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Thackley Primary School pupils gear up in school Race for Life Event

Pupils at Thackley Primary School took part in the school’s second, very own Race for Life for Cancer Research UK this week as part of the Race for Life’s schools programme.

The school hosted a special event at Thackley Football Club on Wednesday, 21 June.

Around 495 youngsters aged three to 11 joined teachers to challenge cancer and walk, jog or run in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work and will dress in pink, red and purple to brighten up the day!

Head of School, Annette Patterson said:

“We are really looking forward to the race. The children are really excited and have been busy raising money.

“The whole school is supporting the event so it will be a real team effort and a great day for our parents, pupils and staff while raising money for an important cause.

“Sadly, most of us know someone who has been touched by cancer and we all have our special reasons for taking part and wanting to help more people survive”.

Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, Coun Imran Khan said:

“Race for Life is a great addition to the wonderful events that take place at Thackley Primary School.

“Good Luck to all the pupils who are taking part this week and congratulations to the school for organising the event, who clearly have a desire to make a difference”.

Follow Thackley Primary School on Twitter: @ThackleyPrimary

Each pupil wrote a special message
Each pupil wrote a special message for Race for Life

World Boxing Council Boxer, Fes Batista visits Russell Hall Primary School to promote his fight against bullying

Fes Batista visited the school during the weekly celebration assembly to talk to the children about anti-bullying. Batista is an anti-bullying activist who trains and lives in the United States of America.

The young boxer who was born in Huddersfield moved his career to the states and begun making a splash in the world of boxing. Batista, when not training, spends the rest of his time working and promoting the World Boxing Council’s Anti-Bullying programme.

Batista is no stranger to Russell Hall Primary as he has visited the school before to speak on the issue of bullying. He told the children boxing turned his life around after he had experienced being bullied when he was young.

The assembly included an anti-bullying song that was sung by three of Russell Hall’s students. Fes Batista then ended the assembly by donating his famous shades.

Deputy Headteacher, Heidi Higgs said:

“It was great to have Fes Batista come and talk to the children about bullying.

“Fes has worked with the school for several years and has helped to ensure that the anti-bullying culture remains high profile at Russell Hall.” 

Follow Russell Hall Primary on Twitter: @russellhallps

Just two weeks left to see Splendours of the Subcontinent

There are just two weeks left to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 exhibition in the north of England before it moves on to Leicester.

The free exhibition, which contains Indian works of art from the Royal Collection, tells the story of the grand tour of the Indian Subcontinent made by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1875-6.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service and Royal Collection Trust, and runs at Cartwright Hall in Bradford until 18 June.

Since opening in March Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 has proved extremely popular, with a well over 18,000 visitors enjoying the special exhibition to date.

Maggie Pedley, Bradford Council’s Libraries, Museums and Galleries Manager, said: “This exhibition has been so successful. We have had over 18,000 people from all over the country coming to see the amazing objects so far.

“As there are only two weeks left for people to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875–6 in Bradford, I would encourage people to hurry up and not miss out.”

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour, visiting over 21 localities which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.

He travelled nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea and met over 90 rulers of the different regions he visited. His visit sought to establish personal links with the local rulers and strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown prior to the declaration of his mother, Queen Victoria, as the Empress of India.

Over 70 exquisite works of art that were presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts will be on display at the exhibition alongside watercolours, photographs and items from the Council’s own collection of South Asian metalwork.

A beautifully illustrated full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition for £15.95 whilst stocks last.

Cartwright Hall is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. For further information and bookings contact Cartwright Hall Art Gallery 01274 431212 email cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk or visit www.bradfordmuseums.org.

Creating a Love for Reading

Reading is essential for learning and development but with the distractions of PlayStations, Xboxs, iPads, toys, TV and peer pressure, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Helping your child enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent and it’s well worth the investment of your time and energy. 

Children will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire – the curiosity and interest – that is the cornerstone to using reading and related skills successfully.

