This week’s message (Friday 10 March 2023)

Friday 10 March 2023

Moortown Primary is a happy and healthy place to learn. We want to keep getting better and better and a key part of this is to hear your views…

I can’t fault this school. My kids love it and the teachers are amazing. Always willing to help and keep us up to date with progress and anything we can help the kids with at home.

That’s one of the comments from a recent survey of Reception parents – thank you to the 17 parents who took the time to let us know their views. We’ll spend some time now reviewing what was said and seeing if we can act on some of the points raised.

We need your help again – this time for all parents and carers to let us know about class trips.

We’re currently reviewing our curriculum plans. We’re keen to put a long-term plan in place for class trips. Class trips are a highlight for children:

The downside of trips is the expense – we’re very aware that trips aren’t cheap (often due to transport costs). We ask you to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost, but even then, trips can be expensive for those who contribute and for school. Whilst the contributions are voluntary, we can’t go ahead with a planned trip if we don’t receive enough contributions.

We want to plan a schedule of trips from Reception to Year 6. This is to make sure we plan trips better, so we can closely match the trips with the learning that’s happening in school and to make sure that teachers are clear on our expectations (so that trips are spread out across the years).

To help us, we’d be very grateful if you spend just five minutes completing this short survey.

In the Summer term, look out for the annual survey for all parents and carers, too.

And now a change of subject…

Industrial action

As you know, the National Education Union is currently taking industrial action. The next two days of strikes are next week: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March.
We were fortunate to stay open on the first two days of industrial action. However, a number of teachers at Moortown have informed us that they plan to strike on these days.
Because of this, Moortown Primary will be closed to pupils in all classes except Year 6 on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March.
We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause. We hope you understand that this is an unavoidable decision that we’ve had to take.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Big Walk and Wheel

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2023.

We want your child to walk, scooter or cycle to school, even more so during the Big Walk and Wheel challenge which runs from 20-31 March.

The challenge is a great way to build physical activity in your child’s daily routine – so important for physical health and mental wellbeing. Active school runs also help to reduce congestion and air pollution outside the school gate. A 2021 YouGov study showed nearly half of UK children worry about air pollution near their school and that children thought active travel was the best away to bring down these pollution levels.

There are some great prizes to be won every day if enough children taking part!

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We’ll end this week’s message with another great comment from a Reception parent…

Reception at Moortown is an incredible start for a child’s learning journey. They learn to read in an amazingly short space of time, and the classroom is very impressive and changes regularly to ensure children are engaged and challenged, all whilst making good friendships and having fun.