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A visit from the Mayor

Yesterday, we were delighted to host a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale. Councillor Ian Duckworth (a former pupil of Lowerplace) and his wife Christine were invited into school by Mr Ghulam Shazad, a governor at Lowerplace. They were welcomed to school by Mr Johnson and Mrs Bi.

Mrs Bi and Mr Shazad then escorted the Mayor and Mayoress around a full tour of the school. They experienced a typical Lowerplace morning, including a computing lesson in class 2B with Mr Hall where children were making their own games on iPads, a maths lesson in 3C with Miss Coomber and a visit to the KS2 library.

They also dropped in on all the classes in KS2, including 6A and 4C.

Before they left the Mayor and Mayoress were given a sneak preview of our brand new Phiz Lab by Mr Lowe and got the opportunity to help out our award winning catering team in the kitchen!

We would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress for their visit to Lowerplace. We hope it was a worthwhile visit and that they enjoyed seeing the progress the school continues to make.

Parent and carer survey

We had an overwhelming response to our parent and carer survey this evening with over 130 completed. If you couldn’t make it this evening or didn’t get a chance to complete one, it’s not too late, you can complete it online here:

Ada Lovelace Workshop

Rochdale Council are running a series of workshops celebrating the life of computing pioneer Ada Lovelace.

The next workshop is on Monday 6th November at Heywood Library. The session runs from 4pm until 5pm and the theme is – Dynamic Cicruits: Inventions of the Future. It would be brilliant of some of the children and families of Lowerplace could attend what promises to be a great session.

To book your free tickets, follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ada-ada-ada-inventions-of-the-future-dynamic-circuits-workshop-tickets-38865279096

100 up for the computing blog!

Thanks to two recent hits form Myanmar and Morocco, we have now had visitors from 100 countries on the computing blog!

Click on the globe on the sidebar to see the whole list.

Royal Institution links

If you were inspired by yesterday’s science shows, here are some links where you can access ideas and resources to pursue your very own experiments at home:

Royal Institution families section – Get the whole family involved with science, mathematics and engineering, with plenty going on throughout the year.

ExpeRimental – A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

Interactive games – Play a range of educational games and quizzes to learn more about science, engineering and the natural world.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre– The L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre is a modern laboratory at the Ri where young people aged 7 – 18 can explore all aspects of science and technology outside the classroom.

RI Youtube channel

Exciting times for science at Lowerplace

Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Diana Bracewell from the Royal Institution for a day of fantastic science activities. We also welcomed children and staff from St Michael’s Primary in Middleton to share the experience. The day began with science shows for KS1 children. They learned about static electricity and experienced the force of an electromagnet. In the afternoon KS2 also learned about electricity and took part in a series of impressive chemical reactions.

After school, the staff enjoyed a training session with Diana, where she showed us lots of practical activities we could share with the children to help really bring science alive in the classroom.

Finally, we welcomed children and families from both Lowerplace and St Michael’s for an amazing community event. The evening began with the demise of a jelly baby, to demonstrate the amount of energy in sugar based foods. In a truly interactive experience, children took part in a range of experiments from attempting to pull apart two telephone directories to demonstrating the technology behind the fibre optic broadband. This was interspersed with a series of impressive chemical reactions in the form of flashes and (very loud) bangs, all presented with easily accessible scientific theory to back up the theatre.

These are exiting times for science at Lowerplace, in addition to this wonderful opportunity for the children and families of Lowerplace, we look forward to the opening of our Phiz Lab later this term, in partnership with the Ogden Trust.

Here are some pictures from a great day…

And finally, here’s the dramatic finale to a great day – the bang was so loud I dropped the iPad!

Roald Dahl Day!

It’s Roald Dahl day today! To celebrate it, the teachers at Lowerplace are going to comment with their favourite Roald Dahl story – do yo agree with them?

Snapchat security advice

There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the last few days of the recent update to Snapchat. A new feature called ‘Snap Map’ has been introduced which allows people to locate other users based on their location. It is accurate enough to isolate users to a particular household. This feature poses a significant risk to a child’s safety online and in the real world.

CEOP have issued advice to parents, outlining the features and risks of Snapchat and how you can make sure your child is using it safely and responsibly.

CEOP Snapchat guidance

If your child or any of their siblings are using Snapchat we recommend that you turn off this feature as a matter of urgency.

How to turn off Snap Map location sharing

  • When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ will still be discoverable on the map

(sourced from BBC News)