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There is always lots going on at Laughton J&I - for the most up to date news please see our twitter feed.

Food Education Trust

We have received a £200 grant from the Food Education Trust which we will use to buy equipment for our new after school cooking club. Very exciting!

Bluebell Wood

Some of our fabulous children have been involved in a fundraising drive for the Bluebell Wood Charity located in South Anston. The three girls walked (with their parents) up Mount Snowdon on Sunday 27th August. Everyone at school is incredibly proud of their resilience. They have been strong ambassadors for the school. Well done!

Bags of Help - Tescos

Just before the summer holidays Mrs Gill applied for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to try and raise money to kit out our library with the aim of eventually being able to run the library as a community library. The voting for our school runs throughout September and October at Tesco stores in Dinnington and Maltby- we really appreciate all votes as this money would make a huge difference to our school.

Food Bank

We are hoping to start a food bank during the Autumn term. More details to follow.


We have added lots of information regarding online safety and how parents and carers can keep children safer online to our Safety & Safeguarding page.

Houses Art Work

Earlier in the summer term Mrs Gill invited Ian Askham, a graphic designer, to work with the art based learning we produced during houses week. We asked him to quote for turning the children's  group art work into a large, whole school, piece of art to be displayed in the school hall. Mrs Gill then applied for a grant from the Ernest Cook Trust. We are delighted to learn we have been awarded this grant which means the children's fabulous efforts can be displayed for years to come. Watch this space!

Foundation Sports Day

Well done to winners of the Foundation Stage Sports Day (held on 12th July): Hydra. The children were fantastic and had a brilliant team spirit.

School Sports Day

Well done to winners of the School Stage Sports Day (held on 5th July): Dragon.

Thank you to all of the Sports Leaders, Mr Kay and Mr Smith for organising such fabulous events.

Summer Fayre at Laughton All Saints Church

The church in Laughton is running its summer fayre on Saturday 8th July. Please see the flyer below for further information.

Gold Active Mark

Woohoo! We have achieved the Gold Active Mark for our participation in Sports! Fantastic achievement from all children and staff, in particular Mrs Pollard, Mrs McLaughlin and our fabulous Mr Smith! Thank you also to Mr Kay and the support we have had this year. 

Castleton Residential

The children in Y4 have now arrived at Castleton; they have just had lunch and been put into their groups. Winnats, Treak Cliff, Blue John and Peveril.  They are now heading off to Peak Cavern. 

Wildcats Football

There is an exciting opportunity for Laughton girls to attend football sessions with the Wildcats club held at Dinnington High School. Please see the flyer in school or below for further information.

ICT equipment

We have now got our laptops in school! Our Ipads are also now in school and have been used for the first tiem today by Year 3! A massive thank you to the National Lottery for funding these through our grant.

30 Hours Childcare

Please see the attached information about 30 hours childcare from September 2017.

Diversity Certificate

We have been awarded a Diversity Certificate from Ann Foxley-Johnson for our work during January 2017 to promote diversity in school. This is on display in the entrance hall.

Modeshift Bronze Award

We have been awarded a Modeshift Bronze Award for our work on sustainable travel. On Monday 3rd July we went to Sheffield Town Hall to collect our plaque and certificate!

'The Black Box' writing competition

And the winner is.... Tamsin E in Y6! The winner has been chosen by Gillian Cross. This is what she said about the runners up and the winning tale...

"Thank you very much for sending the stories, which I enjoyed reading very much.  I thought they were all very well written (great handwriting too!) - and very scary.  I was particularly impressed by the variety of the monsters that came out of the boxes.
The story that stuck in my mind more than all the others was Tamsin's, for all kinds of reasons.  I loved the way she made me think the box was empty at first and I thought the black ooze was a brilliant idea.  Something that makes you attack yourself is very sinister.  I also like the way Tamsin produced a reason for the appearance of the box and then worked through Connor's feelings, over the years, to a good resolution at the end.  I felt like cheering when he threw the keys across the room.
I've chosen her story as the winner, but there were lots of good things in the other stories too.  For example (in no particular order)
Ella had some beautiful writing in hers.  I loved the description at the beginning, when Connor steps outside the tent.  It really made me feel what it was like. 
The monster that jumps out of Lauren's black box is COMPLETELY HORRIBLE - in a good way.  (Neat ending, too). 
It was clever and original of Jacob to put something nice inside his box and I loved it when Dad said, 'Well, luckily I've got a carrot.'  (Do lemurs really eat carrots?)
Abi's mysterious, invisible monster was excellent too - a really good moment when the box was opened - and I liked the way she showed me the monster's nail first and made me wait to see the rest of it.
Thank you for inviting me to read the stories.  Please give my good wishes to all the children. Congratulations to you and all your brilliant staff!"


