Reception Class News

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, “What do you see?”

Posted on Saturday 19 January 2019 by Mrs Burke

We have enjoyed retelling this story and using story maps to record a different version of the story.


Ask your child to tell you their story.


Posted on Saturday 19 January 2019 by Mrs Burke

We have begun phase 3 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic programme.

The purpose of this phase is to:
• teach more graphemes, most of which are made of two letters, for example, ‘oa’ as in boat
• practise blending and segmenting a wider set of CVC words, for example, fizz, chip, sheep, light
• learn all letter names and begin to form them correctly
• read more tricky words and begin to spell some of them
• read and write words in phrases and sentences.
Here are some examples of words your children will be reading: tail, week, right, soap, food, park, burn, cord, town, soil

Tricky words
During phase 3 the children will learn more ‘Tricky Words’. These are the words we will learn in phase 3:
he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all said

In addition, during this phase children will be expected to begin to write sentences independently.

If you have any questions please ask.

There will be further phonics mornings in February where you will be able to see how we teach the new phonemes.

Welcome back!

Posted on Sunday 13 January 2019 by Mrs Burke

The children have really impressed us this week with their enthusiasm, confidence  and readiness to learn.

Don’t forget to let us know about those ‘wow’ moments at home.

Is your child ‘having a go’ at reading and writing independently?

Are they noticing numbers, patterns and shapes around them?

Please send photos and information about all the learning your child is doing at home.

[email protected]

Themed menu

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 18 January.  Please contact the office, by Friday 11 January, if your child would like a school meal on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

Climbing, swimging, jumpimg, balancing and much more!

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Physical development is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child’s movement.  Children do this in range of ways including spacial awareness when moving, co-ordination of small and large movements, how to effectively use tools and equipment, saying when they do or don’t need help.

This morning, Reception Class enjoyed their first PE lesson using ‘big apparatus.’ Since starting school in September, the children have developed skills in throwing, catching, balancing, movement and teamwork.

We were very impressed with all the children especially those who took a ‘safe risk‘ and attempted challenges despite not being confident.



Keeping active

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our commitment to being a happy and healthy school, we’re always looking at ways to increase our pupils’ physical activity both in and out of school.

The government’s childhood obesity plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes, or more, of physical activity every day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school).

In response to this aim, we’ve compiled a physical activity guide suggesting out-of-school physical activities available to families in our local area.

The information on the guide is correct as of November 2018.  Keep an eye out on our news and class news pages where will promote any new activities throughout the year.

We’d love to hear feedback about any activities you or your child try based on this guide.


Happy Holidays!

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2018 by Mrs Burke

We have reached the end of the first term in Reception and can’t believe how well the children have settled-and grown!

They have been so motivated to learn and kept us all on our toes! Every child has made fantastic progress,  developed good friendships and are happy to join in and take part in all the activities.

Thank you for your help and support over the term.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Living Streets update

Posted on Wednesday 12 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We are pleased to work alongside the Living Streets local Moortown group to support our aim for children to make healthy, active and safe journeys to school.  Here is an update from the group.

Both Living Streets UK and Living Streets Moortown would like to say a big thank you for all the noticeable improvements you have helped to bring about on journeys to and from school this year:
• Reduction in parking in Allerton Avenue (which is access only for residents) and on the double yellow or zig-zag lines adjacent to the school
• Reduction in vehicles mounting the pavement near to the school
• Reduction in vehicles parked with engines idling
• Increase in the number of families opting to Park & Stride from M&S* when driving is unavoidable

* M&S has 200 free 2-hour spaces available and the short walk to school is much safer and more enjoyable with fewer cars passing through key crossing points on the routes to school (such as Allerton Avenue and the
shopping parade entrance & exits).

This is fantastic progress and with continued support from all the families at Moortown we’ll see further improvements in air quality, safer ‘vehicle-free’ pavements and more families choosing to make and enjoy active trips to school.

While all the improvements we have seen around the school gates are encouraging, there is still a lot to be done. Cars, vans and HGVs continue to be driven up footpaths and recently there appears to be an increase in drivers passing through the main M&S lights while the green man is on so please be mindful of this when crossing.

We are already campaigning to deal with issues like these and the great response we had to our recent survey of parents and carers has helped us to submit a feedback document to the ‘Connecting Leeds’ consultation – a proposal to improve bus and other sustainable travel options in Moortown. We recently met with a representative from the project and are hopeful that some of the suggested pedestrian improvements will be incorporated into the scheme which is due to be delivered next year.

The Moortown Living Streets Group is still in its first year, but we already have some exciting plans for 2019, including a project to monitor local air quality as well as some great ideas to get Moortown moving!
➢ Register to get involved or receive news here
➢ Access info on walking to school here

Thank you once again for you support to date – it’s making a real difference and we’re keen for that to continue throughout the year ahead.
Season’s Greetings!
From everyone at Moortown Living Streets Group
E: [email protected] T: @moortownlsg

Living and learning: New Childline website – Speak out Stay safe

Posted on Monday 10 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Staying Safe is one of our Living and Learning related themed weeks this year, taking place in February.

As part of the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme, Childline has launched a Speak out Stay safe website aimed at children under the age of 12.  This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling.

School Savings Club

Posted on Sunday 09 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is 13 December 2018 at 3.15-3.45pm.

If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

Paying in dates fall on the penultimate Thursday of each half term.

If your child would like to open account, please ask at the office.  This is a great opportunity for children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving.