Year 6: News items

Reading Newsletter Spring 1, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 16th Feb 2024 @ 10:09am

Newsletter 9.2.24, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 12th Feb 2024 @ 8:12am

Dear All,
Please see this week's PM below.
Have a great weekend!


Dear Parents/Carers,


The EYFS Marus Bridge Spa opened today, where the children enjoyed some well-earned R + R. I think the teachers enjoyed coming to school in their onesies too! At the other end of school, Y6 visited the Liverpool War Museum to bring their World War Two Topic alive - one that I know they are loving at the moment.


Repair Work

You may have noticed the ramp is out of order next to Y2 - this is whilst we await remedial work on the wall which are hoping to have done in the coming weeks. Apologies for any inconvenience this may be causing.


Children's Mental Health Week

This week was Children's Mental Health Week - aimed to empower, equip and give a voice to all children and young people in the UK. We spoke about it in assemblies and in classes this week. I have attached a leaflet from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families entitled, ' You're never too young to talk mental health.' It gives very good tips for parents/ carers on talking with their children about mental health. It also provides some useful contact numbers if you require further support.


Lunchtime Supervisor Role

If you are interested in supporting children at lunchtime as a supervisor, please pop into the office and speak to the team. It is a vital and rewarding role and one which we are currently looking to fill.


Dates for Spring Term:

  • 12/2/24 - KS1 Benedetti Foundation Music Workshop
  • 14/2/24 -  2.30pm - LA Attendance officer – QA/drop-in session for parents
  • 15/2/24 - Y5 Jodrell Bank
  • 16/2/24 – Y2 Mrs Fisher’s Class Assembly
  • 16/2/24  - Close for Half-Term
  • 26/2/24 - Reopen for Spring Term 2
  • 7/3/24 – World Book Day - Details to coming next week from Mrs Holden
  • 8/3/24 – Y1 Miss Foxwell’s Class Assembly
  • 22/3/24 – Miss Evans’ Class Assembly
  • 25 and 26/3/24 Parents’ Evenings
  • 28/3/24 – Close for Easter

Have a lovely weekend,


Mr Aldridge

Newsletter 2.2.24, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 2nd Feb 2024 @ 4:27pm

Dear Parents/Carers,


As you can imagine, our children fill me with a sense of pride everyday at Marus Bridge and yesterday was no different. I had a visitor in school who was amazed at the behaviour, focus and determination our pupils showed in their lessons as we walked round. Well done 🙂.


Secret Readers


A big thank you to our reading ambassadors from Y6 who visited classes at the end of each day this week to read stories. The children loved it and I know it will have inspired the younger children too. Pics on FB coming soon.


Children's Mental Health Week 2024


Next week we will be exploring the importance of talking about how we feel and having our voice heard. The theme is 'My Voice Matters' and focusses on how children can be supported to express themselves. If you would like more information, please head to the website or pop into the office for one of our mental health first aid leaflets. If this is something that you wish to discuss further in person, then please contact Mrs Bish, our Pastoral Manager.

Children's Mental Health Week (




Just a reminder that if your child is ill - please let the office know rather than messaging on the SeeSaw app. Also, please be mindful that teachers are not expected to respond to messages in the evening. They are very dedicated, but as you know have other commitments and families to spend time with in the evening. They will of course aim to respond to any messages the following day.


Tesco Tokens - Raising funds for a new reading hut

We are edging it for tokens in Poolstock Tesco at the moment. Ask for tokens if they don’t readily give them to you and vote for our school reading hut project. No matter where  we come in the vote; we get a donation, but more goes to the winner of course. Other stores taking part in the scheme are Hindley Extra, Ashton in Makerfield and Hindley Green Tesco.


Artist Visit

The artwork that our children collaborated on with Victoria Hough is completed and up in the hall!  The artwork is inspired by our school core values, as well as our No Outsiders programme, that celebrates inclusivity and the differences that make us all unique and special. Check FB for a sneak preview. 🙂


Coram Beanstalk – Inspiring children to read!

A reminder that we have a newly created partnership with Coram Beanstalk, a charity that trains volunteers to inspire children to read. By becoming a volunteer with the charity, you would be trained to deliver brief but fun reading experiences once a week with a child at our school. It would mean the world to us and to our children. If you are a parent or grandparent who may be able to offer their time, please follow the link for details or pop down to the office for more information. 

