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Dear Parents / Carers


Support for Low Income Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals


In light of the wide impact of cost-of-living increases especially for food and fuel, Wiltshire Council have made the decision to reach out to lower income families with children of school age, who do not qualify for free school meals.

The Central Government Household Support Fund has been distributed by councils in England to directly help those who need it most. The grant is distributed through small payments to support vulnerable households to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.

To make sure families in hardship receive the funding in a timely manner, Wiltshire Council are seeking the support of every school to help distribute these funds before the summer holidays.

Due to this unique funding opportunity, it will be within the school’s gift to identify the parents that might be facing financial hardship and afterward, how much they want to offer each family that comes forward. The payments would be in the form of supermarket vouchers.

If you are on a low-income, not eligible for free school meals and are facing financial hardship due to the higher cost of living, please contact the school (call 01264 790375 or email and let them know you wish to be considered for a discretionary payment.


Thank you.


Dear parents, guardians and children,


We break up for the Easter holidays tomorrow and I want to set you all a challenge to complete during the next two weeks. We are going to be arranging for children throughout the school to complete some of the National Trust '50 things to do'. We will do some of these in school and some on trips. There will be some that are difficult to do during the school day so I am going to set these as homework! My first challenge is for you to complete either task 29, 39 or 49 during the holidays. We would love you to take a photo of your child doing one of the following:

29 - Explore a cave, maybe if you are lucky enough to be going away to Cornwall, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge or somewhere else with a cave during the break.

39 - Catch a crab, maybe if you're planning a day trip to Mudeford or another seaside.

49 - Watch the sunset - this could be anywhere.

If you complete one of the challenges please send a photograph to your child's teacher and let them know if you are happy for us to put the photo in a newsletter after the Easter break. We all hope that you will have a lovely couple of weeks and I'm really looking forward to seeing your photographs. 


Best wishes


Mr Bridewell

NEW GUIDENCE FOR COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council


Since the 1st April the government has removed some COVID-19 restrictions and introduced new guidance as set out in its Living with COVID-19 plan.


Pupils are no longer expected to routinely test for COVID-19 to attend school. Free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England has ended. If your child is unwell and has a high temperature they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. If a child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, slight cough but otherwise well; they should continue to go to school.

If you do purchase a COVID test for your child and the result is positive; you are advised to keep your child at home and avoid contact with other people for three days.


Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Schools will keep in place baseline infection and prevention and control measures to help manage the spread of infection. Schools will:


  • Encourage pupils to take up the offer of the national vaccination programme including COVID-19 and flu
  • Ensure occupied spaces are well-ventilated and let fresh air in
  • Reinforce good hygiene practices such as hand-washing and cleaning


This month healthy 5-11 year olds will be offered the COVID vaccine. Vaccinations will take place outside of schools in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GPs and walk-in centres. Parents of 5-11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information. Online bookings for 5-11 year olds will open in April.


Wiltshire Council has also shared more general advice which you can read here - COVID-19 restrictions removed and new guidance from Friday - Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council is asking people to continue to be courteous of others with local case rates still high, by wearing a face covering in indoor crowded spaces, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene and continuing to stay at home if they are unwell to limit the transmission of all infectious diseases.

Choosing a Secondary School?

Taking responsibility for finding whether school transport is available.

Information from Wiltshire Council

Family and Community Learning. FREE courses

FaCL are offering a wide range of free courses. Subjects range from Maths and English to Managing Worries Positively and Helping My Child with Anxiety and Worry. More information and how to book can be found in the document below:

Letter from Wiltshire Council

As we are closed today we would like to advise all families to stay inside and safe. Please check Class Dojo for a message from your teachers as to what activities they would like you to complete today.

We wish you a safe and happy half term.

************************ SCHOOL IS CLOSED ***************************

Wiltshire have informed us that we must close the school today due to the red weather warning. More information will follow regarding remote home learning.

Find out more about our 14 school values, along with some great books to go with each one.

Public Health Wiltshire


We have been sent this information by Public Health Wiltshire to share with you:


Over the last couple weeks we have been made aware of people in our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19.


We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health Wiltshire. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


Outbreak control measures are in place within the setting and being kept under review. The school remains open and, providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.



What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19


If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home until the result is known and they are fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours. This is the case even if they have previously tested negative on an LFD or PCR test.


  • If negative, the child can end self-isolation and return to school once well.
  • If positive, the child should isolate as a positive case (see below).

People who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate at home until they are well (48 hours fever free) and either:

  1. 10 full days have passed, or
  2. they have produced two negative LFD tests at least 24 hours apart, with the first taken no earlier than day 5.


If your child has a positive test but does not have symptoms, count the day they took the test as day 0. If they subsequently develop symptoms, shortly after a positive LFD test, a further PCR test is not required and the isolation period will be based on the original positive LFD test.



Note: Lingering coughs and changes to smell/taste are not a sign of ongoing infectiousness, so children can return to school if they have ended their self-isolation period (see above).


You can seek advice on COVID-19 symptoms from the website. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.


Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting test result)


NHS Test and Trace will contact you to check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing, advised to take extra caution, and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.


You are not required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:


  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine (note this is currently under review and may be updated to include a booster dose in due course). In line with national guidance for households with COVID-19 infection, household and other close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should undertake daily LFD testing for a period of 7 days (or for 10 days from their last contact with the positive case). This is recommended for all close contacts who are not required to isolate aged 5 and over. [If not already provided, LFD tests are available via community testing sites Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Wiltshire Council, local pharmacies or you can order online for home delivery]. 


Children aged under 5 who are close contacts are not required to isolate and do not need to take part in daily LFD testing. If a child under the age of 5 lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 they will be advised to avoid contact with those at a higher risk of severe illness from contracting COVID-19 and to take a one-off PCR test as soon as possible.


Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and is not deemed to be fully vaccinated, will still be required to self-isolate as a household contact of someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the stay at home guidance which provides information on this.


Household members who need to self-isolate as close contacts should not go to work, education and childcare, or public areas. Exercise should be taken within the home.


If you require help with tasks such as essentials or food shopping and collection of prescriptions, you should ask friends or family from outside your household or order online. If you do not have access to the internet or people to help, you can contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub to request help. Simply call 0300 003 4576 or email The Wellbeing Hub is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

There is also a Community Groups Directory of volunteers that can provide assistance at this time. You can find it online:


Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.


You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. If you are required to stay at home and self-isolate, or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, and you are working on a low income and will lose pay because you cannot work from home or are in receipt of benefits, you may be eligible for a one-off self-isolation payment of £500 as part of the government’s Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. For more information visit or call either 0300 456 0110 or 119, or email


Those who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.

If you have any health-related questions relating to COVID-19 or pre-existing conditions, please contact NHS 111 or your GP.


Instructions for household contacts not required to self-isolate


Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.


To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community:


  • If aged over 5 years, test daily using LFDs for 7 days, or until 10 days after the household member who has COVID-19 started their self-isolation period if this is earlier.
  • limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces (when not in school/nursery/college)
  • wear a face covering for those aged 11 and over in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces (including school or public transport) and when you are in close contact with other people
  • limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19
  • Follow the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - GOV.UK (


You should follow the above advice for at least 10 days.


If you are a health or social care worker or student undertaking a work placement who has been identified as a household contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.


If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading


There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • get vaccinated – everyone aged 12 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places


For more information please visit



Don't forget that Monday (24th Jan) is a Staff Development Day,

which means there is no school for pupils.





Families Reading Every Day

A message from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Team:


It is important that everyone in the home understands how to stay safe this festive period. The decorations, although bringing festive cheer do also bring additional fire hazards that everyone needs to be aware of.


Please consider:

Switching off fairy lights at bedtime and when the home is empty.

Keep Christmas trees watered so they do not dry out.

Do not over load sockets and if you need to, use long extension leads rather than cube adapters

Be very careful with candles and other naked flames

Stock up on batteries, do not be tempted to remove the battery from the smoke alarm

If you have guests, or are staying overnight elsewhere, make sure everyone knows the fire escape plan.


Younger children may enjoy listening to this story with you: It Was The Lights Before Christmas (see below).

Older children (suggested age 9 plus) may enjoy this Christmas Day Fire Investigation, Christmas Day Call Out (see below)


Both have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a VIP trip to a fire station.

IMPORTANT: Flu Immunisations. Closing date; Midnight, 13th Dec


Pupil Flu Immunisations are taking place in school on the 5th January 2022. Each parent/carer must give or decline consent for their child/ren. Information and a link has been sent to those who are signed up to the App Messages. For those who do not use the App, please can you email reception; and I will email you a link directly.


Thank you

National Child Measurement Programme 2021-2022

The Wellington Academy - Open Evening Letter

Monday 13 September 2021


Dear Parents


This year your child will be offered a free flu vaccination in school and we will shortly be sending communication via the school with regards to consent for this.  However, we are aware there are some children that, due to an underlying medical condition, are at increased risk from the flu virus – if you believe that your child is in the category and you would like the opportunity to book them into an early community clinic please contact our single point of access (SPA) on 0300 247 0082 or  Please note this is an extremely busy time for our phones and therefore if you are struggling to get through please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail and someone will return your call.


Best wishes


School Aged Immunisation Team

Covid-19 update - 7 September 2021

Sunday 29 August 2021


Updated parent information for Wednesday 1st September.


We hope you have had a wonderful break.


To make the transition as smooth as possible for children, we would like to continue the staggered times that were previously used before we closed for the summer break. The following times will be used on Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September. Years 5&6 should arrive at 8:40am, Years 3&4 at 8:50am and Years 1&2 at 9am.


Parents/guardians should drop their children off at the red gates, where staff will be on hand to help them find their class lines on the playground and take them to their new classrooms.


All children will finish at 3pm with Years 5 & 6 leaving through the front entrance of the school.


Reception parents should refer to our previous post from 15 July regarding the transition sessions they should attend.


From Monday 6th September we would like parents to drop their children at the front passenger gate. We will confirm timings by Friday 3rd September.  The only exceptions will be for Reception parents, who can take their children up through the side path and to the entrance of the school hall, or for particularly anxious or upset children who may need a parent to take them in. Mr Wight will be waiting at the front gate to welcome the children into school and class staff will welcome the children into the playground. If you have a message for the teachers and feel your child may need extra support, please message them via Dojo.


Years 5 and 6 will leave through the front doors at 3pm. All other children will be taken to the top playground for collection. Face masks are optional, but would be appreciated. Each class will stand in their class line and will be released when they have identified their parents on the other side of the playground. If you need to make alternative arrangements for a change to who will be collecting your child, or to let staff know your child can walk out of school unaccompanied, please message their teacher on Dojo.


PE lessons will start on Monday 6th September. We will continue to ask children to come to school in their PE kits for PE days and we will confirm these days by Friday 3rd September.

Wiltshire School Nursing Service

Monday 19 April 2021


There has been some changes to PE days for the children. The correct days are confirmed below:


Ocelots - Monday and Thursday

Leopards - Tuesday and Friday

Bobcats - Monday and Wednesday

Servals - Tuesday and Friday

Pumas - Monday and Wednesday

Caracals 5 - Wednesday and Friday

Jaguars - Monday and Wednesday

Caracals 6 - Tuesday and Thursday

Panthers - Tuesday and Thursday

Lynx - Tuesday and Thursday

(Our reception pupils in Lions and Tigers participate in physical activity every day but please send them in wearing PE kit on Fridays.)

Wednesday 31 April 2021


A message from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service:




As the Easter holidays approach, along with Easter craft activities by Firefighter Paul for younger children to enjoy, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are focusing on road safety.


With the lockdown restrictions being lifted and more vehicles on the roads, combined with more children being out and about in the holidays it is important that everyone remembers how to stay safe using the roads.


To entertain and help children with their road safety, we have created a webpage with short videos, information and activities for children, with a “webquest” challenge. Taking part in the “webquest” the children search for the answers within the webpage, with a prize for a winning entry.

Tuesday 16 March 2020


We will be offering a Bikeability training course in April to any Year 6 pupils that would like to take part. The course builds on the skills and confidence of children who can already ride a bike and they would need to have their own bike and a suitable cycle helmet. The cost of the course would be £5.30. If your child is in Year 6 and would like to take part, please send an email to Mrs Barnes in and she will organise for a consent form to be sent to you. Many thanks.



200 Million Minutes - can you help Wiltshire Libraries achieve their target?


As part of the global 200 Million Minute Challenge throughout March children and young people from across Wiltshire are invited to complete a special library log each week and email us the total number of minutes read. All reading counts – paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers and e-books are all great. Each week we will log the minutes read on the national database and at the end of the challenge share our total. For more information visit:


Wiltshire libraries have lots of wonderful books and eBooks for children and young people to read, free to borrow and reserve for library members: It’s free to join the library and can be done online:


Prizes will be awarded to settings and organisations who achieve the highest average number of reading minutes per child or young person. Certificates will also be available to individuals who reach key reading targets during the challenge.


The 200 Million Minutes campaign is run by Achievement for All, whose aim is to improve outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement and hopes that through this global challenge, more children will discover a love of reading:

World Book Day - Book voucher

Friday 4th February 2021


Please see info below from the School Nursing Team.


Family and Community Learning update


Do you have parents/carers struggling with the Health and Wellbeing of their families? If the answer is yes, Family and Community Learning can help.

We have some fantastic courses coming up in the very near future to help support. Most of these courses are single sessions but we also offer Family Wellbeing courses as a more in-depth course over 5 weeks.

Dates and Times are below:






Helping My Child to Prepare Positively for Change






Helping My Child Build Concentration and Resilience






Helping My Child with Anxiety and Worry






Family Wellbeing - 5 week course 1 X session a week






Helping My Child with Anxiety and Worry






Helping My Child Build Concentration and Resilience






Helping My Child to Prepare Positively for Change






Family Wellbeing - 5 week course 1 X session a week



For more information and to see a full list of the courses available, please visit our website.


We can also offer the flexibility to adapt these courses to meet the needs of your parents and carers so please do not hesitate to contact us at: We will be happy to talk about what may work for the specific needs of your school and it’s community.

Class Christmas Parties (Friday 18th December 2020) 


Class Christmas parties are on Friday afternoon for all classes. We are asking that all children bring in their own party food that will not be shared with others for the party. If you are unable to provide your child with some party food by Friday please let the school office know and we will endeavour to provide those children with a packet of crisps and some fruit. Thank you.

St. James Church Christmas Services

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Monday 2nd November 2020


To keep yourself and others safe, can all adults please wear a face mask whenever they are on school premises. Thank you.

Tuesday 27th October 2020

We would like to share the following message from Wiltshire Council:

Wiltshire Council has agreed to fund free meals during October half-term to ensure families struggling with food poverty in the county are supported.


We know that many families are feeling the financial pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to do all we can to support them.

We want to ensure that Wiltshire families know that they will be supported during these difficult times by putting these measures in place. Families entitled to free school meals or universal credit struggling to pay for food over half term should contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub for support on or call 0300 003 4576. The team is available Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm.

Understanding Relationships and Heath Education

Monday 5th October 2020


To all Year 6 parents looking for a Secondary School place. We have received this message from Stonehenge School in Amesbury.


"Good afternoon, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic we have had to make alternative provisions for our Open Evenings for Year 6 parents.


As we have Year 7 children this year from your school I have attached the information we are sending out in the hope you would be able to send on to your Year 6 parents who may be interested.


This is a link to our website where further information can be found."

Thursday 1st October 2020


We strongly recommend that children bring a fresh bottle of water to school every day and they will be encouraged to drink from this at regular intervals during the school day. We know that some children are not fond of water but we want everybody to stay hydrated. If you decide to send your child to school with squash, instead of water, they will only be allowed to drink this at break and lunch times. Please be aware that we have been advised that drinking some squashes regularly can be harmful to children’s teeth so water is best. No fizzy drinks are allowed in school.

Wednesday 30th September 2020


We have extended the use of Class Dojo to all classes to allow parents to message class teachers. If you have a child in a class in KS2 (Years 3 to 6) please follow this link to sign up and connect to your child's class teacher. Thank you.


Wednesday 23rd September 2020



We have set up Class Dojo accounts for all children in Years R to Year 2. This is due to us not being able to send home a home school diary this year with the children due to the restrictions of Covid 19. You will be able to message your child's class teacher if there is something of importance that you wish to share with them.

Teachers will do their best to reply to messages during school hours when appropriate.

To gain access to this service please follow the links below to the relevant class for your child and create a parents account.







Thursday 10th September 2020


Nasal flu immunisations are scheduled for all children on Thursday 12th November. Please see below for more information from the School Nursing team:


“Dear parents,

As you are aware the plan this year is for the biggest flu campaign ever delivered. If you haven’t already, please do follow the link below to complete consent for your child to receive this vaccine at their school session. Clearly we are unable to offer all children vaccines in the early part of the season and will have schools booked up to mid-December. Alongside this we will offer community clinics throughout the season for if your child misses their vaccine at school. Some children are more at risk from Flu and for these medically vulnerable children we would like to offer early clinics to ensure they are protected at the earliest opportunity. If you believe your child fits into this category please contact our Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 247 0082 to book into a clinic that is convenient to you.

Kind regards

Immunisation Team”


Tuesday 8th September 2020


To all reception parents. We look forward to welcoming our new Lions and Tigers full time from Monday 14th September. Your children will be attending at 9am-3pm from Monday 14th September, unless they have an older sibling at the school who arrives and leaves at different times.