By far the most effective way to encourage your child to love books and reading is
to read aloud to them and the earlier you start, the better. Even a baby of a few months can see pictures, listen to your voice, and turn cardboard pages. Make this time together a special time when you and your child share the pleasure of a story without the distractions of TV or telephones.

You may be surprised to find that a well-written children’s book is often as big a delight to you as it is to the children. And don’t stop taking the time to read aloud once your child has learned to read for themselves. At this stage, encourage your child to read to you some of the time. This shared enjoyment will continue to strengthen your children’s interest and appreciation.

While your child is very small, it’s a good idea to start a home library for him/her, even if it’s just a shelf or two. Be sure to keep some books for little children to handle freely. How you handle books will eventually influence how your children treat them. Children imitate, so if they see that you enjoy reading and treat books gently and with respect, it is likely that they will do the same.

Why reading matters
Much research has been published to support the argument that reading to your child has many benefits for their personal, educational and social development. Here are the five key reasons why reading to your child matters, as outlined by the National Literacy Trust.

  • You’ll be helping your child to succeed. Research evidence shows that your involvement in your child’s reading and learning is more important than anything else in helping them to fulfil their potential.
  • You’ll be supporting your child’s language and understanding because books contain new words and concepts.
  • Books support parent-child bonding in a fun, relaxed way.
  • Readers are more confident and as they grow this confidence will mean they have access to greater job opportunities.
  • The love of books lasts a lifetime. If children enjoy books from an early age they are likely to continue to enjoy them as they grow up, providing them with a wonderful source of pleasure and escapism.

Fiona Binns, Editor of Bradford Parents On The Go, talks about her experience of reading and her love for books.

A love for reading begins at home

I remember my mum and dad reading endless fairy tales and stories to me as a child. As a five year old I remember them reading the classics like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with me.

As I got older I remember lying in my bed looking at my beautiful old wardrobe wishing desperately that I too could disappear to meet my favourite characters from ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’.

I remember ‘The Famous Five’, the four children, Julian, George, Dick and Anne with their mongrel dog Timmy who together solved mysteries and became tangled up with smugglers and other criminals!

Then the schoolgirls of Malory Towers – Darrell Rivers and her friends Alicia, Betty and Sally. The girls’ boarding school located in picturesque surroundings by the sea in Cornwall.

And finally ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’ – I not only wept at how screamingly funny it was, I was touched too and moved by its content.

gruffaloMy own worn-out and scribbled in copies of all the above books would have to be some of my most treasured possessions… my own children think they are old and grotty but I know they will one day feel the same way about their current favourites ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘The Twits’.

Ilkley Lido opens for Summer!

Ilkley Lido will make a splash as it officially re-opens for the summer season this Saturday, 27 May and will mark the occasion with a family fun day.

The Bradford-Council run venue was voted one of the top ten open air pools in the country.

Also taking place later next month is the Solstice Swim on Wednesday, 21 June.

The Lido, which was built in 1935, has a 45-metre stretch of shallow water and slide for children, a fountain pool and a lagoon-shaped pool for swimmers. It is surrounded by a grassy area for relaxing on sunny days and far-reaching views across Ilkley Moor. There is also a cafe, tennis courts, putting green and bowling green.

On the day there will be stalls, face-painting and activities, as well as the outdoor and indoor pools to enjoy.

The summer opening event runs from 10am to 5.30pm and costs £2 per person.

Steve Hartley, Strategic Director of Place, said: “Ilkley Lido is a great place for a family day out with its wide range of activities and its location, close to Ilkley town centre and on the edge of the beautiful Ilkley Moor. In good hot summers, it has been known to attract up to 50,000 visitors.

We are looking forward to a great family fun day on Saturday and hoping for good weather”.

Season tickets for the lido are also now on sale and cost £125 for adults and £62.50 for children and senior citizens and £50.00 Bradford Leisure card holders..

Further information can be found on the website

Ilkley Lido
Take the kids to Ilkley Lido this weekend! The summer opening event runs from 10am to 5.30pm and costs £2 per person.

A Grand Day Out at Bradford Industrial Museum

A free science-themed day at Bradford Industrial Museum is being held for families on May Bank Holiday Monday.