Volunteer with us | Coram Beanstalk (


Dates for Spring Term:

  • 9/2/24 - Y6 Liverpool Museum
  • 14/2/24 -  2.30pm - LA Attendance officer – QA/drop-in session for parents
  • 15/2/24 - Y5 Jodrell Bank
  • 16/2/24 – Y2 Mrs Fisher’s Class Assembly
  • 16/2/24  - Close for Half-Term
  • 26/2/24 - Reopen for Spring Term 2
  • 7/3/24 – World Book Day - Details to follow
  • 8/3/24 – Y1 Miss Foxwell’s Class Assembly
  • 22/3/24 – Miss Evans’ Class Assembly
  • 25 and 26/3/24 - Parents’ Evenings
  • 28/3/24 – Close for Easter

Have a great weekend,


Mr Aldridge

Fabulous creative art work for our school environment, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 2nd Feb 2024 @ 2:37pm

Our children from EYFS all the way to Year 6 have been working with a local artist Victoria Hough to create two pieces of art to enhance our school environment. She has been helping develop creativity and has engaged and inspired our children in our two wonderful pieces of art.  For the entrance of school, we have completed a piece based around our core values of kindness & respect, determination, trust, responsibility and friendship. All the children across school were asked to design an image which portrays each value and then, with the artist a selection of children from each year group created this magnificent piece of art. The second piece is around our work as a No Outsiders school where everyone is welcome, we know we are not all the same but are all equal. The art work portrays characters from the texts we look at from EYFS to Y6 to prepare our children to be global citizens for a life in modern Britain. I am sure you will agree they look amazing. Well done to all the children involved across school. 

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Date: 25th Jan 2024 @ 1:13pm

Coram Beanstalk provide one-to-one, in-person reading support for primary schools to help your school encourage reading for pleasure among your pupils and improve reading attainment.

Coram Beanstalk wants all children to choose to read. There is a wealth of research showing that when we read because we want to – not because we are being told to or feel we have to – it makes a significant difference to how successful we are in education, how good we feel and how well we do in life. We support a child at every stage as they continue along a path to becoming someone who not only can read independently but chooses to do so!

volunteers provide consistent support to children who have fallen behind and need more intensive or longer-term help to change their attitude to reading and build their reading skills, ability and confidence. 

One-to-one reading support – from all quarters - changes children’s lives: most dramatically the lives of those children who would otherwise be excluded from the benefits and pleasure that reading can bring.

We know that the more children are supported in a way that means they enjoy reading, the more inclined they are to keep trying when they find it hard (and keep doing it when they have other options!), the more they progress and the more their self-confidence and self-esteem grows.

We would love to take part in this wonderful programme to provide 1:1 reading support and develop love for reading.

We need volunteers from our school community to commit to being a reading expert with Coram Beanstalk and support our children. Can you help?

Initial training is delivered online and will set you up to begin one-to-one sessions with confidence. Once established as a reading helper, you can continue your learning journey by using the self-directed resources available on our online portal and booking onto our online trainer-delivered group sessions.  

For more information you can click the link. Volunteer with us | Coram Beanstalk ( If you are happy to help or know a family member who you think this would be suitable for, please get in touch with Mrs Carver (Y4 teacher) and/or Mrs Holden (EYFS teacher) in school. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Child Mental Health Week - week commencing 5th February 2024, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 23rd Jan 2024 @ 9:47am


Child Mental Health Week - week commencing 5th Feberuary 2024

Children will be engaged in a range of activities to promote their mental health and wellbeing. The theme this year is Our Voice Matters. 

Attendance Matters, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 10:04am

Please see the attached regarding attendance.  

Newsletter 12.01.24, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 3:26pm

Dear Parents/Carers,


Firstly, a warm welcome back to the spring term – I hope you all had restful and fun festive break – the children have certainly had lots to tell me about! A busy term awaits, but one that really does see children fly and so one that I always look forward to.


FOMBA Meeting

The next meeting is Monday 15th January @ 5.30pm in school. Everyone is welcome, whether you have been before or not.