In a slight change to originally planned, PE will not be starting until next week. Lions first PE lesson will be Wednesday 17th and Tigers Friday 19th September.


Please also remember to label your children's clothes, particularly school cardigans and jumpers, as these can be easily misplaced and we would like to ensure all children keep their own belongings. Thank you.

Thursday 3rd September 2020


Hello everyone, I hope that all of your children enjoyed their first day back at school. This morning ‘drop off’ worked like a dream and it was lovely to see everyone. We knew that we might need to do some tweaking with our new systems as we try our best to stay ‘Covid-safe’. ‘Pick up’ didn’t work as well as ‘drop off’ so we are going to try a different approach tomorrow. We will be inviting parents to wait on a socially distanced circle on the top playground until their children are brought out to the playground and then children can go to their parents when they see them. We think this will work better but please bear with us as we try to get things right. Many thanks Mr Bridewell

Thursday 3rd September 2020

PE lessons are as follows:






















Please send your children in to school in their PE kit on the relevant day. They do not need a change of clothes and will remain in their PE kit for the school day.

Wednesday 22nd July 2020


Good morning everyone,
Well it feels like the end of an era! This is my last daily message, as today is the last day of the summer term. For most people things won’t feel that different tomorrow because most pupils have been at home for a very long time now.
If you are at school today you won’t be finishing any earlier than usual as we still need to stagger the exit times.
Usually I congratulate the Year 6 pupils on how well they have done with their SATs tests but of course there weren’t any this year so instead I’ll congratulate you on how well you’ve responded to the difficult circumstances we’ve found ourselves in. It is such a shame that we can’t have our usual assembly in the hall but we have got our Zoom assembly at 1.30 this afternoon and you will have your virtual leavers’ service at 10am which will then become available to everyone on the church Facebook page.
I hope that every single one of you will have a lovely summer and I really am looking forward to seeing you all when we bounce back to some sort of normality in September.
I want to say a special thank you to all the wonderful staff members who have tried so hard to keep everyone safe and to provide you all with plenty of home learning opportunities. We hope that you have all been reading regularly and that you’ve continued, at home, to learn, have fun and succeed!
Thank you to all the cleaners who have kept the school clean and safe and to Mrs Beaumont and Mrs Barnes who have worked so hard behind the scenes having to do lots of things in a very different way.
Have a wonderful summer everybody and STAY SAFE!
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Holidays!


It’s the last day of term and what a strange academic year it has been.  You have all been brilliant and you should feel very proud of everything you have achieved.

As this summer may feel a little different this year, we thought our last message could include an idea for a summer project. You may not be able to go on holiday this year but there is still an opportunity to ‘Race Around the World’ with this exciting challenge! First find a map showing the countries of the world (a link has been provided below). Then, choose a country and find out one interesting fact about it. The fact could be what the National Flag looks like, what languages do they speak there, what the national animal is or whatever you can think of! For example, North Korea is one of just two countries in the world where the fizzy drink Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold. Write the name of the country in your Learning Journal and the interesting fact underneath, then choose your next country and find out a fact about that. Why not challenge yourself and see if you can find a fascinating fact about every single country?! You can track your progress by colouring the countries and flags you have already found on a world map, just visit the Home Learning Hub to download or print a large map from the National Geographic website (enhanced onto 8 pages to make the labels clear) and/or a 2 page poster of the Flags of the World to get you started. Have a lovely summer!


Tuesday 21st July 2020


Good morning everyone,
It’s nearly the end of the weirdest school year ever and I hope that everyone will have some happy memories from the year.
Please keep reading over the summer break and I hope that you will get to have some lovely special days out or even trips away.
Tomorrow, on the last day of term,  there is going to be a special leavers’ service that the Year 6 pupils will be able to see at 10am. Afterwards, this will be available to everyone on the St James’ Church website. There will also be the Year 6 leavers’ Zoom assembly tomorrow afternoon.
We got together yesterday, after school to present some gifts and thank you cards to Mr Brook, Mrs McLaren, Miss Garrett and Mrs Taylor but it was such a shame that we couldn’t do this in the school hall during a special assembly, like we usually do, so that you could have all been part of it.
Have a great day and I’ll be back tomorrow for the last message for this academic year.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


It’s Tuesday!


Normally, children would take part in a transition activity at school and meet their new teacher, teaching assistants and class mates.  Unfortunately this year will be different and children might be worried about moving into a new class, or maybe they are excited and looking forward to starting something new? The attached jigsaw activity is the perfect way to prepare for the new school year.  Whilst completing the jigsaw piece, children can be encouraged to take the opportunity to discuss anything which they are looking forward to or might be concerned about.  Draw the outline of a jigsaw piece and follow the ideas below but remember you can always add your own; just make sure the jigsaw is filled with as much information about you as you can before decorating and maybe adding a picture of yourself before sticking it into your learning journal!


Monday 20th July 2020


Good morning everybody,
Well it’s the last week of term and the end of the strangest year I’ve had since becoming the headteacher at Ludgershall Castle Primary School nearly 16 years ago.
Straight after school today most of our staff are meeting to say goodbye to some of the team who will be leaving us before we return in September.
We will be saying goodbye to Mrs Taylor, Mr Brook and Miss Garrett. I’m sure you will join me in wishing them well with their future careers and thanking them all for everything they have done, as Teaching Assistants, for the children of Ludgershall Castle Primary School.
Today we welcome Mrs Ottaway back to the Castle team as she is returning from her maternity leave. This means that we will be saying goodbye to Mrs McLaren who stepped in to teach Mrs Ottaway’s class while she was away. Thank you Mrs McLaren!
Last week l mentioned that we would have a leavers’ Zoom assembly for our Year 6 pupils on Wednesday. We are arranging for any Year 6 pupils who are still at home to be able to join this too and families should receive a text with log in details before the assembly. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a fab video of our Year 6 pupils with baby photographs on the school website and Facebook page.
Thanks to Mr Holden for the lovely Facebook message; we always appreciate positive feedback from parents.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!


As we approach the end of the academic year and looking forward to the next, we are going to be sharing some transition activities which can be completed at home.  Today we’d like to share an art activity. Why not make a ‘Zentangle’ bookmark to use in your new class? Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs – but without using up or down strokes. Make sure you include your name (use bubble writing to write it first before using the Zentangle method), just like the examples below. Just take your time and be creative and see what you can create!


Year 6 Leavers

Still image for this video
Wow, what a year it has been! In a couple of days, your time at primary school will have come to an end. We are all so very proud of what you have achieved and we know what ever you do, you will succeed. Everyone here at Ludgershall Castle Primary School wishes you the best of luck for your next journey. Enjoy your leaver's video.

Miss Ottaway and Miss Morris on behalf of all the staff at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Friday 17th July 2020


Good morning everyone,
I loved the film footage of a hedgehog that one of our families shared recently. Well done for looking after our local wildlife by feeding hedgehogs with cat food.
It’s nearly the weekend and there will then only be three days left of term. We’ve missed so much this year and I noticed that this time last year our older pupils performed Shakespeare Rocks; it was such fun.
Yesterday we had a Zoom assembly with all the bubbles and the focus was kindness. It was great to hear all the kind things that people have been doing for each other. I also heard some of the plans different children have for the summer break like camping and going to visit relatives that they haven’t seen since lockdown began. Whatever your plans are I hope that you will have a wonderful time and that you stay safe. We are planning a Zoom farewell assembly for the Year 6 bubbles on Wednesday afternoon.
Have a great weekend.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!
Today marks the first night of the BBC Proms, but this year it’s going to look different. The current situation with COVID-19 means that what was originally planned is sadly no longer possible, instead the Proms in 2020 have been reinvented, although still aiming to create the world’s greatest classical music festival by reflecting world-class music making from leading artists around the globe.
This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the BBC Proms, with the 2020 season bringing the spirit of the Proms to music lovers at home with treasures from the archive and incredible live performances. Tonight’s opening night will feature a unique First Night showcasing a Grand Virtual Orchestra. The following six weeks of concerts will be highlights from previous seasons of the BBC Proms with the final two weeks involving live performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall, including the well-known Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 12th September. The 2020 Proms aims to celebrate the past, reflect on the present and build for the future. You can view the convert schedule at…/47g63DhcdBqj9…/whats-on-listen-watch.
So why not take this opportunity to explore some classical music or relive some of the fantastic BBC Proms concerts from previous years, including music inspired by the bestselling book ‘The Lost Words’, ‘Holst: The planets’ and ‘A Musical Trip to the Moon’ at…/bbc-proms-2019-five-fant…/


Thursday 16th July 2020


Good morning,
There is a reminder about The Summer Reading Challenge on the post from Miss Morris today and links to some brilliant reading resources.
We are going to try having a virtual assembly with all the ‘bubbles’ in school today. We hope that this will go well because in September, when everyone is back we won’t be able to meet together in the hall.
We are currently preparing a letter and a sheet of ‘frequently asked questions’ to keep you informed about what will be happening in September. This will be posted on our Facebook page and on the school website before we break up next Wednesday.
Today is the last day for teacher telephone calls. Unfortunately only the teachers who aren’t currently in a bubble will be able to make these calls.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Good Morning!


Have you signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge yet? Well here is a website that might come in handy when you do!  KidsRead2Kids helps children build up their reading confidence one book at a time, by watching and listening to other children read aloud versions of classic novels and decodable stories, which can be great resource for anyone who finds reading tricky or who loves ‘read along’ books. Reading is a major source of knowledge and can be a great way to reduce stress in our everyday lives, as we transport our worried minds to another place. While watching a movie can seem easier or more fun, there is nothing like curling up with a good book!


KidsRead2Kids provide free video-audio books read by kids for kids, filmed chapter by chapter for easy listening. There is a selection of stories to choose from classics including ‘The Secret Garden’ and exciting decodable chapter books with more content being added all the time! So why not enter into great journeys, travel to foreign lands and meet fascinating people today? Just visit

If you haven’t already, why not join the Silly Squad and the Let's Get Silly Ambassadors for a lot of fun in the Summer Reading Challenge? Sign up here

Wednesday 15th July 2020


Good morning everybody,
Today’s post from Miss Morris is about ‘Celebrity Supply Teachers’. Have a go with at least one of the lessons and let us know how you get on. If you could choose any celebrity to be your school teacher for a day who would it be and why? What would you want your chosen celebrity to teach you?
We’re busy preparing for September and will be sending information about how things will be working before we break up next Wednesday.
Do any of you have any holiday plans for the summer holidays? My wife and I were supposed to be going abroad but have had to change our plans. We’re going to have a ‘Staycation’ instead and are planning to walk the 90 mile ‘Wiltshire White Horse Trail’ doing about 10 miles each day. Let us know if you have any plans. Have any of you been camping in your own gardens?
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



It’s Wednesday!


Have you ever wished that you could have a celebrity supply teacher? Well now you can! Stars including Geri Horner, Matthew Morrison, Marcus Rashford, Gary Lineker, Tim Peake, Ricky Wilson, Heston Blumenthal and Kelis have teamed up to deliver short, snappy lessons in lockdown as part of CBBC’s new series, Celebrity Supply Teachers!
The series contains 20 episodes, available on BBC iplayer, with each celebrity sharing their passion and insight from their own experiences; Geri Horner gives tips on creative writing, Marcus Rashford teaches PE, Gary Lineker teaches Spanish, Tim Peake discusses the science of space rockets, Matthew Morrison talks about musical theatre and Kelis shares her cookery tips! Just visit to choose your celebrity supply teacher for the day!

Here’s the full timetable:


  • Geri Horner: English
  • Tim Peake: Science
  • Marcus Rashford: PE
  • Jeff & Zoe: Gardening
  • Heston Blumenthal: Food Science
  • Gary Lineker: Spanish
  • Tez Ilyas: Science
  • Nikki Lilly: IT
  • Ricky Wilson: Art
  • Kelis: Cookery
  • Darcey Bussell: Dance
  • Katie Piper: Wellbeing
  • Mark Labbett: Maths
  • Isabel Clifton: Drama
  • Ed Balls: History
  • Matthew Morrison: Musical Theatre
  • Ellie Simmonds: Geography
  • Martin Bashir: History
  • Rachel & Maisie: British Sign Language
  • End of Term Review



Tuesday 14th July 2020


Good morning everyone,
If you want some inspiration to get writing, drawing or reading today have a look at the post from Miss Morris. It’s excellent!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Mrs Barnes for sending hundreds of texts yesterday to let you know about your new classes. We were still waiting for some information about our new pupils who will be joining the new reception classes which is why yesterday’s post said that information for those pupils would follow shortly. Mrs Barnes will be in touch as soon as she can. Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.

Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-22 and is best known for her bestselling books How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series. From 6th – 10th July, Cressida held a week of ‘Summer Camp’ activities celebrating children’s creativity and showcasing the enormous wealth of talent across the United Kingdom. She was joined by a list of leading authors and illustrators, including Eoin Colfer, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce to inspire young minds with writing workshops, drawing masterclasses and much more. To view all the workshops and masterclasses which took place during ‘Summer Camp’, visit


Monday 13th July 2020


SCHOOL UNIFORM: If you have placed an order for school uniform it is now ready to collect. The school office will be open from 9:30am-12pm Tuesday-Friday for collection of orders. Please remember to bring the correct money as we are unable to give you any change. Please do not turn up at school if you have not previously placed an order. If you would like to place an order please email or give us a call on 01264790375 if you have any further questions. Many thanks.

Monday 13th July 2020


Good morning everyone,

I hope that you had a good weekend.

I want to let you know about a fun activity that I recently found out about from my daughter. If you search for ‘Draw with Rob’ you can find some handy techniques for drawing pictures that the children in my daughter’s bubble have really enjoyed. 

Today you should receive a text from Mrs Barnes to let you know about your new class and new teacher from September. If everything goes according to plan all children will return to school on Thursday September 3rd. The new children, from the new Lions and Tigers classes, who have never attended our school before, will attend for half days initially. Parents of these children will receive separate information about whether they will be attending for morning or afternoon sessions. 

We will let you know about timings for drop off and pick up before the end of term. 

If you have changed your telephone number, or your child is due to start in reception and you would like to know their class and teacher today, ring Mrs Barnes on 01264 790375 to let her know your new number or you may miss your text.

We have uploaded a class document for each class with photos of the class teachers to help the children to put a face to the name of their teachers.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School. 



Hello Everyone!


Today we would like to share with you the summer edition of the National Geographic Kids magazine!  In the Summer 2020 edition, you can find articles on ‘Robo dog on patrol’, ‘Danger in the mud’, a ‘Big Interview’, ‘Terrifying toenails!’ and ‘Wacky world!’.  Want to know more? Just visit 


You can also find past issues (from 2016 onwards) to read! Just click on the ‘menu button’ and the ‘issues’ tab to explore!


Friday 10th July 2020


Good morning everybody,
If you’re interested in nature and wildlife, and I know that a lot of you are, have a look at the post from Miss Morris today. It’s all about an Earthwatch project called ‘Wild Days’ and you can find lots of fabulous things to do.
I mentioned acts of kindness yesterday and it was lovely to see that somebody posted how they’d shared some good condition school uniform with another child when it got too small for them. Talking of uniform, we will be letting you know soon how to purchase new uniform. Mrs Barnes and Mrs Potter will be sorting it all out next week.
Thanks for sharing your Humpty Dumpty with us Charlie!
Have a great weekend and remember that next week you will find out who your new teacher will be and which class you will be in if everything goes according to plan.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!


Earthwatch is an environmental charity which explores the environmental challenges which threaten the natural world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Earthwatch launched a new project called Wild Days, designed for primary school children aged 4-11, which provides around an hour of curated outdoor activities every day, bringing families closer to nature.  From Water Week onwards, all the resources are free, just visit to download the weekly topic bundle; you can choose from Forests, Oceans, Islands, Seasons, Climate and Shelter to name a few! You'll also be able to access a range of activities, videos and games. Many well-known presenters, including Michaela Strachan and Nick Baker from Springwatch and 17 year old Mya-Rose Craig from @BirdgirlUK are supporting the project by contributing new and exciting videos and activities. Remember you can record all your activities in your Learning Journal!




Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Service have sent us some helpful resources about how to stay safe when by water this summer. These include their very own story being read by Zoë Wanamaker CBE or Madam Hooch from Harry Potter. Visit their website to find out more.



Calling all Year 6 Parents,


We’d like to introduce you to the Eedi Summer School which will help to ensure our year 6’s are practised & confident in the key maths topics they need when they begin secondary school in September.


Eedi have given their 7 week online summer school programme for free to our school so we want to invite you to sign your child up. The deadline to sign up is Sunday 12th July.


For Eedi Summer School, participating children will have the opportunity to join 100 students on their own personalised learning journey, using diagnostic quizzes to identify their misconceptions across 7 core topics. They will then book in for a virtual 30-minute lesson with the Eedi Learning Assistant to assess and resolve any remaining issues.


Sign up here:


What to expect?

