Health and Safety When Travelling

We would respectfully ask that when picking up or dropping off children at Ladywell Primary school you adhere to the guidance published in the Highway code and park in a safe and responsible manner for the health and safety of all pupils, other road users and home owners in the area.

Please use the  school drop off area in the first instance if you are able to.

Reading Modelling Block

Dear Parent/Carer,


Reading Modelling Block

You may be wondering why it is later this session before your child has been given a novel or book home for reading homework. North Lanarkshire Literacy Base recommend that all children from Primary 4 to Primary 7 experience a few weeks in August/September where the teacher models the main reading strategies.

During this time, the children will be using a shared novel in class and will complete all reading and follow up tasks within class time. The purpose of the modelling block is to allow the teacher the opportunity to teach Higher Order Reading Skills. Children may have been given additional books to read at home to supplement their homework. In some cases, there may be children who have read the ‘modelling’ text before, in a small group setting. In such cases, it is important to note that the children are not repeating work. As previously stated, the class novel is used for the teacher to model a standard of work. Therefore, the story, in this case, becomes less important.

After this block, the children will return to a smaller group setting to complete novel studies. They will also have their novel sent home each night to enhance their reading fluency. Please ensure that your child has read the pages or chapters given for the correct day, otherwise they will be unable to complete the follow up reading tasks in class to the standard that would be expected.

Thank you for your continued support.

Homework Diaries

Please note that a homework diary will be issued to each child week beginning Monday the 21st of August.

Every Friday a comment on your child’s progress for the week will appear in their diary. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to read the comment and sign it to indicate that you have read it.

The homework diary is a very valuable means of communication between school and parent and we would encourage you to use the diary to write to us about any general enquiries or to comment on your child’s progress.

Please note that if the diary is not signed consecutively for three weeks we will assume that you do not wish to receive any communication about your child by this means and comments written by the teacher will cease. If you wish this form of communication to resume please advise us in writing.


A huge welcome back to all of our pupils and parents and a special welcome to our new primary 1 pupils, new pupils and parents and carers who are joining us for the first time!

Please remember that if you have any concerns, considerations or issues that you would like help with do not hesitate to contact us.

In the coming weeks you will find that there will be a quite a few pieces of documentation coming to you which will require your signature. These letters can be found in a brown envelope in your child/children’s school bags. We would respectfully ask that you read them carefully (please note some of the documents are two sided), sign them and return them to school for the end of August.

To save resources we will also be publishing a variety of documents and guides indicating our policies towards issues such as mobile phone use, active literacy, phonics, spelling et al. These materials will be located in the useful documents section on our website.

It is lovely to have everyone back at Ladywell Primary School and we look forward to a happy, productive year!

Hot off the Press!

Our June newsletter is now available here on the website and will have been sent to you if you have signed up to receive communications from Ladywell primary.

We hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all for the new term in August.

Good luck and best wishes to all of our Primary 7 pupils starting secondary school in the new term.

Happy retirement to Mrs Stirrat, Mrs St. John and Mrs Nicol!

Reading Competition!


 Every school has the chance to win a visit from Zoolab ( between the 15th and the 30th of September. The 3 schools with the most pupils completing the summer reading challenge will win. We will look at the school roll and the percentage of children that have taken part, so every school – big or small – has equal chances to win!

How the Challenge works

  • Children sign up at their local library and receive an Animal Agents collector folder
  • Children borrow and read at least six library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers to complete their folder and incentives along the way
  • Library staff and young volunteers are on hand to advise and run family-friendly activities

Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

 How do schools benefit?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement
  • of ALL your pupils including those with special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and the most able.
  • It enhances and supports your school’s reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure
  • It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community
  • It allows children to become more independent in their reading when choosing books and encourages using imagination and empathy to explore a text beyond the page
  • It takes place at your local library and is a brilliant opportunity for extra-curricular activity

It helps prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays and supports the successful transition between year groups and stages

You can download a special school resource pack full of fun, creative ideas and activities to inspire children and families to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at:

By championing the Summer Reading Challenge in your school, you will be continuing to support your pupils’ learning during the holidays, ensuring they return ready for a great start to the new academic year.

It’s FUN!    It’s FREE!    It’s LOCAL!

Vulnerable Road User Campaign: 19 to 25 June 2017

 Between Monday 19th and Sunday 25th June, in conjunction with our Roads Policing colleagues, Lanarkshire Division will be engaging with the public to educate, enforce and positively influence road user behaviour.

There will be various strands to the campaign which will include:

  • educating children and young people walking and cycling on roads
  • motorcycle safety
  • speeding
  • inconsiderate driving behaviours

 Our aim is to reduce road incidents.  As such, we wish to engage with as many people as possible.  Working with our community planning partners, we would like to cascade the message and encourage children, young people and adults alike to take responsibility for their own safety and to be mindful of the hazards walking and cycling on the roads present.

You can find out more about what we’re up to on Facebook and Twitter using the hash tag #GoSafeRoadSafe.

With your help, we can reduce the number of children, young people and families affected by road collisions.  A Scotland where no one is seriously hurt or killed on the roads is our ambition.

Our partners at and are excellent sources of information and resource.

Over the week, our local problem solving team officers will be liaising with local schools and delivering appropriate advice to staff, pupils and parents alike.

Lanarkshire Division appreciates the assistance the local authority gives as a partner to keep people safe in North Lanarkshire

A Reminder

Please don’t forget that we have organised a drop in session tomorrow (Monday) afternoon from 1:30-2:30 for parents and carers to view pupil work.