FOMBA successfully got us onboard Tesco Stronger Starts. This is where shoppers vote for a particular community project in store with a token (you will have seen the voting stations before). Funding is allocated according to the most votes. Our project is a new reading hut to inspire readers from their first day in school onwards. We are awaiting the exact date this goes live, but hopefully at some point in the coming week. So when itplease tell family and friends to vote for us – every little token helps!


The stores are as follows: Poolstock Ln Wigan, Hindley Extra, Ashton in Makerfield, Hindley Green


Coram Beanstalk – Inspiring children to read!

We have a newly created partnership with Coram Beanstalk, a charity that trains volunteers to inspire children to read. By becoming a volunteer with the charity, you would be trained to deliver brief but fun reading experiences once a week with a child at our school. It would mean the world to us and to our children. If you are a parent or grandparent who may be able to offer their time, please follow the link for details.


Volunteer with us | Coram Beanstalk (


Guidance - Mild Illnesses

Please see the NHS guidance attached below on mild illnesses.

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (


Stay Wise

Below is the link to the government backed initiative ‘Stay Wise’ and resources about the role of the emergency services and the part they play in keeping us all safe. I have shared with staff, but there are videos and games you might be interested in sharing with your children.

Home | StayWise


KS2 Path Safety

Finally, I know the path up to KS2 gates can get congested at drop off and pick up, but please give yourselves and others space, so that our children are kept safe at these busy times.


See you all next week,

Mr Aldridge

Emotionally Friendly Schools Bronze Level Accreditation, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 11:52am

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our school has achieved Emotionally Friendly Schools Bronze Level Accreditation.


We are the 12th school within Wigan Local Authority to achieve this level. This award recognises the hard work and commitment to whole school emotional health and well-being.


The panel were so impressed with our strategic, whole school approach which has been taken in school promoting emotional health and well-being. They also commented on our person-centred approach to gaining a child’s views and supporting them in their education journey.


"There is a clear whole school commitment, with wonderful examples of promoting emotional health and well-being and it was clear from the visit that this truly is a team approach at Marus Bridge." 


Newsletter 17.11.23, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 20th Nov 2023 @ 8:22am

Dear Parents/Carers,


Great work from Mrs Capstick's Y3s this morning. Fun and informative with great ideas about how to stay safe online. Speaking of which, a number of parents got lots from our online safety workshop this week – should you require further information or guidance, please check out our online safety hub.


Home - Marus Bridge Primary School - Hub (


There are two attachments this week relating to Christmas, including key dates and Christmas Jumper arrangements.  Please take a look. I'll ask the office to send out separately too. Lots of exciting and enriching activities to look forward to over the coming weeks, with our wonderful friends at FOMBA adding an extra bit of sparkle to proceedings.


Core Value Award

Our core values are displayed throughout school and we strive (both pupils and staff) to live them out each day in everything we do. The focus for this term is kindness and respect with different pupils from each key stage being awarded a weekly certificate and trophy. See our FB page and website for all the details and for this week's winners!

Thankyou for looking after our office staff when you contact them or pop into school; they have vast responsibility in the smooth running of school and in keeping me organised -  please treat them with kindness and respect.


Christmas Support

As we approach Christmas, again this year, we are supporting our families ensuring that they can experience the joy and warmth of the special season. We are able to refer our families to agencies where you can have the opportunity to go along and choose your own Christmas food and gifts. If you are struggling financially and would otherwise be unable to provide gifts for your family and enjoy a Christmas dinner, festive treats and a Christmas Eve Box – please telephone Mrs Bish, Pastoral Manager – 01942 24129 who will be happy to complete a referral.  Please note the closing date is Friday 1st December 2023.  This is a confidential service.


Road Safety Week

It's road safety week next week and we will be reminding children how to take care on our streets. I wrote to you last week about taking extra care at the busy junction on Warrington Road. Please see links below to look at with your children should you wish to. 

Video link for Beep Beep for EYFS & KS1

Link to Videos for KS2


Have a great weekend,


Mr Aldridge

Anti-Bullying Week, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 6th Nov 2023 @ 9:58am

See flyer for more details for next week. 