● 7 weeks

● 7 topics

● Approximately 2 hours of study every week

● Weekly quizzes + weekly chatbot lessons

● Starts: Monday 13th July

● Sign up deadline: Sunday 12th July


Please contact Harriet, Community Manager at Eedi, for more information at


Thursday 9th July 2020


Good morning everybody,
Let’s start with a big thank you to Carly Rose for sharing a photograph of her ‘Frozen’ project. That must have been great fun.
When visitors used to visit our school before lockdown they often commented on how polite and kind the children of Ludgershall Castle Primary School are and I always appreciate it when people notice. I think that we should all feel proud of our children and how well they have adapted to these unusual circumstances. It has been really difficult for many people, children and adults, not seeing their friends and relatives as often as they would have liked to. So well done everyone!
Kindness has cropped up a lot and I have noticed things happening in the village where I live that I haven’t noticed before. People have been putting things outside their homes and in empty telephone boxes for other people to share; I have seen piles of books, DVDs and board games and sometimes people have put vegetables, fruit and little pots of herbs out with a sign saying ‘free stuff- help yourself’.
When we cleared our shed out we left some old bikes and games, that my daughters used to play with, outside our house and were happy that somebody took them to have fun with. In fact yesterday my wife saw a young girl cycle past our house on one of the bikes that had been mended for her.
We were provided with a calendar with suggested acts of kindness in May and a recent suggestion to make a ‘paper chain of kindness’. Today’s post from Miss Morris has a link to a British Red Cross site that has lots of ideas about kind things everybody can do. Please have a look and let me know what you think and if you or anybody in your family has done something that you think has been kind, write and let us know.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


It’s Thursday!
The summer holidays are fast approaching and things might look a little different this year in light of COVID-19. To support children and young people and to help keep them entertained, The Red Cross are launching a kindness calendar. Once you’ve signed up at…/summer-of-kindness-ca…/sign-up, activities will be emailed to you on a weekly basis, encouraging children to carry out simple acts of kindness, build resilience and will include topics like mental wellbeing, loneliness and help children and young people prepare for the return to school. All activities are perfect for 7 to 18 year olds, but can be adapted to suit younger learners – just be creative!
Your free digital ‘Summer of Kindness’ pack will include a Kindness calendar, supporting activities and a certificate of learning to keep. To find out more, visit…/t…/summer-of-kindness-calendar


Wednesday 8th July 2020


Good morning everyone,
Has anybody started listening to Michael Morpurgo reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’ yet? It’s a great book.
Have any of you written any good stories of your own whilst you’ve been at home. We’d love to read them.
It looks like it’s going to be a bit wet today so why not spend some of your time today planning and writing an exciting story? If you need ideas to get you started have a look at the school website or find an interesting picture in a magazine or on the internet to inspire you.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Do you ever find reading or writing tricky?  Do you struggle to come up with ideas or to understand the meaning behind part of a story?  Then why not explore Once Upon a Picture?   Images and questions can be used to motivate discussion and develop vocabulary, as a prompt for creative writing, a reading comprehension activity (with a mix of inference, reasoning and prediction questions), or as a starting point for a debate. Once Upon a Picture takes all of these learning points and uses a thought-provoking image along with a range of discussion points, activities and questions, to provide inspiration for creative writing and reading comprehension. With a variety of collections and images to inspire, why not use this website ( to get those creative juices and discussions flowing?!  Remember to record your responses in your Learning Journal!


France Trip Cancellation Letter

Tuesday 7th July 2020


Good morning everybody,
Please have a look at the post from Miss Morris if you are interested in history. When I followed the link it reminded me of when I used to teach in London and took my class to visit the museum that is featured.
Miss Morris has also found something exciting for Michael Morpurgo fans. You can watch him reading’The Butterfly Lion’ on Chichester Festival‘s YouTube channel. This is one of my favourite children’s books and it features Wiltshire.
If you had booked for our residential trip to France I am sorry to announce that we are not allowed to go ahead with the trip. There will be a separate letter, with more information about this, on our school website and on our Facebook page. Finally, we should be sending everyone a text on Monday to tell you all who your new teachers will be in September, if everything goes according to plan.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School. or



Good Morning,


Want to know more about the Great Fire of London? Are you curious to find out how it started and why it got so bad? You’re in luck! The Museum of London’s ‘Great Fire of London Live Stream’ is back. ‘Fire! Fire!’ is a popular exhibition at the museum which is visited by over a million visitors every year. The tour of the exhibition is delivered in 3 videos, with each video approximately 30 minutes long and suitable for children aged 5 and above; however the museum recommends that children watch the video with an adult, giving you the opportunity to discuss the events which took place together.

‘Fire! Fire!’ explores the Great Fire of London.  Part 1 explores how the fire started, including what caused the fire and why it got so bad, while Part 2 looks at how the fire was fought, including how people reacted and what equipment they used to put the fire out. Part 3 then examines how the fire changed the City of London, including how people helped each other after the fire, and how London was rebuilt.

The live streams take place on Monday 6th, 13th and 20th July 2020, starting at 2pm. To find out more about the tour, to re-watch the live stream or to explore the museum further, just go to



Monday 6th July 2020


Hello everyone,
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.
The free editions of ‘First News’ have come to an end but Miss Morris has been a star and come to the rescue; she has found a link to the National Geographic magazine for younger people. Have a look at the most recent edition; there is a very cute koala on the cover!
We are finalising class lists for next year so soon you will receive a message to let you know which classroom you will be in and who your teacher will be if everything goes according to plan.
The weather looks more promising this week so I hope that everyone will enjoy some sunshine.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!


Today we would like to share with you the brand new July edition of the National Geographic Kids magazine!  This magazine is the children’s version of the iconic National Geographic magazine, filled with stories, fun games, prizes and competitions, things to make and do, posters, exciting activities and reports on the natural world around us; there is something for everyone inside every issue! Launched in September 1975, National Geographic Kids aims to inspire the next generation to develop a love of planet Earth, teaching children about the environment, animals, science, history and culture in a fun and interesting way.  In July’s edition, you can find articles on ‘how dogs are trained to sniff out Covid-19’, ‘the big picture of ice reflections’, ‘bet you didn’t know?’ and ‘Junior Explorers’ Club’.  So why not take some time and explore this digital edition of ‘National Geographic Kids’ magazine today? Just visit


Friday 3rd July 2020


Good morning everyone,
Miss Morris is suggesting that you become a scientist at home today. Check out her Natural History Museum post today to find out more.
The government have published lots of guidance about children returning to school in September and we are working hard to sort out how we are going to get everybody back safely. Congratulations to Mrs Barnes who has completed her couch to 5k challenge, a fantastic achievement! Who else has been doing lots of exercise and keeping fit? Let us know what you’ve been up to.
I hope that you enjoyed talking to your teacher yesterday if you were at home and if your teacher wasn’t in a school ‘bubble’.
Thanks to Jayden and Jacob for sharing the photo of your paper chain. If you complete a paper chain of kindness we want to hear about it.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.





Happy Friday!


The National History Museum in London is not only a free visitor attraction but a leading science research centre too where they care for more than 80 million specimens covering billions of years! This summer, The Natural History Museum is encouraging you to become a scientist at home and carry out your own investigations. ‘Investigate at home’ is a fantastic activity where you can choose what you would like to explore as this activity focuses more about using scientific skills than learning facts about a specimen (a specimen is an object from nature that we can learn from. It can be anything from a leaf collected on a walk to the spider hanging around the bathroom!). You don't have to know anything about the specimen you choose as investigations are about looking closely, asking questions and searching for clues. Using the investigation toolkit and recording sheet found at, why not be a scientist today and take part in this exciting activity?! You can also find more ideas to try out at home, like how to make a jumping frog and how to grow a cress caterpillar by visiting or tour the museum virtually at

Thursday 2nd July 2020


Good morning everyone,
Today any teachers who aren’t currently teaching in a bubble will give you a telephone call to see how you are getting on and to answer any questions you might have about home learning. Miss Morris is sharing a link about making ‘paper chains of kindness’ which is a lovely idea.
If you make one please send us some photographs.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




There's always lots of Random Acts of Kindness going on around the world, making people smile.   So today, why not pass on that smile by making some Paper Chains of Kindness? Watch the Oak National Academy (set up especially in response to Covid-19) assembly on Kindness at, presented by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, then following the 12 minute clip start to make your own paper chains of kindness! This is an on-going project which you can complete individually or as a family to brighten up your home over the next few weeks to remind everyone how important it is to be kind and show kindness towards others. Every time you do or say something kind or someone else does something kind for you, why not write it on a strip of paper (decorate it as well if you like!) and add it to your paper chain. How far will your finished paper chain reach?


Wednesday 1st July 2020


Attention all Year 6 parents! The school photographer is coming in on Monday 6 July to organise a Year 6 leavers photograph. Photos will be taken of each child individually and they will be edited together to make a big year group photo. If your child is not already attending school and you would like them to be included in the photo please come to school between 11:30 and 12 (through the car park to the red gate before the playground) for your child to have their photograph taken. The photographer will be setting up in the Community Room near the top playground, this will allow children to enter and exit without coming into the school premises. Alternatively, your child's previous school photo can be incorporated if you prefer.

Wednesday 1st July 2020


Good morning everyone,
If you have a child joining one of our reception classes in September please have a look at our website and find lots of information. Sadly we have been unable to provide opportunities for our new intake to visit this year; we normally invite new pupils to spend time in their new classrooms with their new teachers and teaching assistants. We also have a parents’ meeting in the school hall usually. This year, instead we have prepared an updated presentation on our website and Mrs Edwards and Miss Berry have produced a very helpful video clip. Thank you both and thank you to all the children who took part. I’d just like to point out that the two children who aren’t socially distancing are brother and sister.
We know that people find this sort of information helpful, like the time when Mr Wight was filmed demonstrating how people should line up outside school when dropping children off.
If there is anything else we can do we would love to hear from you. Just message us through the Facebook page or call the school office during school hours.
Finally, please have a look at the RSPB post from Miss Morris today. She is inviting you to take on a ‘Wild Challenge’. Please tell us all about it if you do!
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



It’s Wednesday!


Are you ready to take on a Wild Challenge? You can help wildlife, explore nature and enjoy lots of wild, fun family activities, earning awards as you go. The Wild Challenge, created by the RSPB, is a call - to get up, get out and get wild! It's a challenge for you to connect with the natural world in brave new ways - to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal. There is no time limit to complete your challenge and there's always something to do throughout the year, no matter where you are or what the weather brings! Selected other RSPB activities, such as ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ count towards your achievements too! There are a range of fun activities to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve depending on how many you complete. The activities are divided into two sections: ‘Help Nature’ making our gardens brilliant homes for nature and our outdoor spaces wonderfully wildlife-friendly and ‘Experience Nature’ getting up close and personal with wildlife and exploring the world of amazing nature right under our noses! So have you got what it takes to achieve gold? Take the RSPB’s Wild Challenge and “get closer to nature, have fun – and earn awards for doing it!” Visit to find out more!


Tuesday 30th June 2020


Reminder to all Year 6 parents. Please send in your child's photos (baby and current) and favourite memory of school to by this Friday 3 July. If they have not been received by Friday your child will not be included in the leaver's video. Many thanks.

Tuesday 30th June 2020


Good morning everyone,
It looks like it’s going to be a rainy day so a good opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and do some reading. Who has started the summer reading challenge? Let us know what your favourite book has been since lockdown began. I belong to a virtual book club and will have a chance to talk about the book I’m reading with my friends on Zoom on Thursday.
Yesterday I did my first ever Zoom assembly with the children who are currently in Ocelots Bubble with Mrs Warren and Miss Garrett. It was really good to see the children in their classroom even though it looks a bit weird with the desks all spread out. I read a couple of Michael Rosen poems to them, including ‘Eddie and the Gerbils’ which is my favourite and we talked about what we’ve all been up to at school and at home.
I’m wondering whether assemblies might have to be like this in September too as I don’t expect we’ll be allowed to meet up with 300 children and all of the adults in the hall even by then.
Have a good day.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Good Morning,


‘MoneySense’ is a free financial education programme for 5-18 year olds created by Natwest Bank that aims to help them towards a better financial future. It uses the key money moments in a young person’s life – starting to save their pocket money, opening a bank account or getting their first mobile phone – to make learning about money feel relatable to real life experiences. There are two fun and interactive MoneySense lessons, specially created for Key Stages 1 and 2 and hosted by experienced teachers and NatWest Community Bankers. Lessons will consist of a 10 minute introduction and around 13 minutes of activities with a 7 minute question and answer session at the end. The first session, from 10-10:30am is aimed at 5-8 year olds and the 10:30-11am session is aimed at 8-12 year olds.  Each session has a theme including: ‘Coins and Notes’ and ‘Needs and Wants’ for 5-8 year olds and ‘Ways to Pay’ and ‘Frauds and Scams’ for 8-12 year olds.  Just head over to the website ( for more information, home learning resources activities and games or follow the links below to view a ‘MoneySense Live’ session!

MoneySense Live Sessions:

Watch Session 1 on
Ages 5-8: Coins and Notes
Ages 8-12: Budgeting

Watch Session 2 on
Ages 5-8: Saving Money
Ages 8-12: Ways to pay for things

Watch Session 3 on
Ages 5-8: Keeping Money Safe
Ages 8-12: Keeping Money Safe (Fraud and Scams)

Watch Session 4 on
Ages 5-8: Needs and Wants
Ages 8-12: Raising Money for Charity

Watch Session 5 on
Ages 5-8: How money affects our feelings
Ages 8-12: How money affects our feelings, emotions and wellbeing

Watch Session 6 on
Ages 5-8: Going Shopping
Ages 8-12: Money around the world

Watch Session 7 on
Ages 5-8: Saving money and energy
Ages 8-12: Saving money and energy

Watch Session 8 on
Ages 5-8: Spending
Ages 8-12: Starting a business


Monday 29th June 2020


Good morning everybody,
I hope that you all had a good weekend.
Today Miss Morris is sharing the link to our final free edition of First News.
I am busy this week organising the staffing structure for next year. We are planning for normal class sizes in line with the government’s aspirations but obviously things may need adjusting in  the light of future advice or recommendations from the Local Authority.
School would normally have ‘broken up’ for everyone on Wednesday 22nd July so we will make sure that we have informed you about our plans for September by then. We will let you know which class your child will be in as well as the name of the teacher and teaching assistant/s for that class and the classroom that will be used. Obviously this cannot be ‘set in stone’ and we cannot promise that we won’t need to make any changes if guidance and advice changes, for example, if there is a second covid spike.
We are currently planning for children to return to school on Thursday 3rd September and we will let you know, before the end of term, about how you can purchase new uniform etc.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


PS - Thank you to Evie for sharing the pictures of her pond. 

Hello Everyone!


Here’s the final free edition of First News! This week’s headlines include ‘Save our Theatres!’, ‘Turtle Boost’, ‘Meet the Aliens’ and ‘The Great Saharan ‘Godzilla Dust Cloud’’. There’s also a ‘Special Report’ on page 10 by the Marine Conservation Society (MSC) who is asking us all to take part in the ‘Plastic Challenge’ this July. There are word ladders, Sudoku, spot the difference, competitions and crosswords inside too.  Why not take a look?


Friday 26th June 2020 


Good morning everyone,
If you’re interested in the premier league have a look at the post from Miss Morris today.
It’s going to be another very hot day today so please remember to drink loads of water. Wear a sun hat if you go outside and smother yourself in sun cream!
I hear that people have been playing with water balloons! Such fun! I expect some of you are lucky enough to have paddling pools in your gardens. I wish I had one!
I expect many of you will have heard that the government has agreed to provide food vouchers during the summer holidays for some families. If you are entitled to vouchers the school will be in touch in the near future. We’re on the case!
When everyone is back at school it seems likely that we won’t be able to have large gatherings like everybody getting together in the hall for assemblies. Therefore on Monday I’m going to practice my first ever Zoom Assembly with Mrs Warren and her ‘bubble’. I’m looking forward to seeing how that goes.
Have a loved weekend everyone and stay safe.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!


Have you ever heard of the Premier League Primary Stars?  They use the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. The Premier League Primary Stars have created lots of Home Learning resources this year which cover subjects from English and Maths right through to teamwork and PE.  Go to to explore the free activity ideas, worksheets, games, challenges and exclusive videos for children aged 5 to 11. Don’t forget to record your activities in your Learning Journal. On your marks, get set, GO!


Thursday 25th June 2020


Good morning everyone,
I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine and sports week by following the posts Miss Morris has been sharing and I hope that all of our Year 6 pupils have seen Miss Ottaway’s post about photographs.
I joined in with sports week today by getting up at 6.30 this morning to play tennis with my wife before work!
I just wanted to let everyone know that the TD day that was planned for Monday has been cancelled as I don’t think we can justify taking that day after having lots of time at the beginning of the lockdown period. Therefore all the children who are currently attending school will be expected in as usual.
As we are still following advice to social distance by 2m we will not be opening for Year R pupils. Classrooms are currently only big enough to fit 2 adults and 9 children. Normally we would have 2 adults for each class of 30 and we think this is what the government are hoping to return to in September. In the current situation we simply haven’t got enough staff to accommodate all the Year R pupils other than those who are already attending.
We have been told that we must prioritise pupils considered vulnerable by the government and Local Authority, followed by the children of key workers. The numbers in both these groups has gradually risen since March and we have had to open more ‘bubbles’ for these pupils as time goes by. We were then told that we had to focus on particular year groups and it was up to schools which year groups out of Year R, 1 and 6. We started with 6 as we thought they were most likely to be able to keep to social distancing rules. We then opened further ‘bubbles’ for Year 1. We simply don’t have the capacity for Year R pupils other than those who are vulnerable or the children of key workers; we do not have enough available staff with 2 already in each bubble and having a number of staff who are ‘shielding’ because of health issues. Thank you for your understanding. We think that it will also be easier for our younger pupils if things are a bit more normal in September.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and are genuinely hoping that it won’t be too long before things improve. We will of course do all that we can to keep everyone as safe as possible within the guidelines we are given.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good News! 


