-School Clubs ending this week

Due to the number of end-of-year activities happening over the next two weeks, we are stopping the After-School Sports Clubs run by school staff. Clubs run by outside coaches will continue.

The clubs that have ended are:

Athletics, Year 4 & 5, Tuesdays
Football, Year 4 & 5, Wednesdays
Cricket, Year 5 & 6, Wednesdays
Netball, Year 4, 5 & 6, Wednesdays

There will be no more sessions for these clubs.

Eid Mubarak!


Don’t forget, school is CLOSED on Thursday 7th July. We expect to see everyone bright and early at 8:50am on Friday 8th July!

We’ll be having our Eid parties in school on Friday afternoon, so children are encouraged to come to school in their party clothes!

Business Enterprise Week

Business Enterprise Week BEW logo

From Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July, the whole school will be taking part in Business Enterprise Week (BEW). During Business Enterprise Week the children will be designing, creating, costing, and budgeting for a product, as well as generating posters, business plans and conducting market research. Each year group will either be creating a product to sell or a game, which will cost to play, based on their own chosen theme.

At the end of this aspirational week, we will be holding a Summer Fayre, where all the products made by the children will be on sale. The fayre is always a fantastic opportunity for the children to show their parents, carers, family and friends the fantastic products that they have created.

As a reward for generating the most profit, the year group who does achieve the most will be able to use the money to buy books for their year group.

The Summer Fayre will take place on Friday 15th July at 3.15pm in the Junior Hall. We would like to warmly invite all our families to come and join us to celebrate Business Enterprise Week!

School closures week commencing 4th July 2016

Imp info School Closures

We have two closures coming up next week (week commencing Monday 4th July 2016).

On Tuesday 5th July 2016, the National Union of Teachers has called for strike action which will affect the following classes:

* 3b (Mr Lomax)
* 4b (Miss O’Dwyer)
* 5a (Mr Lowe)
* 5b (Mr Couldridge)

Children in the above classes should not come into school. Children from all other classes should come in as normal as their classes are not affected.

On Thursday 7th July 2016, the whole school will be closed for one day only, and will reopen at 8:50am on Friday 8th July.