Newsletter 03.11.23, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 6th Nov 2023 @ 8:31am

Dear Parents/Carers,

We were back with a bang this week, straight into Halloween discos that went down a treat. It was the new look FOMBA's first event and I would like to thank them and all our volunteers and staff for helping on the night and for their organisation, creativity and smiles. Speaking of smiles, the choir sang marvellously in assembly this morning and are now moving on to some Christmassy numbers, with the aim of singing in the community soon.  The school choir is open to all in KS2 (currently we have no boys!) - if you think your child might be interested, then do sign them up via the school office.


It's only just November, but...Christmas!

As usual, we have a busy schedule over the festive period, so Mrs Atkinson has kindly put everything together on one page so that you know what is happening and when. Last year we enjoyed a carol service with KS2 at St. Paul's church, unfortunately it is under renovation, so we have put in other activities for KS2 in school.  Please see Mrs Atkinson's separate PM for the full run down.


Support at Christmas

This year, we are again supporting families who may be struggling with financial hardship and would otherwise be unable to provide gifts for the family and enjoy a Christmas dinner and festive treats.  If you or someone you know are struggling and feel this would help, please contact Mrs Bish Pastoral Manager either by phone 01942 248129 or email  This is a confidential service and is not means tested.


Mental Health Awareness - Message from the Pastoral and EFS team

At Marus Bridge we fully support and understand the importance Mental Health and Well Being has in a child’s life.  We want our pupils to thrive academically, emotionally, personally and socially and to do this they may need that little extra advice and support. The Pastoral and Emotional Friendly School team have created an informative leaflet that is packed with organisations, contact numbers and website links for parents and pupils. These leaflets can be located in the KS2 library for pupils. It's a great resource which parents can also find copies of at the school entrance. We will be speaking to pupils in assembly to reinforce this message and to explain what and where the leaflets can be found.


Dates (please also check SeeSaw for updates):

  • 7/11/23 School Tour (new starters 24)
  • 8/11/23 School Tours (new starters 24)
  • 13/11/23 Odd Socks Day (start of anti-bullying week)
  • 14/11/23 School Tour (new starters 24)
  • 15/11/23 Digital Safety (online meeting 6.30pm)
  • 11/12/23 Y3 Road Safety
  • 13/12/23 Whole School Panto
  • 15/12/23 Christmas Jumper Day - The Brick Donations 
  • 19/12/23 KS1 Christmas Carols 
  • 20/12/23 Reception Nativity  
  • 22/12/23 School Closes 1pm
  • 8/1/24 INSET DAY
  • 9/1/24 School opens for Spring Term

Newsletter 20.10.23, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 20th Oct 2023 @ 11:43am

Dear Parents/Carers,

Miss Johnstone’s class assembly was a wonderful way to close the term, singing and speaking with gusto and looking the part too – well done to you all! 

Parents' Evening

Thankyou for the feedback from parents’ evening - very positive and as always some useful suggestions we can act on to better our service to you. It is always a pleasure seeing you all and absorbing the interactions around the room.

Digital Online Safety Meeting

We are running a workshop dedicated to helping parents understand the risks young people face online and the practical things you can do to help. This session will cover gaming, social media and web browsing, with opportunities to ask questions and have access to a free online safety hub. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th November 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Please follow this link on the night to access the meeting:


You may have noticed a rise in the number of covid cases recently. Government and Wigan guidance continues to state that it should be treated as any other similar illness – ie stay off school if too ill to come in and return to school when well enough to do so. If there are any changes I will inform you asap.

Healthy Lifestyles Event

thankyou to the team who represented Marus Bridge at the event at the Edge last week. Well done to Isla, Samuel, Ella and Freddie in Y5, who were outstanding ambassadors for the school, sharing all the ways in which we promote healthy lifestyles at Marus Bridge.

Healthy Schools Celebration Event 2023 - YouTube

New Starters 24-25

The dates for school tours are as follows and at 9.15am (see website for details):

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 7th November    

Wednesday 8th November

Tuesday 14th November

I have added an evening walk round on Wednesday 8th November at 5pm too. Please book via the school office.

