A Visit from the Dog’s Trust

Today we met the beautiful Winnie, a friendly education dog from The Dog’s Trust! LJ, her human, told us all about the work of the trust and talked about how we should care for our dogs.

 

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We learned about healthy food for dogs to eat and things that are poisonous to dogs; we looked at some gruesome roundworms, some ticks and some fleas and discovered ways to protect our canine friends from these pests; we looked at a microchip and even practiced picking up a pretend dog poo in a poo bag!

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We also talked about what to do if we encounter an unknown dog when we are in the park or out and about and how to stay safe. At the end of the session we got the chance to give Winnie a stroke (after introducing ourselves with a hand sniff of course) and everyone has had a leaflet to take home to share with their families.

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The Great British Dance Off

On Thursday 2nd February, Dance Club participated in the ‘Great Big Dance Off’ competition at the Victoria Theatre. This was the second round of the competition as the children had already passed the first round by submitting a video of their dance. There were 16 schools taking part in the competition from towns and cities across the North of England with one school from as far as Durham.

 The children performed their dance ‘When I grow Up’, a song from the musical Matilda, on the stage in front of a full audience of parents and other schools.  Unfortunately they did not make the top 5, however the whole experience of the day was fantastic and one the children will never forget.

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Young Writers Competition

Recent year 2/3 entered Young Writiers’ national writing competition Crazy Creatures. Out of over 40,000 entries we are delighted  to say that the editors would like to publish 20 of the submitted piece of writing.

We are looking forward to recieving our copy of Crazy Creatures when it is published on 27th April.

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E-Safety

We have received an email in school from the Calderdale Safeguarding Advisor alerting us to the following apps.

Please be aware of two online safety concerns that have recently been brought to my attention:

Firstly ‘Live.ly’ is an app being used by many children as it provides the opportunity to group chat. Whilst the app is only meant to be able to access contacts already on a child’s phone, the opportunity for friends of friends to join groups has resulted in people unknown to the child being able to access a group. In Leeds this resulted in a serious safeguarding issue. This highlights the risk that an app such as this poses in terms of the potential for incidences such as this but also the risk of grooming and exploitation.

The second concerning one is ‘Yellow’ which is essentially an online dating app for children which works similar to ‘Tinder’ the idea being that you can swipe through people and then choose someone to then meet up with. Clearly this again poses numerous risk factors for children.

These apps may be ones that are worth flagging up to your parents/carers and/or discussing within assemblies etc and using them as an opportunity to revisit those key safeguarding messages around being online.

I have also flagged this to the NSPCC so that hopefully these apps can be included on their Net Aware site.

Kind Regards

Rezina Kelly

Schools Safeguarding Advisor

Road safety.


The Road Safety team came to school today to help us keep safe when crossing the road. The children took part in different activities and all the children were awarded a certificate for completing the training. The road safety team worked with children in years 1, 2 and 4.

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Electricity

This half term we are learning all about Electricity. We started the topic with an interactive lesson discovering all about the workings of a plug, the components of an electrical circuit and remote controlled cars. We definitely enjoyed using Mrs Maddock’s remote controlled car in the lesson.

We used a wonderful website highlighting all the dangers with electricity around the home and creating posters to inform the dangers. We are going to display these around school to warn others. Look out around school for our work!

http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk/electrical-safety-in-your-home – Interactive game identifying electrical safety issues

We will be looking at building lots of different circuits over this half term and using buzzers, switches and bulbs.

Nativity

Tis the season to get glittery! This last fortnight has seen a flurry of festive activity, with our Nativity forming the piece de resistance! All the YR/Y1 children worked so hard and put on a fabulous show – we are all super-proud of them.

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Tis the Season to get Glittery!

Wow! What a whirlwind of a festive fortnight! Nativities, Christmas meals, Christmas jumpers, Christmas crafts, carol concerts, pantos, parties – you name it, if its festive we’ve done it! Here are a few snaps of the goings on of the last few days, culminating with a visit from the man himself….

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All the staff at Luddendenfoot Academy would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2017!

Peter Pan

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After a fantastic time last year watching Cinderella, we returned to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax to watch Peter Pan.  Once again we had a brilliant time at the pantomime and the children were a credit to themselves and our school.

We’re looking forward to seeing what they have planned for next year.

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Eco Club

Hello and welcome to Eco Club! Over the last 2 weeks we have been lucky enough to have Mr Marr and Ms Knight to help us think about a planting plan for the new garden. We have put together a list of all the fruit, veg and flowers that we would like to grow and have made a start at weeding beds in preparation:

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So far we have planted Japanese onions and broad beans! All of us got our hands dirty and really got stuck in. Well done Eco Club for a great start to the planting season.

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