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‘Tis the season – for your child’s flu vaccine

The School Health Team visited Lowerplace yesterday to administer the nasal spray flu vaccine to those children whose parents had given permission. They all went home with a certificate to say they’ve had it.

The vaccine is recommended for all children aged two to four, as well as children in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 of primary school. If your child didn’t have the vaccine in school, please speak to your pharmacist or GP to arrange their vaccination.

IntraHealth have given us information on the Live Fluenz Vaccine that was administered:
Like all medicines, Fluenz can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them:
Very Common: runny/stuffy nose, reduced appetite, tiredness, headache
Common: fever, muscle aches
Uncommon: rash, nosebleed, allergic reactions

If your child has a mild fever following the Fluenz vaccine, this is a normal reaction to a vaccination. If you have significant concerns please contact your GP/Out Of Hours Service

You can find more information about the children’s flu vaccine at the NHS website 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:

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.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 29th September


On Friday 29th September we will be joining in on the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

We will be serving coffee /juice in our KS1 hall from 9.15 till 10.30am and there will be a cake stall where we are asking parents and staff to bring in cakes to sell to raise more money. Donation of cakes can be sent in all this week to the office or class teacher.

At break time we will be selling biscuits and buns to the children at 30p each. This will also make them feel part of our amazing support for helping people affected by cancer.

Last year we had a wonderful response and it was a very enjoyable morning. Please come along and help even more people living with cancer by making this our biggest coffee Morning yet!

Thanks in anticipation

Barbara Kelly, Learning Mentor  and Masuda Kabir, Family Learning Coordinator

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?