NB The application form for Reception Intake 2024 is now live. Please apply online via the Wigan primary admission web page. Primary school admissions ( 


30/10/23 School Reopens for Autumn 2

31/10/23 School Tour (new starters 24)

1/11/23 FOMBA Halloween Discos

7/11/23 School Tour (new starters 24)

8/11/23 School Tour (new starters 24)

14/11/23 School Tour (new starters 24)

15/11/23 Digital Safety (online meeting 6.30pm)

11/12/23 Y3 Road Safety

13/12/23 Whole School Panto

19/12/23 KS1 Christmas Carols  (full details to follow)

20/12/23 Reception Nativity  (full details to follow)

20/12/23 School Closes 1pm

8/1/24 INSET DAY

9/1/24 School opens for Spring Term

Finally, before we break for the half term, can I say thankyou to our governing body, our PTFA and the burgeoning army of volunteers who help make our community what it is today and everyday.

Mr Aldridge

MBPS Online Safety Hub, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 12th Oct 2023 @ 12:16pm

You can now access the Marus Bridge Online Safety Hub FOR FREE.

Head to the Online Safety Hub for lots of expert advice and guidance to help you manage your child's safety online. It includes information on the latest hot topics when it comes to keeping your child safe, such as how to manage your child's screen time, understanding the latest gaming platforms, what they mean for your child’s safety and lots more. Simply follow the link to access The Online Safety Hub:


Qustodio Online Safety Parent App

Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE Qustodio. Gain more visibility on what’s going on in your child’s online world and make sure they are kept safe. Block dangerous content, introduce screen-free schedules, receive alerts for inappropriate content and more.

Follow the link to create your free account: &utm_campaign=marusbridge-uk


Newsletter 6.10.23, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 6th Oct 2023 @ 2:19pm

Dear Parents/Carers,


I am proud to announce that together we raised over £600 for MacMillan – we really appreciate the work Miss Whiting's Y6 class did in organising and leading it and our community for popping by to support them.


Providing leadership opportunities and to nurture future leaders is important to us – we may well have a future prime minister or national team captain at Marus Bridge right now! Our children voted for this year’s head boy and head girl, with many excellent candidates to choose from, I know it was a very close vote. Well done to Freya H. and Rhys B. who are our new head girl and boy – they will be very well supported by their deputies, Poppy H. and Deacon G. We know you will do us all proud. Congratulations also to our house captains, who are as follows:


Wilson – Brooklyn C.

Morpurgo – Bobby B.

Rowling – Isobel W.

Dahl – Amelia W.


Whole School Photos

School photos for children and siblings will be on Thursday 19th October.


Paint the Borough Red – Non-Uniform/Wear Red Day - Friday 20th October

We will be holding a non-uniform day and asking pupils to donate £1 and wear an item of red clothing in support of Wigan Youth Zone. The local charity supports local children and young adults in a multitude of different ways, including the mentoring programme of which several of our children and families have benefitted in the past. As well as the non-uniform day, we are hoping to have a special performance from one of our past pupils too.


New Reception Intake 24-25 (next year)

Please see our flier for our stay and play 'taster' mornings for future/prospective new starters. As always, we want to show off our school and give plenty of opportunity to meet teachers and see the school in action. The dates for school tours are as follows and at 9.15am (see website for details):

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 7th November    

Wednesday 8th November

Tuesday 14th November

NB The application form for Reception Intake 2024 is now live. Please apply online via the Wigan primary admission web page. Primary school admissions ( 


Harvest - Message from Mrs Miller

Next week we will be learning about the festival of Harvest. We would be very grateful for donations that will be taken to the Wigan Community Grocery and which will directly help our immediate community. Could we politely ask for food (non-perishable) donations to be sent in with the children before Thursday 13th October. Please only give if you are able to. 



16/10/23 Y5 Quarry Bank Mill Trip

16/10/23 EYFS 24-25 stay and play

16 and 17/10/23 Parents' Evening 

17 and 18/10/23 Y4 (Mrs Hurst and Mrs Collier’s Class) Parents' Evening

20/10/23 Miss Johnstone's Y3 Class Assembly

20/10/23 Paint the Borough Red – non-uniform with an item of red clothing please

20/10/23 School Closes for Half Term at 3.15pm

30/11/23 School Reopens for Autumn 2

1/11/23 FOMBA Halloween Discos


Date: 2nd Oct 2023 @ 2:03pm

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Come and see our amazing school and waht we have to offer. Contact the school office on 01942248129 or through to book your place. 