The museum’s annual ‘Grand Day Out’ event will feature family activities and presentations on the theme of science and technology in every day life – from work to entertainment.

Activities, running from 10-4pm on Monday 1 May, will include a workshop by Sublime Science explaining how science can seem like magic.

Zoolab’s animal rangers will also visit to explain the biology of plants and animals.  Children will be able to carry out experiments in the museum’s galleries and make models using principles of physics and chemistry.

There will be craft activities, trails, demonstrations and working machinery in the museum’s Victorian Spinning Mill, Motive Power Gallery and Blacksmith’s workshop.

 

Initiative to promote healthy bedtime routine for young children

Bradford Libraries & Children’s Centres will celebrate Booktrust’s Bath, Book, Bed campaign during 24 to 30 April with over 25 events including Peppa Pig themed activities and rhyme times.

Book Trust’s campaign puts stories firmly at the centre of a good night’s sleep.  They feel that Bath Book Bed is the answer all parents/carers of young children have been looking for.

Hirst Wood Children’s Centre and others are thrilled to be taking part in the campaign and have lots of plans including water bubbles, bathing dolls, using sensory items like lavender and getting the children dressed up in their pyjamas.

Amongst other events Wyke, City & Bingley libraries will be taking up the Peppa Pig theme with rhymetimes, Peppa masks and dress up and a special activity storyboard at Wyke with Peppa and George characters that can be in the bath, in bed etc.

The full list of events is outlined below:

  • Fagley Children’s Centre 9.00am to 10.00am on Monday, 24 April – Messy Play
  • Menston Children’s Centre 9.15am to 10.45am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Baildon Children’s Centre 9.15am to 10.45am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Barkerend Children’s Centre 9.30am to 11am on Monday, 24 April – Messy Play
  • Rainbow Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.30am to 11am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Mortimer House Children’s Centre, Thornbury 1pm to 2pm on Monday, 24 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Eccleshill Library 2pm on Monday, 24 April – Goodnight Maisy storytime, rhymes and craft.
  • Idle Library 2pm to 3pm on Monday, 24 April – Storytime with “Dinosaurs don’t do bedtimes” – children can wear pyjamas at this event
  • Bingley Library 10.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Peppa Pig themed Rhymetime.
  • Hirstwood Children’s Centre 9am to 10.45am on Tuesday, 25 April –  Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Menston Children’s Centre 9.15am to 11am on Tuesday, 25 April –  Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Gateway Children’s Centre, Thorpe Edge 9.30am to 11.00am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Mortimer House Children’s Centre 10.00am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Barkerend Children’s Centre 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Shipley Library 2pm on Tuesday, 25 April –  Bedtime stories and hanging mobile craft activity.
  • Strong Close Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Community Works Children’s Centre, Undercliffe 10.30am to 12noon on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Highfield Children’s Centre, Keighley 10am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Daisy Chain Children’s Centre, Silsden 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Low Fold Children’s Centre, Keighley  1.15pm to 2.45pm on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Burley Library 1.45pm on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Bear Event with Sleeping Teddy Craft.
  • St Stephens Church, Keighley 9.30am to 10.30am on Wednesday, 26 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Keighley Library 11am on Wednesday, 26 April –  Bedtime stories and hanging mobile craft activity.
  • Tree Tops, Haworth 10am to 11.30am on Wednesday, 26 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Community Works Children’s Centre 1pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday, 26 April – Messy Play
  • Cottingley Cornerstones Centre 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday, 26 April –  Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Tree Tops, Haworth 10.00am to 11.30am on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Fagley Children’s Centre 1pm to 3pm on Thursday, 27 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • Bangladeshi Community Centre, Keighley – 1.15pm to 2.45pm on Thursday,  27 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
  • Baildon Library 2.30pm on Thursday, 27 April –  Peppa Pig themed Rhymetime.
  • Little Lane Children’s Centre, Ilkley 1.30pm – 3pm on Thursday, 27 April –  Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
  • Daisy Chain Children’s Centre, Silsden 2.15pm to 3pm on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Music & Rhyme.
  • Wyke Library, 10am on Friday, 28 April – Peppa’s Bedtime Fun.
  • Low Fold Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.15am to 10.45am on Friday,  28 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play
  • Rainbow Children’s Centre, Keighley 10am to 11.30am on Friday, 28 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play
  • Parkland Children’s Centre, Idle 1pm to 3pm on Friday, 28 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
  • City Library 11am on Saturday, 29 April – Stories and Peppa Pig mask & dress up

All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle. Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.

The UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust have also launched a free new booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of their Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Research* has shown that bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and longer sleep duration. And regular language-based bedtime routines such as singing, reading, or storytelling are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills.

But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t – and the gap only widens as they get older.

Parents/carers can pick up their free copy of the new Bath, Book, Bed booklet from Libraries & Children’s Centres. The booklet can also be downloaded from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

 

Visit www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed  to find out more about the campaign.

*Research shows that a regular nightly bedtime routine is associated with improved sleep in young children; regular reading, singing or storytelling at bedtime are also associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine argues that positive bedtime routines involve a regular sequence of pleasurable and calming activities before a child goes to sleep – including a soothing bath, brushing teeth and reading a bedtime story (Mindell et al, 2015). At BookTrust we also know that sharing books with your child is a wonderful way to improve their literacy, confidence and wellbeing.

Visit www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries for information on libraries and events.

Pupils and mums rewarded for their efforts

Pupils at Green Lane Primary School will be recognised for their “weekend” working in a bid to prepare them for the upcoming Key Stage 2 SATs.

The pupils attended weekend booster classes in maths, English and Science to help them be more prepared for the SATs which take place in May.  The weekend classes were spread over a nine-week period.  However, the pupils were not alone as their mums were also in school with them, doing their own learning!  The ‘mums’ attended development sessions where they learned about cyber bullying, First Aid and Health and Safety.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, will present pupils and their mums with certificates for their attendance and efforts at these weekend sessions, on Wednesday 26 April, in the Banqueting Suite in City Hall.

The school worked in partnership with grass-roots organisation, NEESIE, who organised the booster classes and the ‘mothers’ empowered’ sessions.  NEESIE provides supportive networks and help for single mothers.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, said:  “I am really looking forward to welcoming the pupils and their mums.  It is really pleasing that so many pupils were keen to put in this extra effort in their own leisure time to prepare themselves in advance of the Key Stage 2 tests.”

 

Zootropolis – Easter holiday film screening

Children on their Easter holidays are invited to a special screening of the 2016 Disney film Zootropolis at Cartwright Hall in Bradford on Thursday 13 April from 11am to 1pm.

In the film the enthusiastically optimistic rookie cop Judy Hopps discovers that being a the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking fox.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film is a comedy-adventure directed by Tangled’s, Byron Howard and Wreck-It Ralph’s, Rich Moore.

Children are invited to come dressed up as their favourite animals to enjoy the film which has genuine cross-generational appeal and is funny with likeable characters.

The film has a PG certificate and tickets are £3 in advance or £5 on the day, spaces are limited to book call 01274 431212.

While at Cartwright Hall visitors can also enjoy the ‘Animal Craft’ exhibition with animal art by UK designers and makers and they can try out artist Rachel Barron’s stamp table to create their own animal art.

Following the film, why not picnic in Lister Park and join the free Animal Crackers family drop-in workshop between 1pm and 3pm? Children can also pick up an Animal Trail at the front desk to find out about the animals in the exhibitions and grounds of Cartwright Hall.

Follow Bradford Museums on Twitter – @BradfordMuseums

30 Hours Free Childcare / Tax-Free Childcare

Parents in Bradford have the opportunity to apply early to get up to £2,000 per child, per year, through the Government’s new offer for working parents:  Tax-Free Childcare.  Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds can also apply early for 30 hours free childcare, to secure their 30 hours place starting in September 2017.

People are urged to register their interest and apply early (by 19 April).

Full information, including the link for expressions of interest, can be found on the Council’s website by clicking here