The children have been busy voting for the theme for the new Houses. They decided on 'Animals' and we have opted for mythical animals  and their characteristics - Hydra, Phoenix, Griffin and Dragon houses. We will start to give out house points after half term. For more information please see the House Captain page within the Pupil Voice page of the website.

Building works

We are anticipating being able to extend the school ready for next academic year. Further information will be sent out to parents/carers in newsletters and letters home. Thankyou to those of you who expressed an opinion about this at Parents' Evening.

For more information please read the article in the Rotherham Advertiser.

Year 5/6 Writing with an author - The children in Y5/6 have read 'After Tomorrow' by Gillian Cross as it links with their topic work. We very cheekily tweeted Gillian who kindly agreed to write a story starter for the children. 'The Black Box' will form the beginning of the children's work on narrative writing and gave them a wonderful experience of writing with a real author. Gillian agreed to judge the best stories from each class to give us a winning story.




Sports News

We regularly participate in (and try to win) competitions and sports festivals with local schools.

We have recently taken part in a Football match at Sitwell Junior School (Thursday 3rd November).

Year 4 participated in (and won) a Water Polo tournament (Friday 25th November).

Year 3 and 4 took part in a Dodgeball competition (Monday 28th November).

For more information about all of our sports events and the schedule of events please see the Sports Competitions on the Sports Premium link which will take you to a website which details all of our current sport competitions.

Wonderful Work

Fabulous writing by Imogen in Y5:

How to train your dragon

"Ouch" screamed Hiccup as he got up and tried to spit out all of the snow. Snottrout thought it was very funny as he laughed Fishlegs helped Hiccup helped Hiccup brush the snow off of him. Hiccup was trembling with fear that the boys would say "why is Hiccup the son of the chief, he is useless" whispered Dogsbreath the Duhbrain.

They were on a black beach on the hole bleak island and were about to climb Dragon cliff. As they were climbing Fishlegs said something to Snottrout but Snottrout told Dogbreath the Duhbrain, "shove his head in the snow".

Has your head ever been shoved in the snow? I bet it hasn't.

These boys were rushing up the mountain. Fishlegs and Hiccup trying to keep up with boys shouted "death or glory". Fishlegs and Hiccup quickly and scared whispered "death".

As they approached the cave most of the boys were excited. Quietly they went in the cave, early in the morning. The dark, scary, narrow and rough cave. They entered it. At first they could stand up but then they were army crawling across the bumpy rocks.

Quickly Hiccup grabbed the biggest dragon that would fit in this basket. By now Fishlegs was red, blotchy and itchy.

"Fishlegs don't sneeze", whispered Snotface Snouttrout.


A Science adaptation rap by James in Y6:

"Adapt - taAdaptationChanges in the body to fit a location (x2)

My body is insulated to keep in heat,So let's get on with this really sick beat,Under my fur lays thick blubber,the cold better beware 'cause they work as a pair.

I can smell prey upto 20 miles away,and if they don't see me comin' they better start to pray,I like to swim 50 miles,so I can get food, piles and piles.

Adapt - taAdaptation Changes in the body to fit a location (x2)

Waterproof fur 'cause I'm technically marine,almost like a living submarine,Camouflaged and hollow fur to keep me hiddenNo food for me is extremely forbidden.

Suction-cup like feet to keep me grippedBeware I'll raid you like a pirate shipI can swim with quality, thanks to my feet,so buckle up fishes, take a seat.

I'm a black bear, with transparent hair,light from the sun, to keep me white hun.No burns for me, don't need no cream,'cause I can protect me from the sun's beams.

Adapt - taAdaptationChanges in the body to fit a location (x4).


A fabulous description of the White Witch from Narnia by Tamsin in Y6:

"A nightmare dressed like a daydream, the White Witch appears to be very pleasant. Her glistening crown shimmers in the winter sun; a long flowing dress trails at her feet and she holds a silver wand in one hand. However, she is extremely manipulative and deceiving and the pleasant Arctic hare you once knew turns into a conniving mix of a wolf and a fox. Cunning and sneaky yet vicious and fierce; you only realise that the entirety of Narnia is her slave when it's too late."

Another description by Jack in Y6:

"Without exception all of Narnia's many forests are wide and varied, viciously diseased with her undiscovered spies according to Mr Tumnus (even some trees are her spies). Depraved, the White Witch scavenges in and out of the infested tress in a most secretive and cunning way."

And one more from William in Y6:

" She who rules all, the White Witch is monstrously deceiving: all of her Kingdom (Narnia) grieves over the fact that she is the one who rules."