Dogs Trust Assembly Visit, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 2nd Oct 2023 @ 1:28pm

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Both KS1 and KS2 have had an assembly from the Dogs Trust about how to keep safe around dogs in the local area. Did you know that you need to get permission off the owner of a dog before you stroke it? Maybe ask your children about what else they have learned from the assemblies. 

A new and exciting chapter for our PTA, FOMBA, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 12th Sep 2023 @ 12:23pm

Dear Parents/Carers,

As the students are welcomed back to school this week for a new and exciting year, the school’s parent and teachers’ association ‘FOMBA’ is also looking forward to a new chapter.

After several fantastic years at the helm, the current committee is stepping down and we are hoping some fresh blood will help this fantastic charity to continue to grow, so we can provide even more support to our school.

For those parents who are new to Marus Bridge or aren’t sure; what Is FOMBA?

FOMBA (Friends of Marus Bridge Association) is a charity registered organisation which has been established to enhance the education of the pupils at Marus Bridge.

Members are volunteers consisting of both parents and staff who work collaboratively to raise funds which supports Marus Bridge in enhancing the children’s school experience. We organise and host fund-raising activities throughout the year, the proceeds of which enable us to support and fund many school initiatives that the school budget just simply cannot cover.

We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children, across all areas of the school and curriculum. We always aim high with our ambitions!

A message from the new Chair

As we start this new and exciting chapter for FOMBA, I would like to introduce myself and the new committee members.

Chair – Adam Jones

Vice Chair - Sarah Halsall

Treasurer - Rebecca Jones

Secretary - Sarah Bentley

“Many hands make light work” so we are now actively on the hunt for as many volunteers to join us as possible. We only meet once a term on a Monday evening, so the demand on your time is not too heavy.

Our first open meeting is on Monday 11th September at 5:30pm and we would love to see as many of you there as possible. If you would like to get involved but cannot attend for any reason, we are more than happy to welcome you via Teams.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call on 07730 131000 or drop me an email to

Thank you.

Mr A. Jones

We look forward to seeing you soon,

FOMBA committee.

Reading Sheds, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 14th Jun 2023 @ 9:17am

Dear Parents/Carers,
Hopefully, you will have noticed our brand new Reading Sheds outside our classrooms. These are stocked with beautiful new books and are accessible to our children on daily basis. They will work on a swap in / swap out basis. Please take the time to have a look inside the sheds with your child and select one to take home and enjoy. When finished, please return and swap for a new one. A great time to take a peek would be at drop off and pick up times.
Happy reading!

Y6 Football Winners, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 7th Jun 2023 @ 5:43pm

Well done to our Y6 football team who had a fabulous win this evening against Winstanley Primary School.

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Newsletter 26.5.23, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 4:36pm

Dear Parents/Carers,


Thankyou to Miss Johnstone’s Y3 pupils for providing a rousing performance for parents to round off a busy term. It was a pleasure watching them speak and sing with confidence and above all with smiles on their faces!


Sports day

Well done to all our pupils for the brilliant behaviour, effort and encouragement they gave one another. We were blessed with great weather and great support from the crowd – thankyou!


Reading for Pleasure

We are delighted that our Reading Sheds are now up and running. These will replace the Friday Lending Library and will be accessible on a daily basis to swap in and take out a book to enjoy at home. The Reading Sheds are stocked with beautiful new books that are current, classic, and diverse. Each year group has their own shed containing age-appropriate books. Take a look, borrow, then return and of course, please look after the books. Please check out our support termly reading newsletter published today by Mrs Holden.



The Y6 pupils have had a great time at PGL and by all accounts been brilliant ambassadors for Marus Bridge. The children who stayed at school have been equally fantastic – I am very proud of them all as I know parents will be. Thankyou to all our staff and volunteers – pupils couldn’t enjoy such experiences without your dedication.


Unsworth pride Award

The annual Unsworth Pride Award went to Kateryna Rozhkova. When Kate left her home in war torn Ukraine last year, she joined us without knowing anybody and unable to speak any English. Fast forward to today and her English reading and writing is fluent and she continues to be a star pupil – testament to the courage and determination she shows every day. See our socials for more info.