Blue Peter have launched their brand new Sports badge!  The Blue Peter badge is the most iconic badge in the UK and has been awarded to millions of children and young people. The Sport badge is awarded for getting active and trying a sport or physical activity that you have never tried before. Each year, a new limited edition badge is released which is only available during the summer. Applications for 2020 Sports badge are now open and will close in late September 2020. Due to circumstances, earning a Sport badge is a little different this year, so remember to read all the instructions on the website. All you have to do to get your hands on one is to try a new way of getting active. This could be a new sport in your back garden, learning a new skill like skipping or football tricks. You might have been doing exercise classes at home or tried a new style of dance? The only rules are you must be trying something new and it must be a physical activity.

Once you've tried a new activity, just head to the website and fill out the form at Once you've filled it in (and a parent/guardian has completed page 1), you need to attach a photo or drawing of yourself doing the activity. Once you've done that, you are ready to send it to Blue Peter via post or email! Remember, whatever activity you choose to do can go towards our Travel to Tokyo Challenge we launched this week!


YEAR 6 LEAVERS. We need you!!!

We are planning on creating a video for the Year 6 Leavers before the end of the Summer Term. Please could you email us one baby photo of your child and one current photo along with a sentence about their favourite memory at Ludgershall Castle Primary school?
Please email your photos in to as soon as possible.
By sending us your photographs, you are consenting to them being shared on the school website and Facebook page. Thank you,
Miss Ottaway and Miss Morris.

Top tips for staying safe in the sun from the School Nursing Team. 

Dear Parents/guardians,


Your child is due to be in Reception to Year 6 from September 2020 and they are therefore eligible for a Free Nasal Childhood Flu Vaccination.


It is anticipated that this will be delivered in schools between October 2020 to December 2020, this will be administered adhering to all up to date Infection Control, PPE and social distancing guidance at the time.


Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system which is going to be more important than ever this year.  For this reason, it is essential we deliver the vaccine to as many children as possible to prevent the spread of infection to those most at risk in society.


In light of the above we are expecting demand to be high and therefore we urge you to follow the below link to consent to your child’s vaccination now. Even if you do not want your child to receive this vaccination, please complete the consent form stating “no” consent.  You will also find answers to your FAQ’s on this link.


If you have any difficulties with completing the consent form please contact the Immunisation Team on our Single Point of Access (SPA).


Tel:  0300 247 0082        Email:



School Age Immunisations Team
Virgin Care Services Limited


Wednesday 24th June 2020


Good morning everybody,
There’s another post linked to National School Sport Week 2020 from Miss Morris today. Let us know what sporting activities you have been up to.
If your child is currently attending school the teachers have asked me to remind you to send them in in summer clothes, with sun hats, sun cream and bottles of water. Please send in healthy snacks too, preferably fruit. If your child is unable to apply sun cream without help, smother them in a high factor cream before dropping them off please.
We are currently planning for September and the government have announced that they want all children to return after the summer holidays. We will do our best to make sure that the school is as safe as possible and continue to take advice from the Local Authority.
Please keep on with your home learning and KEEP READING. Let us know how you are getting on with the Summer Reading Challenge.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


It’s Wednesday!

The Youth Sport Trust is a children’s charity promoting the health and mental wellbeing benefits which come from being active and taking part in various sports and this year marks their 25th anniversary. To celebrate National School Sport Week, the Youth Sport Trust is sharing challenges, focussing on togetherness, inclusivity and wellbeing.  The activities have been split into subcategories: Athletics (Track and Field), Aiming Sports, Team Sports, Adventure Sports and Artistic Sports.  They can be carried out within the home and can be completed on your own or as a family.  So why not use the personal challenge scorecard and take part in this unique sporting event?!

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


Good morning everybody,

Today it would have been our Key Stage One and Foundation Stage Soorts Morning and what a glorious morning it would have been! If you haven’t seen it yet have a look at the post about the ‘Virtual Travel to Tokyo Challenge’. All of the messages from Miss Morris, this week, are about PE, sports and keeping fit because it’s National Schools Sports Week.

The children who are currently attending school don’t have to wear school uniform at the moment because the most important thing is for them to wear fresh, clean clothes each day to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. One teacher has noticed that some children have been wearing flip flops. Sandals are allowed if they have a back strap but flip flops are not. This makes things much safer as we don’t want anybody falling over if they are running on the grass or playground. Many thanks!

Enjoy the sunshine! I went out for a very early walk this morning and was lucky enough to see two hares.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.

PS I wanted to give a special mention to Georgyna for the stage set she has created for A Midsummer Night’s Dream; it’s excellent!




Good Morning,


Are you ready?  It’s time to invite you to take part in the Wiltshire Virtual School Games!  Created by the Wiltshire and Swindon Sport, one of 44 county sports partnerships established in 2000 by Sport England, WASP’s aim is to support and promote participation in sport, especially among children and young people. The Wiltshire School Games is an annual event which aims to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools whilst providing young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. There are lots of exciting sporting activities, complete with links to demonstration videos, for you to try at home. This year the games have gone online with a selection of challenge cards being set alongside a calendar of activities each week ( so why not give them a go?  Just follow the attached challenge cards and the demonstration video links below!


Gymnastics Video Demonstrations can be found at
Cricket Video Demonstrations can be found at and
Athletics: Jumping Video Demonstrations can be found at and
Athletics: Throw and Run Video Demonstrations can be found at and
Tennis Video Demonstrations can be found at and
Tri-Golf Video Demonstrations can be found at and




Monday 22nd June 2020


Good morning everyone,

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely week so don’t forget your sun cream and sun hats and remember to drink lots of water.

Today we welcome back some of our  Year 1 pupils if their parents have requested a place for them. We hope that you’ll all have a lovely week. Remember Year 1 children who are coming back for the first time today need to be dropped off at 10am and collected at 2pm. This is so that we can maintain social distancing and not have everyone arriving at school at the same time.

Just before lockdown we were organising the adoption of a school tortoise which Mrs Cummins has been looking after. Today’s recreated book cover features the new school tortoise!

Thank you Mrs Cummins and family!

I hope all of the dads reading this message had a lovely Father’s Day! Have a good week everyone and I’ll write again tomorrow.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Welcome to National School Sports Week!


All this week we will be joining in with the excitement of National School Sports Week where the important role of Physical Education and school sport in enhancing young people’s wellbeing is celebrated. Today we are launching the Travel to Tokyo Challenge!

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games may not be happening this year but you can still get active and stay connected with Travel to Tokyo, Team GB and Paralympics GB’s official, free programme for children aged 5-11 and their families.  Ludgershall Castle Primary School will be taking part in the virtual Travel to Tokyo Challenge and we're encouraging the entire school community to join in too! We have turned the school into a Travel to Tokyo team and all you need to do is get active as a family and record your activity on our easy-to use Log Activity page. Once you have got active, log onto the website then click on the ‘Families’ tab and ‘Log Activity’ where you can make a record what you have been up to for our ‘School Team’.

You can get started by trying some fun Travel to Tokyo activity ideas ( or you can simply just play ball games, dance to your favourite music, or go on a daily walk (but make sure you time how long you do it for!). All the physical activity your family does will count towards our team goals. You don’t need lots of equipment or space – if it gets your heart pumping, it all counts! So are you ready? ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO!

Friday 19th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

We are nearing the end of our first week with Year 6 back and the children seem happy to be in school, catching up with some of their friends and enjoying their learning.

On Monday the Year 1 pupils who have school places booked will return. If any Year 1s are already in bubbles they will continue to stay in those groups and attend at their usual times. YEAR 1 CHILDREN WHO ARE RETURNING FOR THE FIRST TIME ON MONDAY will be dropped off at 10am and collected at 2pm to avoid having too many people arriving and leaving at the same times. 

Art Bubble will reopen on Monday. We are sorry that we had to close this bubble because of staff illness, from Wednesday, but we have to make sure that school is safe for everyone and we need two adults in each bubble to ensure this.

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs Watson. Hilarious!

Check out the post from Miss Morris today to find out about how to take part in the ‘Animal Olympics’! 

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Happy Friday!


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity operating in England and Wales which promotes animal welfare. It was created in 1824 and is now the oldest and largest animal welfare organisation in the world.  They work 365 days a year, 24 hours a day rescuing all animals from all types from abuse, neglect, and injury. The RSPCA has been helping to inspire the next generation of animal lovers for many years but as the world is changing and the challenges facing both animals and young people are changing with it, the RSPCA prevention and education team have created some activities and games which they hope will get young people thinking and debating about animal issues. You may want to take part in the ‘Animal Olympics’ or ‘Pet Factor’? Maybe you want to become an ‘Animal Architect’ or ‘Build a Hedgehog Shack’?  It doesn’t matter if you don’t own any pets; these activities are designed to be carried out with your favourite cuddly toy too!  Why not take some time and explore the website ( today.  Remember, you can record all of the activities you try in your Learning Journal!


Thursday 18th June 2020


The Art bubble will remain closed tomorrow, June 19th. We will inform you of any further changes as soon as we have more information. Thank you.



Good morning everyone,

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs Cooper. I didn’t recognise her at first!

Miss Morris is providing information about some home learning activities linked to Newsround today. Newsround is a really good programme to help children understand what is going on around the world at a level that makes it easier for them to understand. 

A parent has asked if Year 1 children need to bring in book bags or PE kits and the answer is no, not at the moment thank you. Children are not required to wear school uniform either, just fresh clean clothes each day. You can send in a healthy snack for break time, a sun hat and sun cream, but children will need to apply this themselves.

We need to let you know that, with the way school is currently operating, we may need to shut a ‘bubble’ down occasionally. Public Health England has advised schools to create bubbles to avoid cross contamination between them. We currently have 3 Year 6 bubbles and 4 bubbles for the children of key workers and for pupils who are considered vulnerable by the government.

Each bubble has its own room, and outside space is timetabled so that bubbles do not come into close contact with each other. Each bubble has 2 adults and the same adults will remain with their bubbles until the end of term. We cannot put a supply teacher in with a bubble if a member of staff is ill because they could potentially cross contaminate from another school. Therefore, if a member of staff is ill, we have to shut that bubble down temporarily as we must have 2 adults in each bubble to enable breaks. Currently Art Bubble is closed due to staff illness and we will let you know as soon as the staff member is better so that children can return. 

Children will be able to talk to their teachers today on the telephone if their teacher is not in school. If you do not receive a telephone call it is because that teacher is currently assigned to one of the bubbles in school.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.





There's always lots of news happening and the Newsround website will help keep you up to date with all the important bulletins and stories BUT did you know that Newsround have now created a Newsround Worksheet called ‘Big Stories and Big Words’ on its website? It’s all under the new ‘Newsround Learn’ section where you can also find lots of Newsround Topic videos, including a roundup of the week’s news stories.
‘Big Stories and Big Words’ focuses on three main news headlines of the day, whilst looking at the key words reported, why they’re important and of course what they mean. Once you’ve read the main headlines, or watched the Newsround programme online, you can then answer the questions at the bottom of the page to show how much you have learnt.  Why not answer the questions or write down the glossary of keywords in your Learning Journal? To find out more, visit:

Big Stories and Big Words at

Watch Newsround at

Newsround Website at



A message from Wiltshire Music Centre


Get the whole family ready to sing and create from wherever you are!

Time: 10am – 12pm
10am: Vocal Workshop
10.30am: “Bring Me Sunshine” Song writing Session

To celebrate Make Music Day this Sunday, 21st June, we’ll be going live with free workshops led by Aga Serugo Lugo and Bob Heath!

Get ready to sing and create with our two fantastic music leaders from wherever you are. With energetic warm ups and an interactive creative song-writing session, this workshop will be perfect for all ages to get involved. Share with your family and take part together remotely – we’ll be live streaming on YouTube, so all you’ll need is a device to be a part of the fun.


For more information, visit

You Tube Channel:


Wednesday 17th June 2020


Due to ongoing staff issues the Art bubble will remain closed tomorrow June 18th. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to you but we are sure you understand that this decision has been taken to protect everyone's safety and well-being. We will inform you of any further changes as soon as we are able.

Year 6 Hoodies.


PTA will be contributing half of the cost of this year’s hoodies. Therefore, the total price for you to pay is as follows:

Price for hoodies up to Child 12-13 - £8

Price for hoodies in Adult sizes - £11

Wednesday 17th June 2020


Good morning everybody,

Today’s book cover has been brilliantly recreated by Mrs Chapman.

We have already mentioned this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Miss Morris is sharing more information about it today. Check out the post.

When some of our Year 1 pupils return next week they will be dropped off at 10am and collected at 2pm unless they are already in one of our ‘bubbles’ for key worker children or those considered vulnerable by the government, in which case they will stick to their usual times.

Please remember that any of the children attending school will need to remember sun hats, sun cream (if you want your child to apply their own cream during the day, as nobody will be able to apply it for them) and a snack if you want your child to have a snack at break time.

If you are still learning at home please keep us informed about what you have been up to. Teachers who are working from home will be ringing tomorrow but those teachers who are in school bubbles will not be able to.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




It’s Wednesday!


Have you signed up for the Reading Challenge with the Silly Squad yet? Although everything will be online this year, remember you can re-read a book you have already got at home, ‘borrow’ an eBook online or even listen to an audio book!  There are lots of websites where you can get access to free children’s books in a variety of ways.  To complement the reading challenge, why not check out the National Shelf Service YouTube channel?  National Shelf Service is a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians across the country for children and young people, delivered in a series of short videos. Do you know what happened on The Day the Crayons Quit? Have you ever heard about The Incredible Book Eating Boy or The Nowhere Emporium? Maybe you’d like to meet The Bog Baby? Why not take a look at the channel ( to see if you can find a new author you’d like to explore? Alternatively, just have a look at the ‘Calling all Bookworms!’ information sheet on the Home Learning Hub to see where you can virtually ‘borrow’ or listen to books while the libraries are closed. Do you have a book you’d like to recommend?


Tuesday 16th June 2020


Good morning everybody,

I’ve just seen the brilliant Princess and the Pea book cover recreated by two of our children. Fantastic! Today’s staff book cover was recreated by Mrs Ottaway. Did you know that she can play the violin? 

It’s great to hear that some of you have been making the most of the maths resources on the school website. Keeping up with your maths skills will really help you when you return to school and don’t forget to KEEP READING! 

I think all the children who returned to school for the first time yesterday had a good first day back and managed to stick to the social distancing rules one they had been reminded. There has been lots of outdoor learning at school and it really is a good idea to get outside as much as you can while the weather is good but don’t forget your sun hats and sun cream and remember to drink plenty of water. 

If you like singing make sure you follow the link that Miss Morris has posted today.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Good Morning,


Did you take part in the Young Voices at Home on Tuesday 2nd June?  If you missed it, here’s another chance to be part of a very special concert!

Norfolk Music Hub has joined up with Charanga, NYMAZ and artist Rebecca Osborne to invite pupils and families from across the country to take part in the ‘Virtual Big Sing 2020’,  an interactive, digital concert with special celebrity guest stars including: The Masked Singer UK's Queen Bee and Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, The Kingdom Choir (who are famous for performing the classic 'Stand By Me' at Harry and Meghan's wedding), ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Roar’ singer Jessie J, West End star Camilla Kerslake, Kirsten Joy (who sings with Clean Bandit) and The Beatbox Collective, the official world beatbox champions! The list of songs (including Roar, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Don’t Stop Believing) as well as online resources can be found on the Charanga Home Learning site ( under Assignments entitled ‘Norfolk Music Hub Virtual Big Sing VBS-2020‘, just go to our Home Learning Hub on the schools website to find out your login details. The digital performance will be streamed live on YouTube this Friday (19th June) at 2pm and replayed on Sunday 21 June 2020. So why not be part of something special?


Monday 15th June 2020



Good morning everybody,

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and that you are all staying safe. Today we are welcoming some extra children back to school. Some more key worker pupils and children considered vulnerable by the government will be joining us. All of these children arrive at school at 9am and get picked up at 3pm. We also welcome those Year 6 pupils whose parents have booked a place for them. These children will arrive at 9.30am and leave at 2.30pm. This is to avoid too many people arriving at the same time. Next Monday (22nd June), when we welcome the Year 1 pupils whose parents have a booked a place for them, they will be dropped off at 10am and collected at 2pm.

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs McLaren. I love the cuddly elephant!

Don’t forget to look at the latest First News link which has been shared by Miss Morris. It features an article about Artemis Fowl and I know that some of you have enjoyed reading books about this character.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Hello Everyone!


Here’s the next edition of First News! First News keeps children up to date with information and interesting stories from around the United Kingdom and the rest of the world through a range of short articles, reflections and interviews. This week’s headlines include ‘20 Things to Know and Tell’, ‘Gaming Granny’, ‘Boredom Busters’ and ‘Feisty Flamingos’! There is also a ‘Big Interview’ on page 19 with actor Ferdia Shaw who stars in the new Disney film Artemis Fowl, an adaption based on the bestselling book series. Why not read a copy today?


Read edition 730 here. 



