All of our classes are named after an 'Inspirational Person' this year. These people have been chosen because during their lives they have shown great passion, determination and personal leadership to be the best that they can be, which is something we truly believe in at Ludworth Primary School.
Mrs Gregg’s class are known as Hargreaves Class after Roger Hargreaves
Roger Hargreaves had a dream to write and illustrate books for children: he was very hardworking, resilient, and persevered to achieve this dream with the help of his family. His career started after a conversation over breakfast with his 8 year old son; this conversation led to over 80 million Mr Men and Little Miss books (translated into 15 languages) being sold in 22 countries. His books encourage reading for pleasure by identifying with a multigenerational audience through self-expression, colour, simplicity and humour, whilst also instilling thought-provoking messages and morals. Hargreaves is an inspiration to us all and fundamental to his success was his attentive persona and care towards his family. Undoubtedly through engaging, involving and simply listening to his children, arguably his most treasured possession, acting upon their thoughts and responding to their needs that allowed for the Mr. Men and subsequent Little Miss books to be born!
“It all started with a tickle... It is what teachers think, what teachers do and what teachers are that ultimately shapes the kind of learning that young children will become immersed within.” – Adam Hargreaves (Roger’s son)
Ms Boffey’s class are known as Potter Class after Beatrix Potter
Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. In her thirties, Beatrix published the highly successful children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and began writing and illustrating children's books full-time. Later, she was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now constitutes the Lake District National Park.
“Even the smallest one can change the world.” – Beatrix Potter
Mrs Cartwright/Mrs Pond/Mrs Riddell’s class are known as Earhart Class after Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first ever woman to co- pilot a flight across the Atlantic. She made this historic flight in 1928 and then on May 20th, 1932, Amelia completed a solo fright across the Atlantic. In 1937, she decided to take undertake a life-long dream and set off to fly around the World. Unfortunately, her plane flew into terrible weather and her plane was lost at sea. She is said to have died doing what she loved. The world will always remember Amelia Earhart for her courage, vision, and groundbreaking achievements, both in aviation and for women. In a letter to her husband, written in case a dangerous flight proved to be her last, her brave spirit was clear. “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards,” she said. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
Mrs Reid’s class are known as Attenborough Class after David Attenborough
For over 60 years, Sir David Attenborough, a nonagenarian, has captivated millions of children and adults across the world with his documentaries on wildlife and conservation. His enthusiasm for wildlife in all its forms is extremely contagious and the way that he has brought animals into our homes has not just entertained and educated us, but given us an incentive to take action to protect them. Most recently, he wrote and presented Planet Earth II which focused on different habitats across the world. His curiosity, passion and knowledge about our planet are insurmountable, making him an inspiration to generations of people around the world. Several species of plants, insects and birds have been graced with Attenborough’s name, ensuring that it will live alongside the many creatures that he has spent his life celebrating and protecting.
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” – David Attenborough
Mrs Welsh’s class will be known as Da Vinci Class after Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was an incredibly influential figure in history. He was born in Italy in 1452 and received little formal education beyond basic reading, writing and mathematics instruction, but his artistic talents were evident from an early age. Around the age of 14, da Vinci began a lengthy apprenticeship with the noted artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. He learned a wide breadth of technical skills including metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing, painting and sculpting. He had an abundance of talents across all aspects of life and academia which he explored throughout his lifetime. He gave others the inspiration to continue his lines of enquiry thus creating life changing innovations. Leonardo was regarded by many historians as a universal genius (an individual of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination). Leonardo da Vinci thought sight was humankind’s most important sense and eyes the most important organ, and he stressed the importance of saper vedere, or “knowing how to see.” He believed in the accumulation of direct knowledge and facts through observation.
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Mrs Floyd’s class are known as Nightingale Class after Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale was a truly inspirational nurse. Florence Nightingale is famous for her nursing work during the Crimean war (1854-56). When she arrived at the military hospital she set about making the hospital a clean place for the patients to get better in. She also ensured they were fed properly to help them make a full recovery. At night Florence walked around the wards to make sure the men were comfortable. She sat with dying soldiers. She wrote letters home for men who could not write. She carried a lantern, so the soldiers called her 'The Lady with the Lamp'. She changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well respected medical profession with very important responsibilities. She showed that trained nurses and clean hospitals
help sick people get better.
“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.” – Florence Nightingale
Miss Thomas’s class are known as Glennie Class after Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist who was born in 1965 and raised in Aberdeenshire. Evelyn showed great musical talent from an early age, playing the mouth organ and clarinet. By the time she was 12, Evelyn had completely lost her hearing but continued to learn to play new instruments by using her body to feel the music, rather than hear it. Evelyn often performs barefoot on stage to allow her body to feel the vibrations of the instruments that she plays. She is the first person to successfully make and sustain a career in percussion, touring the world many times and even playing in the Opening Ceremony on the London Olympics in 2012. She has won many awards for her music and the Queen awarded her an OBE. Evelyn has set up musical charities to help her achieve her mission of ‘Teaching the World to Listen’.
“Life is full of challenges, but we can always find alternative ways of approaching our difficulties, which will often lead to new discoveries.” – Evelyn Glennie
Mrs Naughton and Mrs Riddell/Mrs Mackinnon’s class are known as Lama Class after Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet. He travels the world teaching people about his core values, which include compassion and forgiveness. He campaigns for non-violence and for religions to exist in harmony side by side rather than fighting. In 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in the struggle to free Tibet from Chinese occupation.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
Mr Tennant’s class are known as Bolt Class after Usain Bolt
Usain St. Leo “Lightening” Bolt was born on 21st August 1986 in Jamaica and is the fastest man to have ever lived. In his lifetime, he has won eight Olympic gold medals and set world record times for the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. His achievements as a sprinter have earned him the nickname, "Lightning Bolt." Bolt grew up playing football and cricket with his brother but turned his attention to sprinting after realising how quick he was. Usain Bolt believes his achievements are the result of training hard and being determined.
“Easy is not an option. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” – Usain Bolt
Mrs Chadwick’s class are known as Rowling Class after J.K. Rowling
Rising from humble beginnings and overcoming different challenges of her own, J.K. Rowling gained worldwide attention and won multiple awards including an OBE for services to children’s literature. As a British novelist, film and television producer, screenwriter and philanthropist, Rowling was named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" in 2010. Her dedication to charity work, ability to spark imagination and creativity that’s inspires young writers, advocating proactivity and making things better for yourself, inspiring an entire generation to love reading, turning children into lifelong readers and possibly the most prevailing; never giving up, are reasons that only begin to describe how J. K. Rowling has become such an inspirational person of our era.
"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better," – J.K. Rowling
Miss Vose and Mrs Simmonds class are known as Turing Class after Alan Turing
Alan Turing was born in London in 1912, he studied mathematics and cryptology at University. During World War II, Turing was a leading participant in wartime code-breaking, particularly that of German ciphers. He worked at Bletchley Park, the GCCS wartime station, where he made five major advances in the field of cryptanalysis, including specifying the bombe, an electromechanical device used to help decipher German Enigma encrypted signals. Shortly after World War II ended, he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the war effort. He was a brilliant mathematician and his pre-war work laid down the plans for a programmable computer that would change all of our lives in some way forever.
“Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.” ― Alan Turing
Ms Lord’s class are known as Christie Class after Agatha Christie
Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time. It is said that she has only been out-sold by the Bible and by Shakespeare. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. Agatha taught herself to read at the age of five. She sparked a real life detective mystery when she herself mysteriously vanished, only to reappear several days later with no recollection of what had happened to her.
“To every problem, there is a most simple solution.” – Agatha Christie