Samuel Laycock School
Broadoak Road
Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8RF


Helen Wilson
Telephone – 0161 344 1992

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Samuel Laycock Latest – 3.11.23

This week has had a very Autumnal feel to it at Samuel Laycock, and on Tuesday, we celebrated Halloween.

Halloween Lunchtime!

Even the kitchen staff got involved!

Spooky Performances from Performing Arts

There have been some spooky goings-on in performing arts this week…

Two visiting witch sisters had replaced Mrs Loughran and Mrs Hornby and trapped some of the children in their lair.

Pupils were learning how to create characters by using facial expressions, body movement and by changing their voices. We had lots of scary games and dancing and learned the witches’ spell chant from MacBeth.

There were some excellent performances from pupils across Key Stage 3 classes.

Food Tasting Week

This week in Food Technology has been food tasting week!

We all tasted lots of different foods such as jam tarts, sausage rolls, samosas, cheese rolls, a quorn pasty and apple strudel.

9A Balance 


9A have been working on their balance this week in PE for their Gymnastics.

Everyone showed great resilience and courage to work both individually and in a group to complete some difficult stretches and exercises that really tested our balance.

Catching up on a few things before half term…

Performing Arts at Manchester Literary Festival

Performing Arts Pathway were recently invited as guests to attend a concert as part of the Manchester Literary Festival.

This took place in Manchester Central Library.

Our pupils used their life skills of travelling on public transport, many using their travel cards.
We then ate lunch in the library and viewed some of the interesting historical exhibits about Manchester life.

We were entertained by schools from across Greater Manchester, where disabled and non-disabled students had worked with a team of musicians to compose and perform original pieces. There were some very interesting instruments and the students involved showed great teamwork and perfect timing!

Living SKills Assembly on ‘Respect’


Also before half term, Living Skills presented the weekly assembly. Their theme was ‘Respect’.

They wanted to focus on how it is important that they show ourselves respect. In class pupils learnt about self care and how this is a good way to show themselves respect. In class they tried out different types including meditation, mindfulness colouring and face masks.

They asked different members of staff how they practice self care so that they could share lots of ideas with school. They then worked hard to put a video of our ideas together.

Some of the pupils were brave enough to get on the stage and speak in front of the school.