Friday 12th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

Today our book cover has been recreated by Mrs Bushell and one of her lovely dogs. 

Make sure that you look at today’s post from Miss Morris; she is sharing information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. There is a link to help you find ebooks and audio books.

On Monday we will have a fourth bubble opening for key worker children and for children considered vulnerable by the government. We are also looking forward to welcoming back some of our Year 6 pupils, who will be in 3 separate bubbles. So that we don’t have everyone turning up at the same time key worker and vulnerable children will be arriving at 9am and leaving at 3pm, whilst Year 6 pupils will arrive at 9.30am and leave at 2.30pm.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Happy Friday!

Join the Silly Squad and the Let's Get Silly Ambassadors for a lot of fun this summer! Yes that’s right! The Summer Reading Challenge is back! A member from one of our local Wiltshire Libraries visits our school every year to launch the Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun and enjoyment. Unfortunately, due to the unusual situation we find ourselves in, finding books to read for your Summer Reading Challenge won’t be as easy as popping into the library this year.  So the Summer Reading Challenge has decided to go online! Although all the recordings will take place online, you can still read a book from home, or read an e-book using your library card information (you can find more information here or even listen to an audiobook! To be part of the fun, sign up today and join the ‘Silly Squad’ at and take part in the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge!  How many books will you read?


Thursday 11th June 2020



Good morning everyone,

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs Linforth. I’m not sure whether I would have recognised her! 

Who has been busy cooking? It was good to see Carly Rose’s photograph yesterday, busy weighing out the ingredients for a recipe. 

I went for another walk with my wife yesterday and we were caught in a shower. We got drenched! However it was worth it because we saw lots of tiny blue tit chicks learning how to fly. When baby birds have hatched, grown a bit and then left their nest to learn how to fly they are called fledglings. There were lots of them and they didn’t seem at all nervous about being near humans. 

Have you seen anything interesting on your walks lately? 

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Have you ever wondered if an asteroid killed the dinosaurs? How to design and create a balloon car race? Or how trees secretly talk to each other underground? Maybe you’ve even wondered if bird poop can make clouds? Or why our fingerprints are all unique?  ‘The Kid Should See This’ is a website with a fantastic collection of over 4,500 free child friendly videos. The short films aim to start conversations and spark questions, while exploring a range of subjects including STEAM (sciencetechnologyengineeringart and maths), history, arts and culture.  Its main focus however, is to celebrate the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking and problem-solving skills children of all ages develop. The website was created in 2011 by Rion Nakaya and her children from the USA and has become very popular with children around the world! Just go to to explore the video collections; make sure you record what you’ve learnt in your Learning Journal!


Wednesday 10th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

If you are interested in recipes for delicious food or fashion design have a look at the Fair Trade post from Miss Morris today.

Our first book cover today was recreated by Mrs Barnes and our second was sent in by Finley. I love them! It’s not too late to send us yours if you haven’t done one yet. 

I will be talking to our School Improvement Adviser this morning about our plans up until the end of term. We are expecting to open a fourth ‘bubble’ very soon for our key worker children and for those children who are considered vulnerable by the government. The Year 6 children whose parents have requested a place will be returning on Monday and our Year 1 children whose parents have requested a place will return on 22nd June if all goes according to plan.

Please let us know what home learning you have been up to. Tell us about the White Rose maths lessons, which you can find on the school website; we want to know which maths skills you have been practising at home.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



It’s Wednesday!


The Fair Trade movement was founded in 1946 and is a term most of us have heard of before. Fairtrade aims to ensure producers in developing nations should be treated with respect and paid fairly when trading with more developed countries around the world. Learning through Fairtrade opens up a fascinating world and reveals how we are all connected in some way.  The Fairtrade Foundation has set up ‘Fairtrade at Home’ where Home Learning Challenges have been created, from Fairtrade fashion designing to writing Fairtrade recipe books. They are delivered through short films, stories and activities suitable for all ages including Early Years and beyond into Key Stage 3. A new challenge is added weekly so to find a list of past challenges to explore, just visit Remember to use your Learning Journal to write down everything you have learnt!


Tuesday 9th June 2020


Hello everyone,

Today’s book cover was recreated by Mr Brook. We were also sent a brilliant cover featuring Finley. Well done!

Miss Morris has shared links to some free STEM workshops where you can learn how to use Science, Technology, Maths and coding to make music. 

You may have seen the news about the government dropping plans for all pupils to be back in school before the end of term. There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break but we had never understood how this might have worked. 

Please make the most of the school website’s home learning hub and KEEP READING!

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good Morning,

Did you see our news about home learning with the Charanga Musical School and YUMU yesterday? Well today, we’d like to share some more exciting news with you! Wiltshire Music Connect has launched an exciting new partnership with Conductive Music which gives children in Wiltshire the opportunity to take part in FREE online STEAM workshops in June where you can learn how to use Science, Technology, Maths and coding to make music!  An information sheet with times and resources can be found at and a video introducing Conductive Music can be viewed at There are also many free one hour project tutorials to try where you can design a musical video game with arcade or create a robotic orchestra with micro bit!  There are ‘experiments’ for children ranging from Early Years all the way up to Key Stage 2 and beyond! Just go to to find out more.




Monday 8th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

I hope that you had a lovely weekend.

Have any of you been watching ‘Spring Watch’? It’s a really good way of learning all about the wildlife of the U.K. The other day they showed a film about some great bustards on Salisbury Plain and on my walk on Saturday I was lucky enough to see 13 great bustards. They were amazing. Today’s book cover was recreated by Mrs Warren. This one really made me laugh! 

Look out for today’s post from Miss Morris who is sharing the latest edition of First News.

I know that some of our older pupils are fans of the Alex Rider series of books. I noticed that these books have inspired a new television series that you might be interested in. Let us know if you watch it and recommend it. 

We are preparing for some of our Year 6 pupils to return next Monday and will be sharing details about that across the week. Our key worker children and those considered vulnerable by the government are at school from 9am - 3pm. Year 6 will attend from 9.30 - 2.30 so that we have a staggered start without people congregating at the school gates. 

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!


Welcome to a brand new week!  As usual on a Monday, we would like to share the next edition of the children’s weekly newspaper ‘First News’.  Did you know that in Spain, a sand sculpture artist has been creating amazing life-like displays? Or that the first dinosaur fossil has been found on the Isle of Wight?  There’s also an article on the Space X launch to the International Space Station which took place a week ago. All this along with some fantastic puzzles, quizzes and questions will help you to keep up-to-date with all the latest world news. Don’t forget you can find everything you need under the Home Learning Hub tab on our school website!


Read edition 729 here.




Friday 5th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Miss Whittam. It’s really good.

I hope everyone who had a phone call yesterday enjoyed talking to their teachers.

Remember to let us know how you are getting on with all the resources on the home learning hub on our school website and have a great weekend.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Happy Friday!

Today is World Environment Day! World Environment Day is an international day of environmental awareness and action which takes place on the 5th June every year. It was started in 1974 by the United Nations and is a great way of focusing on how we can live ‘greener’ lives. To celebrate, why not watch the Marine Wildlife Mission ‘Live’ Lesson, created in collaboration with the BBC Blue Planet. Co-presented by Steve Backshall, the ‘live’ lesson was first broadcast on 26th March 2019 and is split into 3 sections. In Section 1, (entitled ‘Our Blue Planet’), the programme looks at why we call Earth, the Blue Planet. Section 2 (‘Threats to Marine Life’) investigates how plastic pollution and overfishing are damaging marine health and finally Section 3 (‘Ecosystems and Climate Change’) explores the impact of climate change on the world’s ecosystems. Just visit…/liv…/blue-planet-live-lesson/zn7tkmn to not only watch Blue Planet Live but to also download the activity sheets to go along with each section. Alternatively, for our younger children, why not listen to the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong before carrying out your own research about the environment and how we can protect it; you could even design a poster to include in your learning journal!


Thursday 4th June 2020


Good morning everyone,

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Miss Ottaway; it’s a book I’m sure you’ll all be familiar with.

Most of you will be receiving a telephone call from your teachers this morning so be ready with your home learning questions. However if you are in Reception (Lions and Tigers) your teachers will not be able to ring because they are teaching “bubbles’ in school. I’m afraid that the children of key workers and those considered vulnerable by the government, who are in school today, won’t be receiving calls either because they won’t be able to leave their ‘bubbles’ to go to the school office. We are constantly having to adjust and adapt to maximise safety. 

I hope everyone is finding plenty of things to do on our home learning hub. Please share any recommendations you have and post photographs to let us know what you’ve been up to. 

It is really important to keep reading as regularly as you can. Let us know if any of you have been enjoying the J K Rowling online book that we recommended and tell us if you have been reading the First News children’s newspaper. There are some great resources that Miss Morris is sharing today if you need some fresh ideas.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Puffin’s Books celebrates its 80th birthday next week so today we wanted to share details of the ‘Festival of Big Dreams!’ they are planning in order to mark this milestone. Throughout next week, authors and illustrators will be hosting virtual storytelling workshops, writing master classes, draw-alongs and creative challenges! You can download your event pack from the website ( to join in with all the activities but check the timetable to see which activity is happening when! Remember there’ll be ‘animaltastic quizzes, build-your-own-adventure workshops, amazing alphabet games and a guest appearance’ so make sure you record your fantastic artwork or creative masterpieces in your Learning Journal! To watch the ‘Festival of Big Dreams’ trailer, go to:


Wednesday 3rd June 2020


Good morning everybody,

Why not do something new and different today? Miss Morris has shared a link to five free video lessons showing you how to learn sign language; what a terrific idea.

Today’s book cover is brilliant! It has been recreated by Miss Berry and her daughter. Are you enjoying the bite size video lessons that you can watch on BBC Iplayer?; some of them are excellent. 

There are daily maths and English lessons for Years 1-6 as well as regular lessons for science, history and geography etc.

There are lots of good phonics resources too. If you practice and revise these regularly they will really help with reading skills. 

Let me know how you are getting on. 

Tomorrow your teachers will be ringing but unfortunately Mrs Steadman and Mrs Edwards won’t be able to ring our youngest pupils as they are in ‘bubbles’ teaching our key worker children and those considered vulnerable by the government.

Have a good day.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



It’s Wednesday!

If you’re looking to do something with your spare time whilst you are at home, why not try learning sign language? Sign language is a visual language that uses hand shapes, facial expression, gestures and body language and according to the National Deaf Children’s Society, there are over 70,000 adults and children whose first (or preferred) language is BSL. One of them is Tyrese. Tyrese is 15 years old and uses British Sign Language to communicate. “I’d love it if more people knew BSL, and while we’re all indoors, it’s the perfect time to bring your household together and learn something new.” The charity Sense and Tyrese have worked together to create 5 free lessons, taught by ‘Mr Tyrese’, showing you the basic signs through interactive and fun videos. Go to to watch a taster lesson and sign up for free!


Tuesday 2nd June 2020


Good morning everybody,

Today  I am sharing the details of an illustration competition for all of you who have been reading J K Rowling’s new book which has been released in daily instalments on line, free. Thank you to Mrs Bainton for telling me about the competition. 

Our book cover has been recreated by Mrs Wright. It's

 really good. 

If you are interested in space have a look at the post from Miss Morris today. Don’t forget to keep up with all the resources on our home learning hub. Yesterday Mrs McKeown shared the latest updates from White Rose Maths.

I know that lots of you are keeping special books for your home learning. Thanks to Carly Rose for sharing your photo yesterday. 

If you want your teachers to see any of your work remember that you can take photographs of it and send it to them. Just send it to stating your child’s name, year group and class. 

It looks like it’s going to be another lovely day so I hope you all get the chance to go outside. Don’t forget your sun cream, sunglasses and hats!

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Good Morning,

Have you been following the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Rocket and its Dragon Crew Capsule? After a postponement due to the weather, the Rocket and Capsule finally launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday (the first orbital mission from the United States in 9 years) and has now arrived at the International Space Station. Tim Peake, a European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut from the United Kingdom, took part in a 186 day Principia mission working on the International Space Station for Expedition 46 and Expedition 47 a few years ago. Whilst in orbit, he conducted an experiment involving many schools throughout the country called ‘Rocket Science’. During the schools closure, Tim has been hosting virtual sessions for children and adults alike, answering questions all about space and the International Space Station - including sharing his own personal experiences. If you’re interested in finding out more or you have a passion for science, you can watch one (or all!) of the selection of videos listed below. Remember to write down some interesting facts in your Learning Journal!
At Home with Tim Peake: Live Q and A (
Tim Peake joins us live from his home on Earth. As someone who has spent 186 days working on the International Space Station, Tim is here to share his very valuable tips on dealing with lockdown life.
Tim Peake Talks Space #1 (
In this session, Tim talks about his mission on the International Space Station and his experience of dealing with confinement, as well as what he did at school to get there and what he hopes to do in future.
Tim Peake Talks Space #2 (
In this second session of Tim Talks Space, British astronaut Tim Peake talks about a day in the life of an astronaut on board the International Space Station and answers your questions - from doing the laundry to what's the scariest thing about being in space.
Tim Peake Talks Space #3 (
In this session, Tim Peake and Jeremy Curtis (UK Space Agency) talk with Alana Cama of the Royal Horticultural Society and Dr. Jake Chandler of the Royal Holloway University of London about the rocket seed experiment carried out during Tim's mission and the future of growing food in space and on other planets.


Monday 1st June 2020


Good morning everybody,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs Bainton. Look what she’s sitting on! 

Have a look at the post from Miss Morris today. She has shared a link to ‘First News’. You can find the latest edition of this children’s newspaper and read lots of back issues too. This is just one way of keeping your reading skills going. 

On Thursday teachers will be ringing their pupils again so be ready with your questions about home learning and anything else you want to talk to them about.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Hello Everyone!

Today is Monday 1st June 2020 and the first day of Home Learning for Term 6! Today we are sharing the next edition of ‘First News’, the children’s weekly newspaper – Edition 728! You can also find links to past editions and different levels of activities, including puzzles and quizzes, accompanying the newspaper on our website under the Home Learning Hub tab. If you decide to take part in any of the activities, don’t forget you can complete them in your Learning Journal. If you haven’t managed to explore ‘First News’ yet, why not start today?!


Read edition 728 here.



Mentally Healthy Schools have released another mental health toolkit you can read here: 


Sunday 31st May 2020


Reminder for key worker children and those considered vulnerable by the government:


Please can children bring in their own sun hats, sun cream, water bottle and lunch in a bag to be kept with them. There is no need to provide any books or pencil cases. Thank you.

Friday 29th May 2020


Good morning everyone,

I hope you are all well. 

Today our book cover has been recreated by Mrs Creese. We hope you like it.

To confirm, Years R, 1 and 6 will not be returning to our school on Monday 1st June but we continue to stay open for key worker children and children who are considered to be vulnerable by the government. 

There are going to be a few significant changes from Monday which will remain in place when some of our Year 6 pupils return on 15th June.

We are going to have ‘bubbles’ of people within the school and people within one bubble will not be mixing with anyone from another bubble. This is to reduce the risk of anything being spread from one group to another.

Each bubble will include 2 adults so that there is always at least one adult with the group of children, for example if one of the adults needs the loo. 

We are positioning mats or tables 2 metres apart so we can fit a bubble of 15 children and 2 adults in the hall and the same in our largest classroom which we will call our art bubble because we had intended to use this room as our art room.

In other classrooms bubbles will have up to 9 children and 2 adults.

From Monday key worker parents and the parents of children considered vulnerable by the government will be able to drop their children in the top playground. This must be a maximum of one adult per family. There will be spaced out cones where you will wait until a bubble adult collects the children for that bubble.

Families must remain socially distanced from any other family and wait by their own cone.

Children will have their own learning packs so that they don’t have to share equipment with others. They will stay in their own bubbles whenever they go outside for breaks or for outdoor learning. They will also remain with their own bubble for lunch which will either be eaten in their bubble room or socially distanced outside. 

This is what it will be like for all pupils who return to school but for those still at home we will continue to provide ideas and resources for home learning activities that suit you.

We hope that you all have a good weekend and that you all stay safe and enjoy the lovely weather.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Local Authority Children's Newsletter 29th May 2020

Thursday 28th May 2020


Good morning everybody,

Thanks for sharing your great pictures yesterday Eleanor and Ella. Also thank you for recommending the Kew Gardens website.

Today's recreated book cover is by Mr Wight. Hilarious!

Tomorrow we should be able to give you some definite information about when pupils in Year 6 will be returning to school. With our reception class and Year 1 to follow. The governors and staff have been reading lots of medical advice and it seems likely that from 1st June we will only be open for the children of key workers and for children classed as vulnerable by the government. We are, as you know, prioritising safety and our Chair of Governors feels that anything we can do to reduce risk to pupils, staff and other members of the community is beneficial. 

The SAGE report states that ‘delaying a school re-opening by two weeks (to 15th June) approximately halves the risk to children.’

We think, that after all the effort of lockdown, it is worth an extra two weeks to halve the risk.

Please check our Facebook posts or the school website tomorrow for further information. 

I can assure you that we are doing our very best to keep your children safe and I’d like to thank everyone for working together to make sure our community stays safe.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.

Wednesday 27th May 2020


Good morning everybody,

It was lovely to see Jack and Isla’s pictures yesterday. If anybody else has some art work to share we would love to see it.