-         Please do not bring dogs on the school grounds. Thanks for your understanding.

-         Please do not use vapes or e-cigarettes on the school grounds.

-         Please could any outstanding lunch money be paid asap. If you are struggling with this for any reason, then please give Mrs Bish a call via the office.


School Day

From September, as proposed, school opening times will be from 8.45am – 3.15pm. Thankyou for all your positive feedback.


Upcoming Dates:

Monday 5th JuneSchool closed INSET day

Tuesday 6th June – School reopens for Summer Term 2

Wednesday 7th June SRE meeting for parents of Y5&6 pupils. 3.30PM on TEAMS (see separate mail)

Thursday 8th – Friday 9th June – Y5 London Trip

Monday 19th June – Reception and Y6 Graduation Photographs

Tuesday 20th June – Y4 Brass Concert (PM)

Thursday 22nd June – Y6 Road Safety

Wednesday 5th July – ‘Meet your new teacher’ morning

Friday 14th July – FOMBA – Circus Visit

Monday 17th July - EOY Reports out to parents

Tuesday 18th July - Reception EYFS Assembly

Wednesday 19th July - Year 6 Leavers’ Party

Friday 21st July - Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

Friday 21st July - End of Term


Thankyou for your ongoing support and see you after the half term break.


Mr Aldridge

Reading ambassador Newsletter Summer 1, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 11:57am

Please have a look at our latest reading newsletter and see whats been going on in school. 

Newsletter 28.04.2023, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 2nd May 2023 @ 10:50am

Dear Parents/Carers,


Another week has flown by and a very busy one at that! Miss Foxwell's class did themselves proud in their assembly this morning – a Florence Nightingale themed extravaganza!  We have had a science themed adventure this week – the visits from beekeepers and wildlife experts have certainly been highlights (I imagine a pet mouse has been added to a few birthday lists since yesterday, too!). Thankyou to Mrs Bower and the staff for coordinating such an immersive and enjoyable week for our children.


NEU Industrial Action

School will be open to all classes this coming Tuesday 2nd May.


Attendance Awards

We gave out attendance awards in assembly today. Aside from illness, we aim for children to attend school everyday - avoiding holidays in term time and therefore maximising the progress they make at school. The school holiday patterns for the next two years can be found in the parents section of our website under ‘Term Dates’.


The Book Sheds 

You may well have noticed the appearance of sheds with black doors outsides classrooms around school. These will soon be open on a daily basis at the end of the school day, housing age appropriate books for pupils to borrow and enjoy. 


Kings Coronation Celebration

A reminder that on Friday 5th May we will be holding a celebration day for the King’s Coronation. Children will be invited to wear red, white and blue, with various coronation themed activities being held throughout the day.


Upcoming Dates:

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday - School closed

Friday 5th May – King’s Coronation Celebration  (details to follow from Mrs Miller)

Monday 8th May - Bank Holiday - School closed
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th May – Y6 SATs

Wednesday 17th May - Numeracy Day (details to follow from Mrs Boffey)

Monday 22nd - Wednesday 24th May - Y6 PGL residential

Wednesday 24th May – Sportsday - Reception Class AM. Y1 and Y2 PM (exact timings to follow next week)

Thursday 25th May – Sportsday - Y5 and 6 AM. Y3 and Y4 PM (exact timings to follow next week)

Friday 26th May – School closes for half-term

Monday 5th June – School closed INSET day

Tuesday 6th June – School reopens for summer term 2

Wednesday 6th June – Music Alive – KS2 performance

Thursday 8th – Friday 9th June – Y5 London Trip


Have a lovely extended weekend whatever your plans are.


Mr Aldridge

King's Coronation Celebration, by Mrs Miller

Date: 25th Apr 2023 @ 11:28am

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Reading Ambassador Newsletter, by Mrs Atkinson

Date: 31st Mar 2023 @ 4:13pm

Welcome to our first ever reading ambassador newsletter. Have a read through and see what fabulous reading has been taking place in school. 


Primary School

The Rowan Learning Trust Ofsted ...good school Emotionally Friendly School Healthy School Wigan 2023


Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, Wigan, WN36SP


01942 248129

HEAD TEACHER | Mr R Aldridge


SENDCO | Mrs J. Lloyd