There is some exciting news for JK Rowling fans. She is releasing a children’s book, a day at a time, on her website. ‘The Ickabog’ is the first children’s book that she has written that isn’t linked to the world of Harry Potter and his friends. I have shared the link so that you can check it out.


Today’s book cover has been recreated by Mrs McKeown; it’s a book I’m sure you’re all familiar with and it’s brilliant!

I want to share with you that we have received a letter from Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, saying that his paramount concern is forth safety of all school communities in Wiltshire. He wrote: ‘I therefore want to reassure you that you should not feel compelled to open to all the additional year groups on 1 June.’

I will be consulting with all the governors about this today.

Please keep up to date by reading the daily messages on Facebook and the school website so that you know about reopening dates for Years R, 1 and 6 as we become clearer. Nothing definite has been decided yet.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Tuesday 26th May 2020


Good morning everyone,

I hope that you enjoyed the lovely weather over the weekend. Today’s book cover was recreated by Miss O’Neill. 

We are still busy planning on how to make the school safe for when some more children return. I am reading advice from medical experts and consulting with staff, governors and the Local Authority. We are definitely not going to open to more children until we can do so safely.

Did any of you do any drawings after Miss Morris shared her post on Friday? If you did we’d love to see your pictures. In fact if you have done any drawings or paintings during lockdown please share them below.

Take care.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Friday 22nd May 2020


Good morning everyone,

I love art and am missing the drawing classes that I used to go to one evening a week before lockdown began. I know that lots of you really enjoy art lessons so look out for the post from Miss Morris today which will take you to a website with some fab drawing ideas.

 I hope that you all enjoyed talking to your teachers yesterday. If you are a parent of a child in Year R, Year 1 or Year 6 and you missed your call yesterday please ring the school to let us know if you would like a place for your child in school if we open for those classes in June. We won’t be certain until we hear what the government say on 28th May. 

It would normally have been half term next week but, apart from bank holiday Monday, school will remain open for those children who have key worker parents and for a few others identified by the Local Authority. I want to say a massive THANK YOU to our teachers, Teaching Assistants and all the other staff who have worked so hard to try and do as much as they can for the children who are attending school, but also for everyone at home. Our governors have also been brilliantly supportive throughout lockdown. I couldn’t hope for a more wonderful team. I also want to thank all of you parents and children for playing such a massive part in keeping our community safe. Well done for coping with a whole new way of life and trying to do whatever home learning is suiting your family.

If you haven’t recreated a book cover yet have a go this weekend. I have attached Mrs Edward’s one today. It’s excellent! 

I’ll write again on Tuesday next week.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!

Believe it or not, everyone can draw! Shoo Rayner is a children’s author and illustrator who has illustrated over 250 books including the Mudpuddle Farm series by Michael Morpurgo and Ricky Rocket. Drawing is a skill which requires practise and with over 1 million videos to explore, you’ll never get bored of perfecting this art skill! Have you ever wanted to draw a Duck Billed Platypus, a Mandrake or even Peter Rabbit? Well head over to for a full list of videos or alternatively you can visit where you can find the videos divided into categories of interest. Make sure you record your fantastic artwork in your Learning Journal!


Local Authority Children's Newsletter 22nd May 2020

Thursday 21st May 2020


Good morning everybody,

I’ve had a lovely morning so far. I got up at 6.30 to play tennis with my wife and saw a green woodpecker on our walk home. What exercise have you been doing this week?

Make sure you have a look at the post from Miss Morris today; it’s about Pobble 365 and it looks really exciting. Let me know if you try it.

As you know your teachers will be ringing you this morning so I hope you will tell them about everything you have been up to.

I have attached Mrs Okley’s recreation of a book cover. Look at her lovely cat.

Have a good day.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



“It came from the sea, calmly at first. An enormous, slithering tentacle slowly oozing its way over the top of the sea wall, exploring the metal and concrete shapes with suckers the size of your front door…”
Do you ever find writing tricky? Do you struggle to come up with ideas? Then why not explore Pobble 365? Every day, Pobble 365 are publishing a new thought-provoking image along with a ‘story starter’, ‘question time’, ‘sentence challenge’, ‘sick sentences’ and a drawing activity called ‘perfect picture’ to provide discussion points and inspiration for creative writing. From topics including the environment, superheroes, animals and spooky castles, you can study the image of the day or choose one which appeals to you as you browse all 365 pictures – one for every day of the year! So why not use this website ( to get those creative juices flowing?! Remember to record your responses in your Learning Journal!



Wednesday 20th May 2020


Good morning everyone,

Today’s book cover was recreated by Mrs Taylor. It’s very clever.

Have a look at The post from Miss Morris today. She has shared a link to the scouts’ website which has some great ideas to keep you busy.

I’m sorry that we have very limited information about the children returning to school. This is because nothing is definite yet. We are preparing for different scenarios but what happens next depends on what the government decide. We have no more information about that than you do from the national news. I am working with the Local Authority, unions and the governors to decide how we gradually reopen the school for some children. Part of the process is to find out how many children will be sent in if we do reopen for certain year groups. We will probably start with opening for just one year group first but I’m sorry that nothing is definite yet.

As you know teachers will be ringing tomorrow and they will do their very best to answer any questions you might have.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



It’s Wednesday!

Today we’d like to share a webpage from The Scouts. The Scout Association was formed in 1910 and aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and to be creative. Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects so today we are encouraging you to try something new! While the Scouts would normally love the great outdoors, they have put together some indoor activity ideas where you can learn new skills and have fun all at the same time! It’s all part of a project called #TheGreatIndoors, where the activities are completely free, however, some imagination and adaption may be required! Visit to find out more.


BBC bitesize have shared some helpful tips for parents to manage their wellbeing during lockdown. You can read them here.


As part of Mental Health Awareness week we would like to share the following resources from Mentally Healthy Schools. 


Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured resources to help primary schools promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. To support school staff and parents during these uncertain times we are producing fortnightly, curated toolkits. A toolkit of free resources and tips, for primary teachers, school staff, parents and carers, to help address anxiety arising from these coronavirus (COVID-19).


Mentally Healthy Schools was originally developed in partnership between the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Place2Be and The Royal Foundation as a legacy project of the Heads Together campaign. From 1st April 2020 the Anna Freud Centre took full responsibility and ownership of the development and delivery of the Mentally Healthy Schools website including all content and quality assurance of associated resources.

Please find the toolkits below: 

Tuesday 19th May 2020




Good morning everyone,

It was lovely to read about your bird sightings yesterday. How lucky that some of you got to see 20 red kites at the same time. Wonderful!

Today I have attached Mrs Steadman’s recreated book cover. Such fun!

I mentioned yesterday that parents of children in Years R, 1 and 6 will be asked whether they want to send their children in when we reopen for those year groups. Please be ready with your answer on Thursday morning. 

When we do open, school will be very different. We’ve started to prepare classrooms just in case. I have attached a picture of one of our year 6 rooms. 

I hope that you are all keeping well and finding lots of things to keep you busy. If you fancy some quiz fun, have a look at the post from Miss Morris today.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Good Morning,

It’s time to wake up your brain! Virtual quizzing has become quite popular with families gathering at home or over video calls to compete against each other. ‘Challenge the Brain’ is a website with a selection of family friendly Quiz Questions and Answers which include a range of easy, true and false, and sometimes tricky quizzes for children, teenagers and adults to enjoy together. To take part, just go to… and select one of the quiz rounds to find questions and separate answer sheets, which are all printable and completely free to access. The Family Quizzes cover a range of fun subjects including history, geography, pop music, television, films, movies, mathematics, sports, and science. You can complete the quiz as a family or by yourself. Afterwards, why not write down 3 new facts you have learnt in your Learning Journal? Good Luck!


A safeguarding message from Wiltshire Police Public Protection Department

The current restrictions on our daily lives will no doubt be more difficult for some more than others and we understand that people of all ages may be struggling to cope.


While the need to stay at home is crucial, we know that on occasion people do go missing. If your child, or a child you know has gone missing, and you have genuine concerns about their welfare, do not delay in reporting concerns to police. You will not be fined/prosecuted under Covid-19 powers for carrying out any reasonable enquiries to find them yourselves. Our officers will do all that they can to understand individual circumstances and provide support where needed.


Always call 999 in an emergency.


If you need help and want to speak to someone, Missing People charity is available 24/7 – call 116 000, text 116 000 or chat online via


Monday 18th May 2020



Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well. I often see a grey heron when I go for a walk but when I went out for a stroll at 7 o’clock this morning I was lucky enough to see one fly right above us near our house. Have you seen any interesting birds or wildlife on your walks? 

Today’s book cover was recreated by Mrs Potter. It’s brilliant isn’t it? It really made me laugh. I also loved the 3 book covers recreated by the Bean family. If you haven’t seen them yet look at the comments from Friday. It’s not too late to recreate your own book covers if you haven’t done one yet and I’ll share another one from a member of staff tomorrow.

From 1st June it appears that different schools across the country will be doing different things. Our staff, governors and the Local Authority all agree that, whatever we do at Ludgershall Castle Primary School, we will prioritise the safety of the children and the staff. We are working hard to plan for different scenarios. 

We want to ‘get the ball rolling’ by finding out how parents of pupils in Years R, 1 and 6 feel about their children returning to school. Therefore, on Thursday morning between 9am and 12 noon, when teachers ring you, please be prepared to answer this question:

If a school place is offered to your child from 1st June will you be sending your child into school?

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!


It’s Monday 18th May and today we can share the next edition of ‘First News’, the children’s weekly newspaper! This edition is Number 726. Remember, ‘First News’ contains news and special reports from around the world in an accessible, engaging way to encourage a love for reading and deepen knowledge among children. You can also find links to past editions and different levels of activities accompanying each newspaper on our Home Learning Hub. So why not take some time today and explore this shared reading activity with an adult?


Read edition 726 here.




Friday 15th May 2020


Good morning everybody,

Miss Morris has recreated today’s book cover. We hope you like it!

We still haven’t got any definite information about how and when children in Years R, 1 and 6 might return to school. 

I have got lots of meetings planned next week with the other Headteachers in the local area, the Local Authority, the school governors and Primary Heads Forum. It is unlikely that anything will be finalised before what would have been half term. I will let you know as soon as we know anything definite ourselves.

In the meantime I hope that everyone has a good weekend.

Stay safe!

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!

Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, #HoldStill2020 is a community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
“Whilst many people’s lives are on hold to help protect our helpers and heroes, there are some that are working harder than ever, and others that are enduring the upheaval of hardship and loss. Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 will capture a snapshot of the people of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of our nation which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, human tragedy and hope.
The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery invite you to submit your own photographic portrait, taken during these extraordinary times, which responds to one of the following themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.
The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities. Images must involve people and can be captured on phones or cameras. Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. The closing date for submissions is the 18th June 2020.”
So why not think about creating your own individual representation of the ‘Hold Still’ project based on the same themes of ‘Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness’ in your Learning Journal today? You could include hand drawn pictures, collages or photos! However, if you’d like to find out more about the project launched by The Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery, then visit for more information.



Local Authority Children's Newsletter 15th May 2020

Thursday 14th May 2020



Good morning everyone,

It was great to see your science and baking photographs yesterday. Your grandad is going to love his birthday cake Carly Rose.

Where I live there’s not a cloud in the sky today and I’m going to do lots of reading because I’m going to my online book club this evening to talk about the book. I hope you are all enjoying spending some time reading every day.

Miss Morris has posted information about visiting zoos and safari parks on line. What a great idea!

Today’s recreated book cover features Mrs Webb. Thank you very much Mrs Webb. Get creative and send in your own recreated book cover. If you haven’t got a copy of your favourite book at home just look online.

We are going to be posting your annual reports out at the end of the week. Your teachers have been busy writing them while they are at home. These are usually written at the end of the year although different schools write reports at different times. We have written ours early because of lockdown. There may well be more opportunities for at least some of you to return to school before the end of the school year.

We are all missing your smiling faces and look forward to seeing you again when it’s safe for everyone.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School. 


It’s Thursday!

You might have to stay inside at the moment but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on some of your favourite activities! You can still 'visit' your favourite Zoo or Safari Park so if you fancy checking out how your favourite animals are doing, lots of Zoos and Safari Parks are posting regular updates of how their residents are getting on and throwing open its virtual doors to visitors. So from the comfort of your own dens, burrows and nests, why not explore one of these virtual Zoos or Safari Parks before finding out some interesting facts and information about your favourite animal? Don’t forget to record what you find out in your Learning Journal and make sure you include a picture!

Some Zoos and Safari Parks you can virtually visit include:
London Zoo at…
Chester Zoo at
Longleat Safari Park at
Edinburgh Zoo at
San Diego Zoo at
Dublin Zoo at
Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary at
Marwell Zoo at
Knowsley Safari Park at and…/home-school-s…/
Cincinnati Zoo at with live stream home safaris every day at 7pm (UK time) at



We would like to share these useful resources from The British Red Cross:

Wednesday 13th May 2020



Good morning everybody,

It was lovely to see Isobelle’s recreated book cover yesterday and to see your baking and experiment photographs.

We love hearing about what you are up to. One of the teachers messaged me to say that, when she phoned members of her class last week, one child told her that she has downloaded an app and started to learn a new language. Brilliant! 

Today’s staff photo is of Mrs Newbury recreating a Roald Dahl book cover. Have you recreated one yet? 

Today Miss Morris has shared a Childline toolkit. Have a look; you might find it really helpful. 

We have had a bit more information about maybe opening the school to some more pupils from 1st June. I have been busy liaising with staff and governors to ensure that whatever we do is done to maximise safety. We will let you know when we have anything definite to share. 

How are you getting on with the White Rose maths lessons for your year group?

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Today we’d like to share a webpage from Childline. Childline is a charity setup in 1986 to help young people in the UK with any issue they're going through. Childline visits our school every year to remind everyone about the services they provide and what to do if you are feeling worried or just want to talk about any problem, big or small.
Due to the current situation, P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) has never been more important. Childline have created a toolbox to support children’s mental health and positive wellbeing during this difficult time. The toolbox features lots of games, videos, a clam zone and an interactive art box with a ‘ready, steady, make!’ section to explore. Why not take some time and visit and click on the tab ‘Make and Play’ to find out more.

Tuesday 12th May 2020


Good morning everybody,

I love Mrs Watson’s recreated book cover today. Now let’s see more from you children! Attach your photographs below.

If you like singing make sure that you read today’s post from Miss Morris. There is an opportunity to join in with a fantastic event organised by Young Voices at Home. It’s completely free. 

A big THANK YOU to Mrs McKeown for organising all of the White Rose maths resources for all year groups on the school website. This will be updated weekly. The worksheets match the daily online lesson videos by White Rose they also tie in with the BBC Bitesize lessons. 

Good luck with your maths and remember to share photos of anything you have created at home. We also love it when children and parents share things that they have found online that others might like to try.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good Morning,

Do you have the power to fill the world with song?! Young Voices is the largest children’s choir in the world and the Guinness World Record holders for the world’s largest simultaneous sing! They have recently launched ‘Young Voices at Home’ and are currently sharing lots of fun and interactive tutorials, sing-alongs, demonstrations and performances suitable for children to enjoy for free whilst staying safe in their own homes. They have also just announced an exciting new challenge and are inviting you to join together with children, teachers and parents from around the world, to sing “The Power in Me”! This new international concert is anticipated to be one of the largest virtual concerts in the world and to take part, all you have to do is sign up to receive all the learning materials free of charge at So why not take part in a unique and special event, a sing along of ‘The Power in Me’ on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 2.30pm. To find out more, visit



The NSPCC are offering support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown. More information can be found here.


Monday 11th May 2020


Hello everyone,

I hope that you all enjoyed talking to your teachers on Thursday and that you had fun celebrating VE Day on Friday. We would love to see photographs of your houses decorated for the occasion. If you look at the post from Miss Morris today, there is a link to the children’s newspaper ‘First News’ and it includes a special feature on VEDay. Have a read.

Today would normally have been the first day of End of Key Stage tests for Year 6 and it feels very strange that nobody is doing them this year. We still don’t know when we’ll be going back to school and when we do go back it looks like some years will be going before others. We don’t know anymore information than you do from the newspapers and the television. 

As you know, last week I set everyone a challenge to recreate the cover of a children’s book and we have had some excellent ideas so far. I asked the school staff to do this too and I am going to share one book cover each day for you. Today’s contribution is from Mrs Cummins but you can’t see her very well because she’s covered in toilet paper! Please join in and attach your photographs of your recreated book covers in the comments section below. We are looking forward to seeing all of your pictures!

I’ll be back with another staff book cover tomorrow.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Hello Everyone!


It’s Monday 11th May and the start of a brand new week of Home Learning! Every Monday, whilst schools are closed, we will be sharing the children’s weekly newspaper ‘First News’ with you. For those that haven’t heard, ‘First News’ contains news and special reports from around the world. This week’s ‘First News’ is Edition 725. Remember, you can also find links to past editions and different levels of activities accompanying each edition on our Home Learning Hub!

Read Edition 725 here!



To all of Year 6.
Here is a little poem in what should have been your SATs week.
You have all worked so hard this year and you should be extremely proud of your achievements!
From Miss Ottaway and Miss Morris.


A Poem for Year 6 children - class of 2020 

Today is the day that SATs would have started,
The classroom set up and the tables parted,
The rules on the board, the display walls all covered,
Your workbooks away, out of sight in the cupboard,

Instead you are home, you’re doing your bit,
Protecting your families from getting sick,
It’s important right now, we’re in lockdown you see,
Being apart of world history,

You’ve all worked so hard, you should be so proud,
You’ve practised your SPAG and times tables out loud,
You’ve learnt algebra to the Nth degree,
And now the tests, they will no longer be,

Some may be sad that they can’t take the tests,
“Hip hip hooray,” I’ve no doubt said the rest,
Whilst the tests are on hold and you stay home this term,
Remember that tests can’t measure everything you learn,
And I don’t need SATs results to tell me,
How hard you have worked, it’s easy to see,

'Lockdown' Year 6, let me shout it out loud,
You’ve made all your teachers so very proud,
So please continue to learn, fill that brain up full,
And remember, we think you’re all wonderful! 💕

Thursday 7th May 2020


Good morning everyone,
I just love the book covers that you have created. If you haven’t seen them yet, look at the comments on the post from yesterday. The photographs are wonderful. Well done for recreating ‘Always There Bear’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Pirate Pete and his Smelly Feet’ and ‘The Girl who Lives on the Rainbow’. You certainly rose to the challenge.
If you haven’t joined in yet please do and when we go back to school perhaps we can create a display with all your recreated book covers. Good luck!
The lockdown video that Mrs Warren created has now been viewed by nearly one thousand people. Amazing!
Your teachers will be ringing you today so make sure that you let them know what you’ve been up to and ask them any questions that you want to.
I hope that everyone has fun celebrating VE Day tomorrow.
Please send any pictures showing us how you celebrate tomorrow and if you have decorated your house for the occasion please send pictures.
Don’t forget the book cover challenge. I’m going to ask all the staff to join in too and I will share their pictures next week.
Have a great weekend and I will send my next message on Monday.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Happy Thursday!

Tomorrow is VE Day as well as a Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom and this year will mark the 75th Anniversary of the VE celebrations. VE stands for Victory in Europe and marks the day towards the end of World War Two (8th May 1945) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. Even though VE Day marked victory for Europe over Germany, it did not mark the end of the war as World War Two actually ended on 2nd September 1945.
At 11am on Friday 8th May, the Royal British Legion are encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the WWII generation who lost their lives and to reflect on the unimaginable pain and suffering caused by the war. To mark VE Day, why not carry out some research on how the nation celebrated in 1945 or maybe you would like to write a ‘Thank you’ note for those who lost their lives in your Learning Journal? To find out more information about VE Day, go to or look at to download a special ‘VE Day at Home’ pack.



Local Authority Children's Newsletter 7th May 2020

Wednesday 6th May 2020


Good morning everybody,

I have a very short message today because I want to challenge you all to recreate a book cover of your choice. I have attached an example that one of the teachers sent me and then I’ve had a go at recreating one of my favourite book covers from when I was a child.

Good luck everyone. I can’t wait to see your book covers!

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everybody at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Doesn’t this look like fun?! Making salt dough is a really easy activity to do at home, just use your imagination and you can create all sorts of exciting objects but please remember - salt dough is not edible!
Why not create a salt dough rainbow, plaque or handprint today? You could get the whole family involved! Remember to write down your instructions in your learning journal and don’t forget to draw or take a picture as well!

Here’s a simple recipe taken from BBC Good Food on how to make your own salt dough to help you get started!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ingredients: 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g), half a cupful of table salt (about 125g) and half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model.
4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hours or until solid.
5. Leave it to cool and then paint.


We would like to share the following resources from the Fire Service Education Coordinators:


Due to increased time spent at home, we would like to help parents/carers and children understand how they can stay safe and the importance of fire safety within the home.

We have created a series of free online resources for use with younger children (Foundation and Key Stage 1, although older children may enjoy some of the activities) which parents/ carers can access for free.

Each week will include the following:

A story with a safety message; either a video or read by a firefighter, the author and in some cases a celebrity!
Activities based around the story including literacy, maths and art and other activity sheets . This includes our Firefighter Paul “Glue and Make” videos with art and craft creations and “How to draw” videos. All focused on the fire service and fire safety.
“Meet the firefighter” video, each week introducing one of our firefighters who will talk about the fire safety message of the week, a way to help stay safe with Covid 19, the importance of healthy eating and a fitness challenge.

Every week a new story and section will be added with topics such as fire safety, water safety and challenging gender stereotyping (My Mummy is a firefighter)

Our current topics on the website are:

What do firefighters do: London Fire Brigade Play Mobil video introducing the work of firefighters.

Sam’s Sad Day : read by a firefighter, looking at the consequences of outdoor fires

No Dragon’s For Tea: read by the Canadian author Jean E Pendziwol

Francis the Firefly: a cartoon video and book to read explaining why children should not touch matches.

More topics and resources will be added each week.

In addition we have our Covid 19 Mini Superheroes who are designed to encourage the children to understand how they can be Superheroes and help stay safe.

We also have our Grandparents section aimed at helping younger children stay connected with their Grandparents and feel that they are doing something to help them stay safe.

There is also an information section for parents/ carers with advice on fire safety in the home.

Please take a look at our website page

Tuesday 5th May 2020


Hello everyone,
When I last looked, nearly 600 people had viewed our Ludgershall Castle Primary School lockdown video that Mrs Warren created. If you haven’t seen it yet make sure you have a look.
Have any of you started preparing for the VE Day celebrations on Friday? As well as the link from Wiltshire Council that I shared yesterday there are some really good ideas on the Wiltshire Right Choice website. Please send any photos of your preparations; we’d love to see photos of houses covered in Union Flag bunting.
Are any of you preparing special food or planning to have a lockdown party?
I have been in touch with all the staff and we are all missing you. Teachers have been busy writing reports and planning your future learning. We love seeing what you have been up to and your teachers will be ringing you again on Thursday morning between 9 and 12. If you have any questions about your home learning they will be happy to help you.
Have a good day and I will write again tomorrow.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!

Why not think about taking part in a Paw Print Challenge today? The ‘Paw Print Family’ provide ideas and opportunities to help children experience adventures and skills for life. With free challenge packs and other downloads online, many activities can be completed indoors and all of the challenges are young person friendly and adaptable, there’s no right or wrong way! Although the challenge booklets are free to download, badges cost but are optional. If you’re interested, why not find out more information at: and click on ‘Paw Print Badges’ to explore the badges and free challenge packs available.


Monday 4th May 2020


Good morning everyone,
I hope you are all doing well. Today Miss Morris has shared information about a free magazine for children called First News. I’ve read a couple of copies and they’re really informative. These are perfect for practising your reading skills.
Mrs Warren has had a busy weekend compiling all the photographs and video clips that have been sent to her. She has created an amazing video that I’m sure you will all love! Make sure you find the time to share this with your families when it appears on Facebook and the school website; it really is brilliant!
On Friday it is VE Day and we will be sharing some ideas and resources that the children can enjoy.
Have a good day and I’ll be in touch again tomorrow.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



VE Day Resources

Good Morning,
It’s Monday 4th May and the start of a brand new week!  Today we’d like to introduce you to First News.  During the school closure period, we have managed to access a weekly downloadable magazine for children. First News includes global news stories in an accessible, engaging way to encourage a love for reading and deepen knowledge among children. First News contains both bite-sized news and in-depth special reports and provides a balance between positive stories and hard-hitting news, promoting a love of learning about the world and reassurance to some more complex topics.  Every Monday the latest ‘First News’ Newspaper will be posted as a daily message. This week’s edition is number 724.  You can also find links to past editions and different levels of activities accompanying each edition on our Home Learning Hub.  So why not take some time today and start to explore ‘First News’ by taking part in this shared reading activity with an adult?

Read edition 724 here 

Friday 1st May 2020



Hello Everybody,

It’s sunny again. Hurrah!

I am sharing an attachment today that a member of staff sent me. It’s a May calendar with an idea for every day. Have a’s really good.

Miss Morris is suggesting that everybody has a go at some animation today. Have a look at her post! We’d love you to send us anything you create! 

Yesterday I asked if anyone has learnt any new skills and it was lovely to hear that Carly Rose has learnt to tell the time and to tie her shoelaces. Brilliant! 

I also asked for any recommendations so thank you to those of you who responded. Aston and Harley’s mum has recommended Carol Vorderman’s Maths Factor, BBC Bitesize and reading books from Oxford Owl. Molly and Eleanor’s mum has also recommended Bitesize and the coding games on Purple Mash. Thank you! This is so helpful. Please send any other recommendations that any of you have. 

I love the idea of a Covid 19 time capsule. Well done if you have created one or if you are keeping a diary or scrapbook. I look forward to seeing some of these when we eventually get back to school. Well done to Flo and Niamh for starting yours! 

We have also discovered that the Local Authority have started to produce children’s newsletters so we will try to share these with you regularly..

Take care, stay safe and have a lovely weekend. 

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Happy Friday!

Have you ever thought about how some animation films are made? Wallace and Gromit, Fantastic Mr Fox and Chicken Run have all been created using a technique called ‘Stop Motion’ Animation. The animators use drawings, 3D models or everyday objects so anyone can have a go at creating their own short film as the process is suitable for all abilities and ages! The film below describes the technique then shows an example of how you can get creative using objects you may already have at home. Why not challenge yourself to create a ‘Stop Motion’ Animation this weekend? Just remember, you will need a lot of patience! You can watch the video at…/art-and-design-ks2-stop-mot…/zr67kmn.


Local Authority Children's Newsletter 1st May 2020

Thursday 30th April 2020


Good morning everybody,
Mrs McKeown has been keeping me informed about how many people are reading our messages and visiting our home learning hub and we are pleased that so many of you are making use of the resources we are providing. Mrs Warren’s post was seen by 295 people so we’re expecting your photographs and video clips to come rolling in before the weekend please.
Has anyone done something new that they had never tried before lockdown? Let us know if you have learnt any new skills.
I hope you enjoyed the BBC music resources that Miss Morris shared yesterday.
If you have tried any online lessons that are available for each year group let us know which ones you have enjoyed the most so that we can recommend them to others.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good Morning!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” is a famous quote from Dr. Seuss which many of us may have heard before. Reading books gives us a chance to get lost in our own imaginations and feel part of a magical event or story. Today we are sharing a website which is currently free during the school closure period. Audible are allowing children to instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including Harry Potter, Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider and Kid Normal that will help to continue the excitement and develop the important skills of reading and comprehension. Why not explore and start your new adventure! (Please note, all stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet through the website above but not on an Alexa device!)

Wednesday 29th April 2020


Good morning everyone,
I hope that you are all doing well today. Have you seen the message from Mrs Warren? Please take a look and send her your photographs and videos so that you can be included in ‘something special’ for Ludgershall Castle Primary School! I’ve sent mine!
If you have found any good free e-books online please let us know about ones that you have particularly enjoyed so that we can share ideas. In fact everything you share will be of interest to others and help them to come up with new ways of learning and keeping busy.
Have you checked out the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) resources on our website. Somebody said that the PDF looks a bit dull on the outside but that it’s well worth looking into. Some parents have said that they ‘springboard all sorts of ideas from them.’
I also recommend that you look at the link Miss Morris has shared today. She is our Music Leader at school and is keen for you to keep your love of music going! Let us know what music you have been listening to or if you have seen any good music videos. I’ve been listening to a lot of music from the 1970s.
Have a good day and keep reading.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.




Music can be uplifting and has the power to change our mood, as when we listen to it, our brain releases a feel-good chemical called dopamine. So today, I’d like to introduce you to BBC Ten Pieces which is a platform where children can explore classical music. There are many different activities you could take part in or explore with music but today why not take a look at the BBC Ten Pieces at Home website? They are currently providing weekly activities which include a short Ten Pieces film to watch and enjoy which is then linked to a creative activity. Just search…/watch-this-do-this-weekly-a…/zjy3382 to find out more!





Transport to school information and application

Please find below a message from the Wiltshire School Nursing Service:

Dear Parents, Carers and Young People,

We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks should there be school closures or you needing to self isolate.

As a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you during this time.

For secondary school age young people:

We have set up a confidential telephone drop-in service Monday to Friday 12-2pm. Any young person that would like to call and speak to a qualified nurse on the end of the phone can call 0300 247 0090 Monday to Friday 12-2pm and speak to them.
We also have our CHAT health text service so you can text a school nurse for advice or support for any health issues or worries, again this is confidential and you don't need to give your name if you don't want to the number is 07480 635513
For parents of any school age child:

We have duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support. If you would like support please call one of our nurses through our Single Point of access on 0300 247 0090

Kind Regards

Wiltshire School Nursing Service

Tuesday 28th April 2020


Hello Everyone,
Well the rain arrived as promised so we'll need to find some indoor activities today.
I love the suggestion from Miss Morris today so get creative and see what fun ideas you can come up with. Share photos please and many thanks for the pictures you have shared so far.
I have attached some well being advice from the Local Authority and some information about staying safe online during lockdown. Some parents have asked about swapping school books but the advice we have been given is not to do this as the virus could be spread from household to household this way; it's probably the reason that all of the libraries are shut. You can find many books on line and we have shared some with you on the school website.
We are wishing you all well and hope that you have found lots of ways to stay busy and cheerful.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!

Being creative, allows you to express your individuality and to be successful, all you have to do is make something new or make your own unique version of something that has already been created. Why not try to make creative illustrations using everyday objects today? Use your imagination, you could find objects from inside your home, outside in the garden or why not sketch your picture and then take it with you on your daily exercise to see if you can find an object to go with it? Get creating and make sure you take a picture and stick it into your home-learning journal!

Monday 27th April 2020



Hello Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends. This week I have some virtual meetings with the Local Authority and the school governors about how schools might start planning for when they start to reopen in some way or other. There is absolutely nothing ‘set in stone’ yet and we have not been provided with any dates etc. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything definite.

I hope you are all finding activities to keep you busy. Miss Morris is providing daily suggestions again this week. I go for a walk every day and yesterday I saw a roe deer, a hare and some amazing birds! I will attach some pictures. See whether you can name any of the birds or look them up to identify them. Also let me know what wildlife you have seen whenever you have been out for a walk.

Make the most of it today because I think rain is on the way from tomorrow.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good Morning,

It’s Monday 27th April and the start of a brand new week of home learning! Although life is different right now, there are still lots of different activities that you can enjoy during these unpredictable and challenging times.
Today’s activity suggestion is the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ (…/50-things-activity-list.…). Although there will be many activities which you unfortunately cannot try at the moment due to the current situation we are living in, the National Trust is still reminding us that nature is good for our mental wellbeing and there are some activities which you can still be able to participate in on your daily exercise or in an open space like a garden, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Why not try activity 36 and make a home for wildlife? Or maybe try activity 27 and go stargazing! You may choose to be creative and write your own list of items to find with the scavenger hunt for activity 30! See if you can make a list in your learning journal or print off the poster below and tick all the activities you are able to complete. Just remember to stay safe and continue to follow the social distancing rules when you are taking part!

Friday 24th April 2020


Good morning everybody,

I think the teachers managed to ring the vast majority of pupils yesterday and they really enjoyed talking to you all. However there were a few we couldn’t get through to. If there was an answer phone teachers asked parents to ring school on 01264 790375 to let us know that everything is okay. If you have changed your telephone number please let us know. 

I loved the baking pictures yesterday and I have forwarded Blossom’s picture for Earth Day in case Mrs Edwards missed it. How lovely! 

I found some old packets of seeds in a cupboard yesterday and was inspired by the children who have been gardening to sew some seeds in my garden. I’ll let you know if anything starts growing! Hopefully I’ll be able to share some pictures of sunflowers, wallflowers, parsley and wild flowers!

A parent sent me some sheets that I have attached if you want to create your own time capsule. Many thanks!

Keep sharing what you have been doing, we really like seeing your pictures. 

Have a great weekend and we’ll share more ideas with you next week.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!

Wow! Take a look at these fantastic paper sculptures we have found on the Newsround website! It can take days to make just one sculpture from all the tiny pieces of recycled paper. It’s very similar to the ancient Japanese art of paper folding called origami which you already may have tried. So this weekend, why not challenge yourself and have a go at creating your own origami project? There are lots of videos and step by step instructions which you can find and follow online. What masterpieces can you create?


We would like to share this page from Right Choice with lots of ideas for home learning.


Covid-19 Time Capsule Sheets

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Hello everyone,

It’s going to be lovely and warm today.

Congratulations to big brother Michael and your family!

Your teachers will be ringing you all today so be ready to tell them about everything you’ve been doing and think about whether you have any questions you want to ask them. 

Miss Morris has reminded us all that it’s St George’s Day today and I’m going to bake some scones like the younger children normally do when we’re at school on this date.

It’d be great to see some more photographs of any baking you’ve done or any other cooking. 

Parents please have a look at the attachments from the National Literacy Trust.

Have fun talking to your teachers.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School. 

PS Please remember to make use of the Oak Trust and BBC home learning resources. If you want daily worksheets a parent has recommended the Wellow Primary School website. This may not suit everybody but some families may prefer this approach and there’s no harm in using resources from other schools. They have borrowed the activities from the internet too. It’s just a question of finding what activities help your children to learn at home. Remember that reading is top of the list.


Today is St George's Day!

Although most countries have their own patron saint who is remembered on a special date each year, St George is the patron saint of England and is celebrated on 23rd April. Watch the video of the story of George and the Dragon to see how George became the patron saint of England. Maybe you could research some other patron saints from different countries? Do any patron saints have the same birthday as you? Watch the video at

Wednesday 22nd April 2020



Hello again everyone, 

Thank you so much for the bluebell walk photographs. I love them. Also, thanks for the recommendation about the stone age resources on Twinkl.

I’ve attached some more advice from the National Literacy Trust today and will send some more tomorrow.

It’s sunny again so I hope that most of you will get the chance to go outside again.

Miss Morris is sending some keep fit suggestions today so let me know how you’re getting on with ‘home PE’. 

I’ve spoken to a few parents and most of them are saying how well behaved children are being at home which is brilliant. All the teachers are missing you all and looking forward to things eventually getting back to normal but, in the meantime, try and have as much fun as you can, be kind and helpful at home and keep reading.

Let us know if you have learned any new skills and what jobs you have done around the house to help your family. 

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.

PS Some of our older pupils loved learning about ‘Treasure Island’. Today is the last day that you can watch the excellent National Theatre production on YouTube. I watched it last week and it’s excellent! Highly recommended.



Doesn’t this look like fun?! You could get the whole family involved! It’s called Fitness Times Tables and all you have to do is ask each other a multiplication or division question and then answer it by completing an exercise, for example, 10 x 2 is 20, so you would have to do a squat (2) and then supported jogging (0) to give your answer! This can be adapted for any age, so if you are in Reception, why not try some simple counting or addition sums using these exercises?

Tuesday 21st April 2020



Good morning everyone,

It looks like it’s another lovely day. Please remember to post some photographs of bluebells if you see any when you go for your daily exercise.

I have been loving the ideas Miss Morris has been sharing with us all. Yesterday she suggested keeping a 2020 scrap book and today she is encouraging you all to earn Blue Peter badges, which is an excellent idea.

Have any of you logged onto Education City yet? Let us know what you’ve been up to. Also, has anyone tried the White Rose online maths lessons or the BBC lessons? Again, let us know what you think.

We are aware that some people don’t have Internet access and we have arranged for those families to pop into school to pick up paper copies of some of the learning ideas.

The most important learning to keep up with is reading and I have attached some helpful information from the National Literacy Trust.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Good Morning!

Why not think about earning a Blue Peter badge today? A Blue Peter badge is a special award for young people aged between 6 to 15 years old. There are many different badges you can earn, including a Blue badge which is awarded for sending in interesting letters, stories, pictures, and poems. Or maybe you’d be interested in applying for a Music badge designed by superstar Ed Sheeran? Or possibly a Green badge which is inspired by the environment, conservation or nature. If you’re interested, why not find out more information and how to apply at:



Monday 20th April 2020



Hello Everyone,

I hope that you are all well and coping with the current situation.

Today would normally have been our first day back after the Easter holidays but for most of us it will just feel like any other day.

We had lots of positive feedback about teachers ringing their pupils just before Easter so we’re planning to do that again this Thursday morning between 9am and 12 noon.

I have a friend who is a Wiltshire Councillor and I have forwarded some attachments from her. I especially encourage you to look at the book about the virus for children. It’s illustrated by the same man who drew the pictures for the Gruffalo and lots of other Julia Donaldson books. I suggest that grown ups have a look at the book first and, if you think it’s suitable, share it with your child. Have a great day, it looks like it’s going to be another sunny one, and I’ll write to you all again tomorrow.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Hello Everyone!


Today is Monday 20th April 2020 and the first day of Home Learning for Term 5! Today’s idea involves a lot of creativity and imagination. Why not create a scrap book for the year 2020 where you can include all the activities and fun things you have done so far this year? You could use a computer to type up each event or write out a recipe. You could draw pictures or take photographs, or even include a description of the random acts of kindness you have carried out. Be creative and fill your scrap book with lots of positive memories!



Thursday 9th April 2020


All of the teachers enjoyed catching up with the children today. Those of you we missed you should have a voicemail waiting for you. We would like to share a home learning email address that the children can send any home learning that they are proud of and they would like to discuss with their class teacher on the next phone call. Please send any home learning along with the child's name and class to 
Thank you

Monday 6th April 2020


Hello Everybody,

It’s the start of the Easter break so I won’t post again until the day that we normally would have gone back to school (Monday 20th April). I hope that you’ll manage to get some Easter eggs and or hot cross buns! 

I’ve attached some advice from the Local Authority about staying safe online during the lockdown. It’s always brilliant to see the photos of your home learning and the great ideas that people are coming up with so please do carry on sharing your pictures over Easter. 

Don’t forget that your teachers will try to ring everybody on Thursday morning. 

Keep reading and keep smiling. We are missing you all and look forward to things getting back to normal one day.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Friday 3rd April 2020


Happy Friday everyone!
Great to see photographs of cooking, sowing onion seeds, a nature trail and more.
I love the idea that Miss Morris has suggested today. I look forward to hearing about any random acts of kindness that you think of. I’ll try and think of a nice way to surprise my wife over the weekend.
Did any of you try out the maths factor park, singing or STEM activities that Miss Morris suggested earlier in the week?
It looks like clapping at 8 o’clock on a Thursday is going to happen every week now. This is such a lovely way of showing support for all the people who are working hard in hospitals and other places to look after everybody. Did any of you stay up and join in? Last night we tried to make even more noise by banging saucepans with wooden spoons. My wife is very good at loud whistles so I had to block my ears for a while like people do when we shout ‘Well Done’ at our Friday assemblies.
I’m missing our Friday assemblies but I expect lots of you are being ‘star learners’ at home! Keep reading and listen carefully to your grown ups.
Have a great weekend and I’ll send another message on Monday.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


Happy Friday!

So we’ve come to the end of our second week of Home Learning and we hope that you have enjoyed trying out some new things at home! This weekend, why not carry out some Random Acts of Kindness? You could tidy your bedroom, write a thank you note, or even make some cakes to share with your family. Whatever you decide to do, we hope it makes someone smile this weekend.
Please continue to follow the national guidelines, especially washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you’re getting bored of singing Happy Birthday, maybe choose to sing part of your favourite song instead – just make sure it is at least 20 seconds long. Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to posting some more messages next week!


Thursday 2nd April 2020



Hello Everyone,

It was great to see some more of your photographs yesterday. Wow, that bean plant!...and what a fab birthday cake.

Today I have attached some ideas I saw about scavenger hunts. I think they originated from America because some of the words are spelled the American way. I really like the ideas and you could come up with ideas of your own. Adults could make hunts up for their children and/or children could make up hunts for their parents. 

I also read an article about how just talking is a great way to help with learning. 

I have been keeping in touch with all of the staff at school and I have asked your teachers to give all of the children in their classes a telephone call. You can expect a call next Thursday, the day before Good Friday. 

It’s not to check up on your home learning or anything; we just thought it would be nice to keep in touch this way and to say hello. As there are lots of children to ring it will only be a very brief call. 

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe. We are all missing you. 

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



We wanted to share with you this fun Harry Potter activity,

and this video about how to make book reviews.


It’s Thursday!

Why not lift your mood and enjoy some music today? Whether it’s listening to your favourite album or dancing to the tunes being played on your favourite station, music has the magical power to change our mood and bring us all together. During this unpredictable time, Out of the Ark have created a Home Learning platform where you can learn some new songs (including The Bonkers Song!), all you have to do is search the following link and click on Out of the Ark Music @ Home. Do you have a favourite song you like to dance along too?


Wednesday 1st April 2020 


There is a message from Mrs Bushell instead of Mr Bridewell today.

I've been looking through all the pictures of fabulous and interesting things the children have been doing whilst at home . I loved the research about crabs. I didn't know how many different  species there were so thanks for that! Also love the gardening  some of you are doing - be sure to post photos of those seeds when they begin to flower later. I love seeing all your rainbows too; they really cheer people up! It's lovely to look at your photographs, to see what you are all up to. Thank you for posting them.
Best wishes from Mrs Bushell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School



Hello Everyone!

Why not explore some STEM learning today? STEM Learning focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and their website will be adding lots of new ideas and activities every week while the schools are closed. Just search the following website link to find lots of fun activities and see if you would like to try any out at home!




Tuesday 31st March 2020


Good morning everybody,
I hope that you are all doing well and it’s lovely to see the sun shining again this morning.
I’ve seen some of your cheerful rainbows and I expect they cheer up everyone who walks past your window.
There is a sign in a window near the school that says ‘Hi School’ lovely!
Well done for planting wild flower seeds and finding other fun things to do while you are at home.
The teachers are planning to give everyone a telephone call in the near future to see how you are all getting on. I’ll let you know more when I can. We’re also working on a shortened version of annual reports which we are expecting to send out earlier than usual this year.
Have any of you watched any really good films or television programmes while you have been at home? If you have, let us know and I’ll share your recommendations tomorrow morning.
Have a good day.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Today we’d like to share another free online resource with you which you may have already seen on the news and would like to explore. The Maths Factor is an online educational support programme for maths learning, which is led by Carol Vordeman. It includes online videos, activities as well as games and in order to support children's’ continued learning at home during the UK Schools closure, they have decided to allow free access for everyone! All you need to do is sign up for a free account at



Monday 30th March 2020


Hello everyone,

I hope you had a nice weekend...although weekends are very similar to other days for most of us at the moment.

I loved seeing your books on Friday. I’ve been reading a lot too. 

Mr Wight lives in the same village as me and because we both enjoy books, I left 2 out on my doorstep for him and he came and picked them up when he was exercising and left some books for me to read. 

Maybe you could do that for your friends too.

All the teachers and other staff have been staying in touch on line and Mrs Ottaway shared a list of activities that are available free online. We have shared some of these with you before but some of them are new.

Mrs Newbury found a fun activity for her own children which involved generating ideas for a story. See if you can have a go.


Miss Morris has been contributing to our Facebook page everyday. I loved the rainbow idea. How many of you have put rainbows up in your windows? I’ve seen a few but if you haven’t shared a photo yet send us a picture of your rainbow. 

I noticed that Miss Morris mentioned gardening today. If you are lucky enough to have a garden it would be great to see some pictures of any gardening you have done. I don’t usually get much time to spend on my garden so I’ve been trying to tidy it up. 

I have attached a photo of a big pile of brambles that I’ve cut down. Let us know how you are getting on and we look forward to seeing your rainbow and/or gardening pictures.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.



Good Morning,


It’s Monday 30th March and the start of a brand new week of Home Learning! We hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and have managed to enjoy some of the sunshine. This week we will continue to share daily messages which we hope will give you some more resources, ideas and activities which you may like to explore or try out at home. Today, why not try and teach yourself a new skill? It could be to learn a few words in a different language, to learn to sew (with adult supervision!) or to do some gardening. Continue to be creative but above all today, make sure you ‘Learn, Have Fun and Succeed!’


Friday 27th March 2020



Good morning everybody,

Did any of you stay up last night to clap for all the doctors, nurses and other people who are working hard to look after us all? I hope that will happen every Thursday whilst you aren’t at school. 

I have attached a photo of the book I’m reading at the moment. It’s a grown ups’ book but you all know that I like reading children’s books too. Today it would be fantastic if you could post a picture of the book you are reading so that your teachers can see. We can’t go to libraries at the moment so I have downloaded some books onto my iPad so that I don’t need to go out of the house to buy them.


Remember, keep reading! I watched a clip online yesterday about home learning and thought it was so good that I wanted to share it with everyone so I’ve asked Mrs McKeown to post that with my message today.

We all loved your photos of food yesterday. It was wonderful to see such variety: turnovers, cakes, bread, pizza, pie and even meatballs! Delicious! 

Let’s hope it stays sunny and I hope that you’ll all have a lovely and safe weekend.

I’ll write another message for you on Monday.

Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School


Happy Friday!


So we’ve come to the end of our first week of Home Learning and we hope that you have had a positive week, albeit a rather strange one!  Next week we will continue to send out daily messages which we hope will continue to bring you some comfort and inspiration during these difficult times.  We would like to encourage you to continue to follow the government guidelines, including washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.  This will help to protect yourself as well as others.  This weekend, why not spread some hope and happiness by painting, drawing or using collage to create a colourful rainbow to put in your window for everyone to see?  


Thursday 26th March 2020


Hello everyone,
It’s our 4th day of home learning for most people and today we would love to see photos of any food you have helped prepare at home with your adults. I have attached some pictures of some food I’ve been cooking this week: a breakfast, a dinner and a pudding. We loved your photographs yesterday.
Have you seen the amazing bird house, the lovely letters to grandparents, the photo of a walk in the countryside to get some exercise, the bean diary and the lovely window display to help cheer people up? People are coming up with great ideas of their own as well as looking at our school website to see what the teachers have suggested.
Your teachers and all the other staff want to know what you’ve been up to so please attach your pictures, especially if they’re of food today...but we still want to see other ideas too.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.





We hope you are all well and are keeping up-to-date with the latest government guidelines.  Today‘s message is ‘Learn, Have Fun, Succeed!’ Not only is this our school motto but in these uncertain times, it is a really important quote to remember.  Try and be creative to make Home Learning a fun experience for all!

Wednesday 25th March 2020


Good morning everybody,
It was wonderful to hear from so many of you yesterday and thank you very much for my birthday wishes. I was so pleased to be able to see all the fantastic photographs.
It’s brilliant that you’ve been writing to older relatives and neighbours and I really enjoy hearing that you are doing all sorts of different activities like weighing objects, drawing longboats and growing beans.
It’s also fantastic that people are sharing ideas like ‘Move like the Avengers’.

 Yesterday we were disappointed that people couldn’t attach their pictures at first so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Mrs McKeown for sorting that out.
I know that many of you enjoy books by David Walliams and this morning I read that he has announced that he will be releasing 30 free audio stories to help entertain you at home. One story a day will be available every day for the next 30 days for free. Just google David Walliams free audiobooks and use the link.

I would also like to recommend a short book called Small Paul by Joshua Massey. This is free online and helps explain what is going on for younger children.

If you like dancing I noticed that Oti from Strictly Come Dancing is doing live dance lessons for children at 11.30 each day. At 19.30 beginner dance classes for adults and the whole family will also be available. No dance experience is required!

Finally, I have attached 16 more activities for children to do at home. You don’t have to do them all but have a look and see if any of them appeal to you.

Please, please keep telling us what you are up to and post photos of your creations...all of your teachers love seeing what you have been doing.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.


It’s Wednesday!


We are already half way through the week and today we’d like to share a link where you can check out Joe Wick’s Live P.E. sessions for children! All sessions will be uploaded onto

Tuesday 24th March 2020 


Hey everyone,
It’s the second day of home learning for most people and I just want to say how delighted I was to read all the comments after my message yesterday. It’s lovely to know that people are doing all sorts of different things at home.
Some of you have been doing PE, maths (I saw fractions, Rock Star Maths and ratio mentioned), reading, art, spellings, writing (like re-writing the ending of The BFG and keeping a diary) and dancing! Joe Wicks exercise seems very popular and somebody has even been doing woodwork.
It would be brilliant today if you attach photos of any pictures you have drawn, things you have made or writing you have done and then we can all look at what you have created!
It’s actually my birthday today and I’m a little bit sad because I won’t be able to see any of my friends. I expect some of you are missing seeing your friends too but it’s really important that we stay at home if we can. Some children are able to message their friends with emails or texts. That’s great but please remember about all the things you have learnt about staying safe on line.
If you have any older family members or neighbours, why not send them a message, draw them a picture or make them a card? If you don’t have any older relatives you could send a message to the people at Bartlett House; it would make them so happy. Something that would make me really happy on my birthday would be to know that, when you wash your hands regularly today, that you sing happy birthday to me even if I can’t actually hear you! Lol.
Finally, I just want to say ‘Stay safe and behave yourselves as well as you can for the grown ups who are looking after you.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and all of your teachers and other staff.
PS Don’t forget to post pictures of your writing and the things you draw or make.

Good Morning!

We hope your first day of Home Learning has been a success and that you are beginning to settle into some sort of routine. Don’t forget to check out Newsround on CBBC! They are currently broadcasting at 09:15, 12:10 and 16:00.


Monday 23rd March 2020


Hello everybody,
It’s the first day of school closure and I’m thinking of you all. Everyone is trying hard to make sure that we all stay safe and that we try and have some fun while our school is shut for most children.
I have heard that lots of children have been at the park. It is so important that everyone stays 2 metres apart from each other so remember that please and stick to what you have been taught in school about washing your hands with soap regularly and singing Happy Birthday twice when you do it.
Some of your parents won’t want you to go to the park and that is probably very sensible because staying apart from anyone who is not living in your house is really, really important.
Please listen carefully to the adults in your house and behave well for them.
 I am going to try to get a message to you every day.
There are lots of things you can do at home. I know most of the children, and adults, at our school love reading so you’ll have the chance to read some good books.
If you want to give your adults a nice surprise why don’t you have a go at tidying up your bedroom!
Anyway, take care and I’ll send another message tomorrow.
Best wishes from Mr Bridewell and everyone at Ludgershall Castle Primary School.

Hello Everyone!


Today is Monday 23rd March 2020 and the first day of our Home Learning!  Every weekday (Monday-Friday), we will be posting a short message for you to share with your children, which could include a suggestion of a creative activity, fun fact or helpful information.  We hope these messages will give some comfort and inspiration during these unpredictable and challenging times. 


Today’s Message: If you haven’t already, why not create a Home Learning timetable so that you have a routine to follow? Remember to include snack time and some Life Skills activities along with your home learning!